British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion Ovill McKenzie and challenger Matty Askin are both promising knockouts when they clash at the Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes on Saturday 14th March.
Sledgehammer punching McKenzie, 35, puts both titles on the line against iron-fisted rival Askin, 26, in the big domestic showdown, live and exclusive on BoxNation.
Tickets priced at £40 and £60 are available from the Queensberry Promotions Box Office on 01992 550 888 and Eventim on 0844 249 1000.
McKenzie, a pro for 15 years, goes into the fight with two incredible back-to-back stoppage wins over Tony Conquest and Jon Lewis Dickinson to capture the Commonwealth and British titles in an amazing career resurgence after campaigning predominantly as a light-heavyweight.
With his confidence sky high, the Derby based Jamaican is adamant he’ll knockout his younger challenger and go on to achieve his dream of fighting for a world title.
“I’m ready for whatever Askin brings to the ring, baby,” Said McKenzie.
“I’ve got the experience and punch power over him and there’s no way in his right mind he can think that he’s going to beat me. In fact, if I can’t beat the likes of a Matty Askin then I should retire because there’s no way I can go on to fight for a world title,”
“But I’m not thinking at all about him beating me, this is the Ovill McKenzie show and I’m going to wipe him out and show that he’s not in my league. I’ve been in this game a long time, I’ve had ups and downs and now I’m in the prime of my life and Askin is one more obstacle I have to get rid of,”
“One hundred percent the titles are staying with me and I’m leaving the ring still the champion.”
Mandatory British title challenger Askin from Blackpool is equally as confident as he heads into the biggest fight of his career and believes he take the titles from the veteran.
A pro for just over six years, Askin has fought back from his only two career losses in 2012 to claim the English cruiserweight title from China Clarke in 2013 and successfully defended it against Menay Edwards last March with a ninth round stoppage.
Askin said, “It’s time for a change at the top and McKenzie’s getting knocked out,”
“He’s just a hard-hitting light-heavyweight, I’m a proper cruiserweight and lets see if his strength and power can bother me,
“I respect him for what he’s done, winning the British and Commonwealth titles in his last two fights, but now I believe that it’s my time to shine and this is my golden opportunity so I’ll grab it by the horns,”
“One thing’s for sure this isn’t lasting the distance and I’ll be crowned the new British and Commonwealth Champion.”
An action packed card features Swansea’s dynamite-punching former WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli, plus rising talents: Manchester super-featherweight Adrian Gonzalez; Liverpool bantamweight Ryan Farrag; Ellesmere Port featherweight Matty Fagan; Manchester welterweight Macaulay McGowan; Ellesmere Port light-middleweight Mason Cartwright; Manchester featherweight Michael Gomez Jnr., Liverpool bantamweight Kevin Hodkinson and Liverpool lightweight Michael Joynson.
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This week MGM are pleased to announce another new signing, Marc “Magic” Kerr; a 24-yr old future champion from Glasgow.
Marc started boxing in 2010, with trainer Sam Kynoch. Marc made his debut, winning by KO in Round 1 in Birmingham and competed on the semi-professional circuit, starting at Light-Heavyweight and then at Super-Middleweight and Middleweight. Marc claimed Scottish and British titles with several organisations, and was the undisputed no.1 in the UK on the semi-pro circuit.
With his record of 35 wins against 2 controversial losses and 1 technical draw Marc decided to turn pro, along with his trainer. They are both ready to get started and have their sights set on winning titles. "We did a training camp at the MGM in summer 2013 and we hit it off with their team straight away.” said Kynoch “I am delighted that Marc has signed with Matthew and Danny, and cannot wait to get his career underway. This is just the start and together we can go from strength to strength, I see MGM being a major player in world boxing in the not too distant future".
Marc said: "I cannot wait to get my pro career underway. I have followed a plan which has seen me clean up the semi-pro scene and now I am looking to make my mark as a pro. I will be boxing at Light-Middleweight and I am feeling great at that weight".
Both Daniel and Matthew have watched Marc with great interest and think that he is a champion in the making; they think he will fit right in at MGM and are very happy to be working with him.
Billi Godoy says he’ll draw on his wins over Jorge Sebastien Heiland and Carlos Baldomir as he challenges John Ryder for the WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title at The O2 on Saturday (January 31), live on Sky Sports.
The Argentine is looking to upset Ryder’s plans of bursting into the top ten of the WBO rankings and charging to a title shot this year, and the visitor believes beating former World champion Baldomir and fellow countryman Heiland proves he has the class to defeat the Islington favourite.
“I am in good shape for this fight because I've had some good wins,” said Godoy. “I had a high ranking when I beat Carlos Baldomir and Heiland. I have belief that if I win on Saturday I'll be up there in the rankings again.
“I was already training for a fight in Argentina but they called me to fight over in England for a title, which interested me. So we accepted the fight. I know John is a southpaw, he has good technique and he's a good boxer so I'll have to be very intelligent in the way that I fight him.
“Fights are fights. I always respect my rivals. I have my experience and a lot of confidence. I'm sure it's going to be a great fight, I'm going to win as I always do.
“It was a very strange sensation being in the ring with Baldomir who was like an idol to me. He's fought the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Arturo Gatti and Zab Judah so I never thought I'd be facing him in the ring in my life! Anyway, I had to fight him, he was my rival and I had to treat him as such.”
Godoy is no stranger to fighting in Europe after spending a lot of his early career in Austria and Germany after a chance meeting.
“I went to Austria just for a holiday where I then met a businessman, we got on well, he was involved in boxing and he liked how I fought so he offered me a chance to stay in Austria,” said Godoy. “I won four fights, I then went to live in Hamburg working with Universum Boxing. I was in Europe for nearly three years. It was a very good experience. My Dad took Aldo Nazareno Ríos to England to fight Ricky Hatton and then also to fight Jason Cook, but this is my first time in England.”
Godoy’s clash with Ryder is part of a great line-up in London as Kevin Mitchell faces Daniel Estrada for the vacant WBC Silver Lightweight title and an eliminator for the World title.
There’s a tasty pair of Light Welterweight bouts as John Wayne Hibbert and Tyler Goodjohn meet for Hibbert’s WBC International strap and Tommy Martin and Ricky Boylan square up for the vacant English title.
Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his hotly anticipated pro debut on the bill, as does Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.
Only £40, £60 and £100 tickets are available for the show at www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202.