Tommy Langford defends his British Middleweight Title against Jason Welborn at Walsall Town Hall on Friday, 4th May.
‘The Baggies Bomber’ faces fellow West Bromwich Albion supporter, Welborn, on BCB Promotions’ ‘Neutral Ground: Battle of the Baggies’, sponsored by Alliance Scaffolding and Grosvenor Casino Walsall.
Langford defended the Crown he won when he defeated Sam Sheedy (back in November 2016) earlier this year as he recorded a unanimous points victory over Jack Arnfield. This will be his second defence off the Lord Lonsdale belt and his first fight in the Black Country since 2015.
Welborn is himself coming off the back of a career-best victory over Marcus Morrison. The 31 year-old beat the previously unbeaten prospect to claim the WBC International Silver Middleweight Title and enjoyed a keep-busy fight, routine win over Cristian Hoskin-Gomez at the tail end of last year.
It’s an intriguing contest between two local fighters who are ranked third and fourteenth in the Country respectively.
“This is a proper fight,” explained BCB Promotions’ Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson. “It has everything. There is the British Title on the line between two of the country’s best middleweights. On top of that, Tommy resides in Birmingham and Jason is a Black Country lad, so there’s that rivalry along with the fact they’re both Albion fans. There will be some atmosphere in the Town Hall next month!”
A stacked undercard for Neutral Ground has also been confirmed.
Chief Support is Doncaster Heavyweight, and Twitter sensation, Dave Allen. The 26 year-old has fought the likes of Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz and is coming off the back of a technical draw in his rematch with Lenroy Thomas for the Commonwealth Heavyweight Title.
Allen is joined by BCB’s latest signing; Midlands Area Middleweight Champion, Tyler Denny. Denny, undefeated in his opening nine professional fights lifted the Midlands strap at the Town Hall last year as he defeated the previously unbeaten Tom Stokes in a Midlands Fight of the Year Contender.
Walsall’s female featherweight sensation, Rachel Ball, is also in action. The former world kickboxing champion will be looking to make it a hat-trick of win since turning over to professional boxing late last year.
Swadlincote super welterweight, Ross Hollis, and Birmingham trio Kane Baker (super lightweight), Ijaz Ahmed (bantamweight) and Shaka Thompson (super middleweight) complete the card.
Tickets, priced at £50 standard unreserved and £150 VIP Ringside, are on sale now from the Walsall Town Hall Box Office 0845 111 2900.
Leeds United and Frank Warren are delighted to confirm the Kaiser Chiefs will be playing live at Elland Road, during the unmissable night of World Championship Boxing on Saturday 19th May.
Josh Warrington is looking to become IBF Featherweight World Champion when he takes on Lee Selby, in what is set to be one of the biggest sporting events of the summer.
Warrington famously walks into his fights to ‘I Predict a Riot’ and the Leeds Warrior will enter the ring in May with the Kaiser Chiefs playing the track live at Elland Road.
The event will mark nearly ten years to the day since the Kaiser Chiefs played live at Elland Road, with their last appearance at the venue coming on 24th May 2008, in front of a capacity crowd of over 30,000.
With six studio albums to their name, their first, ‘Employment’, released in March 2005, sold over two million copies alone.
Other Kaiser Chiefs hits including ‘Never Miss a Beat’, ‘Modern Way’ and ‘Ruby’ and the band are one of the most successful to come out of the city of Leeds.
With a packed undercard, entertainment around the stadium and concourses, it promises to be a night to remember.
Fans wishing to attend are encouraged to purchase tickets for this unmissable event as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment.
Further pre-fight entertainment will be announced in the coming weeks.
General admission tickets are available from just £40 per person.
For more information please contact the Leeds United Ticket Office on 0371 334 1992.
Hospitality is available starting at £130+VAT.
Tickets are available to purchase online via the club’s official website www.leedsunited.com and via the Leeds United Ticket Office on 0371 334 1992
Ultimate Boxxer contender Jimmy Cooper aims to emulate his uncle and become a British Champion through winning the exciting new tournament set to revolutionise British boxing.
The towering featherweight from Southampton competes in the premier of Ultimate Boxxer I on Friday 27th April at the Manchester Arena and wants to continue the family boxing success.
His uncle Gary reigned as British Light-Middleweight in 1988 in a tough and hard era with very few title opportunities. He only earned his first title shot seven years and 17 fights after turning professional when he challenged for and won the Southern Area belt - then still considered a major domestic title.
Three years later, Gary got his British shot and defeated Michael Harris on points at Wembley’s Grand Hall to win the vacant crown, but he cruelly lost it in his first defence against 80s golden boy Gary Stretch.
His next and final fight was probably his biggest win against future British champion and World title challenger Ensley “Bingo” Bingham who he defeated on points before hanging up his gloves.
Considered one of the most under-rated British Champions, Gary would have been more than a match for most of today's British 154lb division fighters.
Jimmy, 25, now looks to carry the Cooper name into the new era and be crowned the first ever Ultimate Boxxer.
Standing at 6ft, Jimmy has a massive reach, but also carries heavy hands with it. A top amateur with 83 bouts, he defeated some big names like Mitchell Smith (2015 Boxing Writers’ Best Young Boxer), current Commonwealth Featherweight Champion Reece Bellotti and represented England.
“I’m extremely proud of my uncles achievements, to challenge for a British title, let alone win one was a massive feat in that era,” Said Jimmy.
“They were very hard and tough men in that time and my uncle had to duck and dive until he worked his way to get his opportunities and breaks,”
“I think now there are more opportunities in boxing and you can win titles a lot earlier, but it’s still a very tough world unless you’re with a top promoter who can give you the breaks and guide you”
“So in that respect it’s still like my uncle’s era, but that’s why Ultimate Boxxer is a fantastic concept because it gives a fighter like me a golden shot,”
Ultimate Boxxer I matches eight undefeated welterweight fighters to go toe-to-toe in an exhilarating elimination tournament - backed by ambassadors Ricky Hatton, Anthony Crolla and Paulie Malignaggi - to win a cash prize from a pool of £50,000 – and the chance to become boxing’s newest star.
The event offers fans more that just boxing with live entertainment acts and celebrities at ringside to give a transformed boxing experience for the next generation.
“I’m young, hungry and determined to win Ultimate Boxxer, I don’t care who I’m matched against and I’m sure that a lot of them won’t want to get me in the draw,”
“I believe I have the ability to go all the way to the top and this is just the sort of exposure I was looking for in my career,”
“My plans for this year were to step up to six rounds and target the Southern Area title, but now this fantastic opportunity knocked on my door and I’m going to smash it down,”
“I’m stepping up a couple of weights, but I believe in myself and the three-round distance suits me down to the ground. I’m fast and explosive and I’m going to enjoy the experience.”