HATTON PROMOTIONS will be returning to Sheffield when they stage a night of Championship boxing at Ponds Forge Arena on Saturday 24th March.
Heading the Sky Sports televised bill is Gary Buckland who will be making the first defence of his British super-featherweight title.
The 25-year-old Welshman thrilled fans in the Steel City when he took the title from Gary Sykes earlier this year in one of the best fights in 2011.
His challenger, the undercard that will be stacked with Hatton Promotions prospects and ticket details will be announced early in the New Year.
Hatton Promotions head Ricky Hatton said: “Sheffield is becoming a regular city for us to visit, and we‘re delighted to be returning to Ponds Forge.
“Sheffield seems to be producing lots of top young kids right now like Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins and there is only good times ahead.
“Next year will also be a big one for heavyweight Richard Towers who will eventually will be heading a big card at Ponds Forge.
“Gary Buckland tops this card and if his first defence has half the excitement of the Sykes fight, fans will be happy.”
There will be added incentive for Queensberry Promotions’ two Cruiserweight champions, Leon Williams and Tony Conquest, when they go head to head in what is set to be an all-out war at York Hall on 13th January, with Francis and George Warren looking to get the winner in contention for a European title shot at some point down the line.
The contest will see British Champion Williams, defend his title against Southern Area champion Conquest, at the spiritual home of British boxing, in what is quickly turning into a huge grudge match. The fans at home will also get the chance to watch the showdown live and exclusive on the BoxNation(Sky 456, Virgin 546). Former friends ,Williams and Conquest, have fallen out in spectacular style in recent weeks following a string of stinging press statements directed towards each other, and neither will be willing to settle for a loss in the huge domestic contest. Whilst Francis Warren believes the winner of the contest will firmly put themselves in line to progress and start competing at European level.
He said, “Like any promoter, my brother and I are in the game to try and help create champions; British, European and it’s of course ultimately our intention to create World Champions. We’ve been fortunate enough to help Leon become a British champion in our only our second show, but the goal has to be always to develop and take the next step. So we’ve pitted our two champions against each other, not only to create a great competitive 50:50 match up for the fans, but also to see who’s ready to start looking at making a step up to European level at some point next year.”
Whilst George Warren mentioned, “It’s been a great start for us at Queensberry Promotions, but I’m particularly looking forward to the 13th January as it’s the first time we’ll be putting two of our own fighters in together to contest a British title; and after proudly watching them both capture titles in their last fights, we couldn’t ask for a more appropriate collision course for the two stable mates. It should be a real dust up in there, the two have apparently fallen out badly in recent weeks since we made the fight, so there won’t be any holding back when they step through the ropes at York Hall. I would never make a prediction as their both our fighters, but in all honesty I wouldn’t be able to make one anyway, as this is such a hard one to call and really could go either way. I really do wish both of them the best of luck as they have both been tremendous to work with and have already helped to breathe life into what had become a very tired looking domestic cruiserweight division.”
Queensberry Promotions also have an action packed undercard in store for the fans at York Hall and everyone watching at home on BoxNation; chief support sees Larry Olubamiwo take on Sam Sexton in a make or break clash for the two heavyweights. Both know that this is a huge chance for redemption to get themselves back into contention for domestic honours and will be no doubt putting it all on the line. Hot prospect Bradley Skeete also gets another outing as he looks to progress up the ranks whilst George Jupp, Daryl Williams, Charlie Hoy , John Wayne Hibbert and John Dignum also get the chance to impress the York Hall crowd.
Tickets are priced at £40 and £60 are available from the Queensberry Promotions Box Office on 01992 550 888 or www.frankwarren.tv
Liverpool star Derry Mathews headlines the Liverpool Olympia on Friday 20th January when he challenges Emiliano Marsili for the Vacant IBO Lightweight Championship.
The show, promoted by Frank Warren and Stephen Vaughan Jnr., will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456, Virgin Ch. 546).
Mathews, a former WBU World Featherweight Champion, was last in action in October when he challenged European Lightweight Champion Gavin Rees for his title, but the contest was ruled a technical draw after four rounds when a clash of heads left Mathews with a broken nose.
The 28-year-old had a good run this year before Rees, winning the IBO International title against Scott Lawton; the English title with a first round stoppage of Amir Unsworth and halting Stephen Jennings in the sixth round to claim the British Masters title.
Lazio born Marsili, ranked ninth in Europe, is the current Italian champion and is unbeaten in 24 fights, but this will be his first fight outside of his country.
"It's great to be the main event in my home city for this title opportunity and I'm going to win it in front of my fans," Said Mathews.
"The fight will be live on the new UK fight channel BoxNation that has already televised some great fights this and I'm looking to put on a good show for the viewers against Marsili,"
"I'm not expecting an easy night, he's unbeaten, he's away from home so all the pressure will be on me to perform, but I'll rise to the occasion,"
Vaughan said, "It's set to be a cracking show featuring some of Liverpool's best up-and-coming talent and headlined by Liverpool's favourite son Derry Matthews,"
"He's got a tough fight on his hands, but we've worked hard to get Marsili over here and now it's down to Derry to win the title on his patch."
Warren said, "Mathews v Marsili is another good fight added to January's schedule that also features the British Cruiserweight title between Leon Williams and Tony Conquest with more fights to be announced."
Tickets are available from 0151 263 6633.
PRICE A BIG HIT IN THE STATES
British heavyweight sensation David Price made an impression with all the stars from the world of boxing at the recent WBC convention in Las Vegas.
Life long Liverpool fan Price took a signed Steven Gerrard football top to present the president of the WBC Jose Sulaiman and was impressed with his knowledge of the sport.
David said; “I talked in length with Sulaiman regarding the premiership and was shocked that he knew so much we talked about Hernandez who play’s for premiership giants Manchester united and my club liverpool and he has nothing but admiration for Dalglish for what he has achieved so far this season.
“ We then got on to boxing and I told him my ambition is to fight for the best title out there, and be the WBC champion within the next two years.”
Also at the convention was Heavyweight legends Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes.
“Meeting the likes of Tyson and Holmes was a dream come true and hope that one day I stand next to them as an equal and not just a fan.”
A big talking point at the convention was how to revive the heavyweight division, “I believe I am the man to that, I will bring back the good old days and the excitement”, Said David
David workout at the world famous Top Rank gym where he impressed the Las Vegas die hards.
Promotor Frank Maloney took great pleasure in telling a fight fraternity that he has found the man that can put heavyweight boxing back at the top of the pack and rule the division.
David’s Next fight will be against Big Bad John McDermott at the Olympia in Liverpool in an British Title eliminator on January 21st.
Tickets for the event are available to buy online at www.frankmaloney.com .