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Posted by in News on September 20, 2019

Rachel Ball is back in action next weekend

Rachel Ball hopes to be back in title action sooner rather than later as she looks to bounce back from a first career loss.

The former kickboxer, from Aldridge, won titles in that calling and is targeting major belts after switching sports.

Last time out she lost a paper-then decision against unbeaten Katharina Thanderz in the Norwegian’s homeland but is back in more familiar surroundings this evening as she looks to make a return to winning ways.

“I may have lost in Norway but the moment I stepped out the ring I had messages on my phone of support which continued for days after so I’ve put that to bed now,” she explained to bcb-promotions.com. “I’ve had a lot of great feedback about the fight and gained a lot of respect. Even the day after my fight I was eating in the hotel with Norwegians coming up to me saying I should have won and that I did really well. Winning over the home crowd is really something.

“Since that fight I’ve done a half marathon, marathon and triathlon over the summer to keep me fit physically and mentally.”

Ball, who is still heavily involved at the Trojan Martial Arts Academy in Brownhills under the tutelage of chief instructor Gavin Burrows and her partner Todd Harrison, will drop down to super bantamweight this evening as she looks to compete for titles at a new weight.

“I’m really looking forward to fighting in Walsall again” she added. “More than anything I want to showcase how much I’ve developed. My last fight in Walsall won fight of the year so my fans expect a lot from me.

“This is my first pro fight at super bantamweight which is a lot lighter than my last fight so I want a stoppage. Hopefully this fight will get me ready for a title fight home or away we’ll be ready.”

Halesowen super middleweight, Lennox Clarke, Birmingham middleweight, Andrew Robinson, Telford super bantamweight, Liam Davies, and Dudley super lightweight, Ruben Campbell, are joined by three debutants in the home corner with Owen Cooper, Dylan Norman and Kashif Khan making their pro bow.

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.

Nathan Heaney is back in action next month

Nathan Heaney is still expecting fireworks despite his Midlands title not being on the line when he returns to action.

Heaney will engage in an international 10-rounder on his own turf, with the well-travelled Wilmer Gonzalez lined up as opposition.

The home favourite headlines BCB Promotions’ next bill at King’s Hall in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday October 12. The show has been called ‘Stokin The Fire.’

The area middleweight champion was set to defend his crown against Josh Groombridge, only for the challenger to withdraw.

Heaney claimed the belt at the same venue, battling past the spirited Tom Stokes to claim the vacant strap on points.

Referee Kevin Parker scored the contest 96-94, a difference of two rounds in favour of Heaney, who remained unbeaten.

‘The Hitman’ has notched seven victories from seven pro outings, with two TKOs, and will be determined to keep up his winning streak.

His predecessor as Midlands boss, Tyler Denny, and Kelcie Ball were not in a position to replace Groombridge and battle for the belt on fight night.

Heaney wants a crack at national level next, with the English crown in his thoughts and a potential away day for his supporters.

He said: “I’m disappointed not to be boxing for the Midlands title, I announced the fight on the pitch at Stoke (City Football Club) and then, a week later, it was off.

“I was expecting it, really, I was more surprised that Groombridge took it in the first place. We’d sparred before and I looked decent against him in that.

“I had the same feeling about Ryan Aston (original opponent before Stokes was called up) and it happened again.

“We get it lined up, but when it dawns on them that it’s going to be a tough night, on an away show, they seem to pull out.

“There wasn’t anybody else available to box for the Midlands title, Kelcie Ball wasn’t available and Tyler Denny was injured, so this is where we are at.

“It should still be a good night, I’ve sold a lot of tickets and you can bet my fans will make a lot of noise at King’s Hall, as they always do.

“I’d love a crack at the English title, Jack Flatley is the champion and has defended it but he might vacate, because he’s got a shot at the Commonwealth.

“Down the line, I’m looking to get on an under-card for a televised show, to get my ‘Stokeys’ on the big stage. I’m hoping to be out one more time by the end of the year.

“The atmosphere they’ve created in Stoke is the best I’ve seen at a small hall in the country. I’m going to stick it on my opponent and put on a show for them.

“I’ve got what promoters want. I put the graft in, I’ve come through a good test and built up a loyal following. I’m only going to get better.”

Three fellow fighters from Stoke appear on the under-card with Atal Khan, Cole Johnson, Luke Caci all scheduled for the home corner.

Khan, Johnson and Caci are all graduates from Orme Boxing Club, with unblemished pro records to protect.

Super lightweight Khan debuted in April, recording a 40-37 points success over the vastly-experienced Ibrar Riyaz.

Lightweight prospect Johnson is targeting a quartet of paid victories, after recording three points victories starting with his debut last year.

He hasn’t conceded a round so far as a pro and has a good grounding, having become a national titleist as an amateur.

Johnson claimed England Senior Development honours in 2017 and wants to build a path towards further accolades.

Luke Caci, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, is another product of the Orme gym in action and is unbeaten himself, with eight wins to his credit.

The 29-year-old is maneuvering his way down to the super middleweight division, having boxed mostly at light heavy so far.

Caci scored his maiden stoppage last time out, halting Bryn Wain in the fifth of six rounds after dropping him with a right hand.

Troi Coleman, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, is 5-0 and all points successes, the last over Midlands title challenger Owen Jobburn.

‘The Hawk,’ a former kickboxer, still trains out of the Platinum gym in his hometown. He’s mainly performed at super middle so far.

Connor Lee Jones aims to extend his unbeaten start in the lightweight ranks, after racking up four spotless points verdicts.

Jones was an England international, as a junior amateur, and has since vanquished experienced foes in Liam Richards, Kristian Laight, Riyaz and Dean Jones.

Amy Timlin, from Southam in Warwickshire, completes the line-up at bantamweight, having previously scored points whitewashes over Roz Mari Silyanova and Sonia Klos.

She’s hoping to replicate her success in kickboxing where she claimed national, British, Commonwealth, European and world honours.

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Posted by in News on September 18, 2019
Rob Hunt is hoping to get his hand raised on Saturday evening….

Rob Hunt is hoping to upset the odds this weekend as he goes in search of the IBF Continental Welterweight Title.

The Stafford boxer (26-5-2) travels to the Magna Centre, Rotherham, to take on hot prospect Anthony Tomlinson (10-0) for the vacant strap.

Sheffield’s Tomlinson, the current Central Are Champion, has made an unbeaten start to life in the paid ranks but Hunt is hoping his experience will give him the edge when the pair clash on Saturday evening.

“I know he’s strong and has had a good start to his professional career,” Hunt told bcb-promotions.com. “That said, I’ve had a full camp for this one and am confident.

“My win this year was just to keep the ring rust off, I got the phone call for this fight straight after which was perfect timing. I’ve had a hard 12 week camp and feel the fittest – physically and mentally – I’ve ever been.

Having this opportunity to fight for such a big title means the world to me. Anthony is a tough test but I’m hoping my experience and fitness will see me through.

“For all family and friends who have brought tickets to come and support me I would to say a big ‘thank you’. I’ll be doing my all to bring that belt back to Stafford.”

Kelcie Ball with trainer, Shaun Cogan

Kelcie Ball is confident of bursting Denzel Bentley’s bubble when the pair clash at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday evening.

The Tamworth boxer steps in with the 10-0 prospect over eight rounds knowing that a victory can propel him back into title contention.

Ball, 10-1, has moved up to middleweight following his solitary career loss last year and is confident of upsetting Londoner Bentley on his hometurf.

“I’m feeling fit and ready to go,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “It is certainly a dangerous fight, he’s had 10 wins out of 10 and eight of them have been by stoppage. I’m not going to be in there for a move around though, or to make him look good like the others may have.

“I’ll be in his face and fighting fire with fire if that’s what he brings. It can certainly boost me right back up rankings and get me more big fights and big pay days, so it’s a big fight for us both.

“You could argue he’s my toughest opponent to date but it is close between him and Ryan Kelly whereas I’m definitely his toughest test so far. Let’s see how he gets on.

“I have no pressure on me for this fight. No fans to please, no tickets to sell; I’ve just got turn up and do my thing. The pressure is on him and we will see how he deals with it.”

‘Cannon’ has been sparring Sam Eggington in preparation to Friday’s fight night, which is promoted by Frank Warren and is headlined by Daniel Dubois’ Commonwealth Hevayweight Title clash with Ebenezer Tetteh. Eggington, a former Commonwealth and British Champion, travel to Italy to challenge for the IBF International Super Welterweight Title.

Ball believes that experience will stand him in good stead this weekend.

“Sparring with Sam is great preparation,” he added. “He’s a tough, come forward fighter who can bang. He’s operated at a high level and that sparring, along with the work put in with my trainer, Shaun Cogan at Smokin Joe’s, will stand me in good stead.

“I’ve been in there with better opposition and I have been sparring with better, more experienced lads, so I don’t fear what Denzel brings.

“Camp has gone great up to now and I’m ready for whatever comes my way on Friday.”

Liam Davies in action this month

Liam Davies reckons he’ll be ready for title tests after making the step up to six rounds for the first time later this month.

The unbeaten super bantamweight will be in action for a fifth time, in just 10 months, since turning pro last December.

He features on BCB Promotions’ show at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday September 28. The bill is titled ‘Britain Awaits.’

He’s been paired with Jose Aguilar, a busy Nicaraguan based in Spain who won his homeland’s national crown early on in his pro career.

Davies, from Donnington in Telford, has sampled notable glory himself during his amateur run, where he racked up exactly 100 contests.

He recorded 78 wins and represented England at youth level, becoming a 2010 Schoolboys champion in the process.

The second generation fighter is the son of ex-pro Tristan Davies and represented his father’s Donnington Boxing Club in the unpaid ranks.

His dad made 15 appearances in the pro games, between 2004 and 2009, and won the Midlands lightweight crown.

The younger Davies is trying to build a similar path and has shown power over his four wins, with his maiden TKO already recorded.

All three of his other opponents have visited the floor but saw the final bell, the latest being Edward Bjorklund three months ago.

Bjorklund looked a more imposing figure, but was decked twice and grimly clung on to see the finish, losing by a 40-34 scoreline on points.

Davies’ first pro stoppage came on the back of that, where a peach of a left hook dumped Pablo Narvaez on the canvas, a blow which led to an early finish in the second round.

Stefan Slavchev was also felled on a couple of occasions, with his opponent relieved to see the end after using his guile to get there.

He turned over by outpointing busy Georgian Khvicha Gigolashvili by 40-36 points whitewash and has been on a roll ever since.

Davies said: “I’ve been ticking over for ages really, I haven’t boxed since April and I haven’t had much of a break from training since then.

“This is a step up and a little test for me, if I get a six-rounder and five wins under my belt, I should be able to go for the Midlands title.

“The belts at bantam and super bantam are vacant, so I could see it happening before the end of the year. After this, I’ll be ready for 10 rounds.

“I don’t need to go the distance, I just need to be down for six. I’m happy to get the rounds in, but I’ll put the pressure on and see if I can get him out of there.

“It’s always the plan to win and look good doing it, he’s a bit awkward and doesn’t get stopped often so I’ll have to perform.

“This is where I leave the four-rounders behind, I’ve breezed through a couple of them thinking I could go a bit longer.

“I’ve never done six before, so it’s a bit of a voyage into the unknown, but I’ve been doing eight rounds sparring, so I’ll be as ready as I can be.”

Two men knocking on the door of British title contention are both in action elsewhere on the Town Hall offering.

Lennox Clarke, from Halesowen, has been put forward to contest the vacant British middleweight crown with Commonwealth champion Lerrone Richards.

Andrew Robinson, a Redditch-based Brummie, has been selected to oppose British middleweight boss Liam Williams.

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.

Sid Bowater fights in his Home City next month

Sid Bowater is looking to “push on” as he looks to ramp up his return with a first pro outing in his home city.

Bowater ended a two-year exile from the ring in July and now undertakes his second fight assignment of 2019.

He features on BCB Promotions’ show at the Hangar Events Centre, in Wolverhampton, on Friday October 18. The show has been titled ‘We Are Wolves.’

The 29-year-old welterweight, from Wednesfield, last scored a 40-36 points whitewash over ‘Fonz’ Alexander Anderson to resume his pro career.

His previous action came back in April 2017 with a shock defeat against the unheralded Nathan Hardy, after four rounds, in a 39-38 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, Paul Mann, Matt Sturgess and Ben Wilkes coaching him.

Bowater has seen the benefits in his development and his determined to make his sixth pro bout one of the best.

He said: “I’ve always wanted to box in Wolverhampton and this is the first time I’ve had the chance to do so, as a pro. I’m buzzing about it.

“My last fight was a bit of a confidence booster, I’d been out of the ring for so long and it was good to get the rounds in, but I could have got him out of there a couple of times.

“I thought that I put my punches together well and used my jab, I operated at a decent pace and didn’t struggle, so I was reasonably pleased.

“I’ll be sharper with my next performance, my combinations and reactions will be better now that I’ve got the rust off.

“I’ve been working hard in the gym, I’m getting my shots off regularly and moving my head a lot more, taking my time and not rushing when I’m sparring.

“I’m expecting another step up and I can’t look past that, but I want titles. I’m 29 now and I can’t hang around forever.

“I’m looking to really push on, I realise everyone has to learn their craft but I had 42 amateur fights, with 36 wins, so it’s not like I haven’t had a grounding.

“I’m determined to become a champion as a pro, that’s why I’ve come back to it and you can expect big things from me in the future.”

The main event will see Wolverhampton’s Kyle Williams, a former Midlands and British bantamweight champion and British title challenger, battle for a belt again.

Williams, from Whitmore Reans, will go up against Scotsman Gary Rae for the vacant WBO European bauble over 10 rounds. He’s recorded 11 wins, with three stoppages, from 12 bouts ahead of his clash with Rae, who has nine wins (two TKOs) and one defeat.

A stacked under-card is expected to produce another seven contests, with all but one in the home corner Wolverhampton based.

Conah Walker will have the legendary Ricky Hatton in his corner, as he looks to get back to winning ways at welter after a draw last time out.

Walker and the also unbeaten Ohio Kain Iremiren played out a six-round stalemate, referee Kevin Parker scoring the bout 57-57.

‘The Wolf’ remains after six pro outings, with five wins and two stoppages previously recorded, having graduated from Merridale Boxing Club.

Antony Woolery, of Deansfield, was last a part of the Ultimate Boxxer tournament, which was staged at cruiser, in July.

‘The Bull’ climbed off the floor in the first round of the Prizefighter type event to push Mikael Lawal, who won the competition, to a majority decision defeat.

It was only the third time Woolery has been in a paid ring, bouncing back from losing on his debut to Dmitrij Kalinovskij to vanquish Remigijus Ziausys, both on points.

Lightweight Clayton Bricknell will be determined to bounce back, after he was outpointed by Tion Gibbs in six-round action last time out.

Bricknell began his pro career with points results over Jamie Quinn and Dylan Draper, before recording a technical draw with Youssef Al Hamidi after his opponent injured himself.

Kirstie Bavington previously contested the WBC International Female super lightweight title with Cherrelle Brown in July.

‘Bavvo’ gamely battled to the end of 10 rounds, but came up short on the scorecards. She’d previously registered two wins (one TKO) and a debut draw.

Southpaw Lauren Johnson will lace on the gloves for the first time in 14 months and is going up a weight to super welter.

‘The Black Widow’ returns after claiming the eight-round British Challenge strap in her previous outing, by making it a hat-trick of paid points results.

James Beech Jr, from Bloxwich, is a former Midlands super featherweight champion and never lost the title in the ring.

‘Beech’ relinquished the area strap at super feather, as part of a plan to come down to super bantam. He’s downed Jake Pollard in a featherweight affair since.

Middleweights Shaka Thompson (Birmingham) and Ashlee Eales (Nuneaton) have recently been added to the stacked card.
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Amateur Star Turns Over

Owen Cooper resumes a long-term plan to prove himself as the best of British when he makes his pro debut later this month.

Worcester’s Cooper turns over and joins the welterweight division, with Malcolm Melvin training him ahead of the switch.

He features on BCB Promotions’ show at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday September 28.

The teenage prospect, who turns 19 just 11 days before his next ring assignment, has previously sampled success from a stellar amateur career.

He became an England Youth national champion last year, before stepping up to the seniors for the 2019 England Elite competition.

Cooper scored a unanimous points result over Youness Baati, who has featured for Morocco Atlas Lions in the World Series of Boxing.

Second seed Elliott Whale ended his run in the national quarter-finals, squeezing past him on a split decision.

Cooper has also represented England on four occasions, recording three wins for his country, and secured silver when competing in the GB Championships.

His amateur ledger finished on 41 outings, with 32 wins, including 17 successes over fellow national champions. He represented his hometown outfit, Worcester City Boxing Club.

His preparations for the pros have seen him spar with BCB stable-mates Sid Bowater and Levi Ferguson, plus fellow former amateur star Tommy Collins.

Cooper is planning to hit the heights that eluded him in the unpaid ranks, where he consistently pitted himself against his rivals.

He said: “I did well as an amateur, even after winning the national title. I only went out of the Elites on a split and I beat the Moroccan lad unanimously.

“I boxed a few times for England, but I never really felt like my face fit. I would always do well in sparring, but it never seemed to get me anywhere.

“It would have been a long time to wait before the Elites came around again, so I’ve decided to take the plunge and turn pro.

“Sparring with the pros is a different level, I’ve found that the pace is slower and you get hit harder. I’ve soaked it all up and got used to it.

“I beat some good opponents, as an amateur, and I don’t see why I can’t do the same as a pro. My aim is the British title, I would be living the dream from there.

“I won silver in the GB Championships, but I never got to nail down the No 1 spot domestically and that’s still something I want to do.

“It’s exciting to make my debut and, as soon as the bell goes, the nerves will go out of the window and I’ll do what I do.

“My coach calls me ‘Classy Cooper,’ because I can box on the back-foot and mix it up. I won’t give up and I’ll have a fight with anyone.”

Two men knocking on the door of British title contention are both in action elsewhere on the Town Hall offering.

Lennox Clarke, from Halesowen, has been put forward to contest the vacant British middleweight crown with Commonwealth champion Lerrone Richards.

Clarke sees his first action of 2019, having previously held the IBO Continental bauble and was previously mandated to challenge for the English strap.

‘Dangerous’ steps into a pro ring for the 20th time, with 19 victories and no defeats. He’s demonstrated power with seven TKOs, five of those inside a round.

Andrew Robinson, a Redditch-based Brummie, has been selected to oppose British middleweight boss Liam Williams.

The 34-year-old veteran is determined to add to Midlands and IBO Continental belts after racking up 28 pro bouts, with 23 wins.

His finest hour so far came last time out, in April, when ‘D’Animal’ went over to Poland and handed Damian Jonak his first defeat, with his opponent unbeaten after 42 pro contests.

Liam Davies, of Donnington in Telford, resumes his efforts in the super bantamweight division still inside his first year since turning over.

The second generation fighter has shown power over his four wins and already has his maiden TKO, with two other opponents also visiting the floor but seeing the final bell.

The son of former Midlands champion Tristan Davies previously racked up 100 amateur contests, for his father’s Donnington Boxing Club, and boxed for England.

Dudley’s Ruben Campbell is preparing to lace on the gloves again, after outpointing Matt ‘MJ’ Hall on his pro introduction in May.

Another second-generation boxer, Campbell is planning to campaign as a super lightweight, the same ranks where his dad Ray ‘Raza’ Campbell featured in the early 1990s.

Rachel Ball, from nearby Aldridge, returns six months on from her own trip overseas to extend former European featherweight champion Katharina Thanderz to the distance.

That loss came in Norway came after four points successes, with Ball looking to bounce back after getting an eight-rounder under her belt.
Two more debutants complete the presence in the home corner, with Dylan Norman and Kashif Khan others to make their pro bow.

Norman, Birmingham born but living in Knowle, is a super lightweight who is looking to learn fast, after just nine bouts of amateur experience.

He’s also 19 and boxed for West Warks Boxing Club and Frankie Gavin’s Ringside Gym when he did compete.

Fellow super lightweight Khan is Walsall born and bred and graduates from Wednesbury Boxing Club, where his grounding began.

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Now Craig’s exclusive notes on Bar Sport’s after-dinner speakers put you right in the room. Every chapter is packed with the unique stories and inside information beloved of boxing aficionados. Foreword by Richie Woodhall, former WBC super-middleweight world champion. Read Tales from the Top Table and you will discover:

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· How Ken Buchanan went from hero to zero before his redemption

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Lennox Clarke back in action

British Title hopefuls Lennox Clarke and Andrew Robinson top BCB Promotions’ latest show at Walsall Town Hall.

Clarke, from Halesowen, has been put forward to contest the vacant British Super Middleweight crown with Commonwealth champion Lerrone Richards. Clarke sees his first action of 2019, having previously held the IBO Continental bauble and was previously mandated to challenge for the English strap.

The duo, both in mandatory position for the Lord Lonsdale belt at their respective weights, will appear on Saturday, 28th September.

‘Dangerous’ steps into a pro ring for the 20th time, with 19 victories and no defeats. He’s demonstrated power with seven TKOs, five of those inside a round.

Robinson, a Redditch-based Brummie, has been selected to oppose British middleweight boss Liam Williams.

The 34-year-old veteran is determined to add to Midlands and IBO Continental belts after racking up 28 pro bouts, with 23 wins.

His finest hour so far came last time out, in April, when ‘D’Animal’ went over to Poland and handed Damian Jonak his first defeat, with his opponent unbeaten after 42 pro contests.

A host of prospects feature on the undercard.

Liam Davies, of Donnington in Telford, resumes his efforts in the super bantamweight division still inside his first year since turning over.

The second generation fighter has shown power over his four wins and already has his maiden TKO, with two other opponents also visiting the floor but seeing the final bell.

The son of former Midlands champion Tristan Davies previously racked up 100 amateur contests, for his father’s Donnington Boxing Club, and boxed for England.

Rachel Ball, from nearby Aldridge, returns six months on from her own trip overseas to extend former European featherweight champion Katharina Thanderz to the distance.

That loss came in Norway came after four points successes, with Ball looking to bounce back after getting an eight-rounder under her belt.

Dudley’s Ruben Campbell is preparing to lace on the gloves again, after outpointing Matt ‘MJ’ Hall on his pro introduction in May.
Another second-generation boxer, Campbell is planning to campaign as a super lightweight, the same ranks where his dad Ray ‘Raza’ Campbell featured in the early 1990s.

Three debutants complete the presence in the home corner with Owen Cooper, Dylan Norman and Kashif Khan making their pro bow.

Cooper joins the welterweight ranks after a stellar amateur career, where he became an England Youth national champion.
The teenage prospect, who will be 19 on fight night, represented England on four occasions, recording three wins for his country.
His amateur ledger finished on 41 outings, with 32 wins, including 17 successes over fellow national champions. He represented his hometown outfit, Worcester City Boxing Club.

Norman, Birmingham born but living in Knowle, is a super lightweight who is looking to learn fast, after just nine bouts of amateur experience.
He’s also 19 and boxed for West Warks Boxing Club and Frankie Gavin’s Ringside Gym when he did compete.
He’ll be coached by Malcolm Melvin, who will also be introducing Cooper into the pro ranks on the same evening.

Fellow super lightweight Khan is Walsall born and bred and graduates from Wednesbury Boxing Club, where his grounding began.

A training injury has ruled out Tyler Denny.

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Kane Baker travels to Leicester for English Title tilt

Birmingham’s Kane Baker goes in search of national honours later this month.

The BCB Promotions trained boxer travels to Whitwick to challenge highly-rated Myron Mills for the English Lightweight Title.

29 year-old Baker openly admitted that winning the Midlands Area Lightweight Title – thanks to a deserved points victory over the previously unbeaten Ishmael Ellis in December – was his ‘world title’. Now though, with the English strap in his sights, Baker is hoping to go a step further than he ever dreamed was possible when he turned over from white collar boxing in 2016.

“Winning the English would be a double world title,” Baker told bcb-promotions.com. “Myron Mills is a fighter I respect. He’s sharp and skillful and obviously goes into the fight as the favourite.

“I watched his fight against Luke Paddock (for the IBF Youth Title) in 2017. You could see Myron had quality but I thought Luke did well in that fight too. I’m expecting a different Myron Mills this time as that was two years ago and he will have developed and matured.

“I’m going to give it my best shot, as I always do. The majority of my fights I’ve been the underdog and that is how I like it. There’s no pressure on me and I can just go, do my best and enjoy the occasion.

“It’s a fight me and my fans are really looking forward to.”

The fight takes place at the Hermitage Leisure Centre, Silver Street, Whitwick, Leicester, LE67 5UE on Sunday, 29th September. Tickets are available by texting 07506 944 518.