Damon Jones vs. James Metcalf, British Eliminator Set, 10/21

By Elliot Foster

JAMES METCALF is set to fight again in the next couple of months.

The undefeated super-welterweight, 29, has been ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control to take part in an eliminator for the domestic crown at his weight.

And ‘Kid Shamrock’ (16-0, 8 KOs) will come up against once-beaten Damon Jones (15-1, 3 KOs), exclusively live on BT Sport and BoxNation, on October 21 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.


The card will be headed by Josh Warrington, Leeds’ favourite son, and supported by the British super-lightweight title defence of Tyrone Nurse against his mandatory challenger Jack Catterall.

Metcalf was last in action back in July at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and goes into the fight against the 24-year-old southpaw, who has already challenged for the British belt and was stopped by Nick Blackwell, on the back of two inside-the-distance victories.

Further undercard fights, as well as an opponent for Warrington, are set to be revealed in due course to support the WBC International featherweight champion’s second fight under the banner of Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions.

IN OTHER NEWS: After a celebratory weekend and with preparations well underway for a fight at the end of next month, Jay Carney would be forgiven for treating himself ahead of his next outing.

But the homemade southern fried chicken, chips and barbequed beans had to be abandoned, with the plate half-empty, after Kieran Farrell presented him with the opportunity many wouldn’t expect to arrive.

The featherweight, dubbed ‘The Scouse Maidana’ by his manager, was offered the fight against Commonwealth featherweight king Jason Cunningham on September 2.

And he jumped at it before conditions were even discussed.

The pair will meet over six rounds at the Doncaster Dome, on a card headlined by Ryan Moorhead and Maxi Hughes in a meeting for the vacant Central Area super-featherweight crown, and it’s a shot that the 30-year-old is relishing.

“I got a message from Kieran when I was eating my tea asking whether I wanted to box on this bill in a six-rounder,” Carney said when taking up the story.

“Even though I’m training for the September 29 fight [at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester], I text him back and said yes before getting the layers on, hoodie and hat included, and went for a six-mile run.

“I talk to my mates about being real and this is exactly what I mean, exactly what I’m after. I’m into this sort of thing. For me, this is the dream. I’m not here to pad my record, he’s in the top 10 and the Commonwealth champion, but this wasn’t something I was going to turn down, that’s never happening from me.”

Carney has experience of fighting on the road, having boxed in Leeds, Hull and Belfast so far in his nine-fight career.

And going away once more isn’t something that will faze the man who is trained by Scottie Hamilton, who had no amateur experience and only turned over at 28.

“I’m not going there to make the numbers up, no chance,” he continued. “I’m going there to win the fight and to enhance my career.

“I’m looking to go there, put on a great performance and go and get another win. Many wanted me to have a tune-up fight but that just isn’t me.

“I’ll be going there for a good time and I’ll be coming back with a win against the Commonwealth champion on just over two weeks’ notice.”

In other news, two of Carney’s managerial stablemates in the shape of Danny Craven, from Warrington, and Brian Phillips have been handed fight dates.

Both have been added to the World Boxing Super Series card on September 16 at the ECHO Arena, which is topped by Callum Smith’s vacant WBC Diamond super-middleweight title showdown against Erik Skoglund.

Craven, who is currently 3-0 in the paid code, will face Isaac McLeod, undefeated in eight, over six rounds at welterweight, while Phillips has been given the opportunity after being granted his boxing licence by the British Boxing Board of Control and will make his bow in the pro ranks over four rounds.

Heavyweight David Price returns on the card over eight rounds against Raphael Zumbano Love, Adam Little faces Darren Surtees over eight rounds, there is action for Joe Wood and Luke Blackledge and Zach Parker meet in an eliminator for the British super-middleweight crown, with Lloyd Campbell and Luke Willis also set to feature.

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