@iam_yafai v Megrino for WBC on May 9 #Resurrection 




Flyweight star closes in on World title tilt


Kal Yafai will face Rey Megrino for the WBC Silver Flyweight title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on May 9, live on Sky Sports.


Yafai is gunning for a World title shot at 112lbs after making a successful debut at the weight in Sheffield on Saturday night, and victory of Megrino will catapult him into the mix for the green and gold belt.


Philippines ace Megrino is ranked at number eight with the WBC and has been a feature in the top ten of the rankings since a famous third round stoppage of former WBC champion PongsaklekWonjongkam for the International title in2012.


“Now is the time for Kal to dive in at World level,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “The WBC Silver title is a huge one to collect on your way and Megrino will bring huge ambition. The atmosphere at the Barclaycard Arena will be fantastic – this is his breakout night on the World scene, victory here and we expect a World title shout within the next six to nine months.”


Yafai’s clash with Megrino is part of a huge night of action in Birmingham, as Frankie Gavin faces a crunch clash on home turf against Chris van Heerden for the South African’s IBF International Welterweight title


World-rated Middleweight Matthew Macklin boxes in Birmingham for the first time in almost five years as he looks to bounce back from defeat to Jorge Sebastian Heiland, unbeaten Super Flyweight sensation Kal Yafai will be in title action on the card and his brother Gamal will continue his rise in the pro ranks while all-action Stourbridge youngster Sam Eggington will be hoping for a major title bout on the bill should he beat Shayne Singleton in Hull on March 7.


Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £60 and £100 from www.barclaycardarena.co.uk and VIP tickets priced at £150 exclusively available from www.matchroomboxing.com

Jenkins v Nurse for vacant British Light Welter title #WeAreLeeds



Huddersfield man replaces injured champion Limond

Chris Jenkins will face Tyrone Nurse for the vacant British Light Welterweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on April 11, live on Sky Sports, after champion Willie Limond was forced out of his defence against Jenkins with a shoulder injury.

Unbeaten Welshman Jenkins was set to challenge Limond for the title, but will now face Huddersfield man Nurse instead, who was due to fight over eight rounds on the bill in Yorkshire.

Jenkins has been waiting for his shot at the British title since romping to victory in Prizefighter in July 2013. The 26 year old picked up the WBC International title last February and a first round stoppage of Jacek Wylezol in October extended his unbeaten record in the pros to 16 wins with eight inside the distance.

Nurse returns to the scene of his last title outing and will be hoping for better fortunes. The 25 year old met Dave Ryan for the vacant Commonwealth title in October and was edged out via a majority decision having hit the canvas in both the first and second rounds. Nurse bounced back a month later with a KO win in Manchester taking him to 30-2, and promoter Eddie Hearn believes this fight could be a show-stealer.

“This is a great fight and a huge opportunity for both fighters to pick up one of the most prestigious belts in boxing,” said Hearn. “Tyrone was due to box on the bill regardless and will have plenty of support from the Yorkshire faithful but Chris has been waiting a while for this opportunity and is in great shape. The Light Welterweight domestic division is wide open and next Saturday’s winner will be in pole position.”

Jenkins’ meeting with Nurse is part of a massive night of action in Leeds, topped by local star Josh Warrington’s showdown with Dennis Tubieron for the vacant WBC International Featherweight title.

Martin J. Ward and Maxi Hughes lock horns in a British Lightweight title eliminator following their great first clash in December, Leeds’ British Light Heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe is in action on his home patch, Liverpool’s World-rated Super Middleweight Rocky Fielding continues his comeback from injury, Prizefighter champion Jono Carroll fights for the first time since winning the trophy in December and in his first contest under new promoter Hearn and Cruiserweight prospect Isaac Chamberlain fights for the second time in the paid ranks.

Limited tickets remain on sale for the show priced at £30 and £40 from the First Direct Arena on 0844 248 1585 and atwww.firstdirectarena.com.

@ricksterko and @jamiedonnell1 fights in Hidalago Texas on May 9th




Scotsman faces Omar Figueroa while McDonnell guns for Tomoki Kameda


Exciting and undefeated former lightweight world champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KOs) will take on former two-division world champion Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs) in the main event when Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) returns to CBS on Saturday, May 9 (4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT), at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas and live on Sky Sports in the UK.


In the co-main event, a pair of bantamweight world champions square off when Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19 KOs) battles Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12 KOs).


Tickets for the live event go on sale today, Wednesday, April 1 at 3 p.m. CT and are priced at $150, $100, $75, $50, and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or at the State Farm Arena Box Office. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.


“I am so excited to be bringing this huge event to my hometown,” said Figueroa. “It is my dream to fight on such a big stage and bring this kind of attention to Hidalgo. My fans have supported me from day one, and I plan on showing them how grateful I am with a stellar performance on May 9.”


“I can’t wait for this fight. Ever since it was confirmed I’ve been absolutely buzzing in the gym,” said Burns. “I’ve had some great nights in Scotland winning and defending my world titles at two different weights but I have always wanted to box in America. Our styles gel perfectly for one hell of a fight, neither of us take a step back – bring on May 9!”


This will be a home game for Figueroa, who will be making his initial start at 140 pounds after a hard-fought ninth-round knockout over Daniel Estrada in a slugfest last August. The 25-year-old Figueroa vacated his 135-pound belt after that defence. He became a champion in 2013 when he earned a unanimous 12-round decision over Nihito Arakawa in a brutal Fight of the Year battle. Figueroa, despite fighting with a cut on his nose from an accidental head-butt, registered two knockdowns in the memorable slugfest.  Since then Figueroa defended his title twice, first with a split-decision victory over Jerry Belmontes and later with a ninth-round knockout against Daniel Estrada. Now the Weslaco, Texas native will move up in weight when he battles Burns on May 9. 


An experienced fighter and former two-division world champion out of Scotland, Burns looks to add a huge victory to his resume when he takes on Figueroa. A champion in the junior lightweight and lightweight divisions, the 31-year-old owns victories over a host of accomplished fighters including Roman Martinez, Michael Katsidis and Kevin Mitchell. After suffering consecutive losses to Terrence Crawford and Dejan Zlaticanin, Burns bounced back to defeat Alexandre Lepelley in October 2014 and he will look to keep that momentum going on May 9. 


An undefeated world champion out of Tokyo, Kameda announced his arrival stateside with a vicious knockout over Pungluang Sor Singyu in July 2014 in Las Vegas. That knockout was Kameda’s second bantamweight title defence after he won the belt from Paulus Ambunda in 2013. The 23-year-old followed up his U.S. debut when he defeated Alejandro Hernandez in Chicago via split decision. His next challenge comes when he faces fellow bantamweight world champion McDonnell.


The United Kingdom’s McDonnell has been on a tear since 2008 with 17 consecutive wins. Most recently, he became a bantamweight world champion with a victory over Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat and later successfully defended against Javier Nicolas Chacon. 


PBC on CBS, headlined by Figueroa vs. Burns, is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Panterita Promotions in association with Matchroom Sport. The event takes place at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas with the CBS telecast beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.


“We’re very excited to bring this exciting fight to the great fight city of Hidalgo,” said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. “I have no doubt that these two fighters are going to put on an incredible show for the fans at State Farm Arena.” 


For more information visit www.premierboxingchampions.com, follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @SHOSports, @OmarFigueroaJr, @RicksterKO, @TomokiKameda, @JamieMcDonnell1, @WarriorsBoxPromo and become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxing,www.Facebook.com/WarriorsBoxingPromo andwww.Facebook.com/SHOBoxing or visit the SHOWTIME Boxing Blog athttp://theboxingblog.sho.com.

@AnthonyFJoshua Documentary tonight on ITV4 



Exclusive look at the life of the Olympic gold medal hero ahead of Saturday return

Anthony Joshua MBE has taken the professional ranks by storm, and tonight at 10pm on ITV4, fans can get exclusive access to the Olympic gold medal hero in ‘Anthony Joshua: The Journey’.


The documentary charts the start of his journey in the professional arena and looks back at how he started boxing, his rise through the amateur ranks, his success winning gold in the 2012 Olympics and his progression as a professional fighter. 

The crew follows Anthony behind the scenes as he prepares for his sixth professional fight and we follow him backstage at Wembley Stadium last summer as he takes on his toughest contender yet. This is an incredible journey for the young Heavyweight fighter and it will be exciting to see how far Joshua can go as he aims to win a World title.

‘Anthony Joshua: The Journey’ is on ITV4 tonight at 10pm and is repeated at 1.30am on Sunday April 5.

Joshua returns to the ring on Saturday night (April 4) at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle against Jason Gavern live on Sky Sports. Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £60 and £100 from the Metro Radio Arena at www.metroradioarena.co.uk and on 0844 493 6666.

@SpecialKBrook: “I want to fight again asap” 



‘The Special One’ wants to defend World title twice before the summer ends

Kell Brook wants to box as soon as possible after his brutal four-round demolition of Jo Jo Dan in his first defence of his IBF World Welterweight title in Sheffield on Saturday.

Brook dismantled his mandatory challenger with a stunning display of his trademark power and accuracy, flooring the Romanian-Canadian twice in both the second and fourth rounds before the challenger retired on his stool ahead of the fifth.


Photo by Russell Pritchard

‘The Special One’ is enjoying a very short break with his family before getting straight back into the gym and the 28 year old has told promoter Eddie Hearn he wants to fight twice more before the end of the summer.

“Saturday night was fantastic and I want to capitalise on that win,” said Brook. “I came out injury-free and the leg felt great, so I want to box as soon as possible.

“I said before the fight that I have kept the fans waiting too long – I don’t want that to happen again. The buzz from the fans when I was walking out was amazing, and the roar each time I knocked him down made me feel like a giant.

“I have told Eddie Hearn to get me out as soon as possible and I want to fight twice before the end of the summer, starting at the end of May.”

Hearn is ready to deliver the dates the Sheffield star is craving.

“The plan now is to build on the momentum of Saturday,” said Hearn. “It was a wonderful night – a packed out arena and our broadcast partners loved it. Originally we were planning Kell’s next fight for July but he is itching to fight again and we could bring him back as early as May. It’s been a frustrating period for him but there is no stopping Kell now and we want to get him back in action as soon as possible.”

Grosvenor Casinos sponsoring @MatchroomBoxing show #GeordieRoar



Grosvenor Casinos has partnered with Matchroom Boxing as title sponsor of the forthcoming ‘Geordie Roar’ fight night taking place on Saturday night at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, live on Sky Sports.  The partnership will further reinforce Grosvenor Casinos’ association with sports and help to position its casinos as the perfect place to enjoy watching live sports around the clock.


The ‘Geordie Roar’ fight night is headlined by the return of Anthony Joshua MBE who faces American Prizefighter finalist Jason Gavern, South Shields’ Anthony Nelson meets Dundee’s Jamie Wilson for the vacant Commonwealth Super Flyweight title and there will be fireworks in the WBC International Silver Cruiserweight title clash between champion Stephen Simmons and local favourite Jon-Lewis Dickinson. The ‘Geordie Roar’ fight night will be broadcast live in Grosvenor Casinos nationwide.


Adam Evans, general manager at Grosvenor Casino Newcastle commented: “As a brand we’re continually championing sporting excellence in our casinos with local sponsorship deals taking place across the country. However, we’re especially proud to be embarking on this sponsorship deal with Matchroom Boxing and hope to develop the relationship further in the future.  Anyone not lucky enough to have tickets to the fight night can still enjoy the thrill of the match by watching it live at one of our casinos located throughout the UK.”


Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom Sport, said: “It’s great to be working again with Grosvenor Casinos. Their passion for live sport and entertainment matches ours and I’m excited about some of the big nights ahead. As a casino brand which is all about risk and reward I think boxing is a perfect match! We really do value their support and sponsorship and hope that this relationship can continue to grow.”


Over 18s only and photographic ID will be required for all new customers.


Simmons & Dickinson unlikely to see final bell #GeordieRoar



Cruiserweight duo say victory in Newcastle brings big title shots

Stephen Simmons and Jon-Lewis Dickinson both say their clash on Saturday night will not go the distance as they meet at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, live on Sky Sports.

Simmons defends his WBC International Silver title against local man Dickinson and the unbeaten Scotsman expects to have too much power for his host.

“Jon-Lewis Dickinson is alright at what he does but I find him very once paced,” said Simmons. “I don’t think he will be able to bring the same work rate that I bring to the table. He has my utmost respect and I have a job to do and that is what I am looking forward to doing.

“His strength is probably his movement and his weakness is probably his work rate and he isn’t able to take a decent shot, as we have seen in his last couple of fights. But we will see how he takes my power.

“I think my work-rate and my power will tell and a stoppage is probably what will happen. But if it goes the distance and I win on points, fair enough. The main thing for me is winning and I don’t really care how I win.

“I see myself at the top of the tree in terms of the division. I am somebody people who hold the titles don’t want to fight. I am definitely up there but I have my mind firmly on doing a job, and then moving on from there.”

Dickinson sees this clash as the perfect opportunity to bounce back from a tough 2014 with a second round stoppage loss to Ovill McKenzie in June losing him his British title and then hitting the deck in the opening round of a British Masters title clash against Courtney Fry in November, which proved crucial as he lost out by a solitary point.

The 28 year old sees Saturday’s clash as the perfect chance for him to line-up a rematch with McKenzie, who successfully defended the British belt against Matty Askin last weekend.

“Simmons is a tough guy,” said Dickinson. “He is a good lad with a pedigree behind him and he is a fighter I have always watched and wanted to fight myself at some point. When I found out Matchroom were going to be doing a show in Newcastle I said to my coach I would like to fight Stephen on that bill and as it happens they offered us the fight.

“Simmons is a strong, come-forward fighter. He has a good pedigree and he was on the GB squad as an amateur. I have watched him and he isn’t too hard to hit. He has the type of style I like to go up against.

“I have trained for a hard ten-round fight and whatever happens on the night I have put everything in to be prepared. He will come and put a lot of pressure on but I feel great, everything has gone well in training and sparring has gone well. I am ready for whatever he brings to the table.”

“Mentally I couldn’t get myself up for the Ovill fight,” said Dickinson. “I was having to force myself to go to the gym, I was having for force myself to do it and it didn’t work. I was being told the game plan in the gym but I didn’t carry it out. It wasn’t me who was in there that night, I know I am a lot better than that.

“I went in frustrated. I had put a lot of weight on, I was 16 and a half stone when I started the eight week camp, which wasn’t good. I have a nutritionist on board now and I have made weight easily this time, whereas when I fought Courtney Fry I didn’t get to under 15 stone until the last week and I had to take it all off on fluid. It wasn’t the right way to do it.

“I saw McKenzie vs. Askin last week for the British title. It wasn’t a nice fight to watch but I suppose, is anybody really going to look good against McKenzie? There was too much holding for my liking but that is another thing and I have had Simmons to concentrate on.

“I would 100 per cent like to fight Ovill again. I have complete confidence in myself that I can beat Ovill. When we fought I stood in front of him and made it an easy fight for him. I basically gave him the fight. I wasn’t myself. Looking back I should have hit him and moved, boxed clever, but I didn’t do that. I stood in front of him and gave him an easy target, so giving somebody like McKenzie and easy target is a stupid thing to do because of the power he carries. But you learn from your mistakes and it is definitely a fight I want in the future to get the win back over him.”

Simmons and Dickinson are part of a massive night of action in the north east as Anthony Joshua MBE makes his comeback against American Prizefighter finalist Jason Gavern and South Shield’s Anthony Nelson faces Dundee’s Jamie Wilson for the vacant Commonwealth Super Flyweight title.

Jon-Lewis’ brother Travis is in action, Jeff Saunders makes his pro debut and there’s a host of unbeaten local talent on the bill with unbeaten Cruiserweight Simon Vallily, Light Heavyweight Jordan King, plus a debut for Lewis Ritson and a second pro outing for Scotland’s Commonwealth gold medallist Charlie Flynn. Liverpool’s World title chasing Featherweight Stephen Smith boxes on consecutive weekends and his Gallagher’s Gym mate Hosea Burton is also in action.

Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £60 and £100 from the Metro Radio Arena at www.metroradioarena.co.uk and on 0844 493 6666.

Cardle v Evans added to May 30th bill



British Lightweight title on the line at The O2

Unbeaten pair Scotty Cardle and Craig Evans clash for the vacant British Lightweight crown on Matchroom Boxing’s bumper May 30 bill at The O2 in London

Cardle has been biding his time for a crack at the Lonsdale belt since landing the English title in September with a stunning first round stoppage of Kirk Goodings in Manchester and he will have to see off ambitious Welshman Evans if he wants to join his fellow Joe Gallagher-trained British title winners.

Kevin Mitchell challenges Jorge Linares for the WBC Lightweight title and Lee Selby is looking to rip the IBF World Featherweight title from Evgeny Gradovich while Joshua meets former World Heavyweight title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson on a bumper night for fight fans.

Promoter Eddie Hearn announced another great domestic dust-up yesterday as Dave Ryan defends his Commonwealth Light Welterweight title in a rematch against John Wayne Hibbert, and he’s delighted

“This show gets bigger and bigger,” said Hearn. “I’m delighted that Scotty will finally get his shot at the British title and he is a tough fight ahead on May 30. Scott has had the perfect education but now its crunch time with everything on the line. Craig will have plenty of support also via Lee Selby’s travelling Welsh fans – it sets up for a great domestic 50-50.”

Tickets are now on general sale for the bumper night of boxing at The O2 with tickets priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 available from www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202. The £400 VIP packages are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com

@anthonyfjoshua eager to make up for lost time #GeordieRoar 



Heavyweight hope back in the ring in Newcastle

Anthony Joshua MBE says his injury layoff has made him even hungrier for success as he returns to action against Jason Gavern at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

A stress fracture of the back forced Joshua out of his January bout with Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, and the Olympic gold medal hero said it was tough not to capitalise on his rapid progress following another brutal KO win over Michael Sprott in Liverpool in November, but the 25 year old says he will be back and better than ever in the north east.

“I was on a roll and there was great momentum, but I think I can pick that up again,” said Joshua. “I wanted to fight but people were telling me not to and of course they were right. It will be great to fight in another massive city in the UK. I expect the atmosphere is going to be fantastic, the fans up there love their sport and I am really looking forward to doing my thing for them.

“It was going on since October but Heavyweights have big muscles to support your bones, so when it happened the muscles tensed up around the bone when I was training. I took two weeks off after the Sprott fight, the muscles relaxed and I didn’t realise it was a bone injury, I thought it was the muscle that was hurting. I got it checked and they said it was a stress fracture. I wanted to carry on training but had I done that it would have got worse and it could have even turned into a chronic injury. 

“You have to have great rehabilitation with an injury like that, with the best physios, doctors and medical advice you can get, I was able to tick over in an altitude centre and swimming for my core to make sure I didn’t get too heavy. I got back in the gym ahead of schedule but an injury that could have been a chronic one has been solved by eight weeks of rest.

“It’s not frustrating because when things are going well, there are always going to be hiccups. I had a broken hand and that healed up 100 per cent, the fractured back has healed up too – these things are going to happen, it’s how you deal with them, you have to stay positive, be smart, listen to the advice of the medial experts and pick up the momentum again and continue on the path I am on.

“My route is set up and it’s simple. I have been through my hard road and now the path is pretty clear. The pressure to be great, saying I can be the next this and that, or saying that I can’t, it’s just fuel to my fire. I want to be successful to thank those people that have helped me and backed me, and to those that doubt me I would want to say think twice before you think your opinion is fact. Life in general is hard and there are people out there with real problems, so the pressure I feel is nothing.”

Joshua’s clash with Gavern is part of a big night of action in Newcastle where South Shield’s Anthony Nelson faces Dundee’s Jamie Wilson for the vacant Commonwealth Super Flyweight title.

Local favourite Jon-Lewis Dickinson challenges Stephen Simmons for the Scotsman’s WBC International Silver Cruiserweight title, and there’s a family feel on the bill with Jon-Lewis’ brother Travis in action.

Jeff Saunders makes his pro debut and there’s a host of unbeaten local talent on the bill with unbeaten Cruiserweight Simon Vallily, Light Heavyweight Jordan King, plus a debut for Lewis Ritson and a second pro outing for Scotland’s Commonwealth gold medallist Charlie Flynn. 

Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £60 and £100 from the Metro Radio Arena at www.metroradioarena.co.uk and on 0844 493 6666.

Ryan v Hibbert for Commonwealth Light Welter on May 30th



Light Welterweight dust-up joins World title bouts and Joshua at The O2

Dave Ryan will defend his Commonwealth Light Welterweight title against John Wayne Hibbert on the huge May 30 bill at The O2 in London.

The show already boasts two World title clashes plus a huge fight for Heavyweight favourite Anthony Joshua MBE, and fight fans will be licking their lips as the in-form Ryan and Hibbert clash in a rematch.

Derby’s Ryan landed the Commonwealth crown by taking talented Tyrone Nurse’s unbeaten record in Leeds in October, a result that followed his win over former World title challenger Paul McCloskey. Hibbert’s confidence is sky high after two great wins at The O2, landing the WBC International title in October with a fifth round stoppage of Leonardo Gonzalez and then defending it in style in January by stopping Tyler Goodjohn in eight rounds.

It’s also a revenge mission for Hibbert as the pair met in March 2013 in Essex, with Ryan edging that English title eliminator by just two points on the referee’s scorecard – a decision that Hibbert believes should have gone his way.

Mitchell challenges Jorge Linares for the WBC Lightweight title and Selby is looking to rip the IBF World Featherweight title from Evgeny Gradovich as Joshua meets former World Heavyweight title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson on a bumper night for fight fans.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing this rematch,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Both fighters have come a long way since the first fight and get the opportunity to do it again in front of a packed crowd at The O2. John has a huge fan base so I think most of Essex will be there on the night. It’s going to be a wonderful atmosphere and it’s a true 50-50 scrap for the title.”

Tickets are now on general sale for the bumper night of boxing at The O2 with tickets priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 available from www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202. The £400 VIP packages are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com