Ball “I’ve Got The Power”

Rachel Ball wants her opponent to feel the power when she looks to put her training to the test on Friday.

Ball is targeting her first TKO as a professional when she returns to action in the Stadium Suite at the Banks’s Stadium, Walsall Football Club, on BCB Promotions’ Show on Friday July 20, and is determined to make a statement.

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The 27-year-old featherweight has recorded three wins from three outings, all points victories, since switching sports from kickboxing.

Two of those came in the Stadium Suite, the other at Walsall Town Hall, with another hometown fight now on the horizon.

Ball has done the hard yards in camp and has been working on drills specifically designed to generate the sort of punch potency that could stop her contest early.

She’s still heavily involved at the Trojan Martial Arts Academy under the tutelage of chief instructor Gavin Burrows and her partner Todd Harrison.

Ball said: “I’m hungry and aching, at the moment, which are the signs of a good camp! I’m ginger and pale skinned, too, so the heat does get to me as well.

“I put everything into my training, I’m up at 4.30am for a run and, with work and an evening session, I’m often not back home until 8.45pm in the evening.

“It’s all worth it, though, and I wouldn’t get in the ring being any less fit than I normally am. I’m very serious about my career.

“We’ve done a few things differently this time, such as learning to plant my feet more so I can get the power into my punches that I need. That comes from good footwork.

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“I’ve become physically stronger, too, and I’ve always been a strong girl since the kickboxing. I need to show that in boxing now.

“I’m always in the gym, I spend a lot of time at Trojan and I’m one of a few girls signed to BCB, so there’s lots of sparring for me with the likes of Dani Hodges and Kirstie Bavington.

“I’ve been up to spar again with Natasha Jonas (first female Brit to box at the Olympic Games) and that’s been a great experience. She’s strong as hell.

“I’ve been there before, so I must have been half decent to have been asked there. It’s been a learning curve, but I’ve held my own. That bodes well for me.”

Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £60 VIP with a hot fork buffet, are available by calling the Walsall FC Box Office on 01922 651 414, extension 416. It will be £40 for entry on the door.

The Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on Bentley Mill Way, are the show’s headline sponsors. They will host the weigh in and after-show party (over 18s).

 

Gower: “Size Matters”

Leon Gower is determined to prove size matters when he takes on Brad Foster for the Midlands Super Bantamweight Title on Friday.

Someone’s ‘0’ must go when the two undefeated prospects battle for the belt in the Stadium Suite at the Banks’s Stadium, Walsall Football Club.

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Their hotly-anticipated clash is the main event of Errol Johnson’s Black Country Boxing Promotions bill on Friday July 20.

The area crown at the weight hasn’t been contested for nearly 14 years, since the late Chris Edwards scored a second round TKO over Neil Read in September 2004.

The Class of 2018 will now look to honour his memory by looking to put on a fight befitting of a British Boxing Board of Control belt.

Gower, from Burton-on-Trent, believes he’s the bigger man and his pro record suggests there’s potency in his fists. He has six wins out of six bouts, three of those by way of TKO.

Lichfield’s Foster has eight wins from nine pro bouts under his belt, a draw with Brett Fidoe the nearest thing to a blemish on his pro record. Two of those victories were by stoppage.

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Gower has boxed at featherweight for the majority of his paid ledger and is coming down compared to Foster, who hovered around flyweight when he turned over.

A growth spurt from Foster, aged 20, was evidenced by his last ring outing, a six-round points whitewash over Sweden’s Edward Bjorklund in April.

But Gower reckons that won’t be enough to overpower him as he looks to make an impact in a new division, having never gone past five rounds so far with a scheduled 10 approaching.

He said: “This is a great opportunity for me, but I couldn’t really have picked a harder fight at area level. This could easily be for an English title or something like that.

“There’s so many good lads coming through at the weight that it’s tough just to get a foot on the ladder, as this match up shows.

“I like Brad, he’s a good, tidy boxer and he’s grown a lot, but I don’t doubt I’ll be the bigger opponent on the night.

“I feel strong at both weights, but it’s certainty that I’ll hit harder at super bantam. I’m capable of stoppage power whoever is in there. I’ve done that to durable people.

“There will be 100 per cent pressure from me and we’ll see how Foster copes with that. We’ll find out who has got the better engine.

“There will be no place to hide, Brad will tell you that himself, so both of us will be putting all on the line, I’m well excited by that.”

Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £60 VIP with a hot fork buffet, are available by calling the Walsall FC Box Office on 01922 651 414, extension 416. It will be £40 for entry on the door. The Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on Bentley Mill Way, are the show’s headline sponsors. They will host the weigh in and after-show party (over 18s).

Foster: “Fear Factor Will See Me Through”

Brad Foster insists the “fear factor” will work in his favour when he takes on Leon Gower for the Midlands super bantamweight title on Friday.

image.pngSomeone’s ‘0’ must go when the two undefeated prospects battle for the belt in the Stadium Suite at the Banks’s Stadium, Walsall Football Club.

Their hotly-anticipated clash is the main event of Errol Johnson’s Black Country Boxing Promotions bill on Friday July 20.

The area crown at the weight hasn’t been contested for nearly 14 years, since the late Chris Edwards scored a second round TKO over Neil Read in September 2004.

The Class of 2018 will now look to honour his memory by looking to put on a fight befitting of a British Boxing Board of Control belt.

Foster has eight wins from nine pro bouts under his belt, a draw with Brett Fidoe the nearest thing to a blemish on his pro record. Two of those victories were by stoppage.

Gower has six wins out of six (three TKOs) and is regarded as the bigger man. Foster started out hovering around the flyweight division. He has come down from featherweight.

A growth spurt from Foster, aged 20, was evidenced by his last ring outing, a six-round points whitewash over Sweden’s Edward Bjorklund in April.

‘The Blade’ feels like he’s grown into becoming a super bantam and see his future at the weight, ambitions he’s vowed not to let Gower destroy.

He said: “This is a fight everybody is excited about, from me to Gower to the fans. The winner will not only take the belt, but get noticed for bigger and better things.

“It has all of the ingredients to be a cracker, it’s the talk of the town wherever I go all ready and I’m training very hard to be as fit as I can possibly be on July 20.

“I’m from Lichfield and Gower is from Burton-on-Trent, so there’s local rivalry and that should make for a great atmosphere when we get in there.

“It’s put up or shut up time, Gower is a strong lad who will be coming to smash my face in, but that fear factor will bring the best Brad out on the night.

“I believe in myself, I think I’m going to win and I’m expecting to have too much for him if I’m at the top of my game. I’m looking forward to showing off my skills.

“There’s respect between us, but I need to beat him. I want to get to the top and Gower is in the way of that as we stand.

“This is going to be the hardest fight either of us has ever had as a professional, no doubt, and we’ve both taken the chance. That’s what I’m in this sport for and so is he.

“I’m determined to become the Midlands champion, the title hasn’t been contested in a while and there’s history behind it. I’ve got to make that happen.”

Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £60 VIP with a hot fork buffet, are available by calling the Walsall FC Box Office on 01922 651 414, extension 416. It will be £40 for entry on the door.

The Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on Bentley Mill Way, are the show’s headline sponsors. They will host the weigh in and after-show party (over 18s).

“West Mids Edition”

I’m Skanz and this is ‘The Lowdown.’

For this episode I thought I’d take a quick look back at what’s been happening on the boxing scene in the West Midlands since the start of 2018.

You, my fine feathered friend, are cordially invited to grab a drink, grab a comfy seat, sit back and join me.


The Midlands boxing scene has been absolutely buzzing this year, especially in the ring where there’s been so much happening that I’ve hardly been able to keep up.’

There’s been a bucketload of brilliant pro boxers duking it out at top notch events across the West Midlands on a regular, especially in Birmingham where no less than eight professional boxing fixtures have taken place so far this year.

Those eight shows represent half of the region’s total shows.

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Birmingham has held the most boxing shows in the West Midlands region so far this year.

The other eight shows have been in Walsall which has had four, Dudley which has hosted two, Coventry and Willenhall.

Big up Birmingham!!!

HERE’s A COUPLE OF SMART LOOKING POSTERS FROM

THE BUZZING BRUMMIE BOXING SCENE


Barry McGuigan came to Birmingham in March

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The legendary ‘Clones Cyclone’ came to Irish Centre Birmingham


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SKANZ’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!!!

 

Dudley has had two shows so far this year and Dudley born Danny Ball is the only boxer that’s fought at both shows, and against two very similar looking opponents in Gorman (7th April) and Little (7th July). Look at how identical his opponents were, even down to their boots.

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DOUBLE BALL ACHE


 

When Dave Allen took on David Howe on the ‘Battle of the Baggies’ at Walsall Town Hall on 4th May something strange and confusing happened.   

Take a look at these photos and see if you can work out what it was.

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2018 Highs and Lows – So Far

The first half of 2018 has been eventful and we’ve seen some real highs and lows. 


Let’s start with the lows. 

 

Last year, on Saturday 14 October 2017 at Walsall Town Hall, Walsall’s Luke Paddock fought Derby’s Myron Mills for the IBF Youth Lightweight Title. 

Sadly, during an altercation that started inside the event and spilled out onto the streets a young man, Reagan Asbury was stabbed and tragically died later from his injuries. 

Several arrests followed and the trial continues but whilst we await the outcome there is a sad but plain truth that has to be spoken, and that is that there is no amount of effort to establish what happened and to serve justice accordingly that is going to bring that young man back.

What a sad and tragic way for a young life to end. 

Also sadly, the media reports coming from the trial suggest that the event had been marred by a real sense of hostility amongst rival supporters which allegedly included some racist behaviour by some of Paddock’s supporters directed towards Mills and his followers. 

This isn’t the 1920s.

If it’s true that that type of behaviour took place that night then hey, boxing is not about this.

Boxing’s about building better futures, not taking futures away.

The amount of people whose lives will never be the same again, and for all the wrong reasons since that tragic October night, doesn’t bear thinking about. 

And my heart goes deeply deeply out to them.

Nuff said.

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Moving to the highs.

1. Welborn vs. Langford was a Classic!!

 

Walsall is still coming to terms with the sad incident of October 2017 that I talked about in the previous piece. 

The court case is high profile and rightly so. 

Boxing’s return  to Walsall Town Hall has needed sensible and sensitive handling and thankfully I think we’ve seen plenty of that including increased security at the shows that have followed in March, April and May of this year.

And it looks like the joint efforts of those involved with trying to make sure that boxing hits the headlines for all the right reasons , have been rewarded because the Jason Welborn vs. Tommy Langford British Middleweight Title fight held at Walsall Town Hall on 4th May turned out to be an outright contender for Fight of the Year.

The atmosphere was absolutely electric and it was this classic encounter that laid the foundations for the rematch which will now take place on the Amir Khan vs. Samuel Vargas undercard at Arena Birmingham on 8th September. 

And that, my friends

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awesome!!!

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2. Vales’s First Win in 8 Was a Real Buzz

‘Highlight?’ You might ask but for me it was. I always enjoy seeing a fighter overcome the odds.

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To be there to see Leamington born Myles Vale grab his first win at the eighth attempt was pretty inspirational and a personal highlight so it’s in the list.

For me Vale’s win at Villa Park shows how tough and how determined you have to be as a boxer but also reminds me that on any walk of life hard work does eventually pay off.

3. The emergence and success of Rachel Ball, Lauren Johnson and Kirstie Bavington spells out one thing for the West Midlands Boxing scene!!

Here Come The Girlz

We’re seeing an emergence of boxing talent from the females in the West Midlands region.

There’s been some success and some thrills to go with it along the way.

Willenhall’ s much loved Lauren Johnson looked like she was out on her feet at one point in the first round but somehow held out before bouncing back to win the Midlands Challenge Title in June.

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Aldridge’s Rachel Ball is looking really good, especially in her last fight against Monika Antonik – and is about to go into her fourth fight with no defeats on her record.

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And Wolverhampton’s former pro footballer turned pugilist Kirstie Bavington picked herself up from a disappointing debut draw in May to seal her first professional win when she beat Elaine Greenham at The Venue, Dudley in May.

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I’m telling you, there is so much going on and so much more to look forward to.

I could go deeper but I need a lie down, so I’ll leave it at that for now and catch you next time.

Watch what you’re doing.

Skanz.

 

The Usual Suspects – Results

Matt Sen claimed the British Cruiserweight Title in only his fourth professional fight on Saturday evening.

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Matt Sen captures the British Cruiserweight Challenge Title on 7th July 2018

 The 30 year-old, who made his professional just debut 12 months ago, came back from the brink to defeat Wolverhampton’s Josh Burke in dramatic style on at The Venue, Dudley, on BCB Promotions’ ‘Usual Suspects’ show.

 After a cagey opener, Burke found his rhythm. Working off a strong jab, the 32 year-old couldn’t miss with his right hand catching Sen with a number of well-timed shots. He continued to box with confidence in the third and there appeared to only be one winner.  

 However, that all changed in a split second. Midway through the fourth, Burke stalked Sen with his guard lowered. Sen hit back with peach of a right to the chops which dazed Burke and, after an onslaught of clubbing right hands, referee Kevin Parker waved off the contest. Sen had just enough energy to raise his hands in victory as he dug deep to claim the win, the belt, and maintain his unbeaten start to life as a professional boxer.

Elsewhere, Kirstie Bavington bounced back from a draw on her debut to claim a close 39-38 victory over Irish debutant, Elaine Greenan

Bavington grabs her first win

whilst fellow Richie Ghent trained fighters Josh Miller, Connor Lee Jones and Danny Ball all claimed points victories over Lewis Van Poetsch, Kristian Laight and Danny Little respectively.

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Impressive victory for Danny Ball

Finally, Daryl Pearce made a winning start to life in the paid ranks as he overcame Plymouth’s Mohamed Mahmoud 39—37.

A link to all fights can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/UKOBoxing