UK Boxing: Extravaganza on 7/5; Welborn; Butler, More

Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler will now defend his Commonwealth Super-Flyweight Championship against Najah Ali tomorrow night (Friday 28th June) at the Liverpool Olympia.

Butler is chief support to the potential thriller between British Welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin and Commonwealth Champion Denton Vassell, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Unbeaten Butler was due to face Arnoldo Solano for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental title but the Nicarguan failed a British Boxing Board of Control medical and was withdrawn from the card.

On the undercard some of Merseyside’s best talents are out in force, including unbeaten prospects Liam Smith and Joe Selkirk; former British Champion Stephen Smith on the comeback trail; plus Manchester stars Joe Murray and up-and-coming prospect Rhys Roberts.

Jason Welborn is feeling sharp ahead of his ring return on Saturday.

The 27 year-old Black Country welterweight takes on durable Tomasz Mazurkiewicz on It’s-A-Bout-Boxing’s show ‘Salvation’ at the Institute, Digbeth, Birmingham on Saturday, 29th June.

The Rowley Regis scrapper has been sparring British Champion, Frankie Gavin, in the build-up to his clash with Mazurkiewicz, who tested Craig Watson when the pair met last year. Welborn is expecting a tough fight but he is confident of victory.

“I’m feeling good,” Welborn told . “I’m feeling sharp and had some great sparring with Frankie.

“The weight has come off nicely and I’m just looking forward to it. I’m based just down the road from Digbeth, so I’ll have plenty of support on the night.

“Tomasz is a tough kid. He’s a typical Eastern European fighter, so it’s a good fight for me to get some rounds under my belt. I haven’t fought since January so this is perfect for me.”

Also on the Institute bill at the Institute is Coventry’s Troy ‘Terrifying’ James who takes on Andy Harris over 4 three-minute rounds.

Two prospects go head-to-head as Welshpool’s Warren Sinden takes on Zimbabwe-born, Birmingham-based banger, Disney Huni.

Also in action is Northampton lightweight, Jamie Spence, who takes on ‘Gypsy Boy’ Billy Smith. The former Prizefighter contender, who has fought the likes of Lee Purdy and Derry Matthews, will be looking to build on his recent victory over Matt Seawright.

Prospects Michael Mooney and Ainsley Seivwright complete the card, taking on  Oliver Rainbird and Pavels Senkovs respectively. It’s-A-Bout-Boxing are also hosting Frankie Gavin’s aftershow party after the Salvation show following Gavin’s clash with Denton Vassell 24 hours earlier.

Tickets are priced at just £25 General, £50 Ringside and £75 VIP Ringside. They are by calling the Box Office on 0845 467 3930 or 07888 870 650.

It’s-A-Bout Boxing have shows planned for Sheffield, Manchester and Cardiff in the coming months, for more details, visit: .

History In The Making: Women’s World Title Fight Headlines London Extravaganza on July 5th

Back in the summer of 2012, the history books were well and truly rewritten, when Women’s Amateur Boxing was featured for the first time at the London 2012 Olympics.

Just one year later and once again the historians are going to get their quills sharpened, as the Capital City hosts the first ever British event to be headlined by a Women’s Professional Boxing World Championship bout.

More importantly, for local aficionados of Women’s Boxing, it’s now South London’s Angel McKenzie, who will be challenging Germany’s Jennifer Retzke for the World Crown, at York Hall on Friday, 5th July, following the surprise withdrawal by #1 challenger, Sweden’s Mikaela Laurén, last week.

Over the years, British Boxing fans have been more than a bit deprived of action featuring the fairer sex, yes there have been a few minor bouts, including a few featuring Areti Mastrodouka and of course Marianne Marston’s much heralded debut back in April, but really that is just about it.

But just like the famous London red buses, after you’ve spent an age waiting for one, three come along at the same time. That’s right Retzke-McKenzie may be headlining the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘Independence Day’, but that’s not the only female bout to feature on this extravaganza.

The aforementioned Marianne Marston will be back in action, this time she’ll be facing Poland’s #1 ranked Karina Kopinska.

Woolwich based Marianne will be looking to build on her sensational debut performance, where she stopped Hungarian #1 ranked Gabriella Roman in just one minute and forty seven seconds of the first round.

That’s not all, as a further Female bout has recently been added to the card, which features the welcome return to the ring of Salford, Lancashire’s unbeaten Featherweight Maxine McCarthy, following a two year sabbatical from the sport, and is set to face Latvia’s Julija Cvetkova.

It’s not just the ladies in action, recently crowned WBU Lightweight World Champion Stephen ‘The Rock’ Ormond heads up the male portion of the show, as well as a trio of Irish lads taking part on the night.

On his last visit to York Hall, in July last year, Ormond convincingly beat Canning Town’s Mickey Coveney.
Of the back of this superb win, Ormond was presented the opportunity to face Hungarian Laszio Robert Balogh for the vacant WBU crown.

On the 3rd May 2013, at the Carlton Hotel in Tyrrelstown, Dublin, on just his fourteenth pro outing Ormond stepped into the ring to face thirty three fight veteran Balogh.

Ormond utterly dominated the opening round, before going on to stop the Hungarian in just one minute and fifty four seconds of the second stanza.

On the 5th July the Dubliner will be facing tough Czech battler Michal Dufek.

Joining his esteemed countryman on July 5th is Irish Light Middleweight Lee Murtagh who, even though he has fought the majority of his fifty career fights in the UK, will be making his first visit to the famous home of boxing in the Capital, as preparation for his upcoming IBO Inter-Continental title battle.

The final Irish boxer on the show is Steve Collins, no not the legendary two time, two division World Champion, but his son Steve Jr, who will be making his professional debut against Lithuania’s Rolandas Cesna.

On July 5th, local boxing fans will finally get the chance to see former Fitzroy Lodge amateur star, Lewisham’s Jovan ‘YoungStar’ Young in action, as a pro, for the first time.

Jovan has built himself quite a reputation since turning pro last year, instead of going the standard route, the twenty five year old Light Heavyweight chose to travel to Uraguay and America for his first five bouts.

The big hitting YoungStar stopped his first three opponents, beat on points his fourth and was cruelly denied a certain fifth victory, after some good old fashioned home cooking see him earn a draw on his fifth outing, even though he had won every single round with ease!

On the 5th July Jovan will be up against another tough American, this Florida’s Manny Muhhamad.

Unbeaten Danish star Osama Hadifi also makes his British debut on July 5th, like Jovan, Osama has built up quite a reputation, as a knockout artist. The big punching twenty seven year old from Copenhagen has had six pro outings to date, winning them all by first round stoppage.

Mind you on the 5th July, Osama may find his opponent, Czech Republic’s Jan Holec, a bit more of a challenge, as like the Dane Holec is unbeaten and packs a big punch too, having stopped Petr Gyna in the third round of their contest earlier this month.

Making his most welcome return to York Hall is former English Super Featherweight Champion Ryan Barratt.

During his thirty nine fight career, Ryan regularly secured silverware for his trophy cabinet at Featherweight, Super Feather and Lightweight, however on July 5th he will be campaigning at Welterweight for the first time.

Ryan’s opponent at the ‘Independence Day’ event will be no nonsense slugger Jan Balog

Finally, making their professional debut are two highly decorated former amateur stars, both of whom are being touted as future World Champions.

The first is Team GB star Antonio Counihan, from Birmingham. A truly exciting young prospect who has not only amassed numerous national and international accolades over the past few seasons, but also was captain of the England squad for some fifteen international competitions.

On the 5th July Antonio will receive a baptism of fire, as he faces six fight veteran Arturas Zbarauskas.
The second is London based Turkish amateur superstar Shiya Ozgul. Just nineteen years of age Shiya has built up a serious reputation of being ‘one to watch’.

As I said Shiya is just nineteen, yet in his career to date has fought just over a eighty amateur bouts, around half being full internationals, winning an incredible sixty five of them.

The Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ event, headlined by the Jennifer Retzke versus Angel McKenzie GBC Light Middleweight World Title clash, takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday 5th July 2013.

Tickets, priced £30 (Gallery), £35 (Ground floor standard seated) and £65 (Ringside) are available on-line at - - - or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning town – - and Ringtone Gym in Euston - - or from any of the boxers taking part in the event, or call – 07960 850645, 07809 499896 or 07557 641597 for further information.


RICKY HATTON is delighted to have found a new home for his Hatton Promotions stable.

'The Hitman' has agreed a co-promotional deal with Frank Warren which will see the company's stars, including the likes of Martin Murray, Gary Buckland and Sergey Rabchenko, box exclusively on the specialist network BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Hatton Promotions built up a solid reputation as one of the UK's leading promotional outfits during three years of staging championship fights on Sky Sports.

Unfortunately, last year Sky decided to sign an exclusive deal with just one promoter, leaving Hatton and a number of others without televised dates.

Since then Ricky and Hatton Promotions head of boxing Richard Poxon have worked tirelessly to find a new deal and they feel that BoxNation is the best outlet for showcasing the organisation's crop of talent.

"Hatton Promotions had been bobbing along and surviving without TV dates which obviously made it extremely difficult so it's amazing news for my fighters now to get the chance once again to appear on TV thanks to BoxNation," Ricky said.

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