News January 2014

Lee Selby vs Rendall Munroe weigh in VIDEO

31.01.14

By @Livefight

Lee Selby and Rendall Munroe weigh in ahead of the #Reloaded Matchroom boxing show in Cardiff tomorrow night.

Selby's British title is on the line as well as the vacant European title.

'Irish Lightning' Dean Byrne is chasing the dream in Monte Carlo

31.01.14

By @shaun_brown

Itís not exactly Monte Carlo or bust for Dean Byrne (17-2-1, 6 KOs) tomorrow night. The likeable Dubliner takes on the unbeaten Russian, Roman Belaev (12-0, 10 KOs) for the WBA Inter-Continental title which will be screened live on Boxnation.

Byrne hasnít been dealt the kindest hand over the years. Despite plying a portion of his trade at the renowned Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles, he has seen his career stutter since returning to the UK. Now under the wing of new manager, Mickey Helliet, 2014 could be the year of ĎIrish Lightningí.

On the eve of his fight, which is part of an undercard headlined by Gennady Golovkinís latest WBA world middleweight title defence against Osumanu Adama, Byrne talked to Livefight about the task ahead, a frustrating 2013 and getting his photo taken with ĎGGGí!

LF: Youíve got Roman Belaev on Saturday night. What do you know of him and what kind of fight are you expecting?

DB: Iím expecting a really hard, tough fight. Iíve seen him a bit but itís only been little clips. He just walks his opponents down, heís busy and heís a big puncher. Weíve been training hard, had a hard camp and prepared for a tough fight mentally and physically and on the night itís going to prove that.

LF: Have you been able to get in good sparring for something that is an unknown quantity?

DB: Iíve had a lot of sparring. I started in the Peacock Gym and did some hard rounds there with Ahmet Patterson whoís a tough, undefeated fighter and thatís what weíre up against in Belaev. Thatís what we were looking to get and build confidence from by sparring undefeated fighters. I went to Alicante and sparred with a Spanish champion out there and a couple other Spanish guys and some rounds with Frankie Monkhouse and Danny Connor. Iíve been getting four or five guys in fresh and doing rounds with them on the day. And Iíve been doing it a good pace, Iíve done well in this camp. My confidence will grow obviously. Iíve fought undefeated fighters before so that doesnít affect me. I know mentally weíve prepared well for this fight. Iím looking to put it all together on Saturday night.

LF: Where does a win in this fight put you?

DB: I donít know how the ratings work but Iím sure itíll boost me up in the top 15 Iíd imagine. Itís a world recognised title and my managerís told me a couple times that after this we could get a world title fight. This is a big, big fight. A major fight for me. Iím just looking to forward to proving to everyone that is my time and itíll be my time to shine.

LF: One fight last year, why?

DB: Unfortunately I had a management issue and I was getting that sorted out which took a long time. And with the Carson Jones fight I thought that was the making of me but I couldnít get any momentum after it because I was in this management dispute which was hard because it had to be dealt with. I went by the book, got that sorted out and got a new manager in Mickey Helliet he got me a fight with an undefeated kid in my last fight just a month after I got out of a contract and I was into a new one. Since then I had this fight come up. I was due to fight again, but I was offered this fight but I was changing camps and trainers with Alec Wilkie who Iíve been with the last 4-5 months. Everythingís been going sweet, weíre starting to gel, we went to Alicante and this will be our first fight together and it certainly wonít be our last. This is the start of a new journey for me and Iím looking forward to it.

LF: Before you got offered the Belaev fight what were the aims for 2014?

DB: I was rated in the top ten by the EBU so I think a big fight was going to come along but to be honest I just wanted to fight. When youíre out the ring itís hard so itís good to get back and grow as a fighter with momentum and you learn from each fight. I just wanted to be busy thatís why I signed with Mickey because he keeps his fighters busy every month. And heís given me a great opportunity here which Iíll grab with both hands and hopefully we win this title and stay busy in 2014 and open the door for some bigger fights. First thingís first, Iím in the ring with a tough customer on Saturday. One of my toughest to date if not the toughest so far of my career. Itís a big chance for me to turn my career around and make a statement.

LF: Youíve only had 20 fights and despite being 30 soon youíll still feel fresh physically?

DB: Age is just a number. I havenít had that many fights and I havenít had a concession of tough fights. I had the Carson Jones then an eight-month lay-off then another. I havenít really had tough wars. Thereís no wear and tear on me. Iíve kept fit. I donít drink. I live for boxing, this is my job until I hang them up. I want to live clean and please god and live the dream of being a world champion.

LF: The fact that youíve only had 20 fights do you feel as though youíve been avoided?

DB: Yeah of course. Thatís the thing about this title. When I get the title itís going to be hard to avoid a man who has a belt. And thatís whatís great about this, Iíll have a belt. People want to fight because itís worth fighting you for a title. Today nobody risks their record, itís a big step up for Belaev and heís a great fighter so fair play to him. Iím gonna beat Belaev and they believe what they believe. That fight I lost against Frank Horta I think had a big part to play in me getting this fight. In my head, physically and mentally I havenít lost because in that fight and my other loss (against Terry Holmes) I wasnít prepared properly. In my mind until someone beats me and I lost after giving it everything and I can say the better man won then Iím still undefeated. Iím gonna get my justification, just rewards for them losses. Carson Jones was 1/8 to beat me, thatís a serious price. I didnít know about that. That fight was taken at three days notice and thereís still more from me to come and youíll see the best of me on Saturday because Iím ready.

LF: Youíve fought all around the world, howís your experience been so far in Monte Carlo?

DB: Iím globetrotting around the world. Iíve done America, Iíve done Australia, Iíve done England and Iím here in Monte Carlo. Itís a beautiful place, Iíve met Gennady Golovkin. Weíre in the land of rich and famous. I donít think I could afford the houses on my purse (laughs). Iím sure GGG could! Itís a step in the right direction, Iím on the same card as him. Itís great to be a part of this. And if I stick to what I do everything should be alright on the night and if they want me to come back and fight here then I will do because itís a beautiful country full of nice people.

LF: Being in the land of rich and famous are there any special plans for after the fight?

DB: I was just happy at the press conference because Belaev wasnít there so I got a
picture with Golovkin! I asked him for a face-off too which I got. I shook his hand, heís a humble guy and a true champion. A little bit of that can rub off on you. He works hard, remains humble and thatís whatís good about him. Heís a bit of an inspiration. The main job on the night is to do what Iíve been after all my life, get that belt and hear the words ĎAnd the newí thatís worth more than any party, thatís the best party I could be at.

LF: What kind of fight should the Boxnation viewers expect and what Dean Byrne should
they expect?

DB: Theyíve seen me in the past. Iíve been on BN before. I came back from America, I was 14-0 and there was a lot pressure on me. I won an eight rounder. I didnít look good, I was trying too hard. Coming from the Wildcard, Freddie Roach taught me to be a world champion so I had a lot of weight on my shoulders and expectation. Had two losses since then, both been on Boxnation. This is a new me, a trained me, Iím mentally and physically ready Iím bang on the weight and Iím going to give everything in every minute of every round. Expect an exciting fight. Belaev is going to be strong and do what he does by trying to get rid of me. Iím gonna be there and pushing him back and making him look ordinary. Iíll be shocking the doubters. For all them doubters I want to thank them Iíve trained hard for this one just to prove them wrong.

Iíd like to say one final thing: Iíd just like to thank all those people on Twitter, the believers. Iíd like to thank everybody that sent me messages @deanoboxerbyrne that really pushes me on. I really appreciate all the good luck messages, Iíd just like to thank them all.


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Eddie Hearn talks Selby, Froch-Groves & upcoming shows

31.01.14

by @nate_williams23

In the build-up to his first boxing bill of 2014 in Cardiff on Saturday, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn talks to LiveFightís Nate Williams about his expectations for the year.

He expresses his delight as boxing fans across the country have clamoured to the Brentwood-based promotionís action-packed shows from Glasgow to Manchester.

Hearn also addresses the importance of moving prospects Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell forward as well as guiding the likes of Tony Bellew and Jamie McDonnell back on the path to a world title.

And of course, he expects a big announcement on the highly anticipated world title rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves in the next 48 hours.


LF: Lee Selby, you toured him round the country and now heís fighting in a sold-out Arena. Fantastic achievement.

EH: Itís been unbelievable. We didnít sign Lee Selby because he can sell tickets; I signed Lee Selby because heís a brilliant fighter. I also believe if you showcase a brilliant fighter around the country and then bring him home, the fans will come and they have. He is the biggest ticket seller on the bill in terms of the amount of personal sales heís made and itís a sell out so Iím over the moon. Munroe fancies it and why shouldnít he? Look at who heís beaten and then compare it with Selby so heís probably thinking itís all hypeÖ

LF: He thinks heís overratedÖ

EH: He does. If he is he will get found out but Iíve told Selby that this is his platform to shine and youíve got to go out there and look sensational. Not good. Sensational!

LF: you recently made a great fight with Burns-Crawford on March 1, a great international fighter coming to the UK so what are the chances if Selby keeps this up of arranging the likes of Orlando Salido and Jhonny Gonzalez to come over?

EH: When you have the backing of the people and youíre able to do it then we have a great chance of that in the future. Those fights are very real in my opinion but obviously he shouldnít make the mistake of looking past Munroe.

LF: Rees-Buckland is a kind of last chance saloon fight and a great warmup to our main course. What are your thoughts?

EH: Gavin looks really well. Iíve seen him so many times on Thursdays before fights and he doesnít want to talk. Heís jovial, heís made the weight perfect and I think you will see the best of Gavin Rees. You might be surprised with what you see on Saturday night. You canít underestimate Buckland though, because his engineís unbelievable! Heís so fit and heís fighting to save his career as well. They are both fighting for their careers. Thatís what makes this fight so exciting.

LF: Anthony Joshua is going to be a very busy man this year. Saturday Cardiff, March 1 in Glasgow and then 5 or 6 more before the end of the year.

EH: The great thing about this fight for Joshua is that itís in someone elseís hometown. Darch has sold 230 tickets and Joshua might even get booed but I want him to experience what itís like to be the underdog, not necessarily in the fight but from a fans perspective. So itís something a bit different for him and Darch will have a right go.

LF: Was his last fight against Hughie Fury a major factor when you were picking him as Joshís next opponent?

EH: Heís a decent fighter and he proved that going six rounds with Hughie Fury. Heís obviously got a decent chin and heís game. No disrespect to Hughie Fury though, you are talking about something totally different when it comes to Joshua. Youíre talking about one of the most exciting heavyweights thereís ever been. Thereís a lot of pressure on Anthony and this is only his fourth fight so there is already that big expectation.

LF: Next we go to Hull, Campbell, Coyle and Woodhouse final bow. Whatís going to happen?

EH: Campbellís fighting Scott Moises. Heís a real game kid and heís never been stopped. This is Campbellís first eight rounder and this will be his last warm-up fight before I put him close to title fights. Coyleís got Daniel Brizuela, a very decent fighter and former Olympian and I thought he was unlucky not to get a decision against Yordan in his last fight who is also a quality fighter.

Tommyís got a big year ahead of him and Iím keeping no secrets because Iím gearing up for Mitchell v Coyle in the summer and thatís one of the fights I desperately want to make because I think itís a great clash. Campbell will be ready for a British title by then as well.

Wooodhouse v Hamilton is a really exciting fight. Two great talkers, two great lads but McDonnell v Lee Wood is another 50/50 fight for the British title. Thereís lots of fights there to keep people excited and thatís nearly sold out as well. I donít know whatís going on with boxing fans at the moment, everyone seems to genuinely be interested and the gates are showing that.

LF: You just reminded me with McDonnell, Hall v Ward got made the other day so what are your thoughts on that matchup?

EH: I donít think itís a world title standard fight. I think itís a good advert for the north east but itís a fight for the British title not the world title in my opinion. Jamie McDonnell deserves to hold that belt. Heíll fight Randy Caballero for a shot at the winner of Hall against Ward. I wish both guys the best of luck and itís fantastic that they are both fighting for a world title but in my opinion, Jamie McDonnell is the world champion. Heís beaten Stuart Hall and heís certainly beat Ward but heís got a fight against Caballero, which is such a wonderful fight that it should be for the world title.

LF: March 15- Tony Bellew fights a former world champion on a cruiserweight bill and three quarters of the Smithís feature. Itís great for Bellew because it shows he wants to push on to the top level straight away.

EH: I think Brudovís the perfect fight for him really. If Tonyís going to compete at world level again, he has to be beating the likes of Brudov. Stephen Smith against Saucedo is a brilliant fight in an eliminator for the world title and of course his younger brother Callum on the bill. Dodson versus Fielding is selling so many tickets and Paul Smith will defend his British title. Kell Brookís going to have his last tune up on there. I think we are going to sell out that arena as well and itís brilliant!

LF: Whatís the status of Brook v Porter?

EH: Heís got six months as you know from when he won the title. Neither fighter can have a fight after April 10 because negotiations will start then. If Porter wants to defend his title he has to do it by April 10 which he will because everythingís going well. From then neither him or Brook can have a fight because they will be the mandatory fight.

LF: Youíve got a date in Manchester on April 19 so what will happen on that bill. I presume Quigg and Crolla will feature?

EH: Quigg will be defending his world title and Anthony Crolla will be on. The Jamie McDonnell fight with Cabellero will happen then. So thatís three quality world-level fights coupled with some English title stuff and Olympic heroes Campbell and Joshua. The Cards at the moment are absolutely top draw and Iím expecting another sell-out.

LF: Finally, What can we expect to be announced in the next few weeks?

EH: I hope to get Froch-Groves made. That is priority number one. The IBF made the rematch 85-15 split which George has contested so it may change or it may not. It does change the dynamics slightly because itís the guider of where we should be at with this fight. I think both fighters have accepted the fight will happen now so Iím hoping over the next 48 hours we will have some progress.

To read comprehensive coverage of the 'Reloaded' bill including interviews with all the fighters then click this link


Tickets are on sale now priced at £30, £40 and £60 ringside available from www.livenation.co.uk or by calling 02920 22 44 88, or from Sanigar Events on 0117 949 6699.

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Pace vowing to make it an unhappy ending to Cook's career

31.01.14

By @nate_williams23

Talbot Greenís Tony Pace has targeted to ďtake outĒ Jason Cook in the last fight of the 38-year-oldís career in Cardiff.

Cook (29-5-1, 15 Kos) has boxed from Leisure Centres to abroad in Europe for nearly two decades, and he told Livefight, ďThis is my last one. 100%. Never again.Ē

However, Pace says he has so much energy that the Maesteg man wonít be able to keep up with him as the youthful 21-year-old aims to end Cookís career with a third successive stoppage.

ďIím aiming to take him out because youth is on my side and heís got no chance,Ē said Pace at yesterdayís final press conference for the ďReloadedĒ bill tomorrow night.

ďIím really confident because this is the hardest Iíve ever trained for a fight and I know people say that a lot but itís the truth.

ďIíve had top sparring with Gary Buckland, Iíve been all over England in different camps and Iím so fit and full of energy that heís not going to be able to touch me.Ē

Pace (4-6-1, 1 KO) has endured a tough start to his career after losing four of his first five contests in an 11-fight record.

Also, Pace is unable to get a second crack at the Welsh Area title after Cook failed to make the weight but he remains positive that he will get more title opportunities in the future.

He said: ďItís just a learning experience when I started out and thatís all it was for me. I knew I would get better and itís been great since.

ďIt would have been great to finally win the Welsh Area title because Iíve worked so hard for it and hopefully a win here will lead to a Celtic or a British Gold Masters title. Thatís what I really want to get out of this.Ē

To read comprehensive coverage of the 'Reloaded' bill including interviews with all the fighters then click this link


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Buckland: I'll be a different beast at lightweight

30.01.14

by @livefight

Gary Buckland says a move up to Lightweight will bring the best out of him as he faces Gavin Rees in a British title eliminator on Saturday night (February 1) at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, live on Sky Sports.

Buckland is back in action for the first time since August when he had the chance to win the Lonsdale belt outright in his British Super Featherweight title defence against Stephen Smith at the same venue. Smith stunned Buckland by uncorking a devilish uppercut to end their contest in the fifth round and the Welshman is honest in his assessment of that defeat whilst insisting heíll be a major force up at Lightweight.

ďI donít want to make excuses about the Stephen Smith fight, I lost fair and square,Ē said Buckland. ďThe only thing I can put it down to was other things going on in my life during my training camp. I was distracted big time and that showed in the fight.

ďA win over Gavin would get be back to British title level. I thought I would be on some small hall shows, which I would struggle to get up for. So when I was offered Gavin Rees I thought Ďwhat a fight to get me back upí. If I beat Gavin I will be back in with a shot at a big title.

ďAt Lightweight I will be a bit stronger but I am happy to box at either weight, whatever my options. After Saturdayís fight we will sit down and look at the options but Iíll be a different beast at the higher weight.

ďA fighter doesnít know what he has left until heís in there again. I know I made mistakes before Smith, I know there were things on my mind, for this fight Iíve worked very hard for five weeks and done everything right this time.

ďIn all my defeats Iíve come back stronger than ever and Iím hoping this will be the same starting with the Rees fight.Ē

Rees too endured a disappointing 2013, with a World title challenge defeat against Adrien Broner in February followed by a slender loss to Anthony Crolla in Bolton in July. The 33 year old still harbours strong ambitions to become a two-weight World champion with some big domestic battles on the horizon, and although Rees admitted that defeat on Saturday could spell the end of his career Buckland is expecting a hard battle with his fellow countryman.

ďThis will be a really tough fight,Ē said Buckland. ďGavin Rees is one of the strongest opponents I have ever faced. I wouldnít say the strongest but certainly one of Ė he is up there with Gary Sykes, Stephen Smith, so I will need to be careful.

ďYou have to be careful whichever boxer you get in with and when I was offered Gavin Rees it was the sort of fight I can easily get up for.

ďI am expecting the best of Gavin Rees. Everybody wants to see a toe-to-toe war between me and him but I expect he will box well as well. The two of us can do a bit of boxing and I think that is going to happen.

ďI think the Crolla fight was one Gavin probably thought he was winning but I certainly didnít think so Ė I thought Crolla was a couple of rounds up.

ďWhen you look at it you question does he need to carry on Ė he is a former World, European, British champion, he has won everything. But he seems to keep doing well and carrying on so you have to give him great credit for that.Ē

Reesí mouth-watering clash with Buckland is part of a great line-up of action in Matchroom Sportís first boxing show of 2014.

Lee Selby is aiming to add the vacant European Featherweight title to the British belt he defends against former World Super Bantamweight challenger Rendall Munroe.

Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE fights for the fourth time in the paid ranks against Aberdareís Dorian Darch, Jason Cook meets Tony Pace for the Welsh Area Light Welterweight title, and Prizefighter Light Welterweight champion Chris Jenkins faces Christopher Sebire for the vacant WBC International title.

Former European Middleweight champion Kerry Hope is in action and Islingtonís former British Light Middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng faces a tough test in his first fight down at Welterweight against Dale Evans.

Swanseaís talented Super Middleweight Tobias Webb tackles Nathan King in a six-round contest, with Bristolís unbeaten Welterweight Tamuka Mucha in his seventh pro fight.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £30, £40 and £60 ringside available from www.livenation.co.uk or by calling 02920 22 44 88, or from Sanigar Events on 0117 949 6699.

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IBF reject Groves second bid "85 to 15 split remains"

30.01.14

@Livefight

The IBF has just informed Livefight.com that the second bid by Hammersmith Super Middleweight Geroge Groves, to increase his current ranking and purse split has been REJECTED unanimously in favour of the champion Carl Froch.

"The IBF Board of Directors voted unanimously to keep the purse split at 85/15 in favor of Froch." they confirmed just now.

This adds another twist to the ongoing rematch saga, which promoter Eddie Hearn would like to make at a football stadium in late May, but so far the challenger has turned down seven figure offers for the rematch that he has campaigned for.

Darch says he'll go after Joshua from the first bell

30.01.14

by @nate_williams23

Dorian Darch, the next opponent in line for Anthony Joshua, says he will attack the Olympic gold medallist with everything heís got when they meet at Cardiffís Motorpoint Arena on Saturday.

The 29-year-old from Aberdare last fought Hughie Fury, an equally impressive heavyweight prospect and Darch pushed him to the final bell over six rounds.

Darch, who has a (7-2, 1KO) professional record, insists Joshua will have to be at his very best as he plans to push the 24-year-old to the limit like when he frustrated Fury.

ďThatís what I intend to do because I never take a backwards step,Ē he told Livefight at today's final press conference for the 'Reloaded' show on Saturday.

ďThatís how I intend to start against Joshua because even though heís a big lump, Iím not going to beat him on the back foot trying to box him. Heís long and his levers are too big so Iím just going to go out there and do my job.

ďI took the Hughie Fury fight with one week's notice so I was only fit up to a certain point. I wasnít six rounds fit but this time Iím going to go for it from the first bell.Ē

Joshua has knocked out his previous three opponents and even though Darch admits he has a tendency to neglect his defence, he is adamant to prove he is a tough early test for the Watford fighter.

ďJoshuaís a massive guy with a massive reach and heís a big, strong bloke,Ē he said.

ďSometimes I neglect to keep my hands up and protect myself a lot of the time but I will obviously not do that for this fight. Iíve just got to keep my hands up and attack him rather than going into the fight with my hands down because heíll knock me out. That would be very stupid.Ē

Darch is expecting great support from his Welsh fans after he presumes they will be celebrating a glorious Six Nations victory over Italy for the rugby team.

However, he added that he is looking forward to finishing the fight so he can spend time out of the gym with his wife and his newborn daughter.

ďIíve sold 230 tickets and itís going to be a great atmosphere in my home country. Most of the boys I know are coming down after the rugby in the day so theyíll all be steaming no doubt and screaming and shouting so itíll be a great night.

ďIíve just had a new baby so Iím just going to get through this fight and then Iím going to enjoy the time I have with the Mrs and the baby before I fight again so this will be my last fight for a while.Ē

To read comprehensive coverage of the 'Reloaded' bill including interviews with all the fighters then click this link

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The show will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Farrag gets former British champion Booth on Mar 8

30.01.14

by @livefight

Rising Liverpool bantamweight prospect Ryan Farrag faces the biggest test of his career when he takes on former British Champion Jason Booth at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 8th March.

Farrag has targeted a title challenge by the end of the year and needs to beat the battle-hardened Booth to prove that he is ready to step up to championship level. Heíll meet the Nottingham fighter over six-rounds on the undercard of Paul Butlerís WBO/WBA Intercontinental Super-Flyweight title defence, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

The 25-year-oldís slick boxing skills have taken him to 10 wins from 11 fights with his sole loss coming against current British Champion Lee Haskins on points in the Prizefighter tournament.

Booth is still one of the top operators in the 118lb domestic division after almost 20 years as a pro. In 49 fights heís captured British and Commonwealth titles from flyweight to super-bantamweight plus an IBO title. In that time heís faced some of the best including Steve Molitor, Kiko Martinez and Scott Quigg. More recently heís tackled Kid Galahad, Martin Ward and in his last fight he took Haskins the distance in a British title challenge.

ďBooth has been in the game a long time, heís experienced and itís a real step up for me, itís a battle of youth and aggression against age and experience,Ē Said Farrag.

ďIíve not had the chance to show what level Iím at before, but this fight will bring the best out in me. Booth is a quality operator, heís seen it and done it at a high level. For me this is an ideal fight that will get me great exposure with a win and should put me in line for a title,Ē

ďItís a tall order to stop someone like Booth, Iíve just got to work my skills, outbox and outclass him. Iím younger, fitter and fresher than he is, letís see if he can match the work-rate Iíll set,Ē

ďIíve got my targets set on winning a title by the end of the year and Booth is the first hurdle I have to get past.Ē

The Aintree Racecourse show is headlined by Ellesmere Port star Paul Butler defending his WBO/WBA Super-Flyweight title against Diego Liriana, and Liverpoolís Commonwealth Flyweight Champion Kevin Satchell defending his title against Issac Quaye. A talent-packed undercard features Ronnie Heffron v John Thain, Terry Flanagan, Thomas Stalker, Ryan Farrag, Jazza Dickens, Matty Fagan and Stephen Lewis.

Tickets, from £40, are available from Eventim on 0844 842 5005 or www.eventim.co.uk

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