Jordan Gill will face Jason Cunningham in an eliminator for the British Featherweight title on the latest installment of the JDNXTGEN series at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on Sunday February 25, live on Sky Sports.
Gill has cruised to 18-0 in the paid ranks but finally gets a big fight after over five years as a pro, as the 23 year old looks to close in on the Lord Lonsdale belt held by Ryan Walsh.
‘The Thrill’ has been frustrated in waiting for a crack at the English strap, but Gill believes victory against former Commonwealth champ Cunningham in his third fight with new trainer Dave Coldwell could be the launchpad for a big year.
“I want to be fighting regularly and I want to be in big fights,” said Gill. “This year I'm looking at all the top guys in Britain, and they know it. I've had two fights with Dave and it's really clicking, I'm mandatory for the English title but Samir Mouniemne vacated the title because he didn't want to fight me, then Ben Jones said no – these guys don't want to face me. But I can take a step closer to the British title in Manchester so things are looking good.
“The gym is buzzing. We’re a tight group, I’m the youngest in there and I've got the most to learn, but I think that we're all learning all the time, even Tony Bellew as an experienced World champion says he’s growing all the time. It shows in our fights and you're going to see me get better in every fight.”
Gill takes on Cunningham on stacked bill of action topped by a first British Lightweight title defence for Lewis Ritson against Joe Murray.
Qais Ashfaq makes his debut under the Matchroom Boxing banner, with Tasha Jonas continuing her path to a World title shot, her Joe Gallagher gym mates Hosea Burton, Marcus Morrison and Sam Hyde tasting their first action of the year, as do unbeaten Commonwealth gold medal man Scott Fitzgerald and exciting Northampton Super-Welterweight Kieron Conway.
Tickets are on sale now priced £40 and £60 with VIP tickets at £100 from www.stuhbhub.co.uk
ULTIMATE BOXXER, Britain’s first Boxing Entertainment brand, launched today in Central London, with ambassadors and non-directors Ricky Hatton, Paulie Malignaggi, Anthony Crolla and BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Charlie Sloth, presented by Rickie Haywood Williams.
The elimination tournament format, approved by the British Boxing Board of Control, is a unique, fast-paced concept for professional boxing. Each event has an initial eight fighters, who compete in four quarter-finals of 3 x 3-minute rounds followed by two semi-finals and one final, with the winner becoming tournament champion for their weight class.
As an independent sports entertainment organisation, the directors have created a transparent brand that focuses on providing an equal platform for fighters. BBBoC license-holders and promotors for ULTIMATE BOXXER include Carl Greaves, Jalal Kamani, Executive Director, and, Benjamin Shalom, founder & Managing Director.
ULTIMATE BOXXER was founded to provide a transformed boxing experience through their online power & flexibility. The product is designed to suit all boxing fans as well as those hooked on entertainment, event and celebrity experiences to catapult boxing in the 21st century.
‘ULTIMATE BOXXER 1’ will take place on Saturday 28th April at EventCity in Manchester with 8 undefeated WELTERWEIGHT fighters from around the United Kingdom.
Events will be a seated intimate experience with tickets are expected to sell-out. Tickets will go on pre-sale on the 19th February for the event launch, for those that have signed up at www.ultimateboxxer.com
ULTIMATE BOXXER is the emergence of the 21st century using leading digital brands to provide a transformed boxing experience for the next generation. ULTIMATE BOXXER will use cutting edge social media and internet broadcasting to appeal to mainstream and non-boxing purists. A major partner of the event is UNILAD, the largest Facebook page in the world who will broadcast the events to millions of people.
Ricky Hatton, Former three-time Light Welterweight & Welterweight Champion of the World, and ULTIMATE BOXXER ambassador, said:
“There is a huge amount of talented British fighters who do not get, or cannot get, the mainstream exposure they deserve. In boxing you have to wait for a lucky break and ULTIMATE BOXXER will give them the opportunity for exposure and to show everyone what they are about. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened in ULTIMATE BOXXER could have done for my career when I was making my way through in the early days.”
Paulie Malignaggi, Former Two-Weight World Champion, and ULTIMATE BOXXER, Non-Executive Director, said:
“ULTIMATE BOXXER will provide a golden opportunity for unbeaten fighters to test themselves on the big stage regardless of background, trainer or promotional contract. We see this as the future of boxing promotion, and the solution of how we take the sport of boxing to the British public interest. With credible, competitive bouts each fight and a truly modern age experience to build stronger connections with fans in venue and at home.
“ULTIMATE BOXXER offers something new, exciting and different to the fight game landscape. The boxers involved are hungry and determined to take a risk in their careers due to lack of opportunity; ULTIMATE BOXXER will enable them to test themselves against rival boxers in the same position and give them an opportunity to towards their ultimate goal of becoming a tournament champion or to open other opportunities that may not have been available to them before.”
Benjamin Shalom, Founder and Managing Director, ULTIMATE BOXXER, said
“ULTIMATE BOXXER is a completely unique brand designed to offer something necessary for fighters by providing a platform to help with recognition of talent. We aim to provide a transparent and independent platform for boxers who aren’t getting the fights they need and deserve to take it to the next level.
“ULTIMATE BOXXER is more than a boxing brand, representing 21st century culture we aim to create an amazing spectacle to engage with multiple audiences. With casual fans only engaged a handful of times per year our entertainment experience and online power allows us to create something special for the consumer and importantly solve current restrictions for fighters in British Boxing. A cutting edge experience.”
Sanigar Events are pleased to announce that Bristol's Ash Lane will defend his Commonwealth Super bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Emmanuel Quartey from Ghana on the 'Class of 2018' professional boxing show at Ashton Gate Stadium. The championship contest will headline a night of explosive Professional Boxing featuring the best up and coming West Country talent.
Ash Lane won the coveted title in a slick display outpointing South African Michael Ramabeletsa at the Play Arena, Swindon in September. Since then he has been training hard alongside stable mate former World Champion Lee Haskins and sparring the likes of World ranked prospect Andrew Selby. Ash believes he is ready to put on another big performance:
"I am so excited to be defending my title in my adopted home town of Bristol. I have been pleading with Chris and Jamie (Sanigar) to bring the fight here and now it's my time to prove to them that it was worth it. It will be a tough, tough fight but I will be razor sharp and that belt will be staying in Bristol."
His opponent will be fearsome knockout artist Emmanuel Quartey who has an impressive record of 21 wins with only 2 defeats and has knocked out 19 of his opponents. The Ghanaian will be looking for a chance to catapult himself into the rankings with a big win over Lane. However having never boxed outside of Africa before it may prove a big ask in front of a hostile Bristolian crowd.
The show will also feature local talent including unbeaten prospects Aaron Sutton, Tim Cutler, Pawel August and Tyler Davies. Exeter's Faheem Khan and debutant Sam Smythe will complete the line up.
*** Tickets priced at £30 Unreserved seating, £40 Ringside and £50 & £60 VIP Tables including food are available from Sanigar Events on 0117 949 6699 or https://iboxingtickets.com/products/class-of-2018 *** Under 16's accompanied by an adult tickets are £10