UK News: Owoh-Williams; Watson-Purdy; Kevin Mitchell
Toks ‘Viper’ Owoh (11-5-0) has today branded Leon ‘Solid’ Williams (7-3-0) a ‘coward’ and has publicly called him out to fight for the Southern Area Cruiserweight Title that he holds.
Toks explained that many approaches have been made to Williams and his team, but every approach has been met with a point blank refusal for the pair to get the fight on, even though Owoh now holds the mandatory status to fight for the belt.
The Southern Area Council has now released the opportunity for purse bids to be received for the fight and yet the ‘Viper’ still says the match won’t be made. ‘No matter what anyone says or does the fight will never happen. They call him Leon ‘Solid’ Williams what a joke, more like Leon ‘Liquid’ Williams. Liquid for the amount of squirming he is doing to avoid the fight’
Clearly unhappy with the lack of response from Mr Williams, Owoh then went on to explain why he believes the Streatham based man is avoiding him, ‘He won’t fight me simply because he knows it won’t last four rounds. I may be 38 years-old but I’m fresh and feel better than ever before, ‘Liquid’ knows it and doesn’t fancy the job.’
Toks has always been of the opinion that you fight anyone who is willing to get in the ring with you, hence the anger that is being thrown towards the less than willing Southern Area Cruiserweight title holder. He ended his tirade by promising ‘I’ll send him sprawling, trust me that glass chin of his will be shattered into hundreds of tiny little pieces.’
These are very strong and brave words from the former IBF Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title challenger who has only had two outings in the past two years. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether or not Owoh’s attempt to publicly show up Williams, will get the pair into the ring.
CRAIG WATSON has been riled after being told he doesn’t deserve his rematch against Lee Purdy.
Southpaw Watson bids to snatch back the British welterweight title from Purdy at Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday night (July 16).
Purdy upset Watson in five rounds when they boxed in April and the Colchester man’s promoter Eddie Hearn was quick to tease Watson about that huge shock.
He said: “How can someone get a rematch when he was stopped so clinically last time out? It’s not as if there was any kind of controversial circumstances.
“I would rather see others get a chance but Lee had to give options to get his initial shot so be it.
“For me there will only be one result and that's the same as last time.
“Lee is far too strong and his confidence now is in a different league to before. I really feel that Lee Purdy is going to surprise a lot of people over the next 12 months.”
Watson vowed to make Purdy pay for Hearn’s jibes, blasting: “I am going to punish Lee and have that mentality in my head.”
In supporting contests Watson’s fellow Oldham fighter Darren Stubbs challenges Bob Ajisafe for the vacant English light-heavyweight title.
Commonwealth welterweight champ Denton Vassell is also in action when he boxes a six round non-title fight against Nicaraguan Ronny McField.
Hatton Promotions youngsters on the bill are Austin Hornsby who meets Jason Nesbitt, Dean Halsall is up against Ryan Clark and Matthew Clarkson tackles James Tucker.
The show is not being televised and tickets are selling fast for Watson’s revenge missing and are available prices £35, £55 and £75 VIP from 01925 755222
The card will be available from 7pm on Sunday 17h July on Hatton TV with commentary by Phil Duffell and Micky Cantwell. Simply log on to http://www.hattonsports.tv/tv/tv-player .
KEVIN ‘MIGHTY’ MITCHELL 31-1 (22) concluded his preparations at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, East London ahead of Saturday night’s big fight against Manchester’s undefeated John Murray 31-0 (18).
The bout billed ‘North v South’ will contest the vacant WBO Intercontinental lightweight strap in Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 16 and has been scheduled as the final fight of the night.
Mitchell will be looking to bounce back from last year’s disappointing knock-out defeat to Michael Katsidis against Murray to propel himself back into the world-title reckoning.
The Dagenham-born boxer remained focused throughout the session in front of the media, eagerly awaiting the chance to prove his doubters wrong, without any evidence of the virus that has put the fight back a week from its original July 9 date in London. His movement looked sharp, his punches were powerful and his eyes were full of determination.
Mitchell along with friend and film-star Danny Dyer took some time out from the media work-out to talk to UNDISPUTED.
Both believed that the switch from the London ExCel Arena to Liverpool would not matter too much on the night, Mitchell said, “‘I don’t think it matters too much If I am fighting in Liverpool or London, if the British fans like you they will support you anywhere just like they did for me up in Newcastle when I beat Breidis Prescott. I know I will be taking up a big following up there as well.”
Dyer added, “It doesn’t matter where he fights, I think fans all over the country relate to people like Kev and myself because we are just normal people trying to do well, he also has a great following that love him and will be backing him.”
“I was devastated for him in his last fight at Upton Park, everyone is rooting for him to come back, he has to win and he knows that.”
The Dagenham destroyer has admitted to the flawed preparations for his last fight and has been on a quest to put it right this time, “In training it has been different this time around, last time out I wasn’t as focussed as I should have been. I was distracted in training there would be a few kids that side of the ring, a group watching me there and another lot over there. This time we have shut down the gym to everyone for the last 12 weeks before today.”
Dyer agreed and has backed Mitchell to bounce back, “Yeah he is in the shape of his life, he knows this is the fight. I am looking forward to it. Murray is a good kid and is talking a good fight but he is going to rollover.”
When asked if he agreed of the opinion this is a 50-50 domestic showdown, Mitchell explained it would be a mismatch had he won last time out, “If I hadn’t lost the last one I would have a world title and this would be seen as a mismatch but the British press are very quick to jump on a defeat. David Haye is seeing that at the minute, if he had won they would have been all ‘yeah well done mate’ it is way the press is. Manny Pacquiao is the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet and he has lost four times.”
English-actor Dyer added, “They build you up don’t they and then they turn their back on you. That’s the thing about the press their hard work. But this is his opportunity. He can say this is my time I made a bit of a rick last time but this is it.”
Asked when he believes he will beat Murray, Mitchell answered, “I fancy a late knock out. But if he fights like he did in his last fight he will go any round, he will go early.”
“Brandon Rios could be next, it would be a good fight. He is hittable and beatable. If you can hit him you can beat him. That’s the fight, I have been watching him a lot so yeah Rios.”
Trainer Jimmy Tibbs and son Mark put the Londoner through his paces for a final time before they set on their travels up to Liverpool. Mitchell has done all the hard work and even with three days to go he pushed the boundaries in training.
When Dyer got on the pads with Mitchell, he shouted out, “I have done Britain’s deadliest men but this boy’s the real deal.”
Coach Tibbs said, “He is looking sharp and is very focussed. He is ready!”
Frank Warren presents World Championship Boxing Saturday July 16, 2011. Box Office: 0844 8000 400. Ticket prices £40 (sold out), £50, £80, £100.