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Levi Ferguson Aiming For Hat-Trick
Undefeated boxer Levi Ferguson is aiming to make it three wins from three fights as he prepares for his third fight at Walsall Town Hall writes Ben Gibson.
The Walsall-born boxer has taken professional boxing in his stride and has come a long way since his first fight in July this year.
The 23 year-old is preparing to fight on the undercard of James Beech Jr vs Louis Fielding as they compete for the vacant BBBofC Midlands Area Super Featherweight Title.
With this being Levi’s third fight he spoke with zest about the upcoming bout.
 “I am looking forward to getting back out there and I am keen to show my improvements in the ring,” he said. “It has been a good camp full of high intensity sprints and circuits.
“I have also been doing a lot of sparring with a variety of styles so that I can be prepared for the night.
 “I have been working on my phases and my punch outputs. I have also tried to work on more technical bits in my boxing game.
 “It naturally gives me confidence but I also get confidence from all the hard work and the preparation that I put in before the fight.
“All of these add to my confidence.”
Levi is like a large number of professional boxers who have just started their career in the way that he needs to juggle his boxing career with another job.
However, Levi is taking it all in his stride saying, “It all works well for me as I have a very healthy balance.
“It allows me to have plenty of time in the gym to train and also prepare for my upcoming bouts.
 “All of the hard work in the gym and the dedication that I have stuck to outside it makes it all worth it.”
The main event at the Town Hall will see local favourite James Beech Jr, of Bloxwich, contest the vacant Midlands super featherweight title with Tamworth’s Louis Fielding.
Two six-rounders support the top of the bill, with major domestic challengers Ricky Summers and Tyler Denny returning to action.
Tipton’s Summers challenged for the British light heavyweight crown last year and was last ruled out of a clash with Olympian Joshua Buatsi through injury.
Denny, from Rowley Regis, has recovered from the horrific split lip and heavy swelling by his eye that put paid to his English title aspirations in September.
‘Ruthless’ still reigns supreme as the Midlands middleweight champion and is determined to bounce back from that eighth round retirement to Reece Cartwright.
Lee Glover returns to the ring after two years out. ‘The Tipton Slasher’ has competed for Midlands and English honours, the latter at two weights. He’s back at super feather.
Luke Caci, from Newcastle-under-Lyme and a product of Orme Boxing Club, goes after a magnificent seven of pro boxing wins. The 28-year-old light heavy has six points wins so far.
Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker, a protege of boxing legend Ricky Hatton, targets a hat-trick of paid successes. The Merridale BC graduate only turned over on September 22.
Out-of-towners Nathan Reeve and Cole Johnson complete the card at super welterweight, bantam and lightweight respectively.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £60 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale 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 (over 18s).

Posted by in News on November 30, 2018
JC Back In Action
 
Jordan Clayton insists he’ll perform to his best even if he has to wear another crimson mask when he’s back in the ring next weekend.
 
Clayton has endured bloodshed in each of his last three contests, heading into battle at the Holiday Inn Queensway in Birmingham, on the Sunday afternoon of December 9.
 
He features on Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions dinner show in the second city, on a bill which has been dubbed ‘Lord of the Flys.’
 
The vacant Midlands flyweight crown will be on the line in the main event, where Brummie Ijaz Ahmed tackles former English title challenger Conar Blackshaw, from Derby.
 
Clayton, from Solihull, boxes for the 11th time as a professional as he continues his progression down to welter, with new coach Tom Chaney in his corner for a second time.
 
The 25-year-old is looking to finish his year on a high note, with September’s points win over MJ Hall – forenames Matthew James – his only other action of 2018.
 
He was left with another nasty cut, this time in a previously unafflicted area, and still didn’t lose a round on his way to victory.
 
Things went downhill for Clayton in 2017, starting when he could only draw a six-rounder with Nathan Hardy. Being sliced open by his left eye in the second badly hampered him.
 
It was the first time he’d failed win as a pro in eight bouts, after seven points wins, and was to follow on December 22 of that year.
 
‘JC’ then lost his undefeated streak after a bloodbath with Danny Little, who was ruled the winner by TKO in round five of six.
 
He was cut below both eyebrows and was fighting on instinct when referee Shaun Messer jumped in to end proceedings, after he’d turned away from his opponent.
 
Clayton believes those setbacks have only made him stronger, though, and he’s vowed not to let anything get in the way of improving his paid ledger.
 
He said: “I’m just prone to cuts, but I’ve learned how to deal with them now. I stayed calm when I happened in my last fight, before that I’d have panicked.
 
“It happened in the third, some people thought it was an old wound opening up but it was above my left eye, on the other side of my eyebrow.
 
“It was an accident, I know Matt well and he’d have never done that on purpose. It was a clash of heads, we butted and these things happen.
 
“He was a good opponent for me, I’ve sparred him before but that’s a lot different to actually fighting. He’s a lot better than his record suggests.
 
“He made it awkward for me, you can end up tripping over each other’s feet against southpaws and he was tricky. I won and I was happy with it.
 
“I didn’t get the chance to show all of the things we’ve been working on in the gym, but my footwork was definitely better. I was a lot harder to hit.
 
“If I can get another ‘w’ on December 9, it should put me right back in the mix and I’m looking to put on more of a technical performance this time.
 
“It’s all about movement, if I can keep my distance with the jab and keep my head bobbing and weaving then no one can drop their head on me.
 
“I want another positive result and then I can enjoy my Christmas, which wasn’t the case last year. I felt bad vibes about boxing on December 21!
 
“I’ve got high hopes for 2019, but I know I’ve got to earn the right to get the chances I want, particularly coming down to be a welterweight again.
 
“This is a step towards that, I was 10st 13lb last time and I’m looking to come in at 10st 11lbs or 10st 10lbs for this one, so I’m gradually getting to 10st 7lbs.
 
“I think I’ll bring some strength, I’ve certainly felt more powerful when I’ve sparred with welters and there are some good fights for me there.”
 
Three other contests complete the line-up at the Holiday Inn Queensway, including a keep-busy affair for Central Area heavyweight champion Kash Ali.
 
The area boss, born in Birmingham but now living in Sheffield, features trying to keep up a run that has seen him score six TKOs from his last eight outings.
 
Super lightweight Brad Thomas, a protege of Frankie Gavin, drew at the same venue and will want to go one better this time.
 
Fellow Brummie Zaheer Asghar completes the line-up. The southpaw is looking to make it a hat-trick of victories in the super middleweight division.
 
Tickets for ‘Lord of the Flys’ are on sale, at £65 VIP ringside to include a two-course Sunday lunch or £35 standard. For more information and to buy, contact the boxers on Facebook.

Black Widow Sees Future As A Welter Belter

Lauren Johnson sees her future in the welterweight division as she closes in on a major title fight with another contest next month.
‘The Black Widow’ will be back in the ring, after nearly six months on the sidelines, when she’s a part of Friday’s fight night on Friday December 7.
She features on Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions bill at the Goldmine Centre, on Lower Hall Lane. The show has been titled ‘Going for Gold at the Goldmine.’
The 34-year-old southpaw, from Willenhall, climbing the ranks and was scheduled to compete for the female Midlands welterweight crown in March, but withdrew through injury.
Newark’s Nina Bradley had been due to oppose her and later dropped down to super lightweight, capturing the Commonwealth strap.
Johnson is following a similar path but won’t be taking or Bradley, or remaining in the middleweight ranks where she won the eight-round British Challenge bauble last time out.
Another potential area title tussle against another Black Country girl, Wolverhampton’s Kirstie Bavington, hasn’t come off and might be for greater glories down the line.
Johnson has revealed she’s been informed she needs another couple of victories to be considered for Commonwealth honours at 147lbs, a weight she’s yet to make as a pro.
The former ABA national champion hasn’t had a belt strapped to her waist since winning the non-tournament England middleweight title as an amateur in March 2016.
She said: “I may have won a title at middleweight, but it’s not for me and neither is super welter. I’m a welter, through and through, and I’m here to stay.
“I was pleased to hear Nina won the Commonwealth, she’s a good girl, but the only way I could make her weight now is if I chopped my legs off!
“I’ve been put forward for the Commonwealth at my weight, it’s vacant and never been contested, but we’ve been told I need two more wins before I can be considered.
“I can make a start with that on December 7 and, hopefully, get another win as soon as I can in 2019, Then I’ll be ready for that big title fight.
“I think it’ll be a foreign opponent, as there isn’t really anyone for me to box at my weight in the UK. Kirstie is the one option I have.
“I’d love to box for the British title and Kirstie is as Black Country as I am, but I’ve got to think about my career and taking the right opportunities.”
Johnson’s last action was on June 9, at the Willows Banqueting Suite in Willenhall, where she made it 3-0 as a pro with a third paid points success.
She overcame a shaky start to defeat Hungarian Klaudia Vigh, winning six out of the eight rounds for a 78-74 result with referee Shaun Messer.
It’s her only bout of 2018, so far, with last year seeing her down Monika Atonik and Borislava Goranova. On her debut, Johnson beat Atonik so bad in one round it was scored 10-8.
She said: “I got the decision against Klaudia and I was never really in trouble, but my performance was very sloppy and I was hit with some stupid shots in the early rounds.
“I walked onto a few near the end of the first, with my hands down, and took two left hooks and a right hand one after the other. It was a bit daft.
“But it proved that I can take a punch if I have to and, over the contest, I thought I showed a lot of heart. There were positives and negatives.
“We’ve focussed on my foot-work, sinking in the body shots and switch hitting since then. I landed a couple of good right back hands in the fight.
“I’ve been told by my coaches that I don’t need to prove I’ve got heart and I can take a shot now, because people already know about that now.
“I’ve got an amateur pedigree that, if I’m honest, I’ve never really shown as a pro. I won major titles and, when the chance comes, I’ll do it again.”
Girl power is prevalent elsewhere on the card as Dani Hodges also features, with Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies and Damian Kiwior in action and of the opposite sex.
Hodges, another former kickboxer, has downed two opponents on points since becoming a British Boxing Board of Control licence holder this year.
‘The Pocket Rocket,’ aged 32 and of Burntwood, is one of the few lady flyweights in the UK and is after a hat-trick of positive paid results.
Tividale’s Davies has bounced back from his first pro defeat with two positive points results and is looking to record his fourth victory of 2018 to complete his year.
He’s registered for the sweet science as ‘Stewart Davies’, using his middle name as his first name as there’s another Ryan Davies in the paid ranks. Another welter completes the card.
Poland-born Kiwior, who lives in Wolverhampton, has four points wins since turning over. He won a host of medals and was a national champion in his homeland as an amateur.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 01922 651 951. It will be £40 for entry on the door.
The Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on Bentley Mill Way, are the show’s headline sponsors.

 

Baker Ready For Title Tilt

Kane Baker insists that this weekend’s showdown with unbeaten fellow Brummie, Ishmael Ellis, is a real 50/50 fight.

The pair clash for the vacant Midlands Area Lightweight Title at the Holte Suite, Aston Villa FC, on Saturday.

27 year-old Ellis is unbeaten in his opening nine contests as a professional whilst Baker currently has eight win wins, and five losses, on his ledger.

However 28 year-old Baker insists that his losses have been against superior fighters and it is Ellis will be facing his toughest opponent to date this weekend.

“I’ve got five losses on my records but they’re all against a different level of fighter,” explained Baker. “If I’d have stayed fighting the lads he has fought, I could be 13-0 now like he is 9-0.  I’ve stepped up a level and we’re yet to see him do that yet. This is his first real test.

“I watched his last fight against Jamie Speight. I know he’s unbeaten but I see this as a real 50/50 fight. It‘s been said that I’m the easiest opponent he could face for an Area Title with my five losses but he’s my easiest opponent too.

One thing is certain; I’m his toughest fight date but he’s not me toughest.”

‘The Shadow’ will be without coaches Errol Johnson and Paul Mann this weekend with the BCB bosses out in Los Angeles with Jason Welborn, who challenges Jarrett Hurd for the IBF and WBA Super Welterweight Titles.

Baker isn’t fazed though; insisting his only issue is that he’s not able to be out there supporting his stablemate.

“Paul and Errol have trained me throughout the camp but I understand they have to be in Los Angeles with Jason,” he added. “I’m more concerned about the fact I’m not out there with them! I’ve trained with Jason and he’s an inspiration.

“I know Gavin Burrows and Taffy Evans really well and they’ll take me in and look after me in the corner on behalf of BCB. I’m more than happy with that.

“Realistically, this is my best chance to win a ‘proper’ title. And it’s a chance I’m going to grab with both hands.”

Baker and Ellis weigh-in at 1.00pm on Friday at Eastside Gym, Unit 9, Tiiton Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, B9 4PP.

Tickets for the TOP Promotions show are available by calling 07799 633 579.

Morris Plotting Title Tilt
 
Craig Morris is planning to resume his title chase in the welterweight division after he’s returned to action next month.
 
Morris will be looking to bounce back from his second pro defeat with a comeback win at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday December 8.
 
He features on Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions next show at the venue, which is fast becoming the home of Black Country boxing.
 
The former Midlands champion’s last ring time saw him give the unbeaten Scott Fitzgerald, who is signed to Eddie Hearn’s stewardship, in a televised thriller at Arena Birmingham.
 
He appeared to have the upper hand until Fitzgerald pulled a 10th and final round stoppage out of the hat, when he looked to be behind on points.
 
The 26-year-old, from Ludlow in Shropshire, is now likely to campaign again at welter, where he was the area boss until he was outpointed by Ryan Fields last year.
 
Morris rebounded from that to claim the IBO Continental bauble, after another entertaining over-the-distance belter against Ryan Martin.
 
Renewing rivalries with Ekow Essuman, the new English champion at the weight, or a pursuit of a Lonsdale belt are among his new year resolutions.
 
Morris felt hard done to after the setback against Fitzgerald, but feels he’ll begin his redemption at the place where it all began for him as a pro in 2015.
 
He said: “I’ve watched it back twice since, my corner had me up by a couple of rounds and I’m told the official did, too. The stoppage changed everything.
 
“It wasn’t the worst result in the world, most people hadn’t given me even half a chance so I wasn’t expected to push him in the way that I did.
 
“He did catch me, I can’t deny that, but I personally believe I should have been given the benefit of the count. I deserved the chance to recover.
 
“We didn’t box for a title, in the end, I couldn’t defend my IBO belt because it was at super welter and he came in at 2lb over the limit, anyway.
 
“I only found it that it wasn’t going to be for a title at the weigh in, I felt a bit done over because I felt the fight, ultimately, wasn’t worth anything.
 
“There’s been no talk of a rematch and I’d want something good on the line to do it, anyway. I’ve still got the IBO, as well, so I can still fight for that.
 
“I’m ready for whatever comes up now, I’m going back to welter but if opportunities come up at super welter, I’ll be happy to go up a weight again.
 
“I’d like to go after more titles at welter and I’ve asked my team to put me forward as a voluntary defence for Johnny Garton, the British champion.
 
“I watched with interest that Ekow has won the English title and we’ve met before, when we were amateurs and he was on the Team GB squad.
 
“We sort of had the same coach, because Bob Dillon was one of the trainers at GB and a club coach at Lions (Dudley), who I boxed for at the time.
 
“It was close between us, he won by majority decision but you can’t really tell anything about a three-round bout. I’ve always been a slow starter.
 
“I think it would be a different story over 10 rounds. He still hasn’t been that distance, I have and that could be telling if he we were to meet again.
 
“It’ll be good to get back to Walsall Town Hall on December 8, I made my pro debut there three years ago and I’ve come a long way since then.
 
“It’s useful for me to get another fight in before the end of the year, get that defeat out of my system and, hopefully, get back to winning ways.”
 
The main event at the Town Hall will see local favourite James Beech Jr, of Bloxwich, contest the vacant Midlands super featherweight title with Tamworth’s Louis Fielding.
 
Two six-rounders support the top of the bill, with major domestic challengers Ricky Summers and Tyler Denny returning to action.
 
Tipton’s Summers challenged for the British light heavyweight crown last year and was last ruled out of a clash with Olympian Joshua Buatsi through injury.
 
Denny, from Rowley Regis, has recovered from the horrific split lip and heavy swelling by his eye that put paid to his English title aspirations in September.
 
‘Ruthless’ still reigns supreme as the Midlands middleweight champion and is determined to bounce back from that eighth round retirement to Reece Cartwright.
 
Lee Glover returns to the ring after two years out. ‘The Tipton Slasher’ has competed for Midlands and English honours, the latter at two weights. He’s back at super feather.
 
Luke Caci, from Newcastle-under-Lyme and a product of Orme Boxing Club, goes after a magnificent seven of pro boxing wins. The 28-year-old light heavy has six points wins so far.
 
Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker, a protege of boxing legend Ricky Hatton, targets a hat-trick of paid successes. The Merridale BC graduate only turned over on September 22.
 
Walsall’s Levi Ferguson and out-of-towners Nathan Reeve and Cole Johnson complete the card at super welterweight, bantam and lightweight respectively.
 
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £60 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale 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 (over 18s).
‘Jazzy’ Ready For Title Glory
 
Ijaz Ahmed believes he’ll be where he belongs when he co-challenges for the Midlands flyweight title on his own turf next month.
 
He will oppose former English title challenger Conar Blackshaw at the Holiday Inn Queensway in Birmingham, on the Sunday afternoon of December 9.
 
Ahmed holds home advantage over Derby’s Blackshaw, who came up short to Kyle Yousaf for national honours last May.
 
The title tussle will headline Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions dinner show in the second city, on a bill which has been dubbed ‘Lord of the Flys.’
 
The vacant 112lb area crown has only ever been contested four times, in two contests that became rematches after one was ruled a draw.
 
Brummie Anthony Hanna was the first champion in 1994, outpointing Shaun Norman. The two also went the distance on the second occasion, a year later, which ended a stalemate.
 
No new title holder was produced when the strap was contested in 2015, as Jamie Williams and Usman Ahmed could not be parted. Williams won the return, on points, a year later.
 
Ahmed and Blackshaw will now duel for the vacant honours towards the end of 2018, but only one ‘0’ can go for a new champion to be crowned.
 
Ahmed goes for glory after five pro bouts, with four wins and one loss to show for it. All of them were above flyweight and each one went the distance.
 
The 25-year-old was at his heaviest when he was downed by Brett Fidoe, after he’d beaten Craig Derbyshire, Sergey Tasimov and Gary Reeve.
 
The St Francis Boxing Club graduate bounced back to step up in distance and vanquish Anwar Alfadli, with the next level now fast approaching.
 
Blackshaw, also 25, has six wins from nine and has gone eight rounds twice, but Ahmed insists he’ll be the last man standing when they do battle.
 
He said: “I always knew I would be a flyweight fighter, it’s been my intention to campaign there since I turned pro bit I’ve been gradually coming down.
 
“I’ve got my weight under control and it’s been falling off nicely, which has been the case for a while now. I still feel strong, as I was expecting to.
 
“My last fight was at super fly, I thought I did well and it was comfortable, both with the win and doing the six-round distance for the first time.
 
“Now it’s up to 10 for this title, but I’m not worried about the distance. I’m already doing it in the gym and my stamina is the best it’s ever been.
 
“I’m not been as active, as I would like to be, and I need all of that to change now. It’s about learning and climbing the ladder, one step at a time.
 
“I’ve got three other good victories as a pro and the one defeat, which was up at super bantam against Fidoe. I’d been out for a while before that.
 
“He got a bit lucky, really, he caught me with a shot I didn’t see coming, I stumbled back a bit and fell over. It was a knockdown, that I had to chase.
 
“I thought I’d won the other three rounds well, but he got the result by a point. I believe I should have just edged it, but all that is behind me now.
 
“I’m 25 now, I’m in a position where I need to go and do something. It’s time to go up a level and a shot at the Midlands is exactly what’s required.
 
“I don’t know a lot about Conar, but I’m aware he’s a come forward fighter, who likes a scrap, and that’ll suit me. I’ll pick him off on the back foot.
 
“He’ll find the pace very tough if he bombs at me for a few rounds. It’s about controlled aggression, when I get my chance to shine I’ll take it.
 
“I’m determined to go out, beat the guy, pick up the belt and then go as high as I can in boxing. I’m not in the sport to stand still, I’ll want more.”
 
Central Area heavyweight champion Kash Ali, born in Birmingham but now living in Sheffield, features trying to keep up a run that has seen him score six TKOs from his last eight outings.
 
Jordan Clayton, who is now looking to campaign at welter, makes the short trip from Solihull having returned to winning ways at the same venue in September.
 
Super lightweight Brad Thomas, a protege of Frankie Gavin, drew on that September 16 card and will want to go one better this time.
 
Fellow Brummie Zaheer Asghar completes the line-up. The southpaw is looking to make it a hat-trick of victories in the super middleweight division.
 
Tickets for ‘Lord of the Flys’ are on sale, at £65 VIP ringside to include a two-course Sunday lunch or £35 standard. For more information and to buy, contact the boxers on Facebook.
Blackshaw Determined To Be Lord of the Flys
 
Conar Blackshaw plans to show he’s the true flyweight of the two when he challenges for the Midlands title next month.
 
Blackshaw could become a bona-fide British Boxing Board of Control recognised champion at the Holiday Inn Queensway in Birmingham, on the Sunday afternoon of December 9.
 
He’ll give up home advantage to Brummie Ijaz Ahmed, who will drop to 112lbs as he looks to claim his first belt, in the 10-round main event.
 
The title tussle will headline Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions dinner show in the second city, on a bill which has been dubbed ‘Lord of the Flys.’
 
The vacant 112lb area crown has only ever been contested four times, in two contests that became rematches after one was ruled a draw.
 
Brummie Anthony Hanna was the first champion in 1994, outpointing Shaun Norman. The two also went the distance on the second occasion, a year later, which ended a stalemate.
 
No new title holder was produced when the strap was contested in 2015, as Jamie Williams and Usman Ahmed could not be parted. Williams won the return, on points, a year later.
 
Blackshaw holds a victory over Williams in an eight-rounder, a distance he has completed twice as a pro. He challenged for English flyweight honours earlier this year.
 
The 25-year-old, from Derby, travelled to the Barnsley Metrodome to battle for the vacant belt with Kyle Yousaf, but retired with a hand injury after six rounds.
 
His 2018 could still end with crowning glory, though, and he’s boxed on the road since early on his pro career. His third paid bout saw him outpoint Adam MacKenzie in Glasgow.
 
Blackshaw, who is trained by father and son coaching team Mike and Jay Shinfield, believes his game attitude could make all of the difference next time.
 
He said: “It doesn’t bother me going away from home, I’ve boxed in Scotland on a Thursday night and beat the home guy before, so I know how to stay focused.
 
“I do get a good following, though, and I’m looking to take a fair few to Birmingham with me. They are a noisy bunch, so I’m sure they’ll be heard.
 
“This is what we wanted, my team got a call and I was happy to take the fight. It’s a serious title, that could lead on to bigger and better things.
 
“I’ve always made flyweight well, I can punch a bit at the weight and I can box as well. I’m planning to be far better and much faster than he’ll be.
 
“I’m a natural fly, he’s coming down in weight and I’ve got the advantage of being more active. I’ve got that added experience of more ring time.
 
“I don’t think there’s anything he can do that will surprise me, I don’t know a lot about him but I’ve been in with all sorts of opponents before now.
 
“I always seem to come away having picked something up. If you ever stop learning, it’s probably time to pack up. I think I know enough to beat him.”
 
Blackshaw feels he was dwarfed in his previous title opportunity against Yousaf, who took full advantage of a day before weigh-in. It was his third defeat as a pro.
 
He was thwarted in both of his first two contests, losing to Craig Derbyshire and Matt Windle on points. He put together a six-fight winning run afterwards, although a TKO eluded him.
 
Blackshaw said: “I had a shot at the English, but I was never going to be the favourite against someone so much bigger than me. He looked like a featherweight
 
“I wondered how he’d make it through the fight, when I saw him at the weigh in. He looked so drained, I don’t know he re-hydrated like he did.
 
“It really told in there, he could just take everything that I was doing and then push me away. He put it on me, I hurt my hand and it was over.
 
“It wasn’t really a fair fight and I’ve had that more than once before. I lost to Derbyshire and Windle when they were heavier than me.
 
“It makes so much difference, at such a low weight, as there can end up being two divisions of difference between us. That should never happen.
 
“I’ve made mistakes, been beaten and learned from it. You can take more from a good loss than a bad win. You can’t improve without a challenge.”
 
Central Area heavyweight champion Kash Ali, born in Birmingham but now living in Sheffield, features trying to keep up a run that has seen him score six TKOs from his last eight outings.
 
Jordan Clayton, who is now looking to campaign at welter, makes the short trip from Solihull having returned to winning ways at the same venue in September.
 
Super lightweight Brad Thomas, a protege of Frankie Gavin, drew on that September 16 card and will want to go one better this time.
 
Fellow Brummie Zaheer Asghar completes the line-up. The southpaw is looking to make it a hat-trick of victories in the super middleweight division.
 
Tickets for ‘Lord of the Flys’ are on sale, at £65 VIP ringside to include a two-course Sunday lunch or £35 standard. For more information and to buy, contact the boxers on Facebook.
 
Images (c) Mark Jones Photography
Driving Instructor Ashgar On Fast Track To Success
 
Zaheer Asghar believes he’s on the fast track to success as he juggles being a driving instructor and professional boxer.
 
Asghar continues his journey as a paid pugilist at the Holiday Inn Queensway in Birmingham, on the Sunday afternoon of December 9.
 
He features on Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions dinner show in the second city, on a bill which has been dubbed ‘Lord of the Flys.’
 
The vacant Midlands flyweight crown will be on the line in the main event, where Ijaz Ahmed tackles former English title challenger Conar Blackshaw, from Derby.
 
Ahmed’s fellow Brummie Asghar sees his third pro bout as a vehicle for adding to his ledger, which contains two points victories since turning over.
 
He represented the Birmingham City, Hall Green and Eastside boxing clubs, as an amateur, clocking up a record of 49 wins from 58 contests.
 
The 29-year-old southpaw, from Sparkenhill, first punched for pay in February 2016, outpointing Baltazaras Bajournas before a two-year hiatus from in-ring combat.
 
He returned in February to beat Lewis van Poetsch over the distance, with both outings in the Holte Suite at Aston Villa Football Club.
 
Both were scored 40-35, taking into account Asghar dropping his opponent with a right hook to the body along the way. He’s packed a punch as a pro so far.
 
Asghar combines sporting ambitions with an influx of students at the Result Driving School in Birmingham. He insists he’ll teach his next adversary a boxing lesson on December 9.
 
He said: “I have my busy days, I’m on the road a lot and then I’ve got my training to think about as well. It seems to be working, I’m feeling fitter than ever!
 
“I wish I’d have turned pro years ago, I never really took being an amateur seriously and, at one point, I was ranked No 10 at my weight in the UK.
 
“I wasn’t preparing or eating right and I didn’t have the discipline that I do now, even though I’ve had good results and done well in tournaments.
 
“I nearly boxed Chris Eubank Jr once, I took it and then he pulled out. I ended up beating an Irishman, Craig McCarthy (now also a pro). on points instead.
 
“I remember Nigel Benn shaking my hand afterwards and telling me how well he thought I did, which gave a buzz. I know I’ve got the ability.
 
“I’ve had two wins as a pro and I’m pleased with how I did. I had a Lithuanian lad for my debut, I dropped him with a body shot in the third.
 
“Poochi is a lovely guy and very durable. I hurt my left hand on him, he was that tough, but I managed to put him down as well.
 
“Both went to points, but the win is all that’s important. Everything else is a bonus and I got the rounds in, along with showing a bit of power.
 
“Journeyman are good at surviving and are really hard to open up. When I come up against live opponents, you’ll really see me at my best.
 
“I’m normally a middleweight and that’s where I can see myself going for titles. It’s where I’m supposed to be, super middles are a bit too big for me.
 
“If I can stay focussed, I think I’ve got a good five or six years of boxing left in me. It’s a pipe dream, at the moment, but my aim is the British title.”
 
Three other contests complete the line-up at the Holiday Inn Queensway, including a keep-busy affair for Central Area heavyweight champion Kash Ali.
 
The area boss, born in Birmingham but now living in Sheffield, features trying to keep up a run that has seen him score six TKOs from his last eight outings.
 
Jordan Clayton, who is now looking to campaign at welter, makes the short trip from Solihull having returned to winning ways at the same venue in September.
 
Super lightweight Brad Thomas, a protege of Frankie Gavin, drew on that bill and will want to go one better this time. He completes the line-up.
 
Tickets for ‘Lord of the Flys’ are on sale, at £65 VIP ringside to include a two-course Sunday lunch or £35 standard. For more information and to buy, contact the boxers on Facebook.

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

Denny On Comeback Trail

 
Tyler Denny is looking to come back with a bang when he attempts to rebound from his English title disappointment next month.
 
Denny remains the reigning Midlands middleweight champion heading into fight night at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday December 8, although he’s unlikely to defend the area belt.
 
He features on Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions next show at the venue, which is fast becoming the home of Black Country boxing.
 
The 27-year-old, from Rowley Regis, is determined to bounce back from losing his ‘0’ to Reece Cartwright at the Town Hall in September.
 
His opportunity at the English crown backfired to painful effect, sustaining an horrific split lip and heavy swelling by his right eye against the powerful Cartwright.
 
Denny kept on fighting until he was medically withdrawn but, as the injuries were caused by bona-fide blows, it was ruled an eighth round TKO.
 
Now fully fit again, the southpaw undertakes a six-rounder that could produce a 10th win as a professional, with back-to-back draws also on the ledger. He’ll have one eye on his rivals.
 
The No 1 contender for the British title, Mark Heffron, claims Cartwright has rejected the chance to take him on for the vacant crown.
 
Liam Cameron was stripped of the Commonwealth title, after failing a drugs test. Elliott Matthews is next in line, tackling Rasheed Abolaji on November 30.
 
Matthews vacated the English honours Denny challenged for, so the two were on a collision course before. First things first, namely getting the Cartwright defeat out of his system.
 
Denny said: “I didn’t get banged out, I was injured but, because it was caused by a punch, it counts as a stoppage. Might be harsh, but those are the rules.
 
“The doctor pulled me out and I felt hard done to, at the time, until I went back to the changing room and saw the state of my lip. It was awful.
 
“I can’t blame him, really. My eye was almost swollen shut and it could have got worse. It was alright after a few days, my lip took a lot longer.
 
“I first had a six-round spar and my lip was fine. Four were with Lennox Clarke (IBO Continental super middleweight champion), he hits hard so I know it’s most probably healed!
 
“I wasn’t going to come back until next year, but I don’t know what to do with myself when I’m not boxing. I asked to be back out in December.
 
“There are still all sort of chances for me out there, the Commonwealth title will be decided soon and you never know what could happen after that.
 
“Thomas Essomba lost to a lad from our gym (BCB stable-mate Kyle Williams) for the English title and still got a shot at the Commonwealth next.
 
“I don’t think I’ll defend the Midlands, I wouldn’t completely rule it out but it’s unlikely. I still want national honours and I think I’m good enough.
 
“Maybe Tom Stokes (who he beat for the belt) and Nathan Heaney (unbeaten fighter from Stoke) could go for it, but I’ve not been asked to vacate.
 
“I could go for an international belt with one of the world governing bodies, maybe a WBC title or something like that. I’ve got a few routes to take.
 
“I just need to get back in the ring on December 8, get the win and some rounds under my belt and then see what comes up for me in the new year.
 
“I never stop learning in the gym and I feel, after last time, I need to start putting my opponents away early. I know I punch hard enough to do it.”
 
The main event at the Town Hall will see local favourite James Beech Jr, of Bloxwich, contest the vacant Midlands super featherweight title with Tamworth’s Louis Fielding.
 
A second six-rounder will see another major domestic challenger Ricky Summers, from Tipton, in action.
 
Summers challenged for the British light heavyweight crown last year and was last ruled out of a clash with Olympian Joshua Buatsi through injury.
 
A man with a point to prove will be Craig Morris, from Ludlow in Shropshire, who is looking to rebound from his own September setback.
 
Morris last lost in a televised thriller at welter with Scott Fitzgerald, who pulled a 10th and final round stoppage out of the hat when he looked behind on points.
 
Lee Glover returns to the ring after two years out. ‘The Tipton Slasher’ has competed for Midlands and English honours, the latter at two weights. He’s back at super feather.
 
Luke Caci, from Newcastle-under-Lyme and a product of Orme Boxing Club, goes after a magnificent seven of pro boxing wins. The 28-year-old light heavy has six points wins so far.
 
Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker, a protege of boxing legend Ricky Hatton, targets a hat-trick of paid successes. The Merridale BC graduate only turned over on September 22.
 
Walsall’s Levi Ferguson and out-of-towners Nathan Reeve and Cole Johnson complete the card at super welterweight, bantam and lightweight respectively.
 
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale 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 (over 18s).
Fielding Confident Ahead of Title Tilt
 
Louis Fielding insists he’ll make no mistake this time as he attempts to finally get his hands on the Midlands super featherweight title.
 
He will co-challenge with James Beech Jr for the vacant area honours at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday December 8.
 
The two headline Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions show at the venue, with Fielding making the trip over with his supporters from Tamworth.
 
‘Flash’ has unsuccessfully battled for the belt once, going down by sixth round stoppage to Paul Holt at the same venue in 2016.
 
The 28-year-old is determined to end his Town Hall hoodoo against Beech, the home favourite from nearby Bloxwich who is coming up from super bantam.
 
Fielding is back in the mix despite losing again earlier this year to Indi Sangha, as part of a competition which was supposed to crown a new Midlands champion at the weight.
 
That made it five pro defeats counting losses to Lewis O’Mara, Jordan Ellison and Jack Summers, but he also mirrors unbeaten Beech’s eight wins with one by TKO.
 
Fielding has conceded none of his fighting spirit, either, and reckons he’s took the positives from each setback to make himself a better boxer.
 
His unwavering dedication to the sport saw him get the call when BCB Promotions were scouting potential opponents for Beech’s crack at the crown.
 
He said: “Cello Renda (former pro boxer and stable-mate) told me once it’s always better to be prepared for an opportunity that never comes, just in case.
 
“Anything can happen in boxing, there has been a few names in the frame for the title, but they’ve fell by the wayside and it’s come down to me.
 
“I’ve had my experiences to learn from, I’m older and wiser and determined not to make the same mistakes as I did before. You live and learn.
 
“I’ve boxed for the Midlands before and I was well in the fight before the stoppage, which was frustrating because I wasn’t using my head.
 
“I shouldn’t have been standing in front of Paul, I’ve got good feet and I know how to use my jab, so he shouldn’t have got anywhere near me.
 
“Then we had this tournament for a shot at the Midlands, Indi caught me with a shot I just didn’t see and that was the end of that (second round TKO). It happens.
 
“I always hoped I’d get back into contention, so I’ve stayed in the gym and now this opportunity has come along. It could be my last chance.
 
“All I can do is put 100 per cent into my training camp and leave nothing in the ring on fight night. If I perform to my potential, I believe I can win.
 
“James is a sharp lad, but coming up in weight might hinder rather than help him. I know what’s required – I’m the bigger man and I must get my jab right.
 
“It’s his crowd, but I brought plenty over for the last one. This time, my hand is getting raised at the Town Hall and the belt is coming to Tamworth.”
 
Two six-rounders support the next top of the bill at the Town Hall, with major domestic title challengers Ricky Summers and Tyler Denny returning to action.
 
Tipton’s Summers challenged for the British light heavyweight crown last year and was last ruled out of a clash with Olympian Joshua Buatsi through injury.
 
Denny, from Rowley Regis, has recovered from the horrific split lip and heavy swelling by his eye that put paid to his English title aspirations in September.
 
‘Ruthless’ still reigns supreme as the Midlands middleweight champion and is determined to bounce back from that eighth round retirement to Reece Cartwright.
 
Another man with a point to prove will be Craig Morris, from Ludlow in Shropshire, who is looking to rebound from his own September setback.
 
Morris lost his undefeated status in a televised thriller at welter with Scott Fitzgerald, who pulled a 10th and final round stoppage out of the hat when he looked behind on points.
 
Lee Glover returns to the ring after two years out. ‘The Tipton Slasher’ has competed for Midlands and English honours, the latter at two weights. He’s back at super feather.
 
Luke Caci, from Newcastle-under-Lyme and a product of Orme Boxing Club, goes after a magnificent seven of pro boxing wins. The 28-year-old light heavy has six points wins so far.
 
Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker, a protege of boxing legend Ricky Hatton, targets a hat-trick of paid successes. The Merridale BC graduate only turned over on September 22.
 
Walsall’s Levi Ferguson and out-of-towners Nathan Reeve and Cole Johnson complete the card at super welterweight, bantam and lightweight respectively.
 
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £60 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale 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 (over 18s).