News April 2019

Livefight previews Frank Warren's "Throughbreds" show feat. 7 interviews


By @shaun_brown

Liverpool: Home to one of the greatest bands ever produced, home to the Grand National, home to two of the finest football teams in Britain and now a conveyor belt for British boxing talent.

The Smith Brothers, Tony Bellew and Rocky Fielding continue to make noises on various fronts but tonight at the Aintree Equestrian Centre, it will be the turn of Merseyside’s finest ‘little big men’ to take centre stage.

Paul Butler and Kevin Satchell spearhead the ‘Thoroughbreds’ show presented by Frank Warren and Queensbury Promotions that will be shown live on Boxnation and Boxnation HD.

For Butler, (14-0, 7 KOs), the world would appear to be his oyster. The 25-year-old from Ellesmere Port has looked nothing short of sensational in some of his recent performances. A 15th pro win against Oreste Bernabe Nieva (15-2-2, 6 KOs) will see the super-flyweight open up a door that should lead to challenging the winner of the Stuart Hall-Martin Ward IBF World Bantamweight title fight later this month in Newcastle. A fight that, promoter, Frank Warren believes could crossover to the mainstream.

Kevin Satchell (11-0, 2 KOs) will be having his first outing since last July’s nip and tuck British and Commonwealth Flyweight title defence against Scotland’s Iain Butcher. Satchell, this time, should have less difficulties in defending his Commonwealth strap against 33-year-old Ghanaian Isaac Quaye (25-4-1, 16 KOs), a man who beat Don Broadhurst all the way back in 2008. Afterwards, Satchell will have a decision to make: Vacate the titles and move on to world level or give Butcher another crack at the Lonsdale belt.

Ronnie Heffron vs. John Thain and Ryan Farrag vs. Jason Booth – a ten round contest at light middleweight and an eight round bout at bantamweight – could likely prove to be the main sources for the night’s entertainment. Heffron, 23, is looking to get another British title chance, Thain, 26, is aiming to prove his own credentials in his first real test, a win for Farrag, 26, will likely push him into the domestic title picture and Jason Booth, 36, will be looking to prove that his opponent shouldn’t be in the same ring with him in what will be his 50th professional fight.

Former Prizefighter winner, Terry Flanagan, will be aiming to show that he is not the forgotten man at lightweight as he kicks off his 2014 with an eight rounder after signing promotional terms with Warren.

Matty Fagan, Jazza Dickens, Thomas Stalker and Steven Lewis round-off the bill aiming to show that Liverpool’s pool of talent is deeper than the River Mersey.

As has been the case in 2014, the writers at Livefight have endeavoured to bring you exclusive interviews with some of the fighters from the show in Aintree. And below you can find the links to our interviews with the likes of Butler, Satchell and more.

Paul Butler – “I want Stuart Hall”

Kevin Satchell ready for Quaye and weighs up international step

John Thain is ready to go title hunting in 2014

Steven Lewis: Another product of boxing’s “Brotherhod”

Matty Fagan – “I know I have the talent to do what I want to do”

Jazza Dickens ready to build another winning run

Ryan Farrag ready for Jason Booth test

Remaining tickets for ‘Thoroughbreds’ are available from Eventim on 0844 842 5005 or

Watch the show live and exclusively in the UK on Boxnation, the Channel of Champions. Sky Ch 437 (HD) and 449 or Virgin Ch 546. If you haven’t already, join up at

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