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

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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

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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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BROGAN READY FOR ‘BEEFY’ TEST


 
Steve Brogan, 12-1-2 (2), tops the bill at the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday September 29, live on vipboxing.tv. The fighter from Skelmersdale will contest the vacant Central Area Lightweight Title against late replacement Brad ‘Beefy’ Botham, 5-5-1 (1), after the withdrawal of original opponent, Shakeeb Ali.
 
Despite the change, Brogan says he isn’t fazed. The 34-year-old recently chatted to VIP TV and explained how – if victorious – he is hoping the belt will be the springboard onto bigger titles.
 

 
“He’s not a journeyman; he’s coming to win the title,” said Brogan. “I’ve seen a couple of his fights. He looks a good kid, comes forward and had been in a couple of Central Area Title fights before. So, he’s got the experience. He’s good, he fights in the pocket and I’m looking forward to it. I’m grateful to be topping the bill at The Olympia. It’s a proper fighting venue, and the undercard is great with loads of talent on.”
 
“There’s always a great atmosphere at the Olympia,” said promoter, Steve Wood. “This will be a good fight and, despite Botham getting the opportunity late, that could work in his favour because there’s no pressure on him. We’ve had Botham on our shows before and he will definitely give Steve a very good test. So, this headliner will make for good viewing for the fans, and we’ve got an entertaining undercard too featuring local fighters including Tom Farrell, and Luke Willis.”
 
VIP Promotions presents Skelmersdale’s Steve Brogan against Yorkshire’s Brad Botham for the vacant Central Area Lightweight Title at the Liverpool Olympia on September 29.
 
Appearing on the undercard will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Lloyd Campbell, Tom Farrell, Adam Farrell, Tom McGuinness and Marcel Braithwaite.
 
Tickets are priced at £30 (upper balcony), £35 (lower balcony), £40 (ground floor), and £60 (ringside) – please call 01942 874 241 or visit vipboxing.tv.
 
The show will be streamed live vipboxing.tv

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LIVERPOOL’S WILLIS: ‘I’M GUNNING FOR SEAN DODD AND SCOTT CARDLE’


 
With his hand troubles behind him, Liverpool’s Luke Willis is gunning for the big names from the British lightweight division as heads into his next outing on September 29 at Liverpool’s Olympia.
 
The Scouser has cruised to 7-0 (1) with the use of just one mitt but, after a successful operation, says he is now firing on all cylinders and is willing to take on all-comers.
 
The VIP Promotions’ Olympia card is headlined by Skelmersdale’s Steve Brogan fighting for the Central Area Lightweight belt again Yorkshire’s Brad Botham, live on vipboxing.tv. Confident Willis wants the chance to box for that title next; as well as fancying his chances against Birkenhead’s former Commonwealth champ Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd, and ex-British champion Scott Cardle.
 
“I can box, fight and counter-punch, but my best attribute is hitting and not getting hit,” explained Luke. “When someone comes at me, when I’m in a 50-50 fight, then you’ll see the best of me. I’m training well, and my hand is sound, and you’ll see at this next show and then the big fights afterwards that [manager] Steve [Wood] has promised me.
 
“Steve Brogan is a good friend of mine, but if it got offered and we both took it, then great. Steve’s a friend but I’m levels above him, and he’d say so himself. I’ll fight anyone; if you’re not in my gym, then you’re not on my team and you’re against me. That’s my attitude.
 
“The fight I’m gunning for though is Sean Dodd, or Cardle. They’re the two fighters I really want; I want their scalps on my record. I’ve got the beating of them, and I want to test myself. I want the opportunity and I’m ready for them right now. Don’t get me wrong, they’re game fighters and I’m not saying they’d be scared of me, but once my name gets mentioned they know they’ll have their work cut out. In the boxing world, people know I’m a handful.”
 
Willis is from a notable Liverpool fighting family that includes his uncle Tony, a one-time Olympic medallist, and former British Lightweight Champion. Southpaw Luke is keen to point out though that, although he has been fighting all his life, he has made his own way in the sport. The 27-year-old, who has plenty of fight-game insiders believing in his ability, is convinced, with the right backing and opportunities, he can go all the way.
 
“I’ve been boxing since I was a baby. It’s in my blood, it’s who I’ve been brought up to be. When I was about eleven, Tony was a bit of an inspiration, but it’s more about the name and having something to live up to. There’s a bit of pressure because I’m a Willis, but them as people, they’ve been no inspiration, they’ve never helped me. Don’t get me wrong, Tony and Kenny were quality boxers, I can’t take that away from them, but I can’t speak about people I don’t know. I want to outdo them, Tony won a British Title, so I want to win a European or World belt. I want to do one better and show I’m cut from a different cloth.
 
“I don’t want to be sitting here saying I can be world champion but, genuinely, with decent sponsors and Steve [Wood] backing me one hundred per cent, then I really believe I could be. My sole goal right now is to become British champion, I’ve got my heart set on that British Title. And I don’t want to win it against a nobody, I want to beat the best, so I become the ‘man’. When I win the British and have defended it, then we’ll see how far I can go. I’m not looking past September 29th, any fight I fight is a world title fight because nothing is promised to anyone. But, given the right opportunities, I know with my ability I can go all the way.”
 
VIP Promotions presents Skelmersdale’s Steve Brogan against Yorkshire’s Brad Botham for the vacant Central Area Lightweight Title at the Liverpool Olympia on September 29.

 

Appearing on the undercard will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Lloyd Campbell, Tom Farrell, Adam Farrell, Tom McGuinness and Marcel Braithwaite.

Ticket info are priced at £30 (upper balcony), £35 (lower balcony), £40 (ground floor), and £60 (ringside) – please call 01942 874 241 or visit vipboxing.tv.

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WOOD EYEING TITLES FOR WRIGHT THIS SEASON

 

Steve Wood, manager of Danny Wright, believes the unbeaten light-welterweight will have a major impact on the domestic title scene with just a couple more victories under his belt.
 

Wright is currently 9-0 (4), as he heads into a September 15th outing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse against Hungary’s Zoltan Szabo, 25-12 (11), which will be streamed live on vipboxing.tv. And Wood, who has guided countless fighters to title successes – most recently, Commonwealth Featherweight Champion, Ryan Doyle – is convinced the Failsworth fighter will add more titles to the VIP Promotions’ ‘Hall of Fame’.

 

“Danny has been pro for a couple of years and breezed his apprenticeship,” said Wood from his VIP Promotions’ Astley base. “We’ll be stepping him up this season though and I’m sure he’ll rise to the challenge and put in some big performances. He’s in against Szabo for this first show, who should provide a solid test, because he has a lot of experience and can punch a bit himself.

 

“Danny has already impressed people in the game and been signed to a promotional contract by Frank Warren. We’ll be keeping him busy though, and I’m looking forward to seeing him perform at the Victoria Warehouse. It’s a good card to kick off the new season and is topped by Salford’s Marc Leach in what should be a cracking English Title fight eliminator against Louis Norman.”

 

Wright – a decorated England international who was both a junior and senior ABA champ – says he is hoping to face a real test this year, before gate-crashing the domestic rankings. The 22-year-old acknowledges the UK light-welterweight division is thriving, but believes the Commonwealth and English Titles are already within his capabilities.

 

“I’m happy to be steered by my team, but I’d love to get the English Title,” said the full-time fighter. “I’m feeling confident this season will bring a title. It’s just about taking opportunities as they come.

 

“Light-welter is very competitive at domestic level. You’ve got Sam Maxwell coming from the GB Squad who is at a similar stage of his career to me. Above that you’ve got Jack Catterall, Ohara Davies, Josh Taylor – so there’s a lot of talent at the weight. I’m young still and have got plenty of time to get to that level and into the mix.

 

“I don’t think I’m far off the likes of [Commonwealth Champion] Glenn Foot or Sam O’Maison [English Champion] though. I just need a few testing fights because I’ve not been in one as a pro. I’ve been walking through everyone put in front of me, and not even dropped a round yet. So, I just need to come though a good test and then I think I could fight either of them, and I’m confident I’d beat them.

 

“I’m over the moon to be with a big promoter like Frank Warren. I’ll just take every opportunity, hopefully get the right fights at the right times and keep impressing, because that’s what it’s all about. I want to start getting the big fights and get up the rankings, and I’m really looking forward to starting this season at the Victoria Warehouse.”

 

VIP Promotions presents Salford’s Marc Leach against Leicestershire’s Louis Norman in an English Bantamweight Title eliminator on September 15 at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.

 

Appearing on the undercard will be Stretford’s Bradley Rea; Failsworth’s Danny Wright; Beswick’s Kane Gardner; Wigan’s James Moorcroft, Andrew Fleming and Casey Connelly; Leigh’s Adam Ridge; Blackpool’s Jamie Mitchell; Moston’s Lyndon Arthur; Bolton’s Muhammad Ali, and Ashton under Lyne’s Charlie Schofield.

 

Ticket info are priced at £35 (General), £60 (Ringside), and £60 (VIP Booth) – please call 01942 874 241 or visit vipboxing.tv.

 

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EXCITING MANCHESTER PROSPECT LINKS UP WITH VIP PROMOTIONS

 

Exciting Stretford prospect Bradley Rea has linked up with VIP Promotions, following the likes of IBF World Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington, and former world lightweight ruler Terry Flanagan, by joining the talent-rich stable.

 

The 20-year-old debuts at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on September 15, on a card topped by Salford’s Marc Leach against Leicestershire’s Louis Norman in an English Title eliminator. With the show – streamed live on vipboxing.tv – just weeks away, Rea, a former Junior ABA Champ and England international, has already set his sights on a Lonsdale Belt as the minimum of what he wants to achieve in his pro career.

 

“I’m over the moon to be with VIP,” said Rea, who boxed for St Johns ABC in Chorlton, a club run by his father. “I’ve been going to VIP shows since I was a kid, and the Victoria Warehouse is just around the corner from me. It’s great to be a part of the stable. I did have a few options, but I’ve seen what Steve [Wood] has done with some of the fighters he’s had, and I think he’s the best man to get me where I want to go.

 

“I’m just starting out, but before I retire I want the British Title outright, and that’s a minimum. Anything after that is a bonus. I’m only young but by the time I hit the back end of my 20s, I believe I’ll be able to compete at world level. I’ve had 97 amateur fights, so I’m already an experienced boxer. I want to be in big fights, but I have time on my side and am more than happy with learning fights at the moment.”

 

All the signs are that Bradley, who is trained by Blaine Younis from Ricky Hatton’s Hyde-based gym, should hit the ground running in the paid game. Dedicating himself full-time to his new career, Rea says he was constantly told during his unpaid days that he had a pro style, and believes he already has the versatility to adapt in the ring.

 

“I’m quite tall for a middleweight, six foot three, but I do like to fight inside. If I have to box at range then I’m happy to do it, but if I need to have a dust-up then I’m happy to do that too. I can switch hit, and I’ve always been told I fight like a pro. So, I definitely feel I’m going to be suited to it.

 

“I can’t wait to get my career started; I’ve felt ready for the last four weeks. It’s really exciting; the Victoria Warehouse is just around the corner from my house so hopefully I’ll get the place rammed and the atmosphere will be amazing.”

 

“I’m really pleased to have Bradley onboard,” said Steve Wood, who heads operations at VIP Promotions. “We’ve already had a couple of world champions, and plenty of British champs at VIP. I don’t know how far Bradley can go, but he’s a real prospect and I’ve got high hopes for him. He’s got plenty of time, so we won’t rush him, but I can see him making an impact because he’s got an exciting, crowd-pleasing style that the fans will love.”

 

VIP Promotions presents Salford’s Marc Leach against Leicestershire’s Louis Norman in an English Bantamweight Title eliminator on September 15 at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.

 

Appearing on the undercard will be Stretford’s Bradley Rea; Failsworth’s Danny Wright; Beswick’s Kane Gardner; Wigan’s James Moorcroft, Andrew Fleming and Casey Connelly; Leigh’s Adam Ridge; Blackpool’s Jamie Mitchell; Moston’s Lyndon Arthur; Bolton’s Muhammad Ali, and Ashton under Lyne’s Charlie Schofield.

 

Ticket info are priced at £35 (General), £60 (Ringside), and £60 (VIP Booth) – please call 01942 874 241 or visit vipboxing.tv.

 

The show will be streamed live on vipboxing.tv

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