“I’m Calling The Shots!!” Morris tells his rivals.

Craig Morris has told his rivals he’s calling the shots as he prepares to return to action with a keep busy contest next month.

He returns to the ring on Saturday June 9th to continue his professional boxing journey.

That paid journey has seen him become Midlands Welterweight Champion and now IBO Continental title holder, which was last defended against Andy Keates.

The two headlined at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in March, but their hotly-anticipated clash was cut short through injury.

Morris suffered a nasty cut by his right eye from a clash of heads in the third round, with no scores possible as per the rules as the contest hadn’t passed four rounds.

Keates and his supporters have demanded a rematch, which Morris is adamant will not happen unless it’s on his terms.

In the meantime, the 26-year-old southpaw will lace on the gloves at Starworks with his eyes on more titles later in the year.

He said: “I was disappointed by what happened with Keates, as I’m sure he was but it’s not like I wanted the cut. We were clashing heads all through it and things happen.

“It’s never happened to me before and I would have carried on fighting, had it been down to me, because that’s my nature. The doctor made the call.


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Morris vs. Keates became a bloody affair and was stopped by the Ref. due to the accidental clash of heads which caused Morris a bad cut.


 

“I felt like the fight was going in my favour, I was getting stronger as it went on and I know both what we trained for and what the game plan was.

“When I was putting it on him, I felt like I was on top and the rounds were close. As strange as it sounds, I was pleased with it. There’s been a lot of afters and some of it is rubbish.

“The rematch won’t happen unless there’s big money or he’s got a good title to put on the line, it’s as simple as that.”


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A disappointed Keates has to settle for the draw following the accidental clash of heads that brought his bout with Morris to a premature halt.


“My missus Lorna is pregnant, she’s got a couple of months left so I’m going to have a break after this. Hopefully, the baby will come soon enough.

“Then we can look at getting a shot at something good. I can’t wait to get in the ring and then take it from there.”

Emerging Stars will be topped by a 10-round battle for the English bantamweight title between Wolverhampton’s Kyle Williams and defending champion Thomas Essomba.

Others fighting out of Wolverhampton elsewhere on the card are female fighter Lauren Johnson and Antony Woolery, with Polish powerhouse Damion Kiwior also based in the city.


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Connor Jones’ time is finally about to come in the paid code, with the Dudley debutant’s bow delayed from last year.

IBO Continental and former area champion Craig Morris makes the trip from Ludlow in Shropshire to occupy the home corner, while Connor Parker travels from Derbyshire.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £40, which will be £45 on the door. VIP ringside passes are £65. To buy, call Craig directly on 07815 905 087 or contact him on Facebook.

 

Stokin’ The Fire: ‘Rhino’ expecting toughest test yet

Tividale’s Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davis faces his toughest test to date when he takes on Stafford’s Rob Hunt for the British Challenge Welterweight Title.

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Rhino lifted the strap in his last outing – a points victory over MJ Hall in Dudley – to claim his first professional boxing belt since switching disciplines from Kickboxing.

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The 25 year-old (5-0) defends his strap against the vastly experienced Hunt (24-5-2) on BCB Promotions’ ‘Danger Zone’ at King’s Hall , Stoke, on Friday, 13th July.

“This is my toughest test to date,” admitted Davies. “Hunt is an experienced guy who has only lost five times but this is what I’m in the game for; to test myself and move forward.”


Joining Davies on the bill is a host of undefeated fighters – British Challenge Cruiserweight Champion Luke Caci, Stoke middleweight, Nathan Heaney, Burton featherweight, Leon Gower, and Swadlincote duo Ross Hollis and Connor Parker.

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Leon Gower, seen here in action against Brett Fidoe, also appears on the fight card.

Tickets are £60 VIP Ringside or £35 standard unreserved. They are available by contacting the boxers direct or by calling 07734 118 041.

“This one is for my fans.” Woolery ahead of ‘Emerging Stars’

Antony Woolery has been doing the rounds to make sure his professional boxing career doesn’t start with a double defeat.

Woolery is determined to redress the balance and have his hand raised in his home city at Wolverhampton’s Starworks Warehouse on Saturday June 9.

Another crack at success will come on promoter Errol Johnson’s first BCB Boxing offering at the venue, on a show which has been dubbed ‘Emerging Stars.’

The 33-year-old suffered a setback on his paid bow last November, when he was outpointed by Dmitrij Kalinovskij over four rounds.

He gave up 7in in height to the Lithuanian and struggled to catch his opponent with any regularity, winning just a share of a round in a 40-37 deficit.

He is planning to come down from cruiser, but first wants to level up his pro record and has left no stone unturned in preparation.

Losing again would unthinkable, so Woolery is doing all that he possibly can to see that he comes out on top come fight night.

He said: “Compared to last time, training has gone excellently. There’s been no major problems, which was about all I can ask for.

“I’ve already done quadruple the sparring I had for my debut, which was one four rounder and jumping in for a couple of rounds!

“I’m pretty much walking around the same weight as last time so, in the future, I’ll be looking to get down to light heavy.

“I don’t want to be blasting the pounds off too much because I’ve done that before, as an amateur, and it didn’t do me any good.

“I was disappointed with my debut and it felt like everything was against me from the moment I got my pro licence.

“I strained a calf in training and hurt an arm taking my kids on a dry ski slope, so luck wasn’t exactly on my side whatever I did.

“If I’d had the correct camp, I believe I would have beaten him. He had the height advantage and that played its part, but a lot of my timing was also off.

“My fitness wasn’t really there, either, but I’ve been in the gym at 6am every morning to get myself ready to go again.

“This one is for my fans, ticket sales have gone well again and the performance wasn’t up to scratch last time. I want to put on a show for them.

“Those who have followed me for a while know what they are going to get. I’m not a technical boxer, I like a scrap and that should be exciting.

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Woolery (right) took on Kalinovskij in his debut. (image: BCB)

The Starworks bill will be topped by a 10-round battle for the English bantamweight title between Kyle Williams and defending champion Thomas Essomba.

Wolverhampton’s only female pro boxer, Lauren Johnson, features on the undercard as does Polish powerhouse Damion Kiwior, who is based in the city.

Connor Jones’ time is finally about to come in the paid code, with the Dudley debutant’s bow delayed from last year.

IBO Continental and former area champion Craig Morris makes the trip from Ludlow in Shropshire to occupy the home corner, while Connor Parker travels from Derbyshire.

Former English super bantamweight champion and British title challenger Sean Davis, from Birmingham, and Walsall-based debutant Levi Ferguson complete the line-up.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £40, which will be £45 on the door. VIP ringside passes are £65. To buy, call Antony directly on 07592 437 531 or contact him on Facebook.

IT’S JOB DONE FOR ‘RUTHLESS’ KELLY

Inside an electric Holte Suite, Ryan Kelly claimed the Midlands Area Superwelterweight title on 19 May with a 7th-round stoppage that gave him victory over Owen Jobburn.

The fight, main event on Tommy Owens Promotions’ ‘By The Sword’ edition, was a cracker from start to finish – Jobburn offered a more than steely resistance as he tried to match Kelly for punch power and accuracy but Kelly, with a display of his ability to deliver a stream of damaging (particularly) body and head shots, was having none of it.

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Concluding an impressive outing for the 24 year old Birmingham fighter and coming out of the final exchange between the two with a slick barrage of around 14 unanswered punches, Kelly grabbed victory decisively.

Referee Shaun Messer was left with no option but to step between the two and call it over when Kelly – who must have seen and felt along with the rest of us -that his punches had began to unravel his opponent a few rounds prior to the 7th round stoppage, unloaded a blitz of accurate shots. Despite Messer diving in to save Jobburn from further punishment there were some worrying scenes when the Stoke-On-Trent fighter lay for a while on the canvas after collapsing under the weight of Kelly’s pretty much punch-perfect finish.

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Thankfully, within the minute that followed Jobburn had received attention and was back up and sat on his stool continuing his recovery.

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Kelly now moves to 11-1-0 with just that single points defeat against Adam Harper being the only blot on his impressive career. On that occasion, in Kelly’s first title shot since starting out as a Pro in 2015, he’d come up just short of the mark.

On this occasion, unfortunately for the other fighter, ‘Ruthless’ as Ryan Kelly is also known, lived up to his name.

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Clayton Bricknell vs. Jamie Quinn: Result

Lightweight Contest, 4 Rounds

Holte Suite, Villa Park, Birmingham.

Referee: Shaun Messer.


Debutant Clayton Bricknell made a winning start to his Pro boxing career with a smooth, solid display that earned him a points win over Stockport’s Jamie Quinn at the Holte Suite, Birmingham on 19 May.

In a sport that has to be considered as one of the toughest imaginable, this win for Bricknell will be more than welcomed by his camp not only because of how he apparently eased through the four rounds without being particularly troubled by his (game but not too adventurous) opponent but also because of how he was willing and able to stay on his toes with some light and impressive footwork, bob and weave stylishly keeping himself both in good range but out of harm’s way and throw some pretty effective punches in bunches.

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As a fight, and being the first bout of the night on TOP’s ‘By The Sword’ fightcard, in all truth it didn’t really catch-a-fire. But that was probably a pretty good thing for Bricknell. The opening bout of your pro-career is probably not the best of times to be drawn into a slugfest with an opponent hell bent on tearing you to pieces.

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As a consequence of Quinn’s somewhat tepid indulgence (not that he didn’t try to impress himself upon the fight but more that he seemed a little lacking in his ability to draw upon some winning tactics and a worthwhile strategy) Bricknell, the Wolverhampton fighter, was able to notch up an impressive display that included some solid body shots, some nice, swift and silky head movement and a clear and tactful taste for the desire that’s needed to win this type of bout.

There’s clearly a lot more to come from Bricknell and at just 25 years of age he still has plenty of time on his hands. But without a doubt as he seeks to maintain his winning form he’s going to face opponents a lot tougher and with a whole heap more of a desire to win than Jamie Quinn.

We’ll be watching Bricknell, a clearly very popular and fresh new pro-fighter, very closely.

In the meantime, based on his professional debut alone – we like what we see.

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Homecoming For The Black Widow

Lauren Johnson has promised it will be a “meaningful contest” on her homecoming to Wolverhampton next month.

 The city’s only active female professional boxer laces on the gloves for the third time as a pro at Starworks Warehouse on Saturday June 9. The venue was subject to a fire earlier this week but bosses are confident that the show will go ahead as planned.

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 Johnson has outpointed Monika Antonik and Borislava Goronova so far, but injuries have led to a seven-month period on the sidelines.

 The 33-year-old had hoped to challenge for the Midlands welterweight title in March, but a knee problem put paid to that.

 Her and Nina Bradley would have made history, as women competing for a British Boxing Board of Control recognised area crown for the first time.

 That may not happen now, with talk of Bradley going down in weight for other opportunities. ‘The Black Widow’ Johnson, in the meantime, needs to get busy again.

 The former ABA national champion hasn’t had a belt strapped to her waist since winning the non-tournament England middleweight title as an amateur in March 2016.

 A crack at eight-round British Challenge honours or, at least, a six-rounder could await her at Starworks, which will be promoter Errol Johnson’s first BCB Boxing offering at the venue.

 Johnson said: “I’ve had a couple of journeywomen so far, two walks in the park really. I could have stepped on the gas for my debut and I was injured during the camp for the second one.

 “Nina has also been in with them both and we were hoping we might get the fight rescheduled with her for June 9.

 “Nina’s coach, Carl Greaves, is getting married around that time, so wouldn’t have been in her corner. It’s fair enough her not wanting to do that, she needs her trainer there.

 “We are still mandatory challengers for the Midlands title, so it’s not going anywhere. It doesn’t have to happen yet, but it needs to either come off eventually or we both move on.

 “There’s no one more frustrated than me, I’d have much preferred to be more active. Two fights a year isn’t good for me and I haven’t boxed in 2018, either.

 “My knee is much better now, I’ve got a proper team looking after me from physio through to nutrition, strength and conditioning. I’m running again, too.

 “Every cloud has a silver lining which, for me, is being in the best shape I can possibly be for Starworks and I’m told it will be a meaningful contest, that could get me to a good level.”

 The Starworks bill will be topped by a 10-round battle for the English bantamweight title between Kyle Williams and defending champion Thomas Essomba.

 Another fighting out of Wolverhampton elsewhere on the card is Antony Woolery, with Polish powerhouse Damion Kiwior also based in the city.

 Connor Jones’ time is finally about to come in the paid code, with the Dudley debutant’s bow delayed from last year.

 IBO Continental and former area champion Craig Morris makes the trip from Ludlow in Shropshire to occupy the home corner, while Connor Parker travels from Derbyshire.

 Former English super bantamweight champion and British title challenger Sean Davis, from Birmingham, and Walsall-based debutant Levi Ferguson complete the line-up.

 Tickets are on sale now, priced at £40, which will be £45 on the door. VIP ringside passes are £65. To buy, call Lauren directly on 07815 440 588 or contact her on Facebook.