Battle in The Ballroom; Jupp News; Ricky Hatton; Andy Lee

Cleveland, OH – Boxing returns to Cleveland with “BATTLE IN THE BALLROOM V”, on Saturday, January 21 at the “Historic” Slovenian Nat’l Ballroom. 10 exciting fights, featuring Cleveland’s top amateur golden glove champions, are scheduled.
“The “Historic” Slovenian Nat’l Ballroom is an amazing venue to showcase Cleveland’s top talent and we’re thrilled to be back. The crowd is electrifying, and the intimacy of the venue makes everyone feel a part of the show,” said Kincaid.
The West Side Boxing Club, in association with Kincaid-Godhard Boxing Promotions, is bringing old-school boxing back to the fans, showcasing hungry fighters in action-packed, competitive bouts.
2011 Golden Glove champion, Edwin “EL CABALLO” Santos (Raul Torres/Cleveland) takes on an opponent TBD in a 152-pound bout. Santos, impressively won two of his bouts by TKO to win the Golden Glove championship. Santos has a crowd pleasing style and is a fan favorite at the ballroom. 
In an “NE OHIO HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP” bout, slugger Jason Chisar (West Side BC/Fairview Park) is set to go with power-lifter turned boxer Aaron White (TNT Strength/Kent) in a 3 round heavyweight slug-out.
2X Golden Glove Champion, Greg Gilbert (West Side BC/Norwalk) meets up with cross-town rival Jack Winterich (United BT/Olmsted Falls) in a 130-pound scrap. Gilbert has earned a reputation for his toughness and bringing his exciting “ALL-ACTION” style to the ring.
An exciting undercard featuring other top regional talent is scheduled, including: Cruiserweight Mike Adams, featherweight Jose Sandler, and bantamweight Gia Genco Brown.
A High School boxing championship bout between 135-pounders Justin Aviles (West Side BC/Strongsville High School) and Zi Stalnaker (Terminator BC/Uniontown High School) is also on tap.
BONUS: Fan Appreciation Night. As a special thank you to our fans, all tickets purchased by January 15 will include a voucher for a FREE small popcorn at our concession stand. Thank you!   
Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6PM with the first bell at 7PM. The “Historic” Slovenian Nat’l Ballroom is located at 6417 St. Clair Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio.
A limited number of tickets for “BATTLE IN THE BALLROOM V”, starting at $20, can be purchased through the Kincaid-Godhard Promotions box office at 440-223-7409 or online at .

New Year Outing For Prizefighter Star George Jupp, Faces Dan Naylor on the 13th Jan.

Choi Tseveenpurev may have won the Prizefighter-Featherweights tournament back in October, but it was without doubt his semifinal opponent, 20 year old  ‘Saint’ George Jupp, that stole the limelight - and the plaudits, for his sensational performance against the twice his age two-time World Champion.

The Belvedere youngster showed a maturity that belied his tender years as he traded with the Mongolian Warrior, matching him punch for punch throughout, only to lose out on a place in the final by the slimmest of margins.

Jupp’s disappointment, of not making the final and potentially winning the £32K prize money, was short lived as within days Francis and George Warren signed him to a promotional contract with their Queensberry Promotions organisation.

To complete his joy, the Warren brothers have ‘Saint’ George making his maiden outing, under their promotional banner, on the undercard of fellow TRAD TKO Boxing Gym and Queensberry Promotions team mate Leon ‘Solid’ Williams’ first defense of his British Cruiserweight title, against Shane McPhilbin, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday, 13th January.

Following a sparring session, with Super Bantamweight Commonwealth Champ Carl Frampton, yesterday Jupp spoke briefly about the Choi battle, “Yeah, it was a close fight, I couldn’t really scream about the decision as it could have gone either way.

If ten people watched it, five thought I won and five thought he won.

I thought it was a good fight and I take a lot of confidence from that, I mean he’s a two time World Champion and there’s no one at my level that’s going to have done that.”

before moving onto discuss the upcoming bout against Dan Naylor, “I’ve seen a few video’s of Dan, he’s quite a slick southpaw. I’m glad I’m fighting someone like him so I can show my skills to full effect.

He’s in your face, unlike some other opponents, which suits me and my style of fighting.

I keep doing what I’m doing, hopefully this six rounder goes OK and I get a few rounds under my belt.

It’s important to get a couple of six rounders under my belt as hopefully within the next twelve months or so I’ll then be able to get in position for a shot at the Southern Area title.

Saying that I’ll keep looking at each fight as gaining more experience, I will never look past any opponent as each fight is an important part of my learning curve.

It’s hard not to think of titles as we’re doing really well here at the TRAD TKO at the moment, we have had so many Champions over the past year, I think it’s five or six.

That’s why I’m really glad to be fighting on this show, as one of our British Champions, Leon Williams, is headlining.

I can’t wait, I’ve been training hard all over Christmas, been getting some good sparring with Michael Maguire, he’s lighter than me and he’s so good technically he’s hard work. If you can catch him with a clean punch you can catch anyone.

Also been sparring with Juris (Varuskins), he’s quite a tough kid, he pushes you for every round, and Danny (Connor), he’s a bit heavier than me, a bit of an awkward type and of course today was sparring Carl (Frampton), he’s already a champion so very much on top of his game. So I’m getting the best of all worlds, sparring like, with all the different styles.

I am really happy with the way the training and sparring has been going and I’m really looking forward to the 13th.”

‘Saint’ George Jupp, against Dan Naylor, features on the undercard of Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Shane McPhilbin  for the British Cruiserweight title headlines Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions first event of the New Year, which takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, on Friday 13th January 2012 and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform Channel 456 & Virgin 546)

Tickets, Standard Seated - £40 and Ringside SOLD OUT for Williams vs. McPhilbin are available now on-line at . Tickets are also available direct from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

HATTON Promotions proved themselves among the world’s top promotional boxing organisations in 2011, and are expecting even bigger success this year from their growing stable of boxers.

Hatton Promotions proud champions are  Gary Buckland (British super-featherweight champion), Anthony Crolla (British lightweight), Craig Lyon (English bantamweight), Rendall Munroe (WBA international super-bantamweight), Joe Murray (IBF youth featherweight), Martin Murray (British and Commonwealth middleweight), Scott Quigg (British and WBA intercontinental super-bantamweight),  Sergey Rabchenko (WBA intercontinental light-middleweight), Ashley Theophane (British light-welterweight champion) and Denton Vassell (Commonwealth welterweight).

But that is just part of the 2011 story as Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes challenged Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the WBC light-middleweight crown, and Martin Murray faced WBA super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm.

All three did British boxing proud, and Murray was on the wrong end of a hotly disputed decision in Germany earlier last month.  Hatton Promotions are working to earn him a return.

Matthew could face Kell Brook and Ryan has been nominated to meet Hatton Promotions stable-mate Rabchenko for the vacant European crown.

Hatton Promotions President Ricky Hatton said: “2011 was a great year for Hatton Promotions, boasting five British champions domestically.

“At European level we were awarded the crown of European Promoter of the Year, and on the world stage we secured world title shots for Ryan, Matthew and Martin.

“This is a fabulous achievement which has been reached in just three short years.

“With respect to our domestic promotional rivals, to have achieved these goals bearing in mind we have been in existence for a fraction of the time shows British boxing can expect big things from us in 2012.”

Hatton Promotions are looking to have their first world champion this year.

There are real hopes that Crolla, Hatton, Munroe (now boxing at bantamweight), Martin Murray, Rabchenko,  Quigg or Theophane can mix with the elite over the next 12 months.

Hatton Promotions reputation for building fighters is growing with the unbeaten hopefuls in the camp including Matty Askin, Tom Doran, Adam Etches, Scott Jenkins, Adam Little, Joe Murray and Richard Towers.

Our next show takes place in the Premier Suite at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on Saturday February 4 where Quigg defends his British title against Jamie Arthur. Among those fighting on the undercard are Munroe and Joe Murray.

On March 24 we return to Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield when Buckland makes the first defence of his British crown.

Tickets for both shows are available by calling 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991 or online

Ricky and all the team at Hatton Promotions would like to thank all of our friends in the media for their continued support and wish you all a knockout 2012.

Andy Lee (27W-1L, 19KOs), Irish Kronk middleweight star sees 2012 has the defining year of his professional career and the fearless Irishman has set his sights on winning a world title in the next 12 months.

Team Lee strongly believe their fighter has earned his place to challenge for a world title in 2012, the popular Kronk fighter is the hottest property in Irish professional boxing and in recent years has scaled the heights of world middleweight boxing to be presently positioned in the world rankings as WBC #6, WBA # 2, and WBO #1.

In March 2011, Lee ranked WBC #14 and WBA #5 signed a multi-fight promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment Inc. with the goal of developing and advancing his career aspirations. The Kronk fighter believes premier promoter Lou DiBella will progress his title ambitions and raise his stock value in boxing from being a world title contender to being a world champion in 2012.

The Irishman’s debut under the DBE promotional banner took place on March 12, 2011 and was broadcast live on HBO from the Foxwood Casino, Connecticut. The fight was an epic battle dubbed the ‘Celtic War’ against the then unbeaten world ranked Scotchman Craig McEwan (19W, 1OKOS). 

The fight was a barnstormer with both fighters trading heavy leather from the opening bell. Lee relentless in his determination and courage throughout the fight caught McEwan with a devastating overhand left in the 10th round sending his opponent crashing to the canvas. Referee Steve Stogger, concerned about the health and well being of McEwan stopped the fight immediately without a count.

Lee’s next outing was on May 18, 2011 when he won both North American Boxing Federation (NABF) and North American Boxing Association (NABA) against the experienced Alex ‘The Technician’ Bunema at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Using his long right jab the Kronk fighter effectively kept the durable Bunema (31-7-2, 17 KOs) at long range and in doing so comfortably won every round of the fight. The judges’ scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 100-90.

The Kronk fighter put on a boxing master class in his last outing on October 1, 2011 against the tough and resilient Brian Vera (19-5, 12KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City live on HBO and Sky TV. He systematically broke down his opponent over 10 rounds using his superior boxing skills.

Lee controlled the fight by landing beautiful right hooks and uppercuts and straight left hand power shots. Vera touched the canvas twice during the fight, but stubbornly hung in there to the final bell. The ringside judges scored the contest 99-90, 98-91 and 99-90.

The Kronk fighter falling to his knees when the fight ended was elated with his win; he had avenged the only loss on his record to Vera on March 21, 2008 and on a personal level he was now satisfied he had redeemed himself and banished a ghost.

The talented Irishman’s impressive performances in 2011 made an emphatic statement to the belt holders in the middleweight division that he has the skills and attributes necessary to challenge for and win a world title.

Lee is pencilled in to fight again on Saturday, March 17 at MSG Theater, New York on a St Patrick’s Day in a gala evening of Irish boxing with the bout scheduled to be broadcast live on HBO. He hopes this fight will be the springboard to land him a world title shot in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2012.

There are a number of world middleweight title contests planned and scheduled in the 1st quarter of 2012 and Lee aims to fight one of the winners; Julio Cesar Chavez Jr defends his WBC belt against Marco Antonio Rubio on February 4, Daniel Geale defends his IBF belt against a yet to be named opponent on March 7 and Sergio Martinez is due to defend his WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine belts against Matthew Macklin on March 17 also at MSG Theater, New York.

Lee commented “I am 28 this June with nearly 30 fights under my belt; I have grown as a fighter and I am now ready and prepared to challenge for and win a world title. It is every boxer’s ambition to be a world champion and I believe this is my year.

I have positioned myself nicely in the world ratings as a legitimate world title contender. In boxing what you want, what you deserve and what you get are all different things. Boxing is a business as well as a sport and sometimes things come down to timing and being in the right place at the right time. I believe I am at that juncture in my career and I am more than ready for a title shot.

After my fight on March 17, I want to move up the WBC ratings and capture the #1 spot as the mandatory challenger to the WBC title. I would relish the opportunity to fight Martinez, Chavez Jr, Rubio, Macklin or Geale in a championship fight. I have the skills and power to beat any of them.”

2011 has been a good year for the ambitious Andy Lee under the guidance of his respected and astute manager/trainer Emanuel Steward and his experienced and progressive promoter Lou DiBella. Two entertaining performances live on HBO is the perfect platform for the Kronk fighter to move forward on in 2012.

Lee has been pursuing his date with destiny from when he first laced up a pair of boxing gloves at the age of 11 back in 1995. He had a very successful amateur career winning a host of Irish national titles, multination tournaments, a Silver medal in the World under 19s in 2002, a European Bronze senior medal in 2003 and was a 2004 Irish Olympian.  In January 2006, at the age of 21 he left his family and comfort zone in Ireland and boarded an airplane bound for the renowned Kronk Boxing Gym in Detroit, USA with the dream of someday becoming a world champion.

Since Lee’s pro debut at the famous Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on March 10, 2006, Emanuel Steward, the boxing maestro has patiently nurtured and honed the boxing skills of his pupil and carefully chartered a pathway for his fighter to become a world title challenger.

The Irish Kronk star in the past 6 years has developed into a seasoned fighter with an arsenal of weapons, he likes to mix it at times with his opponents in fights but his greatest assets are that he can box and he can bang. His natural tall and rangy physic allows him to box at range, pick his punches and keep his distance.

Lee is also recognized as one of the strongest and most effective punchers in the middleweight division with 19 of his 28 opponents going back to the dressing room early.

Emanuel Steward commented “Andy is presently the most prominent and visible middleweight contender resident in the United States at this time; it makes good sporting and business sense for the television executives, promoters and sanctioning bodies to stage an Andy Lee world title fight in 2012.

Andy is in the prime of his life and given the opportunity will give champions like Sergio Martinez and Julio Chavez Jr all the trouble they want. He is a superior technical boxer who can punch with both hands. No matter what fight Andy Lee is in he has the fans on the edge of their seats.”

As the established and #1 Irish fighter in the US, Lee will certainly attract many supporters and ticket sales from Irish communities in New York and Ireland for his fight at MSG Theater on St Patrick’s Day 2012. This is the perfect stage for ‘Irish Andy Lee’ to launch his world title assault in the Mecca of boxing with the fanatical Irish crowd cheering him on from the rafters.

The famous Irish American heavyweight fighter Gerry Cooney wisely once said “You have a small period of time when you can perfect your career and become good at it. A lot of guys get distracted, which only hurts them. You must stay focused and work very hard at boxing.”

Andy Lee is going to take Gerry Cooney’s advice on board and use the next period of time to perfect his talent, stay focussed on the big prize and work very hard at his boxing so when his time comes in 2012 he will not just be ready to challenge for a world title, but actually realise his childhood dream and win a world title.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Hammer on 01-04-2012

If Andy Lee really wants a world title, they should offer the March 17 fight to Dmitry Pirog or Gennady Golovkin.

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