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January 18, 2017
January 18, 2017
Andrew Selby

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WALES’ most decorated amateur fighter Andrew Selby will take a big step towards his aim of boxing for the world title later this year as he prepares to take on Ardin Diale at London’s Olympia on February 4.

Selby v Diale is part of the bill on ITV Box Office which includes Chris Eubank Jnr v Renold Quinlan, plus David Price v Christian Hammer, Adam Etches v John Ryder and Kid Galahad v Joseph Agbeko.

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Selby, younger brother of IBF world featherweight champion Lee Selby, has made a blistering start to his professional career, with seven straight victories and he captured the British flyweight title in only his fifth fight in the paid ranks.

But this will be a testing hurdle for the 28-year-old from south Wales as the Filipino has mixed it in the highest class, including a losing bid for the world title when he fought Julio Cesar Miranda in 2011.

Andrew Selby said: “It is a fantastic move in the right direction for me as Diale is good, strong, durable and he has boxed at the top level for many years. He is the sort of opponent I have to beat to prove my credentials as a future world champion.

“I’m on a roll and I want to fight for the world title by the end of this year. I’m ready and I know I will do it. It will create sporting history with my brother also being a world champion. The Selbys will really be on the boxing map.”

Andrew Selby has huge respect for Diale as he prepares for their WBC International title contest, but has vowed to wow the fans at London’s Olympia and those thousands watching on ITV Box Office.

“It is a perfect chance for me to showcase my skills,” he said. “I’ve got the nickname ‘Superstar’ and I will live up to that. I’m going all the way. The supporters who come on the night will see what all the hype is about. My aim is to clean up the division.”

Selby easily makes the scales as a flyweight, but hasn’t ruled out moving up a division or two later in his career.

He said: “I’m a natural flyweight at the moment, but that could change as I naturally grow bigger.”

Diale, 28, nicknamed ‘The Jackal,’ has lost only once in his last 11 contests and comes into the ring vastly more experienced than Selby having turned pro in 2006.

Selby said: “Experience is one thing and he has got plenty of that, but talent and skills are what wins the day. I respect all my opponents and Diale is no different, but I will win and I plan to win big, by knocking him out.”

Selby’s manager Chris Sanigar calls his fighter a “special talent” and is convinced fight fans are in for a rare treat.

Sanigar said: “Andrew is such an incredible athlete and I’m 100 percent convinced someone even as good as Diale will not know what has hit him.”

Selby v Diale will be shown live and exclusively on ITV Box Office on February 4th.

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January 18, 2017
January 18, 2017
Kid Galahad

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SHEFFIELD star Kid Galahad moves up to the featherweight division on February 4 with world title glory just around the corner.

Galahad faces former world champion Joseph Agbeko at London’s Olympia as part of the packed Chris Eubank Jnr v Renold Quinlan bill on ITV Box Office.

It promises to be a thrilling showdown for Galahad as Agbeko has been in with some of the very best – and never been stopped.

The Ghanaian-born New Yorker even managed to go the distance with Cuban great Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2013 and Galahad is convinced victory over the 36-year-old will trigger his own world title shot.

Galahad said, “I’ve been waiting for this type of test and it doesn’t come tougher than this. It is my toughest test so far in my career but I will come through it and it will be a world title bid very soon.

“Agbeko has got a fantastic record at the very top level and I know I am up against a quality fighter. He lost to Rigondeaux on points, which says it all, and dropped a majority decision to Abner Mares. He has also beaten the likes of Vic Darchinyan. This kid is high quality and I know I’ve got to be at my very best.

“It will be a cracking fight for the fans there on the night at Olympia and those watching on ITV Box Office. They are all in for a treat.”

Galahad has amassed a perfect 21-0 record since turning pro in 2009 and after cleaning up the domestic scene at super bantamweight he has now decided to move up to featherweight.

“I’m 26 and it just seems a very natural move for me as my body is getting bigger and I do feel ready for it. Also, there are some great fights out there for me at featherweight with Lee Selby and Carl Frampton in the frame as well as some of the best of the rest from around the world. I have been avoided by all the top fighters at super bantam so now it is time to move up and challenge the best at feather. I’m ready for it.”

Galahad, real name Barry Awad, says he will be the latest fighter from the Steel City to become a world champion – and it will be very soon.

“I’m coming into my prime at 26 and I know it is going to happen,” he said. “It is not a question of if, but when. I am so confident of my ability to raise my game to the next level. Sheffield will soon have another new boxing superstar.”

Galahad has been sparring in recent weeks with IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby and he believes the experience has been mutually beneficial.

“He learns things off me and vice versa, I learn off him. We are good for each other. He’s a nice bloke outside the ring so that helps. We have had some seriously good sparring and I hope Lee successfully defends his world title on January 28th, then comes to watch me take Agbeko apart.

“If I can stop Agbeko that will send a real message to the rest of the featherweights that I am chasing them. I’ll be giving it my very best shot. I know I can take fighters out and that’s the plan on February 4 – to make a massive statement of intent.”

Kid Galahad v Joseph Agbeko is part of Eubank v Quinlan from London’s Olympia, to be shown live and exclusively on ITV Box Office.

January 18, 2017
January 18, 2017
Frank Warren

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MANCHESTER cruiserweight starlet Jordan Thompson has signed a long-term promotional deal with Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren. ‘Troublesome’ is planning an attack on the domestic cruiserweight division and is confident he will be at the top of the pile by the end of the year.

The 23-year-old banger turned pro at the back end of 2015 and made an explosive start to life in the paid ranks, knocking out his first three opponents inside the opening round. He then outpointed tough journeyman Remigijus Ziausys, who Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora both failed to stop, before scoring a second round stoppage win in his last fight.

“Teaming up with Frank is massive and I’m going to repay the faith he’s shown in me,” said Thompson. “I’ve got a huge opportunity to increase my profile with the extra exposure BT Sport and BoxNation will give me. I’m planning on making a bang when I get my chance!

“The domestic cruiserweight division is wide open and I’m really excited about putting myself right in the mix. Down south you have Isaac Chamberlain who recently beat Wadi Camacho for the Southern Arena title and up north closer to me you have Sam Hyde. I believe I beat them both already but I’m still learning and I need to listen to the advice of those around me.

“I just want to get in that ring against some good opposition, entertain the fans and put on a show because that’s what it’s all about. I think there’s a big space for me in the cruiserweight division, I’m charismatic and bring something different to the rest of the prospects. I can see myself achieving a lot in this division and very quickly.”

Thompson, whose parents were both karate world Champions, is trained by Haroon Headley at the Heavy Hitters Gym in Manchester alongside Frank Warren stablemate and WBO Inter-Continental Super-Lightweight Champion Jack Catterall.

“I’ve always had a great relationship with Haroon so it made sense to go with him. We go way back to before I even started boxing and it’s good to have him in my corner. I put my trust and faith in him and I know that we’re going to achieve big things together,” he said.

“Haroon took me down to Lee Beard’s gym when I started out in boxing and gave me the opportunity to be where I am now. I have a lot of respect for him and he has a lot of respect for me and that’s why we get on so well together.”

“Boxing is Manchester is on the up again with WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan leading the way and our Jack making a name for himself as one of the best super-lightweights in the country. We just need someone flying the flag in the cruiserweight division and that’s going to be me.”

Promoter Warren said, “Jordan is an exciting addition to our growing team of young talent and I’m looking forward to guiding him to the top of the domestic Cruiserweight division and beyond. He certainly possesses knockout power and has an entertaining style that fans will love.”

January 18, 2017
January 18, 2017
Lawrence Okolie

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Lawrence Okolie has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.

The 24 year old’s decision to turn over is the latest step in a remarkable rise, having been inspired by Anthony Joshua’s London 2012 Olympic gold medal win while he was working in McDonalds.

Okolie began boxing in 2010 just to lose weight but following Joshua’s golden moment in east London, Okolie doubled his efforts and after landing back to back University titles in 2014 and 2015 he earned a spot in the British Lionhearts World Series of Boxing team before taking gold in the AIBA European Qualifier in Turkey to make it to the 2016 games in Rio.

Okolie is the first of the 2016 Team GB squad to turn professional, and the Hackney talent has set ambitious targets for life in the paid ranks.

“I want to be the best cruiserweight that Britain has seen,” said Okolie. “David Haye has done great things, so has Johnny Nelson and many others, but I want to cement my legacy, have my name go down in history and maybe follow Haye by winning the heavyweight crown too.

“I want to get some excitement going in the division, not just from the fans but also have other cruiserweights training hard and wanting to fight me, because I want to be in great and exciting fights. I want to have six to eight fights in 2017 and I’ll be looking to get six to eight knockouts – I mean business.

“Even though I’ve only had 26 fights, people are going to say that I should be able to beat everyone because I’ve been to the Olympics. There’s pressure there but it’ll bring the best out of me. Even if people expect me to win, because then I will want to win in style and make a statement.

“I went into the gym the day after Anthony won gold and I went into McDonalds and told them that I wanted to concentrate on boxing so I cut my hours and eventually stopped working there.

“I’ve got natural attributes to box. I was never good at other sports, but boxing happens to be one that I’ve done well in. It’s been down to hard work, application and dedication. I think with most things, if you put time and effort in, you will get better. If you have two fighters that are on a similar level, nine times out of ten the winner will be the one that puts in more time to win, and I’m going to bring that to the pro games.

“I have a lot of self-belief but there’s always that shadow of doubt there that ‘can you do this?’ The answer is always yes but the question is there. Getting thrown in at the deep end is something that works for me as if I know that I am going to win I can go through the motions, but if the pressure is on, there’s a big crowd, it’s a must-win, that’s when I produce my best.

“Outside the ring I want to be a role model in Hackney and show people there that if you work hard and believe in yourself you can achieve a lot.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn is excited to welcome Okolie to his stable of champions, and says that the first step on his path to the top will be announced next week.

“I am delighted to welcome Lawrence to the team,” said Hearn. “Lawrence is the first Team GB Olympian to turn over and I think he has a huge future in the Cruiserweight and Heavyweight divisions.

“Lawrence has all the attributes to become a star inside and outside the ring, and we will announce his debut fight next week. These early stages are where fighters build their foundations and profile to ensure they achieve their dreams and become super stars in the sport – Lawrence has the perfect platform to do that. He will box eight times in his first year on the biggest shows all over the country. It’s official – Okolie’s out the cage!”

January 17, 2017
January 17, 2017
Boy Jones

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CHINGFORD’S Boy Jones Jnr (11-0-1, 7 KO’s) will face Lowestoft’s Craig Poxton (11-4-0, 4 KO’s) in the first defence of his Southern Area super-featherweight title at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Friday February 24, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Baby-faced Boy was just over three weeks shy of his 20th birthday when he beat the extremely tough Martin Hillman to win the vacant title at the Brentwood Centre back in November. The freakishly tall super-feather has been diligently learning his trade since entering the pro game without an amateur pedigree and is determined to keep hold of his belt.

“We worked so hard to get that title and we’re going to work twice as hard to keep it,” said Jones Jnr. “I love fighting at York Hall and I can’t wait to get back in the ring. I always do a load of tickets there and the atmosphere is going to be amazing as usual.

“I say it all the time but I never look at my opponents, I leave that to my trainer. Dom knows that I can beat him and that’s good enough for me. I’m not taking anything away from Craig, he’s going to be no pushover. It’s going to be a tough fight but we’re going to work hard to get the win.

“When I turned pro I told Dom that I wanted to win my first title before I turned 20 and to win it in well under two years was a great achievement. 2017 is all about keeping busy and taking each fight as it comes.”

Poxton, 28, is hot on the comeback trail after losing out to Alex Townsend for the English Super-Featherweight title back in March and has previously challenged for the Southern Area title, losing on points to interim World title challenger George Jupp in 2014.

Top of the bill sees Swansea’s Jay Harris challenge Thomas Essomba for the Commonwealth flyweight title in just his tenth fight; Harley Benn makes his hotly-anticipated pro debut; plus Sidcup super-featherweight D.P Carr; Chelmsford super-middleweight Billy Long, Hornchurch super-lightweight Sanjeev Sahota, South Ockendon super-lightweight Charlie Driscoll, Welling super-featherweight Archie Sharp, New Malden super-middleweight Lerrone Richards and the pro debuts of Fulham super-middleweight Zak Chelli and Pinewood heavyweight Naylor Ball.

January 17, 2017
January 17, 2017
Chris Eubank Jr

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RENOLD QUINLAN is out to prove he is the ‘Road Warrior’ of world boxing, by flying 12,000 miles to the ‘bear pit’ of London’s Olympia to defend his IBO super-middleweight title. Aussie Quinlan takes on Chris Eubank Jr in the capital in the first defence of his IBO title. The eagerly-awaited match-up between sporting rivals Australia and England is live and exclusive on ITV Box Office on February 4.

Quinlan won the title by sparking out former world champion Daniel Geale inside two rounds last year but instead of making a first defence Down Under, he has chosen to travel thousands of miles to the UK to take on Eubank Jnr.

He said, “Many people told me to fight at home against someone easier, but I’m different. I want challenges that seem impossible and being a long way from home against very good opposition is tough. Although I’m the champion I know many people have written me off which is what excites me. I’m very excited to be fighting in the UK. They are very passionate about their sport and I plan to put on a good show for them.

“My victory over Daniel Geale showed I am ready to become the best. He had only recently lost to boxing superstars Gennady Golovkin and Miguel Cotto. Geale underestimated me and was looking to knock me over and start a big campaign internationally again. That was until he realised the power I have and I feel Eubank has made the same mistake.”

Quinlan is part Aborigine and part Fijian and insists he is immensely proud of his rich heritage – something which will give him strength in his battle against Eubank Jr.

“My nan and pop raised me from about 18 months old and I have lived in Port Macquarie and Sydney.

“My Aboriginal heritage comes from my Dad. We are Dunghutti people from north east coast of New South Wales. My mother is Fijian so I have a strong cultural connection to my heritage. I will be taking this connection and all that it means to me, for my fight in the UK.”

Quinlan, who lists his boxing heroes, in no particular order, as Mike Tyson, Anthony Mundine, Roy Jones and Thomas Hearns, says he is a historian of the sport. “I love boxing so much and enjoy all the great fighters from the past and present.

“James DeGale v Badou Jack was a great fight at the weekend and it is fantastic to see the super-middleweight division hotting up. But you will all be talking about Renold Quinlan after I put a stop to Eubank.”

He has studied Eubank closely and says the Brighton boxer has never overcome anyone of the calibre of Geale.

“Eubank has a great record but he has never beaten anyone like Daniel Geale. That is a fact and the one time he was tested he was beaten by Billy Joe Saunders. I expect a tough fight but I fear no one and Eubank will understand this when we get inside the ring. Yeah I rate him, but he won’t beat me.

“I have no concerns about the travel involved and I’m very excited to be coming to the UK. My team has taken the necessary steps to ensure we arrive early enough and have the right recovery to adjust to the travel.

“The reason I have taken this fight is the same reason I fought Geale. I don’t want to have a fight just to build a record. I’m ready for the best. I’m here to beat Eubank then I want DeGale or Saunders – simple as that.”

Quinlan v Eubank Jnr, plus a full undercard including David Price v Christian Hammer and Adam Etches v John Ryder, will be on ITV Box Office on Saturday, February 4.

January 16, 2017
January 16, 2017
anthony joshua tickets

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The world heavyweight unification blockbuster between Anthony Joshua MBE and Wladimir Klitschko has broken box office records with over 80,000 Anthony Joshua tickets sold for the April 29 super fight at Wembley Stadium Connected by EE, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The second batch of tickets for the blockbuster fight sold inside one hour when they released at lunchtime on Monday and the total tickets now sold has exceeded the record set by Carl Froch’s world super-middleweight title rematch against George Groves in 2014.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said, “The demand for tickets for Joshua vs Klitschko is phenomenal – this is unquestionably the biggest fight in British boxing history and we would have sold out Wembley twice over.

“We have put a request in to Brent Council, the Mayor’s office and TFL to increase the capacity by a further 5,000 tickets. We are confident of a positive answer and we will release further news shortly. Roll on April 29!”