UK News: Eubank Jr; Frampton vs Quigg; McKenzie-Dodson
London - Hennessy Sports announced today that Kid Galahad and Chris Eubank Jr will be looking to impress millions of fight fans and lead the way as the new generation of boxing stars when they both appear on the “Men of Steel” event at the Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham on Saturday Feb.18
Both bouts will be shown exclusively on Channel 5.
Sheffield’s unbeaten hot prospect Kid Galahad will be vying for his first professional title when he takes on former British and Commonwealth champion and IBF world title challenger, Nottingham’s Jason “2 smooth" Booth for the WBC International Super Bantamweight title, which has been previously held by great fighters like Manny Pacquiao and Naseem Hamed.
Kid Galahad said “Jason Booth is an experienced operator, who has fought consistently at British and European title level for most of his career and also challenged for a world title back in 2010, but come the 18th February the millions of fight fans watching me live on Channel 5 will know who KID GALAHAD is and that I’m the next major star to come out of Sheffield.
"It’s an honour to be fighting for the prestigious WBC international title and I will look to emulate what Naseem and Manny have done.”
Middleweight sensation, Chris Eubank Jr, son of former world champion Chris Eubank, made his professional debut back in November last year on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s Commonwealth Heavyweight title defence said “I can’t wait to get back in the ring and start to show the world of boxing what I’m all about”
‘‘I’m not just here to win- I’m here to entertain. I want people to be excited about tuning in to watch my second professional fight live on Channel 5.”
“I got a taste of professional boxing with my first fight and I’m hungry for more.” Added Chris
Promoter Mick Hennessy said. “I’m really proud to be showcasing these two brilliant young talents together on Channel 5 and with Kid Galahad headlining for the prestigious WBC International title in only his 11th fight, I believe he will show the boxing world why we have so much faith in him.
“There is great anticipation for Chris Eubank Jr’s second pro fight and rightfully so, he’s a special and unique talent who brings a real buzz to this great sport.”
“Obviously people have known about this great fight between Kid Galahad and Jason Booth for a while now but it was stipulated by the WBC and the Boxing Board that the fight could not be announced until Jason Booths medicals had cleared, which they have now.” Added Mick Hennessy
Joining Kid Galahad and Chris Eubank Jr will be former British Light Welterweight champion Lenny Daws of Morden who will be fighting Chris Truman from Birmingham, local fighters Kash Ali and Karl Bell, Leigh Wood from Nottingham and Jason Cunningham from Doncaster. The Central Area Middleweight title will also be contested over 10 rounds when Phill Fury from Lancaster takes on Lee Noble from Barnsley.
Tickets, priced at £30.00, £50.00 and £75 are available from Ticketline on 0844 888 4402, Ticketmaster on 0844 888 9991, Livenation on 0114 256 5567, HMV on 0843 221 0100 or from the Hennessy Sports Box office on 01925 755 222.
Go on line www.hennessysports.com for more information about the Feb. 18 show.
MCGUIGAN: FRAMPTON HAS THE CLASS TO BE HUGE
Legend expects protégé to fight Scott Quigg this year
Barry McGuigan believes it’s a big year for Carl Frampton after the Belfast boy’s stunning knockout of Kris Hughes in his Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight title defence on Saturday (January 28).
In an exclusive interview with Matchroom Boxing, McGuigan said that Frampton’s spectacular seventh round assault on Hughes live on Sky Sports is an early contender for knockout of the year.
‘The Jackal’s’ mentor said that the 24 year-old was brilliant that night at the York Hall in Bethnal Green and “handled the pressure well” he retained his title in his first defence.
He also told of how he is looking forward to the upcoming Scott Quigg fight with Jamie Arthur on Saturday night in Bolton where he will be a pundit for Sky Sports – and he expects Quigg to “do a number” on Arthur.
The former World Champion also revealed he had a “very interesting meeting” with Eddie Hearn and that “big news about Frampton will be out at the end of the week.”
To watch the video, visit http://www.matchroomboxing.com/news/mcguigan_frampton_has_the_class_to.htm
McKENZIE V DODSON PREVIEW
Derby based banger Ovill McKenzie begins his second reign as Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion against Liverpool’s rejuvenated domestic veteran Tony Dodson on Friday at Manchester's Bowlers Exhibition Centre. The show, promoted by Frank Warren in association with VIP Promotions, will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).
Fresh from a 15 second stoppage over Jeff Evans in November to capture the Commonwealth title, McKenzie hopes this time he has more success facing a Scouser following a points loss to Tony Bellew in 2011. Suitably nicknamed ‘The Upsetter’, he’s often voiced his opinion that he’s avoided due to his reputation as a dangerous and pure power puncher with all of his 8 stoppage wins having come in the first 3 rounds.
Now as champion there are a number of fighters eager to face McKenzie and Dodson is as tough as any challenger. Aiming to start a new chapter of his career with title success, Dodson has moved to light-heavyweight from super-middleweight where he enjoyed Central Area, English and British title reigns. Under the guidance of Salford based trainer Oliver Harrison, 31-year-old Dodson boasts a wealth of experience having shared the ring with the likes of Carl Froch and Paul Smith in the past.
Both McKenzie and Dodson come from contrasting backgrounds with Dodson enjoying a brilliant amateur career with 7 national title wins and a junior Olympic gold medal before he turned pro when still a boy at aged just 18. The professional ranks have provided Dodson with many ups and downs but he’s since settled in and out of the ring which has seen his performances improve at light-heavyweight with quality performances in Prizefighter and when stopping Darren Stubbs last year.
The chiseled, Jamaica born McKenzie is part of the successful Shinfield’s gym in the Midlands. His success in the ring has often comes when he has rushed and overwhelms his opponents, causing them to leave make mistakes and gaps that he can punish with his punching power. Having sometimes thrown caution to the wind in the past, Dodson will have to call on his boxing skills to keep McKenzie at bay early on - it should be noted that Dodson has a superior knockout ratio, albeit at a lighter weight.
The undercard includes the talents of Ronnie Heffron, Warren Tansey, Terry Flannigan, Mark Evans, Courtney Fry, Jamie Brown, Rick Goddins, Chris Johnson and Gary Davies.
Is Eubank Jr. talented? Has he a solid amateur background? Or is he just another Ronald Hearns or Marvis Frazier?Comment by SAJ10 on 02-02-2012
Look forward to seeing more of Eubanks Jr. Not sold on Frampton yet, thought he had trouble with Turley who had very little prep time, Frampton looks great when you stand in front of him but struggled when Turley used…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (2)