Khan, Olagbade and Davidson Successfully Defend World Crowns in Sensational Style as Kamoko Secures International title.

Photographs courtesy of Joe Ibbotson 

On Saturday night Internationally acclaimed promoter Prince Stanley Williams, who normally promotes events in the USA and Africa, made his UK promoting debut and boy oh boy did he do it in style. The event, titled The Homecoming, took place at one of the most stunning venues in the UK, St George’s Hall in Bradford, the hometown of headliner and defending World Boxing Union (WBU) World Super Flyweight Champion Tasif Khan.

Clearly determined to make a serious impact on the British boxing scene, the Prince had stated prior to the event that he was coming for Matchroom Sports head honcho Eddie Hearns’ Crown as the top UK promoter and without doubt backed up that bold statement by not just having the one World Championship contest on the card, but three plus an International title fight and a pair of International Heavyweight contests.

Main event of the night see the aforementioned four time, two division World Champion Tasif Khan defending the World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Flyweight World crown he secured back in December in Lagos, Nigeria against Mexican banger Juan Lopez Martinez.

The first round was an edgy affair which see both protagonists tentatively testing the others mettle   with some sharp jabs and stinging combinations, which generated some great back and forth action for the fans.

Round two saw Khan step up the pace a tad as well as start targeting the body of the tough Mexican. Martinez is tough, not only did he absorb and counter but as the round progressed began deliberately dropping his guard and motioning Khan in, which the Bradford man happily obliged with massive left hooks.

The next round was not far off a repeat of the second, some fantastic back and forth action interspersed with Khan firing massive Exocets to the Mexican’s body. 

Round four though was a very different affair, as once more Khan stepped up the pace and used his sensational ring craft to avoid many of Martinez’s attacks before countering with shots to body and head.

As the round moved into the second minute Khan landed a peach of a shot that sent Martinez down. The Mexican was soon on his feet and Khan went in hard and fast, however Martinez is no mug and used his ringcraft to avoid more body shots, well, that was until about thirty seconds of the round to go, when Khan found another opening and powered in a massive hook to the body to send Martinez down for a second time in the round.

On the restart once again Khan tried to finish it off as he backed Martinez onto the ropes, the Mexican covered up well and absorbed most shots with his arms or gloves which enabled him to make it to the end of the round.

The moment the bell rang for the fifth round Khan confidently moved to centre ring and began targeting Martinez’s body, the Mexican initially neutralised most with his excellent defence, however after about twenty seconds or so Khan found an opening and let rip with another massively fast and powerful hook to send Martinez down again, this time though there was no coming back for the Mexican and Referee Arno Pokrandt had no option but to waive the fight of on the twenty nine second mark of the fifth round.

Prior to Khan-Martinez see Nigeria’s reigning World Boxing Union (WBU) Interim Middleweight World Champion King Davidson defend his crown against Mexico’s ‘El Huracan’ Fernando Castaneda.

Right from the opening bell Castaneda went hard and fast on the attack, Davidson began countering to try and keep the hard charging Mexican at bay, but no chance of that as Castaneda just walked through all punches coming in his direction.

his own, however Castaneda just kept coming forward and to my mind had without doubt had secured the first stanza.

Round two was in similar vein to the first, however I should mention that Davidson was definitely firmly in the driving seat due to not just his sensational counter attacks but also his much tighter defence in this round.

The third see Davidson confidence rise, as the Nigerian began to take the fight to the highly mobile Mexican, this was a round for the fans without doubt as it was non-stop action from start to finish.

The fourth saw Castaneda come out hard and fast, Davidson stood his ground and some great toe to toe action ensued, up to about the thirty second mark when Davidson let rip with a massive body shot to send the Mexican down. Castaneda attempted to rise but was clearly struggling and dropped to the canvas once more just as the count reached eight leaving referee Kornellius Bernds no option but to stop the contest on the forty second point of the fourth round.

Prior to Davidson-Castaneda was the third of the World title fights, this one pitting Nigeria’s defending World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Welterweight World Champion Sule ‘Tyson Kill’ Olagbade against Nicaragua’s Arnoldo Solano.

What a fight this was, there is absolutely no way I can do justice for this in my report, it really was a fantastic all action affair of magnificent proportions.

Solano clearly came into the fight with an attack, attack and attack strategy as that’s just what he did for virtually every minute of every round, however have to also say Olagbade’s Mayweather like defence was virtually impenetrable and his countering was bordering on the sensational, to my mind the Nigerian’s boxing style isn’t just a mirror image of Floyd Mayweather’s, as has been stated previously, but actually the Nigerian has taken this style of boxing to another level. 

After twelve fantastic rounds it was to the scorecards, Judges Jonathan Pasi and Kornelius Bernds both scoring the contest 116-112 and Judge Thomas Hakenberg scoring it 118-111 in favour of Olagbade. 

When the result was announced the crowd made their feelings apparent to all, as most in attendance had clearly believed that Solano had done enough to secure at least a draw if not the win due to his non-stop approach.

If ever there was a fight that deserves a rematch, this is it without doubt as yes I too have to admit I was disbelieving at the scores also, but for a different reason. It was a seriously close fight in my eyes, one which I personally scored as just a single round splitting them. 

The first Championship battle of the evening see Germany’s Rajhat Bilgetekin challenge Ghanaian Super Star Briamah ‘Bukom Banku’ Kamoko for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) International Cruiserweight Crown.

Right from the off Kamoko took the fight to Bilgetekin, facing the German into having mainly to counter off the back foot. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t all one way traffic, but Kamoko’s class was clear for all in attendance to see as he worked the German hard with big lefts and rights.

Bilgetekin neutralised a lot of Kamoko’s attacks in the second and as such enjoyed far more success in his attacks, however the Ghanaian cooly went about his work landing shots with precision and power, so much so that he had done enough to secure the second round too in my opinion.

Much the same during the first minute of the third, but as the round entered the second minute Kamoko struck in cobra like fashion, sending Bilgetekin down hard. The German was clearly in distress, so much so that Referee Kornelius Bernds stopped the count and beckoned the ringside medical team into the ring. 

I’m pleased to write that Bilgetekin was fine, just in a lot of pain from the powerful impact to his lower rib. Official time of the stoppage was one minute and thirteen seconds of the third round.

The second fight of the night was an eight round all German Heavyweight contest between Frankfurt’s Rad Rashid and Wipperfurth’s Hasan Kurnaz.

What a round, these big Heavyweights were really going for it right from the very start, both protagonists letting rip with massive power punches at every conceivable opportunity. As the round progressed into the final minute Rashid stepped up the pace and shortly after caught Kurnaz with a peach of a shot that sent him crashing to the canvas.

Kurnaz tried but just couldn’t get to his feet in time to beat Referee Jody Meikle’s count. Official time of the stoppage was two minutes and thirty none seconds of the first round.

Opening fight of the night pitted Germany’s Avni Selimi against Lithuania’s Thomas Vaicickas in a six round Heavyweight contest and what a cracking all action battle it was.

Right from the off both warriors locked horns, both seemingly dismissing any thoughts of defensive tactics from their minds as they battled it out at close quarters for virtually the full three minutes. Have to say I scored the round a draw, and having seen referee Jody Meikle’s scorecard know that so did he.

The second round, whilst not quite the all action affair as the first, see Selimi start to stamp his authority on the contest with good movement as well as picking his shots for maximum effect. All in all another very watchable round, which, I have to admit doesn’t tend to be the case in most Heavyweight fights.

The third round though was without doubts Vaicickas’ as the Lithuanian really stepped up the pace, much to the delight of the crowd. Selimi defended well but without doubt that was the Lithuanian’s round.

So going into the fourth it was all equal on the scorecards, they both had a round each and of course had drawn first round. Once again both protagonists seemed to dismiss any thoughts of defence from their minds and for the first thirty seconds or so mirrored the sensational first round, then as the clock headed towards the second minute Selimi let rip with a big heavy right to the body that sent the Lithuanian down.

Vaicickas made the count and on the restart Selimi went in hard and fast clearly determined to finish the fight early, Vaicickas defended as if his life depended on it but to no avail as Selimi let rip with another massive body shot to send the Lithuanian down, this time Vaicickas didn’t make it to his feet before referee Jody Meikle’s count came to it’s conclusion. Official time of the stoppage being one minute and twenty seven seconds of the fourth round.

What a night, fantastic fights and stunning venue, I have to admit if this is the level of fare that Prince Stanley Williams and his Monarch Events and Promotion’s team are going to bring to the table then I think the established UK promoters need to watch their backs as it’s just a matter of time before the Prince becomes the King of British Boxing.  

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DECASTRO-JACOBS WORLD TITLE CLASH LIVE ON GINIKO USA TV THIS SATURDAY

This coming Saturday, 22nd June 2019, American fans of the Pugilistic Arts will be able to watch the highly anticipated all British World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation (WBF) World Super Middleweight Unification contest between Nathan Decastro and Tommy Jacobs LIVE ON GINIKO USA TV.

On learning that the event will be broadcast in America by GINIKO USA TV this weekend one of the main protagonists, Tommy Jacobs, said.

“It’s such fantastic news that American viewers will also be able to watch the show on GINIKO USA TV.

“It’s going to be a great show, It’s not often you get an event where all the fights are a hundred percent genuine 50/50s.

“This is a massively risky fight for me, I’m not only taking on someone who’s a current world champion, with a very impressive record, but stepping up two weight categories against someone who by all accounts is supposed to be a massive puncher.

“I will be looking to really impress on Saturday night, this is a huge opportunity for me, one I intend to take firmly with both hands, literally.”

Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation Super Middleweight Championships that headlines the event at the Prince’s Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea on Saturday 22nd June 2019

Main support for the Decastro-Jacobs WBU-WBF Unification battle is a further Championship contest, this time for the WBU International Light Heavyweight Crown that pits Scotland’s  Ben McGivern against Hove, Sussex’s Navid Iran in a rematch of their classic Battle Royale back in November, as well as further International non-championship bouts and all contests will be broadcast live on GINIKO USA TV, the full fight card is:

12 Round – Super Middleweight

Nathan Decastro Vs Tommy Jacobs

World Boxing Union (WBU) Championship of the World 

World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Championship of the World

10 Round – Light Heavyweight

Ben McGivern Vs Navid Iran

World Boxing Union (WBU) International Championship

8 Round – Lightweight

Tackie Annan Vs Ben Ankrah

6 Rounds – Super Middleweight 

Rob Elden Vs Ronny McField

4 Rounds – Featherweight

Ben Cook Vs Pablo Narvaez

4 Rounds – Light Welterweight

Dean Porter Vs Michael Isaac Carreo

First fight live on GINIKO USA TV 7:30pm (GMT) – 2:30pm (EST) – 11:30am (PST)

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Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Super Middleweight World Championship Unification headlines at the Prince’s Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road,, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

Tickets, priced £60 (VIP) and £30 (Standard seating) are available by calling the ticket line on 07475 096532 or purchase on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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“No Discussion, The Title Is Mine” Says Iran Ahead of 22nd June McGivern Rematch – LIVE ON FITE.TV

Back in November, when Navid Iran and Ben McGivern first entered the ring at the Prince’s Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea to battle it out in an eight round Professional Boxing Council (PBC) Silver Championship contest, nobody ringside could have possibly have realised they were about to watch one of the greatest Domestic Battle Royale’s of not just the year but the Millennium, but they were.

What a fight, it was an all out war of epic proportions. Unfortunately this magnificent contest was only viewed by a very limited audience, those ringside and those watching the Facebook Live video.

Whilst this sensational fight did pass under the radar of the majority of fans worldwide, so many boxing fans were calling for McGivern-Iran II on social media platforms, that Promoter Tommy Jacobs just couldn’t ignore them and so this coming Saturday, the 22nd June, these two magnificent warriors will enter the arena at the Prince’s Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea to battle it out once more, this time for the World Boxing Union (WBU) International Crown, and justifiably this time it will be broadcast LIVE WORLDWIDE on FITE.TV.

Speaking earlier Iran said “I’m so ready for the rematch with Ben on 22nd June, even more so now I know it’s going out on FITE.TV

“I take my training seriously for any fight, I pride myself in my fitness and am always looking to perfect my skills further, but this year we’ve taken it to the next level. 

“When Ben and I first met in November, no one will dispute what a tough close fight it was, but this time there’ll be no room for discussion, the WBU title is mine. 

“After my knockout win in March I’m feeling fitter and fiercer than ever before, it’s like the beast has reawaken inside me and what it’s telling me is that belt will be coming home with us!”

Ben McGivern versus Navid Iran II for the WBU International Light Heavyweight Crown is the main support for Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Super Middleweight World Championship Unification that headlines the event at the Prince’s Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road,, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE on Saturday 22nd June 2019, 

In addition to the two Championship contests there are  further International non-championship bouts and all contests will be broadcast live on FITE.TV, the full fight card is:

12 Round – Super Middleweight

Nathan Decastro Vs Tommy Jacobs

World Boxing Union (WBU) Championship of the World 

World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Championship of the World

10 Round – Light Heavyweight

Ben McGivern Vs Navid Iran

World Boxing Union (WBU) International Championship

8 Round – Lightweight

Tackie Annan Vs Ben Ankrah

6 Rounds – Super Middleweight 

Rob Elden Vs Ronny McField

4 Rounds – Featherweight

Ben Cook Vs Pablo Narvaez

4 Rounds – Light Welterweight

Dean Porter Vs Michael Isaac Carreo

First fight live on FITE.TV 7:30pm (GMT) – 2:30pm (EST) – 11:30am (PST)

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Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Super Middleweight World Championship Unification headlines at the Prince’s Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road,, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

Tickets, priced £60 (VIP) and £30 (Standard seating) are available by calling the ticket line on 07475 096532 or purchase on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

To purchase the PPV ($14.99) on FITE.TV please go to https://www.fite.tv/watch/nathan-decastro-vs-tommy-jacobs/2oyc5/

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Decastro-Jacobs World Title Battle LIVE ON FITE.TV This Saturday

This coming Saturday, 22nd June 2019, reigning World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight World Champion Nathan Decastro steps into the ring to defend his coveted recently won crown for the first time, against fellow Brit and current World Boxing Foundation (WBF) International and European Champion Tommy Jacobs at the Prince’s Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea in the United Kingdom, which will be broadcast live on FITE.TV.

Decastro, who secured the WBU title back in April following the fourth round retirement of Ghana’s Daniel Adjei Sowah, is clearly elated that the first defence of the WBU Crown will be broadcast live on FITE TV. 

“I’m over the moon that the fight will be shown live on FITE.TV.” said the 28 year old from Bardney, Lincolnshire.

“I’ve been looking forward to the fight, but even more so now. Finally I will be showcasing my skills to a much wider audience, which hopefully will lead to bigger and better fights for me in the future.

“By saying that I’m not looking past Jacobs, I know it’s going to be a tough fight, but he’s not been in with anyone as tough and relentless as me.

“I’m unbeaten in fifteen, more importantly I’ve stopped twelve of my opponents to date.

“Can’t wait, Saturday can’t come quick enough for me.”

Supporting the Decastro-Jacobs WBU-WBF Unification battle are two further Championship contests as well as further International non-championship bouts and all contests will be broadcast live on FITE.TV, the full fight card is:

12 Round – Super Middleweight

Nathan Decastro Vs Tommy Jacobs

World Boxing Union (WBU) Championship of the World 

World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Championship of the World

10 Round – Light Heavyweight

Ben McGivern Vs Navid Iran

World Boxing Union (WBU) International Championship

8 Round – Lightweight

Tackie Annan Vs Ben Ankrah

6 Rounds – Super Middleweight 

Rob Elden Vs Ronny McField

10 Rounds – Light Heavyweight

Andy Hojdys Vs Dmitrijs Ovsjannikovs

World Boxing League (WBL) International Championship

European Boxing League (EBL) European Championship

4 Rounds – Featherweight

Ben Cook Vs Pablo Narvaez

4 Rounds – Light Welterweight

Dean Porter Vs Michael Isaac Carreo

First fight live on FITE.TV 7:30pm (GMT) – 2:30pm (EST) – 11:30am (PST)

About FITE

FITE TV is the largest independent digital streaming platform for combat sports featuring over 1,000 pay per view events per year available a-la-carte. FITE is free to join through its downloadable apps for iOS and Android mobile devices, Apple TV, Android TV, ROKU and Amazon Fire or at www.FITE.tv. FITE streams live events from the MMA, Boxing and Pro Wrestling world to its community of 1.4 million registered viewers.  For more information go to www.FITE.tv

Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation Super Middleweight Championships headlines at the Prince’s Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road,, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

Tickets, priced £60 (VIP) and £30 (Standard seating) are available by calling the ticket line on 07475 096532 or purchase on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

To purchase the PPV ($14.99) on FITE.TV please go to https://www.fite.tv/watch/nathan-decastro-vs-tommy-jacobs/2oyc5/

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Third Title on the Line for Decastro Vs. Jacobs 22nd June

When reigning World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight World Champion Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro defends his coveted Crown against World Boxing Foundation (WBF) European and International Champion Tommy ‘Sweet T’ Jacobs, there will be a third World Championship on the line – The recently launched Professional Boxing Council (PBC) Super Middleweight Championship.

Shortly after Decastro-Jacobs was announced, the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) informed Jacobs that as their Super Middleweight title had been vacated and that as the mandatory challenger the WBF World Championship could also be competed for against Decastro and was duly added.

Around the same time the highly successful regional Championship organisation, the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) head honcho Russell Jaques announced the launch of their new World Championship and also approached the management of both Decastro and Jacobs. 

Late last week an agreement was signed by all parties for the vacant PBC World Championship to also be competed for when Jacobs challenges Decastro at the Prince’s Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU), World Boxing Foundation (WBF) and the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) Super Middleweight Championships that headlines the event at the Prince’s Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea on Saturday 22nd June 2019

Supporting the Decastro-Jacobs WBU/WBF/PBC World title fight are two further Championship bouts.

The first sees Scotland’s Ben McGivern in battle once more against Hove, Sussex’s Navid Iran, for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) International Light Heavyweight Championship. 

Last time the pair locked horns, back in November last year, McGivern lifted the vacant Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Light Heavyweight title after eight sensational, close fought, all action rounds.

The second Championship fight pits St Albans’ Andy Hojdys against Latvia’s Dmitrijs Ovjannikovs for both the World Boxing League (WBL) International and European Boxing League (EBL) European Light Heavyweight titles.

In addition to the three Championship contests, there are also a number of International matches. 

The first of these will be an eight round non-championship bout featuring Tanzania’s Amos Mwamakula against a yet to be named opponent, following a request from his previously contracted opponent World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia Champion Neeraj Goyat that he be released from the contract in order to fight Amir Khan for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Pearl Championship in Saudi Arabia on the 12th July, which was agreed.

Ipswich’s unbeaten Super Middleweight prospect Rob Elden looks to keep a clean sheet and extend his tally of wins when he faces the highly experienced Nicaraguan hardpan Ronny McField in a six rounder.

Clacton-on-Sea’s undefeated Featherweight Ben ‘The Claxican’ Cook also seeks to increase his win tally, when he faces Pablo Narvaez, who also hails from Nicaragua, in a four rounder.

The final Pro bout features Dean Porter, who is eager to get back to winning ways, following his loss to Jack Jones last month. 

Porter also faces a Nicaraguan, in this case former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth World Title challenger Michael Isaac Carreo in a four round non-championship contest.

Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU), World Boxing Foundation (WBF) and the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) Super Middleweight Championships headlines the EBO promoted, British & Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) sanctioned event at the Prince’s Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road,, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

Tickets, priced £60 (VIP) and £30 (Standard seating) are available by calling the ticket line on 07475 096532 or purchase on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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Decastro Hasn’t Fought Anyone Close to My Level, This will be Daunting for him Says Jacobs

In just under four weeks time Colchester’s Tommy ‘Sweet T’ Jacobs (10-1-0 5KOs) will be stepping into the ring for the biggest fight of his career, when he challenges World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight World Champion Nathan ‘The Nightmare’ Decastro (15-0-0 12KOs) for not only his coveted crown but also the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) title, at the Prince’s Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

There’s definitely no love lost between Jacobs, the reigning World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Super Welterweight European and International Champion, and WBU World Champion Decastro, the pair have been exchanging a venomous war of words on social media for about a year or so, which initially appeared to be just a case of mutual dislike and highly unlikely to be settled in the ring, due to two weight categories separating them.

However thoughts that the vicious exchange would never lead to a showdown were thoroughly dismissed back in February this year, when Jacobs announced that he would face undefeated Liverpool hard-man Scott ‘Mad Dog’ McIntyre in a six round contest at Super Middleweight on March 9th.

A crazy fight to take most thought at the time, not just because McIntyre was an unbeaten, highly aggressive fighter with a devastating right hand, but mainly because Jacobs had spent the past year securing the WBF European and then International titles in order to secure a challenge for the WBF Super Welterweight World Crown at the first opportunity.

Jacobs versus McIntyre

Whilst clearly a dangerous move, for his Super Welterweight World Championship aspirations if he failed to secure the win, Jacobs wanted the test as McIntyre’s approach and style has been favourably compared to that of Decastro.

In the end it turned out to be very good move for Jacobs, as the Colchester man’s preparations and tactics were spot on, so much so he dominated the contest to secure a solid points win. 

Then post fight Jacobs immediately stepped up his campaign on social media calling for Decastro to fight him next, should the Bardney, Lincolnshire man beat Daniel Adjei Sowah and secure the WBU crown on April 27th.

Jacobs kept up the pressure throughout the build up to the Decastro-Sowah title clash and even went as far as not only being ringside on the night, but actually assisting Sowah’s team in the corner.

No surprise then, that in the post victory interviews a mightily angry Decastro more or less ignored talking about his latest stoppage win, or come to that him now being World Champion, instead choosing to make an vitriolic statement making it clear he was sick and tired of Jacobs and his comments which culminated in the announcement that he had decided to undertake a voluntary defence against Jacobs on the earliest possibly occasion to settle matters for once and for all.

Within days terms were agreed and the official announcement made that Decastro would defend his recently won World Crown against Jacobs on June 22nd.

Speaking from his home earlier Jacobs said;

“This is a Massive fight for me, one I fully intend to win.

“I remember on my debut Nathan was on the same bill against Amedor from Ghana who had very impressive 8-0 (7KOs) record versus Nathan’s 6-0 (4KOs) at the time. 

“I didn’t know their respective records at the time but I watched the fight and thought it was just two novices going at it as the winner DeCastro was incredibly dirty, hitting low an awful lot and they were just toe to toe scrapping. 

“That was my first sight of Decastro and obviously I boxed the same opponent, at Middleweight, next and stopped him a round earlier with relative ease and really wasn’t impressed with the African. 

“As both our careers have developed I’ve chosen to have real fights with a real risk element whereas DeCastro has chosen to box Africans and Eastern European’s. 

“I do not consider myself a puncher but I feel if I’d have had the same opponents I’d be 15-0 (15 KOs). 

“This is a massive risky fight for me not only taking on someone who’s a current world champion with a very impressive record but stepping up two weight categories against someone who by all accounts is supposed to be a massive puncher! 

“But it’s also a risky fight for him as I don’t believe he’s been in the ring with anyone close to my level as a pro and that’s going to be daunting. 

“When we meet in the ring and he lands a shot and I’m still there and not rolling over I know that’s going to play massively on him psychologically, and then when I hit him back and he feels someone actually coming to beat him with meaningful shots and willingness to win that’s also going to play on his mind. 

“However the fight goes and I have my own view on what will happen, it’s going to be Nathan Decastro’s first real fight and first time we see him pushed. 

“I’ve been pushed many times in my career and in each case I admit it was all my own fault, either a poor weight cut or lack of training but the difference is, so it’s not unchartered territory for me, I know when times are hard I can bite down on my gum-shield and go into the trenches, we’ve never seen this from Nathan as yet and I think that’s the major difference.”

Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation Super Middleweight Championships that headlines the event at the Prince’s Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea on Saturday 22nd June 2019

Supporting the Decastro-Jacobs WBU/WBF World title fight are two further Championship bouts.

The first sees Scotland’s Ben McGivern in battle once more against Hove, Sussex’s Navid Iran, for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) International Light Heavyweight Championship. 

Last time the pair locked horns, back in November last year, McGivern lifted the vacant Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Light Heavyweight title after eight sensational, close fought, all action rounds.

The second Championship fight pits St Albans’ Andy Hojdys against Latvia’s Dmitrijs Ovjannikovs for both the World Boxing League (WBL) International and European Boxing League (EBL) European Light Heavyweight titles.

In addition to the three Championship contests, there are also a number of International matches. The first of these will be an eight round non-championship bout featuring Tanzania’s Amos Mwamakula against a yet to be named opponent, following a request from his previously contracted opponent World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia Champion Neeraj Goyat that he be released from the contract in order to fight Amir Khan for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Pearl Championship in Saudi Arabia on the 12th July, which was agreed.

Ipswich’s unbeaten Super Middleweight prospect Rob Elden looks to keep a clean sheet and extend his tally of wins when he faces the highly experienced Nicaraguan hardpan Ronny McField in a six rounder.

Clacton-on-Sea’s undefeated Featherweight Ben ‘The Claxican’ Cook also seeks to increase his win tally, when he faces Pablo Narvaez, who also hails from Nicaragua, in a four rounder.

The final Pro bout features Dean Porter, who is eager to get back to winning ways, following his loss to Jack Jones last month. 

Porter also faces a Nicaraguan, in this case former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth World Title challenger Michael Isaac Carreo in a four round non-championship contest.

Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation Super Middleweight Championships headlines at the Prince’s Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road,, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

Tickets, priced £60 (VIP) and £30 (Standard seating) are available by calling the ticket line on 07475 096532 or purchase on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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WBU Title on the Line for McGivern Vs Iran II on 22nd June

Sometimes there are fights that just capture the Boxing World’s attention, Gatti-Ward, Ali-Frazier, Froch-Kessler, Holyfield-Bowe, Marquéz-Vazquéz etc that afterwards the fans go out of their way demanding a rematch and in some cases a trilogy or more as in the case of Marquéz-Vazquéz!

In each of the cases mentioned above these were prime time internationally broadcast events, however sometimes there’s a fight that slips under the radar of the majority of fans for one reason or another.

One such fight was the Ben McGivern versus Navid Iran ‘Fight of the Year’ nominated Battle Royale back in November last year, which was broadcast live only on Facebook.

Whilst it did pass under the radar of the majority of fans worldwide, it may surprise many readers to learn that after the first fight, so many boxing fans were lighting up Social Media calling for McGivern-Iran II, that Promoter Tommy Jacobs just couldn’t ignore them and so on the 22nd June at the Prince’s Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea these two warriors will enter the arena to battle it out once more, this time for the World Boxing Union (WBU) International Crown.

Back in November McGivern-Iran, battled it out for the vacant Professional Boxing Council (PBC) Silver International Light Heavyweight title was the headline bout on Tommy Jacobs’ history making event, the first professional boxing event in Clacton-on-Sea since 1939, when Mike Kevan beat Charlie Mack.

Battled it out is the correct term; this was a Battle Royale of epic proportions.

Right from the off Iran took the fight to McGivern, backing the Scot onto the ropes and letting rip with a flurry of big left and rights. McGivern sensibly covered up and waited an opportunity to counter, which he did with good effect once the opportunity arose.

However it wasn’t enough to prevent Iran coming back with a similar forceful attack almost immediately. McGivern once again managed to counter and initially take control.

As the round progressed Iran landed a couple of cracking shots that again forced McGivern to cover up. Iran kept up the pressure with big shots, whilst McGivern caught many with his gloves some big rights got through the Scots guard, shaking him to the core.

How McGivern made it to the end of the round is unfathomable, his legs were well and truly gone, but somehow he did.

Round two see Iran come out hard and fast, however McGivern was ready for the assault, again initially covering up but this time instead of just countering and covering, he spun his opponent and went hard on the attack himself.

Round three see McGivern taking the fight to Iran, which led to some great technical boxing ensuing from both protagonists.

The next few rounds were fought in similar vein. The final round though was an out and out war; both boxers throwing caution to the wind and an all out slugfest ensued for the entire final three minutes – what an exhilarating round.

After eight fantastic rounds of boxing it was Ben McGivern declared victorious, but just who will reign victorious on the 22nd June.

Ben McGivern versus Navid Iran II, for the World Boxing Union (WBU) International Light Heavyweight Championship is the main support for Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation Super Middleweight Championships that headlines the show.

Also on the card is a further Championship fight, one that pits St Albans’ Andy Hojdys against Latvia’s Dmitrijs Ovjannikovs for both the World Boxing League (WBL) International and European Boxing League (EBL) European Light Heavyweight titles.

In addition to the three Championship contests, there are also a number of International matches, the first featuring World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia-Pacific Champion, India’s Neeraj Goyat in an eight round non-championship bout against Tanzania’s Amos Mwamakula.

Ipswich’s unbeaten Super Middleweight prospect Rob Elden looks to keep a clean sheet and extend his tally of wins when he faces the highly experienced Nicaraguan hard-man Ronny McField in a six rounder.

Clacton-on-Sea’s undefeated Featherweight Ben ‘The Claxican’ Cook also seeks to increase his win tally, when he faces Pablo Narvaez, who also hails from Nicaragua, in a four rounder.

The final Pro bout features Dean Porter, who is eager to get back to winning ways, following his loss to Jack Jones last month. 

Porter also faces a Nicaraguan, in this case former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth World Title challenger Michael Isaac Carreo in a four round non-championship contest.

Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation Super Middleweight Championships headlines the event that takes place at the Prince’s Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road,, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

Tickets, priced £60 (VIP) and £30 (Standard seating) are available by calling the ticket line on 07475 096532, or purchase on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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DECASTRO-JACOBS TITLE CLASH SET FOR JUNE 22

Reigning World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight World Champion Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro is set to defend not only his newly won crown, but also challenge for the recently vacated World Boxing Foundation (WBF) World title against current WBF International & European Super Welterweight Champion, Tommy ‘Sweet T’ Jacobs at the Prince’s Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea on Saturday 22nd June.

Back in April Decastro secured the World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight World Crown in his home City of Lincoln, following the fourth round retirement of his opponent, Ghanaian Daniel Adjei Sowah.

Sat ringside throughout the intense, albeit short lived, battle was reigning World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Super Welterweight International and European Champion Tommy Jacobs, who  for the past year or so had been embroiled in a war of words on Social Media with the new Champ.

Following the fight it was clear that Jacobs being ringside and assisting his opponent was irritating the new Champion, as Decastro abandoned the on-camera post fight interview after answering just one question, choosing instead to switch tact altogether and voice his annoyance at Jacobs’ constantly calling him out on social media and that he had decided that he will make a voluntary defence of his WBU Crown against Jacobs as soon as the fight can be arranged.

Following further bitter public disagreements between the two protagonists eventually the venue and date were confirmed, as was the addition of the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) World Championship.

Supporting the Decastro-Jacobs WBU/WBF World title fight are two further Championship bouts.

The first sees Scotland’s Ben McGivern in battle once more against Hove, Sussex’s Navid Iran, for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) International Light Heavyweight Championship. 

Last time the pair locked horns, back in November last year, McGivern lifted the vacant Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Light Heavyweight title after eight sensational, close fought, all action rounds.

The second Championship fight pits St Albans’ Andy Hojdys against Latvia’s Dmitrijs Ovjannikovs for both the World Boxing League (WBL) International and European Boxing League (EBL) European Light Heavyweight titles.

In addition to the three Championship contests, there are also a number of International matches, the first featuring Orkney’s reigning WBL and EBL European Welterweight Champion Paul Peers in an eight round non-championship bout against Tanzania’s Amos Mwamakula.

Ipswich’s unbeaten Super Middleweight prospect Rob Elden looks to keep a clean sheet and extend his tally of wins when he faces the highly experienced Nicaraguan hardpan Ronny McField in a six rounder.

Clacton-on-Sea’s undefeated Featherweight Ben ‘The Claxican’ Cook also seeks to increase his win tally, when he faces Pablo Narvaez, who also hails from Nicaragua, in a four rounder.

The final Pro bout features Dean Porter, who is eager to get back to winning ways, following his loss to Jack Jones last month. 

Porter also faces a Nicaraguan, in this case former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth World Title challenger Michael Isaac Carreo in a four round non-championship contest.

Nathan Decastro versus Tommy Jacobs for the World Boxing Union (WBU) and World Boxing Foundation Super Middleweight Championships headlines at the Prince’s Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road,, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

Tickets, priced £60 (VIP) and £30 (Standard seating) are available by calling the ticket line on 07475 096532 and from Monday on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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Dominant Decastro Reigns Supreme In Lincoln.

Dominant Decastro Reigns Supreme In Lincoln.

Report: Gianluca Di Caro

Photographs courtesy of Mirek Marcinski

It may have been unseasonably cold, OK but still seasonly wet, in Lincoln on Saturday night but the inclement weather didn’t prevent fans of the pugilistic arts turning out in force to watch local hero Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro challenge Ghana’s Daniel Adjei Sowah for the World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight Championship of the World at the magnificent Engine Shed venue at the University of Lincoln.

I say local fans, but it wasn’t just local fans in attendance as I see so many people I know, including media, and not just from down south, where I’m from, but from all over the UK, Europe and Africa.  That’s how much interest there was in this particular showdown or perhaps the event itself, as the whole card had an international flavour, with fighters from Europe, Africa and South America competing.

I can understand the interest, after all Decastro is not just unbeaten but has a 90% knockout ratio and is famed for sending Chris Eubank Jr to the canvas with just one punch back when the pair locked horns in the amateur ranks, and on the other side of the ring Sowah has an almost equally impressive knockout ratio, albeit in his case he’s stopped the same amount of opponents as Decastro has had pro fights!.

OK, enough scene setting let’s get down to the action, and there’s plenty of that.

Right from the off there was no no pussy footing about with this pair, oh no both protagonists went straight on the attack, the action was intense, both men digging deep into their arsenal of power shots for the first half of the round.

As the round entered the second minute Decastro started targeting the Ghanaians body with some incredibly powerful hooks, so much so you could see Sowah wincing each time an Exocet landed on his lower ribs, after one such assault Sowah stepped back, which left the perfect opportunity for Decastro to switch his attack and let rip with a huge right to the temple that sent the Ghanaian down.

Sowah tried to prevent himself going fully down by grabbing Decastro’s shorts, however the force of the shot was too much and instead of remaining on his feet, this action led to not only Sowah going down but also Decastro being pulled down on top of him… with his shorts around his knees. 

Sowah made the count but looked a bit dazed, luckily just after the fight resumed the bell rang to end the first round, otherwise I am sure Decastro would have at least put him down again, if not KO him.

Sowah came out strong at the start of the second, but as soon as Decastro landed another huge right, changed tactics and started surreptitiously holding Decastro every time the opportunity arose out of Referee Lee Murtagh’s view. 

Decastro didn’t say a word, instead started working the body on the inside, especially the lower rib region, which appeared to be troubling the Ghanaian. On the occasions that some space opened up Decastro would let rip with big head shots, before making slick excursions to the body to let rip with big hooks and vicious uppercuts.

Round three was more of the same, some fantastic boxing from Sowah, but as soon as Decastro lands a big shot to the head the Ghanaian grabs hold which opens up other opportunities for Decastro to target the bottom rib area. It was like a vicious circle every time there’s space Sowah boxed his socks off, but the moment Decastro lands a big shot he grabs hold or tries to get on the inside.

Around about the thirty second point of the break between rounds three and four, Sowah’s coach summons Referee Lee Murtagh and retired his charge in the corner.

At point of retirement, the scorecards of Judges Charlie Cardona (Malta), Roger Barnor (Ghana) and Stephen Smith (England) were all identical reading 30-26 in favour of Decastro.

Following being presented the WBU Championship belt by British & Irish Boxing Authority’s Secretary General David Smith, Decastro made a statement on air aimed at Colchester’s Tommy ‘Sweet T’ Jacobs, who had been calling Decastro out on social media, during which he announced that he will make a voluntary defence against Jacobs on June 22nd.

Have to say when Decastro-Sowah was announced I thought that it would be a fantastic fight, which it was, albeit short, but Decastro-Jacobs, well that is mouthwatering prospect for all fans of the pugilistic arts. 

Preceding Decastro-Sowah was a heavyweight contest between Cumbria’s Lee Kellett and Ireland’s Ryan Kilpatrick.

Cracking four rounder for the fans, some great boxing from both lads, whilst yes there was the occasional attempt to land a knockout blow, the majority of the fight was just nice boxing. 

Kellett had the upper hand for the vast majority of the fight, Kilpatrick showcased his boxing skills when the opportunity arose. Mind you the Irishman seemed to be battling with not just Kellett but also a rather loud mouth spectator, whom he would beckon in to the ring on numerous occasions, whilst defending against the ever moving forward juggernaut better known as Lee Kellett!

After four entertaining rounds Referee Roger Barnor’s scorecards read 40-36 in favour of Lee Kellett.

As a side note, there was also a battle of the corners going on, as Kellett was cornered by multi-World Champion Lee McAllister, whilst Kilpatrick had no less than the aforementioned World Boxing Foundation (WBF) European & International Champion Tommy Jacobs.

Prior to Kellett-Kilpatrick see Scotland’s Nathan Beattie in a four rounder against Ghana’s Michael Barnor

For the first couple of rounds there really wasn’t much to separate the pair, other than Beattie was slightly more busy than his Ghanaian counterpart. Cracking rounds, my notes scribbled at the time described them as ‘technical war’, which pretty much described them I suppose.

There were some notable moments in round three, Barnor stepped up the pace and landed a big right, that he followed up with a clinical combination that backed the Scot towards the ropes allowing the Ghanaian to control the proceedings for the first time. 

However as the round progressed Beattie began to claw back his advantage with some equally slick combinations of his own before landing a series of thunderous shots to wrestle back control of the round.

Right from the opening bell of the fourth stanza Barnor seemed to be on a mission, taking the fight to Beattie, and once in range switched stance and let rip with some crisp combinations that forced Beattie to box of the back foot. 

Beattie once again wrestled back control of the round in the second minute, forcing Barnor back with each attack. With about thirty seconds or so remaining Barnor stepped it up again, however this time Beattie just stood his ground and much to the delight of the crowd so began a toe to toe war until the final bell tolled.

After four highly entertaining rounds Referee Lee Murtagh’s scorecard read 40-36 in favour of Nathan Beattie.

The opening fight of the night pitted debuting Sugar Atahasan (Turkish Republic of Cyprus) against Pablo Narvaez (Nicaragua).

Atahasan started hard and fast taking the fight to his more experienced opponent, Atahasan keeping Narvaez at bay with good strong jabs and slick combinations, Narvaez only able to demonstrate flashes of his undoubted talent, so much was the Cypriot’s domination of the first couple of the rounds.

In the third though, Narvaez began to get the crowd behind himself, entertaining the crowd as he tested Atahasan to the limit with some sensationally slick hooks to the body and crisp lightning fast combinations.

Fourth and final round was a cracker, both lads really going for it for the entire three minutes.

After four truly enjoyable rounds of boxing Referee Lee Murtagh’s scorecard read 40-37 in favour of Sugar Atahasan.

Have to say really, really enjoyed this fight, without doubt Atahasan has a serious future in the sport, I know it was his pro debut, but believe me he fought like an established pro, not a novice. 

To the same degree I hope I get to see Narvaez in action again as was impressed with him at times too.

There may have only been four contests on the night, but they were four highly entertaining fights and my pugilistic thirst was well and truly slaked, they were that good!

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KO me in 4! Sowah’s Dreaming, After We Fight He’ll Be Having Nightmares, Decastro Retorts.

Bardney Lincolnshire’s Nathan Decastro has issued a chilling warning to his Ghanaian opponent, ‘Hitman’ Daniel Adjei Sowah, ahead of their upcoming World Title showdown at the University of Lincoln on Saturday 27th April, when the two protagonists face off for the World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight Championship of the World.

Decastro’s warning following posts on Social Media quoting a Ghanaian Newspaper article where Sowah states “I’m going to knock Decastro out in 4’ which clearly hit a nerve with the man whose ring name is ‘Nightmare’, whose response was. 

“Knock me out in 4! Sowah’s dreaming, after we fight he’ll be having nightmares.

“I’ve never lost full stop, let alone been stopped! 

“He needs to think, they call me Nathan ‘The Nightmare’ Decastro for a reason, I’ve stopped eleven of my fourteen opponents as a pro, I’m more than just a handful to contain, I’m a living Nightmare for my opponents in the ring, I’m fearless and relentless.”

Decastro, who is Ranked #4, by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) in their Intercontinental Ratings, then wryly smiled and shrugged before swiftly changing the topic of conversation.

“I’m so looking forward to the 27th, it’s been my dream to fight for a World title, specifically the WBU World title, not just because of my boxing heroes Ricky Hatton and my Promotor Lee McAllister had both won WBU World Titles, but also because Bracebridge Boxing Club, where I train, has a history with the title.

“Owner Denny Oliver’s son Kelly, a four time senior ABA Champion boxed for it in South Africa against Sebastian Rothmann. I’ve always looked up to Kelly so fighting for the same title as him is special.”

Decastro continued. “My first fight was 22nd May 2001 and from that day I knew I wanted to be a professional fighter and have the opportunity to be a Champion. 18 years later I’m getting the chance to make my dream a reality and challenge for a World title in my home City of Lincoln.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to my fans, who are really getting behind me. This show will be a sell out. It really means a lot to me to have that kind of support.

“I would like to say thank you to my team, my sponsors, who make this all possible, my Dad for all his time training me, pad work etc. Sam Vickers my Strength and Conditioning coach, Craig Barton my Dietician, my Physio Dale Hibberd, my Promotor Lee McAllister, thank you for putting such a storming fight card together as well as giving me the chance to fight in my home City and lastly my Girlfriend Rachel Casey.

Rachel has been my absolute rock for this show! She has done everything on her own, organising everything, selling tickets, she’s taken all the pressure off me so I can concentrate on training. What she has done is incredible. I’m a very lucky guy to have someone who really pushes me to be the best person I can be.”

Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro Versus ‘The Hitman’ Daniel Adjei Sowah for the World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight Championship of the World headlines the Lee McAllister Assassin Management and Promotions “Nightmare Back in Lincoln” event at The Engine Shed at the University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS.

Tickets: VIP Balcony: SOLD OUT, Ringside: SOLD OUT, Standard: £30.00. To purchase tickets please call Rachel Casey on 07736 737750 or to buy online go to www.tkoboxoffice.com

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