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UK News: Barnes-Harris; Farrell-Jennings; Richard Towers

Coldwell Boxing is thrilled to announce that David Barnes will face former WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris at the De Veres Hotel, Bolton on Sunday the 11th of March 2012

After original opponent Giuseppe Lauri pulled out with the flu, promoter David Coldwell decided to postpone the show rather than bring in someone with little credibility or reputation at such short notice. After an enquiry about American, Steve Forbes fell by the wayside an offer was made to "Vicious" Vivian and he accepted.

The Guyana born 33-year old has shared the ring with names such as Carlos Maussa, Oktay Urkal, Souleymane M'Baye, Juan Lazcano, Junior Witter and most recently Victor Ortiz.

Barnes is ecstatic at the opportunity that this fight provides for him.

"This fight is much bigger now. It's a great chance to show people what I can do against a much bigger name but I've still gotta go in and do the job properly," Barnes told coldwellboxing.com.

"This could open up a lot more doors for me because of who he is. I was gutted when Lauri pulled out but that's boxing. Everything happens for a reason and it's led to fighting a guy like Harris."

In a statement issued by his team, Harris had this to say about fighting again in the UK.

"I love fighting in England and I am proud to share my skills with the British people so they will believe in me and support me on the way to the welterweight crown. People have doubted me although my manager Thomas Hickey has believed in and supported me as I look to win a new title in this competitive division."

Hickey himself added "Vivian along with my five heavyweights welcome the rivalry of British versus Americans in this great sport of boxing."

He also stated "I truly look forward to the ongoing competition both here and abroad."

Harris added "I am ready to prove to the world now that I will once again be champion of the world."

In addition to Coldwell Boxing securing its first Sky television date on April 14th, the announcement of Harris fighting on our Bolton show is another statement of intent from David Coldwell. And he's backing his charge to deliver against the hard-hitting Harris.

"I believe in David Barnes. He's got his head screwed on, I talk to him a lot and he knows that this is his last chance.

This has gotten him excited and got his juices flowing. Harris is still a name in America so if David wins it will be talked about over there. Only three fights ago he was fighting Victor Ortiz. We know he's not the force he once was but he's a gatekeeper to much bigger things.

Barnes, talent wise can be a European champion minimum. I expect him to be at world title level. If he can win and look good against Harris who knows what could happen for him."

DAVID BARNES VS. VIVIAN HARRIS takes place at the De Veres Hotel in Bolton on Sunday 11th March 2012.

An exciting undercard features unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Matty Clarkson and the debut of talented super middleweight and Joe Gallagher trained Hosea Burton.

Doors open at 2pm with the action commencing at 3pm

Tickets can be purchased at www.coldwellboxing.com

Follow @davidcoldwell on Twitter for regular updates on all our shows and fighters.

FARRELL: JENNINGS LOOKING FOR EXCUSES

KIERAN FARRELL believes rival Stephen Jennings is already looking for excuses ahead of their Central Area light-welterweight title fight.

Scouser Jennings (5-1-1) has stepped in at one week’s notice to challenge Farrell for the vacant title over ten rounds at Bury’s Castle Leisure Centre on Friday (March 2).

Jennings’ camp reckons it would be an easy night for their man, but now rate it a “50-50” fight much to the anger of Farrell.

The Heywood battler (11-0) said: “Kieran’s manager made some comments about it being an even fight because of the short notice, but that is nonsense.

“Jennings had already been in training for a contest a week later. To me they are already wheeling out the excuses.

“We were both told about this fight on Friday and I had been preparing for a switch hitter when Jon Baguley was the opponent so it has meant a change for me, also.”

The card is the latest in Hatton TV’s Friday fight night series that is broadcast live on You Tube and draws tens of thousands of fans from around the globe.

Other fights: Adam Little v Martin Shaw, Dean Halsall v Bobby Wood, Wayne Adaniyi v Tommy Shields, Jimmy Kelly v Moss Hamed, Ryan Doyle  v Michael Stupart, Austin Hornsby v Lee Quinn, Tom Shaw v Danny Connor. Craig Bunn and Callum De’ath box selected opponents.

Boxing starts at 7pm tickets are priced at £30 general admission and £55 ringside. You can buy by calling 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991, any boxer on the bill or online www.hattonboxing.com

TOWERS TO TOPPLE BRITAIN’S BEST

UNBEATEN heavyweight Richard Towers will be targeting Britain’s top heavyweights by the end of this year.

That is the expectation of Hatton Promotions head man Ricky Hatton, who is tipping the 6ft 9in Sheffield man to crush his giant rivals in the heavyweight division.

Towers, 32, bids for his 13th successive professional win at Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield on Saturday March 24 when he boxes an eight rounder against a selected opponent.

Before long ‘The Hitman’ expects the Sheffield man to be facing Tyson Fury and David Price who are storming up the world rankings.

Hatton said: “The British heavyweight scene is as exciting today as it's been for years, due to the success of several fighters.

“Recently Tyson and David Price have been getting attention, but I want to have Richard hot on their heels over the forthcoming months.

“I feel ready to let Richard off the leash now and he certainly won't disappoint, and he I am sure he will back up my belief in him to go a long way on our bumper Sheffield show.”

In the main event local hero Ryan Rhodes and will face Belarussian sensation Sergey Rabchenko for the vacant European light-middleweight crown.

The Sky Sports televised show will also feature Gary Buckland’s British super-featherweight title defence against Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott.

Local unbeaten local ticket sellers Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins will be among the prospects in action, along with Jack Perry and Maxi Hughes

Boxing starts at 6.15pm and the remaining few tickets are priced at £35 general admission, £55 floor seating, £75 ringside and £100 VIP Ringside. You can buy by calling The Hatton Box Office 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991, any boxer on the bill or online www.hattonboxing.com

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