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.
Stourbridgeís Steve Pearce has stepped in as a late replacement for Joel Ryan ahead of Fridayís Midlands Area Welterweight showdown against Derbyís 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 ĎFierce Pearceí
ďThe chest infection has really knocked Joel off his feet,Ē Johnson told www.uko-boxing.com . ďHeíd been training hard and was looking good. He did 10 rounds sparring last Monday but started feeling ill the following morning.
ďHe went to the doctors and has been taking a course of antibiotics but heís still bed-ridden and we just canít risk him.
ďSteven was next in line for a shot at the Midlands Area Title anyway, so it made sense to bring his opportunity forward.
ďGallear versus Pearce will be a war. Neither will take a backwards step, so the fans will be in for a real treat.Ē
Pearceís 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.
Burtonís Tom Shaw (8-1) takes on Birminghamís 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 Tamworthís Matt Seawright (3-69-4) faces Exeterís Faheem Khan (4-0-1) in a re-match following Khanís 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 TKOís Johnny Eames next time heís 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 Johnnyís watchful eyes, against Rainhamís 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.
ďIím really excited to get my career going again, Iím really happy that Johnny has a plan and the whole team has a plan and weíve got a future in the game.
I had just the one fight last year, nothing to do with myself, Iím always in the gym and ready, Iím always training and Iím fit, but I just got left out really.
My old manager, Dean Powell, I know heís a busy guy and has a lot of fighters but I didnít get looked after or get the opportunities I deserved, itís not that Iím not a prospect or a good fighter.
I think I am one of the best prospects in the UK, Iíve got great potential and talent so hopefully weíll 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, Itís unknown to me in the game, considering what I have had before.
Johnny said Iíll 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, thatís already four hundred percent on what I did last year, so itís amazing.
Iím mature now, the people I spar and the quality I spar Iím an eight round fighter, I know what Iím doing now, this first fight was about getting the wheels turning again, but Iím nearly at Championship level, it wont be long before Iím there, I feel Iíve got the tools, the ambition and the art to make it and do something.
If some kind of opportunity comes Iíll jump at it, Iím always fit and Iíve got a good engine anyway, I can do four without training, Iíve got a great engine so a twelve rounder with a little work and Iíll be there.
Training wise Iím still with Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, who are here at the TRAD TKO anyway, itís a lot better now because everythingís under one roof, youíve not got to go anywhere else, management team, promotion team and trainers is all there and itís dealt with right away.
The trainingís going really well, enjoying it. Jimmyís doing really well with Billy Joe (Saunders), heís flying through there. Markís got a load of young prospects coming through too.
Itís a great team, weíll do well and the future is bright, very bright.Ē
English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ĎThe Eagleí Ochieng makes the fourth defense of his crown, against the highly experienced Terry Carruthers from Birmingham, at the Matchroom Sport promoted ĎBetfair Londonís Finestí 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 itís time to move on, to either challenge for the British or Commonwealth crown.
ďYeah, the fight is going to be on the 9th March and itís going to be a good fight, because itís against Terry Carruthers,Ē said the 25 year old from Stoke Newington.
ďHeís a tough, ugly fighter so Iím gonna come out and look pretty.
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