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UK News: Ricky Burns Update, Mike Perez, Jake Towse

Following his sensational Gold winning performance, at the British University and Colleges Championships in Coventry last week, Brighton teenager Jake Towse, who fights for the Hastings West Hill Amateur Boxing Club, is hoping to repeat this success in the Southern Counties ABA competition on Saturday 12th March.

Back on the 20th February, at the BUCS competition Jake dominated the 63.5kg final, against Portsmouth’s Richard Tyler, with his superior boxing skills to secure the Gold medal by a 35-26 points margin.

Following a training session with Johnny Eames at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London, 19 year old Jake spoke briefly on his Gold winning performance and his future plans. “I just won Gold at the British University Championships, hopefully this will get me going further and people will recognise me more as I want to box for England, hopefully. I want to get into some international competitions.

It was a good fight for me and went well. I knew my game plan when I see that he was quite short and stocky, so when he came out I thought I’d box him.

First round I was doing well, teeing off and keeping him in range. Then he started getting in so I started letting heavy shots go. I was catching him with body shots and everything.

Second round same thing. Third round was toe-to-toe and just warred it out. I didn’t take many punches at all. I had quite a high guard, sticking behind my jab and sinking in the body shots. When his head was free to hit I hit him in the head, scored points. I won by nine points in the end.

My preparations were really good. Been coming down here to the TKO because of the good sparring and trainers. It’s a great opportunity for myself as I’d love to turn pro, obviously the big dream is to be a World Champion, but obviously it’s just to see how far I can go.

I think I am more suited to the pros but right now I’m at University and it’s right full on so I want to get that out of the way and then go straight for the pros. I’ve got this year and next year and then I’ll have finished University”

Jake will next be in action at the 2011 Southern Counties Senior ABA Boxing Finals at Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, on Saturday 12th March 2011

Irish based Cuban heavyweight Mike "The Rebel" Perez will be out to impress UK fight fans this Friday when he takes on two time European title challenger, Ismail Abdoul over 8 rounds at the Doncaster Dome. Perez has racked up a dozen straight wins since turning professional in 2008 with ten of those coming by KO and an incredible 8 of those coming in the first round.
 
However the Cuban puncher is anticipating a longer night on Friday against Abdoul, a Belgian who previously went 12 rounds with David Haye for the European title and has only suffered a single stoppage defeat in his 59 fight pro career.
 
"My opponent has a reputation for being very durable and I hope that's the case because I'm happy to go the rounds and prove to people that I can box as well as knock people out," said the 25-year-old Perez. "Sometimes an early knockout can actually be frustrating because you want to show people your boxing skills and all the improvements you are making in the gym and hopefully I can do that on Friday."

Abdoul's record is a who's who of some of Europe's best fighters with the Belgian having twice gone the distance in unsuccessful European Cruiserweight title challenges as well as hearing the final bell against David Haye, Tomasz Adamek, Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Giacobbe Fragomeni, Enzo Maccarinelli and Marco Huck - all of whom would go on to win World titles.

Perez's manager Patrick Thomas believes that Abdoul represents an excellent gauge of his progress on the world scene. "Abdoul has been in with some of the worlds best," said Thomas. "He's been the distance with Haye and Adamek and outside of the Klitschko brothers they are probably recognized as the two best heavyweights in the world right now so it's a good yard stick for Mike to measure himself against."

Thomas also manages Perez's compatriots Luis "The Lion" Garcia and Alexei "The Hurricane" Collado. All three are unbeaten and their manager is predicting a big year ahead for the Cork based Cubans.

"They were all World Junior Champions in the amateur ranks and they are all hungary to repeat that success as professionals. Mike faces Abdoul this weekend and Luis and Alexei fight in Dublin on March 19 and I'm confident that all three of them will be knocking on the door for World titles by the end of this year."

Tickets for Friday's fight at the Doncaster Dome priced £25, £35 and £50 are available from Carl Greaves Promotions on 07709 451337.

BURNS AIMS TO LIFT SCOTTISH RUGBY SQUAD
 
WBO World Super-Featherweight Champion Ricky Burns has promised to give Scottish sport a massive boost on March 12 with victory over challenger Joseph Laryea.
 
And he hopes the win will inspire Scotland's rugby team to halt England's grand slam ambitions at Twickenham the following day.
 
"I know the rugby lads will be watching my fight as they prepare up for the game," said Burns.
 
"They've not had much luck recently, and I was gutted they couldn't get over the line against Ireland on Sunday.
 
"But I know a game against England will bring out the best in them, especially as it gives them the chance to stop them winning the grand slam.
 
"If I go out there and put on a quality display against Laryea, it will really fire up the lads before their match down in London.
 
"As a sporting nation we definitely punch above our weight, and I think next weekend will be remembered for a very long time."
 
Burns puts his title on the line against Laryea at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, live on Sky Sports 1HD.
 
It's the second defence of his belt, and could pave the way for a big unification fight in the summer.
 
"I can't afford to slip up," said Burns.
 
"Everyone expects me to win, but I've not been cutting corners in training.
 
"In fact I'm approaching this fight like a challenger.
 
"I see Laryea as my most dangerous opponent yet, because on March 12, he's the only man who can beat me.
 
"It doesn't matter what I have done in the past, it's all about the next fight."
 
Tickets, priced at £50, £75 and £120, are available from:
 
Braehead Arena
0844 499 1700
www.braehead-arena.co.uk

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