Welborn vs. Langford Rematch to take place on Khan Undercard

Amir Khan will face Samuel Vargas at Arena Birmingham on September 8, live on Sky Sports with the hotly anticipated Jason Welborn versus Tommy Langford Chief Support. 

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Welborn defends his British Middleweight title in a rematch with Tommy Langford, whom he snatched the title from in May via split decision in Walsall on BCB Promotions ‘Neutral Ground’ Show.

“We are delighted to have secured the rematch on such a big show,” BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson told bcb-promotions.com. “We thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing for adding this fight to their bill. The first fight was worthy of television, so it’s great to know that the wider boxing public will be able to witness the second instalment.”

Bill topper Khan is back in action following his blistering return to the ring in April in Liverpool, destroying Phil Lo Greco in just 39 seconds after nearly two years out of action.

The former unified Super-Lightweight ruler is setting his sights on Welterweight World honours this year and steps up that pursuit in Birmingham when he meets Canadian based Colombian Vargas, the 29 year old ranked number 10 in the WBA and having shared the ring with current IBF king Errol Spence and Khan’s old foe Danny Garcia.

“One of my aims this year was to be as active as possible so I’m very happy to get back in the ring again so soon against Samuel Vargas,” said Khan.

“Vargas is a tough and well-schooled fighter who has shared the ring with some top welterweights including Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr.

“I have to get past Vargas before looking at the biggest challenges going forward. I’m not going to be taking Vargas lightly because I know he will be coming with everything on September 8.

“I hope to give the fans in Birmingham the same excitement and fireworks as my last fight. It will be one not to miss!”

“I am excited to step in the ring with Amir Khan on September 8,” said Vargas. “I am very pleased that my promoter Lee Baxter and Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Boxing could come to an arrangement fairly easily and make this fight happen.

“I have been granted more than enough time to properly prepare for Amir and you will see the best Samuel Vargas to date. Mark my words, we might both be from the same city and county but I am nothing like Phil Lo Greco that’s a guarantee – I’m going to give Amir hell.”

The undercard also sees Ryan Kelly defend the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May via stoppage at Villa Park against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington and Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai appear on the bill after boxing this coming Saturday, with more title fights and stars to be added.

Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 VIP and go on sale to Matchroom Fight Pass at 1pm on Thursday June 28 from www.StubHub.co.uk

McFarlane returns to face Riyaz this Saturday night.

Telford’s Nathan McFarlane made his professional debut at a packed out Villa Park on 19 May this year, fighting on the undercard of the Ryan Kelly vs. Owen Jobburn Title fight. He fought Kristian ‘Mr Reliable’ Laight in a four round contest that went all the way to the final bell.

It was a good performance by the 27 year old mohawk dreadlocked fighter. He proved that he has fast hands and can throw a range of sharp, penatrating punches. He’s fast on his feet too and able to spring in and out of range with lively footwork. He looks dangerous, moves well and hits hard.

It just so happened that on his debut McFarlane was up against a very seasoned boxer clearly buoyed by making his 294th professional appearance. On top of that Laight is a boxer who’s able to slip, block and soak up a lot of his opponent’s punches most of the time.

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McFarlane (right) vs Laight

At the end of an exciting and well recieved encounter, Referee Shaun Messer scored the contest 40 – 36 in favour of the popular McFarlane which affirmed his dominant and very stylish display.

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Next up for McFarlane, he returns to the same venue to take on 33 year old, Ibrar ‘Smokin’ Riyaz in a 4 round contest on the undercard of TOP’s ‘Savage Intentions’ Edition.

It’s an intriguing contest and is sure to be entertaining. Riyaz brings a lot of experience to the ring and doesn’t hang his chin out to dry. It will be interesting to see how McFarlane deals with an opponent like him.

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Riyaz

Both boxers will be around the same height and the Reading fighter is known for some of his ring antics as well as his toughness, doggedness and durability.

A Riyaz win would be a big, big upset and the odds on him grabbing that would seem very unlikely. To win McFarlane will simply need a repeat of his previous impressive performance. To win well he’ll probably need to pick his punches a little bit more carefully, and try not to get caught with as many counterpunches as he was late in his last fight. And, with Riyaz in front of him, and with what Riyaz brings to the ring, he’s going to need to remain focused throughout.

 


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Midlands summer season gets even hotter with this wkend’s Eggington Title Clash!!

This weekend at the Holte Suite, Villa Park, in association with Matchroom Boxing, Tommy Owens Promotions (TOP) unleashes its ‘Savage Intentions’ edition.

Topping a bill that consists of an alluring mix of title and non title fights, Sam ‘The Savage’ Eggington takes on Peter Kramer of Hungary for the vacant International Boxing Organisation Continental Super Welterweight Title.


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Eggington, who opened his professional journey in September 2012, now heads into the 11th title fight of his career and having won the Midlands Area Welterweight Title (2013), WBC International Silver Welterweight Title (2015), Commonwealth (British Empire) Welterweight Title (2015), British Welterweight Title (2015), WBC International Welterweight Title (2016) and the EBU European Welterweight Title (2017) will now be looking to add the IBO Title to his impressive haul.

The Birmingham born boxer who currently stands at 22-4-0 returned to action and winning ways in April this year with a 2nd round stoppage of the Hungarian southpaw, Achilles Szabo having lost his previous fight, a European Welterweight Title fight against Mohamed Mimoune, in October last year by split decision.

Here he is speaking to iFL TV after his win.

True to his word Eggington has sights on the IBO Title, a strap previously held by the current IBO Inter-Continental Super Welterweight Champion, unbeaten German boxer, Sebastian Formella who beat Denis Krieger to grab the title in May 2017 at Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg.

The full fight card for this Saturday night looks like this:

Sam Eggington vs. Peter Kramer (IBO Continental  Super Welterweight Title) 

Indi Sangha vs. Michael Ramabletsa

Kane Baker vs. Jamie Speight

Ishmael Ellis vs. Lee Connelly

Nathan McFarlane vs Ibrar Riyaz

Carl Dickens vs Duane Green

Lee Gunter vs Myles Vale

Anthony Mannin vs Andrej Cepur

Idris Virgo vs Scott Hillman


 

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Denny to Top Bill at Walsall Town Hall

Tyler Denny will warm-up for his English Title tilts with six round bill topper at Walsall Town Hall next month.

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Last week, the BCB signed boxer received news from the British Boxing Board of Control that he will compete for the English crown. The Midlands Area Middleweight Champion, Tyler Denny, has been mandated to face Leeds’ Reece Cartwright.

With the contest out at purse bids, BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson, has moved quickly to get Denny out in readiness for his title tilt.

“It’s important to get Tyler out,” Johnson told bcb-promotions.com. “Tyler’s last fight was a six-rounder in May so he needs a few rounds in before starting camp for the Cartwright fight.”

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Denny closes in on Raimonds Sniedze at Walsall Town Hall – 4 Mar 2018

Also on the bill, which will take place at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 21st July is BCB’s new signing, super bantamweight, James Beech Junior. The Bloxwich native, who made the switch from MTK Global last month, is joined by fellow Walsall boxers super lightweight, Shaun Cooper and Levi Ferguson who debuts at super welterweight.

Wolverhampton cruiserweight, Antony Woolery is also in action alongside Birmingham bantamweight, Ijaz Ahmed.

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Antony Woolery in action against Remigijus Ziausys

‘England Awaits’ is sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall.

Tickets, priced at £35 standard unreserved and £65 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).

“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