Advertisement
Advertisement

Watson vs Cook is Added To Bellew-McIntosh Undercard

By Terence Dooley

Liverpool's John Watson will face hard hitting Welshman Jason Cook on the undercard of Tony Bellew's British light-heavyweight title defence against Danny McIntosh at the Echo Arena, Liverpool on 14 April. The 28-year-old hopes to use the dangerous assignment as a means of finding top form and breaking into title contention.

Watson, 14-3 (6), made it through to the semi-final of last weekend's Prizefighter: The Light-Welterweights competition. The former lightweight beat Dean Harrison by first-round TKO in his first fight of the night before dropping a unanimous decision to eventual winner Adil Anwar. They were Watson's first bouts since losing a British lightweight title tilt courtesy of a sickening ninth-round KO defeat to Anthony Crolla in February 2011. His other British title challenge resulted in an eleventh-round stoppage to Gavin Rees in November 2010.

A 2004 ABA title winner at lightweight, Watson has struggled to bring his amateur form over to the pro ranks. Watson, though, feels that a switch to Oliver Harrison's gym in Salford has given him a boost ahead of a crucial period in his paid career and has expressed his delight at securing the showdown with Cook.

Dave Coldwell, the promoter of April's show, which will be televised live on Sky TV, believes that his man can make a splash up at 140lbs.  “Obviously I’m delighted to have a quality fight like this on the show,” said Coldwell. “I'm sure the clash in styles will have fans on the edge of their seats, be it at home or watching on Sky Sports. John has shown he's a bit more powerful up at the new weight; he still is probably technically the better boxer whereas Jason is without doubt the puncher of the two. Both can be hit so I think we're in for a cracker.”

Cook, 29-4-1 (15), won EBU and IBO titles at lightweight, but he has not notched up a title win at 140lbs since picking up the Welsh Area lightweight belt in 2010. 'The Power' challenged for the British belt last summer, losing to current holder Ashley Theopane via a tenth-round KO.

Please send news and views to [email protected] or Twitter @Terryboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Canelo's Manager Rejects Talk of Khan Being 'Easy Fight' Top Rank Motivated To Continue Staging Events in China Daud Yordan Gets Technical Nod Over Yoshitaka Kato Amir Khan: When I Beat Canelo, Everyone is Going To Say 'Wow!' Thompson: They Can't Find a Bum For Luis Ortiz, I'd Expose Him! Julian Williams-Marcello Matano IBF Eliminator For Charlo Shot Boxeo Telemundo Season Premiere to Honor Decorated War Veteran Photos/Weights: Machado vs. Araiza, Cotto vs. Lopez, More Francisco Santana Inks Managerial With Frank Espinoza Luis Ortiz's Opponent Hunt Continues For 3/5 HBO Date Amir Khan Hit By Social Media Hack Attack Frampton: I Feel Sorry For Rigo; Quigg Should Be Embarrassed Dublin Weigh-In Turns Deadly; Saturday Show Canceled Sammy Vasquez Jr. Welcomes Billel Dib To PROBox Stable Inoue, Carmona Agree To Terms For Mandatory Title Fight Lundy Warns Terence Crawford: Nobody Has 'Clearly' Beat Me Sanchez: Canelo Can Be 155, But Golovkin Will Weigh 160! Frank Warren Gives His Take on Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan Joseph Parker Nears Title Shot, Lands Top WBO Ranking George Groves Very Interested in Martin Murray Showdown Lolenga Mock Faces Jorge Silva on February 26 in Aarhus Fazeldin-Mboyane Rescheduled For April 2 In Rotherham Fury: If I Can Beat Klitschko, Khan Capable of Stunning Canelo Chavez Jr. Rips Canelo For Facing Khan: Embarrassment To 160 Seanie Monaghan Hungers For Title Shot, Says Time is Now Deontay Wilder: If Fury Wins, I'll Go To The UK To Take His Titles! Video: Ashley Theophane Discusses Adrien Broner Clash Andre Ward: Nobody Wants Kovalev - That's The Guy I Want! Konstantin Ponomarev-Brad Solomon in Play for Pacquiao-Bradley Margarito Ordered To Have More Medical Tests Before Return Photos/Weights: Caballero, Frankie Gomez, Shane Mosley Jr. Video: Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Canelo-Khan, Career, More Alexander Ustinov Accepts WBA Showdown With Luis Ortiz Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Fighting: I Don't Really Miss It Tarver Cracked Hard Over Child Support Bill - Belts, Medal, Car Theophane Explains His Secret Weapon To Beat Adrien Broner John Magda, Christopher Brooker Clash on ShoBox, 2/19 Canelo's Coach: Khan is an Attractive Fight, Dangerous Speed NSAC Approves Canelo-Khan For 5/7 At T-Mobile Arena Callum Smith Pumped For "Biggest Fight" of His Career
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement