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UK News: Kevin Mitchell; BoxNation Update; Ryder; Quigg

Hotly tipped Middleweight joins boxing brand after extending unbeaten record

John Ryder has signed a sponsorship deal with Lonsdale as he continues to take the British Middleweight scene by storm.

The deal will see the unbeaten Islington man wearing the apparel of the boxing clothing giant as well as donning their gloves in future contests.

The 23 year-old continued his impressive start to his professional career with a second round stoppage of Mariusz Biskupski at York Hall on Saturday night (January 28) taking his record to 9-0 with six wins inside the distance.

Ryder’s first outing in his new gear will be on the undercard of the Kell Brook’s Welterweight showdown with Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17, live on Sky Sports.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Ryder. “I have always enjoyed wearing their gear in the gym and to be able to sign with such a great boxing brand is a dream for me. I hope I can keep my record going and as always will be taking it one fight at the time.”

“John Ryder is without doubt one of Britain's most exciting young prospects and I'm pleased that Lonsdale have seen our vision and signed him to their team,” said Ryder’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “It's important for any young fighter to feel and look the part and I know John is delighted to be associated with the brand.”

“I'm delighted to welcome John to the Lonsdale team,” said Sunny Singh, Lonsdale’s Head of Sports Marketing. “He has shown tremendous potential in the early part of his career and we look forward to growing with him and working alongside Matchroom Sport to help fulfil his potential and become a champion.”

MITCHELL HEADLINES SOLD-OUT YORK HALL

East End favourite Kevin Mitchell is relishing his London return on Friday 10th February at a sold-out York Hall.

The Dagenham Destroyer will face Barcelona based Dominican Republican Felix Lora over ten rounds at lightweight in his first fight since his thrilling win over John Murray last July.

Mitchell's fight against Lora will be shown live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

With a potential showdown with Scottish rival and WBO World Champion Ricky Burns in the pipeline, WBO Intercontinental champion Mitchell is looking to put on a sparkling performance.

"It's going to be a massive East End crowd at the York Hall and I can't wait to put on a knockout show in front of my fans against Lora," said Mitchell.

"This is the first time since the Michael Katsidis fight in 2010 that I've fought in London and I've had a cracking win against Murray in Manchester so this will be a nice homecoming for me,"

"A fight with Burns is a massive incentive to make sure I'm looking at my best on the night and it's a fight I'd love to have next."

Mitchell will also be raising money on the night for his cousin's son Mitchell Huth who suffers from a rare cancer called neuroblastoma. 

He hopes that the money raised will help towards sending the youngster to America for vital treatment.

Mitchell added, "This young lad is the real hero, forget what I've done in the ring, to see Mitchell, who's only six years old, fight his illness is a real inspiration to me and I hope everyone will contribute on the night."

The show will also feature hot unbeaten super-middleweight prospect Frank Buglioni against Ryan Clark over four rounds.  The Enfield puncher will be looking to make Clark his third first round win after blasting out Sabie Montieth and Paul Morby.

2008 Olympian Bradley Saunders makes his glittering professional debut and goes straight into a six-rounder at light-welterweight against the experienced Jason Nesbitt.

The card also features rising unbeaten talents Ediz Hussein, Billy Morgan and Gary Corcoran.

BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546), the UK's only dedicated boxing channel, will televise a sensational world-title doubleheader featuring superstars Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Nonito Donaire this Saturday (4 February) live from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion and Son of the Legend, Chavez Jr, will defend his title for the second time against the number one contender Marco Antonio Rubio.

In the joint main-event, four-time world champion and top five pound-for-pound best Nonito Donaire, "The Filipino Flash" Donaire, goes for a world title in fourth weight division when he challenges Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the Vacant WBO World Super-Bantweight title.

Earlier in the evening BoxNation will televise live from Frankfurt, Germany, the eagerly awaited rematch between Steve Cunningham and Yoan Pablo Hernandez for the IBF World Cruiserweight title.

BoxNation viewers' saw Hernandez controversially win the title last October when the fight was stopped in the sixth round because of a head-butt by Cunningham that opened a cut above Hernandez's left temple.

It was later ruled by the IBF that the cut wasn't bad enough to stop the fight and a rematch was ordered.

Live coverage from Germany starts at 7.30pm with the action live from America starting at 2am on Sunday morning.

There's more live action on Friday (3 February) with Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight Champion Ovill McKenzie defending his title against Tony Dodson at the Bowler's Exhibition Centre in Manchester starting at 8pm.

BoxNation is the first dedicated subscription boxing TV channel in the UK to bring together the biggest names in amateur, domestic and international boxing with an unbeatable schedule of matches from across the globe.

For just £10 per month, BoxNation offers unbeatable value for money for all fight fans. To subscribe to BoxNation simply go to www.boxnation.tv and hit the "Subscribe Now" button and choose your subscription package. Simple!

QUIGG TO LAND WORLD TITLE ELIMIMATOR

SCOTT QUIGG is being lined up for a world title eliminator if he successfully defends his British super-bantamweight title against Jamie Arthur this weekend.

The unbeaten Bury fighter is ranked third in the latest IBF and WBA ratings, far higher than any of his domestic rivals.

Hatton Promotions Director of Boxing Richard Poxon is in talks with various global contacts for a bout that could see Quigg become a mandatory challenger for a world title.

Quigg, 23, insists the chances of mixing it with some of the 122lb division’s best will help him focus even more on his 12 round clash against Arthur at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday (Feb 4).

He said: “There is no danger of taking my eyes away from Arthur. If I cannot beat him it will be a struggle to reach the level I believe I can.

“Whoever has been in with Jamie knows they have been in a fight. There is no quit in him.

“I watched his fight against Martin Lindsay and after two rounds it looked like he wouldn’t get to halfway, yet he was still in there fighting back for the full 12 rounds.

“I am very confident that I have got the tools to best him, but he has experience at championship level.

“I know how hungry I was to win the British title when the Jason Booth chance came and I am sure Jamie will have stepped up another gear in training.

“I have been in that position and I think it is harder keeping titles than winning them.”

Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux currently holds the WBA crown while South African Takalani Ndlovu is wearing the IBF strap.

Hatton Promotions head Ricky Hatton added: “There is no shortage of options for Scott at the highest level, but first he has a tough assignment this weekend.”

Also in action on Saturday’s card is former Commonwealth and European super-bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe who boxes Argentinian Jose Saez in a non-title eight rounder.

The bill will also include Stephen Foster Jr v Yauheni Kruhlik, Joe Murray v Selected Opponent Matty Askin v Attila Palko, Craig Lyon v Yuri Voronin, Jazza Dickens v Barrington Brown, Feargal McCrory v Sid Razak and Tasif Khan v Delroy Spencer.

Boxing starts at 6.15pm and tickets priced at £35, £55 and £75 VIP ringside. You can buy by calling 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991 or online www.hattonboxing.com

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