Humza Ali is ‘looking to make a statement…’ on his Town Hall debut.

Humza Ali is delighted to be back fighting in front of his home crowd on BCB Promotions’ ‘The Class of 2018’ at Walsall Town Hall, Walsall, on Saturday, 3rd March, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall.

The 22-year-old told bcb-promotions.com he is looking to impress in what he believes will be the most important fight of his life.

“I love fighting in my home town in front of my crowd and my people and that is what we work so hard for. I want to entertain the people and I can’t wait to show everyone how I have improved.

“Every fight plays a major key in where you want to go in your career. Whether it is for a title or just another stepping stone fight, every fight will be a step closer to getting you to where you want to be.

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“My debut was my most important bout of my life but this next one will be even more important. I have to fight every fight like it is a world title fight if I want to get to the levels that I have planned in this sport.

“I have to stay focused and take every fight as it comes and just get the win.

“I am looking to make a statement on this one. After my debut a lot of people were talking about me and praising how I performed on the show and how good I looked.”

The featherweight hasn’t fought since last May but he has promised to put on a show in this one that will be worth waiting for.

“I had a lot going on in my life after my debut so I had to take some time out and assess things,” he added. “But now I am confident as always going into this one. I work hard so it will just be time to show off everything I have been working on when I get in the ring.

“Even when I was off I was still in the gym and training I just wasn’t competing.

“I am moving up to Featherweight from Super Bantamweight and I feel really good. I feel fast and strong in the gym. I have never felt this good before so I just can’t wait to go and put on a performance now.”

The Walsall pugilist wants to mix things up in his second contest and show people he has a smart boxing brain on his young shoulders.

“I have been working on different styles. I showed everyone on my debut that I can come forward and walk someone down for four rounds. This time I want to show that I can pick my shots and box and show people that clever side to my game.

“I want to use my jab more and time my shots and be intelligent. Instead of just trying to knock my opponent out I want to pick the right shots and do maximum damage without getting hit.”

Tickets are priced at £35 general admission (£40 on the door) and £60 (VIP Ringside to include buffet and waitress service), and can be purchased by calling 0845 111 2900. The aftershow will take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall. Find out more about Grosvenor Casino Walsall here: http://www.grosvenorcasinos.com/local-casinos/walsall/

Tickets can also be purchased online at https://iboxingtickets.com/

 

There’s a brand new Video out – AND it features MarksmaN.

MBC Headquarters nearly exploded with the amount of excitement that poured out when the news hit that artist slash producer MarksmaN had agreed to a collaboration for the latest video.

So overjoyed was the camp with the outcome that instead of inviting you over to YouTube to check it out, we decided to post it right here.

Although, if you still want to head to the channel to show some love, that’s always welcomed too. 

 

 

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BCB Promotions Publish ‘Holt vs Jones’ on YouTube Channel

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Paul Holt (left) fought Luke Jones in a gruelling six round semi final.

When Paul Holt fought Luke Jones in the Semi Final of BCB Promotions’ Midlands Boxing Super Series it turned out to be a thoroughly mesmerising six round contest.

Both boxers scored with solid punches throughout. Both took turns driving his opponent back and both made great use of controlling the centre of the ring whenever they could. It was a brutal stand-off that brought out the best of both fighters in terms of both heart and technique.

Fight fans can now catch some of the action from what was truly a terrific fight on BCB Promotions’ YouTube Channel.

“I know I have good punching power.” Ball ahead of ‘Lethal’ bout.

On 23 July 1995 two American astonomers discovered one of the brightest comets seen for many decades, Comet Hale-Bopp. Twenty two years later on exactly the same date another bright light burst onto the scene – this time in the Midlands. And this time, in the shape of Kingswinford’s super welterweight, Danny Ball.

Making his debut at The Caslon Suite in Dudley, in front of a lively 200 strong crowd, Ball, with a repeated combination of crunching body shots, pounded his way to a first round KO win against the Czech Republic fighter, Martin Karbhel.

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Ball continued his solid form by defeating the durable Brierley Hill southpaw MJ Hall at Walsall Town Hall on 30 September before heading to Bilston the following December where  black short he stopped Paul Cummings in round one after flooring him earlier in the round with a peach of a right cross.

Looking to build on his explosive start to professional boxing with another eye-catching performance, Ball takes on Daniel ‘Lethal’ Little in his next bout on Saturday, 3rd March at Walsall Town Hall.

Despite his early success, the Kingswinford pugilist told bcb-promotions.com he still feels he has a lot to improve on and he is hoping for a tough test in this next contest.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my career,” he said. “But this is just the start and I just have to keep focused and keep it up.

“The stoppages do give me confidence and I know I have good punching power so I can always pull something out the bag.

“It looks good on my record too because it shows people that I am an exciting fighter.

“But there is still plenty to work on. I want to build on my fitness even more and I want to get a few more rounds under my belt.

“I haven’t done many rounds so far because I have stopped people so I still need work on how to pace myself for when I do the longer rounds.

“I want to be tested in this one so I know what my limits are so I am hoping for a tough fight.”

Ball has promised to make it a spectacle in his final four round bout before moving up to six round fights later in the year.

“I want to make it exciting and give the fans something to enjoy here,” he added. “I think I am fighting Danny Little. He is an experienced fighter who doesn’t really get stopped so I am expecting to do the whole four rounds here.

“I will try and get him out there and if I do manage to stop him then it will send out a real statement and should open more doors for me.

“He comes to fight and he does have much more experience than me. He knows when to fight and when to protect himself so it will be a difficult one definitely.

“I want to step up to six rounds and then just take it step by step from there and go for the title at the end of the year.

“Hopefully there will be a title fight at the end of the year. If I get another stoppage then I should get fast tracked to bigger things.

“This will be my last four rounder before I up it to the six rounds.”

‘The Class of 2018’ – sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall – sees Walsall super welterweight, Levi Ferguson, Wolverhampton welterweight, Gareth Gardner, and Wolverhampton based Pole, Damian Kiwior (welterweight) all fight for the first time.

They are joined by Walsall bantamweight, Humza Ali, Wolverhampton cruiserweight, Antony Woolery, and Ledbury super lightweight, Alex Florence.

Tickets are priced at £35 general admission (£40 on the door) and £60 (VIP Ringside to include buffet and waitress service), and can be purchased by calling 0845 111 2900. The aftershow will take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall. Find out more about Grosvenor Casino Walsall here: http://www.grosvenorcasinos.com/local-casinos/walsall/

Tickets can also be purchased online at https://iboxingtickets.com/

 

“I think he will help to bring out the best in me” Florence on Adaway bout.

Alex Florence believes his next fight will be a test of his credentials as he goes in search of his fourth successive victory.

The 21-year-old will compete on BCB Promotions’ ‘The Class of 2018’ at Walsall Town Hall, Walsall, on Saturday, 3rd March, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall.

The unbeaten prospect has had three bouts cancelled at late notice and he told bcb-promotions.com he is desperate to kick-start his year with an exciting performance.
“It has been a frustrating period,” he said. ” I hadn’t boxed for a while and I feel like I was a bit too eager in my last fight so I will be looking to improve in this next one.

“It had been an absolute nightmare. I have been in shape and ready to fight for ages now so it has been annoying not to be able to.

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“You have to be out fighting regularly at this stage in my career so it has been very frustrating not being able to do that recently.”

Florence will be up against the durable Chris Adaway who will be competing in his 56th professional contest. The Super-Lightweight believes his experienced opponent is just what he needs.

“Chris Adaway is livelier than most so I think he will help to bring out the best in me,” he added.”The opponents I have fought before go on the back foot when they are hurt whereas Adaway will keep busy against me.

“He is a tough lad and I will be expecting a hard night’s work. He is not a lad you are going to drop easily and he likes to come for a scrap so that will be good.

“Others just come to get paid and avoid getting hurt but Adaway will come and try and beat me.

“When you look at his losses, it is rare he loses by a landslide and he usually wins a couple of rounds.

“Being the away fighter constantly means he is always against it so to take rounds off people as an away fighter proves he is dangerous.

“For me this is another stepping stone. You have to perform well in these fights to prove you are ready for bigger things and I know I can show people I am capable.

“If Chris does pull me apart or land shots that he shouldn’t then it will show I still have a lot to learn.

“But I do think I will be above this barrier and I believe I won’t have any problems on the night.”

The Ledbury pugilist has impressed so far in his fledgling career but he is keen to focus on the job in hand and not to get carried away.

“I tend not to listen too much about what other people have to say about me.

“A lot of people will say I’m a good boxer and some others may disagree, but it’s a different story when you are in the ring with someone.

“I just plan to beat whoever Errol puts in front of me and when he says it is time to step up then we will.

“I don’t like to get ahead of myself and I just want to get the win here and show people how I have improved since my last fight.”

‘The Class of 2018’ sees Walsall super welterweight, Levi Ferguson, Wolverhampton welterweight, Gareth Gardner, and Wolverhampton based Pole, Damian Kiwior (welterweight) all fight for the first time.

They are joined by Walsall bantamweight, Humza Ali, Kingswinford super welterweight, Danny Ball, Wolverhampton cruiserweight, Antony Woolery, and Tividale super welterweight, Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies.

Tickets are priced at £35 general admission (£40 on the door) and £60 (VIP Ringside to include buffet and waitress service), and can be purchased by calling 0845 111 2900. The aftershow will take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall. Find out more about Grosvenor Casino Walsall here: http://www.grosvenorcasinos.com/local-casinos/walsall/

Tickets can also be purchased online at https://iboxingtickets.com/

Midlands Boxing Super Series (Semi Finals Night) in Photographs

The Semi-Finals of the Midlands Boxing Super Series took place at the Stadium Suite on Feb 10th.

We’ve pulled together a collage of some of the best shots from what was a great night of boxing action.

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Jordan’s back, Ball’s on a roll and a ‘Dream Final’ awaits.

When, in a 2010 TV interview, Mike Tyson told Michael Kay that “the attempt for greatness is the biggest drug in the world.” he probably didn’t realise how profound a statement he’d just made. His carefully chosen words were certainly enough to stun the studio audience into a moment of contemplative silence and he would have been well aware of that, but he certainly couldn’t have known that even now, almost ten years later those words would still be resonating in the way that they have and will continue to do.

Making his attempt for greatness on the undercard of BCB Promotions’ Midlands Boxing Super Series, Coventry’s promising southpaw, Jordan ‘The Assassin’ Cooke returned to the ring for his 13th pro fight to take on the experienced Lithuanian boxer Edvinas Puplauskas in the opening contest of the night.

Cooke, who perhaps hasn’t been as busy is he would have liked to be so far in his pro career, especially during 2017 when he only fought twice – losing on points to Henry Janes in February before bouncing back in Birmingham with a points win over Fonz Alexander in the following September, was too clever, fast and elusive for his opponent and notched up a convincing 40 – 36 win.

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Cooke on his way to a convincing points win.

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Next up the three-time world kickboxing champion turned boxer Rachel Ball who, following her successful pro boxing debut in December, was making her 2nd appearance at the Stadium Suite.

Ball was up against a tough little fighter and IBF World Super Featherweight title contender, Poland’s 28 year old Bojana Libiszewska.

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Rachel Ball

It turned out not to be the prettiest of bouts. Ball, the taller of the two fighters, struggled at times to deal with her awkward and fleet-footed opponent’s 5’6″ height and would have been frustrated by the degree of grabbing and holding that became a feature of the bout. Undaunted by the task however, Ball attacked solidly and consistently showing true battling grit and a tigerish prowess – which proved more than enough on this occasion to secure the win and chalk up her 2nd victory in as many fights.

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Rachel Ball in action at the Stadium Suite

On to the first semi final.

Tamworth’s Louis ‘Flash’ Fielding went into his clash with the unbeaten and much fancied Derby born featherweight Indi Sangha knowing that he was the underdog to win not just this fight but the tournament outright.

Speaking about his game plan before the fight Fielding said;

“He’s shorter than me and I think that will be a factor. He’ll try and get in close, so it’s up to me to make sure he can’t do that. He’ll struggle, if I get my game-plan right. He’s a slick counter puncher and a tricky kid, so I’ve got to take him out of his comfort zone.”

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Fielding vs Sangha

When it came to it, unfortunately for Fielding, Sangha didn’t just disregard his opponent’s carefully conceived game-plan, he tore it to pieces and set fire to the scraps.

A blistering three punch combo tore through Fielding’s defence landing him on the seat of his pants towards the end of round one and Sangha, who had already clearly taken control of the fight, was just seconds from finishing the bout when the bell brought the round to a close, coming to Fielding’s rescue in the process.

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Fielding was floored towards the end of Round One

Sangha’s domination continued in the following round despite being tagged by the occasional straight shot and he finished the contest impressively, catching Fielding with a bomb of a right cross that sent the Tamworth fighter toppling into the neutral corner before landing a succession of devastating clean head and body shots that left referee Shaun Messer no alternative but to step in.

The second semi final bout was much more evenly contested. Chasetown’s Luke Jones and Birmingham’s Paul ‘The Incredible’ Holt both put on brave warrior-like displays with neither wanting to give way to the other on any front throughout the fight.

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Holt (left) just manages to evade Jones’s straight right.
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Holt (right) lands a straight left.

In the lead up to the clash Holt had made clear that he felt a rematch in the final against Sangha, the fighter who had beaten him on points at The Holte Suite in September 2017, was ‘written in the stars’ despite admitting that he knew very little about tonight’s opponent in Jones.

It was a draining mental and physical see-saw battle, sometimes a little crude, sometimes a touch manic but thoroughly entertaining throughout. With both fighters desperate for the win and after six hard fought rounds it was indeed Holt that edged it (58-57) to seal his place in the Final and set up what will be a thrilling return bout against Sangha.

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Seconds before MC Ben Walters announces Holt (left) as the winner.