Archive for November, 2011
This Thursday evening exciting Light Middleweight prospect ‘Sugar’ Nathan Weise is to be Chris Cohen’s studio guest for the Sports Tonight Fight Hour (Freeview HD Channel 112 and available worldwide on-line at www.sportstonightlive.com) from 5.30pm (GMT)
Nathan, Chris and Fighting Fit Magazine’s Deputy Editor Danny Flexen will be discussing all the latest boxing news and upcoming fights, including a trio of Light Middleweight title clashes – Antonio Margarito versus Miguel Angel Cotto for the WBA Super World Crown, Prince Aaron versus Brian Rose for the British title and of course Nathan’s big fight, when he challenges Steve O’Meara for the BBBofC Southern Area belt.
Staying on the Light Middleweight theme, former British Champ Sam Webb, as well as former English Welterweight Champion Ross Minter, will be joining Nathan, Chris and Danny on the phone to discuss these pivotal fights.
‘Sugar’ Nathan Weise Versus Steve O’Meara features on the Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions event, headlined by the Lee Selby-John Simpson British and Commonwealth Featherweight title clash, which takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, on Wednesday 14th January 2011 and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform Channel 456 & Virgin 546)
Tickets, priced £40 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com. Tickets are also be available direct from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.
Sports Tonight Fight Hour, hosted by Chris Cohen and featuring ‘Sugar’ Nathan Weise and Danny Flexen, is broadcast live on Freeview HD Channel 112 and available worldwide on-line at www.sportstonightlive.com from 5.30pm (GMT).
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On December 2 at the Georgia World Congress Center´s Thomas Murphy Ballroom in Atlanta, Sports Fan Properties, Shea Bailey Promotions and Delgado Boxing Promotions will present two World Boxing Federation (WBF) North American title fights on a card billed as “The Big Rock Out”.
Former World-title-challenger Paul “The Truth” Delgado will take on experienced former Indiana State champion Ruben Galvan for the welterweight version, and Tyrese Hendrix clash with Chris Gray for the Light Welterweight championship.
Only nine months ago Atlanta-native Delgado, 25-11-1 (4), travelled to Slovenia to fight IBF World Champion Jan Zaveck, but returned without the title. He is now starting a new campaign for a second crack at a world crown, and he hopes that beating Galvan for the WBF North American belt will be a nice first step.
A true veteran of the game, Ruben “The Modern Day Warrior” Galvan, 27-19-4 (10), has fought some of the sport’s biggest names. From Jorge Paez to Paul Spadafora, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to Zab Judah, Galvan has shared a ring with them, and as late as this October he proved his durability by going the distance with highly touted undefeated contender Vernon Paris.
“I have been following Galvan over the past few years and I think we will match up well”, said Delgado. “He’s been in the ring with some talented boxers, but our plan is to take him out into the deep waters and see if he’ll be able to survive.”
In the evenings co-main event Tyrese Hendrix, 20-3-1 (9), from nearby Gainesville, will not get an easy night against tough trialhorse Chris Gray, 13-16-1 (1), another visiting fighter who has seen it all and been in with some very prominent names. Gray actually hold wins over highly ranked Carson Jones, and then undefeated prospect Brian Mihtar.
Earlier this year Gray went the distance with Olympic Silver medalist Ricardo Williams Jr, and Hendrix knows he cant take the man from Baton Rouge lightly:
“Gray will be very tough and will be coming to fight. He is known for his chin and we are going to find out just how good it is”, said Hendrix.
The show will be completed by no less than ten well-matched undercard fights, and the promoters are expecting a big turn-out for what will be one of the biggest promotions in Atlanta history.
On Thursday 1st December BoxNation will become the UK’s first ever boxing subscription channel, dedicated to getting the fans closer to boxing than they’ve ever been before.
And what better time than now, when British Boxing is really in the ascendancy? A channel that will celebrate the boxers who are setting the world on fire, but also showcase the up-and-coming talent who are going to be tomorrow’s stars. Showing everything from highly-anticipated international clashes to relished domestic battles to the biggest names in amateur boxing.
BoxNation have been giving Sky customers the chance to watch the channel for free to give them a taste of what’s to come which has already included two candidates for fight of the year between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew and Liam Walsh against Paul Appleby. With other highlights including the epic Ricky Burns’ win over Michael Katsidis and George Groves’ sensational KO win over Paul Smith.
So now, for under £2.50 per week, subscribers will get exclusive access to the big live fights from home and around the world and all the behind-the-scenes access to the boxing world they could want – from interviews with the boxers, to expert commentary and analysis, to weigh-ins and press conferences. An unrivaled schedule of programming!
This weekend BoxNation have a live international double header on Saturday 3rd December starting in Helskinki, Finland, then switching live to New York’s Madison Square Garden. The night features the WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World between Alexander Povetkin and Cedric Boswell, plus British heavyweight Dereck Chisora challenging Robert Helenius for the Vacant European title; then Britain’s John Murray faces the world’s best lightweight Brandon Rios for the WBA World Title with the grudge match between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito for the WBA World Light-Middleweight title. In the build up to Cotto v Margarito, BoxNation will also show two episodes of the multi-award winning HBO 24/7 documentary series that follows both fighters with unparalleled access as they head towards their rematch.
Other upcoming highlights for December include James DeGale, the European and WBO Intercontinental Super-Middleweight Champion headlining an action-packed Liverpool fight bonanza from the Echo Arena on Friday 9th December.
BoxNation is also not holding back with some of the best boxing pundits and presenters in the world offer their expert commentary and opinion with Jim Rosenthal, Paul Dempsey, John Rawling, and Richard Keys all coming on board. And who can forget Steve Bunce and his already famous Boxing Hour every Monday night.
So what are you waiting for? Subscribe now online at the BoxNation website (www.boxnation.tv) and qualify for their special introductory offers.
Frank Warren’s said: “Boxing fans will get eight live shows a month featuring some of the UK’s top talents like Nathan Cleverly, Ricky Burns, George Groves and James DeGale; Steve Bunce’s informative and entertaining live weekly magazine show ‘The Boxing Hour’, plus a great library of fights featuring some of the best boxers in history. We’ve also got live shows from some of the world’s top promoters like Sauerland Events, Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions and a lot more to come. All this for under £2.50 per week, it’s what boxing fans’ have been waiting for.”
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When Amir Mansour and Epifanio Mendoza square off for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Heavyweight title on Saturday December 2 at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware, it is one of those fights where the spectators better keep their eyes open at all times.
It is almost a certainty that somebody is going to get knocked out!
Southpaw-banger Mansour, 15-0 (11), has created quite a buzz recently and is widely considered one of the most exiting heavyweights around, but at age 39 time is not on his side. Nicknamed “Hardcore”, he turned professional in 1997 and compiled nine straight victories before being incarcerated for eight-and-a-half years between 2001 and 2010.
But while he spend all those years in prison, Mansour never stopped training, and eventually he walked out the prison gates in the same excellent shape as when he walked in. One of the first things he did as a free man was return to a real boxing gym.
In August 2010 he began his amazing comeback, and has since delivered one highlight-reel knockout after another. This past August he was taken the distance for the first time since he returned, when perennial contender Dominick Guinn managed to go ten rounds. Before that Mansour had destroyed five opponents in a row.
Columbia’s former Light Heavyweight World Title-Challenger Epifanio “Diamante” Mendoza, 32-12-1 (28), let his presence in the heavyweight division be known a few months ago when he knocked out undefeated (13-0) Puerto Rican prospect Carlos Negron in three rounds.
Like Mansour, Mendoza has travelled a very unusual road towards their WBF Heavyweight title showdown. He made his professional debut as a Light Middleweight in 1999, and knocked out his first sixteen opponents, including the highly touted and undefeated (17-0) Tokunbo Olajide. As he moved up the divisions he captured titles at Middleweight and Super Middleweight, before losing a bid for the WBC World Light Heavyweight championship against Chad Dawson.
Since the Dawson bout, Mendoza has come second in Cruiserweight title fights against undefeated opponents BJ Flores and Lateef Kayode, before making his way to boxing’s most prominent weight class, Heavyweight, where he is 2-0 with two knockouts against undefeated opposition. Now the question remains, will he be able to make it 3-0 against Mansour?
No matter who emerges victorious in Dover on December 2, the fans are sure to be in for a treat. Mansour vs. Mendoza, DON’T BLINK!
Title Shot For Nathan Weise, Faces Steve O’Meara On 14th December
One of the most exciting young prospects from Johnny Eames’ always excellent TRAD TKO stable, ‘Sugar’ Nathan Weise, gets his first taste of Championship action – when he challenges West Drayton’s Steve O’Meara for the Southern Area Light Middleweight title on December 14th.
Weise-O’Meara will be chief support to the Lee Selby versus John Simpson British Featherweight title clash at Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions event at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Wednesday, 14th December and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform Channel 456 & Virgin 546).
Speaking earlier Weise made it clear that he intends to emulate TRAD TKO gym mates; Southern Area Lightweight Champion Ben Murphy, Southern Area Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders, British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, British Welterweight Champion Colin Lynes and WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight Champion Kevin Mitchell, who all bought back titles to the famous Canning Town gym this year.
“First of all I want to thank my manager, Johnny Eames, for getting me the opportunity to fight for the Southern Area title.
My last fight I drew against former Champ Ryan Toms, who Steve O’Meara beat to get the title.
If it wasn’t for the knockdown I would have won the fight, but that’s boxing for you. It only takes one punch.
I showed heart and got up and got myself back in the fight. As I said if it wasn’t for the knockdown I would have won.
I can see this fight being a whole different type of fight, as I don’t think O’Meara’s as big a puncher as Ryan Toms, even though he stopped him in the first round his record doesn’t say he’s a big puncher, he’s more of a stylist boxer.
I see this fight being more of a chess match, but he’s a champion so I’m going to have to put it on him, take it to him and take the fight from him.
My trainer, Mark Tibbs, has had me training so hard in the gym in preparation for this fight, training’s spot on.
I only boxed just over three weeks ago so really I’ve been training for this fight for seven or eight weeks already. I’m going to be in tip top shape, I’m ready to go
You know what they say ‘styles makes fights’ and I just can’t wait to get in there and win the Southern Area title.
I’m not going to say I am going to stop him but I’m going to outwork him out hustle him and bring the title back to the TRAD TKO gym, where it belongs, and have a good Christmas.”
Nathan Weise versus Steve O’Meara for the Southern Area Light Middleweight Championship takes place on the Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, on Wednesday 14th December 2011 and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform Channel 456 & Virgin 546)
Tickets, priced £40 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com. Tickets are also available in person from Nathan at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.
Saturday November 26 was another busy WBF championship fight-night, as new champions were crowned in Poland and France.
Aleksy Kuziemski and Doudou Ngumbu battled it out for the vacant World Light Heavyweight title in Byalistok, while Loic Foure and Stefan Worth clashed for the International Welterweight strap in Saint Maur.
Ngumbu Beats Kuziemski For World Light Heavyweight Crown
Doudou Ngumbu of France is the new World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Heavyweight Champion after impressively beating Aleksy Kuziemski for the vacant title in Bialystok, Poland on Saturday night, November 26.
Ngumbu got the unanimous decision by scores of 118-11 and 116-113 twice, and improved his record to 28-3 (11). Kuziemski is now 22-4 (6), and came up short for the third time in world championship fights.
Both contestants entered the bout brimming with confidence, and with an enthusiastic crowd cheering him on Kuziemski was by many considered the favorite to win. But Ngumbu had other plans, and quickly established himself as the quicker and more dynamic of the two.
The Frenchman got off to a good start and never really let Kuziemski into the fight. In round five Ngumbu caught the hometown-hero with a swift combination that had Kuziemski visibly hurt, and only the vast experience of the Pole kept him from suffering a knockdown.
Kuziemski did have his moments, and at times managed to keep Ngumbu at bay with long straight punches. But it was only moments, and the visitor always seemed to come back to take control.
After twelve somewhat one-sided rounds, nobody really had any doubts that Ngumbu deserved the unanimous decision. He showed his world-class qualities, and is a worthy new world champion.
The Fight was promoted by Dariusz Snarski and his Boxing Production, and televised throughout Poland on Canal+.
“Four De France” Clinches International Title
He gave it his all, but when the final bell rang after 10 intense rounds, Germany’s Stefan Worth still came up short and left hometown favourite Loic Foure going home the new World Boxing Federation International welterweight champion on Saturday (Nov. 26) at Saint Maur, France.
Luxembourg judges Tonio Tiberi and Dominique Schmit both arrived at identical scores of 96:94, while French judge André Pasquier had his countryman ahead by an incredible 97:93. However, most rounds were hotly contested and often there was little to separate the two warriors. Still, were it not for a huge effort by Foure in the last round – which got his army of fans screaming madly – Worth would have clinched a majority draw.
In fact, it was the man from Cologne, now 12-2-1 (3), who landed the best shot of the fight. A mighty left hook in round seven shook Foure down to his toes and dislodged his mouthpiece. But instead of going for the kill, the 26-year-old Worth inexplicably stepped back to allow referee Noel Monnet to replace the safety device! This piece of sportsmanship might well have cost Stefan the victory.
“I have no complains,” Worth said immediately afterwards, “I just hope we can have a rematch. This time I came to his city, so maybe he can come to my place for a return. I think it was a very good action fight.” Most definitely it was and Loic Foure bathed in the adoration of his fans, who had filled the 1.500-seater Salle Omnisports to the last place, after winning the first championship of his seven-year professional career at the age of 31, in the process improving his record to 17-8-2 (4).
Williams Predicts Nightmares For Conquest On Jan 13th
Earlier today Francis and George Warren officially announced that British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams will defend his newly acquired title, against Southern Area champion Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest, at York Hall in London on Friday 13th January 2012, and broadcast live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 456 & Virgin 546).
Williams, who relieved Rob Norton of the coveted Lonsdale belt back in October, spoke briefly on the upcoming showdown with his long time friend Tony Conquest,
“I’m excited, I’m already back in training preparing to crush him.
It’s going to be a nightmare for him, he wont be conquering me anyway, I’ll be conquering him.
Friendships done now it’s official, we’re not friends, he’s my enemy right now and I’m gonna crush him on the 13th January.
I’ve got a big following, which is good. I thank them all, because it is because of them that I am in the position I am now.
I’m gonna put on a great show for them and crush Tony and then we’ll celebrate all day, every day…yeaaahh.”
The Warren brothers have put together a top class support card for Williams-Conquest, headed by a heavyweight clash between Larry ‘The War Machine’ Olabamiwo and former Commonwealth Champion Sam Sexton.
Also on the card are ‘Super’ Bradley Skeete, Williams’ TRAD TKO Gym mate ‘Saint’ George Jupp, John Wayne Hibbert, Daryl Williams, Charlie Hit and John Dignam, all against yet to be named opponents.
Leon ‘Solid’ Williams Versus Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest for the British Cruiserweight title headlines Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions first event of the New Year, which takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, on Friday 13th January 2012 and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform Channel 456 & Virgin 546)
Tickets, priced £40 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) for Williams vs. Conquest will be available shortly on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com. Tickets will also be available direct from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.
In another interesting World Boxing Federation World title fight, Poland’s Aleksy Kuziemski (22-3) will take on Congo-born Frenchman Doudou Ngumbu (27-3) this Saturday, November 26, for the vacant Light Heavyweight crown in his hometown of Bialystok.
Kuziemski is entering his third world championship fight, coming up short in WBO challenges against Juergen Braehmer in 2009 and against Nathan Cleverly in a last-minute assignment in London this past May. This time he will have had ample time to prepare, and is coming off a tune-up victory in August.
Besides an impressive amateur career that saw him win bronze at both the World and European Championships and compete in the 2004 Olympics, the 34-year-old Pole has plenty of title fight experience. On top of his two previous world championship bouts, he is a former WBO Intercontinental, German International and European Boxing Association champion.
Born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, once known as Zaire and home of the legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” Ali vs. Foreman fight, Doudou Ngumbu turned professional in his adopted home country of France in 2007.
Going abroad to fight Kuziemski is nothing new to Ngumba. In 2008 he travelled to Russia to beat local star Seifudin Barakhoev for the WBC International title, and, after adding the African Boxing Union championship the following year, he lost a close decision Isaac Chilemba in South Africa.
In fact, all of his three losses have been close and in his opponent’s backyard. After the Chilemba-setback, Ngumbu got the wrong end of a majority decision in Germany against undefeated Igor Mikhalkin, and just a few months ago, after regaining the ABU title, a split decision didn’t come out in his favor after a close scrap with another Pole, Pawel Glazewski.
Like Kuziemski, Ngumbu won his last outing. In late October he decisioned Adel Belhachemi in a non-title fight, and he is definitely planning to make the most of his first world title-opportunity on Saturday.
On the same night in St. Maur, France another local hero will challenge for a WBF title, as Loic Foure (16-8-2) faces Germanys Stefan Worth (12-1-1) for the vacant International strap at welterweight. Foure, a former French title-challenger, will have the crowd behind him, but Worth could nevertheless be considered a slight favorite.
Five years younger at 26, the only loss on the record of Worth came in a Youth World title bid last year against countryman Rico Schultz. Since then he has won seven straight, including a successful challenge and a defense of the German International title.
Last time out he beat undefeated Harun Akcabelen over ten rounds, and his credentials are just a little bit better than the Frenchman’s. However, It will be interesting to see what will prevail on the night, the desire and support Foure must feel from fighting at home, or the youth, hunger and confidence that will be on Worth´s side.
Big Fight Preview: Lee Selby-John Simpson British And Commonwealth Title Clash
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
New kids on the block, Francis and George Warren, have pulled out all the stops to ensure that their 14th December Queensberry promotions event, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London – and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform ch. 456) – is a fitting finale to a rather excellent year of Boxing in the Capital.
Headlining the event Francis and George have Lee Selby defending his British and Commonwealth Featherweight titles for the first time against former champ John Simpson, who has held both straps at various times throughout his illustrious career.
Selby sensationally stopped Liverpool’s previously unbeaten Stephen Smith to lift the belts on only his eleventh pro outing back in September.
Selby, 24, was unfancied against the champion, especially as the fight was on Smith’s home turf, however the young Welshman dominated the centre of the ring throughout. Selby decisively secured victory on the two minute mark of the eighth round, after letting rip with a left-handed counter to send Smith crashing to the canvas and out cold.
The aforementioned Stephen Smith is a common denominator in this intriguing match-up, as it was the Liverpudlian that took, on separate occasions, both the British and Commonwealth straps from Simpson.
Simpson’s first encounter, in September 2010, with the younger brother of then British Super Middleweight Champion Paul Smith see him relinquish his Commonwealth belt after a storming twelve round war.
Three months later Simpson beat Martin Lindsay to lift the Lonsdale belt, which ultimately set up a return match with Smith in April this year. Yet another close all out war ensued, after which Simpson was again relieved of his coveted belt by the Liverpudlian
Even with Smith out of the equation this time you can bet that just as Simpson will be going all out to regain the British and Commonwealth straps, young Selby will be equally determined to hold on to the hard earned titles.
It’s fairly hard fight to call and has all the makings of a classic. My feelings are the early rounds will be a bit of a chess match, with Simpson keeping it long and working behind his excellent jab, whilst Selby will be looking to counter at every opportunity. As the fight progresses it is likely to liven right up, Simpson will be looking to box and Selby countering in fine style before letting off big bombs at every opportunity.
I’m not going to give any predictions on who is likely to take the belts home, but will say that the more I size this fight up the more I am convinced that it’s not going to go the distance.
Heading up the support the Warren boys have Steve O’Meara defending his recently won Southern Area Light Middleweight title, against upcoming TRAD TKO star ‘Sugar’ Nathan Weise
Back in September O’Meara sensationally knocked out defending champ, and local rival, Ryan Toms with a stunning pin point accurate left hook to the chin in the dying seconds of the first round.
Whilst not known as a concussive puncher O’Meara sure made a point with that stunning shot. As such Weise will need to ensure that his defense is up to scratch, something I’m sure trainer Mark Tibbs and manager Johnny Eames are already working on.
Weise is a stylish purist, right out of the ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard mould, his sublime movement and fluid combinations make him a joy to watch and a real handful for any opponent.
In his last bout Weise had a six round war with former Champ Toms and if it wasn’t for a visit the canvas, in the third, he was on course for another fairly comfortable win, however due to having to take the count instead he had to settle 57-57 draw.
The clash of styles, between O’Meara and Weise, makes this a very interesting match up, one that is going to be an all action thriller. As with Selby-Simpson this is another tight one to call, saying that I have a sneeky feeling that the supremely talented Weise is likely to be just too slick and elusive for O’Meara.
In addition to O’Meara-Weise Francis and George Warren have put together an excellent undercard, featuring undefeated young prospects such as Slough teen sensation George Michael Carman, Cranham’s Lee Markham as well as a pair of Nathan Weise’s TRAD TKO gym mates, Canning Town’s Freddie Turner and Dagenham’s Ediz Hussein.
Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry promotions event, headlined by the British and Commonwealth Featherweight title clash between Lee Selby and John Simpson. takes place at the York hall in Bethnal Green, and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456), on Wednesday the 14th December 2011.
Tickets, priced £60 (Ringside) and £40 (Standard Seated), are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA
Big Fight Preview – The Edge Of Glory For Ali Adams
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
Back in March this year 20 year old Olivia Goodwin became the youngest ever person to be licensed as a promoter by the British Boxing Board of Control, a couple of months later, on the 4th June, she made history again by promoting her first event, the massively successful ‘Search and Destroy’ headlined by Ryan Barrett versus Geoffrey Munika for the International Masters Lightweight title.
For her second event of the year ‘Edge of Glory’ – which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday 3rd December – Olivia has another championship fight headlining, this time featuring Ali ‘The Tiger’ Adams, against a yet to be named opponent, for the International Masters Heavyweight title.
Baghdad born Adams is probably best known by British fans for his gutsy performance against former British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight Champ Matt Skelton in Prizefighter – The Heavyweights lV back in September 2010.
It was a tough first round draw for Adams, who had fought just eleven times, compared to Skelton’s thirty one, but the relative novice showed the heart of a Tiger as he battled it out gamely over the three rounds. Adams may not have beat the highly decorated war lord, but he sure won the hearts and minds of a lot of fans that night.
Since that loss Adams has gone on to comfortably win three times, the first in November 2010 see him knockout Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth after just thirty three seconds of the second round.
Adams followed this up with a solid points victory over tough Lithuanian Igoris Borucha, back in June this year, and in his final bout to date Adams comprehensively out boxed Hungary’s Gabor Farkas to earn a 60-53 points victory.
Adams is intent on stepping up to make a serious assault on the international Championship circuit, this bout being the first step on the path to a World title challenge in the next year or so.
Adams’ coach, Don Charles, knows the score better than most – former British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora is the flag bearer of the Don Charles squad – and is used to his charges fighting for titles, so am pretty sure the game plan will reflect that. I think we’ll see Adams come out fast, either looking for an early finish or to get some big rounds under his belt early on.
To support the battle of the big boys Olivia has put together a top class card, featuring some of the best young talent from London and the home counties.
Heading up the list is former English Super Featherweight Champion Ryan ‘Mr. Attitude’ Barrett, who will be facing Latvian Jevgenijs Kirillovs in a six round Welterweight contest.
Barrett, who switched to the Welterweight division following the surprise loss of his International Masters Lightweight title to Geoffrey Munika back in June, seems comfortable at the new weight as was clear by his excellent performance to out point Latvian Sergejs Volodins in October.
Without doubt Barrett will be looking at quickly establishing himself in the Welterweight division in order to get back into championship contention again as soon as possible. As such you can be sure he will be looking to impress, by getting Volodins out of there as quickly as possible.
British Masters Super Bantamweight Champion Paul ‘Spartan’ Economides makes his first ever appearance at York Hall when he takes part in a six round international contest against a yet to be named opponent.
Comeback kid, Luton’s Michael ‘Chunky’ Devine, will be looking to extend his three fight winning streak, since his surprise loss to Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander back in April last year, when he takes on tough Dewsbury, Yorkshire, based Syrian Youssef Al Hamidi.
Devine will surely be looking for a repeat of his last fight, where he stopped Vladimiras Balaklijec in just one minute and fifty seven seconds of the second round – but not just that he had put the tough Lithuanian down three times in the round as well.
Another knockout artist on the show, the big hitting ‘Eltham Assassin’ Billy Cayzer, who has a perfect two fight, two wins – by knockout – will certainly be looking to make it three out of three when he comes up against Lithuanian based Ukranian Oleksiy Chukov.
Former World Kick Boxing Champion Ilir Canolli has had a great start since switching to boxing in April this year, like Billy Cayzer the Hamstead based Albanian has a perfect two fight – two wins record and will be bidding to take his record to three out of three when he faces tough Lithuanian Aleksejus Stanvekius.
Ipswich’s Henry Bacon demolished Bobby Wood in under a minute back in September and will surely be aiming for more of the same against Peckham’s Diego Burton.
One of the new boys in the Cruiserweight division, Colin ‘Butch’ Goldhawk will be making his second pro outing – his opponent Rolandas Cesna is well known to the York Hall faithful, having already fought both Scott Whyley and Ilir Canolli at the famous venue.
Burnt Oak Middleweight Mark ‘Pee Wee’ Adams gets a tough second pro outing, when he comes up against the highly experienced Billy Smith, who will be looking to have a good win to celebrate his one hundred and twenty first pro bout.
Leytonstone’s Philip ‘Quicksilver’ Bowes also gets a tough veteran campaigner, the one and only Johnny Greaves, for his second pro outing.
Brighton’s Nicky Jenman makes his first trip to the York Hall to take on Martyn King from Cumbria.
Crawley’s unbeaten Light Welterweight prospect Ross Payne will be looking to extend his perfect 3-0 record when he faces the highly experienced Kristian Laight from Nuneaton.
Also on the card are Peckham’s unbeaten Heavyweight Dillian ‘The Villain’ Whyte, Mitcham’s Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor and Prizefighter Light Middleweight semifinalist Kris Agyei-Dua, all against yet to be named opponents.
Olivia Goodwin’s ‘Edge of Glory’ event, headlined by Ali ‘The Tiger’ Adams, against a yet to be named opponent, for the International Masters Heavyweight title, takes place at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday 3rd December 2011.
Tickets, priced £60 (Ringside) and £35 (Standard Seated), are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For further information call 07960 850645