Lyons & James-Elliott Plan Huge Season Opener At York Hall 29th Aug.

YorkHallAug29thPosterLyons & James-Elliott Plan Huge Season Opener At York Hall 29th Aug.


Mark Lyons and Billy James-Elliott are really pulling out all the stops in preparation for their and the Capital City’s new season opener event, LORDS OF THE RING II, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 29th August.


With eighteen bouts already on the card, LORDS OF THE RINGS II is looking set to be the biggest pro boxing event in the Capital this year.


Heading up the massive card is reigning World Boxing Federation (WBF) Welterweight World Champion Chris Goodwin, who will be facing a yet to be announced opponent.


A two division World Champion, Goodwin (19-2-1) was the first British boxer to secure a World lightweight crown in almost twenty years, when he beat Istvan Kiss for the World Boxing Foundation Lightweight title back August 2012.


He then went on to secure the WBF Intercontinental crown in April 2014 before adding the WBF World Welterweight crown, with a split point win over Mikheil Avakyan at the Northgate Arena in Chester just four months later.


Main support sees Woolwich, London’s British #1 ranked and reigning MBC International Super Bantamweight Champion, Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, in a non-championship bout ahead of her upcoming World title challenge.


Marston, who was discovered and coached by legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier and two time Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, also became the #1 pound-for-pound ranked British female, following her sensational shut out points victory over then Hungarian #1, European #3 and World #31 ranked Marianna Gulyas to secure the MBC International crown in October 2014.


This win sent Marston soring up the rankings, from #58 in the World to #24 and in contention to muster a challenge for a World accolade.


Heading up the support card sees London’s Jimmy Campbell (11-8-0) making his UK debut, as throughout his career Campbell had competed exclusively in America until now.


During his career Campbell has been in with some of the sports biggest names, such as WBC World Champion Anthony Dirrell and WBA World Champion Virgil Hill.


On August 29th Campbell faces Scunthorpe’s Jody ‘The Entertainer’ Meikle, whilst Meikle is not quite on the same level as Dirrell and Hill you can be sure that Campbell will get one of the toughest tests when he goes toe-to-toe with ‘The Entertainer’.


Welsh and British Masters Champion Lee ‘Lights Out’ Churcher will also be in action, unfortunately not in the planned MBC International title fight with George Hillyard, but in a non-championship six rounder against a yet to be named opponent.


Whilst on the subject of Champions – 13 time, unified World KI Rules, Full Contact Kick Boxing and Muay Thai Champion Marlon Hunt will be making his much anticipated professional Boxing debut, against Scunthorpe’s Matthew Pepper.


The Lords of the Ring event also features another Globe trotting British fighter, the sensational Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver (5-1-0), who will be making a rare appearance on a British event.


Last time out. In Parsippany, New Jersey, was the victim of a little bit of ‘home cooking’ to the score cards – after dominating his opponent, Newark, New Jersey’s Wanzell Ellison, from start to finish, Weaver was shocked to end up on the losing side of a highly contentious split decision – so you can be sure that former Team GB star Weaver will be wanting to make a big statement and get another big win on his record.


Bardsley, Lincolnshire’s unbeaten Middleweight prospect Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro (4-0-0) will also be in action, as will Kensington’s unbeaten Super Middleweight prospect Daley Ojuederie (3-0-1), both against yet to be announced opponents.


This event also features the long awaited return to the fray of ‘Rockin’ Robin Deakin, following a fifteen-month sabbatical from the sport.


Finally, making their professional debuts on August 29th are a number of top amateurs, including Doncaster’s sensational Tom Bell (Bantamweight), Sheffield’s Luke Junior (Welterweight), Newcastle’s Jak Johnson (Super Featherweight), Hertfordshire’s Daniel Mendes (Cruiserweight), Junior Walker (Super Welterweight), Johannes Umelo (Heavyweight), Mo Holloway, Malta’s Kerstin Brown (Bantamweight) and Billy Elliott (Welterweight).


The Mark Lyons and Billy James-Elliott Wise Guys promotions LORDS OF THE RING II event will take place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 29th August 2015.


This event is sanctioned courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC)


Tickets, priced £35 (standard seated) and £65 (Ringside) are available from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at and or call 07960 850645 or 07807 282559.


Roy Jones Jr. Vs Tony Moran Press Conference Set for Wednesday 22nd July.

IMG_1622Roy Jones Jr. Vs Tony Moran Press Conference Set for Wednesday 22nd July.

Promoter Stephen Vaughan Jr. today announced that the press conference for the Roy Jones Jr. versus Tony Moran Championship bout, that takes place at the Aintree Equestrian Centre, in Liverpool on Saturday 12th September, will take place at the Bierkeller, 6 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool L1 8LW at 1:30pm on Wednesday 22nd July.

On making the announcement, Mr. Vaughan, said. “It’s a real honour to be having the legendary Roy Jones Jr. come over and fight in England for the first time, even better that we have him fighting right here in Liverpool on one of our shows, against one of our own local lads, Tony Moran, on the 12th September.

But before we get to see the Legend himself in action, first we have the press conference, which will take place at the Bierkeller in Liverpool One.

Besides Roy and Tony we’ll also have all the lads from the home side of the card and a few of their opponents in attendance too.

This will be an open Press Conference so everyone is welcome to come along.”


Time & Date: 1:30pm on Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Location: Bierkeller, 6 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool L1 8LW

In Attendance:

Roy Jones Jr. versus Tony Moran

MBC International Cruiserweight Championship


Paul Economides (17-5-0) versus Prosper Ankrah (24-5-0)

World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Championship


Tasif Khan (10-1-2) versus Isaac Quaye (27-11-1)

World Boxing Federation International Super Flyweight Championship


WBU Junior World Super Bantamweight Champion Stevie Quinn Jr. (7-2-0) (Opponent TBA)


Unbeaten Lightweight Prospect Antonio Counihan (7-0-0) (Opponent TBA)


Unbeaten Featherweight Prospects Jay Carney (2-0-0) versus Mathew Fitzsimons (1-0-0)


Unbeaten Featherweight Prospect David Agadzhanyan (5-0-0) (Opponent TBA)


Unbeaten Heavyweight Prospect Rob Beech (5-0-0) (Opponent TBA)


Middleweight: Nick Quigley (13-2-0) versus Nathan Decastro (4-0-0)


Light Heavyweight: Lee Boyce (2-1-0) versus Matthew Pepper (1-9-0)


Welterweight: Dayle Gallagher (1-0-0) versus Matt Scriven (14-89-1)


Plus debuting boxers: Bantamweight; Tom Bell, Light Heavyweight; Liam Milner and Welterweight; Lee Monaghan


Tickets, priced £40, £60, £100 and VIP Ringside £150 for the Stephen Vaughan Promoted Roy Jones Jr. versus Tony Moran MBC International Cruiserweight Championship headed LEGEND event at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on Saturday September 12th 2015 are available now, call 0333 200 0905 or buy on line at and


Sanctioning for this event will be courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission –


Khan Returns To The Fray On Jan 30th – Faces Voros at York Hall In London

Tasif30thJanPosterKhan Returns To The Fray On Jan 30th – Faces Voros at York Hall In London

On Friday 30th January 2015, Bolton’s Tasif Khan makes his most welcome return to the fray, following a two year sabbatical from the sport, when he faces Hungarian Richard Voros on the Shyam Batra promoted Legends & Prospects event at York Hall in London.

First time around Tasif, who turned professional in 2005, proved not only to be an exciting prospect but also highly popular with the fans, so much so that after just his sixth fight young Khan became a regular on events, at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton and at the M. E.N. Arena in Manchester, promoted by Ricky Hatton, including the Amir Khan versus Paul McCloskey WBA World Championship bout in April 2011.

For his return bout Tasif is set to face the Hungarian #4 ranked Richard Voros, a tough globe trotting fighter, who is more than comfortable competing in his opponents own backyards, including those in the UK, such as current IBF Inter-Continental Super Flyweight Champion Khalid Yafai, who he fought back in 2012.

Speaking from his Bradford home Tasif spoke briefly about his impending return to the ring on the 30th January.

“I’m really looking forward to the fight, I’ve been itching to be back in, it’s been way too long I’ve been out of the ring.

Mentally I feel good, physically I feel good and I’m more motivated and more hungry than ever.

I don’t know too much about Richard Voros, other than he’s an experienced fighter, I know he’s had quite a few fights and has fought all over in a number of countries.

I don’t doubt he’s going to bring his A-Game, so am I and I’m hoping to put on a really good display for my comeback fight.

This fight means so much to me, almost as much as when I fought at the M.E.N. on the undercard of Amir Khan-Paul McCloskey.

That was a great experience, I’ll never forget that night as long as I live, it was a great experience and great people.

I get on really well with Amir Khan and his family, they are great people, they really made it a great experience for me, all of it even during the build up to the fight.

I put in a really good performance on the night, it went really well and was a great experience and puts me in a good position for fights in the future, hopefully get to fight on more big events like that in the future.

At the time I didn’t really take it all in because of the moment of the fight and everything like that.

This should be a really good night and will be the first time I have fought at York Hall, really looking forward to that, as well as watching George Hillyard when he fights for the WBU International title.

I would like to say thank you to all my fans for travelling down to London, I know it’s a fair trek so really appreciate everyone for their support, whether they make it or not.

My family and friends have been great, by my side from day one, even with the absence I’ve had I’ve still had great support from everyone and want to say that I am dedicating this fight to my fans because they have been great and stood by me.

Also a big thank you to my sponsors Kingsland Business Recovery and Vyomax Nutrition, they have been great from day one, even through my absence and the injuries that have kept me out of the ring.

Finally I’d like to say thank you to Rio (Malta Boxing Commission VP Gianluca Di Caro) and Johnny (Champions TKO head honcho Johnny Eames) for their support and the work they have been putting in behind the scenes, it’s much appreciated, cheers.”

Tasif Khan versus Richard Voros will feature on the Shyam Batra promoted ‘LEGENDS & PROSPECTS event, headlined by George Hillyard versus Michal Vosyka WBU International Middleweight title clash, that takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday, 30th January 2015.

Sanctioning for this event will be provided courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) –

Tickets, priced £30 (Standard Seated), £40 (Gallery) and £65 (Ringside) – are available direct from Tasif – tel: 07756 311857 – from any of the boxers taking part in the event, on-line at or call the box office on 07960 850645


Hillyard-Vosyka Title Clash Headlines At York Hall 30th January

HillyardVosykaPosterHillyard-Vosyka Title Clash Headlines At York Hall 30th January

With the Christmas and New Year celebrations well and truly behind us, it’s time to get back to the business of professional boxing.

For those in London the season starts a little earlier, than in most parts of the country – Friday, January 30th – when promoter Shyam Batra presents his first show of the new year, titled Legends & Prospects, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Headlining the event sees Nazeing, Essex’s George ‘Hithard’ Hillyard challenging Czech Republic #1 ranked Super Welterweight Michal Vosyka, for the World Boxing Union (WBU) International Middleweight title.

Back in August Hillyard outpointed Ireland’s Tommy Tolan to earn the title shot, whilst his opponent Vosyka went one better in December, with a sensational second round knock-out victory over Czech #2 Michal Dufek.

Hillyard, who returned to the sport in March last year after a two year sabbatical from the sport, was clearly determined to make sure that he is a hundred percent ready for the challenge, by traveling to America in November for a twelve week camp at the famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York, in doing so forgoing Christmas celebrations with his family.

Support for Hillyard’s title challenge sees a number of the recently rebranded Champions TKO Boxing Gym’s young stars back in action at York Hall.

The main support bout for Hillyard-Vosyka sees one of the most exciting young Lightweight prospects, Solihull’s former England Amateur Captain Antonio Counihan, back in action in the Capital City once more.

With four top class victories under his belt, three by way of stoppage, Counihan has been shooting up the rankings, so much so that his management is already talking about a domestic title challenge for the highly likeable Brummie later in 2015.

Hackney based former Turkish Amateur star Siar Ozgul, steps up to a six rounder for the first time in his fledgling career.

With five excellent points victories under his belt already, Ozgul has garnered a huge following, due to his all action pressure style of boxing.

Talking of all action pressure fighters, Siar’s older brother Onder, tagged ‘Little Mike’ by the Turkish fans during his time in the World Series Of Boxing, due to his style being so similar to that of legendary Heavyweight Champ ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, will also be in action on the 30th.

Fighting in the Light Heavyweight division Onder has secured three excellent victories, two by shut out points decisions and one by first round stoppage.

Making his most welcome return to the fray, following a two year sabbatical from the sport, is another of Champion TKO’s exciting young stars, Bradford’s hugely popular Bantamweight prospect Tasif Khan.

Another all action fighter, Khan has fought ten times, winning seven, drawing two and just the single loss, a very close 37-38 points loss to Stuart McFadyen back in July ’07 at Super Bantamweight.

Watch this space: It is expected that an announcement will be made shortly for a second title fight to co-headline the event, following Australia’s Pierre Karam failing to secure the required visa for him to face Czech Republic’s Tomas Mrazek for the WBU International Heavyweight Championship on the event.

Sanctioning for this event will be provided courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC).

The Shyam Batra promoted ‘LEGENDS & PROSPECTS event, featuring George Hillyard versus Michal Vosyka WBU International Middleweight title clash, takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday, 30th January 2015.

Tickets, priced £30 (Standard Seated), £40 (Gallery) and £65 (Ringside) plus £2.50 booking fee – are available from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at – or call the box office on 07960 850645 or 07836 365203.



Mathews and Butler head up huge double world title show with FOUR more big title fights at Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday 6th March

Hall Of Fame Promoter Warren stages Liverpool’s biggest ever boxing show and secures crucial world title home advantage for Mathews and Butler

Liverpool’s favourite fighting son promises to win world title in front of home crowd

WBA World Champion Abril threatens to knockout Mathews


Liverpool hero Derry Mathews has been handed a dream world title shot in his home city on Friday 6th March at the Echo Arena, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and TalkTalk 525).

Mathews will challenge WBA World Lightweight Champion Richar Abril* for the crown alongside Paul Butler’s attempt to win the IBF World Super-Flyweight from champion Zolani Tete on Frank Warren’s title-packed extravaganza featuring Merseyside’s finest, including Liam Smith, Kevin Satchell and Jazza Dickens, plus hot Lancashire talent Jack Catterall.

Tickets, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150 are on sale on-line now at or call 07960 850645


The 31-year-old has won a multitude of titles and has been involved in some thrilling fights in an action-packed 12-year career from featherweight to lightweight, but the quest to land a legitimate world title has always eluded him.


Hall of Fame promoter Warren has now delivered his man a golden opportunity to be crowned world champion in front of his loyal fans on arguably the greatest boxing show ever staged in the boxing mad city of Liverpool.


Mathews, who won the WBA Continental title in his last fight against Adam Dingsdale in October and is currently ranked number nine with the governing body, said, “It’s a dream come true for me to finally fight for the world title, but to have the opportunity to do it in my home city is unbelievable and I thank Frank Warren, who promised he’d get me a crack at the world title when I rejoined him, for delivering me my chance,”


“Whereas other fighters from the city have had to go overseas for their chances, Frank has got me mine on my own door step and now it’s down to me to deliver the goods on my side and win the title,”


“I’m not underestimating Abril one bit, he’s the world champion, but I’m confident in my own abilities and I believe that I have the tools to end Abril’s reign and take the world title from him.  He’s not a huge puncher, he’s 34 now, and I believe that it’s my time to take over,”


“With Paul Butler also challenging for a world title on the card, plus the great fighters we have in the city like Liam Smith, Kevin Satchell and my good mate Jazza Dickens all in title fights, Liverpool has never seen a boxing show like this before and only Frank Warren could make something of this magnitude become reality.  It’s truly amazing and once my head comes out of the clouds I’ve got to get down to the gritty reality of hard training and blood, sweat and tears to realise my dream of becoming world champion,”


Big-hearted Mathews also offered to defend the title against Manchester ace Anthony Colla – boxing’s all-round nice guy who was left devastated when he lost his world title shot against Abril after heroically challenging burglars and was left with a fractured skull and broken ankle – should he emerge victorious against Abril.


Mathews and Crolla have previously fought two thrilling battles – in April 2012 Mathews stopped Crolla in a six round war, then the pair battled to a draw in March 2013 which was later named Fight Of The Year – and a blockbuster trilogy could be on the cards.

He added, “I really felt for Anthony, yes we’re sporting rivals, but that was terrible what happened and I was truly gutted for him.  I hope that he gets medically cleared and fit to box so that he can resume his career because he’s a tremendous fighter and person.  He missed out on his shot at Abril because of what happened, but should I come through against Abril and win, then I will give him a shot at the world title.  A third fight between us is a natural and would be a fantastic battle of Britain.”


It’s by no means an easy night for Mathews, he must dethrone the tough Miami based Cuban who has fought and won outside of America three times, in Costa Rica, Panama and a world title defence last time out in Finland.


With 19 wins out of 23 fights and three losses, the 34-year-old has never been stopped and that includes going the distance with hard-hitting Brandon Rios who was on a 10-fight knockout run until he met Abril.

Abril said, “I’m looking forward to defending my title against Derry Mathews in Liverpool on March 6th. He is a tough, experienced, fighter, but I plan on coming to the UK, getting the KO and leaving with my belt,”


Promoter Frank Warren is naturally thrilled to return to the big fight city with an exciting show and to give both his fighters crucial home advantage for their big night.

He said, “Derry started his pro career with me and rejoined me in 2013 and I promised him then that I’d get him a world title shot and I’m delighted to now deliver his dream of fighting for a world title in his home city on March 6 at the Echo Arena,”

“He has been a loyal servant to the sport in which he has won a multitude of titles and been involved in some fantastic fights, but the only thing missing has been the world title opportunity so it is a pleasure to get him the WBA World Lightweight Champion Richar Abril on arguably the greatest boxing show the city of Liverpool has ever seen,”

“With Paul Butler challenging for the IBF World Super-Flyweight title against Champion Zolani Tete, two of Merseyside’s finest have the opportunity to become world champions in their backyards without having to get their passports out for their crowning opportunities in front of thousands of their own fans – it doesn’t get any bigger,”


“In addition, some great local fighters are in action with the likes of Liam Smith, Kevin Satchell and Jazza Dickens, plus a sensational talent in Lancashire’s Jack Catterall, it’s going to fantastic night at the Echo Arena and all of Merseyside should get down to there and support their men.”

World title fights Tete v Butler and Abril v Mathews headlines Mersey Boys that also features Liam Smith’s Vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Middleweight title challenge; Kevin Satchell’s defence of the European Flyweight Championship; Jazza Dickens v Josh Wale for the Vacant British Super-Bantamweight Championship; Jack Catterall’s defence of the WBO European Light-Welterweight Championship; plus the return of Tom Stalker in an eight-round contest and Stephen Lewis in a six-round contest.

Hip Hop Stars LIMITLESS & Former Champ Hamilton To Perform At York Hall Boxing Event This Saturday.

LIMITLESSHip Hop Stars LIMITLESS & Former Champ Hamilton To Perform At York Hall Boxing Event This Saturday.

Canning Town Hip Hop stars LIMITLESS are to make a personal appearance at the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Championship Boxing event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London this coming Saturday.

The Limitless crew, who have been regulars at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, since filming the video for their hit ‘Hold It Down’ at the gym back in 2012 –

Their appearance on the Capital Punishment event came about completely by accident, after Eren and Luke from the band were at the gym during the filming of a documentary about TRAD TKO’s Marianne Marston, who headlines the October 25th event.

Whilst there Eren and Luke met with Marianne’s promoter Dave Murphy, who asked them if they would be interested in doing a personal appearance on the show, no surprise as they are big boxing fans Eren and Luke agreed in an instant.

Coincidently shortly before taking with Mr Murphy, Eren and Luke hit it off with former British Light Welterweight Champion Darren Hamilton – who is well known for his boxing based Rapping and a new alliance was born.

Darren Hamilton with the MBC Championship belt that gym mate Marianne Marston challenges for on Saturday

Darren Hamilton with the MBC Championship belt that gym mate Marianne Marston challenges for on Saturday

The upshot being that on Saturday night Darren will also make a guest appearance, performing a specially composed Rap song with the Limitless crew.

“Yeah we’re big boxing fans, that’s one of the reasons we shot the Hold It Down video at the TRAD TKO. We wanted an authentic feel and believe we got just that.

We’re really looking forward to performing on Saturday night, it’ll be a lot of fun and who knows, we may even get some new fans, plus we get to watch some boxing, you can’t get better than that.

It’s going to be an interesting set, of course we have to do Hold It Down, but I think the other tracks will have the right feel and hopefully set the tone for the night, exciting all action stuff.

Should be a lot of fun with Darren (Hamilton), he’s a great guy, laid back and a really clever rapper as well, so should be a lot fun.

Yeah, East End boys performing at a legendary East End venue in front of an East End crowd, it doesn’t get better than that.

Then after we perform we’ll have a great night cheering on the TRAD TKO boys to victory and of course cheering Marianne on to her winning the title, can’t wait, really looking forward to it.”

Boxing on CBSLimitless, featuring Darren Hamilton, will be performing some of their hits at the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT event, which is headlined by the Baz Rehman sponsored Marianne Marston versus Marianna Gulyas MBC Internation title clash, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday, 25th October 2014.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at and – or call the ticket line on 07960 850645 or 07809 499896.

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