UK News: Galahad-Dos Santos, Hearn Backs Avalos, More

London - Due to a back injury Tyson Cave has been forced to withdraw from the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title fight against champion Kid Galahad at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on 20th September.

Hennessy Sports can confirm that the unbeaten number 15 ranked WBO Latino Super Bantamweight champion and former WBC World Youth champion Adeilson Dos Santos will now face Kid Galahad in an international super bantamweight contest.

The fight will be shown live on Channel 5 and is sponsored by MaxiNutrition.

Kid Galahad said “I’m gutted that Cave has pulled out with a back injury, personally I don't think he fancied it and didn't want to face me.  He knew I would be too good and too strong for him.”

“I haven’t seen too much of Dos Santos to be honest but he is unbeaten, world ranked in the WBO and was highly ranked in the WBC ratings until they removed him when he fought for the WBO Latino title.

“But that doesn’t worry me, I will be bringing my A game and whoever steps in the ring with me on the 20th will be getting knocked out.”

Adeilson Dos Santos said. “I am very well trained for this match, I know that my opponent is very good but I want to come out of this "battle" as a winner and bring a great win back to Brazil.

Promoter Mick Hennessy said. “I have watched footage of Dos Santos , he is young, unbeaten, fresh, big at the weight and dangerous and I consider this to be a harder fight than the Cave fight.”

Adam Etches will be fighting Samir Santos Barbosa for the IBF International Middleweight title and Popular Sheffield fighter Scott Jenkins will also be in action along with local fighters Atif Shafiq, Sam O’Maison, Callum Hancock, Jordan Gill of Chatteris and Tyson’s brother Young Fury in his 2nd professional fight.

The packed crowd will also see highly regarded featherweight prospect Yusuf Safa from Bexleyheath in action.

Limited tickets for the Hennessy Sports promoted event at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, priced at £35 general admission and £100 ringside are still available to purchase by calling the SIV ticket box office on 0114 223 3777.

Tickets are also available from or in person at the Sheffield City Hall, Crucible Theatre and Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.


Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing are delighted to announce they have teamed up with Top Rank to help explore opportunities for the IBF Super Bantamweight mandatory challenger Chris Avalos.

An exemption was given to champion Kiko Martinez to fight Carl Frampton in Belfast this weekend on the understanding that the winner will face IBF number one ranked Avalos within 90 days.

“There are lucrative opportunities for Chris Avalos within the division, particularly on this side of the pond,” said Hearn. “We’ll be working closely with Carl Moretti and Top Rank on Chris’ challenge for the IBF title against the winner of Kiko and Carl’s fight at the weekend.”

Road Warrior Seawright Ready For Biggest Fight Of Life

By Daniel Mole

Matt Seawright is gearing up for what he describes as the biggest fight of his life.

For a man who has stepped into the ring on more than 100 occasions, that’s some statement. Seawright (5-96-5 and counting) however is set to experience two things that, during his seven-year professional career to date, he hasn’t; expectation and home advantage.

The respected road warrior tops the bill as professional boxing returns to Tamworth for the first time in 90 years. After trekking the length and breadth of the country on an almost weekly basis since turning pro in 2007, the Scotsman is fighting in the town he calls home.

Not only is he fighting on his doorstep, there‘s also a title up for grabs in the form of a British Masters Light Welterweight belt. Being the home fighter in a title against a fellow respected ‘journeyman’ in Kristian Laight (9-180-7), Seawright will also have to manage the expectation of his supporters. For the first time in a long time, he goes into the fight as arguably the favourite.

It’s a challenge he is ready to step up to.

“This is probably the biggest fight I've ever had been in my life,” the Errol Johnson managed boxer told . “I’m fighting for a title and it's in my home town.

“I know I've fought in Birmingham and Burton, and all over the Midlands, but to be in the home corner with the whole town I live in watching me is ‘mega’.

“Ticket sales have gone well. It’s not something I’m used to having to really push but I’m just taking it in my stride and I’ve sold a good few.

“Training has gone really well. I’m running every day, five to eight miles, and I’ve been doing two sprint sessions a week to build up my stamina.

“The weight is coming off nicely. I’ve not been 10 stone in a while but I will do it with the way I've been eating and training no problem.”

The 36 year-old has even booked fight week off work as he prepares for his clash with Laight at the Wilencote Community Centre, Tinkers Road, Tamworth on Sunday, 21st September.

It’s a massive afternoon for Seawright as he steps in with a man cut from a similar cloth. Like Seawright, Laight is a regular on the boxing circuit with almost 200 professional fights to his name. The pair spend their boxing life helping to mould and shape the title challengers of tomorrow but, for one afternoon only, they will take centre stage and compete for their own slice of boxing glory.

“This means everything,” Seawright added. “I’m fighting another road warrior Kristina Laight and I can tell you this it's going be a battle worth watching.

“I know it means a lot to him also, so with the two of us fit and hungry for it, it's going to be a fight to remember.”

Tickets, priced at £30 and £50 Ringside, are available by calling 07557 993 193.

Seawright is back in action two weeks after his title punt when he takes on Chester light welterweight, Nathan Clarke, at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock. Tickets for that encounter, priced at £30 and £50 Ringside, are available by calling 07891 263 167.

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