Advertisement
Advertisement

Dean Francis is Still on The Hunt For a World Crown

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

DEAN Francis is still dreaming of a world title shot at the ripe old age of 40. Francis will be one of the stars of a new eight-man light-heavyweight tournament which begins later this month and he hopes it can propel him nearer that title tilt.

The MaxiNutirtion Knockout, which will be shown live on Channel 5, starts at Rivermead in Reading on March 15.

The event, spread over six months, is being promoted by Mick Hennessey and Francis tops the bill in the first quarter-finals against Bob Ajisafe for the vacant British title.

In the other event opener, Leon senior will lock horns with Tony Hill for the Sorthern Area belt.

The second set of quarter-finals will take place on the Kid Galahad v Sergio Prado bill at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on March 22.

Danny McIntosh will meet Travis Dickinson for the English title while Matty Clarkson and Lee Duncan will fight in an eliminator for the same belt.

The venues and dates for the semi-finals and finals have yet to be decided but Francis wants to finish on top of the pile.

boxing, dean francis, dean, francis, Francis-Ajisafe, CONFIDENT: Francis is confident he will get past Francis Ajisafe [FACEBOOK]

The Basingstoke bruiser is a former British, Commonwealth and European champion with 34 wins, including 26 knockouts, in a 39-fight career.

He said: “My aspiration remains to fight for a world title and win it. That’s the dream I’m chasing and it starts with this tournament.

“The event has given me another platform where I can put myself in the public eye again.

“It’s on terrestrial TV as well - that’s the main deal, and back in Reading where I’ve had some of my first big fights, so it’s all good.”

But he knows that meeting 26-year-old English champion Ajisafe will be tough and added: “Everyone is saying that he has to be the hardest pick of the bunch.

“But I’m glad I’ve got him first. I’m confident, I wouldn’t get in the ring if I wasn’t confident.

“It raises your game if you’re going in against someone who you believe to be the best of the bunch.”

Ajisafe, who has won 11 of his 13 bouts, said: “The British title is the thing that’s driving me right now.

“That’s what means the most to me right now. I’ve waited a long time for this fight to take place and I’m staying focussed and my main aim is to win that belt.”

* THE Francis-Ajisafe fight will be shown live on Channel 5 from Rivermead, Reading, on March 15.

Tags: British Boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by micky1971 on 03-09-2014

wow! dean francis...the basingstoke bomber, shame about dean coz he could really hit at supermiddle right up until he done his shoulder against that african fellah. (dont know his name) then, they gave the other guy the nod and the…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Roy Jones Jr. To Fight Again - Against a 'Fan' in Odd PPV Event! Gabriel Campillo Explains Decision To Retire From Boxing Eddie Gomez Extends Pact With Golden Boy Promotions Roman Martinez-Miguel Berchelt Lands at Poliforum Zamna, 3/12 Thurman: Khan Took 'Easier' Canelo, Brook Tougher For Him McJoe Arroyo-Jerwin Ancajas Heads To The Philippines on 4/16 Povetkin's Promoter: I Think We'll Reach Wilder Deal Without Bids McWilliams Arroyo Confident He Can Shock Roman Gonzalez Froch: I Think About a Comeback Every Day, But I'm Realistic Felix Verdejo Has April Fight Set For Puerto Rico Willie Monroe Return is Pushed Back After Opponent Snafu Santa Cruz vs. Martinez: Hunter, Mendez, Marrero Added Marquez: Khan Can Win, But Canelo Can KO Him at Any Time Roman Gonzalez-McWilliams Arroyo Done For Golovkin-Wade Avtandil Khurtsidze, Giovanni Lorenzo Set For Broadway Boxing Vargas Predicts He'll Make Sadam Ali Quit; 'Not On My Level' Wlodarczyk Faces Brudov on 3/4, Shumenov in Play For April Abel Sanchez Not Viewing Andre Ward's Inactivity as Advantage Quigg Motivated By Fear of Losing as Frampton Bout Nears Khan: Mayweather, Pacquiao Would Be Easier Than Canelo! Ballisai Replaces Kevin Mitchell in Tatli EBU Title Fight on 3/18 Pungluang Sor Singyu Retains WBO Belt With Technical Nod Win Mayweather Stumped on Who Would Win Fury vs. Wilder Floyd Mayweather: Timing Was Not Right For Amir Khan Bout Roy Jones Jr. and Kevin Mitchell: A Tale of Two Retirements McWilliams Arroyo Creeps In, Eyed For Roman Gonzalez Bout Marquez Says There Have Been Talks For Miguel Cotto Bout Photos: Povetkin Getting Jacked, in Beast Mode For Deontay Wilder Estrada's Promoter Questions Chocolatito's Pound For Pound Rank Luis Ortiz Content With Random Testing To Prove He's Clean Bob Arum: I Don't Ever Want To Retire! Why Would I? Robert Garcia Hopes Brother Mikey is Back in First Half of 2016 Tarver's Suspension Upheld, Fined $50K For Positive PED Test Lucas Matthysse-Pablo Cesar Cano Showdown in Talks Bob Arum Continues To Be The Master of Salesmanship Pungluang Sor Singyu Defends WBO Belt Against Pabustan Luis Ortiz Hopes Activity Level Doesn't Slow Down Anytime Soon Chavez Jr. Training Hard For Possible Jack Bout, Says Garcia Lebedev Will Go With Ramirez Unification First, Then Mandatory Mike Tyson Returns For Round 2 at The MGM Grand
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement