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Economides Defends WBF Title Against Ankrah On Undercard Of Roy Jones Jr-Tony Moran on Sept 12th.

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PaulEconomidesWBF0236WEBREADYEconomides Defends WBF Title Against Ankrah On Undercard Of Roy Jones Jr-Tony Moran on Sept 12th.

In just eight days time Chester’s Paul Economides steps into the ring to undertake the first defense of his World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Super Bantamweight crown, against Ghana’s Prosper Ankrah, on the Stephen Vaughan promoted LEGEND event, at the Aintree Equestrian Centre on Saturday 12th September, which is headlined by Roy Jones Jr’s first ever UK fight, against Tony Moran.

Economides, who sensationally stopped Hungary’s David Kanalas in the second round back in August last year to secure the WBF Intercontinental title, is no stranger to Championship action, having previously secured the WBF International crown just four months previously as well as fought for the Welsh Area titles in two different weight divisions.

Ankrah, like Economides, is also an experienced Championship boxer, having secured both the Ghanaian Bantamweight and West African Boxing Union Bantamweight titles as well as challenged for both the Commonwealth and WBO International crowns.

Whilst the Ghanaian may be the clear bookies favourite, due to his superior record of 24 wins (15 by stoppage) and 5 losses, against Economides’ 17 wins (4 by stoppage) and also having 5 losses on his record, a number of well known British pundits are bucking the trend, predicting that Economides will stop Ankrah.

The basis for this being that all four of Economides’ stoppage wins have come over a period of twelve months and not one of his four opponents during that time survived past the second round and as if to add fuel to the fire of this argument, they point to the fact that Economides became the first to stop the highly durable two time Commonwealth title challenger Isaac Quaye.

Economides refused to be drawn into the speculation when he spoke about the upcoming fight.

“It’s a massive stage this one, I’m so excited to be on this bill as chief support for the Roy Jones Jr and Tony Moran title fight.

Crazy but I kinda forgot about my own fight at first, I got a bit too excited about the Roy Jones fight.

Everything’s good now and I’m fully focused on September 12th as I know I have a major task on my hands fighting Prosper Ankrah, he’s tough, he can fight but no problems I’m more than ready for him.

The fight’s just over a week away and I’m really looking forward to it, it’s a big stage but that doesn’t bother me at all.

It’s going to be the event of the season so anyone who hasn’t got their tickets yet, get them now before it’s too late, this is going to be a very, very special night, can’t wait.”

Tickets, priced £40, £60, £100 and VIP Ringside £150 for the Stephen Vaughan Promoted Roy Jones Jr. versus Tony Moran MBC International Cruiserweight Championship headed LEGEND event at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on Saturday September 12th 2015 are available now, buy on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com and www.vaughanboxing.tv or call 0333 200 0905.

Sanctioning for this event will be courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission – www.maltaboxingcommission.com

Khan-Quaye Title Fight Support For Roy Jones Jr-Tony Moran September 12th in Liverpool

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TasifKhanWBFBelt6967WEBREADYKhan-Quaye Title Fight Support For Roy Jones Jr-Tony Moran September 12th in Liverpool

Bradford’s Tasif Khan is just over a week away from the biggest fight of his career to date, when he faces two time Commonwealth title challenger, Ghana’s Isaac Quaye, for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Super Flyweight Championship, on the Stephen Vaughan promoted LEGEND event, at the Aintree Equestrian Centre on Saturday 12th September, which is headlined by Roy Jones Jr’s first ever UK fight, against Tony Moran.

Khan, who only returned to the fray, following a twenty five month sabbatical from the sport, in January this year more than made up for his time out of the ring with three top class wins.

In the first of these bouts Khan disposed of Richard Voros in just over a minute of the first round, he then followed that with an almost identical time victory over Ladislav Miko in March, which lined him up for a shot at the International Masters title in May, against Mikheil Soloninkini, which Khan secured with an excellent unanimous points victory.

To describe Khan’s excitement about getting this opportunity to fight for the WBF title so soon after his return is an understatement, but when compared to his feelings about fighting for the title on the undercard of Roy Jones Jr versus Tony Moran made that pale in comparison, as he made clear when he spoke about the upcoming event.

“When I first got told I’ll be fighting on the Roy Jones bill, it was absolutely amazing, yeah amazing to fighting on the same show as Roy Jones.

I grew up watching him fight, in my eyes he’s one of the greatest fighters ever, not because of the accolade of titles that he’s won, the number of belts he’s won, from Middleweight upwards, but it’s unheard of to say to anyone these days that a middleweight is going to go all the way up to Heavyweight and win a World title and in those days the best fought the best, Roy Jones for me is one of the all time best fighters and to be on the same bill as him is all credit to the MBC (Malta Boxing Commission), Stephen Vaughan and Francis warren and I can’t thank them and everyone involved in this massive event enough and obviously for letting me fight on the event.”

Khan then went on talk about his opponent on September 12th – Isaac Quaye

“I’ve got full respect for Isaac Quaye, he’s got a good record, he’s been in with the best and he’s a tough Ghanaian as we know, so come September 12th we will be ready for him.

I can’t believe this, it’s been a short journey, but a sweet journey, the only difficult time I’ve had was the time away from the ring, I had a gap of about three years but obviously the MBC, all those involved with the MBC and the team around me have pulled together and gave me these opportunities.

My last fight gave me the opportunity to get my first belt (International Masters) of my career, so onwards and upwards.

I don’t look past any opponent and always train accordingly, we know Isaac Quaye is a tough opponent and in terms of World ranking he’s a lot higher than me, so it’s a win, win situation for me because I’ll prepare, like every fight, as if I’m the underdog, no doubt he’ll be coming in as the favourite and look to upset me and the crowd.

I have full respect for him outside the ring, but inside the ring I have no mercy for anyone, I want to go in their and cause damage as I want to win, so let’s get it on.”

Tickets, priced £40, £60, £100 and VIP Ringside £150 for the Stephen Vaughan Promoted Roy Jones Jr. versus Tony Moran MBC International Cruiserweight Championship headed LEGEND event at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on Saturday September 12th 2015 are available now, buy on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com and www.vaughanboxing.tv or call 0333 200 0905.

Sanctioning for this event will be courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission – www.maltaboxingcommission.com

Roy Jones Jr. Vs Tony Moran Press Conference Set for Wednesday 22nd July.

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IMG_1622Roy Jones Jr. Vs Tony Moran Press Conference Set for Wednesday 22nd July.

Promoter Stephen Vaughan Jr. today announced that the press conference for the Roy Jones Jr. versus Tony Moran Championship bout, that takes place at the Aintree Equestrian Centre, in Liverpool on Saturday 12th September, will take place at the Bierkeller, 6 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool L1 8LW at 1:30pm on Wednesday 22nd July.

On making the announcement, Mr. Vaughan, said. “It’s a real honour to be having the legendary Roy Jones Jr. come over and fight in England for the first time, even better that we have him fighting right here in Liverpool on one of our shows, against one of our own local lads, Tony Moran, on the 12th September.

But before we get to see the Legend himself in action, first we have the press conference, which will take place at the Bierkeller in Liverpool One.

Besides Roy and Tony we’ll also have all the lads from the home side of the card and a few of their opponents in attendance too.

This will be an open Press Conference so everyone is welcome to come along.”

PRESS CONFERENCE

Time & Date: 1:30pm on Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Location: Bierkeller, 6 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool L1 8LW

In Attendance:

Roy Jones Jr. versus Tony Moran

MBC International Cruiserweight Championship

Paul Economides (17-5-0) versus Prosper Ankrah (24-5-0)

World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Championship

 

Tasif Khan (10-1-2) versus Isaac Quaye (27-11-1)

World Boxing Federation International Super Flyweight Championship

 

WBU Junior World Super Bantamweight Champion Stevie Quinn Jr. (7-2-0) (Opponent TBA)

 

Unbeaten Lightweight Prospect Antonio Counihan (7-0-0) (Opponent TBA)

 

Unbeaten Featherweight Prospects Jay Carney (2-0-0) versus Mathew Fitzsimons (1-0-0)

 

Unbeaten Featherweight Prospect David Agadzhanyan (5-0-0) (Opponent TBA)

 

Unbeaten Heavyweight Prospect Rob Beech (5-0-0) (Opponent TBA)

 

Middleweight: Nick Quigley (13-2-0) versus Nathan Decastro (4-0-0)

 

Light Heavyweight: Lee Boyce (2-1-0) versus Matthew Pepper (1-9-0)

 

Welterweight: Dayle Gallagher (1-0-0) versus Matt Scriven (14-89-1)

 

Plus debuting boxers: Bantamweight; Tom Bell, Light Heavyweight; Liam Milner and Welterweight; Lee Monaghan

 

Tickets, priced £40, £60, £100 and VIP Ringside £150 for the Stephen Vaughan Promoted Roy Jones Jr. versus Tony Moran MBC International Cruiserweight Championship headed LEGEND event at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on Saturday September 12th 2015 are available now, call 0333 200 0905 or buy on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com and www.vaughanboxing.tv

 

Sanctioning for this event will be courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission – www.maltaboxingcommission.com

Roy Jones Jr. Set To Head Up Vaughan’s September Liverpool Event

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RoyJonesPosterRoy Jones Jr. Set To Head Up Vaughan’s September Liverpool Event

Stephen Vaughan Jr. announced earlier today that 5 Division World Champion Roy Jones Jr. will be coming to Liverpool, England to headline his upcoming event at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on Saturday 12th September 2015.

Jones Jr, claimed his first World title with a unanimous points victory over Bernard Hopkins at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC back in May 1993 for the IBF version, which he successfully defended against Thomas Tate before challenging and beating James Toney for his IBF Super Middleweight crown in 1994.

Jones Jr. successfully defended the Super Middleweight title five times, against Antoine Bird, Vinnie Pazienza, Tony Thornton, Eric Lucas and Bryant Brannan, before moving up to Light Heavyweight to successfully challenge Mike McCallum for the WBC interim World Light Heavyweight title in November 1996.

Four months later Jones Jr. was back in the ring again, to challenge Montel Griffin for the WBC World Light Heavyweight Crown, however instead of securing the win Jones jr. was disqualified for striking Griffin after he went down on one knee in the ninth round.

In the rematch in August ’97, Jones Jr. finally secured the WBC Light Heavyweight crown with a first round knockout to add his third World crown in a third division.

In July 2008 Jones Jr. added the WBA Light Heavyweight title to his collection after unifying the WBC and WBA Light Heavyweight championships with a unanimous points victory over reigning WBA champ Lou Del Valle.

Jones successfully defended both the WBC and WBA titles against Otis Grant and Richard Frazier, before unifying the division with the IBF Light Heavyweight belt with a points victory over Reggie Johnson in 1999.

In January 2000 Jones Jr. started off the new Millenium with a unified defense victory over David Telesco, which he followed up with a successful defense of the three titles with a eleventh round stoppage victory over Richard Hall in May.

In September 2000 Jones Jr. added the IBO version to his collection after defending Champ Eric Harding retired in the tenth round of their bout at the New Orleans Arena.

Jones Jr. successfully defended the four titles against Derek Harmon in February 2001 before successfully challenging World Boxing Federation Champion Julio Cesar Gonzalez for his crown as well as adding the vacant IBA version to his collection.

Jones Jr. successfully defended his six Light Heavyweight titles against Glen Kelly and Clinton Woods, before surprising most observers when he moved to the Heavyweight division to successfully challenge John Ruiz for the WBA World Heavyweight crown in March 2003.

In November of the same year Jones Jr. went back to the Light Heavy ranks and successfully defended his WBC, WBA and IBO titles against Antonio Tarver, six months later the pair would face off against one and other again, this time it was Tarver that emerged victorious and claiming the WBC, WBA, IBO, IBA and vacant World Boxing Foundation titles.

In September of that year Jones Jr. lost the IBF version to Glen Johnson following the Floridian being knocked out in the ninth. In October 2005 Jones Jr then unsuccessfully challenged Antonio Tarver for the IBO Light Heavyweight title.

With no World titles in his possession Jones Jr successfully challenged Prince Badi Ajamu in July 2006 for the WBO NABO Light Heavyweight Crown and almost one year to day later beat Anthony Hanshaw for the vacant IBC Light Heavyweight World title.

In March 2009 Jones Jr beat Omar Sheika for the vacant WBO NABO title, which he successfully defended against Jeff Lacy before unsuccessfully challenging Danny Green in December 2009 for his IBO Cruiserweight crown.

It would not be until December 2013 that Jones Jr. was to be in World Championship action once more, when he travelled to Moscow to successfully challenge Zineddine Benmakhlouf for the vacant WBUv World Cruiserweight title.

Jones Jr Successfully defended the title against Courtney Fry, Hany Atlyo and most recently Paul Vasquez.

Next up for the legendary five division World Champion, when he fights in Liverpool on September 12th, well at this point there are a number of opponents in the hat, so we will have to wait a short while until terms are agreed with some of those names.

Tickets for the Stephen Vaughan Promoted Roy Jones Jr. headed event at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on Saturday September 12th 2015 will go on sale shortly, call 0333 200 0905 and the tickets will also be available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com and www.vaughanboxing.tv from next Monday.

Sanctioning for this event will be courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission – www.maltaboxingcommission.com

Dodson and Economides Head Up Vaughan’s Star Studded 23rd May Liverpool Event.

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May23rdNewEraPosterDodson and Economides Head Up Vaughan’s Star Studded 23rd May Liverpool Event.

Renowned Liverpool based promoter Stephen Vaughan is clearly determined to raise the bar, for Small Hall Boxing events, to a whole new level, with his latest offering, dubbed ‘NEW ERA – An Evening Of Professional Boxing’, which takes place at the Grand Central Hall in Liverpool, on Saturday 23rd May 2015.

For those that were at Vaughan’s previous event, at the Grand Central Hall back in March, there is no need to stress just how good the event was.

May 23rd promises much, much more, on paper NEW ERA looks set to not only be a true small hall classic, but also looks likely to set a new standard that very few small hall promotions could possibly match.

Heading up the twelve bout card is Liverpool’s very own Tony Dodson, who will be back in hometown action for the first time since beating Darren Stubbs to secure the IBO Light Heavyweight International title, back in October 2011.

On the 23rd May, Dodson, who in his previous fight secured a solid points victory over one of the toughest opponents around – the mischievous, yet highly durable, Jody Meikle, will be facing Latvia’s big punching Andrejs Pokumeiko.

In March last year, Pokumeiko secured a good solid points win over Ilford’s Kevin Greenwood at York Hall in London, which is the only points win on his record, every other win has come by way of stoppage victory.

The main support sees Chester’s WBF Intercontinental Champion Paul ‘Spartan’ Economides, in a non-championship contest against Estonia’s Sergey Tasimov.

Back on Vaughan’s previous event Economides put in another top class performance, against Ghana’s two time Commonwealth title challenger Isaac Quaye, on way to securing another sensational second round stoppage victory.

That particular win says a lot about Economides’ power as Quaye hadn’t been stopped on any of his previous thirty six fights, some feat considering Quaye has battled it out with the likes of Commonwealth champion Don Broadhurst, British, Commonwealth and European Champion Kevin Satchell and WBO European Champion Iain Butcher amongst other notable stars.

What’s more, on May 2nd Economides went one better, with a clinical first round stoppage of the Czech Republic’s Petr Gyna, at the York Hall in London.

Globe trotting Tasimov, has fought some of the UK’s top stars previously, including interim WBA World Champion Derry Mathews, British and European Champion and upcoming IBF World title challenger Lee Askins, as well as former British and Commonwealth Champion Nicky Booth.

Whilst most cards have a top-flight domestic bout or two heading up the show, the support card is usually made up of local ‘house’ fighters tentatively building their records. Not this card; only three of the undercard fights feature developing talent, the rest are already well and truly established prospects and stars.

One of the most interesting match ups on the card pits Liverpool’s Nick Quigley against … you’ve guessed it, the aforementioned Jody Meikle.

Quigley made short work of his last opponent, Ludvik Gina, sensationally stopping the Czech in just fifty five seconds of the first round.

Don’t think the same will happen against Meikle, but do expect six rounds of truly entertaining boxing, with some mischievousness sprinkled in for maximum effect, based on Meikle’s last outing against Onder Ozgul at York Hall on May 2nd.

Next up is the exciting prospect of watching one of the World’s most successful Kick Boxing stars ever, thirteen time World Champion Marlon Hunt, making his highly anticipated transition to the pro boxing ranks, against Latvia’s Uldis Pucens.

Hunt recently said “After winning 13 Professional World titles in Full Contact Kickboxing, K – 1Rules and Muay Thai and Unifying the Big 5 WBC, ISKA, WAKO PRO, IKF & WKA and winning other mid and low Tier World Titles and various Semi Pro Boxing Titles it’s time to take on the Professional Boxing world. “

Hunt has made clear that he isn’t taking up pro boxing to just make up the numbers, he’s a hundred percent determined to be the first ever four discipline World Champion.

Whilst on the subject of World Champions, Chester’s World Boxing Federation Welterweight World Champ Chris Goodwin is back in action once more, in a non-championship bout, against Finsbury Park, London’s Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander.

Goodwin, a two division World Champion, will be making his first appearance since beating Georgia’s Mikheil Avakyan to win the coveted WBF World crown back in August.

Alexander, who had been training and fighting in America until recently, scored a third round stoppage victory over Tadas Stulginskas on his return to UK action at York Hall in London last October.

Birmingham’s undefeated Lightweight sensation Antonio Counihan is back in the ‘Pool, this time to face Janis Puksins.

Counihan, the former England Amateur Captain, has been nothing but sensational in each of his six previous bouts, stopping five inside the distance, however it was his last performance that proved that the Brummie youngster is destined to rise to the very top.

Back in March, Counihan took on previously unbeaten Czech Lukas Radic, Counihan didn’t just beat Radic, he plain destroyed him in just two minutes and twenty eight seconds of the first round.

Puksins is another globe trotter that should be quite well known to British fans, having fought the likes of former Prizefighter winner Ricky Owen, former WBU, WBF, WBC and Prizefighter Champion Choi Tseveenpurev, British Champ James Dickens and upcoming Commonwealth title challenger Jason Cunningham amongst others.

Another youngster who is fast heading towards World stardom is Liverpool based, Russian Featherweight prospect David Agadzhanyan, who will face former Ghanaian Champion Isaac Osuwu on May 23rd.

Like Counihan, Agadzhanyan has stopped all but one of his previous opponents and coincidently the bout against the one that went the distance, another previously unbeaten prospect Daniel Bazo, featured on Vaughan’s last event.

What a fight, it was something truly special and a fight that many of those in attendance would love to see re-matched sometime in the near future, although have to say the result would probably be the same as Agadzhanyan is a tremendous talent, one that is likely to follow in the footsteps of Gennady Golovkin and Sergey Kovalev – yep, he’s that special.

Since that win, Agadzhanyan totally destroyed Czech Republic’s Josef Redlich, putting the Czech lad down three times before finally stopping him on the two minute and twenty five second mark of the first round, at the York Hall in London on May 2nd.

Liverpool’s former British, Commonwealth and WBF World title challenger Tony Moran is set for his first hometown fight since beating Czaba Andras at the Olympia back in 2005.

On May 23rd Moran will be facing Blackpool’s former WBC United States title challenger Mathew ‘The Rock’ Ellis.

Welsh Middleweight Champion Lee Churcher makes his first Liverpool appearance on May 23rd, against Latvian Zaurs Sadihovs.

Back in March Churcher took on Nottingham’s Matt Scriven, after both their original opponents failed to make their flights to the UK.

Have to say I doubt the original match-ups would have been anywhere near the Battle Royale these two fought out on that night. It was a sensational close fought bout, with both protagonists giving their all in front of a highly appreciative crowd.

Churcher won on points, but have to say the real winners were the fans in attendance on the night, as that was one seriously exciting, all action fight.

Sadihovs, who has a won four, lost two record, however each of the wins came way of first round stoppage victories, including a full blown KO of Olegs Asejevs in January.

Making his third pro outing on May 23rd will be big punching Liverpudlian Featherweight Jay Carney.

Young Carney is proving to be one of the finds of the year, two outings, two fantastic stoppage wins.

Back in December Carney utterly outclassed Patrik Gadzo before stopping him on the one minute and thirty two second mark of the first round.

Then in March followed that great win up with a third round stoppage victory over the highly experienced Petr Gyna. Have to say that was a great fight, young Carney was far more relaxed and just performed perfectly, dominating Gyna for virtually every second the bout lasted.

Carney’s opponent on May 23rd is Dmitrijs Gutsman, is another big puncher, whilst his record is two wins and four losses, it should be noted that the wins both came way of first round stoppage.

Also making his third pro outing on May 23rd is Liverpool’s Lee Boyce, who will be taking on Scunthorpe’s Matthew Pepper.

Back in March Boyce literally destroyed Matus Olah with the very first power shot he threw, a cracking bodyshot that sent Olah down and out after just twenty seconds of the first round.

It should be noted that the power shot from Boyce actually cracked Olah’s rib, so whilst we didn’t get to see much action we now know just how powerful Boyce’s punches are.

Finally making his professional debut on the 23rd May is Liverpool Welterweight Dayle Gallagher, who goes up against Nottingham’s experienced Matt Scriven.

Gallagher is a classy young boxer and Scriven is as tough as they come, so expect fireworks when they go toe to toe.

So there you have it, one seriously great card for what is clearly going to be one seriously great fight night, so now you know it’s time to go and get those tickets because if you miss it, you’ll regret it.

The Stephen Vaughan promoted NEW ERA event takes place at the Grand Central Hall, 35 Renshaw Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 2SF, on Saturday 23rd May 2015.

Sanctioning for this event will be provided courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) – www.maltaboxingcommission.com

Tickets priced £30 & £40 are available direct from any of the boxers taking part or call Stephen Vaughan on 07789 037802.

Counihan Ready For Walter Showdown This Friday

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Birmingham Lightweight sensation Antonio Counihan is back in action this week, against Richard Walter, on the Stephen Vaughan promoted RED MIST event at the Grand Central Hall in Liverpool on Friday, 20th March 2015.

 

Since turning pro in October 2013 Counihan, the former England Amateur team Captain, has proved to be one of the UK’s top prospects of the Lightweight division, scoring five top class wins, four of these by stoppage finish, with Poland’s Marcin Ficner being the only opponent to go the distance with the young Brummie star.

 

On Friday Counihan will face Richard Walter, who stepped in at late notice after his original opponent was forced to withdraw with a hand injury.

 

Walter comes into the fight off the back of an excellent first round stoppage win over Rene Oravek in February, however that doesn’t seem to bother Counihan one iota, as he made clear when he spoke earlier today.

 

“Really looking forward to Friday, should be a very good night.

 

I have only just heard that I’ve got a new opponent, Richard Walter, don’t know much about him yet as this has just been announced.

 

I know he stopped his last opponent, so should be a good close fight, which suits me.

 

Have to admit I’m a bit disappointed with such a late change, but what can you do, fighters get injured in the gym all the time, I’ll just go out there and box the way I always do and if all goes well I’ll get another good win under my belt.

 

Had five fights now, won all of them, four of them by TKO, so am looking forward to moving up the rankings because I want a shot at a title soon.

 

Last time out had a real good fight with David Kis, I was really happy with the way that fight went.

 

It was a real good performance, I was happy with it, listened to my corner and did as they said and got him out of there in the third.

 

Hopefully I’ll put in a similar kind of performance on Friday, I’m not saying it will be another TKO win, but if it happens I’ll be well pleased, I just want to put on a good performance for the fans.

 

Talking about my fans, they really are fantastic, they travel to watch me fight every time, I can’t thank them enough for their support, I mean they’ve had to travel to London for four of my fights and now here we are on the road again, this time Liverpool and they’ll be there cheering me on once more, they really are brilliant.

 

I can only thank them properly for their support by keep performing well and of course keep winning.”

 

Antonio Counihan versus Richard Walter features on the Stephen Vaughan promoted RED MIST event at the Grand Central Hall in Liverpool on Friday, 20th March 2015.

Sanctioning for this event will be provided courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) – www.maltaboxingcommission.com

Tickets priced £30 and £40 are available direct from Antonio on 07535 806545 and will also be available at Grand Central Hall on the night.

 

Doors open 6:30pm first bell 7pm

LIVERPOOL STAR MATHEWS LANDS DREAM WORLD TITLE SHOT AGAINST ABRIL FOR WBA CROWN

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Mathews and Butler head up huge double world title show with FOUR more big title fights at Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday 6th March

Hall Of Fame Promoter Warren stages Liverpool’s biggest ever boxing show and secures crucial world title home advantage for Mathews and Butler

Liverpool’s favourite fighting son promises to win world title in front of home crowd

WBA World Champion Abril threatens to knockout Mathews

 

Liverpool hero Derry Mathews has been handed a dream world title shot in his home city on Friday 6th March at the Echo Arena, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and TalkTalk 525).

Mathews will challenge WBA World Lightweight Champion Richar Abril* for the crown alongside Paul Butler’s attempt to win the IBF World Super-Flyweight from champion Zolani Tete on Frank Warren’s title-packed extravaganza featuring Merseyside’s finest, including Liam Smith, Kevin Satchell and Jazza Dickens, plus hot Lancashire talent Jack Catterall.

Tickets, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150 are on sale on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call 07960 850645

 

The 31-year-old has won a multitude of titles and has been involved in some thrilling fights in an action-packed 12-year career from featherweight to lightweight, but the quest to land a legitimate world title has always eluded him.

 

Hall of Fame promoter Warren has now delivered his man a golden opportunity to be crowned world champion in front of his loyal fans on arguably the greatest boxing show ever staged in the boxing mad city of Liverpool.

 

Mathews, who won the WBA Continental title in his last fight against Adam Dingsdale in October and is currently ranked number nine with the governing body, said, “It’s a dream come true for me to finally fight for the world title, but to have the opportunity to do it in my home city is unbelievable and I thank Frank Warren, who promised he’d get me a crack at the world title when I rejoined him, for delivering me my chance,”

 

“Whereas other fighters from the city have had to go overseas for their chances, Frank has got me mine on my own door step and now it’s down to me to deliver the goods on my side and win the title,”

 

“I’m not underestimating Abril one bit, he’s the world champion, but I’m confident in my own abilities and I believe that I have the tools to end Abril’s reign and take the world title from him.  He’s not a huge puncher, he’s 34 now, and I believe that it’s my time to take over,”

 

“With Paul Butler also challenging for a world title on the card, plus the great fighters we have in the city like Liam Smith, Kevin Satchell and my good mate Jazza Dickens all in title fights, Liverpool has never seen a boxing show like this before and only Frank Warren could make something of this magnitude become reality.  It’s truly amazing and once my head comes out of the clouds I’ve got to get down to the gritty reality of hard training and blood, sweat and tears to realise my dream of becoming world champion,”

 

Big-hearted Mathews also offered to defend the title against Manchester ace Anthony Colla – boxing’s all-round nice guy who was left devastated when he lost his world title shot against Abril after heroically challenging burglars and was left with a fractured skull and broken ankle – should he emerge victorious against Abril.

 

Mathews and Crolla have previously fought two thrilling battles – in April 2012 Mathews stopped Crolla in a six round war, then the pair battled to a draw in March 2013 which was later named Fight Of The Year – and a blockbuster trilogy could be on the cards.

He added, “I really felt for Anthony, yes we’re sporting rivals, but that was terrible what happened and I was truly gutted for him.  I hope that he gets medically cleared and fit to box so that he can resume his career because he’s a tremendous fighter and person.  He missed out on his shot at Abril because of what happened, but should I come through against Abril and win, then I will give him a shot at the world title.  A third fight between us is a natural and would be a fantastic battle of Britain.”

 

It’s by no means an easy night for Mathews, he must dethrone the tough Miami based Cuban who has fought and won outside of America three times, in Costa Rica, Panama and a world title defence last time out in Finland.

 

With 19 wins out of 23 fights and three losses, the 34-year-old has never been stopped and that includes going the distance with hard-hitting Brandon Rios who was on a 10-fight knockout run until he met Abril.

Abril said, “I’m looking forward to defending my title against Derry Mathews in Liverpool on March 6th. He is a tough, experienced, fighter, but I plan on coming to the UK, getting the KO and leaving with my belt,”

 

Promoter Frank Warren is naturally thrilled to return to the big fight city with an exciting show and to give both his fighters crucial home advantage for their big night.

He said, “Derry started his pro career with me and rejoined me in 2013 and I promised him then that I’d get him a world title shot and I’m delighted to now deliver his dream of fighting for a world title in his home city on March 6 at the Echo Arena,”

“He has been a loyal servant to the sport in which he has won a multitude of titles and been involved in some fantastic fights, but the only thing missing has been the world title opportunity so it is a pleasure to get him the WBA World Lightweight Champion Richar Abril on arguably the greatest boxing show the city of Liverpool has ever seen,”

“With Paul Butler challenging for the IBF World Super-Flyweight title against Champion Zolani Tete, two of Merseyside’s finest have the opportunity to become world champions in their backyards without having to get their passports out for their crowning opportunities in front of thousands of their own fans – it doesn’t get any bigger,”

 

“In addition, some great local fighters are in action with the likes of Liam Smith, Kevin Satchell and Jazza Dickens, plus a sensational talent in Lancashire’s Jack Catterall, it’s going to fantastic night at the Echo Arena and all of Merseyside should get down to there and support their men.”

World title fights Tete v Butler and Abril v Mathews headlines Mersey Boys that also features Liam Smith’s Vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Middleweight title challenge; Kevin Satchell’s defence of the European Flyweight Championship; Jazza Dickens v Josh Wale for the Vacant British Super-Bantamweight Championship; Jack Catterall’s defence of the WBO European Light-Welterweight Championship; plus the return of Tom Stalker in an eight-round contest and Stephen Lewis in a six-round contest.