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Summers Hoping To Put Frustrations Behind Him
 
Ricky Summers wants to put on a frustrating year behind him as he looks to end 2018 on a winning note with a comeback victory.
 
The former British title challenger hasn’t challenged for major honours over the last 12 rounds and has instead had to be content with two keep-busy contests.
 
The Tipton man features on Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions next show on Saturday December 8 at Walsall Town Hall, which is fast becoming the home of Black Country boxing.
 
The 31-year-old light heavyweight was supposed to take on much-vaunted Olympian medallist Joshua Buatsi in July, on a Sky Sports televised stage at London’s 02 Arena.
 
An injury to the kidney put paid to that, what turned out to be a distressing health scare. It turned out not to be serious.
 
Summers had previously churned out comprehensively points victories over foreign opponents Gonzalo Romero and Tayer Mehmed since the turn of the year.
 
His prior outing saw him outpointed for the Lonsdale belt by Frank Buglioni, who has since lost the belt to Callum Johnson.
 
Summers, Buglioni and Hosea Burton are among the names chasing a second chance at the crown, but there is an alternative.
 
He was lined up for the English strap last year, which was then held by Liam Conroy. Miles Shinkwin and Joel McIntyre are due to contest the now vacant honours on December 1.
 
Summers will box seven days later, still feeling ambitious and with no regrets about not going toe-to-toe with Buatsi. Ultimately, he feels he had no alternative.
 
He said: “Boxing isn’t everything to me, I’ve got kids and a family to support so my health has to come first. There’s no way I could have physically fought Buatsi.
 
“I had a tumour in my kidney and it was a bit of a scare, at one point, but it turned out to be a bit of excess tissue that has now been treated.
 
“I was urinating blood, so there was no way I was getting in the ring a few weeks later with Buatsi. I was gutted to pull out, but I had no choice.
 
“I can’t really be blamed for that, but I’ve been out of the ring since April and maybe I’ve been forgotten about by Buatsi and the other top lads.
 
“They know where I am and I’m fit again. It’s been a frustrating year, so to be boxing again before the end of it is something to be positive about.
 
“I can’t wait to be back in the ring on December 8 and I’m determined to beat my opponent in good fashion, get the rust off and then keep busy.
 
“I want something big, the earlier the better in the new year, and I’ll take on anybody to do it. Some titles are up in the air, so let’s wait and see.
 
“Ultimately, I’d love another crack at the British, but that depends on Callum and he may vacate. I’m one of a few names who belong in that mix.
 
“I was mandatory for the English around about the time I took the fight with Buatsi, so that might be a decent stepping stone to get me on track.
 
“I’m ready to go, from here and going forward. I’m in the swing of things and I’ll be looking to remind a few people that I’m back on December 8.”
 
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.
 
Another six-rounder supports the top of the bill, with English title challenger and reigning Midlands champion Tyler Denny returning to action.
 
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 his area’s title holder 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 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 £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).

New Father Beech Ready For Title Tilt

James Beech Jr admits travelling up to super featherweight might be for ‘one time only’ as he prepares to challenge for the Midlands title in a huge hometown fight.
 
He and former title challenger Louis Fielding will do battle for the vacant area crown at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday December 8.
 
The two headline Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions show at the venue, which is a short distance from Beech’s roots in Bloxwich.
 
The 21-year-old will put on pounds to take his opportunity, after intending to campaign at super bantam. He’s only weighed in at over 130lbs once – his last outing – as a pro so far.
 
Beech is unbeaten after eight paid bouts, with one TKO to his credit, and now puts his ‘0’ on the line against an opponent who has no such worries.
 
Tamworth’s Fielding, 28, has eight wins himself but also five losses, including a sixth round stoppage to Paul Holt with the same honours on the line in 2016.
 
Beech will give up height and natural size to his co-challenger, but feels he can still slay his foe and get his hands on the British Boxing Board of Control endorsed strap.
 
Family pride will be something else on the line for the second-generation fighter. 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 boxed for 80 times with 50 wins. This year has marked a decade since he first competed as an amateur.
 
Another James Beech Jr arrived recently with the birth of Beech Jr’s first child – James Beech Junior Junior!
 
He said: “The little one is here now and I;m so proud of him, and my partner Italia,” Beech Jr said of Beech Jr Jr. I’m ready for it all.
 
“I’ve been wanting something big to happen and this is a whole new level. When I reach that, I want to stay there.
 
“I’ve been boxing for 10 years now and to have this first 10-round contest to see out 2018 is something I’m buzzing about.
 
“To be in the main event with all of my friends, family and supporters there at the Town Hall puts a bit pressure of me, but I’m sure I’ll rise to the occasion.
 
“We tried to get Fielding at feather, but he didn’t think he could make the weight and I can understand that, because he’s a big super feather.
 
“Both belts are vacant, so it’s no major issue, and I’ll still be looking to get as fit as possible. I’ve not boxed at super feather much, but I think I’ll still be strong.
 
“I had a feeling more opportunities would come at feather and above, because I’m too big for a lot of super bantams. I keep tabs on everything, though, so we’ll see what happens.
 
“I’m not worried about moving up, but this could be for one time only. It would be great to win the belt, but I’d probably vacate and move back down.
 
“I’m prepared to do that, as long as I can get something similar or higher. I could try and become a two-weight Midlands champion, or go straight for a major domestic title.
 
“This is about opening doors and then pushing on for bigger things. I’d only be looking to defend the Midlands to stay busy or it was an eliminator for something else.
 
“Fielding got the call for this because you know what you’re going to get from him – he’s always in the gym and ready to go. He’ll be coming to win, too.
 
“I’ll cope with whatever Fielding throws at me, he’s a tall lad and he tries to box but he’s not slick. He’s there to be hit. Hopefully, I can put it on him.
 
“It’s all about getting the victory, by any means possible, but I’m looking to do it in style. I’m more than confident I can get the job done on December 8.”
 
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 shows headline sponsors. They will host the weigh in.

Parker Claims British Title

Zach Parker claimed the vacant British Super Middleweight Title, formerly held by Rocky Fielding, with one hand on Saturday evening.

The Swadlincote pugilist took his unbeaten record to 17-0 and claimed opponent Darryl Williams’ ‘0’ in the process.

The 24 year-old started brightly but disaster struck early in the third round as Parker dislocated his left shoulder, meaning he had to box the remainder of the contest with one arm. With Parker hampered, Williams enjoyed success in the middle rounds before a rousing three round finish from the Derbyshire fighter. Parker somehow managed to bite down on his gumshield and work through the pain barrier to outbox and outwork Williams in those latter rounds to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with a performance that oozed both skill and determination.

“We are delighted for Zach,” explained BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson. “He showed a tremendous amount of heart to just get through the fight and a tremendous amount of quality to get the decision. His footwork and head movement, with a dislocated shoulder, was world class. Those final three rounds, when we feared Williams would really put it on him; Zach boxed and moved and showed his class.The judges carded a split decision 117-112 and 115-114 in favour of Parker. A third had it 115-113 to Williams.

“A lot has been made of the decision and I don’t think enough credit has been given to Zach. It was a close fight and we were delighted to get the win and claim the British Title. Imagine boxing with one hand, and battling through the pain of a dislocated shoulder for the best part of ten rounds? And winning a British Title against an unbeaten fighter? That tells you what Zach is all about.”

Relive the action here:

 

Lord Of The Flys

Ijaz Ahmed and Conar Blackshaw go head to head for the Midlands Area Flyweight Title next month.

The pair clash at the Holiday Inn Birmingham on Sunday, 9th December on BCB Promotions’ ‘Lord of the Flys’ show.

Ahmed holds home advantage over Derby’s Blackshaw for the vacant 112lb area crown which 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

“I’m 25 now and I’m in a position where I need to go and do something,” Ahmed told bcb-promotions.com. “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.”

Four other contests will feature as part of the action at the Holiday Inn Queensway.

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

Trio Of Females Headline Latest BCB Show
 
A trio of females headline BCB Promotions’ first show at a new venue next month.
 
Rachel Ball, Lauren Johnson and Dani Hodges are all in action – alongside Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies and Damian Kiwior – as Britain’s fastest growing promotions company move into new terrority.
 
The five—fight card takes place at the Goldmine Centre, on Lower Hall Lane, in Walsall on Friday, 7th December. The show has been titled ‘Going for Gold at the Goldmine.’ It will be the first show of a triple weekend for BCB, who will be at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday and Birmingham on the Sunday.
 
Ball is a former kickboxer, from Aldridge, won titles in that calling and is targeting major belts in 2019 after switching sports.
 
She’s still heavily involved at the Trojan Martial Arts Academy in Brownhills, under the tutelage of chief instructor Gavin Burrows and her partner Todd Harrison.
 
She’s set her sights on the never-contested Commonwealth crown at super bantam, in a plan to drop down from feather.
 
Wolverhampton’s Johnson appears for a fourth time, as a pro, after recording three points successes. The last was an eight-rounder to claim a British Challenge welterweight strap.
 
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, 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 621 951. It will be £40 for entry on the door.
 
The Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on Bentley Mill Way, are the show’s headline sponsors. They will host the weigh in and after-show party (over 18’s).

Welborn On World Title Tilt

Jason Welborn will cap a remarkable 2018 by travelling to America to challenge undefeated Jarrett Hurd (22-0, 15KO’s) for the WBA ‘Super’ and IBF Super Welterweight Titles.

The 32 year-old (24-6, 7KO’s) will step back down in weight to challenge for the three belts after vacating the British Middleweight title that he won back in May and defended in September. On both occasions, Welborn faced local rival Tommy Langford, and on both occasions he was victorious in epic contests; the first of which won the BBBoC Fight of the Year.

The fight will take place at the Staples Center, LA, on the undercard of Deontay Wilder versus Tyson Fury on Saturday, 1st December.

Revitalised since his return to Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions, Welborn is in the form of his life and is ready to pit his wits against the world’s best 154 lb fighter.

“Jarrett is a big talent,” Welborn told bcb-promotions.com. “He’s undefeated and holds three belts. He’s big at the weight and is very dangerous. I respect him.

“I know I’m the underdog but I was a 7/1 underdog to beat Tommy Langford back in May. I shocked Britain that night and I’m ready to shock the world in December. I’ve known about this fight for a few weeks and I was straight back in camp after beating Langford in December. This is my time.”

Maryland’s Hurd has recently undergone surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff suffered during his victory over WBA Super World Super Welterweight Champion, Erislandy Lara, in April. Ranked Number One in the World, it’s as tough a test Welborn could face but one that he, and his team, are relishing.

“We are delighted for Jason,” added BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson. “He’s earned this opportunity and he’s earned it the hard way.

“He’s come up through the ranks and won the coveted British Title at the third attempt. It’s been a long, hard road but I’m delighted for him and the rest of the team. We are going there to win.

“I’d like to thank Tom Brown, Richard Poxon and all at Al Hayman for this opportunity.”

The Slasher Is Back!

 Lee Glover is determined to make the most of his self-confessed ‘last chance in boxing’ as he prepares for a return to the ring.

Not since March 2016 has ‘the Tipton Slasher’ been seen in the pro code, but that is set to change at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday December 8. The Show is sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall.

He features on Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions next show at the venue, which is fast becoming the home of Black Country boxing.

Glover will be keen to make up for lost time, eight years from when he made his pro debut against Elemir Rafael at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

That second round stoppage was contested at super bantam, where he’s intending to campaign after shedding the pounds.

A four-rounder at super feather will get him back in the swing of things, before he attempts to succeed on a stage where he’s previously failed.

The 31-year-old has garnered eight wins and three TKOs, but also suffered four defeats. Three of those were in title situations, the other televised.

A Prizefighter loss, inside two rounds, to the powerful Choi Tseveenpurev took his ‘0’ before he’d challenged for bona-fide honours.

He was edged out by Jon Keys for the English super featherweight title by the slenderest of margins, on a majority decision. There were two points in it or less. One judge had it a draw.

Andy Townend shattered his dreams of making it second time lucky with the same belt on the line, taking Glover out in round seven of a fight that had gone back and forth.

A losing effort by TKO in the second to old amateur foe Leigh Wood, for the Midlands featherweight crown, was his last time competing before a spell on the sidelines.

He said: “I haven’t boxed in two-and-a-half years and I’ve lost two-and-a-half stone since I decided to come back. I’m living the life, now as much as ever.

“I’m running every morning, training twice a day and eating right. I can see the difference. I’m not missing sessions, like I have done in the past.

“I’m looking to get down to super bantam, I think I’ll be a force to be reckoned with at that weight. I’ve done it before and I’m sure I’ll do it again.

“I actually made my debut at super bantam – and I stopped the lad. If I can get down and still feel strong, I’ll stay there. If not, I’ll go up to feather.

“I’m a big lad at super bantam and I think I can still mix at the top level. I sparred with Scott Quigg, when he was a world champion, and held my own.

“I know this is my last chance and I’ve set my heart on having three or four more years at boxing, winning titles and having a career to be proud of.

“I’ve beat myself, when I’ve had opportunities in the past, by not putting the work in. I’ve always had the skills, but sometimes not the dedication.

“I shouldn’t have really gone into Prizefighter, I was a pro novice and I jumped into it too early. I got the hardest draw possible and it didn’t go well.

“I thought I’d won against Kays, I felt like I was robbed. Townend just caught me with a good body shot. I didn’t have the muscle to absorb the shot, because I wasn’t in shape.

“I was barely in the gym, at all, for the Wood fight and it showed. I beat him comfortable, in the amateurs, so I know I can win if we ever meet again.

“All that is in the past now, I’m getting ready for my comeback on December 8 and I want to show everyone that I’ve got plenty left in the tank.”

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.

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 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.

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 Boxing Club 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 and after-show party (over 18’s).

Things That Go Bump In The Night Round-Up

English Bantamweight Champion Kyle Williams closed in on a shot at the British Title with a punch perfect victory over Nicaragua’s Elvis Guillen at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday evening.

The Wolverhampton boxer topped BCB Promotions’ five-fight card, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall, and hardly put a foot, or glove, wrong as he cruised to a 60-54 points win.

Dudley’s Danny Ball claimed the biggest shock of the evening as he inflicted only a 13th stoppage defeat over Kevin McCauley. That may not seem quite a feat but when you consider McCauley is a veteran of 205 fights, and 178 losses, it shows just how tough the Halesowen Road Warrior is. Ball moved to 7-0 and has his sights on an Area Title Challenge in 2019.

Birmingham born heavyweight, Kash Ali, extended his unbeaten start to life as a professional boxer with a 14th straight win. Ali walked Bristol’s Phil Williams down over 6 before, just like Ball, stopping his man in the final round.

Tividale’s Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies edged past the always tough Chris Adaway to move to 7-1. ‘Rhino’ grabbed a 40-38 decision.

Finally, Burntwood’s former kickboxing sensation, Troi Coleman, made it two wins in as many months with a closely fought 39-38 win over Lancashire’s Darryl Sharp.

Posted by in News on October 27, 2018

Ali Feeling Confident

Kash Ali is feeling like a world beater who needs to ‘keep up the KOs’ as the influence of former global forces rubs off on him.

Ali has scored five stoppages in his last seven contests and is looking to improve the ratio at Walsall Town Hall tonight (Saturday October 27).

The big hitter features on Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions show, a Halloween spooktacular titled ‘Things That Go Bump in the Night.’

His highlight reel of 2018 so far has been topped by claiming Central area honours on the stage of the Genting Arena in February, halting Dave Howe in two rounds for the strap.

He was born in Birmingham, but now lives in Sheffield. It’s in the Steel City where he’s linked up with former WBC world super lightweight champion Junior Witter.

Ali has been put through his paces in the gym by Witter, following on from the work previously done with another one-time world boss in Tim Witherspoon.

‘Terrible Tim’ won the WBA crown in Ali’s division of heavyweight during the 1980’s and defeated Frank Bruno at Wembley Stadium to retain in 1986.

Witherspoon was on hand at the Genting in March to watch the crowning glory of Ali, who has warned his rivals he’s not done yet challenging for belts.

The 26-year-old reckons he’s come on leaps and bounds since boxing brains came into his life and he’s determined to carry on producing.

Six points victories followed his debut in 2011 and he has now reached 13 wins, with his eyes on major prizes heading into battle at the Town Hall.

He said: “It’s been going good, I’m trying to keep busy and I’ve had time out with injuries before. I feel like I’ve got momentum to keep up now.

“I’ve had some good knockouts in my past few fights and I’ll always be looking for that. To get the rounds in would be ideal but, when you’re on a roll, anything can happen.

“It’s sticking to my boxing skills that seems to be working, but the stoppages are still coming and that tells its own story.

“I’ve gone on a good run since I first started working with Tim, he’s back in the US now but he’s always at the end of the phone if I need advice.

“I’m training with Junior and he’s been great with me, too. He’s taught me how to make myself awkward to hit and that’s a massive advantage.

“They have both been mentors to me and we’ve all seen a massive improvement. It’s the little things they teach you, you can never learn enough from either of them.

“Winning the Midlands title has been the achievement of my career, so far, but I feel like I’ve got in me to challenge for bigger things.

“You look at the top 10 heavyweights in the UK and there’s the top boys and then the prospects. I’m definitely an up-and-coming fighter.

“I want to have the big nights and test myself and I’ve always dreamed of boxing for the British title. I could be 14-0, after this, so no one can claim I’m not ready for a step up.”

Reigning English bantamweight champion Kyle Williams, from Wolverhampton, returns elsewhere on the card for the first time since claiming the national strap in the summer.

Dudley duo Danny Ball and Connor Lee Jones, a super welterweight and lightweight respectively, also feature, trained by ex-pros Robert Wright and Richard Ghent.

Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies, of Tividale in the Black Country, appears again under the Town Hall lights after recording a six-round points whitewash over Jamie Quinn on September 22.

Troi Coleman, a promising middleweight from Burntwood, completes the card after his winning debut on the same date. He, like Davies, is a former kickboxer.

Tickets, priced at £35 standard and £65 VIP ringside, are still on sale from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It will be £40 for entry on the door.

Beech vs. Fielding For Area Title

Walsall’s James Beech Jr and Tamworth’s Louis Fielding go head to head for the vacant Midlands Area Super Featherweight Title in December.

The pair headline BCB Promotions show at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 8th December.

21-year-old Beech will put on pounds to take his opportunity for Area honours, after intending to campaign at super bantam. Beech is unbeaten after eight paid bouts, with one TKO to his credit, and now puts his ‘0’ on the line against Fielding who has campaigned at that weight for the majority of his 13 fight career to date (8 wins, 5 losses).

“I’ve been wanting something big to happen and this is a whole new level,” beech told bcb-promotions.com. “We tried to get Fielding at feather, but he didn’t think he could make the weight and I can understand that, because he’s a big super feather.

“Both belts are vacant, so it’s no major issue, and I’ll still be looking to get as fit as possible. I’ve not boxed at super featherweight much, but I think I’ll still be strong.”

“James is a sharp lad,” added Fielding. “However, coming up in weight might hinder rather than help him. I know what’s required – I’m the bigger man and I’ve 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.”

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, or here. It will be £40 for entry on the door.

A number of bouts 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 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, Northampton’s Nathan Reeve and Stoke’s Cole Johnson complete the card at super welterweight, bantam and lightweight respectively.

The Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on Bentley Mill Way, are the show’s headline sponsors. They will host the weigh in and after-show party (over 18’s).