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UK Boxing: Stephen Simmons; Gus Robinson; Ali Adams

Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Stephen Simmons has been inspired by close friend and stablemate Ricky Burns ahead of fight this Friday night.

Edinburgh's Simmon's, Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist in Delhi last year, has his third pro fight on November 3rd at the Ravenscraig Sport Centre in Motherwell.

He features on the undercard of Anthony Crolla's British Lightweight title defence against Willie Limond, live on BoxNation(Sky Platform Ch. 456).

Scottish hero Burns beat Michael Katsidis earlier this month to claim the Interim WBO World Lightweight title - his second world title - and that is a feat Simmons would like to achieve one day.

"Ricky trains like a warrior in the gym," he said. "He then takes that into the ring and what a performance it was against Katsidis. Ricky is a real inspiration, I would be happy to win one world title let alone two.

"It's a real buzz having him in the gym and training beside him, he's just like one of the boys, he doesn't act like a world champion, he just acts like one of the boys and is a great guy to be around."

With a one hundred percent record after his first two bouts against Nick Okoth and Hari Miles, the 27-year-old from Edinburgh is already setting his sights on the British cruiserweight title.

"Hopefully everything goes to plan on Friday night," he continued. "I could see myself having another fight in December, get on a card somewhere if they can squeeze me in.

"I don't think I'll be far away from fighting for the British title after watching the fight between Leon Williams and Rob Norton a couple of weeks ago."

Anthony Crolla v Willie Limond for the British Lightweight Championship headlines the card; Kris Carslaw v Matthew Hall feature as chief-support in an Eliminator for the British Light-Middleweight Championship; Edinburgh prospects Stephen Simmons, John Thain and Gary McMillan, Glasgow talents Michael Roberts and Jonathan Slowey, plus Caldercruix's David Brophy complete the card.

Frank Maloney will be promoting the double British title show at the Peterlee Leisure Centre on December 10th and is asking all fighters - including Ashley Theophane and Nigel Wright, who square off in the main event - to dedicate their fights in honor of the late Gus Robinson who helped keep boxing alive in the North East of England over the last three decades.

Frank said "Gus has always championed the underdog and is a face that will be truly missed in the world of boxing.”

Wright, the challenger for the British Lightweight title, spoke to www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and said he plans to deliver the perfect tribute to Robinson by winning the British title.

Wright shared a 10-year working relationship with Gus, who passed away suddenly last Tuesday at the age of 62. Wright’s slogan for the fight is ‘DO IT FOR GUS.’

Robinson has promoted some big fights but has never managed a British Champion. Wright plans to change that, even if in posthumous honor for the well-respected businessman.

“Winning this title will be a fitting tribute to a great man,” said Wright. “On the night my corner will feel empty without Gus but I will draw strength from him".

The show has an action packed undercard with Chris Edwards defending his British Flyweight title against the current Prize Fighter Champion Shinny Bayaar.

The undercard will also include hot Cruiserweight prospect Danny Price with Pro Debuts for Paul Archer. Also fighting on the night Johnson McClumpha, Glen Foot, Marty Ward, Glen Ward, Robert Ismay, David Lake, Mark Glauxzel, Peter Cope and Gary Fox.

The show will be screened live on Sky Sports HD and tickets are available via www.frankmaloney.com or call the box office hotline on 0871 226 1508

This past March saw 20-year old Olivia Goodwin became the youngest ever person to be licensed as a promoter by the British Boxing Board of Control. Three months later, Goodwin made history again by promoting her first event, the massively successful ‘Search and Destroy’ headlined by Ryan Barrett versus Geoffrey Munika for the International Masters Lightweight title.

Goodwin has another championship fight in store for her second event of the year. 

‘Edge of Glory’ takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday December 3, headlined by a heavyweight title fight featuring Ali ‘The Tiger’ Adams, against a yet to be named opponent. At stake is the International Masters Heavyweight title.

Baghdad born Adams is probably best known by British fans for his gutsy performance against former British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight Champ Matt Skelton in ‘Prizefighter - The Heavyweights lV’ last September.

It was a tough first-round draw for Adams, who had fought just 11 times, compared to Skelton’s 31 pro bouts, but the relative novice showed the heart of a Tiger as he battled it out gamely over the three rounds. Adams may not have beaten the highly decorated war lord, but certainly won the hearts and minds of a lot of fans that night.

Since that loss, Adams has gone on to comfortably win three times, the first in November 2010 see him knockout Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth a mere 0:33 into the second round.

Adams followed this up with a solid points victory over tough Lithuanian Igoris Borucha this past June, and then a six-round shutout in his most recent win over Hungary’s Gabor Farkas. 

Adams is intent on stepping up to make a serious assault on the international Championship circuit, this bout being the first step on the path to a World title challenge in the next year or so.

Adams’ coach, Don Charles, knows the score better than most - former British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora is the flag bearer of his squad - and is used to his charges fighting for titles. His game plan should reflect as much, with Adams likely to come out fast in search of an early finish or securing the early rounds.

To support the battle of the big boys, Goodwin has put together a top class card, featuring some of the best young talent from London and throughout the UK region.

Heading up the list is former English Super Featherweight Champion Ryan ‘Mr. Attitude’ Barrett, who will be facing Latvian Jevgenijs Kirillovs in a six round Welterweight contest.

Barrett, who switched to the Welterweight division following the surprise loss  of his International Masters Lightweight title to Geoffrey Munika back in June, seems comfortable at the new weight as was  clear by his excellent performance to out point Latvian Sergejs Volodins in October.

Without doubt Barrett will be looking at quickly establishing himself in the Welterweight division in order to get back into championship contention again as soon as possible. As such you can be sure he will be looking to impress, by getting Volodins out of there as quickly as possible.

British Masters Super Bantamweight Champion Paul ‘Spartan’ Economides makes his first ever appearance at York Hall when he takes part in a six round international contest against a yet to be named opponent.

Comeback kid, Luton’s Michael ‘Chunky’ Devine, will be looking to extend his three fight winning streak, since his surprise loss to Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander back in April last year, when he takes on tough Dewsbury, Yorkshire, based Syrian Youssef Al Hamidi.

Devine will surely be looking for a repeat of his last fight, where he stopped Vladimiras Balaklijec in two rounds, dropping the tough Lithuanian down three times in the round.

Another knockout artist on the show, the big hitting ‘Eltham Assassin’ Billy Cayzer (2-0, 2KO) faces Lithuanian-based Ukranian Oleksiy Chukov.

Former kickboxing world champion Ilir Canolli has had a great start since switching to boxing in April this year. The Hamstead-based Albanian is 2-0 (2KO) as a boxer and looks to keep his perfect KO to win ratio when he faces tough Lithuanian Aleksejus Stanvekius.

Ipswich’s Henry Bacon demolished Bobby Wood in under a minute back in September and will surely be aiming for more of the same against Peckham’s Diego Burton.

One of the new boys in the cruiserweight division, Colin ‘Butch’ Goldhawk will be making his second pro outing. His opponent Rolandas Cesna is well known to the York Hall faithful, having already fought both Scott Whyley and Ilir Canolli at the famous venue.

Burnt Oak middleweight Mark ‘Pee Wee’ Adams gets a tough second pro outing, when he comes up against the highly experienced Billy Smith, fighting for the 121st time as a pro.

Leytonstone’s Philip ‘Quicksilver’ Bowes also gets a tough veteran campaigner, the one and only Johnny Greaves, for his second pro outing.

Brighton’s Nicky Jenman makes his first trip to the York Hall to take on Martyn King from Cumbria.

Crawley’s unbeaten 140 lb. prospect Ross Payne will be looking to extend his perfect 3-0 record when he faces the highly experienced Kristian Laight from Nuneaton.

Also on the card are Peckham’s unbeaten heavyweight Dillian ‘The Villain’ Whyte, Mitcham’s Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor and Prizefighter 154 lb. semifinalist Kris Agyei-Dua, all against yet to be named opponents.

Tickets, priced  £60 (Ringside) and £35 (Standard Seated), are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For further information call 07960 850645

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