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News: Lomachenko; DaWejko; Cunningham; Satchell

Heavyweight prospect Joey DaWejko from Philadelphia will step back in the ring against Jarrell Miller on Saturday January 19th.  The fight will take place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.  For DaWejko, this will be his second consecutive fight against an undefeated fighter.

DaWejko (7-1-1, 3 KOs) embodies the very essence of a Philadelphia fighter and isn't afraid to take on the tough opposition.  He had a stellar amateur career, especially as a junior.  Labeled a small heavyweight, DaWejko stands 5'10" and uses his smaller frame to his advantage with a crafty style that complements his ability to be more agile than his usually bigger opponents.  DaWejko has fought bigger men his entire career and he thrives off of the challenge of overcoming the size disadvantage with a combination of speed and power.

Miller (4-0, 4 KOs) has won all of his professional bouts by TKO and DaWejko will look to utilize the power he possesses in both hands in order to neutralize his opponent's strength.  DaWejko knows how important it is to rebound from his last outing and suggests that placing too much emphasis on a single loss isn't a productive response to a slight setback.

"Some people take a loss but that isn't what defines a fighter, what defines a fighter is how he responds from the adversity he's faced with," DaWejko said. "I'm just anxious to prove what kind of fighter I am and to show my ability as a heavyweight.  I feel like I can bring something to the division that's my very own and no one else's.  I make it a point to try and get the most out of my in-ring experiences and I plan on giving a good performance on January 19th."

DaWejko's promoter Mario Yagobi of Boxing 360 Promotions believes DaWejko has a bright future in the heavyweight division.

"DaWejko brings a lot of heart, skill and determination to the ring," Yagobi said. "Believe me when I say that he possesses all the qualities of a big man in regards to his will and determination, but he also packs a heavyweight punch.  The fact that he can out maneuver the bigger men with crafty and agile footwork makes Joey a unique fighter.  Boxing 360 is excited to have him in our stable of fighters and it won't be long until he is one of Philly's most treasured fighters."

Lausanne, Switzerland - After Dmytro Rudenko fell ill on the day of the Ukraine Otamans versus British Lionhearts weigh-in, two-time AIBA World Champion and undisputed pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko will step in to make his long-awaited World Series of Boxing (WSB) debut when he faces England's Sam Maxwell in Saturday's Lightweight (57-61kg) contest.

24-year-old Lomachenko is now a fully fledged boxing superstar after adding the London 2012 Olympic Lightweight (60kg) gold medal to the Featherweight (57kg) one he claimed in such style at the 2008 Beijing Games. The two-time AIBA World Champion, after triumphing both in Milan in 2009 and in Baku in 2011, is one of the world's most feared boxers.

The electric southpaw has one of the finest pedigrees on the planet and fans worldwide will rejoice at the prospect of seeing him light up the WSB competition. 

Stafford Middleweight, Grant Cunningham, is hoping to be in seventh heaven next week when he takes on Mitch Mitchell on the undercard of Frankie Gavin’s first British Welterweight title defence against Jason Welborn at Walsall Town Hall.

The 26 year-old from Stafford is looking to extend his unbeaten start to his professional boxing career to seven straight wins when he takes on the Lincolnshire scrapper known as ‘Mad Mitch’ (1-2) next Friday, 18th January.

“I don’t know too much about him, I’m just concentrating on my game and building on my 6-0 record,” he told www.uko-boxing.com . “He’s had three fights. He has won one, by stoppage, and lost the other two so he’s a bit of an unknown quantity.

“It’s all about learning my craft at the moment. I’m confident in my ability and I trust in my Manager and Trainer, Errol Johnson, to match me right. We have a plan for my career and I’m happy with how things are going.

“I’m at that stage when I need to keep building my record and staying busy. This is my first fight of 2013 and I’m aiming to fight 6 or 7 times this year. I’m feeling good.”

Cunningham has been working alongside stablemates Jason Welborn and Martin Gethin in the build-up to their respective British title fights at the top of next Friday’s bill.

Rowley Regis’ Welborn challenges Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin for the welterweight strap at the top of the bill whilst Gethin, from Walsall, takes on Hove’s Ben Murphy for the British & Commonwealth Lightweight titles. The show is a complete sell-out and Cunningham admits that the buzz around the fight has whetted his own appetite to achieve things in the sport he loves.

“It’s going to be a great night of boxing, he added. “You can see that Jason and Martin are buzzing and that rubs off on you when you’re in the gym with them.

“That’s where I want to be when it’s the right time for me. Obviously I want to be out there winning titles one day. It’s too early for talk of that at the moment but that’s obviously what I’m working towards.

“To be on the same bill as someone like Frankie Gavin is a big thing and it does whet your appetite to succeed and push forward.  It’s going to be a really good atmosphere. We need these Town Hall shows. It’s going to be very good for Midlands boxing.

“It’s a great show to be part of and will definitely be one of the shows of the year.

The fight takes place on promoter Frank Warren's first show of 2013 - in association with Midlands promoter Errol Johnson – at Walsall Town Hall on Friday, 18th January. The show is a sell-out but it is also live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Subscribe at www.boxnation.com .

Walsall Town Hall Box Office - 0845 111 2900 – have started a waiting list should more tickets become available.

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PROMOTER Frank Maloney has put together a talent stacked undercard for his major show at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday 23rd February – including two British title fights.

Local idol David Price (15-0) heads the bill when he meets Tony Thompson (36-3) in a 12 round international heavyweight bout.

Another Liverpool fighter Kevin Satchell (9-0) will make the first defence of his British flyweight title against exciting Belfast scrapper Luke Wilton (13-2-1).

And Bristol’s Darren Hamilton (12-2) risks his British light-welterweight crown against scouser, Steve Williams (13-1).

That fight has been postponed twice, and Maloney says that the British Boxing Board of Control may strip Hamilton if he pulls out for the second time.

He explained: “We hope to have a commitment from the Board that if Hamilton does pull out this time the title will be declared vacant.

“That is what we’re pushing for because this is the third time we have tried to stage the fight.

“Adil Anwar is boxing on the undercard and would be willing at short notice for a British title challenge if needed, but hopefully Darren has fully recovered from injury and will be ready.”

Satchell, 24, won the British title in October when he stopped defending champion Chris Edwards in six rounds.

Wilton (13-2-1) has already sold more than 300 tickets, but Maloney says: “Kevin is Britain’s most exciting flyweight and at the end of the year he will be closing in on a world title.

“The flyweight champions are tougher than most, but it can be easier to manoeuvre them into world title positions.”

Making their comebacks are Liverpool famous boxing brothers, The Burkes.

Ex former Commonwealth lightweight champion David (26-2)  hasn’t boxed since May 2005 and Stephen (10-1) who last fought almost three years ago.

An added attraction to the quality card also includes featuring Cuban heavyweight star Mike Perez (18-0).

Others on the bill include Sean Dodd (4-0), Louis Cuddy (6-0), Neil Perkins (2-0), Steven Lewis (2-0), Andy Colquhoun (5-0) and Peter Gallagher (1-0).

Tickets can be purchased £230 (VIP including meal and inner ringside seat), £95 (Ringside), £70 and £40 at www.echoarena.comwww.frankmaloney.com or 0844 8000 400.

The show will be broadcast the home of boxing BoxNation (Sky 437/Virgin 546). Join now at www.boxnation.com.

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