Sen Ready For Title Tilt
Matt Sen insists he is ready for the step up to eight rounds, and a title tilt, in only his fourth professional fight.
The likeable Sen, a former body builder, takes on Wolverhampton’s Joshua Burke in a Black Country battle for the British Challenge Cruiserweight Title at the top of tonight’s bill.
30 year-old Sen, who made his professional debut 12 months ago, is in confident mood ahead of the clash.
“Camp has gone great,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “There has been lots of learning and working on my flaws.
“We have mixed up sparring this time with some in house technical sparring and open spars with Ricky Summers and some of the UFC team.
“Fighting in an eight rounder is a big step, let alone challenging for a title. For me it is really exciting. It’s a challenge and I like to continuously keep pushing myself.
“They say God puts the greatest highs at the end of our fears so in order to live them we must face our fears!”
Sen has studied Burke in the build up to Saturday but has left the game plan in the hands of his trainer and mentor, Peter Christie.
“I’ve been watching Josh since last year when there were first talks about us fighting. I feel like I know him better after constantly studying him. I’ve been looking at his habits and how to capitalise on them. Josh is a big strong guy who I won’t be taking lightly but I will be coming home with a win.
“I am leaving the game plan completely in Pete’s hands. I trust him with everything so I just turn up and do as I’m told and with his approach I know I will be ready. .
“I’d just like to say a huge Thank You to all my supporters, everyone spending their hard earned cash purchasing tickets, my sponsors and BCB for allowing me to fight on their show.”
Welborn vs. Langford Rematch to take place on Khan Undercard
King Khan back in action against Canadian-Colombian on September 8
Amir Khan will face Samuel Vargas at Arena Birmingham on September 8, live on Sky Sports with the hotly anticipated Jason Welborn versus Tommy Langford Chief Support. Welborn defends his British Middleweight title in a rematch with Tommy Langford, whom he snatched the title from in May via split decision in Walsall on BCB Promotions ‘Neutral Ground’ Show.
Khan is back in action following his blistering return to the ring in April in Liverpool, destroying Phil Lo Greco in just 39 seconds after nearly two years out of action.
The former unified Super-Lightweight ruler is setting his sights on Welterweight World honours this year and steps up that pursuit in Birmingham when he meets Canadian based Colombian Vargas, the 29 year old ranked number 10 in the WBA and having shared the ring with current IBF king Errol Spence and Khan’s old foe Danny Garcia.
“One of my aims this year was to be as active as possible so I’m very happy to get back in the ring again so soon against Samuel Vargas,” said Khan.
“Vargas is a tough and well-schooled fighter who has shared the ring with some top welterweights including Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr.
“I have to get past Vargas before looking at the biggest challenges going forward. I’m not going to be taking Vargas lightly because I know he will be coming with everything on September 8.
“I hope to give the fans in Birmingham the same excitement and fireworks as my last fight. It will be one not to miss!”
“I am excited to step in the ring with Amir Khan on September 8,” said Vargas. “I am very pleased that my promoter Lee Baxter and Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Boxing could come to an arrangement fairly easily and make this fight happen.
“I have been granted more than enough time to properly prepare for Amir and you will see the best Samuel Vargas to date. Mark my words, we might both be from the same city and county but I am nothing like Phil Lo Greco that’s a guarantee – I’m going to give Amir hell.”
The undercard also sees Ryan Kelly defend the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May via stoppage at Villa park against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington and Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai appear on the bill after boxing this coming Saturday, with more title fights and stars to be added.
Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 VIP and go on sale to Matchroom Fight Pass at 1pm on Thursday June 28 from www.StubHub.co.uk
Tickets go on general sale at 1pm on Friday June 29 from www.arenabham.co.uk.
Relive the first fight here!
Leon Gower and Brad Foster go head to head for the Midlands Area Super Bantamweight Title next month.
The pair, from Burton and Lichfield respectively, put their unbeaten records on the line as they go in search of Midlands glory at Walsall Football Club on Friday, 20th July.
25 year-old Gower is undefeated in his opening six fights as a pro having made his debut in 2015. Hard-hitting, Gower has three stoppages on his record to date.
Foster, five years Gower’s junior, is unbeaten in 9 outings with eight wins and one draw to his name. The Lichfield boxer turned over in 2015 and has two knock-outs to his name to date.
“It’s a mouth-watering clash” BCB’s Head of Boxing Errol Johnson told bcb-promotions.com. “They’re both confident enough to put their unbeaten records to the test and it’s a chance to pick up a BBBoC bona fide belt.”
Also on the bill, which is sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall, is Walsall featherweight Rachel Ball and Chasetown lightweight, Luke Jones. More names will be added.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard unreserved and £65 VIP Ringside, to include a hot fork buffet, are on sale now from the Walsall FC Box Office 01922 651 414 or by contacting the boxer direct.
The weigh-in and aftershow party will take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall, Bentley Mill Drive, Walsall (just off junction 10 of the M6).
BREAKING NEWS! Reiss ‘Showy’ Taylor Joins BCB
BCB Promotions are delighted to announce that Reiss ‘Showy’ Taylor has signed a management contract with the stable.
The former amateur star, two times Midlands Champion and National Champion, has signed a three year deal with BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson.
“I’m delighted to have joined BCB,” ‘Showy’ told bcb-promotions.com. “I feel like I needed a change and believe BCB is the right place for me to continue my career. I one a few titles as an amateur but only had 12 fights so I’m still learning as a boxer. I feel like I’m starting adjust to the professional game and am looking forward to the future.”
At just 4 foot 112 ‘Showy Showman’, from Handsworth in Birmingham, is the UK’s smallest boxer, a tag he embraces. Small in stature, the 27 year-old, who was on the books at Aston Villa as a youngster, has big ambitions.
“I want to push on,” he added. “I’ve had a good grounding. I don’t mind been known as Britain’s shortest boxer. I just enjoy the sport and am ambitious. I want to win things and feel BCB is the right place to do that.”
Showy will be back in action soon. Fight news will be announced on bcb-promotions.com.
Stokin The Fire
Tividale’s Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davis faces his toughest test to date when he takes on Stafford’s Rob Hunt for the British Challenge Welterweight Title.
Rhino lifted the strap in his last outing – a points victory over MJ Hall n Dudley – to claim his first professional boxing belt since switching disciplines from Kickboxing.
The 25 year-old 5-0 defends his strap against the vastly experienced Hunt (24-5-2) on BCB Promotions’ ‘Danger Zone’ at King’s Hall , Stoke, on Friday, 13th July.
“This is my toughest test to date,” admitted Davies. “Hunt is an experienced guy who has only lost five times but this is what I’m in the game for; to test myself and move forward.”
Joining Davies on the bill is a host of undefeated fighters – British Challenge Cruiserweight Champion Luke Caci, Stoke middleweight, Nathan Heaney, Burton featherweight, Leon Gower, and Swadlincote duo Ross Hollis and Connor Parker.
Tickets are £60 VIP Ringside or £35 standard unreserved. They are available by contacting the boxers direct or by calling 07734 118 041 or online here.
Gavin Joins BCB
BCB Promotions are delighted to announce that Frankie Gavin has signed a management contract with the stable.
The former British and Commonwealth Champion has signed a one year deal with BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson.
“I’m delighted to have Frankie on board,” Johnson told bcb-promotions.com. “He’s one of the most talented boxers that Britain has ever produced and I firmly believe there are still some very big fights out there for him.
“Frankie knows what we expect of him, and vice-versa, so I’m relishing the opportunity to get him to where we both think he should be.”
The 32 year-old held the British and Commonwealth titles between 2012 and 2015, and challenged Kel Brook for the IBF welterweight title in 2015. As an amateur Gavin won a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships becoming England’s first ever winner of that event. He also won lightweight gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
BCB are hoping to have fight news for Frankie in the not to distant future.
“I’m glad to be signing with Errol,” added Gavin. “I have known him a long time and I know he can guide me to a few more successful nights in my career. There’s some big fight news coming soon so watch this space.”
The Usual Suspects
BCB promotions return to Dudley next month.
Matt Sen and Josh Burke will renew their rivalry in a Black Country battle for the eight-round British Challenge Cruiserweight Title.
Sen has been paired with Burke for a title fight which will take place at the Venue, Dudley, on Saturday, 7th July.
Unbeaten Sen will also put his ‘0’ on the line against Burke, who has unsuccessfully challenged for the title once. He was stopped in four rounds by Dilly Singh last year.
Burke, aged 32, has additionally been beaten by Russell Henshaw and Courtney Richards on points as a pro, but has beaten Lee Jones and Rolandas Cesna over-the-distance.
Sen – full name Matthew Sennett – is, like Burke, from Wolverhampton. He’s originally from Heath Town, but now lives in Oldbury
The 30-year-old has recorded three points wins since turning over against Dmitrij Kalinovskij, Henshaw and Kevin Williams.
Six undercard bouts have been scheduled to support the main event featuring Danny Ball, Josh Miller, Connor Lee Jones, Aaron Lovell, Kirstie Bavington and debutant Daryl Pearce.
Kingswinford’s Ball will be looking a record a sixth success from six outings, in the super welterweight division where older brother Jamie is a former Midlands champion.
Dudley’s Miller is back in action after a two year absence from light heavyweight activity. ‘The Jackal,’ 24, had impressed in points results over Iain Jackson and Mark Till.
Jones, also from Dudley, will be boxing again less than a month after his pro debut. The 22-year-old lightweight outpointed Liam Richards last Saturday night.
The Lions Boxing Club graduate impressed with a whitewash four-rounds points verdict and has pedigree, having represented England as an amateur.
Brummie Lovell, from Erdington, has built up a hat-trick of points wins over Kristian Laight, Richards and Dylan Draper as a super lightweight.
Wolverhampton’s Bavington is looking to bounce back after battling to a draw on her paid bow. The 25-year-old could not be parted from the experienced Borislava Goronova.
Pearce, from Rednal in Birmingham, will end over a year of frustration with his introduction to pro boxing at welterweight.
Tickets, priced at £35 or £50 ringside with waitress service, are available by calling 07976 283 157. Alternatively, contact any of the boxers in the home corner on Facebook or visit iboxingtickets.com.
Kyle Williams picked himself up off the canvass to lift the English Bantamweight Title on Saturday evening.
The Midlands Area King wrestled the English crown from champion Thomas Essomba in an epic battle at the Willows Banqueting Suite, Willenhall.
Topping the BCB Promotions ‘Emerging Stars’ show, the 26 year-old from Wolverhampton showed guts to obtain glory against his granite-chinned opponent over ten absorbing rounds.
Williams started brightly and was easing into the fight when, with seconds to go in the opener, Essomba unloaded a left-hand bomb to the back of the challenger’s head which sent him sprawling to the canvass. Visibly shaken, Williams was saved by the bell six seconds in to a standing eight count and his corner team of Errol Johnson, Paul Mann and Taffy Evans worked wonders to ensure that he was back on steady feet at the start of the second.
Massive credit to Williams, he shook the knock down off and got back to his boxing as he executed the game plan to perfection. He went on to control the middle rounds and managed to drop his Cameroon-born opponent in the seventh. A short burst of well-placed shots saw Essomba touch the canvass, complaining of a slip. The champion, who resides in Ryhope, finished strongly as he took the fire to Williams, who stood and traded at times. At the end of an epic battle, Williams was awarded a split decision victory with Judges Howard Foster and Robert Williams both scoring the contest 93-96 Williams with Shaun Messer giving it to Essomba 96-94.
Triumphant, the fanatical Wolves supporter celebrated the win with his masses of fans. After lifting the Midlands and English Titles so far in 2018; Williams will now surely be honing in on the British Title currently occupied by Barnsley’s Josh Wale.
There was also title success for Williams’ stablemate, Lauren Johnson. ‘The Black Widow’ was crowned International Challenge Middleweight Champion with a deserved points win over Hungary’s Klaudia Vigh. Johnson used her size advantage to good effect, boxing well behind the jab to claim victory.
There were also wins for Brierly Hill debutant, Connor Lee Jones, Wolverhampton cruiserweight Antony Woolery, Swadlincote welterweight, Connor Parker, Polish welterweight Damian Kiwior and Ludlow’s IBO Continental welterweight Champion, Craig Morris.