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Posted by in News on September 6, 2019

Danny Ball in title action next month

Undefeated Danny Ball is in confident mood ahead of the biggest fight of his career to date.

The
Kingswinford welterweight, 8-0-1, travels to Ellesmere Port next month to take
on Mason Cartwright for the vacant WBC International Silver Welterweight Title.

It’s Ball’s
toughest test to date but one the likeable 23 year-old is ready to grasp with
both hands.

“This
is my biggest fight to date but I’m more then confident I can bring the title
back to the Black Country,” Ball told bcb-promotions.com. “My weight was at the
lowest it’s been going in to a camp and I’m feeling fit.

“I’m
going to make a statement; I haven’t really been out the gym this year so I’m
buzzing to get this opportunity

“Mason
Cartwright is going to be a game strong opponent but he’s not faced someone
like me I learnt a lot in my last fight with Kaisee Benjamin for the Midlands
Title. It was classed as a draw when I know I did enough to nick it so I’m not going
let this one slip.”

VIP Promotions promote at Ellesmere Sports Village on Saturday, 19th October and tickets are available by contacting Danny on Facebook or via RG Boxfit.

New BCB signing, Shaka Thompson, in action this weekend

Shaka Thompson reckons he’ll have no problems making up for lost time as he gets ready for this ring return this weekend.

Brummie Thompson, from Selly Oak, has signed a management deal to join the BCB Promotions’ stable of fighters and a quick-fire bout was arranged for him.

The 24-year-old middleweight will step through the ropes as part of Tommy Owens’ show, in the Holte Suite at Aston Villa Football Club, on Saturday night (September 7).

The unbeaten southpaw has racked up five pro wins, all on points, and hasn’t lost a round in seeing off Sean Gorman, Callum Ide, Liam Griffiths, Martin Kabhrel and Jordan Grannum.

His upcoming outing will be the first time he’s boxed in 2019, after a series of call offs curtailed his return to action.

The left-hander won plaudits last year, too, highlighted when he received the Best Newcomer award from the Midlands area council of the British Boxing Board of Control.

Trainer Tom Chaney will remain in Thompson’s corner and the two have been working hard at Hall Green Boxing Club in Birmingham.

Thompson appears to have taken the time off in his stride and believes he won’t have skipped a beat from his spell on the sidelines.

He said: “I’m very happy with my progress, everyday that I go to the gym I am working extremely hard to perfect my craft, under the tutelage of my coach.

“With the hard work I have put it in, I was also blessed to win an award from my efforts but it’s only the start of an exciting journey to the top.

“I’m not frustrated with the time I had out of the ring, because it was out of my control. In life, you are tested and this was only a small hurdle for me to jump over.

“I have kept a level head and I feel the situation I was put in, with fights falling through, humbled me because it’s allowed me to perfect my craft.

“I understand this is part of the sport, but it’s how you conquer it and move forward. My goal for the rest of the year is to work hard in the gym and keep improving.

“When my opportunities come along, I will show who I am in the ring with actions. I’m just looking to be myself and showcase my quality.

“This time, I’ll be boxing in honour of Ann Humphrey, who was important to me she was my grandmother’s best friend they were like sisters.

“Ann passed away from cancer and fought it everyday, with a smile on her face. She was my hero and she’ll be with me in spirit. She loved boxing and never missed one of my matches.

“My long-term goals for boxing have not changed since the day I walked in a gym as a child and put on my first gloves – it’s to go all the way to the top.”

Posted by in Breaking News on August 30, 2019
Shaka Thompson with BCB’s Paul Mann

BCB Promotions are delighted to announce the signing of Shaka Thompson.

The undefeated middleweight has signed a management contract with BCB and will continue to be trained by the well respected Tom Chaney.

“We’re delighted to have Shaka on board,” explained BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson. “He’s an immensely talented middleweight with a bright future ahead. We want to manoeuvre him in to a title position in the coming months and really push him forward.”

The 24 year-old, who was awarded ‘Best Newcomer at the BBBoC Midlands Area Annual Awards last year, has made an impressive start to life as a professional and continues his journey at Villa Park next Saturday, 7th September.

“Shaka is extremely talented,” added BCB’s Head Trainer, Paul Mann (pictured with Thompson). “We have an excellent relationship with Tom Chaney, Rich Lomas and all at Hall Green Boxing Club and are delighted to further cement our relationship by adding Shaka to our stable.”

Big time boxing back in Wolverhampton!

Kyle Williams will fight for the WBO European bantamweight title in his hometown of Wolverhampton in October.

Their 10-round contest will headline BCB Promotions’ show at the Hangar Events Centre on Friday, 18th October.

Williams is one of the city’s own and hails from Whitmore Reans. He’s well known to local fight fans, from his exploits in both boxing and kick-boxing.

The 27-year-old was a world title holder in kickboxing, winning the ICO crown at featherweight, before switching over three years ago. His transition to boxing has yielded Midlands and English honours, Williams vacated both belts after landing an opportunity against British champion, Kash Farooq, in April. Sadly, Williams suffered a first career loss on that night in Glasgow.

Williams returned to winning ways with a routine victory over Jose Aguilar in July and is now ready for a shot at a fringe world honours.

“I’ve been trying to push for something big and to have that in my hometown again is great,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “I won the English title in Wolverhampton, so it’s a good omen for me. 

“I’ve progressed quickly and I’m staying motivated, because I believe in myself and what I want to achieve. 

“I’ve had my comeback and it was a comfortable win. I’ve been in camp ever since so I will be ready for this shot when it comes around.”

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

Ricky Summers, from Tipton but a resident of Wombourne, has previously challenged for the British light heavyweight title.

‘Digger’ was outpointed by Frank Buglioni in 2017 and lost by the same virtue to Andre Sterling earlier this year, the only defeats on his pro ledger.

Summers has conversely racked up 16 wins, with five TKOs, over a seven-year paid career and has returned to beat Harry Matthews since the Sterling setback.

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 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.

Sid Bowater ended a two-year exile from pro boxing with an over-the-distance success over ‘Fonz’ Alexander in July.

Bowater took a long break upon conceding his ‘0’ to Nathan Hardy, after three victories in the welter ranks. He’s seen the final bell on every occasion.

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.

The second-generation fighter is the son of Jimmy Beech, who featured on 31 occasions as a pro. He’s a graduate of Pleck Boxing Club, who he represented 80 times with 50 wins.

Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now. It will be £40 for entry on the door. For more information, contact the boxers or visit myfighttickets.com/

Lord Lonsdale shot on the horizon for Clarke

British Title hopefuls Lennox Clarke and Andrew Robinson are back in action next month.

The duo feature on BCB Promotions’ ‘Britain Awaits’ show on Saturday, 28th September at Walsall Town Hall.

The pair have been given mandatory positions to challenge for the Super Middleweight and Middleweight Title respectively and will use the 28th as a sharpener for their Lord Lonsdale shots which they hope to secure by the end of 2019.

Rowley Regis’ Tyler Denny is also in action alongside Telford’s Liam Davies, Dudley’s Ruben Campbell and Walsall’s Rachel Ball.

Three debutants complete the card as Walsall’s Kashiff Khan, Worcester’s Owen Cooper and Birmingham’s Dylan Norman all make their paid bow.

Tickets, priced at £35 or £65 VIP Ringside are available by calling 0845 111 2900 or by contacting the boxers direct.

BCB Make Potteries Return!

Midlands Area Middleweight Champion Nathan Heaney tops BCB Promotions’ latest show in Stoke.

Heaney was due to defend his strap against Uttoxeter’s Josh Groombridge before Groombridge announced he was pulling out of the contest. Now the Hitman is ready to take his frustration on his new opponent yet to be confirmed.

Fellow Stoke fighters Kieran McLaren, Cole Johnson, Luke Caci and Atal Khan are also in action at King’s Hall on Saturday, 12th October.

Brierley Hill’s Connor Lee Jones, Southam’s Amy Timlin and Burntwood’s Troi Coleman complete the card.

Tickets, priced at £35 or £65 VIP Ringside are available by contacting the boxers.

Dani Hodges in action on 20th July 2018, Banks’ Stadium, Walsall

Dani Hodges will be facing another step up when she looks to get back to winning ways with her ring return this weekend.
Hodges is determined to redress the balance with her first six-round contest, where she’s been paired with the unbeaten Emma McCulloch.
They feature on BCB Promotions’ show at the Venue, on Dudley high street. The afternoon offering, on July 28, has been titled ‘Sunday Service.’
It’s all part of a plan for ‘the Pocket Rocket,’ who is planning to drop down from flyweight to minimumweight where there are still world champions with the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF.
Hodges, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, is immediately wanting to bounce back from May’s points defeat to Lisa Whiteside.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Whiteside’s pro debut saw her win all of the four rounds, earning a 40-36 points success.
The bout took place on the under-card of Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO super middleweight title win over Shefat Isufi, at Stevenage Football Club’s Lamex Stadium.
A taste of the big time has given Hodges a thirst for the big stage, but first comes a potentially tricky affair again Scot McCullouch.
Her opponent was a three-time national champion as an amateur and turned over in February, outpointing Teodora Hristova by a 40-37 verdict.
Hodges’ first victory as a pro came over Hristova, after first punching for pay against Eva Naranjo in Spain two years ago.
A fourth round TKO loss wasn’t sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control, but counted on her pro record nonetheless.
Hristova, Sonia Klos, Lauren Parker and Roz Mari Silyanova have since been vanquished over-the-distance, with her ledger now standing at four wins with two defeats.
The 33-year-old has been training hard at Platinum Boxing Club in her hometown, with the gym now dedicated to the sweet science after previously teaching kickboxing.
Hodges said: “In a way, I’m sort of glad it happened. Every time I’ve been beat, I’ve always come back a better fighter. I just learn from it.
“I may have lost, but I was always up against it, with her pedigree, and I gave her a good test. I thought I did myself proud.
“It was a great experience, to be boxing on the Billy Joe under-card in a stadium felt surreal but amazing, at the same time.
“Usually I just walk out and look at nothing but the ring, but I had to take a moment and just appreciate how big it all was.
“A lot of people came up to me after and said how much they enjoyed the fight. She’s a strong girl, who was a lot bigger than me, and I saw the final bell.
“I think they knew I was tough, but they didn’t realise just how tough. I’ve sparred her since and the feedback has been good.
“Her camp has seen improvements in me, in my movement and now tight I’m keeping my guard, and we’re all friends now.
“Lisa is a beast in there, it was a day before weigh-in and, when I got in there, I was like ‘where did the rest of you come from?’
“It’s made me realise that the right decision is to go down to minimumweight, I walk around at flyweight and I’ve even come in under before.
“I’m really excited about it, I’ve got a good six-rounder here and I don’t want an easy ride. She won’t be getting one.”
Two hometown favourites will be in action elsewhere on the card, with Danny Ball and Connor Lee Jones slated to appear.
Ball, from Kingswinford, came close to becoming the Midlands welterweight champion in December, pushing title holder Benjamin to a points draw.
He was then matched for a shot at WBC Youth Intercontinental boss Jon Miguez in Spain, but an injury to his opponent saw the opportunity scuppered.
He instead focusses on adding to his eight wins from nine contests, with three TKOs including two in the first round. Two of those successes took place at the Venue.
Dudley’s Jones will be looking to extend his unbeaten start in the lightweight ranks, after racking up three spotless points successes.
The Lions Boxing Club graduate, an England international as a junior amateur, has vanquished experienced foes in Liam Richards, Kristian Laight and Ibrar Riyaz.
Kyle Williams is another to feature in the home corner, determined to get back to winning ways and rebuild after his setback for British honours.
Williams, from Wolverhampton, was handed his first defeat on the big stage in April, against Kash Farooq and relinquished the English bantamweight crown for the opportunity.
His next task is to add to his 10 wins, with three TKOs, having also picked up a Midlands belt along the way before claiming national glory.
James Beech Jr has relinquished the area strap at super feather, as he’s looking to come down to super bantam.
The second-generation fighter makes the short trip from nearby Bloxwich, featuring in the paid ranks for a 10th time after nine wins, with three stoppages.
He’s the son of Jimmy Beech, who featured 31 times as a pro at lightweight between 1999 and 2008. He’s a graduate of Pleck Boxing Club, who he featured for 80 times with 50 wins.
Reigning Midlands flyweight title holder Ijaz Ahmed has already defended his belt once, after claiming the area strap.
Ahmed beat Conor Blackshaw for the vacant belt and then saw off fellow Brummie Matt Windle to keep it, with a keep-busy affair now lined up.
Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker has five victories, his in the welterweight division, with two TKOs already to his credit.
‘The Wolf’ is emerging as a prospect with a boxing legend in his corner, as he’s coached by two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton.
Walker already has his first six-rounder under his belt, outpointing Nathan Bendon at the same Town Hall in May.
Alex Florence is unbeaten in the super lightweight ranks, with five victories and one stoppage of his own.
‘Pinky,’ from Ledbury in Herefordshire, will register his first bout of 2019 having passed his two-year anniversary as a pro.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now. It will be £40 for entry on the door. For more information, contact the boxers.

Pinky Back In Action

Alex Florence is planning to implement changes when he returns to the ring after over a year out of action.

Florence will have spent 14 months on the sidelines when he next steps through the ropes, having recovered from a broken wrist.

He next features on BCB Promotions’ show at the Venue, on Dudley high street. The afternoon offering, on July 28, has been titled ‘Sunday Service.’

‘Pinky’ will have new trainers leading him into battle, with ex-professionals Richard Ghent and Robert Wright taking charge of him.

The 22-year-old has also relocated to Malvern in Worcestershire, making the move from Ledbury in his home country of Herefordshire.

The Hereford-born prospect resumes his efforts in the super lightweight ranks, with five victories and one stoppage previously recorded.

He’s passed his two-year anniversary as a pro, having debuted in 2017 with whitewash points successes over Kristian Laight and Liam Richards that year.

He wiped out Jan Korec inside a round come March of 2018, before stepping up to six rounds against Michael Mooney that May.

Another landslide points result came at a cost, with Florence hurting himself early on while unloading his arsenal. He now comes back with a fresh impetus.

He said: “I’m enjoying training with Richie and the team, the style he teaches is on my wavelength and that’s to hit and not get hit.

“I’m at the stage of my pro career where I need to perfect those techniques, although I know I’m more than capable of having a fight.

“It’s been over a year since I’ve last been in there, I broke my left wrist in the first round against Mooney and didn’t realise how bad it was.

“I spoke to Mooney afterwards and he told me he might not have seen the sixth, if I’d had kept the pace I’d started with. I’d already bust him up a bit.

“I felt a lot stronger than him, but my jab went when my hand did. It was really swollen, at first, then it really started hurting later on.

“It’s not bothering me at all now, so I’ve all really lost is time. It does bother me, I’d be knocking on for 10 bouts now if I’d stayed fit.

“I haven’t lost in a long time, I think I had something like a winning run of 17 towards the end of my time as an amateur. I’ve never even gave a round up as a pro.

“I’m planning to continue at super lightweight, but I make it well so, at a day before weigh-in, I could probably make lightweight. It’s good to have options.

“Of course, there’s likely to be a bit of ring rust, so I just want to get these four rounds out of the way and then jump straight back up to six.

“If I’m honest, my fitness hasn’t been that great in the past, but I’m doing much better now. My running patterns and circuits have changed and I’m getting much more sparring.

“I’m still a fair way from a 10-rounder, but I’d feel comfortable going for the Midlands title. Kane Baker had it at lightweight, but he’s planning to vacate.

“We’ve had him in the gym for sparring and I know Shaun Cooper has been mandatory challenger. We know each other well.

“I beat and dropped him in the amateurs, but I’ve watched him since and it looked like his man strength has come through. I’d still fancy it, though.”

Two hometown favourites will be in action elsewhere on the card, with Danny Ball and Connor Lee Jones slated to appear.

Ball, from Kingswinford, came close to becoming the Midlands welterweight champion in December, pushing title holder Benjamin to a points draw.

He was then matched for a shot at WBC Youth Intercontinental boss Jon Miguez in Spain, but an injury to his opponent saw the opportunity scuppered.

He instead focusses on adding to his eight wins from nine contests, with three TKOs including two in the first round. Two of those successes took place at the Venue.

Dudley’s Jones will be looking to extend his unbeaten start in the lightweight ranks, after racking up three spotless points successes.
The Lions Boxing Club graduate, an England international as a junior amateur, has vanquished experienced foes in Liam Richards, Kristian Laight and Ibrar Riyaz.

Kyle Williams is another to feature in the home corner, determined to get back to winning ways and rebuild after his setback for British honours.
Williams, from Wolverhampton, was handed his first defeat on the big stage in April, against Kash Farooq and relinquished the English bantamweight crown for the opportunity.

His next task is to add to his 10 wins, with three TKOs, having also picked up a Midlands belt along the way before claiming national glory.

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

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

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

Reigning Midlands flyweight title holder Ijaz Ahmed has already defended his belt once, after claiming the area strap.

Ahmed beat Conor Blackshaw for the vacant belt and then saw off fellow Brummie Matt Windle to keep it, with a keep-busy affair now lined up.

Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker has five victories, his in the welterweight division, with two TKOs already to his credit.

‘The Wolf’ is emerging as a prospect with a boxing legend in his corner, as he’s coached by two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton.

Walker already has his first six-rounder under his belt, outpointing Nathan Bendon at the same Town Hall in May.

Female flyweight Dani Hodges, from Burntwood, will be determined to get back to winning ways after a first points defeat.

It took Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lisa Whiteside to beat her, a first setback since a TKO loss to Eva Naranjo in Spain two years ago.

An eventful 2019 has also seen the ‘Pocket Rocket’ vanquish Lauren Parker and Roz Mari Silyanova, adding to victories over Sonia Klos and Teodora Hristova.

Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now. It will be £40 for entry on the door. For more information, contact the boxers.

Danny Ball fights in Dudley later this month

Danny Ball will be going for the big punches with a point to prove when he steps through the ropes for a homecoming.

His fans won’t have far to travel to watch him next him perform, with a bout in his backyard fast approaching on Sunday July 28.

He features on BCB Promotions’ show at the Venue, on Dudley high street. The afternoon offering has been titled ‘Sunday Service.’

Unbeaten Ball, who is originally from Priory Park but now living in Kingswinford, has boxed twice there already over his pro tenure and during his unlicensed career.

Leading him into battle will be coaches Richard Ghent, from Coseley, and Robert Wright, of Dudley, who are both ex-professionals.

Older brother Jamie also boxed in the pro ranks, most notably winning the Midlands light middleweight title in 2011.

Younger sibling Danny came close to claiming an area crown at welterweight last December, pushing champion Kaisee Benjamin to a draw.

The two battled to a 95-95 stalemate after 10 rounds, leaving Ball belt-less but not beaten. A rematch has been called for, but yet to be confirmed.

Ball was then matched for a shot at WBC Youth Intercontinental boss Jon Miguez in Spain, but an injury to his opponent saw the opportunity scuppered.

The 22-year-old now turns his attention towards ring time back in the Black Country, still smarting from the experiences that have befell him.

He’ll be immediately focused on adding to his eight wins from nine contests, with three TKOs including two in the first round.

He said: “I thought I’d done enough to become the Midlands champion. I’ve only watched it back once, but I was disappointed that the decision didn’t go my way.

“The feedback that I got from other people was the same, but I knew it was close. If I’m honest, neither of us boxed as we normally would.

“Kaisee didn’t fall into the trap that we’d set for him, he was far more clever than we thought and didn’t really commit himself.

“He’s supposed to be a big puncher, so I boxed on the back-foot instead of coming forward and being the aggressor, which is my style.

“I found that the longer distance suited me more, I had a look at him early on and felt I had him figured out by the later rounds.

“He didn’t want to stand and trade with me, he was hitting and running and I didn’t go after him as much as I perhaps should of.

“If there was a rematch, I’d take the fight to him and, hopefully, that can happen later in the year. They know where I am.

“I was well up for the WBC shot, I watched a video of him when it was mentioned and was sure that I’d beat him. I was buzzing about it.

“I was gutted when he pulled out, it got me down a bit and I’m not sure that it’ll come up again, but I proved I’ll go anywhere if the opportunity is right.

“I just want to get back out there now and I’ll be letting my frustrations out in the ring on July 28. I’ll be switched on.

“I’m getting more mature in my performances and I’m looking to get another knockout on my card. What better place to do that than at my home venue.”

The Dudley presence is further heightened by the presence of Connor Lee Jones, another member of the RG Box Fit stable.

Jones will be looking to extend his unbeaten start in the lightweight ranks, after racking up three spotless points successes.

The Lions Boxing Club graduate, an England international as a junior amateur, has vanquished experienced foes in Liam Richards, Kristian Laight and Ibrar Riyaz.

Kyle Williams is another to feature in the home corner, determined to get back to winning ways and rebuild after his setback for British honours.

Williams, from Wolverhampton, was handed his first defeat on the big stage in April, against Kash Farooq and relinquished the English bantamweight crown for the opportunity.

His next task is to add to his 10 wins, with three TKOs, having also picked up a Midlands belt along the way before claiming national glory.

Fellow Wolves fighter, Conah Walker, is also in action. Walker has five victories, his in the welterweight division, with two TKOs already to his credit.

‘The Wolf’ is emerging as a prospect with a boxing legend in his corner, as he’s coached by two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton.

Walker already has his first six-rounder under his belt, outpointing Nathan Bendon at the same Town Hall in May.

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

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

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

Reigning Midlands flyweight title holder Ijaz Ahmed has already defended his belt once, after claiming the area strap.

Ahmed beat Conor Blackshaw for the vacant belt and then saw off fellow Brummie Matt Windle to keep it, with a keep-busy affair now lined up.

Alex Florence is unbeaten in the super lightweight ranks, with five victories and one stoppage of his own.

‘Pinky,’ from Ledbury in Herefordshire, will register his first bout of 2019 having passed his two-year anniversary as a pro.

Female flyweight Dani Hodges, from Burntwood, will be determined to get back to winning ways after a first points defeat.

It took Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lisa Whiteside to beat her, a first setback since a TKO loss to Eva Naranjo in Spain two years ago.

An eventful 2019 has also seen the ‘Pocket Rocket’ vanquish Lauren Parker and Roz Mari Silyanova, adding to victories over Sonia Klos and Teodora Hristova.

Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now. It will be £40 for entry on the door. For more information, contact the boxers.

Posted by in News on July 18, 2019
9th Dec 2018, Ijaz Ahmend vs Connor Blackshaw, Midlands Area Flyweight Title, Holiday Inn, Birmingham

Ijaz Ahmed believes he’s ready for the next step as the Midlands champion prepares to get busy again with ring time.

The reigning area flyweight boss will compete in a six-rounder, four months on from his maiden defence of those honours.

He features on BCB Promotions’ show at the Venue, on Dudley high street. The afternoon offering, on July 28, has been titled ‘Sunday Service.’

Ahmed has boxed two 10-rounders inside the first seven contests of his pro career, which have all gone the distance.

The 26-year-old racked up wins over Craig Derbyshire, Sergey Tasimov and Gary Reeve, before he was downed by Brett Fidoe.

‘Jazzy’ bounced back to beat Anwar Alfadli and then went straight into a clash for the vacant crown against Conor Blackshaw.

Ahmed’s hand was raised by two rounds in a 97-95 call with referee Shaun Messer, after a keenly fought affair.

He then put the strap up against fellow Brummie Matt Windle, who stunned him by putting him on the floor in the second round.

Back came Ahmed to press and eventually get on top of proceedings, earning another decision from Mr Messer but this time by a 97-94 scoreline.

Kyle Yousaf and Andrew Selby, who are in possession of the English and British belts respectively, are targets for him going forward.

He’s been sparring a world title challenger in the run-up to this one, in the form of Scotland-based IBF contender Muhammed Waseem.

BCB stable-mates Kyle Williams and James Beech have also shared a training ring and share a similar standing, as Midlands title winners.

Ahmed said: “I don’t know whether we’ll go for the English or straight to the British. There’s no one in the Midlands to challenge me, I’ve defended my belt and it’s time to move on.

“Matt is a nice person and a good boxer, but I feel like I was the worthy winner of that fight. I didn’t even think it was close.

“I took him a bit lightly early on and paid the price, with the knockdown, but he couldn’t handle the pace and the onslaught after that.

“I’ve lost the once myself, as a pro, there were circumstances behind the scenes that led to that and I put it behind me to go on a winning streak.

“I need to get back in there, shake off the ring rust and put on a performance for the fans then, after the summer, I want to move forward.

“I want to win another title by the end of the year, I know where I am and where I need to be to become a top champion.

“I’ll be ready when the chance comes, I’ve been working hard in the gym every day and I’ve had some great sparring.

“I believe in myself and, one day, I want an opportunity at a world title and to take on the best fighters in the world. I just need to keep progressing.”

Two hometown favourites will be in action elsewhere on the card, with Danny Ball and Connor Lee Jones slated to appear.

Ball, from Kingswinford, came close to becoming the Midlands welterweight champion in December, pushing title holder Benjamin to a points draw.

He was then matched for a shot at WBC Youth Intercontinental boss Jon Miguez in Spain, but an injury to his opponent saw the opportunity scuppered.

He instead focusses on adding to his eight wins from nine contests, with three TKOs including two in the first round. Two of those successes took place at the Venue.

Dudley’s Jones will be looking to extend his unbeaten start in the lightweight ranks, after racking up three spotless points successes.

The Lions Boxing Club graduate, an England international as a junior amateur, has vanquished experienced foes in Liam Richards, Kristian Laight and Ibrar Riyaz.

Kyle Williams is another to feature in the home corner, determined to get back to winning ways and rebuild after his setback for British honours.

Williams, from Wolverhampton, was handed his first defeat on the big stage in April, against Kash Farooq and relinquished the English bantamweight crown for the opportunity.

His next task is to add to his 10 wins, with three TKOs, having also picked up a Midlands belt along the way before claiming national glory.

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

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

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

Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker has five victories, his in the welterweight division, with two TKOs already to his credit.

‘The Wolf’ is emerging as a prospect with a boxing legend in his corner, as he’s coached by two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton.

Walker already has his first six-rounder under his belt, outpointing Nathan Bendon at the same Town Hall in May.

Alex Florence is unbeaten in the super lightweight ranks, with five victories and one stoppage of his own.

‘Pinky,’ from Ledbury in Herefordshire, will register his first bout of 2019 having passed his two-year anniversary as a pro.

Female flyweight Dani Hodges, from Burntwood, will be determined to get back to winning ways after a first points defeat.

It took Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lisa Whiteside to beat her, a first setback since a TKO loss to Eva Naranjo in Spain two years ago.

An eventful 2019 has also seen the ‘Pocket Rocket’ vanquish Lauren Parker and Roz Mari Silyanova, adding to victories over Sonia Klos and Teodora Hristova.

Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now. It will be £40 for entry on the door. For more information, contact the boxers.