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Mulligan taken to hospital following hard fought victory. Gomez, Blaze and Rutter win

31.07.15

By @John_Evans79

The latest Black Flash Promotions show ended prematurely as Sean Ben Mulligan was taken to hospital for precautionary checks following his stoppage victory over Duane ‘Bang Bang’ Grimes at Middleton Arena.

22 year old Mulligan managed to stop Grimes at 1.50 of the third round of a scheduled four but not before having to dig extremely deep. Grimes let his hands go from the get go and landed some flush shots to the head of the Prestwich welterweight. Mulligan was wide eyed after one particular first round assault and never quite settled. It became a battle of who wanted it more and Mulligan showed immense bravery to find a way to end a very hard fight.

Mulligan, 3-0, complained of feeling unwell during the bout in his post fight interview and - after a check up from the excellent ringside doctor and anaesthetist - it was decided that a trip to hospital would be in Mulligan’s best interests.

The unfortunate turn of events meant that Zelfa Barrett was unable to box his scheduled six rounder against Youssef Al Hamidi as the necessary medical staff would be unable to return to the venue in time to oversee proceedings.

It was a sad end to a show which had gained momentum throughout the night. Alex Rutter got things under way with a 40-37 decision victory over Andy Harris. Rutter, now 8-0, has been working on using angles and boxed well to ease to a comfortable decision. Rutter, 22, will eventually campaign at super featherweight but weighed in at 9st 10lbs and said afterwards that he now wants to begin facing fighters around his own weight who will help him climb the rankings.

Blaise Mendouo moved to 2-0 with a straightforward shutout of Belfast based Ugandan, Moses Matovu. The Cameroonian cruiserweight claimed a Commonwealth Games bronze medal and boxed in the 2012 Olympics as a heavyweight but has shed the pounds and looks in excellent condition having spent a few months training at the Collyhurst and Moston gym. Matovu was his usual, entertaining self and seemed to annoy 30 year old Mendouo in the final round with his antics. Nonetheless, Menduo emerged from the battle of the Africans with a 40-36 victory.

Michael Gomez Jnr notched his second victory under the Black Flash banner and took his record to 4-0 after a 39-38 four round decision over Jamie Quinn. Quinn saved a previous black Flash show at the eleventh hour and once again stepped into the breach when 20 year old Gomez’s original opponent, Joe Beedon, withdrew. Quinn clearly fancied the job and gave Gomez plenty to think about but the Mancunian found his range to land some hard hooks to the body and seemed to enjoy a couple of hard exchanges in the final round. The late notice change of opponent meant that he boxed way above his intended super bantamweight but he was simply happy to have notched another win.

Return to Glory: The Great Heavyweight Comeback starts in 2015

30.07.2015

By Michael J Jones

HOW MANY times in the last few years have you heard or read a fellow fight fan complaining about the modern era heavyweight division? “The fighters aren’t as good”, “Klitschko stinks the place out”, “there’s no excitement”, “Ali or Tyson would have kicked everyone’s arse without breaking sweat” etc etc etc? Sounds familiar right?

In the sports supposed glory division there’s clearly been a huge absence of thrills in the last seven or eight years since the retirement of legendary names such as Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson. The dominant title reigns of the Klitschko brothers coupled with disappointing one-time hopes such as David Haye have left a hole in a division which once boasted mega stars such as Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali.

But wait.

It’s 2015 and things have starting to heat up and here Livefight discusses why boxing’s greatest division is ready to explode back to life in the next twelve months.

Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury


On October 24th in Dusseldorf the long-reigning unified champion Wladimir Klitschko takes on the brash and unbeaten Tyson Fury over twelve rounds. Klitschko and Fury are big-punchers but otherwise are poles apart both as fighters and men. The respective contrasts make for a hugely intriguing match-up with many already split on its outcome.

Klitschko at 39 is very much in the twilight of his career after 67 pro bouts but has looked as solid as ever in recent performances. Late last year he pole-axed the previously undefeated Kubrat Pulev in five before returning to American shores after a lengthily absence to beat another unbeaten fighter in Bryant Jennings earlier this year.

The intelligent and calculated champion maybe past his best but could still prove far too heavy-handed and experienced for his challenger.

Fury at 24-0 has done little wrong so far and has won his last four inside schedule and in dominant fashion. The former British and Commonwealth champion seems to have ironed out several chinks in his armour under trainer (and uncle) Peter Fury and appears to be hitting his prime for his biggest, and toughest, test to date.

The build-up has already been, as expected, colourful and will only intensify as the bout nears. Whether Klitschko teaches Fury a painful lesson or the 6’9” challenger comes of age and ends the Ukrainian’s long career; the bout is sure to bring a large dose of excitement to the heavyweight division.

Anthony Joshua vs Gary Cornish


Before the big world heavyweight title match above, two terrific prospects look set to go to war on September 12th at the O2 Arena, London. Anthony Joshua MBE, a perfect 13-0 (13), has so far brushed aside every opponent to date with no-one yet surviving past the third round.

Although the former Olympic champion has impressed so far with his clinically efficient displays, many questions still remain. Can the 6’6” puncher successfully navigate into the later rounds? Can he take a big punch? Will his skills match against someone slick and confident?

Step in September’s opponent Cornish who faces Joshua for the vacant Commonwealth belt. Cornish is also unbeaten at 21-0 (12), has size, a decent punch and also appears to fancy the job. The 6’7 “Highlander” is potentially the best AJ has ever faced and can surely test his chin.

With a combined record of 34 wins and 25 knock-outs, the bout is sure to produce drama and fireworks from the first bell with the victor expected to target the British title in his next contest.

Watford’s Joshua has already been able to ease by veteran types such as Michael Sprott and Kevin Johnson but a fresh, confident and strong opponent like his Scottish rival could tell us far more about the muscular prospect’s chances on the world stage.

Deontay Wilder WBC defence number 2

The WBC heavyweight champion really has divided opinion in the boxing world. There’s no doubt that the Tuscaloosa champion does bring intrigue and thrills to the division however.

The new champion’s impressive knock-out record was forever tarnished by an inability to face competitive opposition early in his career. This has partially down to some decent men folding tamely but also some poor match-making by his promoters.

Wilder eventually started stepping up his level of opponents a few years ago and received his shot in January against Bermane Stiverne. With most predicting an early night for who-ever prevailed, the bout surprisingly lasted the full twelve with “The Bronze Bomber” being crowned the new champion after a dominant display or box-fighting.

The new champion followed up that performance with a June stoppage of the better-than-expected Eric Molina and is now 34-0 with all but one inside schedule. Wilder’s co-manager was recently quoted as saying the WBC champion’s return would be on September 26th against a TBA.

Dangerous former WBA champion Alexander Povetkin is waiting in the wings as Wilder’s mandatory but it’s doubtful that will be the champion’s next match.

Regardless of who is in the opposite corner on September 26th, expect the champion to face his number one immediately after or be stripped of his belt (barring any miracles behind the scenes). Either way, Wilder’s in the line of fire and has to be featured in more dangerous contests sooner or later.


Steve Cunningham vs Antonio Tarver

Two guys with a combined age of 85, who aren’t really true heavyweights, meeting over ten rounds. Usually that description wouldn’t cause much of a ripple but the fight has already generated much interest. Set for August 14th in Newark, both men have been talking a good fight in the build-up and the general opinion is the contest will be a great one.

The 39 year old former two-time cruiserweight champion Cunningham is 28-7 (13) but at least five of his seven defeats were highly debatable affairs. Two years ago he dropped Tyson Fury and was leading on the cards when the much bigger Fury rough-housed “USS” into a seven-round KO defeat.

Cunningham is always in superb condition but doesn’t quite have the extra size and power to be a big player in the division. He’s certainly still a handy operator though and won one of the fights of last year when coming off the canvas to best Amir Mansour over ten breath-taking rounds.

The Philly favourite is coming off a dubious unanimous decision loss to undefeated Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov and is still hungry despite the setbacks.

Antonio Tarver is still talking about becoming the next world heavyweight champion of the world but in truth his progress has been slow in the division. Now 46, the 6’2” former light-heavyweight ruler has had just three fights so far as a full heavyweight but impressed last time out when thrashing Johnathon Banks in seven rounds.

Tarver, who has boxed just twelve times in ten years through three weight classes, looked sharp against Banks and could score more victories if he can retain that kind of form. Just 31-6 (22) despite some 18 years as a pro, the aging “Magic Man” could still do something in the division yet and has already been calling out Deontay Wilder. That fight would have sounded ridiculous a year ago but a solid win over Cunningham would put Tarver firmly among the heavyweight rankings.

Expect a thrilling war between two still-dangerous veterans with fans treated to an excellent heavyweight contest. This writer is leaning towards a decision for Cunningham but also picked Banks to whip the former Roy Jones Jr conqueror…

Contenders in waiting

With the fights above all scheduled in the next couple of months don’t forget the many contenders doing the rounds who aren’t a million miles away from a title shot/big fight. How about former champion Alexander Povetkin? Now 35, the talented Russian has looked better than ever since his disappointing bout with Klitschko, knocking out Manuel Charr, Carlos Takem and Mike Perez in ruthless fashion.

There’s also new European champion Erkam Teper who won his new belt with a chilling stoppage of Liverpool’s David Price recently. The German puncher is now 15-0 (10) and has also stopped Michael Sprott and Irishman Martin Rogan.

There’s also Chris Arreola (who looked dreadful last time out but can’t be ruled out), Tony Thompson, Bryant Jennings, "Fast" Eddie Chambers, Vyacheslav Glazkov, Luis Ortiz, Kubrat Pulev, Dereck Chisora and Stiverne lurking about waiting for their respective chances.

And the prospects…

Aside from the massive potential of Anthony Joshua we have Australian tough-nut Lucas Browne, former Joshua amateur rival Dillian Whyte, New Zealand stars Willis Meehan and Joseph Parker plus Tyson’s cousin Hughie Fury and Mexican hope Andy Ruiz Jr.

There is certainly plenty of talent coming through the ranks at present.

USA vs UK event

In October of this year NY fight promoter Tony Shultz launches an eagerly anticipated USA vs UK event in which four heavyweight prospects from the UK do battle with four American counter-parts.

Fight Town promotions are currently selecting suitable candidates for the event with several former world heavyweight champions to be involved in the media build-up.

All fights and progress will be monitored closely on social media which may produce a new set of exciting big men to join the growing ranks of the heavyweight world scene.

Don’t forget this guy…

Ruslan Chagaev is the current WBA heavyweight champion. Of course Wladimir Klitschko is the proper WBA holder but just thought I’d mention him…

Sure the division isn’t quite there but it is certainly moving in the right direction and finally contains some much-needed depth. Wladimir Klitschko has been a fine champion but if Tyson Fury doesn’t dethrone him a successor to the throne won’t be far away…the gulf between him and the other contenders and prospects is slowly narrowing.

Sonee Thompson talks to Antonio Tarver

28.07.15

By Sonee Thompson

Sonee talks to Antonio Tarver about making his PBC debut against Steve Cunningham.

Fagan, Dickens and Askin pick up wins in Ellesmere Port

26.07.15

By @John_Evans79

Longshots Sports dipped their toe back into the world of promoting and staged a successful show at Ellesmere Port Sports Village. Buoyed by popular local heroes Matty Fagan and Mason Cartwright, ticket sales seemed to have gone reasonably well and Jay McClory’s vast matchmaking experience ensured that the fans got to see a competitive bill topper supported by some quick stoppages.

Matty Fagan, 8-1, headed the card and delighted his hometown fans with a well deserved ten round decision over Nottingham’s Adam Kettleborough, 8-2, in an English lightweight title eliminator. Fagan was a decent amateur and boxed well over the first seven rounds, using a good jab and attacking in bursts before skating back out of range. The hundreds of fans who turned out to support Fagan clearly remembered his unpaid success and applauded his slick defensive work just as loudly as they did some quick exchanges. Kettleborough kept coming and began to claw back ground over the final three rounds and Fagan was forced to stand and fight. Anybody who has followed Fagan’s professional career knows that he is more than willing to trade and he bit down and punched with Kettleborough to the final bell. After ten well contested rounds, Fagan was awarded a 97-94 decision.

McClory mentioned that he would like to return to Ellesmere Port and stage a ‘Battle of Birkenhead’ between Fagan and Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd. If they can make the fight, the styles of both fighters would guarantee fireworks and the atmosphere generated inside the Sports Village would be incredible.

Leon Woodstock, 2-0 (2), wore a crown into the ring for his lightweight fight with Elemir Rafael and showed enough talent during the four minutes the fight lasted to suggest that there may well be a few title coronations during his career. Woodstock mixed the occasional ‘Ali Shuffle’ in with some heavy looking hooks as he had his way with the Slovakian. A left hook finally got the job done. The 21 year old from Leicester may be one to watch.

On paper, light middleweight Mason ‘Nutty’ Cartwright, 4-0, looked to have been set a very solid test when matched with Ryan Toms in just his fourth professional fight. Cartwright passed the test with flying colours, dropping just one round on his way to a 59-56 six round decision. Toms landed some flush left hooks but Cartwright brushed them off. He dug in when things got tough and boxed well when he found his rhythm. It was an excellent piece of matchmaking.

Matty Askin, 18-3 (11), rebounded from his British and Commonwealth cruiserweight title defeat to Ovil McKenzie with a dominating stoppage of Tama Bajzath. The Hungarian was no match for the powerful Askin and found himself on the canvas three times before referee, Steve Gray, stopped the action. With McKenzie chasing world honours, Askin could quickly find himself in position to fight for the domestic titles again.

Liverpool’s James Metcalf was his usual menacing self during his six rounder with Chris Jenkinson. Jenkinson was hurt a few times during the six minutes the fight lasted and having seen him fight on a few occasions, I get the feeling that Metcalf hits much harder than the four stoppages on his 10-0 record suggest. Jenkinson retired at the end of the second round with a damaged hand. The British light middleweight division is wide open and Metcalf should enter the mix very soon.

Kerry Evans moved on to 5-0 (4) with a second round stoppage of Lubos Priehradnik at light welterweight. The Slovakian is one of the sport's more ambitious journeymen and Evans had to cover up a couple of times during the first round. ‘Fifty Star Stan’ hurt Priehradnik early int he second round and continued to let his hands go until referee, Mark Lyson, decided enough was enough. Priehradnik complained bitterly but, if the stoppage was a touch early, the end was probably only seconds away.

Belfast’s Ciaran McVarnock, 4-0, warmed up for his appearance on the huge Andy Lee - Billy Joe Saunders undercard with a four round victory over Sheffield’s Qasim Hussain at lightweight. McVarnock struggled to get much snap into his work which is totally understandable after a tough couple of weeks outside the gym. In his last outing, McVarnock grew frustrated and wasted energy trying to wrestle when tied up. Last night, he would calmly wait to be broken up and then start again. Another learning fight for the Northern Irishman who is building a decent fan base in Manchester where he trains with Anthony Farnell.

‘Jazza’ Dickens, 20-1 (6), ticked over with a routine six round decision victory over Nicaraguan, Arnoldo Solano. The British super bantamweight champion looked in decent shape up at 135 1/2lbs for the six round workout but although he retained his sharpness, just lacked the weight of punch to put Solano away despite landing some clean southpaw left hooks. Dickens was called out by Paul Economides earlier this week but next should be a return to 122lbs and a first defence of his Lonsdale belt against Lewis Petitt, who recorded his own TKO victory on Friday night.

Super featherweight, Tyrone McCullagh, 24, got his career up and running with second round stoppage of Tamas Laska. McCullagh, from Derry in Northern Ireland, jumped out of the traps and rushed his work during his first professional round but slowed down and picked a nice left hook to the body to drop and stop Laska in the second.

Two weeks after having a fight postponed when his opponent was arrested for shop lifting on the afternoon of the show, Steven Lewis, 10-0 (5), finally made it in to the ring. Usually, Lewis’ left hook is his prime weapon but last night his straight right hand did the damage against Karoly Lakatos. The Hungarian made it to the second round where he was forced to cover up on the ropes while Lewis pounded away with hooks. 22 year old Lewis - who fights out of Liverpool’s ERT gym, looks ready for some kind of light welterweight title shot.

Roy Jones Jnr rates Lomachenko higher than Ward and Crawford

22.07.15

By @John_Evans79

Roy Jones Jnr isn’t on a retirement tour. He may be 46 years old but the future Hall of Famer still retains the same desire to achieve the spectacular that drove him to incredible heights during almost 25 years at the top of the sport and remains determined to do things on his terms.

Rather than talk about bringing the curtain down on his career, multi weight world champion Jones, 61-8 (44 KO’s), mentioned WBO cruiserweight champion, Marco Huck, more than once during today’s press conference to officially announce his fight with Liverpool’s Tony Moran which will take place at Aintree Equestrian Centre on September 12th. Europe is the realm of world class cruiserweights and Jones hopes that an eye-catching performance against Moran might just persuade one of the division’s rulers to give him a route back to the top.

“Of course. Not even a set-up or a bigger fight. Just an opportunity to fight for a title. They don’t like to look this way because they know it’s trouble. It might be old trouble but it’s still trouble.” Jones told Livefight in a quiet room at Liverpool’s Bierkeller.

“It’s part of my intention [to fight Marco Huck]. The only part of boxing I still don’t understand is that people take it that when a guy loses he’s done. The UFC guys get beaten and come back all the time. In the old days it wasn’t like that, they’d fight two or three weeks apart.

“I don’t want to be worried about winning and losing as much as I am fighting. We already chose to fight so that’s what we’re gonna do. What does it matter if we win or lose? If we’re healthy we should be allowed to fight.”

Jones once told me that the blinding left hook - right hand that dropped Reggie Johnson during their light heavyweight unification title fight is one of the proudest moments of his career. He said that as he saw Johnson picking himself up off the floor, he knew that no other fighter in the world could have thrown the punches with the speed and accuracy that he had. Beating John Ruiz to become the first middleweight champion in 106 years to lift a version of the heavyweight title also meant a huge amount to the Pensacola, Florida native. It feels as though Jones’ campaign for a cruiserweight belt is as much about creating another piece of history and becoming the first man to hold a complete set of world title belts from middleweight to heavyweight as it is a final last ditch attempt at glory. Jones has long been described as one of the sports most naturally talented fighters but now we are seeing the hard work and determination that has always been hidden behind the dazzling skills.

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is the things that nobody else can do,” Jones said. “If I don’t do those things, what makes me different? God gave me an exceptional talent to use and do exceptional things with it. For me, if it ain’t something different like that then why do it? That’s just how I live me life. If it ain’t exceptional I just don’t want to do it.

“It’s not natural talent. We’re all taught the foundations and those are covered by hard work to make sure you can keep doing what you were taught to do exactly the same way you were taught to do it right at the beginning. It’s not about natural ability or raw talent. Bull crap. [I used to work] for twelve or fourteen hours a day sometimes. That’s not talent. It’s hard work.”

That hard work is symbolised by a habit of being in the gym at midnight on December 31st as the bells tolled to ring in a New Year.

“If you’re gonna do something, ring in the New Year doing it. If I’m at home, I’ll be doing it this year although if I haven’t won a cruiserweight title this year then I’m not doing it!”

Jones knows that he faces a tough battle to achieve his cruiserweight ambition but he won’t attempt to use his name to his advantage. Jones was always incredibly proud of the belts he collected during his glittering career and takes great exception to the current trend of name fighters forcing opponents down to negotiated weights or dispensing with belts entirely. If - for example - he does manage to get WBO 200lb king, Huck, into the ring, he will only face the aggressive champion at the championship weight and under full title conditions.

“I don’t do that stuff. All this dispensing of belts and catchweights,” he said. “All that is stuff to either take the easy way out or to take advantage of an opponent. I’m not gonna spy on Marco Huck [when the German based Serb was training at Jones’ gym recently]. I didn’t kick him out of my gym though [contrary to reports]. It was just too hot without air conditioning which I don’t want.

“To me, it’s cheating. I’m not gonna have somebody come down to a catchweight because to me if I can’t beat somebody at their weight then why am I gonna say I can beat them? I don’t wanna beat you at a weight where I weakened you to fight you. That’s stupid. I wan’t you at your best. If I’m gonna beat the best I wanna beat the best at their best. If the title says 200lbs then be 200lbs. If the title says that the weight limit is 175.1lbs to 200lbs, anywhere to 200lbs is good.”

Jones’ storied career may be entering its final throes but in his role as a colour commentator for HBO, he gets to see many of the worlds greatest fighters at first hand. There will only ever be one Roy Jones Jnr but he is always on the lookout for a fighter with a glimmer of the star quality that carried him to such heights. One fighter in particular has caught Jones’ eye.

“Terrence Crawford is cold. Andre Ward is cold. All of them have a little bit but the most complete fighter I see right now is Vasyl Lomachenko. I think he can take it and he can give it. He gives it with both hands. He has footwork and head work and he can do it all. Offensively and defensively he can do it all.”

Roy Jones will take on Tony Moran at Aintree Equestrian Centre on September 12th. Tickets available from http://www.vaughanboxing.tv

Lee vs Saunders full press conference VIDEO

22.07.15

By @JamesHelder_

iFLTV present the official press conference for the WBO defence by middleweight Andy Lee against unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders:-

Hughie Fury returns against 56-12 veteran Arias

22.07.15

By @Livefight

George Arias

LONDON (22 JULY) Twenty-year-old Hughie Fury is in no rush to reach the top of the heavyweight pile, but knows an empathic victory over durable Brazilian George Arias this Saturday (July 25) will only add further momentum to his quick ascent.

Last time out in February, Fury stepped up in class and defeated hard-hitting Ukrainian Andriy Rudenko over ten rounds, and, this weekend at Derby Arena, he takes on Arias, a man who hasn't been stopped in over a decade.

“Arias looks a tough, tough opponent who will be capable of giving me a few rounds,” said Fury, 15-0 (8 KOs). “He's been around a very long time, he's been in with a few good names over the years and he's taken pretty much all of them the distance.

“Not only that, he gives them a bit of hassle as well. He doesn't just cover up and take a beating. He can punch, he comes forward and he makes you work for it. It should be an excellent fight.

“I've got to be careful and switched on at all times. He'll be there in front of me, with his head down, throwing shots at me. I'll use my boxing skills and prove I'm in a different class.”

Forty-one-year-old Arias, a native of Sao Paulo, has won 56 of 68 pro fights and has been active since 1996. He famously knocked out Danish hope Steffen Nielsen inside three rounds in 2005 and is the current Brazilian heavyweight champion and former South American champion.

Known for his toughness and spirit, Arias has extended the likes of Johnny Nelson, Sinan Samil Sam, Audley Harrison, Taras Bidenko, Marcelo Dominguez and, most recently, Denis Boytsov. He enters this date with Fury having won 15 of his last 16 fights, 14 of which ended inside the distance, and, with 42 stoppages from 56 career wins, boasts a 75% knockout ratio.

“If the stoppage comes, it comes,” said Hughie. “If it doesn't, it doesn't. There's no point going in there with the intention of stopping him because that's what he wants.

“He's an older guy, a veteran, who has been around the block. He will look at me as a younger fighter and hope I go out there and punch myself out trying to get the stoppage. That then gives him the chance to get into the fight, tire me out and stop me.

“But that's not going to happen. I'm not stupid. I'm not going to go flat out and run out of steam. I will play it smart in there and if I can see an opportunity to stop him, I'll take it.”

Fury admits Arias wasn't his first choice opponent for July 25, but ended up with the Brazilian following a run of rejections.

“We tried to get other opponents but it's been so hard finding them,” said Fury. “None of them want to take it. They hear my name and run the other way.

“I'm a fighting man and I'm here to fight. I don't care who I'm fighting. When I get in that ring, I'm ready for the challenge.

“I have respect for everyone in this game, but once you're in that ring with me, we're there to fight. Too many heavyweights want to talk rather than fight. It's hard to get them in the ring.

“These guys don't want to fight a 20-year-old who is on the way up. They'd rather fight a 40-year-old on the way down.

“I'm not in there to lose. I take these fights and then I go in there and win them.”



*** Tickets for Blackwell vs. Jones can be purchased from the Derby Arena Box Office on 01332 255800 or by visiting www.derbylive.co.uk ***


*** Blackwell vs. Jones will be televised live on Channel 5 on July 25 (10pm), while the supporting undercard will be televised live earlier in the evening (8pm) on Spike ***

Dillian Whyte to face Costa Junior in Hull

22.07.15

By @Livefight

Irineu Beato Costa Junior

Dillian Whyte will face Irineu Beato Costa Junior at the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull on August 1, live on Sky Sports.

Whyte is hunting down the winner of the clash between Anthony Joshua MBE – whom he beat in the amateurs – and Gary Cornish later in the year who fight for the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title at The O2 on September 12, a night that features Whyte on the undercard.

The Brixton banger is 14-0 and will be looking to extend his KO run to 11 in a row when he faces the Brazilian on the undercard of the all-Hull grudge match between Luke Campbell MBE and Tommy Coyle, and the 27 year old says he cannot wait to get back onto Sky Sports screens.

“It’s great to be boxing back on Sky Sports again after a long absence,” said Whyte. “It’s best place to showcase your skills and I’m looking to put in a devastating performance against Costa Junior.

“The British title is a belt that I look forward to fighting for and beating Anthony Joshua under year after being back in the ring would be even better.”

Whyte’s appearance on the Campbell and Coyle’s bill is part of a massive night of action in Hull, with former World title challenger Brian Rose looking for revenge in his rematch with Carson Jones, former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns back in action after his heroic performance in Texas against Omar Figueroa and Martin J. Ward defending his WBC International Super Featherweight title.

Tickets are on sale priced £25 (Standing), £40 (Tiered), £60 (Floor) and £100 (Floor) from www.hullkr.co.uk/tickets

Tickets for August 1 are also available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ - StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing.

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