News October 2018

Ryan Farrag: Sunny is a beaten man already

26.10.18

By @Livefight

Ryan Farrag believes the conduct of Sunny Edwards and his brother Charlie suggest victory – and the WBO European super-flyweight title – is already his.

The Edwards brothers both had plenty to say to Liverpool’s Farrag at Thursday’s weigh-in and the challenger was quick to claim a psychological edge ahead of Friday’s clash at York Hall – live on BoxNation.

Farrag said: “Sunny might be able to do what he wants to do what he wants to do for two or three rounds but then it’s all going to be my fight after that.

“I can see that I’ve won the fight already before I’ve even got in the ring. I’ve been where he is before – a champion defending a title. I know what the pressure’s like but he’s let his emotions get the better of him. I’m going to control him and then hurt him.

“That there was Charlie protecting his little brother because he needs protecting. They’re not confident in Sunny’s ability. I tried to get the Charlie fight a couple of years ago and he didn’t want it. He’s never said a peep to me so I was quite shocked he piped up today.

“I’ll shake Sunny’s hand after the fight because I’m a true sportsman. If he wants to make it like this, I’ll go with him on that but afterwards I’ll shake his hand like a gentleman.”

A stellar line-up also sees world-ranked welterweight Michael McKinson take on local hero Sam McNess, Cuban starlet Neslan Machado bid for a WBA ranking title, the unbeaten Johnny Coyle face Arvydas Trizno and much more.

Tyson Fury on Joe Rogan show

26.10.18

By @Livefight

Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury last night appeared on the famous Joe Rogan show to discuss his forthcoming showdown with Deontay Wilder:-

Conlon added to Frampton card

23.10.18

By Livefight

Former world amateur champion Michael Conlan is beaming with pride after being named among a trio of Belfast fighters added to the Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton card on December 22.

‘The Conlan Revolution’ heads for Manchester Arena along with former amateur team-mates Paddy Barnes and Steven Ward on the night Frampton aims to become a three-time world champion. With masses of Belfast boxing fans expected to cross the water, Conlan credits ‘The Jackal’ for leading the way.

Conlan said: “It’s just great and it’s the first time I’ll have been on a professional card with Paddy, Steven or Frampton. It means a lot to me.

“Belfast is a city with great fighters kids can really up to and who inspire the next generations. That’s what it’s all about. It shows no matter who you are and where you’re from in this city – people will support you.

“It’s a tight-knit community and it’s fantastic that we can all ‘up sticks’ and bring a crowd like the one I believe will turn up in Manchester so close to Christmas.

“Carl is a friend of mine and we have a good relationship. It’s great to have that bond with someone who’s leading the way in my division. I look up to him and to be fighting on his undercard is great.

“’The Conlan Revolution’ isn’t something I came up with myself but I like it. It seems to be becoming global because the fans will travel everywhere. They’ve just been all the way to Las Vegas, where I was surprised to have such great support so it’s good they won’t have so far to travel this time.

“I was back in Belfast for a homecoming fight last summer and it was a great atmosphere. Manchester will be just the same.”

While Conlan will be looking to improve to 10-0 before Christmas, Barnes will be looking to bounce back from a WBC world flyweight title defeat and Celtic light-heavyweight king Steven Ward bids to carry real momentum into 2019.

In addition, the Belfast quartet’s MTK Global team-mates Jack Massey, Sam Maxwell and Alex Dickinson are in action on the card.

Ryan Doyle : 'I'm 25% better since winning the title. I like being the champ!'

19.10.2018

'Ruthless' Ryan Doye is finishing up preparations for his Commonwealth featherweight title defence against Jordan Gill on October 27th. Gorton based Doyle won the belt after a ferocious war with Reece Bellotti this summer and is in no mood to let his title slip.


Cheeseman : 'Byfield doesn't deserve a hot at the British title'

18.10.2018

By @Livefight

Ted Cheeseman has accused Asinia Byfield of talking his way into their British title fight and says the outspoken Reading man doesn’t deserve a shot at such a prestigious belt.

The bitter Super-Welterweight rivals will battle for the Lonsdale belt at the Copper Box Arena on October 27, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Cheeseman puts his unbeaten 14-fight record on the line when he meets former Southern Area Champion Byfield, and ‘The Big Cheese’ is determined to prove he is levels above ’DGhost’ by dishing out a crushing defeat.

“I’ve wanted this fight for a while because I don’t like the way Byfield conducts himself,” said Cheeseman. “He’s mouthy and always tries to talk his way into big fights. I don’t think he’s worked his way into this position.

“What does Asinia Byfield bring to the table? An unbeaten record? No. A title? No. So what do you want to fight him for? Once I’m done with him no one will even remember who he is.

“He’s managed to talk his way into a big fight but he’s going to get found out massively. He’s done nothing to justify him fighting for a British title and that will show on the night.

“He's a very awkward opponent. Stylistically, he’s not a good boxer or a good fighter. He’s just awkward and tires to spoil you. But I’m more than ready for this fight. I’ve had some good sparring and I’m ready to take on that type of style.

“He probably thinks the only way he can beat me is by making me angry and forcing me into mistakes. That’s the kind of fight he likes but he hasn’t got into my head at all. I’m going to get in there and fight my type of fight.

“The Light Middleweight division is thriving at the moment and hopefully there’s some big opportunities out there for me after I win the British title.”

Cheeseman vs. Byfield is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington's John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.

Gortan's Ryan Doyle looks to build on his shock win over Reece Bellotti as he defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against the talented and undefeated Jordan Gill.

Luke Watkins and Isaac Chamberlain meet in a crunch Cruiserweight contest as both men look to move on from first career losses to rising star Lawrence Okolie and Jake Ball begins life under new trainer Dominic Ingle with a WBA Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight title fight with Craig ‘Spider’ Richards.

There’s action elsewhere from Wokingham Middleweight Felix Cash, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield and Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox.

Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 (VIP) and are available to purchase from www.stubhub.co.uk and www.copperboxarena.org.

Ryan Doyle: 'I didn't win a war with Bellotti to just give my title away.'

18.10.2018

By @Livefight


Ryan Doyle is targeting a shot at the British Featherweight crown if he comes through his fight with Jordan Gill at the Copper Box Arena.

Doyle, 27, makes the first defence of his Commonwealth title against Cambridgeshire's Gill on Saturday October 27, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

The Manchester man hit the big time after his shock win over Reece Bellotti in June, stopping the rising talent in five epic rounds, and is wasting no time as he looks to build on his career best win by jumping straight back in against the undefeated Dave Coldwell-trained starlet.

“I’ve had good preparation for this fight, we had eight weeks notice and everything has gone to plan," said Doyle. "I've had World class sparring with WBA Bantamweight World Champion Ryan Burnett and former World title challenger Charlie Edwards.

"We've put everything into this camp and I'll be in the best shape of my career on October 27th. Knocking work on the head has allowed me to train full-time and everyone will see the difference that makes on fight night.

“I’ve watched the Bellotti fight back, it was a good performance by myself and I’m happy with it, there’s one or two things that we have tightened up on. I need to improve with every fight. "

Gill trains alongside the likes of Tony Bellew and Jamie McDonnell at Coldwell's gym in Rotherham and is highly-regarded by his gym mates, but Doyle believes his experience and heart will show on the night.

"I don’t know a massive amount about Jordan but what I do know is he’s technically very good. He's not put a foot wrong as a professional, he's done everything right so far. However, I don’t believe he’s been in the same fights that I have, I’m battle hardened, I’ve been in the wars. It’s Jordan’s time now to have a little go but I didn’t have a war with Bellotti just to give the title away.

"I understand that Jordan has got a good stable behind him, a good trainer, he’s definitely a stiff test for me. I’ve got to be 100% on my game to beat him. Like I said, I haven’t been in these gruelling fights just to give it all away.

"There’s no bad blood whatsoever, we’re both professional athletes and you conduct yourself in the right way, but come fight night it will be a different story. I've fought hard to keep my career alive and I won't be surrendering my title without a fight."

Doyle, a former English Champion, has experienced several setbacks during his six-year career and was even considering retirement before his stunning win over Bellotti.

The Gorton pressure fighter is hoping a big win over Gill will signal the beginning of an exciting new chapter in his career.

“The Featherweight division is one of the best weight divisions in Britain at the moment. Outside of the top four or five fighters, anyone can beat anyone. It’s a real good mix at the minute.

"I would love a crack at the British title next but for now all of my focus is on Jordan Gill, if I don’t beat him then the bigger fights down the line won’t happen.

“At Christmas time I was looking at packing it all in and working full-time. Luckily I got the opportunity to fight Reece and I grabbed it with both hands. I’ve paid my dues, I’ve done it the hard way and now it’s time for my reign."

Doyle vs. Gill is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington's John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.

Bermondsey puncher Ted Cheeseman clashes with Reading's Asinia Byfield for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title.

Luke Watkins and Isaac Chamberlain meet in a crunch Cruiserweight contest as both men look to move on from first career losses to rising star Lawrence Okolie and Jake Ball begins life under new trainer Dominic Ingle with a WBA Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight title fight with Craig ‘Spider’ Richards.

There’s action elsewhere from Wokingham Middleweight Felix Cash, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield and Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox.

Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 (VIP) and are available to purchase from www.stubhub.co.uk and www.copperboxarena.org.

Lennox Lewis meets Daniel Dubois

18.10.2018

By @Livefight

Former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Lennox Lewis, called in to the Peacock Gym in London to pass on some words of wisdom to undefeated heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois.


Coldwell reflects on Gavin McDonnell's performance

18.10.2018

By @Livefight

Dave Coldwell has had adequate time to digest Gavin McDonnell’s losing performance against Daniel Roman earlier this month in Chicago. Full of confidence before battle commenced, Coldwell’s reaction to the defeat is one laced with slight disappointment, but he remains proud of the effort produced by McDonnell and remains adamant that his charge has still has the attributes to potentially become world champion.

“He didn’t start quick enough,” admits Coldwell, pointing to the main issue as to why Gavin fell short. “I was certain that Roman would jump out the blocks and Gavin had to match him every single step of the way. One slight worry I’ve had with Gavin is getting him to start quicker because he sometimes takes a couple of rounds to get going, but this was a night where he wouldn’t be allowed to do that. He had to open himself up a bit to get back into the fight and once he did that then there were gaps for Roman to exploit. It wasn’t the result we wanted, but it’s happened now and we have to go back to the drawing board and decide where to go next.”

McDonnell’s 10th round reversal to Roman is his second crack at world glory after also falling short against Rey Vargas in February 2017. He rebounded from that defeat by proving beyond doubt that he’s above British level with resounding wins over Gamal Yafai and Stuart Hall. Coldwell is not sure of what plans are currently in place for the Doncaster star, but he’s insistent that any return will be at the highest level and not at domestic class where McDonnell has repeatedly proved himself.

“He’s not going back to fighting for British and Commonwealth belts. He’s been down that road and it was too easy for him in the end. Against Vargas he was beaten by the better man and there was only one point in it on two judges’ scorecards before it went wrong against Roman. I’m convinced he has it in him to become a world class fighter and he deserves the opportunity to stay at that level and perhaps get another crack. He’s 32 now and I don’t want him having hard camps for fights that he’ll win easily. I’m hoping his team can work together and get him another shot at something big.”

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