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Weights And Quotes From London – Darren Hamilton Vs Dave Ryan II

by on Oct.06, 2011, under Boxing News

Weights And Quotes From London – Darren Hamilton Vs Dave Ryan II

The weigh in for Spencer Fearon and Ciaran Baynes Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky channel 433) took place at The Boxers Bar, 9 Christopher Street, Shoreditch, London, earlier today.

DARREN HAMILTON Vs DAVE RYAN
British Masters Light Welterweight Title

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darren Hamilton – 63.3kg

“I’m optimistic and happy that I’ve got the chance of the rematch. I’m ready to go”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Ryan – 63.4kg

“I see it all my way again, as long as he doesn’t headbutt again, Let’s have it.”

Darren Hamilton versus Dave Ryan, for the British Masters Light Welterweight title, headlines the Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky channel 433).

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Darren Hamilton: I’m Fighting For Redemption, Not The Money.

by on Sep.28, 2011, under Boxing News

Darren Hamilton is seeking redemption on October 7th - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Darren Hamilton: I’m Fighting For Redemption, Not The Money.

With all the controversy surrounding the recent Victor Ortiz – Floyd Mayweather jnr. fight many London fans may be a little confused to why Ortiz only received the penalty of a single point deduction – and a dubious sucker punch KO for his efforts – whilst back at York Hall in June Darren Hamilton was not just disqualified, but also fined and suspended, for an almost identical action against Dave Ryan.

Like Ortiz, Hamilton accepted the result without argument. In fact the likable Bristol born fighter, now residing in London, has spent a lot of time soul searching and bridge mending, as he is keen to make amends before the pair once again face each other, for The British Master Light Welterweight title, a second time on the Spencer Fearon Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This is Hard Knocks’ show at York Hall in London on Friday, 7th October.

Hamilton’s determination to make amends, for that red mist moment, became clear when he spoke earlier today, “I’m fighting for redemption, not the money, he’s fighting for the money.

Basically Dave Ryan has asked for more money to fight me again, myself personally I’m completely not interested in the money.

You wouldn’t believe what I actually went through. On the night I didn’t realise the seriousness of what I did.

Afterwards I soon found out. Not only couldn’t I box for twenty eight days, because the British Boxing Board of Control suspended me, but I also had to pay a fine to the BBBofC.

I was getting abuse from his fans. My girlfriend, who was at the fight at the time, she was getting abuse as well from his fans. Some of it I heard, it was racial abuse.

Since then I’ve also been getting abuse on the internet from his fans, which I may not like but do understand.

I let Spencer (promoter Spencer Fearon) down, I let the fans down and I let myself down, something I am really sorry for.

It’s put me in a position, like where I was before, where I have to prove myself again like I did against Ideh Ochuku, after being knocked out by Daryl Setterfield, and the time they said I didn’t have a chance against Peter McDonagh, where I was the complete underdog.

I’ve gone right back to that hunger again, this is it again right now. I am completely solemn and completely dedicated to winning this fight. My head is completely on it, it’s all I’ve been thinking about, you know.”

Darren Hamilton versus Dave Ryan, for the British Masters Light Welterweight title, will take place at the Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event, which will be headlined by Choi Tseveenpürev, at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky channel 433).

Tickets for ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ – priced £35 (Unreserved) and £60 (Ringside), are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For further information please call 07960 850645.

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Proud ‘Hammer’ Mitchell Balker Ready For Proper East End Tear Up On Oct 7th

by on Sep.21, 2011, under Boxing News

Mitchell Balker ready to hammer Hari Miles on October 7th - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Proud ‘Hammer’ Mitchell Balker Ready For Proper East End Tear Up On Oct 7th

London boxing fans will get the chance to see their newest all conquering hero, Plaistow Cruiserweight sensation Mitchell Balker, in action right on their doorstep, as Spencer Fearon has signed him up to face Welsh hardman Hari Miles at his upcoming Hard knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, 7th October.

West Ham fanatic Balker shot up the rankings, to #4 in Britain and #83 in the World, after hammering then World #45 ranked Richard Turba in Blackpool last month.

It was this sensational win that prompted Spencer Fearon to pick up the phone and call Balker’s manager, Johnny Eames, to get him on the Premier Sports (Sky channel 433) televised show.

Earlier today Spencer explained his reasons for asking Balker to fight on his flagship TV show, “Why because Mitchell epitomizes what Hard Knocks is all about.

I mean look at that guy, Mitchell, he took up the challenge and got a fantastic win over Richard Turba. Nobody, but nobody, wanted to fight Richard Turba, but he fights him and gets a great win.

Now hear what I’m saying, no padded records, he wins fights, lost a fight by stoppage, comes back and beats a guy who’s a fearful puncher, who’s a demon kind of guy that nobody wants to fight, but he does and beats him.

That’s why Mitchell has to be on the next Hard Knocks show on October 7th.”

Balker, who last year relocated from Amsterdam to Plaistow so that he could be as close as possible to his beloved Upton Park and Johnny Eames’ TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, then added, “I’m really proud that Spencer Fearon wants me to fight on his big show.

I always said I will fight anyone, I came to England to fight, so when they ask me to fight Richard Turba I said yes, I did and I won.

Now Spencer wants me to fight Hari Miles, I said yes, please I want the fight. I’m really looking forward to fighting Hari Miles on October 7th, I’m ready for it.

Training is going really well, I get such good sparring at the TRAD TKO and perfect training from Barry (Smith) and Johnny (Eames), perfect preparations.

I’m really looking forward to the fight, I’m looking forward to fighting Hari Miles especially as it will be right in my own back garden as such. York Hall is so close to here.

When I moved to London I wanted to live near to Upton Park and the TRAD TKO Gym. It’s good for me here as Johnny (Eames), Kevin (Mitchell) and lots of the fighters at the gym are West Ham fans.

When I was in Holland I always watched West Ham matches when I could, I always enjoyed watching them. I’m very proud to live close to the ground, now I get to watch them at Upton Park

I’m very proud to live here and fight in the East End of London, it’s now my home, I’m very proud have the chance to fight in front of East End fans.”

Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event, which will be headlined by Choi Tseveenpürev, takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky channel 433).

Tickets for ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ – priced £35 (Unreserved) and £60 (Ringside), are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For further information please call 07960 850645.

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Two Time World Champ Choi Headlines ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ On October 7th

by on Sep.08, 2011, under Boxing News

Choi celebrates victory over Jackson Asiku - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Two Time World Champ Choi Headlines ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ On October 7th

Two time World Featherweight Champion Choi Tseveenpürev is set to headline Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions latest offering ‘This is Hard Knocks’, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports.

Choi won his first World Crown, the vacant WBF version, in 2006, with a spectacular third round stoppage of Kenyan WBF International Champion David Kiilu at the Tara Leisure Centre in Shaw, Lancashire and successfully defended the title twice in 2007.

He vacated the WBF title a year later, in order to challenge Liverpool’s ‘Dirty’ Derry Matthews for his WBU crown. On the fifth of April 2011, at the Bolton Arena in Bolton.

Choi won his second World crown in spectacular fashion, for five scintillating rounds Choi battered Matthews, sending him to the canvas no less than five times, three times in the third and twice in fifth.

Choi, who never got the chance to defend the WBU crown, has longed for another title shot and following his sensational ‘Fight of the Year’ nominated victory over former IBO World Champion Jackson Asiku in June this year looks set to have his dream come true in the very near future.

On making the event announcement an elated Spencer Fearon said, “Yeah, Choi Tseveenpürev, we’re looking at two opponents.

We had him originally for the WBA Pan Asian title, but you know, everyone is frightened of Choi.

When we did the last show and Gary Logan, the former British title challenger, who was doing the commentary said Choi’s retained his title, and I said what title is that and he said the Champion of the nobody wants to fight club.

He’s right nobody wants to fight Choi, as soon as you get a phone call you see some astronomical money asked for. You know what I mean, guys that would be willing to fight Choi are asking me to pay 90% more than they usually get on TV shows. That’s crazy but Choi’s coming back and he’s gonna do his thing. It’ll be another fight of the year for sure.”

The main support for Choi, against whichever big name Spencer can get to put their record on the line, is a rematch, or is that grudge match, between Southern Area Light Welterweight Champion Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton and Midlands Area Light Welterweight Champion Dave Ryan.

Back in June, when the pair first faced each other, their fight came to a very premature end, after just one minute and forty two seconds of the first round. Hamilton, who had been controlling the first round easily, backed Ryan to the ropes and as the red mist descended lunged forward, head first. The referee, Ken Curtis, instantly stopped the bout and disqualified Hamilton for head butting.

Hamilton has vowed that this time he will not let Ryan’s constant head butting make him respond in kind, this time he’s going to punish any indiscretion by boxing his head off instead.

To add even more international flavour to ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ Spencer was quick to sign high flying London based Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker for the show, following Balker’s sensation victory over World #45 ranked Richard Turba a few ago.

The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym fighter will face another super tough opponent, and another member of the ‘no one wants to fight club’, Wales’ Hari Miles.

Hard Knocks/The Real Fight Club unbeaten rising star Joe Catchpole will take on Balker’s TRAD TKO team mate Daryl Setterfield in a Light Middleweight contest.

Young Joe will have his hands full, as Redhill’s Setterfield is a renowned battler with a big right hand, as Catchpole’s team mate Darren Hamilton can attest, as Setterfield knocked him out cold when they went to war back in March last year.

Aylesbury Welterweight Nathan Graham will also be back in action, against Hayes, Middlesex’s Robert Lloyd Taylor. Graham will be looking to get back to winning ways, after the close loss to former World Champ Junior Witter at Prizefighter – Welterweights in June and his prior loss to Adil Anwar, when they fought for the International Masters Welterweight title in March.

Also making his return to York Hall on the 7th October is exciting young Croydon Light Welterweight Danny Davis, who made his debut at the Hard Knocks ‘Shamrock Showdown’ back in March.

Finally Spencer’s prodigy James Wallace will be making his debut at ‘This Is Hard Knocks’.

Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event, which will be headlined by Choi Tseveenpürev, takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports.

Tickets for ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ – priced £35 (Unreserved) and £60 (Ringside), are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at The TRAD TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For further information please call 07960 850645.

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Interview With Promoter Spencer Fearon – Talks World Title For Choi, Nathan Graham, Darren Hamilton and much more

by on Jul.12, 2011, under Interviews

Spencer Fearon with one of his famous Hard Knocks clappers - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Interview With Promoter Spencer Fearon – Talks World Title For Choi, Nathan Graham, Darren Hamilton and much more

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

There’s a real buzz around the London Boxing scene at the moment thanks to the plethora of new young promoters strutting their stuff.

Whilst the young guns have been busy feeding the City’s hungry boxing fans, the big five, Frank Warren, Barry and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport, Ricky Hatton, Frank Maloney and Mick Hennessy on the other hand have seemingly ignored the Capital, instead deciding to stage their big shows in Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester and the like, or in Mick’s case across the pond.

I know, DeGale-Groves was held at the O2, Murray-El Ouazghari took place at York Hall, Matchroom presented Barker-Spada at Olympia as well as regularly hold their exciting Prizefighter series in the Capital and of course the Hennessy Sports promoted Chisora-Fury will be at Wembley on the 23rd July, but honestly is that enough boxing action, in the seven months of this year so far, for the nine million souls that populate the Capital city?

No it’s not, but luckily for us that live in the metropolis, and in need of a regular fix of pugilistic action, this fabulous new breed of promoters have been serving up a heady cocktail that more than satisfies the neediest boxing junkie – like me.

We’ve had former World Champion Graham Earl put on some stonkingly great shows earlier this year, whilst the lovely Miranda Carter seems intent to make Sunday’s her own with the Left Jab series of excellent Sunday afternoon thrillers.

We’ve even got a Father and Daughter, Steve and Olivia Goodwin, competing against each other to see who can draw the biggest crowd to their awesome thirteen and fourteen bout mega shows.

Then we have the subject of this interview, MR BOXING himself, Spencer Fearon and his wicked Hard Knocks Boxing events. If you’ve been to a Hard Knocks show I don’t need to tell you they are the bee’s knees, they are loud, they are hot and sweaty, they are electric and best of all they are crammed with genuine 50/50 fights – awesome!

Spencer is a larger than life type of character, he’s a sort of suave Don King, without the silly hair and flags, oh hang on I seem to remember him waving flags at a show recently, OK Don King without the the silly hair, he’s loud, he’s brash and he’s always immaculately turned out, in couture outfits that must have cost almost as much as his dazzling shows, but amazingly very approachable, again if you’ve been to one of his shows you’ll know what I mean.

Spencer started out as a boxer, fought under the ring name ‘The Spirit’ and chalked up a respectable 11-6 record during his six year career, during which he fought for the Southern Area title three times.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that he was a crowd pleaser that went into each fight with a belief and full intention of giving his all for the full duration. If you see his battles with Dave Walker or Gilbert Eastman – in fact any of his fights – you’ll know what I mean.

On retiring from the ring Spencer took up coaching and boy when he did it was like a duck to water and it wasn’t long before some of the best known names in the sport turned to him to get their careers firmly on track. We’re talking names like Anthony Small and Danny Williams here, serious stuff.

No surprise really that he would soon take the ultimate step and start promoting, and when he did he made the statement that his will be the best shows and would have genuine 50/50 match-ups. Most people thought it was all hot air, but true to his word that’s just what he delivered.

I covered two of Spencer’s shows this year and I can attest that they were everything promised and much, much more.

His last event ‘Summer Smash’ not only blew me away but every other scribe that covered the event, including Boxing News’ Simon Euan-Smith!!! This so called small hall event was rammed to the rafters, and the fights – well every single one was a cracker – but the headline Choi versus Jackson Asiku was the best fight seen in this country this millennium, let alone this year.

Somehow Spencer had managed to macth a two time (undefeated) World Champion, Choi, against former IBO champ Jackson Asiku, who had only just lost his World crown in his previous bout. Neither gave or expected any quarter. It was ten rounds of nonstop action. It was just…magnificent, it was pugilistic heaven.

Sorry, I’m recalling the fight in my head, now I’ve been to some of the biggest fights on both sides of the Atlantic and I can honestly say that Choi-Asiku really was one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to be ringside at. It equals my all time favourite Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham versus Tomasz Adamek at the Prudential Centre in Newark New Jersey in December 2008 (Look it up, it was a real barnstormer).

OK, back to the subject in hand, Spencer Fearon, anyway I caught up with Spencer on the very day he heard the news that his next show – nah, his next EVENT – will be broadcast live on TV, rightly so in my view, and this is what the man himself had to say.

Rio – Congratulations you’ve really made an impact with your exceptional shows, especially the last one, Summer Smash, which was probably the best British boxing event this year. What do you think is the major difference between your shows and those by other promoters, including the big five?

Spencer – Look I don’t just do the best shows in England, I do the best shows in the whole world. I mean I do the best shows in the whole world and I want people to know this.

It’s only going to get bigger, it’s only going to get better and with my energy, listen, I endear myself to the boxing fan.

Look, when I put a question on my facebook I’ll get ninety thousand comments and I’ll read everyone of those ninety thousand comments. I wont read eighty nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine, I’ll read every single comment to hear what the boxing fan wants.

I ask loads of different questions, religion, race, gender, sexual preference, everything, because when people come into my shows. How many young people do you see in my shows, loads and loads of young kids.

Why?, because I’m up and down the country speaking to the young kids on how to better themselves and the simple motto is ‘If I can, you can’ I know where I’ve come from to what I am doing now and I’ve just started.

I know when I first started in this game loads of people said ‘oh yeah see what Spencer does, he’ll be skint in a year, yeah he’ll be finished’. It’s amazing four years down and I’m still getting stronger.

You must understand when you’re getting acclaim from guys like Steve Bunce, Johnny Nelson from Sky TV, yeah he’s my friend as well, he come to the show and said ‘I Can’t believe it’, he’s looking around and saying ‘I cannot believe it”.

Clifton Mitchell is doing his thing with his Nation group, trust me you’re doing your thing, Clifton Mitchell I allow you to copy my clappers and put your logo on there, but remember that Hard Knocks did it first.

Look how I energise the crowd, look at the applause Charlie Magri got, Charlie Magri is my old trainer, he comes to the shows and says ‘Spencer it was tear jerking’ Charlie Magri saying to me he wants to cry.

I give the best shows in the whole world because I’m the only one out there that endears the fight fans, just look at my facebook, my facebook is like a phone, it gets more comments than any phone. I can cover four or five subjects and get more comments than people get on boxing websites.

Why? Because I’m personable, Why? Because I speak my mind, I’m human I can make mistakes, I can say certain things and have to come out and apologise to certain people because I’m frigging human.

Understand this I’ve not got a malicious bone in my body, I’m the only one going out and uniting the people of our great country. I’m uniting it, people say this all the time.

Our flag, which is based on the St George’s cross, which is based on the Scottish flag, has the red, white and blue in it. Do you understand the red means the blood that flows through every human being on the face of the planet, therefore our flag is telling me just one thing, that we must embrace everyone on the planet and that’s what I’m doing. People are coming to the shows and embracing it.

Rio – Your last show had York Hall absolutely rammed to the rafters. I’ve never seen the place so packed. The atmosphere was electric, it was a true occasion. How do you do it?

Spencer – It’s quite easy, because if you have a guy that was thirsty, dying for water and you give him a glass that is dirty and tell him to drink from it because he’s thirsty, he will.

Now I’m feeding thirsty people, I’m nourishing them with water, you can taste this water and it tastes sweet, that’s because they have been drinking shit for god knows how long and then all of a sudden they’re drinking something proper.

What I am doing is making people recognise the only way you can really recognise a real boxing event is to come to our shows. The only way you will really recognise that Spencer is the truth here, he’s giving us fluid, he’s giving us what we want.

Down at the Real Fight Club, where Hard Knocks has it’s office, I have corporate guys in on a daily basis, I’m around the white collar society and the white collar society are coming to my shows.

You know what, it’s beautiful, I love this place. People know I’m accessible, I’ll talk to anyone, that’s because, I’m a nice guy anyway but, I like to hear peoples opinions. So when people come in and give their opinions on how good my shows are and ask how can you top that.

I’ve already topped it by giving people what they want to see. All my fights are 50/50 because I know how to match make so when fighters go on my show they have to fight.

I say to any fighter if you want to go on my show make sure you can fight and if you ‘re good and put on a good show but lose I’ll still have you back.

Rio – Your shows are seriously well matched, genuine 50/50 fights. How come you are able to get these prospects to fight each other, and not take an easier opponent, in the first place and then get them so fired up that each fight is an all out war?

Spencer – It’s quite simple, you want a guy that can fight, yeah, I want to endear fighters so I say if you can fight, you fight him. So when they say they can’t fight him, now I’m a really good shit stirrer I’m one of the really great ones, so I say you can’t beat him, are you seriously saying you can’t beat this guy here.

Then I’d go to the guy that will be in the opponent corner and say if you beat this guy I’ll pay you more money. They say really and I say I know what I’m paying you, if you beat this guy I’ll give you twenty percent more money. So they say to me what, I’m coming already and you’re giving me more incentive to go. So they end up fighting their heart out and that’s what happens.

That’s it I’ll pay you X amount of money if you fight harder and if you fight harder and give people a good show it’ll bring in a big crowd and it’ll be incredible and that’s what I do.

Rio – OK, now I’d like to talk about one of the fights, on your last show, in particular. Choi against Jackson Asiku, which was the fight of the year so far, not just my opinion but by unanimous decision of all the boxing writers that were present and it will be a contender for that honour at the end of the year. What were your thoughts of that fight?

Spencer – Look if I was to die tomorrow I’d be happy knowing that I promoted a fight of that magnitude.

People talk about my fight with Dave Walker, but we didn’t touch nothing with that fight as you had ten rounds of a boxer versus a slugger. The slugger becoming the boxer and the boxer becoming a slugger and heart and everything.

The most beautiful thing for me was here you had the archetypal East End pugilistic fan sat there cheering on a Mongolian or cheering on a Ugandan. This is the greatest country in the world and I done that and I’ll do it again.

I’ve spoke to certain guys who match-make for Sky TV and I said can you put Choi on the show and they said no, no, no Spence, were not interested in showing foreign fighters. So what they are trying to tell me is that if Manny Pacquiao came to Oldham instead of going to Vegas would he have ended up like Choi and not got the opportunity. That’s what they are saying to me.

People say yes Spence you’re a good trainer when everything is working for you like it is with Choi, But I remember what that lot were saying when I was working with Anthony Smalls and he wasn’t doing too good, I remember what they said about me when Danny Williams lost.

I remember all of that but I have a great team around me with Ciaran Baynes. I have Steve Bunce endorsing me publicly and the Boxing News, Tris Dixon and all these guys, John Dennen they put me at number three, they should have put me at number one, but why, ‘cos two shows this year, Shamrock Showdown, Nathan Graham and Adil Anwar best fight of the year, and everyone says how can you surpass that show, then I went and done it again and you know what I’ll do it again on the next show.

The next show will be on TV, I aint going to get into it but Rio you know what the little hush is, it’s going to be on TV and I thank everyone of you guys that call my name, even if you call my name badly, call my name. The reason why, while you are sleeping I’m working out plans. While people are going out socialising I’m in my house, I’m on my computer studying this game. I study this game so much I eat, sleep and live this game and everything else has been reciprocated back to me.

Rio – OK, you covered two things I want to ask about, the first is Choi. What are your plans for him?

Spencer – Choi is going to get another World title fight this year. We are in talks with the Mongolian Embassy right now and we’re going to sort something out for him. Choi is going to fight for one of the three major belts, just fighting for it is something special even if he doesn’t win them, but he is going to win them because there is something inside that Mongolian that is different from any other human being I have been around.

I don’t know where he gets it from, he’s never been trained, everyone knows I sit down with him and watch fights all the time, we watch Roberto Duran constantly. We sit down and study these fights.

Choi is a beautiful person, when Danny Williams’ father, Augustus, was ill Choi was training for Prizefighter. Every morning I would take Augustus breakfast at St Thomas’s Hospital and Choi would come with me. He would just sit down and talk with us.

Choi is such a beautiful person. The ironic thing is Danny Williams mother, and his niece and mother in law came to the show and sat ringside with my family and they were cheering on Choi and they didn’t even know that Choi knew her husband and that was really, really touching to me.

When she did find out she asked me to thank Choi, but he had already gone back to Mongolia but when he’s back in a few months for his nex fight, which will be in September, we’ll see what we can do. That was really beautiful and very, very touching.

See Hard Knocks is a real boxing family, there’s no class system or race system, no nothing the system is boxing, you know what I mean, that’s why I love boxing so much.

Rio – Another one of your fighters I want to ask you about is Darren Hamilton. After that blatant head-butt which cost him the title what are your plans for him?

Spencer – Firstly I have to say that he done a stupid thing, which he’s apologised for. We shall make him and Dave Ryan again. Him and Dave Ryan down in London, because I like the energy his supporters bring down from Derby.

Darren needs to prove himself, Clinton Mitchell is hell bent that Dave Ryan can beat him and I just want to make a good fight and Dave Ryan wants to beat him.

I’m not going to shoot him down, Darren fought beautifully against Pete McDonagh and he has the opportunity to go and prove himself again and come back and fight this guy. He can come back and beat this guy. if he trains properly and fights properly.

I’m happy to make the fight again as the show is going to be big and it’s going to be on TV, that’s going to be excellent.

Rio – You said about Nathan Graham earlier, another excellent fighter but has lost his last two fights, against Adil Anwar and Junior Witter. How are you going to go about rebuilding his career?

Spencer – Nathan Graham against Robert Lloyd Taylor, hopefully I can get it for the Southern Area title, either way it’s going to be a fantastic fight.

Nathan has improved so much, grown so much. I have seen Robert Lloyd Taylor as few times and he wants the fight. He’s got a beautiful fan base as well, so when the fans come out and they do what they have to do then we can move onto the next one.

I just want to give the fans what they want to see. I’m bringing back Kreshnik Qato, he was a foundation guy for Hard Knocks and I don’t forget people. Everyone’s saying Ah you’re a big man, everyone’s calling your name, I don’t forget no one so I’m bringing Kreshnik back, it’s got to be for the Southern Area title.

People think he got robbed on Miranda Carter’s show, but Miranda’s my boxing sister and I love her dearly, but they did take a liberty with Kreshnik’s title though.

Rio – I understand that you have a new star waiting in the wings, word on the street is he is the real deal. Enlighten us please.

Spencer – Larry Ekundayo is one of the most talented human being that I ever have had the company of in Great Britain.

He’s got a minor immigration problem which should be resolved soon and he should be on our show in September and he will show people that he is what he is.

He’s superb, he’s a World Champion in the making, no doubt. Larry can have five fights and be British Champion and I’m not saying that to be cocky either, I’m saying that because it’s true. He’s going to be a massive star, massive World star.

Rio – OK, now lets go back to your last event Summer Smash, how are you going to top that.

Spencer – I just topped the Summer Smash just by me being alive and being able to look after my kids, just to know that my son loves me and my daughter loves me.

I said to my daughter the other day do you love daddy, she said yes and I said no you don’t and my daughter said I do because you’re my daddy. That’s it that’s me topping anything.

My children give me the emphasis to do good, you know what I mean I can look at what I can improve on. My kids give me the emphasis to be the best human being I can. So with me being the best human being in my field I have to be the best at what I’m doing.

So therefore I’m going to top Summer Smash in September. It’s going to be bigger, it’s going to be better, it’s going to be more invigorating. I’m going to have a lot of fans, Nathan Graham’s got a lot of fans, Robert Lloyd Taylor has a lot of fans. So therefore I’m going to get Nathan Graham and Robert Lloyd Taylor.

It’s all about amalgamation, amalgamation, amalgamation. I’m very fortunate that I have boxing brothers, yes I’m a promoter and have daddies that I look up to who know what I’m like, they know that I respect the dignity of the fans and I’m only going to get better.

Because I’m doing that they reciprocate. It’s only at my shows that you see the whole spectrum, there’s people from all different sectors at my shows. The racial unification is only at my shows, you know what I mean, I’ve got all of that at my shows, nobody else can do that.

You see Asians at our shows, Mongolians at our shows, Albanians at our shows, the English white guy and the English black guys at our shows, the West Indians, you go right through the whole spectrum come to our shows.

I embrace this, I go and thank everyone of them personally. I thank them genuinely for coming to our shows. I thank the fans I thank everybody.

So the reason I’m going to top this thing is for my kids, the fans and the next show is going to be bigger and I’m just happy man.

Rio – My final question is how long can you keep putting shows on at York Hall, your last show was not just sold out, it could have been sold out almost twice over as so many people wanted to be there. Do you think it’s time to find a bigger venue for your shows?

Spencer – Everybody knows it’s the mecca for British Boxing. I boxed as an amateur at the York Hall, I boxed as a pro at the York Hall, I’ve won and lost at the York Hall as a professional fighter.

So I’ll keep putting on shows at York Hall, even though it’s too small for my shows.

Watch this space, Spencer will be making an announcement in the coming weeks on his next event, the man has said he’ll top Summer Smash and you know what I believe him – and can’t wait!

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Fight Report: Summer Smash – Choi World Class, Moment of Madness For Hamilton plus more…

by on Jun.20, 2011, under Fight Reports

Fight Report: Summer Smash – Choi World Class, Moment of Madness For Hamilton plus more…

Photos and Report by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

On Saturday night close to fourteen hundred hardy souls braved the rain and packed the York Hall to capacity, stormy weather wasn’t going to stop them being ringside, at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event, to watch former World Champs Choi Tseveenpurev (WBU/WBF) and Jackson Asiku (IBO) battle it out.

Was it worth it? Well there are fights and then there are FIGHTS, Choi-Asiku definitely comes into the later category. On paper it promised to be one of the best match-ups of the year so far, in reality it proved to be much, much more and the clear front runner for ‘Fight of the Year’ honours by a country mile.

The fight started a little slowly with Asiku controlling the first half of the round by keeping Choi at bay with crisp solid jabs. Around the one minute thirty mark Choi launched his first attack of the fight. After backing the Australian Based African to the ropes Choi let rip with a massive overhand right quickly followed by a double handed body assault.

Asiku responded with a big right of his own, but the savvy Mongolian wasn’t deterred one bit and launched a salvo of big right hands, uppercuts, hooks you name it Choi threw it. Asiku’s no mug and dug in his fully stocked arsenal and responded with equally venomous flurries. It was a close round to call but I gave it to Choi, he was plain phenomenal and I felt he had landed the more meaningful shots.

Round two was very much more of the same, these two warriors went to war with a vengeance. Any attempt to describe this round would be futile, it was probably one of the greatest rounds seen this year. Each matched the other punch for punch in an awesome display of the pugilistic art, it had it all, it was pure boxing heaven to watch these two in full flow for three sensational minutes. I see it as a 10-10 round as it was far too close to call one way or the other, they both scored big.

What a round, what an awesome round, these two are amazing, round two was sensational so how could they possibly top that, well they did as round three was even more…I’m lost for a word to describe it adequately, it was seriously class boxing from two World class boxers. At times they stood toe to toe and slugged it out, other times one or the other would launch a venomous attack. Every conceivable punch in the book was thrown time and time again. As before it was impossible to split them, they were equal in every way.

Round four was another beautiful round, early on Asiku switched to the body in an attempt to slow the forceful Mongolian, who would just respond with vicious hooks to the head. As the round progressed Choi turned the tables and started attacking Asiku to the body with a series of piston like hooks. It was beautiful boxing from two World class operators.

Round five see Choi start to dominate proceedings, first by continuing the all out assault to Asiku’s body and then with hooks and straight rights to the head. It wasn’t one way traffic by a long shot, Asiku made some wicked attacks of his own, just Choi was in a groove.

Asiku started fast in the sixth and aggressively took the fight to Choi. The diminutive Mongolian stood his ground, taking a few shots before letting rip with pin point accurate hooks and heavy rights. Asiku was determine to wrestle back control so just kept coming time after time. That is until around the two minute mark when Choi started unwinding the most venomous uppercuts which slowed the African considerably.

Not surprisingly Choi went hard on the attack in the seventh, having rattled Asiku the previous round, and got his just reward about midway through. Choi backed Asiku to the ropes and attacked the body before letting rip with a huge overhand right to the temple which sent the African to the canvas. Asiku quickly got to his feet but as soon as the count was done Choi went straight back on the attack, letting rip with bomb after bomb as Asiku switched to defensive mode to see the round out.

Rounds eight and nine see the pair go at it toe to toe again, slugging it out for virtually every second. As in the earlier rounds these two put on a stunning display of boxing, just at an even higher pace!

The tenth and final round was Choi’s without doubt. He started hard and fast forcing Asiku on to the back foot again. Asiku was responding but his shots just didn’t have the intensity of the previous rounds. Choi on the other hand seemed to find even more power and began landing seriously big shots at will until the final bell.

After ten scintillating rounds Choi was rightly declared victorious, by a 98-93 points margin, but in my view everyone was a winner, Choi, Asiku – who were both truly magnificent – and those of us lucky enough to be ringside for one of the best boxing matches anywhere for a long, long time.

Immediately after the bout Choi said, “I want to thank everybody in my team. I want to thank everyone that come tonight for their support, I love you everyone”

Promoter Spencer Fearon, who was at Choi’s side then added “I do the best fights and the best shows, I sell out York Hall, people come out for the energy, the passion. Hard Knocks does the best shows and give people what they want to see.

I tell ya, there has been no better fight this year and Choi is going to get another World title shot, I promise you he’ll get that title shot.”

The main support for Choi Tseveenpurev-Jackson Asiku was a proposed ten round battle, for the British Masters Light Welterweight title, between Southern Area champ Darren Hamilton and Midlands Area champion Dave Ryan.

I say proposed because the fight came to a very premature end, just one minute and forty two seconds of the first round. Hamilton, who had been controlling the first round easily, backed Ryan to the ropes and then lunged forward, head first, causing a nasty cut above Ryan’s left eye. The referee, Ken Curtis, instantly stopped the bout and disqualified Hamilton for the blatant headbutt.

The swing bout for the night, between ‘Slick’ Simon O’Donnell and Sergejs Savrinoviks, took place in front of a huge crowd, even though it was immediately after the main event. Have to say you don’t see that very often, usually the arena clears after the feature fight but not this time.

Throughout the bout O’Donnell controlled the fight with ease, keeping the ever forward coming Savrinoviks at bay with long jabs and double handed flurries. The second half of the bout see O’Donnell step up the pace and take the fight to Savrinoviks. The highlight of the bout came late in the third, when O’Donnell shook Savrinoviks to the core with a big right hand followed by a sharp hook. All in all It was an excellent display of boxing by the former Philadelphia based Middleweight and O’Donnell was rewarded by a well earned shutout 40-36 points victory.

Slotted in between the two main fights was an eight rounder Light Middleweight contest between West Drayton’s Steve O’Meara and Newark’s AA Lowe.

The first three rounds were closely fought affairs, with the pair matching the other punch for punch. O’Meara took control of the fourth after changing tact and started picking his shots. His more clinical approach started to pay dividends much to the annoyance of Lowe who in defiance turned to countering tactics.

Round five see a slight turn around with Lowe controlling proceedings with good sharp jabs. This time it was O’Meara that turned to countering in an attempt open things up. I gave this round to Lowe as he was not only the busier but also landed the more meaningful shots.

Normal service resumed in rounds six and seven with both protagonists going at it hammer and tongs. I gave both rounds to O’Meara though due to his higher and more effective work rate,

The final round was a barnstormer, Lowe’s corner made it clear he needed a stoppage to win and Lowe went all out to get it. O’Meara wasn’t ready to concede though and the assembled crowd were treated to a true battle royale as the pair slugged it out for the full three minutes. I have to admit I was a bit surprised that Steve O’Meara was declared victorious by a shutout 80-74 margin as I really feel that Lowe had done enough to take the fifth.

Prior to Hamilton-Ryan’s title fight Dagenham teenager Joe Catchpole and Scunthorpe’s Steve Spence locked horns in a rematch. When the pair first faced each other, back in November, the bout ended in a draw which gave the nineteen year old the only blemish on his otherwise perfect record.

No surprise to anyone that Catchpole was right up for the fight and had retribution on his mind, and boy did he show it.

Right from the off Spence pushed forward, putting the teenager on the back foot. Catchpole though appeared totally comfortable countering, even when backed onto the ropes.

Spence constantly tried to bully the youngster but Catchpole was having none of it. His countering and jabs were crisp and sharp and on the occasions the pair traded Catchpole seemed to get the better in each exchange.

As the bout progressed the youngster really came into his own, countering with double handed flurries of punches, and at times took the fight to the older man.

Just after the final bell rang Spence let rip with a very late punch to the head, Catchpole instantly reacted and let rip with a big left-right before the referee jumped in to separate them. After the kerfuffle retribution was well and truly served as far a young Joe Catchpole was concerned when he was declared the winner by a convincing 40-37 points margin.

The second bout of the night see unbeaten Alex Dilmaghani, from Worthing, Sussex, against local(ish) hero Mickey Coveney from West Ham.

The bookies favourite was clearly Dilmaghani, however what no one had taken into account is what a full on battler Coveney is, as everyone including Dilmaghani soon found out.

Right from the opening bell Coveney just kept going forward and working on the inside. This tactic completely neutralised the much taller Dilmaghani’s game plan. Each time he tried to keep the diminutive Coveney out with the long jab, Coveney would just duck under and get up close and personal to work the body.

The normally oh so classy southpaw Dilmaghani just couldn’t cope with the terrier like East Londoner, especially when backed on to the ropes, as was happening far to often.

Someone should have told Dilmaghani that Coveney has a habit of taking highly rated prospects precious ‘O’ because as sure as eggs is eggs Coveney went and did it again securing a nice well earned 39-38 against the odds victory.

The opening bout of the night see Hayes’ Robert Lloyd Taylor take on Leeds hardman Tommy Broadbent.

I have to say this was a cracking opening fight, like the rest of the card it was an evenly matched affair. The first round see the pair feeling each other out so was a bit slow at first, but once they settled down the action was superb. I personally gave Broadbent the first round as he settled the quicker and as such earned the round by with a better work rate and tidier shots. The second round was a very, very close hard fought affair, so close I see it a draw.

Taylor really started to exert his authority, taking control of the third with some great ringcraft and landing the more meaningful shots. The fourth and final rounds was more or less a repeat of the second with both going at it hammer and tongs for the full three minutes.

I have to say this was a really closely matched bout, both fighters were really up for it and the action was virtually nonstop, so I wasn’t at all surprised that when the scorecard was read out and showed a close 39-38 points difference – in favour of Robert Lloyd Taylor.

Spencer Fearon and Ciaran Baynes really know how to put on an event and give the public what they want, a night of top class action filled with genuine 50/50 fights.

I thought their Shamrock Showdown in March was quality, it was, but Summer Showdown took it to a whole new level altogether. What’s more I have never experienced an atmosphere like this at York Hall, it was electric, it was unreal, it was awe inspiring. I for one can’t wait for the next Hard Knocks Boxing show – bring it on.

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Weights And Quotes From London: Choi-Asiku and Hamilton-Ryan

by on Jun.17, 2011, under Buzz

Choi, promoter Spencer Fearon and Jackson Asiku - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Weights And Quotes From London: Choi-Asiku and Hamilton-Ryan

The weigh in for former WBU/WBF Featherweight World Champion Choi Tseveenpürev versus former IBO Featherweight World Champion ‘Action’ Jackson Asiku and Southern Area Light Welterweight Champion Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton versus Midlands Area Light Welterweight Champion Dave Ryan, for the British Masters Light Welterweight title, took place today at The Real Fight Club in Shoreditch.

The two bouts headline Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
on Saturday 18th June 2011.

Choi Tseveenpürev – 9st 1 1/2lbs

“In training I’m very, very sharp. It’ll be a very, very good fight.

Asiku is a tough kid and no one wants to fight him. I fight anyone and tomorrow I’ll stop him.”

Jackson Asiku – 8st 13lbs

“The fight is going to go like a boxer, that’s what we do, we’re mechanics we work with our tools you know.

We do the real thing, we’ve come to do it, I’ve got my tools

I’ve come a long way and I’m going to win this”

Darren Hamilton and Dave Ryan - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Darren Hamilton – 9st 13 1/4lbs

“The way I see things tomorrow, I see it being skills versus effort. I reckon he’s going to be coming forward and I’m just going to be picking him off with the jab.

I reckon the first round could be a bit of a fight, it’ll be up close and personal. It’s gonna be very tense the first round.

After three or four rounds it’s gonna be a very interesting fight, he’s gonna get frustrated and after three or four rounds that’s when it’s going to be a proper fight. We’re gonna be picking shots and stuff and it’ll be a really good fight.

I honestly believe that I will stop him inside eight rounds, yeah cool.”

Dave Ryan – 9st 13 1/2lbs

“I see it going my way to be fair, I’m fit and strong and I don’t think he’ll be able to cope with me to be fair.”

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and SOLD OUT (Ringside) for the ‘Summer Smash’ event are still available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or The Real Fight Club, 2-6 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NQ or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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Catchpole Predicts Sweet Revenge Against Spence On Saturday.

by on Jun.15, 2011, under Buzz

Joe Catchpole ready for Spence rematch - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Catchpole Predicts Sweet Revenge Against Spence On Saturday.

This coming weekend Dagenham’s Joe Catchpole will be looking for retribution against Scunthorpe’s Steve Spence, the man who put the only blemish on his otherwise perfect record when they last met.

The rematch, between Catchpole and Spence, will take place at York Hall in Bethnal Green this Saturday, on the undercard of two time World Featherweight Champion Choi Tseveenpürev bout against Australia’s former IBO World Featherweight Champion ‘Action’ Jackson Asiku at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event.

When the pair first locked horns, back in November at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, Catchpole had a perfect three wins in three outings and was quite rightly the bookies favourite. However Spence, whose record stood at two wins and four losses, had very different ideas and took the fight to Catchpole.

For four long hard rounds the pair traded hard and fast. Catchpole being the busier of the two but Spence was landing the more meaningful punches to keep the fight close throughout and no one was too surprised when referee John Foster declared the bout a draw.

Earlier today Catchpole spoke briefly on the upcoming rematch with Spence as well as about their previous meeting, “I’m looking forward to a good fight, it’s going be exciting and sweet revenge.

It will definitely not be a draw this time. Last time I struggled to make weight quite bad, I had a nutrition plan which unfortunately didn’t work, it made me crash diet at the last minute and I just had no energy left after the weigh-in.

I was quite happy to get the draw last time but this time he’ll be lucky to hear the final bell”

Joe Catchpole versus Steve Spence will feature on Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event, headlined by the WBU/WBF Featherweight Champion of the World Choijiljavyn ‘Choi Tseveenpürev, better known as Choi The Mongolian Warrior against former IBO Featherweight Champion of the World ‘Action’ Jackson Asiku from Australia, at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday 18th June 2011

Main support, for Choi versus Jackson Asiku, sees Newly crowned Southern Area Light Welterweight Champion Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton take on Midlands Area Light Welterweight Champion Dave Ryan for the British Masters Light Welterweight title.

A top class undercard in support of the two featured bouts that includes West Drayton’s sensational Light Middleweight prospect Steve O’Meara who takes on Newark’s heavy hitting A.A. Lowe in a highly anticipated eight rounder.

Worthing, Sussex’s unbeaten Lightweight prospect Alex Dilmaghani is set to face a tough battle against former Irish title challenger, West Ham’s own Mickey Coveney.

Hayes’ resident Light Middleweight war lord Robert Lloyd Taylor is back in action against Leeds hardman Tommy Broadbent.

Philadelphia, USA based Irish Middleweight Simon ‘Slick Fightin Irish’ O’Donnell makes his first visit to the York Hall to take on Doncaster’s Jason ‘Daddy Cool’ Ball.

Finally the highly rated London based Slovakian Heavyweight Marek Onda will be making his professional debut.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £60 (Ringside) for the ‘Summer Smash’ event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or The Real Fight Club, 2-6 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NQ or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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Choi Says He’ll Knock Asiku Out On Saturday

by on Jun.14, 2011, under Buzz

Choi in action against Ben Murphy in Prizefighter last year - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

World Champs Collide In London – Choi Says He’ll Knock Asiku Out This Saturday

This weekend the Capital’s boxing fans will be treated to a mouth watering battle for supremacy between a current and former World Champion. The international contest, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, pits Mongolia’s two time World Featherweight Champion Choi Tseveenpürev against Australia’s former IBO World Featherweight Champion ‘Action’ Jackson Asiku in a non-Championship bout.

In an amazing coup promoter Spencer Fearon has managed to persuade the two top flight fighters to headline his Hard Knocks Boxing promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event this coming Saturday.

Choi won the vacant WBF title in 2006, with a spectacular third round stoppage of Kenyan WBF International Champion David Kiilu at the Tara Leisure Centre in Shaw, Lancashire, and successfully defended the title twice in 2007.

The following year Choi vacated the WBF title in order to challenge Liverpool’s ‘Dirty’ Derry Matthews for his WBU crown. On the fifth of April 2011, at the Bolton Arena in Bolton, Choi won his second World crown in spectacular fashion.

For five scintillating rounds Choi battered the highly rated Champion, sending Matthews to the canvas no less than five times, three times in the third and twice in fifth – the first via a wicked hook to the body midway through followed by vicious fight ending body shot in the final seconds of the round.

Choi, who never got the chance to defend the WBU crown, has longed for another championship shot and is hopeful that Saturday’s fight with Asiku, who lost his grip on the IBO belt in September, will kick start a third World championship campaign.

Speaking earlier Choi spoke of the upcoming fight and his fiercely burning championship aspirations, “My training’s over and I can knock him out, that’s it.

After this my ambition is another title, I have two belts now, WBF and WBU, but nobody wants to fight me for the belts.

I want a major belt, I need a Mexican. I like fighting, I’m ready for long time now.

The last year has been the worse time you know, so many protected fighters, they are just like kids, so protected and don’t want real fight.

British boxing used to be very, very good, nowadays they’re just like little boys, they fight like little boys.

Mongolese amateur kids would beat any top professional boxers in lower weight divisions.

I’m very happy now with Spencer (Fearon) and fighting in London. Best crowds at Hard Knock promotions shows. The best fans in the world, I will make them happy with a good win Saturday.”

WBU/WBF Featherweight Champion of the World Choijiljavyn ‘Choi Tseveenpürev, better known as Choi The Mongolian Warrior against former IBO Featherweight Champion of the World ‘Action’ Jackson Asiku from Australia headlines Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 18th June 2011.

Main support, for Choi versus Jackson Asiku, sees Newly crowned Southern Area Light Welterweight Champion Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton take on Midlands Area Light Welterweight Champion Dave Ryan for the British Masters Light Welterweight title.

A top class undercard in support of the two featured bouts that includes West Drayton’s sensational Light Middleweight prospect Steve O’Meara who takes on Newark’s heavy hitting A.A. Lowe in a highly anticipated eight rounder.

Worthing, Sussex’s unbeaten Lightweight prospect Alex Dilmaghani is set to face a tough battle against former Irish title challenger, West Ham’s own Mickey Coveney.

Next up is another unbeaten rising star, Dagenham’s Joe Catchpole who will face Scunthorpe’s Steve Spence. Also at Light Middleweight, Hayes’ resident war lord Robert Lloyd Taylor is back in action against Leeds hardman Tommy Broadbent.

Philadelphia, USA based Irish Middleweight Simon ‘Slick Fightin Irish’ O’Donnell makes his first visit to the York Hall to take on Doncaster’s Jason ‘Daddy Cool’ Ball.

Finally the highly rated London based Slovakian Heavyweight Marek Onda will be making his professional debut.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £60 (Ringside) for the ‘Summer Smash’ event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or The Real Fight Club, 2-6 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NQ or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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Darren Hamilton – I’ll Stop Ryan In Seven

by on Jun.13, 2011, under Buzz

Darren Hamilton with promoter Spencer Fearon - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Darren Hamilton – I’ll Stop Ryan In Seven

Newly crowned Southern Area Light Welterweight Champion Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton is back in action this coming weekend, at the Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 18th June 2011.

Hamilton, who put on a scintillating performance to wrenched the Southern Area belt from then current champ Peter McDonagh’s grip back in March, will be facing another regional champ on Saturday, the Midlands Area Light Welterweight Champion Dave Ryan.

Both Hamilton and Ryan will be looking to add a second belt to their collection, as the the vacant British Masters Light Welterweight title is up for grabs on Saturday night.

Earlier today Mr R&B took a little time to talk about the upcoming clash with Dave Ryan, “Basically this fight to me is a fight, not like the last one, that could go either way.

This guy fights one way, he comes forward, and that’s tailor made for my old style. This guys very tough, never been stopped.

For this fight we’re changing style again, we’re going back to the defensive mode.

This guy’s a big hitter so we’re not taking any risks. It’s a frustrating style, but I know the type of fighter this guy is and the old style to frustrate him. That’s all I’m gonna do is frustrate him and stick the jab in his face all night.

This is what I’m looking to do, so yeah back to the old Mr R&B style on the 18th, definitely

I’m going to be honest and say I can see me stopping him with a serious cut, as he doesn’t move his head, takes a lot of shots.

My jab at the moment, it cuts, it bruises. There’s no way he’s going to be able to take my jabs for a long period of time. I see it getting stopped around round seven.”

Hamilton then went on to talk about what the future holds for him, “After I’ve won this I want the English title next, we’re looking at the English Champion (Nigel Wright).

There was a possibility of getting the British Champion (Ashley Theopane) but it’s no go on that one at this time. Spencer (Fearon) has tried everything but it’s a no go so we’re looking at the English title.

After we’ve got the English then it’s onwards and upwards for the British and if that doesn’t happen there’s been a lot of speculation. Everybody wants to see me and Curtis Woodhouse. We’ve been having words on Facebook, and I want to give the people what they want.”

Darren Hamilton versus Dave Ryan, for the British Masters Light Welterweight Title, will be the main supporting feature bout at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event headlined by the WBU/WBF Featherweight Champion of the World Choijiljavyn ‘Choi Tseveenpürev, better known as Choi The Mongolian Warrior against former IBO Featherweight Champion of the World ‘Action’ Jackson Asiku from Australia.

A top class undercard in support of the two featured bouts that includes West Drayton’s sensational Light Middleweight prospect Steve O’Meara who takes on Newark’s heavy hitting A.A. Lowe in a highly anticipated eight rounder.

Worthing, Sussex’s unbeaten Lightweight prospect Alex Dilmaghani is set to face a tough battle against former Irish title challenger, West Ham’s own Mickey Coveney.

Next up is another unbeaten rising star, Dagenham’s Joe Catchpole who will face Scunthorpe’s Steve Spence. Also at Light Middleweight, Hayes’ resident war lord Robert Lloyd Taylor is back in action against Leeds hardman Tommy Broadbent.

Philadelphia, USA based Irish Middleweight Simon ‘Slick Fightin Irish’ O’Donnell makes his first visit to the York Hall to take on Doncaster’s Jason ‘Daddy Cool’ Ball.

Finally the highly rated London based Slovakian Heavyweight Marek Onda will be making his professional debut.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £60 (Ringside) for the ‘Summer Smash’ event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or The Real Fight Club, 2-6 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NQ or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

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