News April 2019

LF previews tonight’s “Clash of Clans” bill featuring SIX interviews with Hall, Dickinson and more


World Championship Boxing - Clash of the Clans

Dennis Hobson Promotions & Queensbury Promotions presents Stuart Hall defending his IBF bantamweight world title against Martin Ward at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on March 29th.

The exciting undercard for the show includes Birtley's Jon-Lewis Dickinson defending his British cruiserweight title against big-punching Neil Dawson. Also in action will be British and Commonwealth welterweight king Frankie Gavin; Sunderland's English lightweight champion Kirk Goodings against Sheffield's Jamie Sampson; Sedgefield's rising star Bradley Saunders; Sunderland’s Jonson McClumpha versus Dronfield's Lewis Taylor; County Durham's Thomas Patrick Ward; Hartlepool's Michael Hadfield; Middlesbrough’s Simon Vallily; Guisborough's Josh Leather; Doncaster's Dave Allen, and Sunderland's Jordan King.

In the main event, IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall makes the first defence of his title against southpaw challenger Martin Ward. The contest is a world first with two North East boxer’s facing each other for a world title in Newcastle.

Hall won the title last December with a tough points win over South African Vusi Malinga. In a 16-2-1 (7) record Hall has only lost to Jamie McDonnell and Lee Haskins and seems in the form of his life at 34.

Ward is the younger man at 26-years-old and brings a respectable 18-2 record though has only four inside-the-distance victories. Aside from an early career defeat, Ward’s only other reverse was to Haskins who stopped him in five last year.

The West Rainton man has rebounded to lift the Commonwealth title and will have trained hard though most are expecting Hall to be way too strong.

An intriguing cruiserweight match pits British champion Jon Lewis Dickinson in with murderous punching Neil Dawson in what should be a lively affair while it lasts.

There no two ways about Dawson; he comes to knock your lights out. Although just 12-2 (5), the 33-year-old Rotherham fighter has made short work of prospects Tony Conquest (now Commonwealth champion) and Chris Keane and looks a genuine threat to Dickinson.

Birtley’s Dickinson has matured into a fine champion though and one more victory will secure him the Lonsdale belt outright. At 14-2 (3), the champion has only lost due to injury and has scarcely dropped even a round in the last three years.

There could be fireworks early but the faster, more skilled champion should pull away from the halfway mark and grind out a late stoppage or clear points decision.

In Welterweight action, undefeated Frankie Gavin takes on Namibia’s Sacky Shikukutu in defence of his Commonwealth title.

While the Birmingham southpaw is a former top-level amateur who has mostly impressed in his 18-0 (12) career, Shikukutu is virtually unknown though is also a southpaw with a similar record at 18-2-1 (12).

An inspection of the visitor’s record sees no presence of any noteworthy names including a victory last time out against a fighter making his pro debut.

Gavin should have far too much quality and finesse for the challenger and pound out a one-sided decision. At 28-years-old he needs bigger tests than this.

Bradley Saunders is expected to sail through his first ten-rounder against Scotland’s Mitch Prince. The 30-year-old Prince is a late sub’ for Irish southpaw Paul McCloskey and is a decent test.

Saunders is less experienced as a pro at 8-0 (6) compared to Prince’s 16-bout career but is a quality operator who should prevail well-inside the distance to hand Prince his first stoppage defeat.

Kirk Goodings defends his English belt against local rival Gary Fox on the bill. The 10-1 (2) Sunderland prospect has returned well from his lone defeat to Stevie Williams and should win a clear points verdict.

Livefight has interviewed many stars of the show this week as listed below…

J L Dickinson Interview

Kirk Goodings Interview

Stuart Hall Interview

Neil Dawson Interview

Lewis Taylor Interview

Bradley Saunders Interview

The show will be televised by BoxNation. Sky channel 437 and in HD on channel 490.

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