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UK Boxing: Theophane-Murphy; Conquest; Carl Frampton

Nigel Wright has had to withdraw from his British Title clash with Ashley Theophane due to medical reasons. Wright is very disappointed but ensures all his fans that he will be back in the New Year challenging for this title. 

After a hectic night of searching and many phone calls promotor Frank Maloney has come up with a credible opponent in Ben Murphy, 31, the current Southern Area Champion. Murphy (8-4-1) holds a win over Gary Buckland the current British Super Featherweight Champion back in 2008. 

Murphy said, “I’m in the shape of my life and raring to go. Theophane won’t know what hit him come Saturday night. Since winning the Southern Area Title, I’ve been down the gym training hard for a chance like this and I couldn’t believe it when I got the call and had no hesitation in taking the fight.  My trainer Johnny Eames told me opportunities like this come around once in a life time, and this is why I must always be prepared.” 

Maloney said, “Murphy is in great shape he’s been live in the gym and deserves a crack at the title for his professional approach to boxing and I believe this will make a great fight on Saturday. I feel sorry for Nigel Wright but I don't think we could of got a more prepared replacement in Ben Murphy.” 

Theophane v Murphy will be live on Sky Sports Saturday 10th December at the Peterlee Leisure Centre County Durham.

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This Thursday evening British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest, who will be challenging him for his crown at York Hall in London on the 13th January, will be taking a little time out from their big fight preparations  to be studio guests on The Fight Show, presented by Dom McGuinness, on Sports Tonight  (Freeview HD Channel 112 and available worldwide on-line at www.sportstonightlive.com) from 5.30pm (GMT)

Leon, Tony and Dom will be discussing all the latest boxing news, upcoming fights and of course the BIG ONE, the most defining British Cruiserweight battle in recent history, when the man himself, Leon Williams, defends his coveted Lonsdale belt against Tony Conquest in what can be best described as the ‘Battle of Britain’.

Between them Leon and Tony have breathed life into the often overlooked division, with their all action, yet highly contrasting, styles - Leon being a big punching close quarters battler, right out of the ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson mould, whilst Tony’s quick handed slick boxing style is more akin to that of two time Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham - ensures a true Battle Royale come the 13th January.

There’s much more to this fight though, which has caused both Leon and Tony a bit of a dilemma, as after their first fight, back in their Amateur days, the pair became close friends and have remained so until this day. 

On Thursday you can be sure that one of the topics being discussed is how they intend to go about separating their friendship from the serious business of big time Championship boxing.

The Fight Show, hosted by Dom McGuinness and featuring British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and title challenger Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest, is broadcast live on Sports Tonight (Freeview HD Channel 112 and available worldwide on-line at www.sportstonightlive.com) from 5.30pm (GMT).


Leon ‘Solid’ Williams Versus Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest  for the British Cruiserweight title headlines Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions first event of the New Year, which takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, on Friday 13th January 2012 and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform Channel 456 & Virgin 546)

Tickets, priced £40 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) for Williams vs. Conquest are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com. Tickets are also available direct from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.
 
Carl Frampton will make the first defence of his Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title against Kris Hughes on January 28 at York Hall, Bethnal Green live on Sky Sports.

Frampton claimed the vacant title in September with a commanding fourth round stoppage against Mark Quon at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, stretching his unbeaten record to 11 fights, and fights in London for the second time in his career.

Former World Featherweight champion Barry McGuigan continues to guide the career of the 24 year-old Belfast boy, and the Clones Cyclone is predicting that his charge could add more titles to his Commonwealth belt by the end of 2012.

“It's a big year for us – we're not looking past Kris but I believe Carl can go a long way, and by the end of 2012 I would like to think he would be European Champion,” said McGuigan. “(British Champion) Scott Quigg is a target fight down the line too and he's enthusiastic for the fight so there's exciting things ahead, but Kris comes first and Carl will be ready.”

For Scotsman Hughes, also 24, it’s a second crack at the title after a narrow decision loss to Jamie Arthur last October in east London. The Scottish Area Featherweight champion will look to go one better this time round, and McGuigan is looking forward to seeing Frampton face a tough challenge in London.

“He's a tall rangy guy who gave Jamie Arthur a real work out, he's got experience and he is a Southpaw so it's a different type of fight and challenge for Carl and I'm looking forward to it,” said McGuigan.

“We're looking forward to fighting in the York Hall again – it's just like the Ulster Hall really so it's a home away from home for Carl, every bit as atmospheric and we will be bringing a lot of fans over.

“There's a huge underground movement of excitement and support for Carl from boxing fans all over the place who are talking about him so it's good to get him fighting in new places. I'm sure that there will be three or four-hundred fans from here going over and a large number in London who will be looking forward to seeing Carl in the flesh for the first time.”

It will be Matchroom Sport’s first boxing show of 2012 and promoter Eddie Hearn says he is thrilled to be starting with Frampton’s first Commonwealth title defence, promptly followed by the first Prizefighter of the year on February 11 at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton with the Light Welterweights II.

“I'm delighted to be kicking off the New Year with one of Boxing's most exciting prospects in Carl Frampton,” said Eddie Hearn. “There are some big fights out there for Carl in 2012 and I know he will be looking to make a statement on January 28. We will be putting together a jam packed undercard led by our rising middleweight star John Ryder, who will be looking to extend his unbeaten run ahead of a promising year.”

Tickets for Carl Frampton vs. Kris Hughes for the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title plus full championship undercard led by John Ryder are on sale now from Matchroom Sport priced £35 unreserved, £60 ringside and £100 VIP – to book call 01277 359900 or visit www.matchroomboxing.com
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