“Winning the title at Kings Hall was my best and worst night, all rolled into one.” Caci tells BCB ahead of ring return.

Luke Caci admits he’s his own harshest critic as his pro boxing career continues with fight night in Stoke-on-Trent next month. 

Caci will be looking to make it six of the best and record a half dozen of pro wins without reply at Kings Hall on Friday, 13th July.

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He features as part of BCB Promotions’ ‘Stokin The Fire’ show.

The chiseled 28-year-old light heavyweight, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, returns to the venue when he won his first paid belt, the eight-round British Challenge crown, in March.

The Orme Boxing Club graduate, who is still led by his old amateur coach Steve Woodvine, survived a late gut check to roll over Chris Dutton on points.

It was a comfortable win, in the end, with referee Shaun Messer having him well ahead by four rounds, in a 78-74 decision.

Caci made it five over-the-distance wins from five outings with the scalps of Dutton, Curtis Gargano, Daniel Borisov, Mitch Mitchell and Andy Neylon all on his ledger.

He was then due to box on the undercard of Hughie Fury’s British heavyweight title win over Sam Sexton in May, but had to withdraw because of a hand injury,

A new fight date and top class sparring has whipped him back into shape, with Caci sharing the training ring with some quality opposition.

British title challenger Ricky Summers – the next opponent for the much-vaunted Joshua Buatsi – and the highly-rated Zach Parker have more than put him through his paces.

Caci wants to show further improvements when he steps through the ropes again and has vowed to never rest on his laurels.

“I’ve been back in the gym for four weeks now and the sparring is always intense,” Caci told bcb-promotions.com. “These lads are contenders in and around my division, so I’m more than well-matched.

“I’ve done alright in most of the sessions, but I always go away with something to work on for next time. It’s all a learning curve for me.

“Winning the title at Kings Hall was my best and worst night, all rolled into one.“Winning the title at Kings Hall was my best and worst night, all rolled into one. I got caught in the last round when I didn’t need to.

“It wasn’t even a good shot, but my legs went stiff and I started to do a funny little dance! I got through it, but I was frustrated with myself.

“I didn’t really know whether I’d won or lost, because the crowd kept him shouting at me to ‘go forward.’ They were probably telling me that I could have got him out of there.

“Watching the fight back, I think I won six out of the eight rounds, so I have to be happy with that but being silly towards the end cast a shadow over the win, a little bit.

“I’m an endurance fighter, I have my best success when I box and feel my way into fights. I don’t concern myself with stoppages, I just want to win.”

His bout supports the main event at the Kings Hall, which will see Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies and Rob Hunt collide for the British Challenge welterweight title.

Caci’s stable-mate Nathan Heaney, who is Stoke born and bred, also features in the middleweight division as part of the supporting cast.

Derbyshire duo Ross Hollis and Connor Parker make the trip to complete the line-up for the home corner.


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Ross Hollis is back


Tickets, priced at £35 standard and £60 VIP ringside, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Caci on 07413 240 666. Alternatively, contact any of the boxers on Facebook.

Bavington Confident Ahead of Return

Ok. So on 19 May at the Holte Suite, Villa Park on a great Saturday night’s worth of boxing, on the same bill that saw Ryan Kelly grab the Midlands Area Superwelterweight Title, Wolverhampton’s Kirsty Bavington made her professional debut in an undercard bout against the hard boiled Bulgarian veteran, Borislava Goranova.

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Kirstie Bavington vs. Borislava Goranova

It was a tough gig.

Goranova put up a stubborn resistance and went on to grab her 3rd draw in 68 fights.

A disappointed Bavington told BBC’s Dexter Hastings after the fight,

“Obviously I could have done better. I didn’t do half as well as I should. I didn’t throw any combos that I should have. But, you know , it’s my first one out the way, at least it’s a draw and not a loss. I just need to keep going, keep trying, keep learning. Just carry on.”

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Dexter Hastings interviews Kirstie just moments after her pro debut.

She returns to the ring in confident mood just 50 days later –  on the forthcoming undercard of BCB Promotions’ ‘Usual Suspects’ Edition at The Venue in Dudley on 7th July.

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Bavington told MBC;

“I’m fit and raring to go for a big local show. Me and the lads have been training hard in camp with Coaches Richie Ghent and Rob Wright.

“Off the back of my pro debut I’m looking to get my win out the way on 7th and nothing’s stopping me this time. I feel confident and excited for the next stage of my career.”

And on the focus of her training the boxer said she was looking to ‘go forward more, move around the ring  and pick my shots better.’

Bavington’s well anticipated return to action only adds to an already intriguing and exciting landscape that we can see developing on the Women’s boxing scene across the region.

We’ve already seen this year, the likes of Aldridge’s Rachael Ball and Willenhall’s Lauren Johnson extend their win records.

Johnson came back from a torrid first round to dominate the remaining rounds of their 8 round contest and seal a great victory over Hungary’s Klaudia Vigh when they faced off for the International Challenge Middleweight Title on 9th June

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Lauren Johnson (right) on her way to victory against Klaudia Vigh

-Whilst a fired up Rachel Ball moved to 3-0-0 with her comprehensive win against Monika Antonik on 4th May.

 

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Ball (right) vs. Antonik


It’s already a fact that women’s Boxing is on the up in the region and it certainly looks like there is better to come.

A win for Bavington on 7th July will simply underline that.

 


 

Tickets, priced at £35 or £50 ringside with waitress service, are available by calling 07976 283 157. Alternatively, contact any of the boxers in the home corner on Facebook or visit iboxingtickets.com

 

The Usual Suspects

BCB promotions return to Dudley next month.

Matt Sen and Josh Burke will renew their rivalry in a Black Country battle for the eight-round British Challenge Cruiserweight Title.

Sen has been paired with Burke for a title fight which will take place at the Venue, Dudley,  on Saturday, 7th July.

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Unbeaten Sen will also put his ‘0’ on the line against Burke, who has unsuccessfully challenged for the title once. He was stopped in four rounds by Dilly Singh last year.

Burke, aged 32, has additionally been beaten by Russell Henshaw and Courtney Richards on points as a pro, but has beaten Lee Jones and Rolandas Cesna over-the-distance.

Sen – full name Matthew Sennett – is, like Burke, from Wolverhampton.He’s originally from Heath Town, but now lives in Oldbury

The 30-year-old has recorded three points wins since turning over against Dmitrij Kalinovskij, Henshaw and Kevin Williams.

Six undercard bouts have been scheduled to support the main event featuring Danny Ball, Josh Miller, Connor Lee Jones, Aaron Lovell, Kirstie Bavington and debutant Daryl Pearce.

Kingswinford’s Ball will be looking a record a sixth success from six outings, in the super welterweight division where older brother Jamie is a former Midlands champion.

Dudley’s Miller is back in action after a two year absence from light heavyweight activity. ‘The Jackal,’ 24, had impressed in points results over Iain Jackson and Mark Till.

Jones, also from Dudley, will be boxing again less than a month after his pro debut. The 22-year-old lightweight outpointed Liam Richards last Saturday night.

The Lions Boxing Club graduate impressed with a whitewash four-rounds points verdict and has pedigree, having represented England as an amateur.

Brummie Lovell, from Erdington, has built up a hat-trick of points wins over Kristian Laight, Richards and Dylan Draper as a super lightweight.

Wolverhampton’s Bavington is looking to bounce back after battling to a draw on her paid bow. The 25-year-old could not be parted from the experienced Borislava Goronova.

Pearce, from Rednal in Birmingham, will end over a year of frustration with his introduction to pro boxing at welterweight.

Tickets, priced at £35 or £50 ringside with waitress service, are available by calling 07976 283 157. Alternatively, contact any of the boxers in the home corner on Facebook or visit iboxingtickets.com

The Jonny Loverock Photo Diaries

The Road To Success – Kyle Williams:

The shortly before, during and after of his

English Title Fight vs Thomas Essomba on 9 June 2018

*A BCB PROMOTIONS EVENT


“You’re everywhere and nowhere baby, that’s where you’re at.
Going down a bumpy hill side, in your hippy hat.

Flying across the country, and getting fat
Saying everything is groovy, when your tyres are flat.”

Kyle Williams

‘Climbing the heights like a Balboa’ – 31 May 2018 


“And it’s high ho silver lining, anywhere you go now baby

I see your sun is shining
But I won’t make a fuss, though it’s obvious.”

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Flashback Genting Arena – Midlands Area Bantamweight Title  Fight – Williams vs. Turner – 24 Mar 2018


“Flies are in your pea soup baby, they’re waving at me.
Anything you want is yours now, only nothing’s for free.

Lies are gonna get you someday, just wait and see
So open up your beach umbrella, while you’re watching TV.”

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Williams vs. Essomba – English Title Fight – 9th June 2018


“And it’s high ho silver lining, anywhere you go now baby

I see your sun is shining
But I won’t make a fuss, though it’s obvious.”

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“And it’s high ho silver lining, anywhere you go now baby

I see your sun is shining
But I won’t make a fuss, though it’s obvious.”

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“And it’s high ho silver lining, anywhere you go now baby

I see your sun is shining
But I won’t make a fuss, though it’s obvious.”

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AND THE NEW!!!

ENGLISH BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION

KYLE WILLIAMS


Songwriters: English Weiss

Hi Ho Silver Lining lyrics © Claus Ogermann, Pres. D/B/A Helios Music Corp.


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yours truly

Jonny Loverock

“I’m a true warrior, I’m always in exciting fights.” Essomba

English Bantamweight Champion, Thomas Essomba, admits to not knowing much about challenger Kyle Williams.

The former Olympian travels to Williams’ backyard – Wolverhampton – next month to defend the title he picked up against Louis Norman earlier this year. It’s a tough first defence for Essomba, against an undefeated fighter in his hometown, but the 30 year-old from Ryhope is confident of retaining his strap.

“Firstly I want to say thanks to God for giving me this excellent opportunity to defend my English title for the first time,” he told bcb-promnotions.com. “Also, thanks to Errol Johnson and BCB Promotions for offering me this fight. I’m looking forward to fighting in Wolverhampton for the first time!

“To be honest I don’t know too much about Kyle Williams. I don’t study my opponents too much, because I know that I’m capable of beating anyone when I perform at my best. But Williams will be desparate to win the English title in front of his home fans, so I have to take the fight seriously and be at my best.

“I’m very proud to be English Champion. I performed OK against against Louis Norman. I did enough win but I know I can perform even better.”

Essomba represented Cameroon in the 2012 Olympic Games but qualifies for the English strap due to citizenship and residence.

“Boxing is my life,” he added “I live in the gym. But as soon as we were offered the fight, the intensity of training increased immediately.

“I’ve been doing a lot of rounds with my big brother and gym mate Abdon Cesar. I’ve also been doing some sparring with Anthony Nelson and Sam Menzies. I’m well prepared.

“I’m a true warrior, I’m always in exciting fights. I think our styles will gel to make a great fight for the fans!”

Essomba and Williams clash at The Willows Banqueting Suite, Bath Street, Willenhall, WV13 2EY on Saturday, 9th June.

Wolverhampton’s only female pro boxer, Lauren Johnson, features on the undercard as does Polish powerhouse Damion Kiwior, and cruiserweight, Antony Woolery, who are 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. Tickets can be purchased online at:

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“I Can’t Wait To Get In There” says Connor Lee Jones ahead of Pro Debut

Dudley’s amateur sensation Connor Lee Jones will be making his eagerly anticipated transition to the professional ranks on Saturday 9th June on BCB Promotions Emerging Stars show at Willow’s Banqueting Suite in Willenhall writes Jai Randhawa.

Jones is a highly decorated amateur winning both the Midlands and English junior titles during his time in the amateur ranks.

“I just can’t wait to get in there and make the transition into the professional game, I know that my first couple of fights will be massive learning experiences for me, it’s all going to be about getting used to how everything is in the pro ranks.”

Jones has been under the tutelage of world class coaches such as Bob Dillon during his career and has praised the impact his coaches have had on him and the way they’ve helped him make the transition into the professional ranks.

“Guys like Bob Dillon really are world class coaches and they know the ins and outs of boxing which has really helped me prepare for my pro debut”.

On his fighting style Jones added: “I am very comfortable with both boxing off the back foot and picking my shots and also really pushing the pace of fights and being on the front foot. I think I’m able to balance between the two really well and mix it up when I have to.”

“It’s also nice to be making my debut on a show with so many other talented boxers I’ve trained and spent time alongside like Craig Morris and Lauren Johnson.”

June 9th will mark the start of Jones’ professional career and I have no doubt that the journey Connor will embark on under BCB promotions will be something special for fight fans to witness.

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

There is also a packed undercard. Anthony Woolery, Lauren Johnson, Sean Davis, Craig Morris, Damian Kiwior and Connor Parker are all in action.

Fans are urged to make note of the new venue – The Willows, Willenhall – and opening times (6.00pm for 7.00pm start).

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £40, which will be £45 on the door. VIP ringside passes are £65. To buy, contact the boxers or visit iboxingtickets.com.

FIGHT WEEK: Williams Confident

With Fight Week now upon us, Kyle Williams is confident of adding the English Title to ever growing list of honours.

The former kickboxing World Champion, and current Midlands Area Champion, takes on Thomas Essomba for the English Bantamweight Title on BCB Promotions’ ‘Emerging Stars’ on Saturday.

The fight now takes place at The Willows Banqueting Suite, Bath Street, Willenhall, WV13 2EY, after the original venue – Wolverhampton’s Starworks Warehouse – was hit by a fire. The show had then been moved to Wolverhampton University but has been moved to Willenhall and Williams isn’t fazed by the late change.

“Training has been a very good,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “I’m fit, healthy and ready to go; I’m sure all fighters say this but I’m very happy with my fight preparations.

“Willenhall is only down the road so it is home from home really. I’m the Midlands champion so I represent the whole of the Midlands in my eyes. I’ll soon be English Champion so I then I’ll see anywhere in England is my advantage.

“I got in to boxing for nights like this I like the attention I love the build up, I’ll feel at home with the pressure.”

Whilst paying respect to Essomba, the 26 year-old is supremely confident going into the biggest fight of his fledgling career.

“I haven’t watched too much on him but what I have seen is that he is very experienced, tough and strong,” added Williams. “ He can box and he can fight.

“But I’m confident and can only see a Williams win. The team at BCB have pushed me too hard for me not to be victorious. I know I have the fitness to go all night but I have the skills to force a stoppage. I’m not looking for the stoppage but if it comes believe me I’ll jump on it like a lion to his prey.”

Emerging Stars also features a packed undercard. Antony Woolery, Lauren Johnson, Sean Davis, Craig Morris, Damian Kiwior, Connor Parker, and Connor Lee Jones all feature.

Fans are urged to make note of the new venue – The Willows, Willenhall – and opening times (6.00pm for 7.00pm start).

A press conference will take place on Tuesday at 1.00pm at The ECC Sports & Social club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 9NL. The weigh-in will then take place at the ECC at 1.00pm on Friday. All Welcome!