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“I want to get back in the Title mix” Dave Allen ahead of BCB’s ‘Neutral Ground.’

He may be used to the big arenas and Sky Sports cameras but Dave Allen is looking forward to going back to his roots as he makes his Walsall Town Hall debut on Friday (May 4th).

The White Rhino has enjoyed momentous battles with the likes of Dillian Whyte, Luis Ortiz and Lenroy Thomas and has become Boxing Royalty thanks to his exploits on social media

“I’m looking forward to it,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “Basically I want to box as much as possible.

“My manager Mick Marsden knows Errol Johnson (Head of Boxing at BCB) and he said there was a show available. Honestly I had no idea where Walsall was when he told me about it but I’m happy to be taking my small hall tour to the Midlands. You never know if all goes well I might move down here and bring an arena show to Walsall one day!”

“I want to get back in the title mix either Commonwealth or British but May 4th is about getting some rounds in and picking up a win. Every ticket I’ve been given has sold. A lot of people have asked to meet up the days before to play table tennis and hang out so I’m looking forward to seeing what the town has to offer.”

With a British title on the line the main event Langford versus Welborn is a match up that has got Allen’s attention.

“To be honest I was expecting a few six rounders and a couple prospects but this is a proper fight. Langford is near a world title shot and Welborn’s beaten Morrison so it should be a good scrap.”

Tickets, for Neutral Ground – Langford versus Welborn – priced at £50 standard unreserved and £150 VIP Ringside, are on sale now from the Walsall Town Hall Box Office 0845 111 2900.

The undercard features Tyler Denny, Walsall featherweight, Rachel Ball, Swadlincote super welterweight, Ross Hollis, and Birmingham duo Kane Baker (super lightweight), Shaka Thompson (super middleweight).

The weigh-in and aftershow party will take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall, Bentley Mill Drive, Walsall (just off junction 10 of the M6). The show is sponsored by Amphion Construction, Alliance Scaffolding and Grosvenor Casino Walsall.

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‘Time To Shine.’ – A Night of Boxing Drama – in Two Parts.

Fight By Fight. Pt 2


BCB Promotions

Walsall Town Hall

21 April 2018


Ricky Summers vs. Tayar Mehmed

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Sandwell born Ricky Summers made light work of his top of the bill clash against his Bulgarian challenger, Tayar Mehmed with a display of boxing that eased him to a 60-53 win according to Referee Martin Williams’ scorecard.

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Summers racked up the 15th win of his pro career after dominating throughout the six round contest with Mehmed, the slightly older boxer by comparison, struggling to make any real impression.

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When Summers entered the hall to a ‘Ready or Not’ Refugees remix and took to the ring he immediately owned it. Nothing that Mehmed did after that point changed that and throughout the fight the eager crowd, with their ‘only one Ricky Summers’ chants and vociferous support made clear whose side they were on and whom they also felt owned the ring.

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Rumours abound that a title shot is around the corner and given Summers’ impressive 15 win record cemented by tonight’s confident display, who would count against it?


Lennox Clarke vs. Wilmer Gonzalez

Team Lennox are clearly a force to be reckoned with.  Clarke himself, the current International Boxing Organisation Continental Super Middleweight Champion told Behind The Gloves, after winning the IBO Title in December 2017,

“I’ve proven myself now. I’ve proved I can dig deep. I’ve proved I’m fit. I’ve proved all the questions asked of me. I’ve had a slow start, now I’m ready to go.”

Team Clarke

Far from having to dig deep for this particular fight the Birmingham boxer barely had to scratch beneath the surface as he landed a first round stoppage against the 35 year old Nicaraguan born Gonzalez.

On paper it looked to be a decent match-up with Gonzalez bringing a record of 19 wins, 12 by way of KO and 13 defeats (with one draw) to the ring. In the process he’d also made four previous Title challenges and although unsuccessful in each one, was not a name to be taken lightly.

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However, Clarke tore the script to pieces and then in a manner that could only earn him so much more respect, was even slightly apologetic to us and his followers after the fight –  telling MBC,

“I didn’t really get going. I didn’t really get into it.”

He clearly wanted more of a challenge from the fight and watching the fight from ringside you could see why he felt that way.

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Gonzalez made an ambitious looking start to the first round and challenged for control of the centre of the ring. He threw a couple of useful looking body and head shots during the first minute but  went down under the weight of Clarke’s punch power when he got caught by a short left before the second minute of the round had expired.

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Birmingham Boxing Column has named Lennox Clarke as their ‘Boxer of the Year.’ The decision isn’t a tough one to decipher given Clarke’s acheivements over the past 12 months and if his impressive record is anything to go by there are surely even more  exciting times ahead for this talented Midlands fighter.


Damian Kiwior vs. Mario Petrov

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If Damian Kiwior is going to find the same level of success in the pro ranks as he did in his amateur days he may have to take a few lessons from the Floyd Mayweather Jr school of boxing – and find a way to hit and not get hit.

Will he be pleased to have gone to 2-0 with this hard fought points win over the 14 fight Bulgarian pugilist? Of course he will. But will he be pleased with his all round performance on the night? Hmmm…Maybe not. And if not then the reason for this? Well let’s be frank, he got caught a few too many times.

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Kiwior made a bright start. Flashing out an effective jab, closing down the ring and with both fast hands and feet he was clearly the dominant force for the first two rounds. But his right cross, a potentially potent piece of his artillery that he tends to favour,  found the open air way too often and he got effectively counterpunched just enough to leave him bloody nosed and looking perhaps a little chastened and despondent come the final bell.

That said, when Kiwior was good he was really good. He threw some stinging body shots when he managed to get up close and he remained on a relentless prowl scoring with some effective eye-catching blows in patches throughout the fight. He was particularly successful in round four, throwing banging combinations to head and body that would have left any undecided observer clear about who should win the contest, despite a game showing from the durable and willing Petrov.

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Next up for the Wolverhampton based prospect, a third professional outing on 9th June on the undercard of the Kyle Williams vs. Thomas Essomba Title fight that takes place in his home town. As of yet his opponent hasn’t been announced but Kiwior will know that in the eyes of his eager, growing fan base, whoever he faces  he’ll be looking to beat, and beat convincingly.

To see what happened in the remainder of this fight card click here

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Shaka Excited To Be Back Out

Fresh from a win at Villa Park in March Shaka Thompson (3-0 0KO’s) faces a quick turnaround as he looks ahead to featuring on BCB Promotions’ ‘Neutral Ground’ show at Walsall Town Hall on Friday, 4th May.

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“I’m very happy with the opportunity to be boxing on a big show to showcase my abilities in front of a large crowd,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “It’s beneficial for me to be back in the ring as soon as I am because it allows me to be sharp and grow with experience.”

Each of Thompson’s three previous opponent’s have taken him the distance something the Birmingham native isn’t too concerned about it

“I train out of the Hall Green boxing club, and I am being coached by Tom Chaney, every day I step in the gym I’m learning and perfecting my craft.

At the moment I’m still in the early stages of my pro career, I’m only 22 so I’ve got time on my side. I’ve been very happy with my three performances my aim is to always work on the tactics I’ve been drilling in the gym with Tom. If the knockout comes it comes my main priority is to win and move forward in my career.”

Thompson trains at the same gym as British champion Tommy Langford and is confident his stable mate will get the job done in the huge British title clash that headlines the show.

“It’s a very entertaining match up, I’ve seen Jason Welborn box before when I was an amateur watching a pro show. He is a tough, come forward boxer but I train along side Tommy everyday and this guy trains his heart out he is a machine and has a very high boxing IQ. I believe he will be coming out the victor.”

Despite his obvious interest in the main event Thompson is confident his fans will make plenty of noise on the night as he looks to make a statement.

“I am truly blessed to have the supporters who buy my tickets because without them I wouldn’t be able to go after my dreams. I want to say a big thank you to my loyal sponsor Tony Geraghty Butchers they have been supporting me since the amateurs and have been with me ever since.”.”

Tickets, for Langford versus Welborn, priced at £50 standard unreserved and £150 VIP Ringside, are on sale now from the Walsall Town Hall Box Office 0845 111 2900.The undercard features Denny, Doncaster Heavyweight and two-time Commonwealth Title Challenger, Dave Allen, Walsall featherweight, Rachel Ball, Swadlincote super welterweight, Ross Hollis, and Birmingham super lightweight Kane Baker.

The weigh-in and aftershow party will take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall, Bentley Mill Drive, Walsall (just off junction 10 of the M6).

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‘Time To Shine.’ – A Night of Boxing Drama – in Two Parts.

Walsall Twon Hall Time To Shine

Fight By Fight. Pt 1


BCB Promotions

Walsall Town Hall


Leon Gower vs. Brett Fidoe

Super Bantamweight Contest, 4 Rounds.

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Leon Gower began his pro career in December 2015 fighting at lightweight division where, at Walsall Town Hall on the undercard of the Joe Hughes vs. Anthony Upton English Super Lightweight Title fight, he won his first bout against Swindon’s Joe Beeden.  He went on to win his second bout just three months later against Sheffield’s Qasim Hussain, both on points and at the same weight and venue.

He dropped to featherweight for his next three fights and impressively forced three eye catching stoppages, the most recent of which was a first round tko over the seasoned Latvian fighter, Dimitrijs Gutmans in March this year at the Kings Hall in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Team Gower focused and ready to go whilst Fidoe (inset) looks pensive

For this, his first contest in the 8st 10lb division the popular Burton-on-Trent fighter stepped to the ring to the distinct sound of Kasabian’s ‘Underdog’ and looked, well let’s just say, not like an underdog but more like a very confident boxer. His opponent, the fit and durable Brett Fidoe, was already in the ring looking deep in thought and pacing around in menacing form near his own corner.

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From the first bell Gower, the taller of the two contestants, dominated the contest and with his fast hand speed, great movement and array of punches carved out another impressive win despite Fidoe showing some great counterpunching techniques and also looking very sharp throughout.

On the ref’s scorecard Gower came away with a 40 – 37 decision which would have been enhanced in his favour when in the final round, Martin Williams docked Fidoe a point for holding.


Sajid Abid vs. Dylan Draper

Welterweight Contest, 4 Rounds.

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Sajid Abid likes to use straight lefts and rights. He enjoys throwing combinations and is comfortable building up his attacks behind a crisp jab. He’s a clever boxer with good vision and he has no problem controlling the centre of the ring whenever he can.

Generally, he might carry his hands a little low, but unlike the gifted Kirkland Laing, a top welterweight fighter from yesteryear who made this type of approach a part of his ringcraft and demeanour, Abid will do this mostly when he’s out of range. When stepping in to throw punches his defence tends to tighten up.

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The 23 year old fighter from Derby wasn’t really troubled by the outclassed but high spirited Draper and Abid made his way to his fifth straight win in as many pro contests.

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Draper in good spirits despite loss (image: p.media.live)


Ryan Aston vs. Anthony Fox

Super Middleweight Contest, 4 Rounds.

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German born Anthony ‘the Matador’ Fox was absolutely buzzing at the conclusion of this contest. And why wouldn’t he be? He’d just grabbed his third successive win and had upset the odds against a fighter in Dudley’s Ryan Aston who had, to this point, held an impressive win record and KO percentage.

Aston, courtesy of his great form, has challenged for first of all the Midlands Area Middleweight Title, losing by a stoppage to Nottingham’s Curtis Valentine, then the Midlands Area Super Welterweight Title which he lost on points to Tividale’s Jason Welborn, then for the IBF International Super Welterweight Title which he lost by stoppage to East Dulwich’s Ahmet ‘Punch Picker’ Patterson and most recently – again for the Midlands Area Middleweight Title which saw him lose by stoppage to the Birmingham born prospect, Craig Cunningham. This stunning defeat at the hands of a relatively unknown fighter with no title shot to his resume’ and up to now, no more than three previous wins in his seventeen fight pro career, has to be seen as a huge setback.

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That said, Fox was clearly up for this one from the very start. Everything Aston gave he matched and gave back with interest, repeatedly grabbing control of the ring and backing the home favourite into the corner or against the ropes. He just looked like he wanted it more and the telling breakthrough came when in the final round and with Aston closing him down he landed a powerful right cross which put the stunned Dudley fighter on his back.

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Aston returned to his feet quickly but by then, in terms of the bout itself, the writing was very much on the wall. He somehow managed to clear his head and survive the remaining minutes of the contest but how we wonder, will he now respond to the challenge of breathing new life into his professional boxing career?

End of Part 1

Read Part Two in a forthcoming post only available here at MBC.

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Gower has vacant Super-Bantamweight Title in his sights.

Leon Gower is eyeing a Midlands Area title fight after his next bout against Brett Fidoe on BCB Promotions’ “Time To Shine” show on April 21st.

The 25-year-old from Burton-on-Trent made an explosive return to the ring following injury in March, rocking Latvian featherweight Dmitrijs Gutmans with 10 seconds left of the first round with a powerful left-right combination.

The shot with the right, straight down the middle, sent Gutmans reeling into the ropes and secured a third consecutive stoppage for the impressive Gower.

“Before the fight I got told he was a tough guy,” said Gower.

“We just worked on shooting the general shots down the middle and hopefully wearing him down.

“The first round went and I didn’t expect to catch him as cleanly as that with the right hand, and he went down anyway.

“It was definitely surprising – but it’s a first-round stoppage!

“I’ve never looked for the stoppage, I’ve never said pre-fight that I’m going to win by stoppage.

“If it comes, it comes and brilliant – but I’m ready to go toe-to-toe in the scheduled rounds.

“I’ve slowly figured that out now through training – I’ve learnt to plant my feet and throw the harder shots when I need to.

“That’s what we have been working on and it’s going to plan so far. It’s definitely exciting.”

That win over Gutmans brought Gower to five fights undefeated from his professional debut in December 2015.

And Gower is now harbouring ambitions of a Midlands title shot after Fidoe (8-45), with the vacant Super-Bantamweight belt a possibility.

“I’m expecting a really tough fight,” Gower said of Fidoe.

“He’s been in with everyone, he’s had title shots and really taken fighters the distance. He’s a tough, durable kid with a lot of skills, but we’ve been working on a few things and hopefully it’ll come out.

“Until the night’s there, I can’t really say what I’m planning for the first round!

“I’m trying to make up for lost time. I had a bad injury last year that put me out for a good few months and it knocked me back from where I want to be.

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“For now, I’m trying to keep busy and see what keeps popping up.

“I’d like the Midlands Title next – after Brett. Errol (Johnson) has mentioned it a few times now, so hopefully we can put that into plan and go and get that sorted after this next one.”

Tickets, priced at £40 standard unreserved and £80 VIP Ringside, are on sale now from the Walsall Town Hall Box Office 0845 111 2900.

 The weigh-in and aftershow party will take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall, Bentley Mill Drive, Walsall (just off junction 10 of the M6).

 

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Kiwior out to prove he has the “heart of a fighter.”

On Saturday  24th April the Four-time Polish medallist, Damian Kiwior makes a much anticipated return to Walsall Town Hall, on the fight card of BCB Promotions’ ‘Time To Shine’ bill.

Going into just his second  professional boxing foray and just 1 month and 18 days after recording an impressive shut-out victory over Bulgarian Anatoli Lyubeno, Kiwior faces another tough Bulgarian born fighter, Mario ‘The Noise’ Petrov.

Kiwior enjoyed a highly decorated amateur career in his homeland where he picked up two golds, silver and a bronze in the Polish Senior Citizenships as well as being named Youth Champion in 2016.


Damian Kiwior with Trainer, Paul Mann

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“I gained a lot of confidence after I won on my debut,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “I was well prepared. I spent much more time than I actually needed in the gym but because of that I was pleased with how I boxed.”

“It was great to have a lot of Polish fans in the crowd,” he added. “When they rally me to fight I felt additional sources of power with every single shout!

“I am looking forward to fighting at the Town Hall again because the boxing fans in the Town are amazing.

“I’ve trained very hard and have done my homework; the opponent is a challenge but again – I’m well prepared.

“I am taking this fight very serious. I worked extremely hardly every single day to give the fans experiences which they cannot predict and prove again that I have heart of a fighter.”

Tickets, priced at £40 standard unreserved and £80 VIP Ringside, are on sale now from the Walsall Town Hall Box Office 0845 111 2900.

 The weigh-in and aftershow party will take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall, Bentley Mill Drive, Walsall (just off junction 10 of the M6).

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