Stourbridge’s International Masters Welterweight Champion, Steven Pearce, faces a period on the sidelines after being diagnosed with inflammation of the lungs.
The former Midlands Area Champion was due to step back in the ring in May on EJKO Promotions’ bumper ‘Mayday! Mayday!’ show at Walsall Town Hall.
The 29 year-old was hoping to bounce straight back from his narrow British Masters defeat to Ryan Hardy earlier this month. After that fight, Pearce complained of chest pains and was put on a course of antibiotics. Still unable to train, he sought further medical advice and was diagnosed with inflamed lungs pending further tests next week.
“I’m gutted,” he told www.uko-boxing.com . “My career has been based on comebacks and I was hoping to make an immediate come back from the Hardy defeat.
“When I lost in Prizefighter, I went on to win the Midlands Area Title, when I lost that to Sam Eggington, I came back to beat Rob Hunt. After the Hardy loss, I was determined to get straight back in the ring and atone for that defeat.
“The comeback is on hold until I’m fully recovered, which won’t be in time to fight in May. It’s a shame but I need to get myself right first. I can’t train at the moment, so I’m just resting.
“I’m hoping to be back in June or July.”
Pearce has been replaced on ‘Mayday! Mayday!’ by stablemate, Kyle Spencer. The Dudley light middleweight lost for the first time earlier this month, so like had Pearce hoped, will be looking to make an immediate return to winning ways.
‘Mayday! Mayday!’ is headlined by British Masters and Midlands Area Light Middleweight Champion, Jason Welborn, and Walsall’s Luke Paddock.
Welborn takes on an International opponent over ten rounds whilst Paddock will be looking to build on his recent British Bronze Masters Light Welterweight Title victory.
Tipton super featherweight, Lee Glover, Staffordshire welterweight, Rob Hunt, Cradley super featherweight, Chris Male, Leicester welterweight, Ryan Nandha, Halesowen super middleweight, Lennox Clarke, Stoke welterweight, Josh McLaren and Wolverhampton super featherweight, Des Bowater, all feature.
Sid Bowater, Des’s elder brother, debuts at welterweight whilst Birmingham cruiserweight, Olly Lambert, completes the card in his first professional outing.
The show will be also aired live and exclusive on BBC WM’s DAB Digital Service and online at www.bbc.co.uk/wm .
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The aftershow party takes place at the Pitch Sports Bar and Grill on Bridge Street, Walsall.
Bradley Saunders sells out Newcastle show
The North East sensation Bradley Saunders (8-0-0) takes to the ring this Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle against stand in opponent Mitch Prince (12-2-2).
The hard hitting light welterweight is renowned for attracting large crowds to his shows and hasn’t failed to deliver for his ninth professional fight against Scotsman Mitch Prince on Saturday 29th March, selling close to a thousand tickets of the 6000 capacity arena.
Saunders paid homage to the fans as he looks ahead to extend his unbeaten run to nine fights, “I’m feeling as good as I have ever felt. Really glad to be back home in the North East. I can’t thank all of you enough for the continuous support. Wait till he hears my North East crowd!”
Saunders was initially due to fight top ten ranked Paul McClosky but the awkward southpaw withdrew from the fight with a knee injury. This was a significant blow to Saunders as the contest could have led to an inter-continental belt which could then have doubled up as an eliminator for a bigger title for the victor.
However, Saunders was not disappointed for long after news of a replacement opponent was announced as the 29 year old Prince of Passion, Mitch Prince from Cumbernauld, Scotland who recently took Commonwealth light welterweight champion, Willie Limond the distance in June 2013.
Ranked in the top 20 light welterweights in Britain, the Scot will prove a worthy adversary to Saunders who has been looking for a big test to start the year with.
Saunders commented on his opponent, “Got a good kid in Mitch Prince and people will see what I am all about. This year Team Saunders wants big names and I want to be beating them all in Newcastle, nowhere else.”
The highly anticipated show is a combined promotions between Dennis Hobson Promotions and Francis Warren’s Queensbury Promotions, titled ‘Clash of the Clans’, featuring four title fights and ten unbeaten prospects. Champions Jon Lewis Dickinson, Stuart Hall and Frankie Gavin all defend their crowns against closely matched challengers.
The main event for the IBF World bantamweight title between champion Stuart Hall (16– 2–1) and challenger Martin Ward (18–2–0) is guaranteed to be a fantastic battle.
The supporting fight between British cruiserweight champion Jon Lewis Dickinson (14– 2–0) and challenger Neil Dawson (12–2–0) has fight fans divided in what can only promise to be a spectacular event between the two equally matched fighters.
The 27 year old champ is looking to secure the Lonsdale belt outright in this fight after successfully winning the vacant title against Shane McPhilbin, and subsequently defending the honours successfully twice against David Dolan and Mike Stafford.
Frankie Gavin, the British and Commonwealth welterweight king, is also in action defending his honours against closely matched African Sacky ‘Snake’ Shikukutu (18–2–1) who is the current WBO African Champion, listed at number 14 in the latest WBO rankings as opposed to Gavin, who currently occupies 5th place in the WBO list.
Sunderland lightweight Kirk Goodings (11-1-0) defends his English lightweight title for the first time against Gary Fox (12-2-0) from Fishburn, County Durham over ten rounds.
Highlander Gary Cornish (17-0-0) looks to continue his unbeaten rise through the ranks as he takes on Hungarian Tibor Balogh (13-3-2). Both heavyweights have stopped nine of their opponents making this a tasty match up.
Local talent Josh Leather (2–0–0), Robert Dixon (10-0-0) and Thomas Patrick Ward (6–0–0) all strive to extend their unbeaten runs in front of their home crowd.
Welsh super flyweight Jay Harris (1-0-0) aims to double his win tally against local lad Gary Reeve (1-1-0).
Yorkshire heavyweight David Allen (5–0–0) looks to continue his unbeaten rise through the British rankings by reaching a sixth win against Plamen Nikolov (1-1-1). This will be the 21 year old’s second fight in the same month after a points win over journeyman Moses Matovu on 2nd March in Sheffield.
Slough southpaw George Michael Carmen (13-1-1) will be looking to wham William Warburton (10-59-3) in this welterweight contest.
Dronfield’s middleweight Lewis Taylor (12-0-0) takes on Doncaster’s Jason Ball (7-15-1).
Bantamweight Ross ‘The Boss’ Burkinshaw (10-5-2) from Sheffiled competes in his 18th professional fight against an unnamed opponent.
Clash of the Clans will be aired live on Box Nation – Sky channel 437 and Virgin channel 546.
BOXNATION KICKS-OFF PACQUIAO-BRADLEY REMATCH WITH ELECTRIFYING BUILD UP STARTING TONIGHT WITH ‘FACE-OFF: PACQUIAO/BRADLEY 2’ BEFORE SMASH HIT 24/7 SHOWS
LONDON (March, 28) - BoxNation will get its extensive coverage of Manny Pacquiao’s megafight with Tim Bradley underway with a host of top build-up shows kicking-off tonight.
The pair collide at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 12th looking to settle an old score following a controversial meeting back in 2012, when Bradley was handed a decision many felt was not warranted following Pacquiao’s apparently dominant display.
Ahead of the exciting bill live on BoxNation, ‘The Channel of Champions’, is delighted to be bringing fight fans the most comprehensive build up starting tonight at 7pm with the free-to-air showing of “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao/Bradley 2”.
“Face Off” gives a gripping insight into both men as they square-off across the table answering Kellerman’s questions, offering them the chance to address each other and their fans ahead of their eagerly anticipated battle.
Following this, BoxNation is excited to be able to bring viewers the multiple Emmy award winning 24/7 series previewing Pacquiao/Bradley 2, with all three episodes of the glitzy behind-the-scenes shows airing free-to-air on the channel.
The premiere of the smash hit reality franchise featuring the two pound-for-pound stars, as they give watchers unique access into their camps, will debut on Tuesday April 1st at 7pm, with episode two a week later on Tuesday April 8th at 7pm and the finale on Friday April 11th at 7pm.
Timings: “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao/Bradley 2” airs on BoxNation tonight (Friday March 28th) at 7pm. With Episode 1 of “24/7: Pacquiao-Bradley 2” on Tuesday April 1st at 7pm, Episode 2 on Tuesday April 8th at 7pm and Episode 3 on Friday April 11th at 7pm.
Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 is live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/490HD & Virgin Ch.546) on Saturday April 12th. Visit www.boxnation.com to subscribe.