News April 2018

Brown becomes the first Ultimate Boxxer

28.04.2018

By John Evans

In the early days of Prizefighter, the one night competition would quickly descend into a shootout and the winner would generally be decided by whoever had the biggest gun. Eventually, tactics sucked much of the excitement out of the tournament and it died a slow but steady death. Last night at the Manchester Arena, the eight previously unbeaten fighters chosen to take part in the inaugural edition of Ultimate Boxxer provided an enjoyable throwback to the good old days.

Placed on high alert by the sight of three thousand fans and just as many floodlights and TV cameras and too inexperienced to avoid being dragged into a brawl, the fighters simply fought.

Drew Brown and Jimmy Cooper got the action underway. Brown found his range straight away and was able to land in combination from the opening bell. A right hand dropped Cooper (6-1-1, 1 KO) hard in the opener and gave Brown the first knockout victory of his career.

Kaisee Benjamin (4-1-1, 1 KO) tried to utilise some slick movement but found Sam Evans just too aggressive and determined. Both men put everything they had into the three round contest, Evans gaining a semi final place but losing a fair amount of energy.

Tom Young came out firing against Ben Eland. Eland (4-1) wanted to box but Young’s constant pressure and aggression forced him to dispense with that strategy. The fight became a give and take battle with Young earning a unanimous decision victory.

The two pre-tournament favourites met in the final first round match up. Isaac Macleod and Andy Kremner (9-1, 2 KO’s) produced a quality match up that deserves a re-run over a longer format. Macleod got off to a quick start but Kremner altered tactics and fought back well and took the third. The fight was probably decided on who won the second round. Two judges sided with Macleod and he progressed via split decision.

We paused for breath. A DJ called Charlie Sloth appeared for half an hour and then the crowd sat through a 30 minute video recap of the quarter finals which must have been unusual for the fighters who had returned to their seats to watch the rest of the evenings action after being beaten.

The semi finals. Brown - with less than a rounds action and over an hours break under his belt - started slowly against the aggressive Evans (10-1-1, 3 KO’s) but fought well enough over the final two rounds to deserve the split decision in his favour.

On paper, the skill differential between Macleod and Young was the biggest in the competition. The sight of a former white collar boxer and academy footballer blitzing a European youth gold medallist and a World youth silver medallist is one of the most memorable of this years small hall scene. Macleod (10-1, 3 KO’s) was dropped twice in the first round, the second time hard from an almost casual left hook.

Another break, during which I think we were treated to a 20 minute performance from a grime MC called Big Narstie.

Now, this wasn’t your normal boxing crowd. There were even more highlights in the audiences hair than there were in the ring and some of them seemed to enjoy the show. No matter how entertaining the beautiful people find the other attractions, they are still going to have to sit through some boxing. Mr Narstie could have shouted his way through his entire back catalogue twice but the sight of two tired novice professionals mauling their way through three scrappy rounds isn’t going to hold the interest of those who have a passing interest in the sport at best. Luckily, Brown and Young both carried on where they left off.

After a hard fought and entertaining three rounds during which Young still managed to somehow push the pace, Brown fully deserved the unanimous decision he received and The Ultimate Boxxer ‘Golden Robe’ that Ricky Hatton presented him with.

Shows like this live or die on the quality of the fights and last night, the fighters provided enough excitement to ensure that The Ultimate Boxxer will get a sequel.

ULTIMATE BOXXERS WEIGH IN AHEAD OF SHOWDOWNS AT MANCHESTER ARENA TOMORROW NIGHT

27.04.2018


Ahead of tomorrow night's premier of Ultimate Boxxer at the Manchester Arena, the contenders officially weighed in today at Manchester 235:

Quarter-Final 1
Drew Brown 10st 7lb
vs.
Jimmy Cooper 10st 6lb 6oz


Quarter-Final 2
Kaisee Benjamin 10st 6lb 6oz
vs.
Sam Evans 10st 7lb 4oz


Quarter-Final 3
Tom Young 10st 5lb 6oz
vs.
Ben Eland 10st 5lb 2oz


Quarter-Final 4
Isaac Macleod 10st 6lb
vs.
Andy Kremner 10st 6lb 6oz


Reserve: AJ Fraser 10st 8lb 6oz

Undercard
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Ryan Oliver 10st 7lb 8oz
vs.
Dale Arrowsmith 10st 6lb 8oz

6 X 3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
Sam Hyde 14st 5lb 4oz
vs.
Dmitrij Kalinovskij 13st 11lb 4oz

6 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
Ben Sheedy 11st 5lb
vs.
Emmanuel Moussinga 11st 6lb

Live coverage of the Ultimate Boxxer I Quarter-Finals begin on UNILAD at 7.15pm and the Semi-Finals on 5Spike from 9pm on Friday 27th April.

Jacobs: Nobody fears GGG anymore

17.04.18

By @Livefight

Danny Jacobs has recently commented on how Gennady Golovkin is now hunting for the 'right' last-minute opponent, since the Canelo fight was cancelled.

The former middleweight champion, whom lost a tight decision himself to GGG, had this to say on the rumours that Sergiy Derevyanchenko was possibly in the frame:

"I do know that Sergiy has that grit and he has skills beyond belief. He’s a really talented guy." said Jacobs (video of their sparring below)

"I don’t know who would win that fight, even though I’ve been in there with both guys. May the best man win if it were to happen."

Jacobs also believes the 'mystique' around GGG has faded.

"I just think [Golovkin is] trying to go down the line of scrubs and it’s just about what sells right now.

"I think Triple-G, being that he was promoted as the devastating monster, I think the tides are kind of flipped now. I don’t think everyone is running from him. I think everyone’s gunning after him now.

"So that kind of tells you the way boxing is, the way boxing works. If Sergiy was to get that opportunity, I’d be more than happy for him."

"I guess it makes business sense because Sergiy’s probably not the biggest name in the world. But if we’re talking about true love for the sport and we’re talking about two champions, and we’re talking about all they made this guy up to be, he has to come and he has to execute that."

New Footage of Haye vs Chisora press fight appears

17.04.18

By @Livefight

Throwback: 2012 saw Derek Chisora and David Haye exchange blows (and camera tripods) at the post-fight conference for Vitali's successful defence of his titles against Chisora.

Now a new angle has emerged that shows Haye clearly punch Chisora, which began the fracas which ultimately lead to the pair settling their beef in a bout at Upton Park, West Ham.

If only heavyweight press conference's where this much fun all of the time:-

Kieran Farrell brings boxing to Middleton Arena

10.04.18

By @Livefight

Hometown Glory at Middleton Arena

After a very busy start to 2018 boxing Promoter, Manager and Trainer Kieran Farrell BEM doesn’t intend on slowing down or taking a break. Almost two years to the day since his first Promotion Kieran is bringing boxing back to where it all began, the Middleton Arena.

Hometown Glory will be an event stacked with local talent, scheduled for June 22nd 2018.
Teak Tough former Central Area Middleweight Champion Darryl Sharp will make a welcome return to his home turf after a number of fights on the road. Moving up to Super Middleweight he is scheduled to face experienced Yorkshireman Harry Mathews in what is sure to be an action packed bout.

Fellow locals Connor Lynch and Kildare Ward are also on the card with Lynch looking to add another win to his record in his second outing and Ward looking forward to his professional debut. The atmosphere will be electric in what is certain to be a sell-out crowd once again at the Middleton Arena.

Also on the bill Heywood local ‘Kombat’ Lee Clayton will look to extend his 4 fight winning streak in a scheduled 4 round bout against Ricky Leach ahead of targeting an Area title later in the year.

Irishman Dylan ‘The Real Deal’ Moran continues his explosive start to the professional ranks in his first six round bout against the durable James Gorman.
Last but not least, another exciting addition to the show is former Team GB and England boxer Stacey Copeland. Unbeaten in 4 fights so far she will be looking to continue her exciting start to the professional ranks.

Tickets for the well-matched show are already flying out in what will be an exciting night of boxing in a packed Middleton Arena. VIP ticket holders will be treated to a pre-fight reception with a very special guest (TBC), with boxing set to commence at 8.30 PM.

Upper Tier: £30
Lower Tier: £40

Welsh ABA championships to be screened live this weekend

06.04.2018

By Ciaran Gibbons

For many Welsh amateur boxers winning the converted red Welsh vest and the title of Senior Welsh Boxing Champion will be the pinnacle of their boxing careers.

After all they will be following in the footsteps of Welsh sporting legends such as Howard Winstone and Joe Calzaghe to name two who won multiple Welsh senior titles. For a small selected few the Welsh senior title has been the first footnote of their career on the way to becoming a World Champion.   

For many years I would look forward to watching the BBC broadcast of the Welsh Senior Finals, but year on year the coverage would be reduced and then cut completely. The powers that be that controlled BBC Wales decided that that our historic Welsh Senior Boxing championships was not important enough to be broadcast on television.

This is something that has always bothered me and when in 2015 I was in a position to do something about it I did. At the time I was working as a freelance sports reporter at the new TV channel Made in Cardiff TV and I successfully lobbied the channel bosses to show the 2015 Welsh finals. I am proud to say that every round and every punch of the 2015 Welsh finals were shown on TV on a delayed broadcast.

While the broadcast was not perfect it was a start, and I was told by a channel insider it received great viewing figures.  But unfortunately after a change of management at Made in Cardiff TV the Senior Finals were once again shunned without any reason.

Welsh amateur boxing went through a number of well publicised turbulent years after the 2015 finals and in 2017 Alasdir McIntyre was appointed as Interim Chief Operating Officer. After a number of meetings myself and Alasdir started working towards getting the 2018 Senior Finals broadcast whether it be online or on TV.

It’s been a long road but on April 7th the 2018 Welsh Senior Finals can be watched live online from anywhere in the world for a charge of £3.50 with myself and ex professional boxer and now trainer Chris Davies on live commentary from ringside.

Some might argue it should be free, other might say not everyone can watch online. But I would argue it’s a starting point and things can only get better if we build on this and its certainly an improvement on the TV blackout that the finals has received since the BBC decided to stop broadcasting the annual event.

WELSH AMATEUR BOXING NATIONAL FINALS THIS SATURDAY
Welsh Boxing is on a real high, and this coming weekend is the pinnacle of the year with the National Elite Finals, being held in Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff.
18 boxers from all over Wales will be taking to the ring from 8:00pm, Saturday 7th April.
For the first time the event will be streamed live via https://buffoonfm.cleeng.com/welsh-boxing-elite-finals/E155487638_GB?mode=post with a charge of only £3.50 for the whole evening.

For people who want to come down and watch it in person, doors will open from 7:00pm with entrance being charged at £10 for under 16’s & over 65’s and £20 for adults.

1. FEMALE 64kg FINAL; JADE GITSHAM (AFAN) v RACHEL BANKS (CWMAVON)
2. ELITE 56kg FINAL; JOSHUA JOHN (BRITON FERRY) v LEWIS GREEN (PORT TALBOT)
3. ELITE 64kg FINAL; STACY PEARSON (AFAN) v JOE HORROCKS (BONYMAEN)
4. ELITE 60k FINAL; JOEL CLARK (TORFAEN) v NATHAN ANDREWS (BRITON FERRY)
5. ELITE 69kg FINAL; SION YAXLEY (DYFFRYN) v JAKE TINKLIN (PANTSIDE)
6. ELITE 75kg FINAL; JOE SMITH (CAERAU ELY) v JAMIE EVANS (DOWLAIS)
7. ELITE 81kg FINAL; MICHAEL SINCLAIR (LLANRUMNEY) v ETHAN GEORGE (PENYRHEOL)
8. ELITE 91kg FINAL; TERRENCE FAIRBANK (PONTYPRIDD) v HARLEY VATSALOO (PENARTH)
9. ELITE 91+kg FINAL; RICHIE BEYNON (BONYMAEN) v PHILIP DAVIES (PRIZEFIGHTER)

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