Hearn completely lets rip over Khan's reluctance
Promoter Eddie Hearn shares his disappointment in Amir Khan at the post-fight press conference following Kell Brook's sensational win over Frankie Gavin:-
Frankie Gavin: I want another world title shot soon
Frankie Gavin says that he is gutted about the loss to Kell Brook, but says that he wants another shot in future at another world title.
"He can really punch," said Gavin "Brook is the best I've fought."
Sean Ben Mulligan making up for lost time
Sean Ben Mulligan’s career may have got off to a stuttering start but the 22 year old welterweight is certainly making up for lost time. Last minute red tape twice forced the Salford born boxers debut to be pushed back but his upcoming appearance on Black Flash Promotions’ May 30th bill will be his third start since January and he is happily settled into same consistent fight, rest, train, fight cycle that boxing for Black Flash allows young boxers.
“I’m loving it now. I’ve got the ball rolling and things couldn’t be going better,” Mulligan, 2-0, told Livefight. “I fought in January and was out again in March and it’s every eight weeks. It couldn’t be going better.
“It’s great knowing when you’re fighting. There’s nothing worse than being in the gym and not having a date. It’s great way Black Flash are doing for us. I’m lucky to be where I am. The show in January was televised live and even my brother in Dubai could watch it. It’s great.”
So far, every step of Mulligan’s career – both in and out of the boxing gym – has been carefully thought through. Mulligan entered the professional ranks with his eyes wide open and, so far, everything has worked out perfectly. At the Collyhurst and Moston Lads club, Mulligan’s training is overseen by the strict Pat Barrett and the extremely talented and even more laid back ‘Storm Boy’, Thomas McDonagh. The pair concentrate on teaching things the “Collyhurst way.”
“As an amateur I was at Middleton Select boxing club in Langley and had 40 fights there. After that I went to Moss Side Fire Station for about a year with Nigel Travers. As soon as I left school I did a plumbing apprenticeship so that I’ve always got something to fall back on. As soon as I finished that the plan was always to go full time with the boxing and turn pro. I always looked at the likes of Scott Quigg and knew what Collyhurst and Moston was about and what it teaches. I’m not slagging other gyms but a lot of other gyms are like boot camp whereas Pat and Thomas teach boxing and it all comes from Brian Hughes [the gym stalwart who handed over the reigns to Barrett]. I know boxing gets you to the top. There are a number of fighters from Collyhurst and Moston that have got to the top through boxing.”
With Michael Gomez Jnr joining the ranks, Mulligan has a gym full of hungry young fighters to train alongside and spar with.
“We all spar together. It’s great. You go in the gym every day knowing that you’re getting good sparring every day and progressing. It couldn’t be going any better.”
Mulligan makes his third professional appearance this Saturday on the latest Black Flash Promotions event at Middleton Arena. The event will be broadcast live on www.britishboxers.co.uk
Michael Gomez holding high hopes for his son
Michael Gomez Jnr has been restricted to just two starts since making his professional debut last July but his famous father is hoping that by his career may be about to take off. Featherweight, Gomez Jnr, 2-0 (1), has decided to base himself at the same Collyhurst and Moston Lads club that provided Michael Snr with the skills that carried him to two British super featherweight belts and a host of major fights and will now fight for the burgeoning Black Flash Promotions.
Michael Jnr ,20, may compete at around the same weight as his father but, at 5ft 9in tall, he has the dimensions to utilise his skills and avoid getting involved in the type of wars that made his father such a loved fighter but certainly shortened his career. Nonetheless, the fighting genes have been passed down a generation and Gomez is hoping that the enthusiasm of youth quickly wears off.
“He’s good. He’s very dedicated but he likes to fight a bit too much,” Gomez told Livefight. “I think he could be special. All he needs now is that little break and to be shown on TV. He’s only had two fights and he’s moved around a lot but he’s settled down with Pat Barrett at Collyhurst and Moston. It’s a good gym and Pat’s a good trainer. He just needs a little bit of a break and a bit of luck and he’ll be away.
“He tends to fight a bit much. That’s youth though, we all like to fight a bit too much when we’re young don’t we? They’re good little shows [that Black Flash host] and they put them on regularly. Things have been a bit stop, start but hopefully he’s in the right place now and he’ll take off.
“He’s good. I know a lot of people will say I’m only saying that because he’s my son but he really is. he’s a special talent and it’s just a matter of time.”
Gomez struggled after finally announcing his retirement in 2009. His enthusiasm for the sport has returned and he has been taking an interest in the goings on around his old weight classes and how a fighter like Josh Warrington has been elevated beyond British title level in the blink of an eye.
“I’m just at a gym showing off my belts and signing a few autographs,” Gomez said. “At first when I retired I was a bit depressed because i never took my boxing that seriously. I was always out partying and shagging! When I retired I was a bit gutted with what I achieved . I’m over it now though and looking forward to my sons career and him impressing everybody.
“I won two British titles. It’s a cracking belt but it’s a shame the way it’s going now with people getting world title fights dead easy. I was more aggressive and I was gifted with a massive punch, I think I’d have dealt with these people [on the current scene] no problem. I’m gonna say that though aren’t I?”
Michael Gomez Jnr makes his Black Flash debut this Saturday evening at the Middleton Arena. The whole card will be streaming live exclusively on www.britishboxers.co.uk
Tom Dazzlin Doran talks Liverpool return, reflects on PF success
By Michael J Jones
GIVE A BOXER stern adversary and you will see exactly what he is made of. Earlier this year on February 14th, Welshman Tom Doran faced Peterborough hardman Cello Renda in the middleweight Prizefighter final. As the opening moments of the bout unfolded, it was the more-experienced Renda who settled better.
Doran came off second best during a torrid first three minutes in which the aggressive Renda landed some thumping shots to have his fellow finalist’s nose bleeding heavily. Coming out for the second though, Doran wasn’t ready to lay down. Regrouping quickly, the 27 year old unbeaten came right back at Renda to live up to his “Dazzlin” nickname.
After Doran clearly edged the second, the stage was set for the thrilling contest’s conclusion in the third. Both men appeared weary in their third bout of the evening but it was the Welshman’s night as he uncorked a massive left hook to end matters at 1:16 of the third and final round.
With three victories and the stoppage in the final, Doran would thus become Prizefighter champion and pocket a deserved £34,000 purse. Remarkably, entering the tournament, the former Welsh ABA champion had boxed just once in almost four years but was impressive in all three performances.
Now, a few months removed from his PF triumph, the Connah’s Quay middleweight looks set to return on the huge “All or Nothing” bill at the Echo Arena on June 26 against an opponent to be named.
Livefight recently caught up with the 14-0 (4) “Dazzlin” Doran to discuss his Prizefighter victory and his return on a show which will also include David Price, Tony Bellew and Callum Smith.
LF) You return to the ring next month on June 26th is there any opponent or title you can confirm at this time?
TD) No there’s no news yet but I’m hoping it could be a British title eliminator.
LF) You turned pro as a light-middle, was up as high as cruiserweight during your break from boxing, came back as a super-middle last year before winning Prizefighter at middleweight. So I guess your next fight could be anywhere from welterweight to heavyweight?
TD) (Laughs) Well I couldn’t make light-middle anymore let alone welterweight! No I’m going to be staying as a middleweight for now.
LF) Going back to your Prizefighter victory at the Blackpool Winter Gardens, you proved a lot of people wrong that night it must have felt pretty good upsetting the odds?
TD) I just knew I was going to win. I said in every interview I did I was going to win, some said I sounded arrogant but it was just because I was so confident. It was very nice to win but it came as no surprise as I’d been 100% sure of victory.
LF) On the night, you couldn’t have had a tougher draw; unbeaten southpaw Craig Cunningham in your quarter final, pre-tournament favourite Luke Keeler in the semi before facing the feared Cello Renda in the final?
TD) Yes I probably had the toughest route when you consider I also boxed the last quarter final which means I had the least break before the semi. I was in good shape though so could have boxed all three fights without a rest.
Cunningham was an awkward southpaw and I knew if I could get that fight out the way the tournament would be there to be won. People talk about the knockdown* but I still would have won unanimously without it so I was in control even though I hate fighting counter-punching southpaws!
*A glancing right from Doran dropped Cunningham in what was a debatable knock-down.
LF) Irish puncher Luke Keeler was the pretournament favourite but you nullified him and beat him without too much problem?
TD) Well he was the favourite and a big puncher but I have a cracking jab and my plan was to just keep him at the end of it. Once I’d found my range and was landing the jab often he quickly ran out of ideas. He even started show-boating when he got hit…I’ve never seen anyone do that before (laughs).
LF) You had to endure a ferocious start in the final at the hands of Renda. He appeared to hurt you on more than one occasion in that wild opener?
TD) I knew in that final I was going to have to ship a few shots in the first round. He burst one of my ear drums in fact. Renda caught me with some big shots but I knew he’d put a lot into his semi-final match with Jack Arnfield and his attack wouldn’t last.
When the second started I targeted the body and as soon as I’d landed a couple downstairs I could feel his tank emptying.
LF) You boxed cagey and patient for most of the tournament but that was some left hook to close matters in that third round?
TD) Yeah it was a big shot which almost came all the way from the floor. Jim Watt said afterwards that Renda could have taken that punch earlier in the night but I don’t think he could have taken it ten years earlier…
LF) You said before you were hoping for your next fight to be a British title eliminator. John Ryder and Nick Blackwell contest the vacant 160lb title this Saturday in London; who do you think will be vicorious in that match?
TD) I think Ryder will stop him…probably in six to eight rounds.
I’d just like to thank all my fans, my team and also my sponsors AJ Field.
All Or Nothing
David Price will fight in Liverpool for the first time in two years at Echo Arena on Friday 26 June as part of a huge bill live on Sky Sports.
The popular Heavyweight joins an all-star cast on the Matchroom-promoted bill with World-rated Super Middleweight’s Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding in crunch clashes against Christopher Rebrasse and Brian Vera respectively, while Tony Bellew closes in on a first World title shot at Cruiserweight following his victory over bitter rival Nathan Cleverly in November.
Price’s last outing in his hometown was his rematch with Tony Thompson in July 2013, and the 31 year old has since notched four wins in Denmark and Germany with three KOs, a run of form that has landed him a European title fight with Erkan Teper.
Fielding’s meeting with Vera promises to be an all-action affair as the Texan comes to Liverpool boasting a CV with wins over current World Middleweight king Andy Lee and former World champions Serhiy Dzinziruk and Sergio Mora. Fielding returned to the ring in March from an eight month absence through injury, and the 27 year old is itching to test himself against the visitor.
Run, Fatboy, Run! Chris Monaghan keen to move career on
Black Flash Promotions hold their latest show this Saturday night and continue to bring a big time feel to the small hall scene. A recent press conference at the Grosvenor Casino gave the boxers on the bill an opportunity to earn some exposure and the entire card will be streamed live from the Middleton Arena in north Manchester. While some fighters shrink under the spotlight, others thrive under it and Chris ‘Fat Boy’ Monaghan definitely falls into the latter category.
“Most pros who’ve had one fight are fighting in sports halls. I’m in an arena,” Monaghan told Livefight. “Pat [Barrett, Monaghan's trainer and the man behind Black Flash] is setting them up like elite shows. When the shows are streamed live anybody can watch it online all around the world.
“What they’re doing is brilliant. It makes us feel a lot further into our careers than we actually are. Most pro’s have never had a press conference. I’m about to have my second fight and I’ve already done one. Me at a press conference……..it makes you think "What am I doing here?" It’s very professional and makes you feel like you are special. It’s good. It gets your name and face out there.”
Monaghan, 1-0 and from Salford, is enjoying life under the Black Flash banner. Former British and European light welterweight champion Pat Barrett and ‘The Storm Boy’ Thomas McDonagh share training duties at the Collyhurst and Moston Lads Club and working out of a gym which has its own promotional arm ensures regular outings. Initially, the 24 year old had pencilled in May for his professional debut but when Pat speaks, you listen and a late night phonecall from Barrett bought Monaghan’s plans forward a couple of months.
“I wasn’t meant to be turning pro until May but Pat phoned me one night. It all happened so fast. I was supposed to fight in January but failed my medical. Everything got sorted out though and I managed to fight in March.
“I wanted to turn pro but when I came back to Collyhurst [after a stint training out of another gym] I didn’t want to come back and just ask to turn pro straight away. Pat seemed to want it to happen sooner though. He must have seen something and thought I was ready.
“If Pat says something is blue when it’s really black then you believe it’s blue just because he said it. He’s been there and done so much in the game that you just trust him. He’s putting you in a ring and you could die in there.
“When Pat’s talking to you you know it’s serious. With Tommy, he’s a bit of a clown. Sometimes you can’t train around him because he’s a naturally funny person. He cracks you up. Tommy had a good career but he always tells us that he fell out of love with the game.”
Until he becomes a familiar figure in the paid ranks it will be impossible for Monaghan to make it through an interview without explaining where his ‘Fat Boy’ nickname came from. I’ll spare him the trouble this time and tell you that when he initially entered a boxing gym, he tipped the scales at 17 stones. Given the calibre of a couple of Anthony Joshua’s early opponents, there might be a twinge of regret that he missed out on the opportunity to earn a big pay day as a potential opponent for the Olympic gold medallist but Monaghan will be staying at light middleweight from hereon in.
“I’m gonna be eleven stone from now. I know what I’m doing with the weight cutting,” he laughs. “I’ve lost six stone. I didn’t start boxing to actually box, I woke up one morning and decided I needed to lose weight and went to a local gym. I started hitting the bag and one of the trainers said that if I carried on I could box. I lost weight rapidly and lost about four stone in a couple of months. I had my first fight against one of the lads I train with at Collyhurst now [Lyndon Arthur, the talented amateur and British Lionhearted squad member] at 80kg. As a pro I’m boxing at 69kg.
“I feel stronger now then ever. To make weight was harder this time than last time. Boxers don’t lift weights but with Justin [our strength and conditioner] it’s all explosive work. I see myself every day so don’t notice it but he says I’ve put some size on. Pat says if you train hard then the fight is easy and if you’re making weight easily you’re in the wrong weight class. It gives you the drive.”
Monaghan makes his second professional appearance this Saturday evening as Black Flash host their latest card at the Middleton Arena. The whole card will be streaming live exclusively on www.britishboxers.co.uk
Kell Brook interview from today's workout
iFLTV talk to Kell Brook ahead of his IBF title defence against Frankie Gavin on Sky Box Office this coming Saturday:-
Promoter Shultz set to stage unique event to revive heavyweight boxing
By Michael J Jones
WITH UNIFIED heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko recently completing another successful defence against the game Bryant Jennings, fight fans around the world are again beating the drum for a return to the glory days of the division.
Klitschko, who hasn’t tasted defeat in eleven long years, dominated without truly impressing in securing a unanimous decision. With Deontay Wilder holding the WBC belt and a host of young fighters hot on the linear champion’s heels, it’s easy to see a changing of the guard in the near future in boxing’s most cherished and historic weight division.
Step in New York fight promoter Tony Shultz who has big plans of his own to shake up the big boys of boxing. Speaking exclusively to Livefight, Tony outlines his plan to bring glory back to the heavyweights in 2015.
“Honestly, I personally feel that the heavyweight division is the engine that drives boxing long term” begins Tony. “Boxing is a sport of the people, meaning the heavyweight champion comes from your block, represents your hopes, dreams and desire to be the best (and baddest) man in the world.”
“Sure the lighter divisions always tend to fill in when heavyweights aren't in action, but this dry spell has gone on too long and shows no signs of ending. Promoters aren't promoting heavyweights any longer and that leaves a huge gap for casual fans who want to see a heavyweight war!”
The long-time promoter and author is currently putting together a heavyweight event which will pit four prospects from the US against four from the UK. Each fight will be streamed live online with the two last men standing to meet in a final at the prestigious Madison Square Garden.
“I actually just stopped into Gleason's yesterday to see the owner Bruce Silverglade (he's just been inducted into the NY boxing HOF actually) and he's got a few heavyweights for me to see. This won't be a tournament style set up. It's actually going to be about finding four of the best heavyweights in gyms in the U.S. and also four in the UK and documenting them on Social media and letting fans choose who they want to see fight. It's gonna’ be much more boxing-fan driven than just setting an overmatched opponent...the fans voice will be heard and the fight they want will be made.”
With Tony currently busy putting the event together, he hopes the final will take place this summer with the hope of a new young contender to rise through the ranks and become the next heavyweight champion of the world.
“In the end, this fight is going to be about fight fans and their connections with these young heavyweights” Tony tells Livefight. “This is about telling their stories early and often and fight fans getting to be a part of the match-ups and the fight itself. Since boxing is the sport that truly represents the people, I think it's time the people be heard again. This fight is the beginning of that happening again!”
“The winner will go from prospect to a contender and possibly a world title fight over the course of (his next) four to six fights. Most of these prospects are good fighters but don't have someone working out the little details to make them a champ. I'm going to focus on that aspect and tell their story through every fight leading up to a title.”
With his promotional back-ground and experience, mixed with a long list of high-profile contacts, it appears Tony may be onto a winner with his ambitious format. Livefight will keep fans up to date with the event’s development and we should also be hearing soon who some of the contender’s for the show may be…watch this space.