Dave Delivers Delicious Delight With ‘The Battle of Manchester’ Card

Coldwell Boxing’s chief executive officer Dave Coldwell has once again delivered when it comes to putting on great shows without TV backing.

The man from Rotherham has organised a lightweight showdown between Kieran Farrell and former British champion at 135lbs Anthony Crolla as Farrell bids to retain his English belt. Bowler’s Arena in Manchester will play host to a night that’ll also include the appearance of another former Lonsdale belt holder in the shape of 29-year-old Derry Mathews.

Mathews, 31-8-1 (16), will come up against 32-year-old Joe Elfidh in a scheduled contest of eight rounds.

Dave Coldwell, the promoter of the show, said, “This is undoubtedly a massive step up for Kieran but he’s a fighter heading in the right direction and I feel he could be getting Crolla at the right time.”

Derry Mathews will be a keen ringside spectator upon completion of his eight-rounder, as there could be a possible bout between him and the winner of the main event early in 2013. However, that is yet to be decided.

“Derry Mathews is a fighter that we’re delighted to be promoting on December 7th and we’ve definitely got one eye on him fighting either Farrell or Crolla early next year if everything goes to plan,” said Coldwell when talking about the possibility of a fight between Mathews and the winner.

Finally, Coldwell, who has in his stable young prospects like Hosea Burton, who is expected to feature on ‘The Battle of Manchester’ card, said, “This is a quality little triangle of lightweight fighters and I’m delighted to be working with all three because they all know how to put a good show on for the fans. I’m certain that Derry will get the win and then it’s all eyes on Farrell v Crolla for what should be the ideal fight to end 2012 for Coldwell Boxing.”

Tickets for the December 7 show are available from http://www.coldwellboxing.com.


Maloney Confirms Price/Skelton Date

Frank Maloney, promoter of British and Commonwealth champion David Price, has finally confirmed, after two date changes, the date and venue for the big Liverpudlian heavyweight’s fight with 45-year-old Matt Skelton, who defeated Jakov Gospic on the same night that Audley Harrison was annihilated inside 90 seconds against Price at the ECHO Arena.

Price, 29, will make another defence of the Lonsdale belt against Skelton on November 30, 2012, at Aintree Racecourse, the same venue that Price won the belt with a stoppage of Sam Sexton.

Rocky & the Betfair Prizefighters – Event Report


October 6 saw Rocky Fielding win the first title of his 12-fight career, as he convincingly stopped Carl Dilks, a fellow Liverpudlian, despite a sluggish start, inside five rounds, to win the vacant English title at super middleweight.

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Rocky & the Betfair Prizefighters Weigh-in Results

Today saw the weigh-in for Matchroom’s Rocky & the Betfair Prizefighters at the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday night. It took place at St George’s Hall, Liverpool and was open to the public.

The four Prizefighter quarter-final duos were weighed in first, that ahead of Rocky Fielding and Carl Dilks getting on the scales to weigh-in for their vacant English super middleweight title tilt.

The latest of late entries to the competition, Jamie Spence, was first to tip the scales to weigh-in for his quarter-final scrap with much-loved and well-supported Liverpool man Derry Mathews. Spence, 28, from Northampton, weighed in at 9st 10lbs 10oz. His opponent Mathews weighed in at 9st 10lbs 13oz.

Former Lonsdale belt holder Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla will pit his wits against defeated British Masters lightweight man Stephen Jennings. Crolla, who’s trained by Joe Gallagher, weighed in at 9st 10lbs 9oz. His foe for the quarter-final tomorrow night, Jenko, tipped the scales at 9st 9lbs 12oz.

Next to weigh in was “Five Star” Gary Sykes and his opponent for tomorrow’s quarter-final Hull’s unbeaten lightweight Tommy Coyle. 23-year-old Coyle, 13-0, weighed in at 9st 10lbs and 12oz, while Sykes’ weight was announced at 9st 9lbs 14oz.

The final quarter-finalists for Rocky & the Betfair Prizefighters were Liam P Walsh of Halifax and Terry Flannigan of Manchester. Flannigan weighed in at 9st 10lbs 11oz, while Walsh had to shift 11oz in order to make weight, and eventually weighed in at 9st 10lbs.

The final weigh-in was the weigh-in for the main event; Rocky Fielding and Carl Dilks were pitted together on the scales ahead of their vacant English super middleweight title clash. “Rocky from Stocky” Rocky Fielding tipped at 11st 13lbs 9oz. The man in the opposite corner of the ring, Carl Dilks, was weighed at 11st 13lbs 10oz.

There are two reserves for Prizefighter… They are Tony Pace and Mark Evans. Pace weighed in at 9st 10lbs and Mark Evans tipped the scales at 9st 7lbs 15oz.

Rocky & the Betfair Prizefighters – Quarter-Final Draw

Rocky & Dilks go head to head
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The Hilton Hotel today played host to the press conference and draw for “Rocky & the Betfair Prizefighters”, which is due to take place on Saturday night at the Liverpool Olympia. Continue reading