Punchers Collide in Manchester

An intriguing clash of pure punchers will occur in Manchester on November 22 as local favourite, Mark Heffron, places his flawless ledger on the line against former British and Commonwealth title challenger, Martin Concepcion. Continue reading

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Heffron Becomes Latest Hot Shot

After announcing the welcome return of exciting lightweight, John Murray, to his ‘Hot Shots’ event in Manchester on November 22, Dave Coldwell added further local interest today when he confirmed that hard-hitting middleweight prospect, Mark Heffron, would participate in his eighth professional contest on the bill. Continue reading

Manchester Return For Murray

Coldwell Boxing’s ‘Hot Shots’ feature set for Manchester’s Bowlers Centre on November 22 was today the recipient of a major boost as local favourite, John Murray, was added to the bill as he participates in his first contest in almost two years since his brave loss to upcoming Manny Pacquiao foe Brandon Rios. Continue reading

Nurse/Singleton to Battle in Manchester

Dave Coldwell is delighted to announce that the rescheduled English light-welterweight fight between Shayne Singleton and Tyrone Nurse will take place at the start of the new season on September 20 at Manchester’s Bowlers Centre. The talented pair were set to do battle at the beginning of June but that meeting was scuppered after Singleton suffered a hand injury in training. Continue reading

Crolla Wins English Title

Former British lightweight champion Anthony Crolla is the new English champion, taking the title from 22-year-old Heywood-based puncher Kieran Farrell in a tense, barnstorming ten-round contest at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester.
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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.

BoxAcademy – Live from Bowlers, Manchester on BoxNation – On-air Fight Reports

Friday night at the Bowlers Arena in Manchester saw the maiden “BoxAcademy” show go on air on Frank Warren’s BoxNation television channel. The initiative is supposed to bring exposure to those fighters that are upcoming, who wouldn’t be recognised for their skill and ability otherwise – and it delivered, for me, exactly as it promised.

First up in front of the BoxNation cameras was exciting 23-year-old super flyweight Paul Butler, who defeated the Bulgarian journeyman Hyusein Hyuseinov in the third round through count out. It was a top performance by the “Baby Faced Assassin” in only his seventh pro bout. The man who out-pointed Bristol’s Michael Ramabeletsa in his last outing on the undercard of Derry Mathews’ unsuccessful lightweight world title challenge against Italian Emiliano Marsili is still unbeaten with a record of 7(3)-0-0. All the talk following the fight was of a possible outing against fellow super flyweight Ashley “Flash” Sexton – possibly for a title belt.

Next up to box in front of the cameras and the audience at Bowlers was Callum Johnson of Gallagher’s Gym in Bolton, who successfully added another win to his record over the highly durable James Tucker after the referee halted the fight in the seventh of eight rounds following the decision that Tucker was in no fit state to continue. Johnson was only the third opponent to stop Tucker in fifty losses. Another seven rounds in the bank for the man from Boston, who had never before – and still hasn’t completed – a scheduled eight round fight. His new record is 5(3)-0-0.

Mancunian southpaw Terry Flannigan won the only piece of silverware available on the night – which was the vacant English super featherweight title. He saw off Newcastle’s Dougie Curran to cruise to victory in a unanimous points decision. Both fighters were slow out of the blocks in the first couple of rounds and Curran gave a good account of himself, but Flannigan – who walked out to Alex Clare’s “Too Close” – picked him off when he was least expecting it to win his first title in a full-distance fight – in only his fourteenth contest. The judges had the scores as follows: 99-90, 99-91, 99-91.

Inactive Scouse prospect Joe Selkirk came up with the goods to keep his unbeaten record up against conquerer of Stephen Harkin, a tough Jason Ball of Doncaster. It’s time for Selkirk to stay active & get fights under his belt because he’s a promising kid who deserves the success he should get in the future. Friday’s show saw him get a good eight rounds under his belt, which will be vital when it comes to fighting for a title at light middleweight. Scouser Selkirk, before this fight, had only had six rounds of boxing in the previous ten months.

Rocky Fielding added another win to his slate and now has a record of 10(4)-0-0 after his opponent Cieran Healy was pulled out by his corner with a shoulder injury. It was a good performance by the Prizefighter winner. He proved his worth, his class & most definitely proved his potential. It was a stoppage at the end of the fourth for the man from Stockbridge Village, who now has forty two rounds under his belt, which gave him the victory. After seven months of inactivity, a win was just what Rocky & his team were looking for – and that’s what was delivered.

A premature stoppage in the final televised fight of the night between Tommy Coyle & Maurcy Gojko gives Coyle his twelfth straight win. The referee stopped it too early for me, but it’s a win for Coyle nevertheless, who defeated his third scheduled opponent for this fight. “Boom Boom,” from Hull, will next be pitted against Martin Gethin for the vacant English lightweight title in September.

That wrapped up a top night of boxing from Bowlers in Manchester in the maiden BoxAcademy event on BoxNation, the home of boxing.

I now expect bigger and better things to come from the likes of Paul Butler, Joe Selkirk and Rocky Fielding after proving their worth on the show on Friday.