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Kirstie Bavington In Title Contention Next Weekend

Kirstie Bavington reckons she’ll be on the ball when she challenges Cherrelle Brown for the WBC Super Lightweight International Title next weekend.

Bavington has remained fit since her last bout in March, but has waited nearly four months to step through the ropes again. She does so next Saturday, 20th July at York Hall.

Thankfully, her second sport of football has helped her to keep active, turning out for Kidderminster Harriers Ladies who won the County Cup.

She also works as a supply PE teacher at Pegasus Academy in Dudley, alongside her boxing preparations at Coops Boxing Camp in Brierley Hill.

The coaching team of Shaun Cooper, Lindon Scarlett and Ray ‘Razza’ Campbell have all brought pro experience to her corner.

She’s regularly sparring with the men in the gym, such as fellow pros Ruben Campbell and Tyler Denny. She’s also had sessions with GB female champion Omarah Taylor.

‘Bavvo’ turned over last year, but could only draw with Borislava Goranova on her paid bow, but bounced back to outpoint Elaine Greenan.

The 26-year-old welterweight scored a first TKO after Cooper and Co led her into battle, halting an overwhelmed Katarina Vistica in the second round.

That came under the Town Hall lights and she was due to be a part of the May 11 bill there, but took a match against fellow unbeaten prospect Cherelle Brown instead.

They were due to clash at the famed York Hall in London on May 25, but Brown’s withdrawal led to Bavington being left kicking her heels until it was resurrected recently. The pair will now go toe-to-toe for title honours and Bavington can’t wait.

She said: “I’ve just carried on really, I was disappointed that fights keep falling through, but I’ve kept on grafting and now I’ve got my reward.

“I only had a few days rest after my last fight then I was straight back into training twice a day. The idea was to hold the fitness from the previous camp.

“It was too easy, I was expecting more from my opponent but I was happy with the result. I could have done with her for my debut!

“I knew I was too much for her, I pressed early on for the TKO and it happened. It was light work, so I’m more than ready for another one.

“I’ve had lots of sparring, but have been out of the ring longer than I should have been. I’ve spent the time working on different techniques.

“My combinations are coming along, the sparring partners are a lot stronger than before and that has suited me well. I’m prepared for what’s ahead.

“It’s pretty old school at Coops and I’m loving it there. I’ve done a lot of strength and conditioning, too, so I’m feeling good. I’m ready for this challenge and I’m going to grasp it with both hands.”

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Posted by in News on July 9, 2019
Bumper Dudley Show to close the season!

Our upcoming Birmingham and Dudley shows have combined to form one bumper shown in Dudley on Sunday, 28th July.

Alex Florence, Connor Lee Jones, Danny Ball, James Beech, Dani Hodges, Kyle Williams, Ijaz Ahmed and Conah Walker all now feature at the Venue, Dudley.

Tickets for the lunchtime show are on sale now. To confirm the show in Birmingham on 20th July no longer takes place.

This will be our last show of the current season, so thank you for your ongoing support.

Posted by in News on July 5, 2019
Lee Glover is back in action this weekend

Lee Glover will continue his quest to make up for lost time, with just his second bout in three years. ‘The Tipton Slasher’ ended a 33-month spell on the sidelines in September.
An over-the-distance success over Dean Jones at the Town Hall made it 10 victories for the 32-year-old, having previously halted three adversaries early on.
He features on BCB Promotions’ summer offering at Walsall Town Hall, with fight night coming up this Saturday July 6. The show has been titled ‘The Heat Is On.’
Glover is eager to get back into title contention after unsuccessful English and Area Title shots in recent years.
He’s only been beaten four times, having gone twice for the English title at super feather and the Midlands crown at feather. He was also downed by Choi Tseveenpurev in Prizefighter.
“I’m back in the gym and hungry again,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “I’ve had a decent camp and I’m feeling fit and strong.
“My losses have all come against good fighters – Leigh Wood, Andy Townend, Jon Kays and Choi Tseveenpurev. I know I have the ability to get at least an Area Title so I’m hoping to push on from here.
“I’m a tough opponent for anybody as I’ve proved in my career so far. I’m just looking forward to getting back out there.”
Tyler Denny is back in action elsewhere on the Town Hall card, in his first outing since vacating the Midlands middleweight title.
Denny, from Rowley Regis, has also challenged for the English crown and is determined to land himself another meaningful opportunity.
Troi Coleman, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, is also 4-0 and all points successes. ‘The Hawk,’ a former kickboxer, still trains out of the Platinum gym in his hometown.
Sid Bowater, another Wolverhampton boxer, will lace on the gloves again, after two years out, looking to rebuild in the welterweight ranks.
Bowater vanished after conceding his ‘0’ to Nathan Hardy, after three victories. At the age of 29, there’s still time to plot a path towards success.
Amy Timlin, from Southam in Warwickshire, completes the line-up having previously debuted at bantamweight with a spotless points success over Roz Mari Silyanova.
Walsall’s Levi Ferguson and former soldier, Alex Jones, from Tiverton, complete the card.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It’s £40 for entry on the door.

21st July 2018, ‘England Expects’, Walsall Town Hall, Walsall

Levi Ferguson is of the opinion that hard work pays dividends as he looks to rack up more rounds on his learning experience.
The unbeaten Ferguson is down for a second six-rounder, having already completed the distance the last time he stepped through the ropes.
He features on BCB Promotions’ summer offering at Walsall Town Hall, with fight night coming up this Saturday July 6. The show has been titled ‘The Heat Is On.’
It heralds a return to the same venue where Ferguson has recorded all four of his successes in the paid ranks.
He made his bow in 2018, with the debut year witnessing four-round points whitewashes over Paul Cummings, Jordan Grannum and Danny Little.
February’s points verdict over Kevin McCauley was also by a landslide and saw him step up in distance, with the duration completed victoriously.
Ferguson is a regular fixture at BCB’s base in Wednesbury, sparring regularly with his stable-mates in one of the busiest gyms around.
The 24-year-old turned over with an amateur grounding, but only had a handful of bouts for his local Pleck Boxing Club.
He said: “This has been some of the best fight preparation that I’ve had, I’ve had lots of sparring and that’s been on a par with the last couple.
“I’ve been in there with anyone and everyone, so my reactions are razor sharp. I feel like I’m better suited to longer rounds.
“I can do 10 in the gym, there have been times when I’ve done 12 or 13, and that’s with fresh lads jumping in after a few rounds.
“I think I’ve got a good engine and I train at a high intensity, so fighting tends to come easy. My style is to put on pressure, so that suits me.
“I’m an aggressive counter puncher, who likes to pile on the pressure. Hard work, discipline and dedication are important in this sport.
“After this one, I’ll start looking further afield, towards belts and things of that nature, then I can start to make a proper name for myself.
“I’m always fit, I’ve realised the emphasis on training since I turned pro and perhaps I didn’t always dedicate myself like that as an amateur. I’m constantly learning and improving.
“Since I was a kid, boxing is what I’ve enjoyed and I’m buzzing to be a part of it. When you enjoy it, you look forward to that experience. It’s hard work, but worthwhile.”
Tyler Denny is back in action elsewhere on the Town Hall card, in his first outing since vacating the Midlands middleweight title.
Denny, from Rowley Regis, has also challenged for the English crown and is determined to land himself another meaningful opportunity.
Lee Glover will continue his quest to make up for lost time, with just his second bout in three years. ‘The Tipton Slasher’ ended a 33-month spell on the sidelines in September.
An over-the-distance success over Dean Jones at the Town Hall made it 10 victories for the 32-year-old, having previously halted three adversaries early on.
He’s also been beaten four times, having gone twice for the English title at super feather and the Midlands crown at feather. He was also downed by Choi Tseveenpurev in Prizefighter.
Troi Coleman, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, is also 4-0 and all points successes. ‘The Hawk,’ a former kickboxer, still trains out of the Platinum gym in his hometown.
Sid Bowater, another Wolverhampton boxer, will lace on the gloves again, after two years out, looking to rebuild in the welterweight ranks.
Bowater vanished after conceding his ‘0’ to Nathan Hardy, after three victories. At the age of 29, there’s still time to plot a path towards success.
Amy Timlin, from Southam in Warwickshire, completes the line-up having previously debuted at bantamweight with a spotless points success over Roz Mari Silyanova.
Former soldier, Alex Jones, from Tiverton, completes the card.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It’s £40 for entry on the door.

Posted by in News on July 1, 2019
Timlin Back In Action

Amy Timlin is planning to be a picture of calm the next time she’s in the ring as she looks to build on her pro debut.
Timlin is preparing to engage in a second four-round bout, after a successful introduction with a points win in May.
She features on BCB Promotions’ summer offering at Walsall Town Hall, with fight night coming up on Saturday July 6. The show has been titled ‘The Heat Is On.’
The teenage bantamweight, from Southam in Warwickshire, turned over under the same Town Hall lights with a spotless points success over Roz Mari Silyanova.
The 19-year-old bashed around the Bulgarian to the point of a 40-35 verdict, with nerves certainly not getting the better of her.
Timlin is hoping to replicate her success in kickboxing where she claimed national, British, Commonwealth, European and world titles.
She switched sports and became an amateur boxer, learning a different craft under the tutelage of Frankie Gavin at his Ringside gym in Birmingham.
She’s now one of six females on BCB’s books and is determined to make waves at 118lbs, where Shannon Courtenay could be a rival down the line.
Timlin said: “I really enjoyed my debut, there was a lot of pressure on me during fight week, because everyone expects big things, but I loved every second of it.
“My opponent was a very awkward southpaw, who made it scrappy for me as she kept holding on, but I stayed composed.
“I’ve always had a natural talent for boxing, even when I was a kickboxer. As soon as I changed sports, I was soon able to box my way through fights.
“I’m always training and sparring with the lads at the BCB gym in Wednesbury, but there are a few girls that also come down.
“Dani Hodges, Kirstie Bavington and Rachel Ball (BCB stable-mates) are usually there on Sundays, so we’re all working with and helping each other.
“My style is to be aggressive, I love coming forward but I can work out on the outside, so I can switch my game-plan when I need to.
“I’m more settled now, I’ve got my debut out of the way and I’ve been focused on my training, so I’m more confident in myself for next time.
“I’ve got big ambitions, I want to win English and British titles and, one day, become a world champion. That’s what I’m aiming for.
“There’s not that many girls around in the bantamweight division, so it can be kind of tricky to get matched up.
“There is some good opposition out there, though, such as Shannon Courtenay. She’s been on television and a name that is definitely one for me, in the future.”
Tyler Denny is back in action elsewhere on the Town Hall card, in his first outing since vacating the Midlands middleweight title.
Denny, from Rowley Regis, has also challenged for the English crown and is determined to land himself another meaningful opportunity.
‘Ruthless’ will be looking to build on his 11 wins, with still just the one defeat and two draws on his pro record.
Lee Glover will continue his quest to make up for lost time, with just his second bout in three years. ‘The Tipton Slasher’ ended a 33-month spell on the sidelines in September.
An over-the-distance success over Dean Jones at the Town Hall made it 10 victories for the 32-year-old, having previously halted three adversaries early on.
He’s also been beaten four times, having gone twice for the English title at super feather and the Midlands crown at feather. He was also downed by Choi Tseveenpurev in Prizefighter.
Levi Ferguson is Walsall born and bred and is unbeaten after four pro contests, as a super welter, having already gone six rounds.
Troi Coleman, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, is also 4-0 and all points successes. ‘The Hawk,’ a former kickboxer, still trains out of the Platinum gym in his hometown.
Sid Bowater, another Wolverhampton boxer, will lace on the gloves again, after two years out, looking to rebuild in the welterweight ranks.
Bowater vanished after conceding his ‘0’ to Nathan Hardy, after three victories. At the age of 29, there’s still time to plot a path towards success.
Tiverton’s Alex Jones makes his debut. The former soldier completes the card.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It’s £40 for entry on the door.

Jones Turning Over

Former soldier Alex Jones can’t wait to step into the frontline when he turn professional next weekend.
The Tiverton boxer will make his debut on BCB Promotions’ summer offering at Walsall Town Hall, with fight night coming up on Saturday July 6. The show has been titled ‘The Heat Is On.’
Jones started boxing at 13 and went on to represent Tiverton ABC before joining the army at 18.
After seeing active service in Iraq and Kenya, after 5 years, the 23 year-old left the Forces in May of this year and immediately turned pro under the watchful eye of Plympton-based trainer, Carl Robson.
“I’m very excited to make my professional debut,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “I have been saying for last couple years it’s something I’m going to do and to be doing it finally I’m over the moon.
“I’m from an army background, I was deployed to Iraq and Kenya, but the boxing is something I’ve always wanted to do since being a kid.
“Training has gone really well, really enjoying working with Carl he is a top bloke who really knows his stuff, we get on really well and have a laugh in the gym. It’s a really good place to be.
“People have said in the past that I’m never in a bad fight, I’d like to think that won’t change. As a British fighter I think the goal should be the Lord Lonsdale belt but I’ll take it one fight at a time and see what happens.”
Tyler Denny is back in action elsewhere on the Town Hall card, in his first outing since vacating the Midlands middleweight title.
Denny, from Rowley Regis, has also challenged for the English crown and is determined to land himself another meaningful opportunity.
‘Ruthless’ will be looking to build on his 11 wins, with still just the one defeat and two draws on his pro record.
Lee Glover will continue his quest to make up for lost time, with just his second bout in three years. ‘The Tipton Slasher’ ended a 33-month spell on the sidelines in September.
An over-the-distance success over Dean Jones at the Town Hall made it 10 victories for the 32-year-old, having previously halted three adversaries early on.
He’s also been beaten four times, having gone twice for the English title at super feather and the Midlands crown at feather. He was also downed by Choi Tseveenpurev in Prizefighter.
Levi Ferguson is Walsall born and bred and is unbeaten after four pro contests, as a super welter, having already gone six rounds.
Troi Coleman, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, is also 4-0 and all points successes. ‘The Hawk,’ a former kickboxer, still trains out of the Platinum gym in his hometown.
Sid Bowater, another Wolverhampton boxer, will lace on the gloves again, after two years out, looking to rebuild in the welterweight ranks.
Bowater vanished after conceding his ‘0’ to Nathan Hardy, after three victories. At the age of 29, there’s still time to plot a path towards success.
Southam’s Amy Tinlin completes the bill.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It’s £40 for entry on the door.

23rd Sept 2018, Tyler Denny vs Reece Cartwright Fight Night at Walsall Town Hall,

Tyler Denny believes ramping up the rounds could be a dress rehearsal for bigger things as he chases more battles for belts.
The former Midlands middleweight champion and English title challenger is determined to build a path towards further opportunities.
He first headlines BCB Promotions’ summer offering at Walsall Town Hall, with fight night coming up on Saturday July 6. The show has been titled ‘The Heat Is On.’
‘Ruthless’ is scheduled to top the bill in an eight-rounder against Serge Ambomo, who is Sheffield based but highly ranked in his homeland of Cameroon.
Ambomo has seen the final bell with the likes of JJ Metcalf, Ekow Essuman, Mark Heffron and even former WBA world champion boss David Avanesyan.
Denny will have turned 28, four days before he steps through the ropes, and remains ambitious about his future in the sport.
The southpaw, from Rowley Regis, immediately looks to build on his 11 wins, with still just the one defeat and two draws on his pro record.
He outpointed Tom Stokes in 2017 to claim the area crown, which he recently relinquished without ever making a defence.
That earned him a crack at the vacant English strap last year, but he would lose his ‘0’ to Reece Cartwright in painful fashion under the Town Hall lights.
Denny sustained a horrific split lip and substantial swelling by his right eye, but kept on fighting until he was medically withdrawn.
As the injuries were ruled to be caused by punches, it was ruled an eighth round TKO. Denny has bounced back with two points victories since.
His training regime has again taken him to Tenerife, where soaring temperatures have proved the ideal backdrop for him to put in the hard yards.
He said: “I love it out there, it’s a different experience training in warm weather and this is the second camp in a row that I’ve done it.
“I didn’t actually get much sparring, I just missed Metcalf (now a Commonwealth champion) and Scott Fitzgerald (WBA International title challenger).
“I don’t actually go for that, it’s the altitude runs in the mountains that really do it for me. I’m feeling mega fit and ready to go.
“I’m expecting a tough opponent and perhaps it will go the distance, but I’ve proved I can do it on more than one occasion.
“I’m a boxer, but I can have a scrap if I need to, so we’ll see what happens. My target is just to win convincingly and look good doing it.
“The original plan was to fight for an international title on this show, with one of the world’s governing bodies, but that never came off.
“I’m not really bothered about going for the Midlands again, I’ve been there, done it and won it. I’ve given it up and that’s that.
“I’m hoping the English will come up for grabs again, Cartwright never ended up defending it and Jack Cullen has it now.
“Cullen is going for the Commonwealth (with Felix Cash) the same night I’m next out and he’ll probably have to vacate the English, if he wins.
“All I want are meaningful fights, I’d even be up for boxing away. I’ve never really done that before and it would be a good trip for me and my fans.”
Lee Glover will continue his quest to make up for lost time, with just his second bout in three years. ‘The Tipton Slasher’ ended a 33-month spell on the sidelines in September.
An over-the-distance success over Dean Jones at the Town Hall made it 10 victories for the 32-year-old, having previously halted three adversaries early on.
He’s also been beaten four times, having gone twice for the English title at super feather and the Midlands crown at feather. He was also downed by Choi Tseveenpurev in Prizefighter.
Levi Ferguson is Walsall born and bred and is unbeaten after four pro contests, as a super welter, having already gone six rounds.
Troi Coleman, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, is also 4-0 and all points successes. ‘The Hawk,’ a former kickboxer, still trains out of the Platinum gym in his hometown.
Sid Bowater, another Wolverhampton boxer, will lace on the gloves again, after two years out, looking to rebuild in the welterweight ranks.
Bowater vanished after conceding his ‘0’ to Nathan Hardy, after three victories. At the age of 29, there’s still time to plot a path towards success.
Amy Timlin, from Southam in Warwickshire, completes the line-up having previously debuted at bantamweight with a spotless points success over Roz Mari Silyanova.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It’s £40 for entry on the door.

Bowater wants that winning feeling once more

Sid Bowater will end a two-year exile from pro boxing determined to right what he feels were the wrongs of his last experience.

It’s taken quite some time for Bowater to pledge his future to the sweet science again, after losing his unbeaten status.

He now returns on BCB Promotions’ summer offering at Walsall Town Hall, with fight night coming up on Saturday July 6. The show has been titled ‘The Heat Is On.’

It was April 2017 when the 29-year-old welterweight, from Wolverhampton, last stepped through the ropes for a bout against Nathan Hardy.

A shock defeat ensued against the unheralded Hardy, after four rounds, in a 39-38 points decision Bowater felt was unfair and unjust.

He’d previously got to 3-0 and shown promise in those three outings, outpointing Ali Wyatt on his 2015 debut.

A first knockout followed when he flattened Dwayne Sheldon with a right hand over the top and a second points whitewash, this time over Kevin McCauley, also came in 2016.

He was managed by Kellie Maloney, before his spell under the sidelines, but has returned to the BCB stable with Errol Johnson and Paul Mann coaching him.

Sparring with the likes of British middleweight champion Jason Welborn has got him ready for fight night, with Bowater eyeing his own glories going forward.

He said: “I’ve seen journeymen run rings around prospects before and not get the decision, but that’s not what happened. I thought I boxed his head off.

“I’d cut him by the eye in the first round and beat him up a fair old bit, he did catch me with good shots and I might have given him the last round, but I shouldn’t have lost.

“He looked shocked to have won, everyone was booing and I’d dedicated eight weeks of my life training for that. It put me off fighting again, I have to be honest.

“I could have tried to bounce straight back but, with the time off, I know what I want now. It’s titles and to collect as many belts as I can.

“I’d rate myself as 80 per cent over it now, I won’t be 100 per cent until I’ve got in there and I’m back to winning ways. That will happen on July 6.

“This is sort of my last chance in boxing, I’m back with Errol and Paul now so the camp has been second to none, as per usual.

“I’m not looking to mess around climbing the ladder, I’m going to push towards getting the best opportunities as soon as I can.

“You can spar as much as you want, but nothing really replaces being in the ring. I’m expecting a bit of rust, but that will soon go and I’ll get into my rhythm.

“I just want to get the victory and to show people that I’m back. I’m determined to impress and put on a good performance.”

Tyler Denny is back in action elsewhere on the Town Hall card, in his first outing since vacating the Midlands middleweight title.

Denny, from Rowley Regis, has also challenged for the English crown and is determined to land himself another meaningful opportunity.

‘Ruthless’ will be looking to build on his 11 wins, with still just the one defeat and two draws on his pro record.

James Beech Jr has relinquished the area strap at super feather, as he’s looking to come down to a super bantam.

The second-generation fighter makes the short trip from nearby Bloxwich, featuring in the paid ranks for a 10th time after nine wins, with three stoppages.

He’s the son of Jimmy Beech, who featured 31 times as a pro at lightweight between 1999 and 2008. He’s a graduate of Pleck Boxing Club, who he featured for 80 times with 50 wins.

Lee Glover will continue his quest to make up for lost time, with just his second bout in three years. ‘The Tipton Slasher’ ended a 33-month spell on the sidelines in September.

An over-the-distance success over Dean Jones at the Town Hall made it 10 victories for the 32-year-old, having previously halted three adversaries early on.

He’s also been beaten four times, having gone twice for the English title at super feather and the Midlands crown at feather. He was also downed by Choi Tseveenpurev in Prizefighter.

Levi Ferguson is Walsall born and bred and is unbeaten after four pro contests, as a super welter, having already gone six rounds.

Troi Coleman, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, is also 4-0 and all points successes. ‘The Hawk,’ a former kickboxer, still trains out of the Platinum gym in his hometown.

Black Country girl Kirstie Bavington, from Wolverhampton, is gathering some momentum since joining up with coach Shaun Cooper at Coops Boxing Camp in Brierley Hill.

‘Bavvo’ could only draw with Borislava Goranova on her paid bow at welter, but has since outpointed Elaine Greenan and halted Katarina Vistica in two.

Amy Timlin, from Southam in Warwickshire, completes the line-up having previously debuted at bantamweight with a spotless points success over Roz Mari Silyanova.

Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It’s £40 for entry on the door.

Image (c) Mark Jones Photography

Go Time For Showtime

Sean Davis travels to Doncaster to challenge for English honours this evening..

The likeable Brummie steps up to featherweight to challenge unbeaten Reece Mould for the vacant English strap. The bout, on VIP Promotions’ show in Doncaster, was originally slated for March but injury ruled Mould out.

 “The fight is very important to me because it give me a platform to move up to major domestic titles,” Davis told bcb-promotions.com. “I’m at a cross roads in my career now and another loss at title level would be a bitter pill to swallow.

“I don’t know much about Reece except what little bits I’ve seen and heard. He is a good, solid, well schooled fighter so I’m doing the work ready for a hard night. My trainer, Shaun Cogan, has been putting a plan together and I’m very happy with what we are doing.

“The extra camp means I’m hungrier and fitter than ever. I’ve also enjoyed World Class sparring as part of Kid Galahad’s camp for his fight with Josh Warrington so I’m in great shape.

“I’ve sparred much bigger guys which has developed my strength ready for the move up to feather which I feel a lot more comfortable at. The last four pound would kill me a super bantamweight and now I don’t have to do that I’m certain I will carry my strength into the fight.

“I can’t wait. Thanks to BCB and big thank you to my sponsors D & S Brickwork Ltd and Unibox boxing ring hire for all their help. I’m bringing that belt back to Birmingham.”

Davis and Mould meet at Doncaster Racecourse this evening. The show will be streamed live via VIP Promotions.

Tom Stokes ready for Area Title Action on Friday

Tom Stokes will be determined to make the most of an unexpected second chance at the Midlands middleweight title tonight.

He has been called up to co-challenge with Nathan Heaney for the vacant crown, which has been relinquished by Tyler Denny.

It was Denny who outpointed Stokes in September 2017 to claim the strap, which he never ended up defending.

Hometown hero Heaney was due to take on Ryan Aston, who has pulled out. They were set to headline BCB Promotions’ show at King’s Hall, in Stoke-on-Trent, on Friday June 21.

Stokes, from West Bromwich, will now step in and take Aston’s place in the main event, with unbeaten Heaney standing between him and glory.

Heaney is Stoke born and bred and has raced to 6-0, with two stoppages, the last success coming over former Gennady Golovkin opponent Daniel Urbanski over eight rounds.

Stokes is also on the back of a win, though, and was already due to feature on the King’s Hall card in a keep-busy contest.

It will come 27 days after Stokes beat Chris Blaney, one of Ricky Hatton’s proteges, on points when they were a part of the BCB show at the Deco in Northampton.

He became only the second man to beat Blaney, who has been lined up for a shot at the Irish title, in outpointing him by a round, recording a 58-57 result.

Pro fight No 13 certainly wasn’t unlucky for Stokes, who improved his ledger to 11 victories with two in a row since back-to-back disappointments.

He racked up eight points successes and a maiden TKO, over Paul Hilz, before defeats to Denny and Nicky Jenman, the latter his only stoppage loss.

He’s rebuilt by vanquishing Lewis van Poetsch and Blaney on points and has now been handed a golden opportunity at the top of the bill.

Stokes said: “I was over the moon with my last win, I got a text with two weeks notice asking if I fancied it and I’d seen Blaney box before.

“It looked like a good 50-50, on paper, and it turned out to be close, so it was nice to have something go my way.

“I had nothing to lose, so I went for it and the gamble paid off. It was a bit scrappy, he was trying to be awkward and tie me up.

“I think he was trying to get his own shots off and then smother my work, but I kept going and felt like I deserved to get it.

“I’d seen him gas, in what I’d watched, so I was pretty confident that I could outwork him, even though I was only about 80 per cent fit.

“I had a couple of days off, after the fight, and then I was straight back on it. I’ll be 100 per cent by the time I get to Stoke and I want to take this shot with both hands.”

Tickets are £40 on the door from 6.00pm.