Irish Light Middleweight Champion Lee Murtagh is the latest addition to the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ extravaganza at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday 5th July.
On his most recent defense, Murtagh, who won the Irish title back in July 2012, after Joe Hillerby retired with a dislocated shoulder, was involved in a classic toe-to-toe Battle Royale with Ballyclare’s Willie Thompson.
Right from the off, both protagonists battled for control of centre ring, which was just fine for the raucous Ulster Hall crowd, who always enjoy a good old fashioned war.
Besides some questionable use of the head by Thompson, the bout was a small hall classic, after ten all action rounds the man that matters, referee Paul McCullagh, scored the bout a very close 96-95, in favour of Murtagh.
On the 5th July, London’s fight fans get their first chance to watch fifty fight veteran Murtagh in action, as surprisingly it’s only now that he makes his very first appearance at York Hall.
On the night Murtagh will be campaigning in a six round bout, loosely described as a warm up, as part of his preparations for a shot at the IBO Light Middleweight Inter-Continental title in October.
Leeds based Murtagh joins fellow countrymen, WBU Lightweight World Champion Stephen Ormond and Steve Collins, no not the legendary ‘Celtic Warrior’ but his son Steve Jr.
Keeping the Irish theme Manchester based Maxine McCarthy makes her most welcome return to the ring, against Julija Cvetkova.
Speaking from his Leeds home Murtagh spoke briefly on his joy of fighting at the York Hall for the first time.
“I didn’t expect to be fighting in the UK again, so am really overjoyed to be fighting at York Hall on July 5th.
The show might be in London but there’s a heavy Irish presence. Besides myself Stephen Ormond and Steve Collins Jr. are also fighting and I’ve just heard that Maxine McCarthy has been added to the card, so there’ll be four of us there.
This will be my first outing this year, but from what I’ve been told by promoter Dave Murphy it definitely isn’t my last. He’s told me he already has a title fight lined up for me in October.
I don’t know who I’m fighting yet, but that doesn’t matter as I’m ready for anyone.
My training camp has been first class so I know I’m going to be a hundred percent ready.
I’m gonna go out there and put in a really good performance on the 5th July, I want an impressive win to show the fans what to expect when I fight for the title in October.”
Lee Murtagh versus a yet to be named opponent is set to feature on the support card of the historic Female Light Middleweight World Championship battle between Jennifer Retzke and Angel McKenzie headlines the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday 5th July 2013.
Tickets, priced £30 (Gallery), £35 (Ground floor standard seated) and £65 (Ringside) are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com - www.mariannemarston.com - www.acourtier.com - or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – www.tkoboxinggym.com - and Ringtone Gym in Euston - www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com - or from any of the boxers taking part in the event, or call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597 for further information
World class line-up for APB exhibition bouts in Rio
Lausanne, Switzerland - The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is delighted to announce its world class line-up for AIBA Pro Boxing's (APB) exhibition bouts to take place in Ginásio do Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, on August 10.
The Brazilian 2016 Olympic Games host city is promised an electric Saturday night on August 10 with APB exhibition bouts featuring some of the biggest names in the boxing world. Local fans will be treated to a real sporting celebration as two of the most recognisable faces in Brazil (London 2012 Olympic silver medallist) Esquiva Florentino Falcao and his brother, (London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist) Yamaguchi Florentino Falcao face off against Romanian Bogdan Juratony who came home with a EUBC silver Romanian Bogdan Juratony who came home with a EUBC silverEUBC silver medallist, Romanian Bogdan Juratoni and French sensation Michel Tavares.
With both exhibition bouts in the Middleweight category (75kg), the action will get underway with 25-year Yamaguchi Falcao taking on Tavares. Falcao became a real star in his homeland following his excellent performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games. However, his opponent is no push-over and is well-known to boxing fans following his inspired outings with the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder team in the World Series of Boxing.
The second bout will also grab boxing fans' attention as Brazilian Olympic silver medallist Esquiva Falcao will take on the 2011 World Championships bronze and 2013 European silver medallist Juratoni.
"It is truly symbolic to have the chance to unveil APB in the host city for the next Olympic Games", said AIBA President and APB Board Chairman Dr Ching-Kuo Wu. "Rio 2016 will be the first Olympic Games in history allowing pro boxers to compete, and their qualification pathway to do so will be through competing in our revolutionary APB program, which is fully aligned with the principles of the Olympic Movement".
AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) is a pro-style boxing competition program under the governance of AIBA. Prior to the official start of the competition scheduled for January 2014, AIBA will stage a number of APB exhibition bouts all around the globe. These bouts will consist of 8 rounds of 3 minutes and will feature some of the best fighters in the world.
All the foreseen events will be considered as exhibitions and therefore will not affect the 2014 APB Ranking.
British Title Contender, Jason Welborn, now tops the bill of It’s-A-Bout-Boxing’s show ‘Salvation’ at the Institute, Digbeth, Birmingham on Saturday, 29th June.
The Rowley Regis welterweight takes over from Chris Truman at the top of the bill after Truman picked up a hand injury. Truman will now fight Stephen Jennings for a British Masters Title in September.
This will be Welborn’s first outing since his defeat at the hands of Frankie Gavin for the British welterweight title back in January. Details of his opponent will be announced shortly.
“I can’t wait,” Welborn told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’ve been back in training for a few weeks now and have been sparring with some quality boxers, including Frankie Gavin.
“He’s preparing for Denton Vassell next week, so it’s been great for both of us.
“Even though we fought each other earlier this year, we have mutual respect for one another and we can learn off each other.”
It’s-A-Bout-Boxing are hosting Frankie Gavin’s aftershow party after the Salvation show. Gavin takes on Vassell next Friday, 28th and will be Ringside on Saturday at the Institute to watch Welborn and a whole host of mouth-watering bouts unfold.
Promoter, Marcus Anderson-Hitchen, is delighted to have the Birmingham boxer affiliated to his It’s-A-Bout-Boxing brand.
“It’s great to have Frankie on board,” he said. “It’s-A-Bout-Boxing are sponsoring him next Friday in what is sure to be a Fight of the Year contender. Frankie is Birmingham’s brightest boxing star and we are delighted to be hosting his aftershow party after our show at the Institute on Saturday, 29th June.”
Also on the Institute bill at the Institute is Coventry’s Troy ‘Terrifying’ James who takes on Andy Harris over 4 three-minute rounds.
Two prospects go head-to-head as Welshpool’s warren Sinden takes on Zimbabwe-born, Birmingham-based banger, Disney Huni.
Also in action is Northampton lightweight, Jamie Spence, who takes on ‘Gypsy Boy’ Billy Smith. The former Prizefighter contender, who has fought the likes of Lee Purdy and Derry Matthews, will be looking to build on his recent victory over Matt Seawright.
Prospects Michael Mooney and Ainsley Seivwright complete the card, taking on Oliver Rainbird and Pavels Senkovs respectively.
Tickets are priced at just £25 General, £50 Ringside and £75 VIP Ringside. They are by calling the Box Office on 0845 467 3930 or 07888 870 650.
BURNETT INSPIRED BY FRAMPTON
RYAN BURNETT says he's going to follow the blueprint set by fellow Belfast-native Carl Frampton in his attempts to get to the top.
The pair trained together under the legendary Gerry Storey at the Holy Family Golden Gloves Boxing Club as amateurs and have remained firm friends.
Frampton now sits on the verge of world title shot despite having only 16 pro fights, and Burnett sees no reason why he can't follow The Jackal's lead.
"Carl Frampton is a big inspiration to me because I used to train with him and I've seen how he's got so far so quickly," Ryan, 21, said.
"Me and Carl have done a lot of work together in the lead up to his fights and he's always been great. It's something I've learned a lot from.
"I look at him and think 'he's from Belfast and he's done it so I can as well'. He's shown me what you can do and I want to follow the same path."
Earlier this year Frampton began selling out shows at Belfast's stunning Odyssey Arena and Burnett hopes to one day do the same.
In the meantime, he will make his first professional appearance in his home city on a show promoted in association with Jane Wilton at Holiday Inn on June 28.
"I'm really looking forward to fighting in front of a home crowd," he said. "It's been a while since I last boxed in Belfast so I'm expecting a very big turn-out.
"It's earlier days and I'm taking things step by step, but my long-term plan is to build up good support in Belfast on these kinds of shows and then one day sell out the Odyssey Arena like Carl has."