Paul Butler's Commonwealth Super-Flyweight title challenge has been rescheduled and will now take place on Friday 12th April at the Liverpool Olympia.
Ellesmere Port's Butler was scheduled to face the champion, Yaqub Kareem, on Friday 8th March at the venue.
But the Nigerian has encountered problems being issued with a Visa in time and would have thrown doubt about his arrival in the UK.
The undercard will still remain the same, featuring Stephen Smith, Joe Selkirk, Matthew Fagan, Calum Johnson, Craig Evans and Liam Williams.
Tickets purchased with the old date printed on them will be valid for the new date.
Stourbridge’s Steve Pearce has stepped in as a late replacement for Joel Ryan ahead of Friday’s Midlands Area Welterweight showdown against Derby’s Luke Gallear.
A chest infection has laid Ryan low with the Walsall man unable to train for the past seven days. After speaking to Manager and Promoter Errol Johnson last night ,a decision was made to pull Ryan from the show and replace him with ‘Fierce Pearce’
“The chest infection has really knocked Joel off his feet,” Johnson told www.uko-boxing.com . “He’d been training hard and was looking good. He did 10 rounds sparring last Monday but started feeling ill the following morning.
“He went to the doctors and has been taking a course of antibiotics but he’s still bed-ridden and we just can’t risk him.
“Steven was next in line for a shot at the Midlands Area Title anyway, so it made sense to bring his opportunity forward.
“Gallear versus Pearce will be a war. Neither will take a backwards step, so the fans will be in for a real treat.”
Pearce’s last outing was at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in January when he took part in Prizefighter: The Welterweights III. It was on that night that he suffered his first defeat as a professional after being stopped by eventual Prizefighter winner, Glenn Foot.
Before then, the 28 year-old ( now 6-1) had enjoyed a perfect start to his professional career and will be determined to get back to winning ways against Gallear at Burton Town Hall on Friday (1st March).
Gallear (4-4-2), also 28, goes into the fight on the back of a December loss to debutant, Tony Dixon. However, he has enjoyed a solid training camp ahead of this title shot, whereas Pearce has taken the fight at just four days notice.
The undercard is made up of three intriguing battles.
Burton’s Tom Shaw (8-1) takes on Birmingham’s Jason Nesbitt (9-161-4).
The local Light Welterweight suffered a first professional defeat at the fists of Mark McKray back in January and will be expected to get back to winning ways against the veteran fighter.
Dudley prospect, Kyle Spencer (4-0), takes on Jimmy Price (0-0-1) whilst Tamworth’s Matt Seawright (3-69-4) faces Exeter’s Faheem Khan (4-0-1) in a re-match following Khan’s controversial points victory back in November.
Tickets for the Burton Town Hall show how are priced at £30 unreserved seating and £50 Ringside. They are available from Burton Town Hall Box Office on 0128 350 8547. Doors open at 7.00pm with boxing commencing at 8.00pm.
Freddie Turner Repays New Management With Stunning Win
Just over a month ago unbeaten Welterweight prospect Freddie Turner was wondering when, and even if, he would get to fight again, having had just the single outing in 2012 and it seemed there were absolutely zero fights on the horizon.
However things soon changed for the 24 year old from Canning Town, following a call from his coach, Mark Tibbs, suggesting he has a word with TRAD TKO’s Johnny Eames next time he’s in the gym.
Sure enough Freddie did and within the hour signed management papers with the esteemed Mr. Eames, after former manager Dean Powell agreed to release him early from his contract.
The same day Johnny asked Freddie if he wanted a fight in February, which of course he did.
On Sunday afternoon, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, Freddie had his maiden outing under Johnny’s watchful eyes, against Rainham’s Costas Osben, and repaid Johnny in the best possible way, with a sensational performance on way to securing his seventh win.
Earlier today Freddie took a little time out to talk about the turnaround of fortunes this change of management had made.
“I’m really excited to get my career going again, I’m really happy that Johnny has a plan and the whole team has a plan and we’ve got a future in the game.
I had just the one fight last year, nothing to do with myself, I’m always in the gym and ready, I’m always training and I’m fit, but I just got left out really.
My old manager, Dean Powell, I know he’s a busy guy and has a lot of fighters but I didn’t get looked after or get the opportunities I deserved, it’s not that I’m not a prospect or a good fighter.
I think I am one of the best prospects in the UK, I’ve got great potential and talent so hopefully we’ll see it come through now.
Within hours of agreeing terms with Johnny and the team, they got me a fight, gave me a date.
The next week they offered me another fight, then one in April and then I hear rumours that there are other dates already being lined up. This is amazing, It’s unknown to me in the game, considering what I have had before.
Johnny said I’ll have a minimum of four in the UK and there may be a few abroad, anything else they do for me will be a bonus, that’s already four hundred percent on what I did last year, so it’s amazing.
I’m mature now, the people I spar and the quality I spar I’m an eight round fighter, I know what I’m doing now, this first fight was about getting the wheels turning again, but I’m nearly at Championship level, it wont be long before I’m there, I feel I’ve got the tools, the ambition and the art to make it and do something.
If some kind of opportunity comes I’ll jump at it, I’m always fit and I’ve got a good engine anyway, I can do four without training, I’ve got a great engine so a twelve rounder with a little work and I’ll be there.
Training wise I’m still with Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, who are here at the TRAD TKO anyway, it’s a lot better now because everything’s under one roof, you’ve not got to go anywhere else, management team, promotion team and trainers is all there and it’s dealt with right away.
The training’s going really well, enjoying it. Jimmy’s doing really well with Billy Joe (Saunders), he’s flying through there. Mark’s got a load of young prospects coming through too.
It’s a great team, we’ll do well and the future is bright, very bright.”
English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng makes the fourth defense of his crown, against the highly experienced Terry Carruthers from Birmingham, at the Matchroom Sport promoted ‘Betfair London’s Finest’ event, which takes place at Wembley Arena on Saturday, the 9th March.
Ochieng, who has proved beyond doubt that he is fast becoming the dominant force within the domestic Light Middle scene, having dispatched the likes of Andrew Lowe, Ryan Toms and Max Maxwell since beating Nick Quigley to lift the vacant title back in January last year, firmly believes that it’s time to move on, to either challenge for the British or Commonwealth crown.
“Yeah, the fight is going to be on the 9th March and it’s going to be a good fight, because it’s against Terry Carruthers,” said the 25 year old from Stoke Newington.
“He’s a tough, ugly fighter so I’m gonna come out and look pretty.