WEIGHTS & QUOTES – PEERS Vs. DUNECS

Photo: Saiqa Shaheen

The weigh-in for the Paul Peers versus Grigorijs Dunecs World Boxing League (WBL) and European Boxing League (EBL) European Welterweight Championship fight, took place yesterday evening at The Mile in Derby.

Weights:

Paul Peers                                                                              Grigorijs Dunecs

64Kg                                                                                            64.8Kg

Quotes:

Paul Peers

“I’ve spoke with Ross Doherty, whose boxed Dunecs, I spoke with him this morning and Ross thinks the fight is going to be very tough for me.

“He’s already said he’s very tough but he thinks my ability and my technique hopefully will win me the fight.

“I’ve only been with Dan (promoter Dan Gray) a short while, so to be challenging for a second Championship under him already is unbelievable. 

“Saying that I think I deserve this shot, I think I’m more than prepared to fight at this level, I may have been with Dan about six months but have spent twenty years in the game so am more than ready for this.”

Grigorijs Dunecs

“I’m glad to be here and make the fight tomorrow, I think we are ready to make a great show and we will try to make this the best fight.”

Paul Peers versus Grigorijs Dunecs for the World Boxing League (WBL) and European Boxing League (EBL) European Welterweight Championships head up Daniel Gray’s Box Clever Promotions event at the Queens Hall, 125 London Road, Derby DE1 2QQ on Saturday the 6th April 2019.

Also featured on the SOLD OUT event is Nathan Russo, who returns to the fray following a three year sabbatical from the sport to face Ireland’s Michael Kelly. 

Unbeaten Leeds based battler Jack Jones is set to go toe-to-toe with Dean Porter from Essex plus six further contests.

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Expect a War on Saturday Says Peers.

This coming Saturday, at the Queens Hall in Derby, Paul Peers is set to face Latvia’s Grigorijs Dunecs for the World Boxing League (WBL) and European Boxing League (EBL) European Super Lightweight Championships.

Peers has been in sensational form since signing with Dan Gray’s Box Clever Promotional outfit in the summer of 2018. 

In September last year Peers secured his first Championship accolade, the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) English crown, following a seriously closely fought Magnitude 10 Battle Royale against fellow Liverpudlian Craig Kennerdale. 

Right from the opening bell it was a full on war, both lads going toe-to-toe letting rip with power punch after power punch.

By round three it was clear that it would be impossible to tip a winner, first round you couldn’t split them, neither could the judges, the second going to Kennerdale and the red side of the City and the third to Peers and the blues.

The fourth was a bloody affair, with both Kennerdale and Peers bleeding from the nose, have to say what a round though, it was pugilistic heaven to watch as both protagonists went full on for the full three minutes.

The fifth was very much in the same vein, as was the sixth, and once again control was switching back and forth.

Kennerdale gained the upper hand, just, in the sixth after stepping up the already scintillating pace. Not to be outdone Peers stepped it up further and took control of the seventh.

To describe the eighth and final round as sensational would have to be deemed the understatement of the year, it wasn’t a war it was Pugilistic Armageddon, so much so there wasn’t a single person seated, the entire audience on their feet screaming their support for one or t’other, even the neutrals in the house bellowed, so enthralling was the round.

The frenetic tension, of the combatants and their teams as they awaited the scorecards to be read, was palpable to all in attendance.

The stress only easing after the cards were read – Judge Adrian Thorne 78-78 (Drawn), Judge Mark Wakefield 78-76 in favour of Peers and Judge James Ancliff 78-77, also in favour of Peers.

Speaking from his new home in the Orkneys earlier Peers spoke briefly about his first Championship success.

“What a fight, I knew Craig (Kennerdale) is as tough as they come and that I’d have to be right on my game, and I was.

“These are the fights I want, seriously tough fights, because I want to test myself to the limit and against Craig that’s just what I got, a real test.

“To win against such an accomplished and tough unbeaten fighter like Craig was just the proof I needed that I can be a serious contender for titles, so here I am about to test myself again, against another seriously tough opponent for the WBL and EBL European titles.”

Peers then spoke further about the upcoming contest;

“I know a little about Grigorijs style as he fought over here against Ross Doherty last year. He’s tough, seriously tough, which is just how I like them.

“He likes to go toe-to-toe, so do I, so expect a war!

“My camp has been perfect, and I can’t thank Steven Logie at Strength 101, Kirkwall for all the help with fitness and strength work, he’s done a brilliant job, I couldn’t have done this without him.

“I am ready for this like no fight previously, I want those belts around my waist at the end of the night. 

“I’m not taking him lightly, definitely not, as I say I’ve seen him fight and know I will have a true battle on my hands come Saturday night, one I fully intend to win.

“I have to say a huge thanks to Dan Gray and his team for giving me the opportunity to fight for European title, these guys and girls are the business and I only have one way to repay them for their faith in me and my abilities and that’s to go out there on Saturday and win those titles, in style.”

Paul Peers versus Grigorijs Dunecs for the World Boxing League (WBL) and European Boxing League (EBL) European Super Lightweight Championships head up Daniel Gray’s Box Clever Promotions event at the Queens Hall, 125 London Road, Derby DE1 2QQ on Saturday the 6th April 2019.

Also featured on the SOLD OUT event is Nathan Russo, who returns to the fray following a three year sabbatical from the sport to face Ireland’s Michael Kelly. 

Unbeaten Leeds based battler Jack Jones is set to go toe-to-toe with Dean Porter from Essex and Sheffield Light Heavyweight Richard Grant makes his professional debut, plus six further contests.

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White: I’m Overjoyed at Winning my First Title,Now I Want More, Many More!

On Saturday evening,Glasgow’s Alexander White achieved his dream of winning a Championship, the World Boxing League (WBL) International Super Middleweight, with a sensational first round stoppage win over Latvian Dmitrijis Ovsjannikovs.

The fight may have been over in just under two minutes, but what an action packed couple of minutes it was.

Right from the opening bell White went on the attack, letting rip with big shots to the Latvian’s body and head, Ovsjannikovs is as savvy as they come, initially covering up before countering with equally big shots of his own.

Ovsjannikovs appeared calm and to a degree confident he could ride out the onslaught and turn the tables on his opponent, as he did back in March, against Mitchell Walsh in Liverpool, to secure a KO victory.

However on Saturday evening White was not going to give the Latvian any openings, instead the Scot just stepped up the pace to send Ovsjannikovs to the canvas in under a minute.

As soon as the fight was restarted White went in for the kill, peppering the Latvian’s body with big lefts and rights. The tough Latvian managed to thwart the Glaswegian’s efforts well for about twenty seconds or so, but then White landed a peach of a shot to send Ovsjannikovs to the canvas for a second time.

Once again White went straight back on the attack on the restart, this time though the onslaught proved too much for Ovsjannikovs, who crashed to the canvas for the third and final time, as referee Lee Murtagh had seen enough and waved the fight off on the one minute and fifty-two second mark of the first round.

Speaking earlier from his home, White spoke briefly about the fight as well as his desire for more Championship accolades.

“It was great to be back in the ring, even if it was just for a minute or so.

“In a way I’m disappointed it was such a short fight, especially after a full eight week camp, but let’s face it you don’t get paid extra if it goes the distance.

“I’m overjoyed at winning my first title fight, now I want more, many more.”

White then went on to say.

“Right now I’m just looking forward to Christmas and then in the New Year will sit down with my manager (Thomas Melville) and team to discuss future plans.

“So I’m going to stay in shape over the holidays, just in case an opportunity arises, as believe me I have got a lot more to offer – watch this space.”

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