‘THIS SATURDAY’S BOLTON SHOW IS OUR BIGGEST AND BEST IN 20 YEARS – WATCH IT FREE’ SAYS WOOD

“This weekend’s show is probably the biggest we’ve done in 20 years,” said promoter Steve Wood, ahead of VIP Promotions Bolton show at the Whites Hotel this Saturday (May 11).

The card – which will be shown LIVE AND FREE on vipboxing.tv – is co-headlined by local fighters Jack Cullen and Jack Flatley, both taking part in English Title fights.  Flatley takes on Shropshire’s Craig Morris for the English Light-Middleweight Title, while Cullen gets Yorkshire’s Jack Sellars for the Middleweight version of the belt.  And, in addition to the two terrific bill-toppers, the undercard is stacked with competitive matches.

“I’m really looking forward to this show,” said Wood.  “Aside from the two headlining title fights, we’ve got seven six-rounders on the undercard which will all be really good fights.

“Unbeaten James Moorcroft is fighting Jake Best who’s got a 6-2 winning record.  Considering James has come from the white-collar circuit and has no amateur experience, he’s getting better every fight, but this will be a real test for him.

“Kane Gardner has got Ben Fields, and you won’t want to miss this one – you could put this fight in a phone box!  This fight is worth the entrance fee alone.

“Matthew Hatton’s big punching cruiserweight Damian Chambers is on the bill.  He’s on a roll of stopping people and is always in an exciting fight.

“Kyle Lomotey gets a real test in William Warburton.  If you’re not on your game against Warburton, you lose – and he always comes to win on our VIP shows.

“Former Commonwealth champion Luke Blackledge has been sparring Billy Joe Saunders, so he’s in good shape and it’s important he gets a win this weekend.

“Andrew Fleming will be stepping up against Troy James. It’s a great fight for Andrew.  We’ve had Troy on a few of our shows, and he gave Terry Flanagan a good test a few years ago.  Andrew will have to be on his game, in just his sixth fight, to beat Troy.

“Then there’s the headline fights.  Jack Flatley against Craig Morris will develop into a tasty fight.  Morris was actually beating Scott Fitzgerald until he walked onto one in the tenth round.  So, to win this English Title, Jack’s going to have to perform to his best, and I believe he will.  He’s out of contract with Frank Warren, they’ve not renewed it, and I’m hoping on Saturday he will prove they’ve made an error.

“Jack Cullen gets a late replacement in Jack Sellars, and Sellars is a tough guy.  With Cullen’s height and reach, I expect him to get a good start before he gets in the trenches.  Cullen likes to have a fight though and this will be a barnstormer.

“If you can’t get along, and there’s not many tickets left, then tune into vipboxing.tv to watch it live and free because it’s as good as any of the TV shows that have been on this year.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at the Bolton Whites Hotel on May 11th.  Headlining will be Bolton’s Jack Cullen fighting for the English Middleweight Title versus Jack Sellars, and Bolton’s Jack Flatley taking on Craig Morris for the English Light-Middleweight Belt. 

Also appearing will be Darwen’s Luke Blackledge; Wigan’s James Moorcroft and Andrew Fleming; Leigh’s Kyle Lomotey; Beswick’s Kane Gardner; Oldham’s Jack Kilgannon; and Dukinfield’s Damian Chambers.

Tickets priced at £35 (general), £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

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BOLTON’S FLATLEY PREDICTING ‘GREAT FIGHT’ AHEAD OF TITLE SHOT THIS WEEKEND

Bolton’s Jack Flatley is predicting some great rounds of action when he co-headlines a double-title fight show this weekend at home venue, the Whites Hotel.  On Saturday, May 11, Flatley takes on Craig Morris for the English Light-Middleweight Title, while fellow Bolton man Jack Cullen gets Yorkshire’s Jack Sellars for the Middleweight version of the belt.

It’s a tough assignment for Flatley, in his first attempt at winning honours.  Shropshire’s Morris has lost just twice in 14 fights – with one of those defeats coming to WBA International Champion Scott Fitzgerald.  And the 27-year-old already has previous title-winning form, having been the Midlands Area Champion in 2016. 

With just a single draw the only blemish on his near-perfect 15-bout ledger, Flatley is confident heading into the biggest fight of his career.  The 24-year-old, known as ‘Quiet Storm’, is looking forward to fighting in front of a big, home crowd and, although he isn’t taking his eye off the ball, wants to be mixing with the big names of the domestic division – currently featuring the likes of Anthony Fowler, Ted Cheeseman and Sam Eggington – in the near future.

“I’ve seen quite a few of his fights” said Jack.  “He boxed Fitzgerald, who’s obviously a good fighter, and took him 10 rounds.  He seems like a good pressure fighter, and I’m expecting that from him.  I’ve fought plenty of pressure fighters though, so it will suit me if he does come forward.  But if he comes to box then I can deal with that too because I’ve had plenty of good sparring.  

“It really does have all the makings of a great fight, because we’re both known to come forward and have all-action styles.  I’m buzzing, I’ve sold plenty of tickets and it’s a big title to be fighting for, for my first one.  It would mean everything to win it, especially in Bolton.

“Obviously, I’m focusing on Morris, because it’s a tough enough fight not to look past.  I’ve got to be confident I’m going to win though and, as long as I come through, I want to be defending it then getting into British Title contention towards the end of this year.  

“I want to be mixing with those big names.  I’ve been in with them in the amateurs so if I win this English Belt then I’ll be ready to start thinking about mixing with them.”

“This is a really good show for Bolton,” said VIP Promotions’ Steve Wood.  “It’s not often you’ll see two English Titles being contested on the same night, and to have two local lads fighting for these belts is great for the town.  Both are in hard fights though and will need to put in top performances if they’re going to win.  They’ve both sold lots of tickets, so the atmosphere will be excellent, and this will be a great night of boxing.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at the Bolton Whites Hotel on May 11th.  Headlining will be Bolton’s Jack Cullen fighting for the English Middleweight Title versus Jack Sellars, and Bolton’s Jack Flatley taking on Craig Morris for the English Light-Middleweight Belt.  

Also appearing will be Darwen’s Luke Blackledge; Wigan’s James Moorcroft and Andrew Fleming; Leigh’s Kyle Lomotey; Beswick’s Kane Gardner; Oldham’s Jack Kilgannon; and Dukinfield’s Damian Chambers.

Tickets priced at £35 (general), £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv  

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

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FLANAGAN: ‘I’M HUNGRY TO GET A WORLD TITLE BACK IN 2019’

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Former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Lightweight Champ Terry Flanagan is aiming to rule the roost again in 2019, after suffering his only two career defeats this year. 

Terry, 33-2 (13), hoped to become a two-weight world champ in June when he took on Texan Maurice Hooker for the vacant WBO World Super Lightweight crown in his home city of Manchester – but ended up on the wrong end of a split decision. 

Then, in October in New Orleans, ‘Turbo’ was outpointed by highly-rated, big-punching American, Regis Prograis after entering the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS); this time hitting the canvas for the first time in his career.

With those setbacks behind him, Flanagan has since revealed that tendonitis – and an inability to do roadwork – hadn’t helped with making the lightweight limit.  With the problem now resolved,the Mancunian says he would definitely compete again at lightweight if the right opportunity presented itself, but also still hopes to land the big fights at super lightweight.

“Personally, I thought the Prograis fight was a close one,” explained Flanagan, who is back in the gym, ticking over with trainer Steve Maylett.  “Other than the round when I got knocked down, which he won clearly, I even came back at him in that round.  He’s a good fighter, don’t get me wrong, bu the never dominated me in any round, but obviously he was the home fighter and I knew it was going to be hard winning on points over there. 

“We were hoping I’d catch him coming in, but he fought differently to what we expected.  It was good tactics from him,we expected him to try and blow me away, but he went on the back foot.  We trained for him to walk onto shots, but he never really committed to anything.  The round where I did try and go forward, I got put on my arse, so maybe if I’d have done that more I might have got knocked out!  It was a bad night for me, but it was a good experience going over there and fighting away from home.  It was just a shame about the result.

“I’m in between lightweight and light welter, and I just want the quickest route back to a world title.  I can still make lightweight, and I’m plenty big enough for light welterweight.  It’s just that I fought one of the most awkward fighters at 10 stone (Maurice Hooker) and then came up against the [WBSS} favourite in his hometown!  I don’t think I did enough to win the Prograis fight, but everyone was saying ‘itwon’t go past a few rounds’, and I felt as strong as him in there. 

“I’ve said to [manager] Steve [Wood], whatever comes up first, whether it’s lightweight or light-welter, then I’m easy. I’d face anyone – Lomachenko, Mikey Garcia, Crolla, Luke Campbell, Josh Taylor – those big fights are the ones I want; and I’ve proved that.  My first fight at 10 stone was a world title fight after being out of the ring for 14 months, and when I lost I could have had an easy warm up, but I wanted to get in and test myself against the best

[against Prograis]

.  Josh [Taylor] is a great fighter, I rate him highly.  I think he’ll win the WBSS and, down the line, it’s the kind of fight I want.

“I’d like rematches with Hooker and Prograis too, I want them more than anything, to avenge those losses.  I thought the Hooker fight was close, it was a split decision and I thought I might have done enough to nick it.  He’s a good fighter though, and has just got another good win, but I said to Steve that I’d even have gone over to Texas to fight him, but it never came off.

“Looking back at the Hooker fight, for the first four or five rounds until I got the bad cut, I was winning comfortably, but I just lost my head.  I never got hurt against him, and he was the big guy, the 10-stone fighter.  Prograis was meant to be this massive puncher but I was never hurt until the knockdown, and it was a flash knockdown.  I was up quick, and had my legs straight away.

“I know people will be looking at me and saying, ‘he lost his last two fights, the wheels have well and truly fallen off’, but it’s not the case.  I had the longest unbeaten record of any active British boxer, but that pressure’s off now.  That was holding me back, my trainer said to me in fights I was winning that I was holding back because I didn’t want to get beat; I was just doing enough to win.  I needed to just go in and let my boxing flow, and I think that’s what will happen now.  I was always more worried about losing than winning the fights.  I still feel fresh, hungry and that I’ve got a lot more to give.  You still haven’t seen the best of me.”

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VIDEO – STAR AMATEUR DEBUTS ON LIVERPOOL OLYMPIA CARD


Decorated amateur, Matthew Rennie, will begin his pro career at the Liverpool Olympia on November30.

The first fighter from the Isle of Man to ever box for England, and a Commonwealth Youth Games Silver Medallist, Rennie is now fighting under the VIP Promotions banner and promoter Steve Wood is delighted to have him in the stable:

“I’m looking forward to Matthew’s journey; to see how far we can take him.  He’s proved in the amateurs he has plenty of talent, and I’m sure he’ll have lots of success in the pros.  We’ve got an excellent headliner on this card, with Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness against local rival, Colin Day.  And there’s some real talent on the undercard too, including former Commonwealth Lightweight Champ Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd.  So, this will be a good night for Matthew to make his debut.”

Rennie boxed all over the world in the unpaid, amateur code. The 20-year-old is now based in Liverpool, after relocating from the Isle of Man, and says he has a fan-friendly style that he is hoping will take him to the top of the game.

“I got a bit stale,and I knew if I wanted to do anything in boxing then I had to get off the Island to achieve bigger things,” said Rennie, who started boxing aged just seven.  “So, I came to Liverpool and joined the Salisbury Amateur Boxing Club. I had a few fights for them but eventually decided I was going to turn pro and put one hundred per cent into it. And I think I’m getting a decent head start because in a few years I’ll have some good experience behind me.

“I’m not your normal come-forward, or backwards, kind of fighter. I’m a bit in the middle and try to do a bit of everything, and I have a lot of different skills.  But I think I’ll be good to watch though.

“I like all the ‘old school’ boxers like Muhammad Ali and Pernell Whitaker, and I try to take bit from all of them and put it into my style, if I can. 

“My dad is normal working-class guy, and he’s instilled in me about getting your head down and working your way up.  So, I have set myself goals, but I don’t want to say I’m going to do this or that. I’ll keep going, see how far I can get and I’ll aim for the moon because if I don’t land on it then I’ll land on a star at least!

“I just can’t wait to debut at the Olympia.  I’ve done all the training, and it’s all gone well.  It’s going to be a bit of a shock when I’m there, the realisation of when I get in the ring, but it’s something I’ve dreamt of.”

Matthew recently spoke to Lee Hogan from VIP TV

Follow Matthew on Twitter @mathew_rennie

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30.

Headlining will be Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness versus Sklemersdale’s Colin Day.

Also appearing will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Sean Cairns, Marcel Braithwaite, Jay Farrell, Matthew Rennie and James Collins; Birkenhead’s Sean Dodd; Wales’ Cameron Halfpenny; and Warrington’s Mike Mckay.

Tickets priced at £30, £35, £40 and £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv 

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting vipboxing.tv or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and Facebook. Subscribe to the VIP YouTube channel to get notifications about the latest videos.

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VIP PROSPECTS CLASH AT LIVERPOOL OLYMPIA SHOW

With boxing fans crying out for competitive fights; VIP Promotions have lined up what promises to be a terrific headliner at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30.

It’s unusual for prospects to be pitched against each other early intheir careers, but Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness and Skelmersdale’s Colin Day will top the bill at the renowned fight venue, and promoter Steve Wood is predicting a war.

“Both men wanted this fight, and the winners will be the fans.  Because of their styles, and with it being such an evenly matched fight, I think it’s guaranteed excitement.  Colin is aggressive and will come forward all night, but Tom has shown some great skills, and will need them if he’s going to keep him at bay.  I’m really pleased we’ve managed to put this fight together, and for anyone that can’t make it, we’ll be showing it live and free on vipboxing.tv.”

McGuinness is unbeaten in seven pro starts, with two early finishes and,at 23, is the younger man heading into the contest.  A former Senior ABA quarter-finalist and England international, Tom had 54 fights as an amateur, losing just 11. 

Day’s ledger is almost perfect, with just a single loss from six bouts.  The sole blemish on the28-year-old’s record came last year when he lost by a single point to experienced County Durham fighter, Jordan Ellison.  With 20 wins from 30 contests, ‘Boom Boom’ also had a decent amateur career that saw him trialling for the GB squad.

Ahead of the contest, there is mutual respect between the pair, but both are sure of victory.  Although they could have kept building up their records against journeymen, neither had any qualms about accepting the fight; knowing a win will move them onto a title opportunity.  Importantly, both are predicting their fight will be great entertainment for the fans.

“Colin’s a good fighter.  He’s a few years older than me, so I’ve always seen him box,” said McGuinness.  “He’s impressive and always in exciting fights, and I think our fight will be exciting too. He’ll come and try to put it on me, and he’ll fancy his chances as much as I do.  It should make for a great one to watch, but it’s one I need to win, and in style. But for as long as it lasts, it’ll be exciting.

“He can box as well as fight, and I can fight as well as box, and whoever is going to win the fight needs to do both.  To win, I’m going to have to show I can fight as well as box, and he’s going to have to have another plan apart from just coming forward.  I one hundred per cent believe I can win.  It could be a tough fight,but I believe I’ll come out looking good. I want to win in style and want to win by stoppage.”

“He’s a good fighter.  I believe he’ll have a stand off-ish approach, and I’ll probably be the more aggressive fighter,” countered Day.  “I can box, but because of the size difference, everyone expects me to come and fight becausehe’s the taller man, but I can box too. I can probably win on points, if I stick to the plan. 

“I took this fight because I work, and I don’t want to keep working and boxing – I want to box, or I want to work. If I don’t win then I’ll have to have a serious think about what I want to do, but if I win it gives me the incentive to move onto bigger things.  I want to try and move as fast as I can, and fight for either the Central Area Title, or English.  I think it will be a good, exciting fight to watch because we’ve both got to try and make a statement.  I’m confident I’ll win, I think I’ll be too strong.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30.

Headlining will be Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness versus Sklemersdale’s Colin Day.

Also appearing will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Sean Cairns, Marcel Braithwaite, Jay Farrell, Matthew Rennie and James Collins; Birkenhead’s Sean Dodd; Wales’ Cameron Halfpenny; and Warrington’s Mike Mckay.

Tickets priced at £30, £35, £40 and £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv 

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting vipboxing.tv or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and Facebook.  Subscribe to the VIP YouTube channel to get notifications about the latest videos.

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MASHER DODD RETURNS ON VIP LIVERPOOL OLYMPIA SHOW

After appearing on the big stage, you might think Sean Dodd would be reluctant to go back to the small hall circuit again.  For the last few years, the 34-year-old has been a regular fixture on big arena shows live on Sky Sports, but ‘Masher’ says he can’t wait to tread the boards again at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30. 

The upcoming VIP Promotions card is headlined by a fan-friendly clash between local prospects Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness and Skelmersdale’s Colin Day yet, despite being a former Commonwealth Lightweight and WBC International Champion, Dodd has no problems appearing on the undercard and knows from experience the atmosphere will be electric.

“To be honest, I’m more excited to be on a small hall show,” said the popular Birkenhead fighter.  “I’m looking forward to being in the thick of it amongst all the up and coming local talent.  I know what the atmosphere will be like – it will be really lively – because these shows are what I had to do to earn the Sky Sports shots.  To be honest it can be a bit lonely on those big shows.  I’ve been looking forward to getting back on the VIP shows for a while now, I really have.”

Dodd, 15-4-1 (3), goes into the Olympia show on the back of two losses.  In August he was beaten by rising star Joe Cordina; but losing his Commonwealth belt inside-the-distance to Hull’s Tommy Coyle in April is a defeat that still smarts. 

With wins over former GB Team Captain, Tom Stalker, and the new European champion Francesco Patera on his ledger, as well as two highly contentious losses to Scott Cardle – Masher is still convinced he has more to give, and says his chase for titles isn’t finished yet.

“When I first started boxing I was doing it for the love of it and for how it was changing my life around.  But then I started learning and improving and beating people that, on paper, should have been wiping the floor with me, and I was winning titles.  I’ve won the Commonwealth and the WBC International, I’ve beaten a former world title challenger, and the current European champion.  It’s definitely made me realise that there’s more to me.

“I lost to Tommy Coyle, and I’ll never take credit away from him, but Tommy didn’t beat me at my best.  I defended the Commonwealth belt fantastically against Tom Stalker, but I just wasn’t there for the Coyle fight.  Tommy beat me fairly, but to lose it knowing I wasn’t in there giving myself the best chance is hard. 

“In my head, Patera is now the European champion and I’ve beaten him, and if I’d done what I know I’m capable of then I could have beaten Tommy Coyle as well.  So, I feel that I want to go and win the European Title now, and I’d still like to win the British as well.  I’ve got my heart set on the European or British, either one.  It feels like I should have had the British before anyway [against Scott Cardle]; I feel I was robbed of that, and I do feel like I can go to European level.”

“It’s good to have Masher on this Liverpool show,” said promoter Steve Wood.  “He’s had a great career already, and has some good wins.  When you look at what Patera did to Lewis Ritson recently, then you can see how good Masher’s win over him now looks. 

“He also should have been the British champion when most people thought he won the second Cardle fight.  He recently accepted a fight with Cardle on the Bellew and Usyk undercard at just ten days notice, but Cardle’s team opted for Ricky Burns instead.  We’ll ease Masher back in, then go chasing belts again in 2019.

“I’m really looking forward to this Liverpool card, the headliner between McGuinness and Day will be a great clash of styles, it’s a 50-50 fight and both will give it everything.  And with the likes of Masher on the undercard, it’s going to be a really good night of boxing.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30.

Headlining will be Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness versus Sklemersdale’s Colin Day.

Also appearing will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Sean Cairns, Marcel Braithwaite, Jay Farrell, Matthew Rennie and James Collins; Birkenhead’s Sean Dodd; Wales’ Cameron Halfpenny; and Warrington’s Mike Mckay.

Tickets priced at £30, £35, £40 and £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv 

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting vipboxing.tv or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and Facebook.  Subscribe to the VIP YouTube channel to get notifications about the latest videos.

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BOB AJISAFE: ‘I’D JUMP AT THE CHANCE TO FIGHT YARDE, BUATSI OR JOHNSON’


Anthony Yarde, Callum Johnson, and Joshua Buatsi may be flying high at light heavyweight, but Bob Ajisafe says he would jump at the chance of facing any of them.Ajisafe – the former British and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight champion, as well as an IBO World Title challenger – returns to action on November 17 at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse, and the 33-year-old has the young guns in his sights.

“I’d fight any of them, and I’m confident I could beat all of them,” said Ajisafe, 17-3 (7), who is returning to action after over a year’s hiatus.  “Buatsi is up and coming and looks a good prospect, and I’d love a fight with Callum Johnson. 

“I’ve seen a few of Anthony Yarde’s fights, but who has he really fought?  He hasn’t fought anyone in the top ten; he’s got a good ranking with the WBO because his promoter has pushed him down that route, but who has he fought domestically?  He hasn’t even won a domestic title, apart from the Southern Area.  When is he actually going to fight someone credible?  Don’t get me wrong, I understand the process and they’re building him up, but I’d happily take that fight.”

Ajisafe – who holds wins over Travis Dickinson, Dean Francis, and Ovill McKenzie, and who once had Tony Bellew on the canvas before losing in 2010 – has previously found himself in the ‘who needs him’ club.  Defensively very good, but with a solid punch, the dangerous Leeds man has been an avoided fighter in the past. 

Now fully fit after recovering from various injuries that have kept him inactive, he is aiming to shed the ring rust on his November return and then start chasing the big fights.  Happy to compete at either light heavyweight or cruiserweight, Ajisafe has faith in manager Steve Wood’s ability to guide him, and insists there is much more to come from him yet.

“I want to get as many big fights as I can.  I’d love to get the European Title, and I’d like a world title shot again.  I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished in my career so far, but there’s more to come.  I know I’m still not finished. 

“If my career can be moved on and I get the right opportunities then I feel like I have a lot left.  Steve has been trying to get me work but he knows no one wants to fight me and it’s difficult for him, but I’m a loyal person and I’m confident he can do it. 

“Whatever the right opportunities come up, then I’ll fight at cruiserweight or I can get down to light heavyweight.  I’m not going to burn myself out though if there aren’t any suitable opportunities at light heavy. 

“For now, I’m looking forward to getting in there on November 17th and putting on a good display; put on a good showing and move on from there.  It’s just going to be good to get active again, it’s been a frustrating time being out with injuries, but it’s good to be back on the scene, and I want to stay busy.”

“I still believe Bob can get to the top,” said Steve Wood, “he’s already shown the kind of ability he has by winning the British Title and fighting for a version of the world title, and it’s just a shame that injuries have stalled his career a little.

“He’s back now, injury free, and we’re looking to get him active in 2019.  Obviously if he keeps on winning then the top fighters won’t be able to avoid him, and we’ll be able to get him into the kind of fights where he belongs.  He’s a good addition to the Victoria Warehouse card, and it’s a good opportunity for Bob to put on an exciting performance to remind everyone what he’s about.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on November 17.  Appearing will be Middleton’s Liam Taylor; Salford’s Luke Evans and Luke Vaughan; Manchester’s Charlie Schofield, Brad Rea and Kane Gardner; Delph’s Andy Kremner; Leeds’ Bob Ajisafe; Rochdale’s Muhammad Ali; Oldham’s Joe Eko; and Liverpool’s Adam Farrell.

Tickets priced at £35 (general), £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv and Eventim.co.uk

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

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KNIFE ATTACK BOXER WANTS TO BE KNOWN FOR HIS BOXING


The boxing ring might seem like a scary place, but Luke Evans will never experience anything as terrifying inside the ropes as he has outside them.  Last year, the 22-year-old was subjected to a horrific knife attack that left him with life-changing injuries and threatened to end his flourishing boxing career. 

Just over 12 months on and Luke returns to action for his second ring appearance since that fateful night when he gets an outing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on November 17.  Determined to remain positive, Luke says his experiences have helped give him a sense of perspective about life, and that he now wants to be known for his boxing ability.

“The boxing ring has never been a scary place, for me,” explained Luke, who is trained by Blaine Younis at Ricky Hatton’s Hyde gym. 

“I don’t think boxing is scary, but life is – it’s definitely scarier.  You get punched in the face for a living but it’s not the same as getting a knife in the face so, in that sense, I don’t think anything hits harder than what I’ve been through. What I experienced that night in August 2017, I don’t think you can get any scarier than that.  But I’ve come out the other side, I’ve got my career back, and hopefully [manager] Steve Wood can push me onto bigger and better things in the near future. 

“It’s important for me to be known for my boxing now.  The attack did bring a lot of media attention which is a good thing, but it’s also for the wrong reasons.  If I’d had my way, the coverage would have been about my boxing rather than the attack.  Obviously, in boxing you need attention and difficult things have happened to other fighters like Anthony Crolla, Jamie Moore, and Kell Brook, and I’ve just been trying to follow in their footsteps with how they’ve dealt with it.”

Unbeaten Evans, currently 8-0, has title ambitions and is hopeful he will pick up his first belt next year.  The Salford native has a tricky end-of-the-year ahead, with his attack court case looming, but is eyeing a 2019 Central Area Title tilt as the first port-of-call in his chase for honours.  Hoping to campaign at light-welterweight in the future, Luke’s dream is of one day winning the Lonsdale Belt.  Picking up the British Title is not an easy task for any pro but, with the determination he’s already shown in life, don’t back against Luke in achieving his ambition.

“The aim this year is to finish at 9-0.  There’s a lot of stuff going on outside of boxing which will be a major distraction soon, like the court case.  So that will take up the rest of this year.  I’m then hoping to get down to light welter and hopefully pick up my first title; the Central Area belt. 

“I never want to call anyone out but if a fight is made I’ll take it.  There will be a lot of local boxers thinking the same, but I believe that title is there for me next year, and I don’t care who I fight for it because I believe I’m the best of the crop.  I think the title is currently held by Ryan Mulcahy who is a Scouse lad, so that would make for a great fight because it would be Manchester versus Liverpool, but I don’t know if he’s pushing onto bigger things or if the title is vacant.  Hopefully it will be the first of many though.  My long-term goal is to become British champion, and if I do that then I’ve succeeded in my intentions.

“For now, I’m just looking forward to getting back in the ring on November 17.  It’ll be amazing.  I wish I’d had my first fight back after the attack at the Victoria Warehouse.  All the pressure is off now, I’ve got a great fan base in Salford and am looking forward to getting back. I want to put on a show for everyone and am happy for my fans to see me back.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on November 17.  Appearing will be Middleton’s Liam Taylor; Salford’s Luke Evans and Luke Vaughan; Manchester’s Charlie Schofield, Brad Rea and Kane Gardner; Delph’s Andy Kremner; Leeds’ Bob Ajisafe; Rochdale’s Muhammad Ali; Oldham’s Joe Eko; and Liverpool’s Adam Farrell.

Tickets priced at £35 (general), £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv and Eventim.co.uk

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

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VIDEO – Wood talks Coyle, Doyle, Flanagan and Warrington


 
With a short break before the next VIP Promotions show, promoter Steve Wood recently caught up with Lee Hogan from VIP TV to chat about some of the VIP stable who are in big fights over the coming weeks, including:
 
Hull’s Tommy Coyle who fights in Boston on October 20.
 
Manchester’s Ryan Doyle, who defends his Commonwealth Featherweight Title against Jordan Gill on October 27.
 
Terry Flanagan, who also fights on October 27 in New Orleans in the World Boxing Super Series.
 
Leeds’ Josh Warrington, who defends his IBF World Featherweight Title against Carl Frampton on December 22.
 

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VIP Promotions returns to the Oldham Leisure Centre this Saturday (October 6) with a stacked card of boxing


 
Lee Hogan from VIP TV recently caught up with three of the night’s fighters – Jack Cullen, Jack Kilgannon and Jack Rafferty
 
Cullen from Bolton was due to face Wiltshire’s Anthony Fox but, with Fox now off the show, Jack will have to negotiate the challenge of a late replacement. In just two years as a pro, Cullen – AKA ‘Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver’ – has romped to 13-1 (4), with his sole defeat coming in the Irish Last Man Standing tournament, when he had just eight minutes to recover from his semi-final bout, before appearing in the final!
 

 
Meanwhile, super middleweight Kilgannon, 5-0 (2), gets his first six rounder against the experienced Lewis van Poestch, 7-80-1 (1); while local man Rafferty, in his fifth outing, will fight for the first time in his home town.
 

 
“We had a great show last weekend in Liverpool, and I’m expecting another good one this Saturday in Oldham,” said promoter Steve Wood. ” Jack Cullen will have to be on his game because he was due to face Fox, but will now get someone totally unexpected. Our fighter, Marcel Braithwaite, lost last weekend against Brett Fidoe, so it just shows that upsets do happen and Jack will need to be switched on.
 

 
“As well as these three Jacks [Cullen,Kilgannon and Rafferty], we’ve also got another two Jacks appearing on the show – Jack Flatley and Jack Daniel! All five are in the early stages of their careers, but I believe there’s a few champions amongst them. Reece Mould and Charlie Schofield both get a run out too, both are unbeaten and Reece has five KOs from his ten wins, so it will be interesting to see if he can get another early finish.”
 
The show will be streamed live on vipboxing.tv
 
Tickets for the show are £35 (general) and £60 (ringside).
 
Visit vipboxing.tv or call 01942 874 241 for more info.

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