By Terence Dooley
Dave Coldwell of Coldwell Boxing has confirmed that Tony Bellew will defend his British light-heavyweight title against Danny McIntosh at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on April 14th. Coldwell Boxing won the purse bids for the contest and decided to secure the Echo due to Bellew’s growing popularity and McIntosh’s will to win.
“Liverpool has the Olympia which is a great venue but not big enough for Bellew, who is a big name in British boxing, not just Liverpool,” revealed Coldwell when speaking to Boxingscene. “The fans appreciate good fighters, good fights and especially this one as Bellew is coming off the [Nathan] Cleverly fight. The Echo is the only arena for him.
“Danny will come out bombing himself. It will be a great fight. People will turn out because it is a good headline fight and the undercard will have good names on it as well. We [Coldwell and his business partner Spencer Fearn] decided to really go for it at the turn of the year. We want to go out there and make Coldwell Boxing a big name in the sport by getting good fights and fights that get the fans talking.
“Hopefully the fans will want to see our shows on TV. If they make enough noise then sooner or later we’ll land TV dates. Doing it on a small hall level isn’t going to secure big enough noise for a TV deal. You need to break out and get yourself good names and good fights to bring in fans. That is our aim.”
Liverpool’s Bellew, 16-1 (10), lost a majority decision when challenging for Nathan Cleverly’s WBO belt in October. Norwich’s McIntosh is a former EBU titlist; the 13-2 (7) fighter lost his title to Eduard Gutknecht last May but has called long and hard for a showdown with Bellew.
Both men have fallen short against Cleverly; McIntosh was on the end of a seventh round TKO when meeting the Welshman in 2009. Coldwell believes that their respective class, not to mention a bit of bad blood between the two, will produce a contest that lives long in the memory.
“Tony is a guy I’ve followed all his career,” said Coldwell. “Tony tries to knock people out. The Cleverly fight put his name out there, got him respect from a lot of people so if you add his personality and Danny, who is confident and looks to bomb himself, then it can’t fail to be exciting.”
Ticket details will be released during next week’s presser and both men will be in attendance. Keep an eye on Twitter @davidcoldwell and http://www.coldwellboxing.com/about-us for further details.