BCB Promotions are delighted to announce that we will be returning to King’s Hall, Stoke, on Saturday, 20th October.
Nathan Heaney, Cole Johnson, Kieron Mclaren, Owen Jobburn, Jake Haigh and Shabaz Masoud all feature.
Tickets are on sale from your boxer now priced at £35 standard and £65 VIP Ringside. They can be purchased here.
England Awaits For Denny
Tyler Denny takes on Reece Cartwright for the English Middleweight Title at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 22nd September.
The Midlands Area Champion headlines BCB Promotions’ latest show at the Town Hall as he bids for national honours.
Unbeaten Denny, a product of Old Hill Boxing Club in Cradley Heath, didn’t turn pro until he was 24 and has since won nine out of 11 contests, with back-to-back draws along the way.
Co-challenger Reece Cartwright, from Leeds, has racked up 22 bouts of pro experience at the age of 24, with 21 wins and 12 TKOs to his credit.
The former IBF Youth titleist has a blemish on his record, though, after he was shockingly downed by the unheralded Rafael Chiruta in less than a round last year.
The 27-year-old southpaw now moves on to crunch time on a Sunday luncthime bill, which he believes will bring out nothing but his best.
Two six-rounders in 2018 have built him up for the opportunity, with landslide points successes over Raimonds Sniedze and Lewis van Poetsch.
“I’m excited, I’ve stayed in the gym since my fight last month (against van Poetsch) and I’ve watched my weight. The hard work starts here.
“I know I’m getting to the stage where I could really do something to be proud of in boxing and I’ll give everything I’ve got to keep on progressing.”
The under-card features home favourite James Beech Jr, a second generation fighter as the son of former pro Jimmy Beech.
The undefeated super bantamweight prospect, 21 and from Bloxwich, has recorded three of his six wins as a pro at Walsall Town Hall. He notched his maiden paid TKO there, too.
Another Walsall pugilist, Levi Ferguson, also features looking to build on a successful pro debut at the same venue. He outpointed Paul Cummings in the super welterweight division.
Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies will be looking to rebound from his first pro defeat, in a title fight situation against the experienced Rob Hunt.
An exciting eight-rounder culminated with Hunt seeing off a bloodied Davies by two rounds on points, 78-76, with the British Challenge welterweight crown on the line. The former kickboxer, from Tividale in the Black Country remains involved in his former calling, too, and still works as an instructor at Oldbury’s School of Black Belts.He’s registered for the sweet science ‘Stewart Davies’, using his middle name as his first name as there’s another Ryan Davies in the paid ranks.
Girl power will be on show with flyweight ‘Pocket Rocket’ Dani Hodges, from Burntwood, who became a licenced boxer with a points victory over Teodora Hristova last month.
Former national amateur champion Connah Walker, of Wolverhampton, turns over under the tutelage of boxing legend Ricky Hatton, who will be in his corner come fight night.
Ex-kickboxer Troi ‘the Hawk’ Coleman, who hovered around light heavyweight in his former calling, completes the line-up.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard and £60 VIP ringside, are on sale now from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It will be £40 for entry on the door.
The Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on Bentley Mill Way, are the show’s headline sponsors. They will host the weigh in and after-show party (over 18s).
Gomez Ready For Home Return
Cristian Hoskin Gomez insists he’d “fight for free” in Plymouth as he gets ready for another home fight at the Guildhall next month.
The busy Spaniard has already boxed on seven occasions over 2018 and will see action in the city he resides for a third time, writes Craig Birch.
He will feature on BCB Promotions’ next offering at the Plymouth Guildhall on Saturday September 15, on a show which has been titled ‘Revenge or Repeat.’
The 23-year-old was born to a Spanish mother and an English father and lived in Cadiz, before moving to Devon at the age of 10.
He’s approaching his half century of pro bouts after racking up 46 contests and travels all over the country to take on the top prospects.
The Guildhall holds happy memories for him after winning his first and only title, the eight-round British Challenge title, on those grounds.
Outpointing the unbeaten Tom Duff by two rounds, 78-76, in 2016 was a career highlight and he’s looking to make another statement on his own turf.
Hoskin Gomez may be perceived as holding ‘journeyman’ status himself, but he wants to go toe-to-toe with another road warrior at the Guildhall.
He said: “Some people struggle with journeyman, but I know I wouldn’t. I’m friends with most of them, but that always goes out of the window.
“If I can get one, I’ll be looking for an early stoppage. I’ve done it before and I can do it again. That would be a great result for me.
“I’ve enjoyed my career so far, I knew what I was getting into and I haven’t had the results I should’ve had. I want to carry on until I feel like I can’t do it anymore.
“I’ve been in some wars, so I want to try a box a little more because I knew I can do that. I’ll always try to do the best I can.
“I’ve not asked what I’m getting paid for fighting in Plymouth, as far as I’m concerned I’d fight for free. It’s a buzz to have that support when you get into the ring.
“I’ve had a bit of break, as I’ve done a lot already this year, and I’m ready to to again, Bring on September 15 and whatever the rest of 2018 has in store for me.”
The main event at the Guildhall will see Plymouth’s Des Newton and Henry Janes clash in a rematch for the British Challenge lightweight title.
There will be plenty of other local talent on show for the September 15 bill, with six bouts already confirmed for the under-card.
Jordan Platt, from Launceston in Cornwall, takes on Plymouth’s own Mohamed Mahmoud, in might prove to be a super lightweight slugfest.
Townley features looking for a ninth from 10 outings as a super lightweight paid performer. ‘The Terminator’ won an eight-rounder on February 9 at the Guildhall.
Launceston’s Wes Smith has three successes under those lights to his credit, along with a draw away from home, in the super lightweight ranks.
DP Carr, from Sidcup in Kent, and Paul Roberts, of Chard in Somerset, will make the trip to Devon to occupy the home corner at lightweight and super bantam respectively.
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £35 or £60 ringside, and can be purchased by calling 07958 398 355. Doors open at 6.30pm on fight night, with the first bell expected for 7.30pm.
Big Write Hook Boxing Magazine Goes From Amateur To Pro!
Big Write Hook is a new quarterly boxing magazine which debates the biggest issues in the sport from serious topics like mental health to the more trivial things like social media.
BWH is also commitment to worthy causes with dedicated pages to raising awareness for autism, addiction and male suicide, among other featured charities.
Originally created as a passion project 3 years ago, it has grown in popularity; going from a bedroom blog to a professionally designed monthly e-magazine in that time.
Now, after winning investment in a Dragon’s Den style business pitch, founder and Editor in Chief, Lewis Calvert is looking to take the mag from a hobby to a full time business.
Monday 6th of August sees the launch of their new website: www.bigwritehook.co.uk and pre-orders of the magazine can be made now with 10 free t-shirts to be given away to people who order early.
With newspaper readership falling rapidly, going into print is a massive risk and it is one that Lewis, 26, is well aware of. He said:
“People aren’t reading the news because it’s depressing. We’re sick of hearing about Trump and Brexit. That’s why I love sport and boxing so much. There is none of that. And even though everyone is still using their phone these days, I think there is room in people’s lives for a printed mag. Just like the way vinyl records have come back into fashion, we can do that… only we’re less hipster.
Big Write Hook is an antidote to clickbait. It is something real and authentic. It is just as good to look at with all the art work in, as it is to read all the creative features and discussion. The amount of passion and talent that goes into every page ensures everyone can find something they like in it.”
The brand gathers writers from all over the country including sports journalists, published authors and writing students, but they are very proud to provide a platform for many first time writers too; publishing no fewer than 20 pieces for first timers over the past 18 months. But how the pages look is just as important as the words within it.
Ryan Wilson, the magazine designer, said: “To have the creative freedom to put something like this together is amazing. It is so original. It’s got graffiti and grunge vibes, comic book styles and other little secrets that are just too unconventional for mainstream print. But that’s what makes us unique.
I’ve stopped freelancing and recently had a job interview in which I showed the design team there all of our previous work and they said they wish they had the balls to do what we do. They even asked me if we were hiring! We’re not, but I got the job with them because they were so impressed.”
Big Write Hook knows it does not have the financial muscle, resources or networking power of the bigger boys out there, but if they are your Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury, BWH is hoping to be your Tommy Coyle or Dave Allen.
With the support of boxing fans around the country, they are just looking to see how far they can go and would love you in their corner.
Gavin Warms Up For European Title Tilt
Frankie Gavin warms up for his European Welterweight Title fight later this year with a six round contest in his home city.
The 32 year-old takes on Kerman Lejarraga in the Spaniard’s back yard of Bilbao on 17th November. As Gavin, the former Commonwealth and British Champion, steps up camp, he will take part in a warm-up bout at the Holiday Inn, Smallbrook Queensway.
“Camp is well under way and I’m determined,” Gavin told bcb-promotions.com. “Lejarraga is my main focus but it’s important to get back in the ring, blow off a few cobwebs and make a statement.
“November will soon come round and I’m going to Bilbao to bring the European Title home.”
The four-fight dinner show will also feature Gavin’s stablemate Brad ‘Bosh’ Thomas, Central Area Heavyweight Champion, Kash Ali, and Walsall super welterweight, Levi Ferguson.
The show, ‘Bilbao Bound’, takes place on Sunday, 16th September. Tickets are £65 to include a two-course Sunday lunch or £35 standard unreserved. Tickets can be purchased by calling 07900 741 617
Epic Dinner Show Sees Foster Crowned Midlands King
Brad ‘The Blade’ Foster defeated Leon Gower to win the Midlands Area Super Bantamweight title on Friday evening (20th July).
The 21 year-old becomes the first person to hold the title for 14 years, writes Ben Gibson.
The unbeaten pair went toe-to-toe for the belt on BCB Promotions’ epic three-fight dinner show in the Stadium Suite of the Banks’s Stadium, Walsall.
Foster dominated the fight from the first round and knocked Gower to the canvas late in the opening stanza, catching the Burton man after some quick foot work.
From that moment both fighters went on the offence and traded blows in what was a scintillating affair.
As the fight progressed, Gower began to get hit much more and was cut above his left eye due to the fluidity of Foster who was constantly changing his stance and dancing around the ring.
Gower tried to pin his opponent down and sit on his shots as he looked to slow Foster but the Lichfield man maintained his pace and began to move out of range instead of staying close.
At the end of the eighth round Gower touched the canvas for the second time in the fight and this lead to the stoppage as Gower’s Team waved the fight off before the ninth round could commence. Credit to both fighters who put the cherry on the icing of the cake of what was a highly entertaining three-fight card.
The starter saw Dani Hodges win her first professional bout against Teodora Hristov. The Burtnwood boxer recorded a deserved 39-37 win.
The fight consisted of four two minute rounds and began very evenly with both fighters trying to land every shot.
Hodges, a former kick-boxer, got her distances just right and caught her opponent with a number of stinging shots. She was caught herself at times but did enough to claim a maiden pro win.
If Foster’s win was desert, the main course was a bloody dish as Rachel Ball defeated Eftychia Kathopouli 57-55 after six absorbing rounds.
This victory took Ball’s record to 4-0 as she dished out a serious amount of punishment on her ever game opponent.
It was a blood bath as Ball broke Kathopoli’s nose and cut her on both eyes whilst Ball herself suffered a cut on the top of the forehead.
While Ball was popping out her jab and controlling the fight from the centre of the ring, Kathopouli continued to pressure and get in close to target Ball’s body with hooks and crosses.
As the fight progressed Ball began to tighten up and started to waste less shots, Kathopouli however maintained the pressure despite blood pouring from every inch of her face. It was a war that, rightly, saw every person in attendance rise to their feet on the final bell as BCB Promotions served up a starter, main and dessert to match any dinner show.
Sen Claims Title
Matt Sen claimed the British Cruiserweight Title in only his fourth professional fight on Saturday evening.
The 30 year-old, who made his professional just debut 12 months ago, came back from the brink to defeat Wolverhampton’s Josh Burke in dramatic style on at The Venue, Dudley, on BCB Promotions’ ‘Usual Suspects’ show.
After a cagey opener, Burke found his rhythm. Working off a strong jab, the 32 year-old couldn’t miss with his right hand catching Sen with a number of well-timed shots. He continued to box with confidence in the third and there appeared to only be one winner.
However, that all changed in a split second. Midway through the fourth, Burke stalked Sen with his guard lowered. Sen hit back with peach of a right to the chops which dazed Burke and, after an onslaught of clubbing right hands, referee Kevin Parker waved off the contest. Sen had just enough energy to raise his hands in victory as he dug deep to claim the win, the belt, and maintain his unbeaten start to life as a professional boxer.
Elsewhere, Kirstie Bavington bounced back from a draw on her debut to claim a close 39-38 victory over Irish debutant, Elaine Greenan whilst fellow Richie Ghent trained fighters Josh Miller, Connor Lee Jones and Danny Ball all claimed points victories over Lewis Van Poetsch, Kristian Laight and Danny Little respectively.
Finally, Daryl Pearce made a winning start to life in the paid ranks as he overcame Plymouth’s Mohamed Mahmoud 39—37.
Des Newton will be looking to avenge his first professional boxing defeat at the fists of Henry Janes earlier this year when the pair meeting in an intriguing rematch.
The Destroyer was outpointed by touch Welshman, Janes, back in February but has the chance to avenge that defeat on BCB Promotions’ ‘Revenge od Repeat’ show at Plymouth Guildhall on Saturday, 15th September.
Newton is joined by a host of Plymouth pugilists.
Tickets are on sale from Monday (9th July) by calling 07958 398 355.
World Honours Await BCB Veteran Shergold
BCB’s Kristine Shergold challenges for world honours this weekend when she takes on GBU and WIBF Super Featherweight World Champion, Kallia Kourouni.
The 37 year-old from Devon (5-6) returned to action with a point win in April after a six year absence.
She takes on Greece-born Kourouni (9-1) who is dubbed the Pink Tyson. Kourouni returns to the ring with a new team as the co-feature on Siesta Boxing Promotions’ ‘Battle at Bracknell’ on Sunday, 8th July at Leisure Centre in Bracknell.
“It’s a big opportunity for Shergold,” BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson said. “She looked good in her ring return and still has plenty left in the tank. I think she can cause an upset. We are confident.”
Shergold has gone the distance with WBC champions Delfine Persoon (Lightweight) and Eva Wahlstrom (Super Featherweight) and is coming off that April victory over UK prospect Bec Connolly.
Tickets are available by calling 07833 317 538.