British Boxing: Luke Campbell, Galahad-Prado, Coyle
Hull stars Luke Campbell MBE and Tommy Coyle face tough tests in their opening bouts of 2014 at the Hull Ice Arena on February 22, live on Sky Sports.
Campbell faces Southern Area Super Featherweight title challenger Scott Moises in his fifth pro contest, with the 26 year old from Norwich boxing in his 18th bout in the paid ranks.
Coyle defends his IBF International Lightweight title against Argentine Daniel Brizuela in the same venue he claimed the vacant belt with a seventh round stoppage win over John Simpson in November. The former IBF Latino champion Brizuela brings an impressive 30 fight record to north Yorkshire with 25 wins on his CV, and the 28 year old will be gunning for Coyle’s title to boost his chances of landing a major title shot.
“It’s great to put Luke and Tommy in with two tough competitors in their first taste of action this year,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Scott has 81 professional rounds in the bank and will provide a stiff examination of where Luke is at. Tommy has the potential to have a great year but Daniel travels from South America with plans of his own and it’s important for Tommy that he deals with Daniel in style to land some big fights in the ultra-competitive Lightweight division.”
Sparks have flown on Twitter between British Light Welterweight champion Darren Hamilton and challenger Curtis Woodhouse ahead of their clash for Hamilton’s belt, with the champ able to claim the Lord Lonsdale belt for keeps is he can defeat the Driffield man. Unbeaten pair Gavin McDonnell and Leigh Wood in the second British title clash on the bill as they tussle for the vacant Super Bantamweight strap.
Young Hull talents Zak Collins and Joel Haigh continue their pro journeys on the bill, Charlie Payton makes his professional debut while experienced Liverpool Super Middleweight Tony Dodson appears on the card with an eye on a major bout in Liverpool on March 15.
Tickets are on sale now priced £30, £40, £60 and £120 for VIPs and are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com
LONDON - Hennessy Sports are delighted to announce that we have won the purse bid to hold Kid Galahad's fight for the vacant European super bantamweight title against former Spanish champion Sergio Prado.
Kid Galahad (real name Abdul Barry Awad), 23, claimed the mandatory challenger position for the European title by defeating Jazza Dickens for the British title in September.
"Barry is a superb fighter, he is undefeated, the former WBC International super bantamweight champion, a British champion and I am proud and excited to deliver this fight for him," Mick Hennessy said.
"I truly believe Barry is a great talent and destined for big things and this is the next step for who I consider to be the future of the division."
After champion Carl Frampton's decision to relinquish the title rather than face Galahad, Prado, the EBU-EU champion was selected as the opponent for the belt and it subsequently went to purse bids.
Following today's bids, the European Boxing Union (EBU) announced the news of our successful bid and we will be looking to announce a date for the contest to be held in the UK in March.
Galahad responded to the news through Twitter (@KidGalahad90):
"Pleased to hear my promoter @HennessySports won the bid for my European title challenge, onwards and upwards."
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