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UK Boxing: Dallas Inks With Goodwin; Lionhearts News

Kent Heavyweight Tom Dallas is the latest fighter to sign a promotional deal with Goodwin Promotions.

Dallas now represents a trio of heavyweights under the Goodwin umbrella alongside Ian Lewison (promotional & managerial) and AJ Carter (promotional).

Dallas has won 16 of his 19 fights and last fought in the Heavyweight Prizefighter in June 2012.

After winning his first 16 fights he took a short notice fight against David Price which in hindsight was the wrong thing to do. Price despatched him in three and then in his next fight he went in with Matt Skelton. Dallas produced a lacklustre performance showing a total lack of confidence before being stopped in the fifth. Subsequently he fought in Prizefighter losing in the semi- final to eventual winner Tor Hamer.

Promoter Steve Goodwin was delighted to announce the signing. “There is no doubt Tom has plenty of talent but as I have always said it is important to bring a fighter on gradually. Tom was thrown in the lions den with Price and he then suffered confidence issues thereafter. We do things the right way and I am looking forward immensely to working with Tom and his team”.

·         Team Dallas spokesman Dean Sutcliffe said “We at team Dallas felt it was high time to bring Tom Dallas back onto the British boxing scene. We have seen the way Goodwin Promotions have worked with other fighters and helped get their careers back on track and were impressed with their straight talking attitude to the game.

We feel that the three fight deal that we have signed with Goodwin Promotions will bring Tom back in the correct way and help him achieve his goals of winning a title. We aim to win at least a Southern Area title before the end of this year and depending on what happens in the British title mix get a British title Eliminator in the early part of next year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans that have stuck by us in some difficult times and now let’s go and get that Belt.”

Tom will make his Goodwin Promotions debut on the title stacked “Trail of Destruction” card at York Hall on 29th June.

The Iconic York Hall is expected to be the theatre of some amazing battles this Friday 22 March (20:00 local time) when Great Britain host the Mexico Guerreros in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) quarter-finals. The impressive Lionhearts roster - Andrew Selby, John Joe Nevin, Aston Brown, Joe Ward and Joe Joyce - will give its very best to take a serious advantage before travelling to the Americas next week.

The evening will start at Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) with Irish counterpuncher Ward, a boxer already capable of beating anyone in the World despite his tender age (19). Very patient, he's always waiting for the best opportunities to land his heavy punches. Defending European Champion, Ward has so far one four of his five WSB outings and will therefore be the clear favourite when he battles with Albanian southpaw Christian Demaj (0-2).

It is difficult to predict anything from the Middleweight (68-73kg) fight between Scotland's orthodox Brown and Irishman Conrad Cummings. Brown has so far lost both of his WSB bouts this season and might need to surpass himself if he wants to secure a first success for his first home appearance. Even if his opponent has only made his international debut in 2011, his very promising results speak for himself. Cummings' style combines strong defence and speedy attacks. An extremely close contest is expected.

Brown stated: "I've watched my opponent on tape a couple of times and I think it should be a good bout. He likes to come forward and throw punches whereas I like to stay back and box at range so we have contrasting styles which should make it quite a contest.

Selby will then step into the ring as the current Bantamweight (50-54kg) WSB boss with five wins, zero loss this season. His motto - and his best enemy -, "if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing". But if the "Welsh Wonder" finds his range, no one can stop him. Taller for almost ten centimetres than teenager southpaw Aaron Alameda, the Lionheart is offered the perfect occasion to showcase his talent.

"My next opponent will be tough - like all Mexicans", said Selby. "But if I maintain my good form and continue to box and move, then I am hopeful that I can come away with a victory and extend my unbeaten run".

Maybe the best defender in the Lightweight (57-61kg) category, London 2012 silver medallist, Nevin is known for operating with quick counter-attacks. After a clean second term with Paris United in 2011/2012 (three wins, zero loss), the Irish is now at 1-1 this season. He proved to be the only Irish fighter who could win two medals in the history of the AIBA World Boxing Championships and another favourite for the Lionhearts. His opponent, Fernando Alvarez is again a teenager - with a 3-1 record though - and one to watch in the future.

Expected to close the curtains with fireworks, Heavyweight (91+kg) Joyce is, despite his late arrival in the boxing world, promised a bright future. The tall (197cm) orthodox has defeated his first four rivals - including one TKO against former pro Matteo Modugno - until he lost to Ukraine Otamans' superstar Oleksandr Usyk in Week 10. Joyce is currently ranked third in his weight category but will need to stay fully focus when he faces Mexico Guerreros' strong Serbian Milutin Stankovic (1-4).

Tickets for this quality match are still available for purchase. A cracking atmosphere, five quality bouts, it should not be missed. Go to www.britishlionhearts.com/tickets to get your seat.

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