#DivideAndConquer review by Paul Ready


Reporting ringside at the Ice Arena, Hull.

In a night that contained many “trade” fights – it proved to be a dramatic and entertaining night at the Ice Arena.


Shayne Singleton v Sam Eggington

Sam “The Savage” Eggington produced a stunning performance on Saturday evening – by stopping the previously undefeated Shayne Singleton. After the impressive victory over Denton Vassell, The Savage continued his rapid rise.

21 yr old Eggington carries serious power in his both hands and he won’t have many domestic Welterweight’s queuing up to face him after this performance. Peter Sims told me some time ago that The Savage was one to watch and is a real puncher – Peter always has an eye for talent – as does Chairman of Matchroom Barry Hearn who has made no secret that Eggington is a personal favourite of his.

25 yr old Singleton was floored in the 2nd by a left-hand – as he tried to stand and trade with the powerful Stourbridge native.

I did expect Singleton to try to box more after that, but he continued to stand and exchange with Eggington – which was proving to be a naive tactic.

Two brutal knock-downs ensued in the 5th and it was suffice for the referee to wave the contest off – and not a moment too soon.

Egginton captured the WBC International Silver title and can look forward to a first defence in his home city of Birmingham in May.


Rocky Fielding v Oleg Fedotovs


Rocky Fielding capped his comeback fight after injury with a points decision over Latvian journeyman Fedotovs.

The 27 yr old looked jaded and very rusty after a 9 month lay-off due to a hand injury – on the evidence of this performance he needs a few more outings before a sterner test is made.

Fielding is mandatory challenger for the British title currently held by Paul Smith Jr – who was working as a pundit for Sky on Saturday. I feel that Fielding is a level below Smith Jr and I don’t see much merit in that fight for the champion.

Smith Jr after two world title defeats to Arthur Abraham has shown that he is competing above domestic level – thus making the chance of facing fellow Liverpudlian Fielding slim. I can see Smith Jr vacating and allowing younger brother Callum to face Rocky – as he will be confident the Lonsdale belt remains in the family.

Fielding like Callum Smith is well ranked with other governing bodies and it’s a fight many would like to see in the coming months.


Luke Campbell v Levis Morales


Cool Hand stopped Nicaraguan Morales inside 3 rounds of his 8 round contest – his first fight since his sizzling performance over Daniel Brizuela in October.

I rate Campbell massively, he boxed beautifully and didn’t waste a shot. The sheer accuracy and compose he displays – even against much lesser opposition strengthens the general consensus that he can swim with the domestic big boys.

Ability-wise I believe Campbell is the 2nd best in the UK – with Kevin Mitchell currently the Dean of the British Lightweight scene. Mitchell with a career-best performance in January, notably put Daniel Estrada’s title chances in to liquidation.

One final hurdle awaits Cool Hand and post-fight promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed he aims to have him out again on 25th April at the O2 – against a Gary Sykes/Martin Gethin level opponent.

The winner of Tommy Coyle v Luke Campbell will be thrust in to title eliminators later this year – so much more than being Hull’s “top dog” is at stake.


Tommy Coyle v Martin Gethin


He doesn’t like to make it easy for himself does he?

Boom Boom Coyle and his corner must have feared the worst when he was flattened in the 2nd – by a carbon-copy left thrown by Derry Mathews – with Coyle somehow getting back to his feet.

Once up, he looked like a rabbit stuck at a headlights as he was bobbing on his feet and clearly dazed but he boxed on. The Quiet Man Gethin sensed he could upset the apple-cart and proceeded to rock the 25yr old with further shots. Coyle’s trainer Jamie Moore had the towel in his hand and was ready to throw it – only to be restrained by corner-man Nigel Travis.

Coyle cleared his head and began to box using much more lateral movement. I gave him the 3rd and 4th rounds without a moment’s hesitation.

At the end of the 4th, Gethin’s corner beckoned the referee over to advise he had perforated his eardrum and the 31yr old could no longer continue. I felt this was a shame as the fight had all the makings of a good scrap – which Coyle had gained momentum on and would have emerged victorious.

“Sorry it was a short night but let’s all look forward to the summer showdown with Luke Campbell,” he told Sky Sports.

“I love fighting. I love getting in this ring. I’d have loved going 12 rounds tonight – or more. I can look forward to Luke Campbell though. I think I am going to knock him out. He’s my mate and I will be after.”

Hull has it’s summer showdown between both men and it’s one that will split the city right down the middle.

Coyle has earnt an overdue rest as he won’t box again before he faces Campbell.

Bradley Saunders and Gamal Yafai were victorious with 2 respective stoppage victories. Erick Ochieng who I had beating Tom Knight by 2 rounds – frustratingly for him was scored a draw.






Fielding & Saunders out to bank rounds – before big fights



Unbeaten pair on the cusp of major title shots

Rocky Fielding and Bradley Saunders are back in action this Saturday at the Ice Arena in Hull, live on Sky Sports, and the unbeaten duo are looking to get vital rounds in the bank ahead of big title shots.

Fielding has endured a tough time with a hand injury ruling him out since his superb five-round demolition job of former World title challenger Noe Gonzalez Alcoba on Merseyside in July.

The 27 year old meets Olegs Fedetovs over eight rounds in Hull and then boxes again in Leeds in April, and the popular Scouser knows he is in line for a massive clash with British champion Paul Smith, after the British Boxing Board of Control ordered the two-time World title challenger to face his hometown rival.

“I am buzzing to get back out there,” said Fielding. “I have had a hard camp and been away in South Africa with Martin Murray and I had lots of sparring over there. Saturday is about getting back in the ring and getting my name back on people’s lips. I am out again in April so this fight is about getting the rust off, putting a good performance in and moving on to the next one.

“I am waiting on Paul Smith’s decision. I want the fight and I will take the fight for the British title, or for no belt. It has been talked about for the last 12-18 months. Back then I was honest and said I wasn’t ready for the step up 18 months ago but I have had a good fight since, improved and matured and I am ready for Paul. He has just gone 24 rounds with a World champion for the World title so that would be a good fight for me this summer.

“I don’t what the situation is but I am not dwelling on it. If I get the phone call to fight Paul, I will take it. It is a big fight for Liverpool and a lot of people are asking me about it. He is World class but I am ranked in the top 15 with three governing bodies. I can’t see myself as a domestic fighter and I don’t think Paul is coming back down to domestic level if he fights me.

“If I spoke to Paul now I’d say well done on his performances for the World title, he showed a good heart and performed well and I respect him for that. The fight with us would be a good payday for him, it is a fight everyone in Liverpool wants to see and it would sell out the Echo Arena. Let’s make it happen, it is up to him, I am ready and game to fight if he is.”

Saunders challenges Dave Ryan for the Commonwealth Light Welterweight title on April 11 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, and fight fans from the north east have snapped up tickets for the event in their droves as big-time boxing lands in Newcastle with a bang.

The 29 year old destroyed Ville Piispanen in the same venue in June inside the first round to make a huge statement but this time he will be the main act – ably supported by the likes of Anthony Joshua MBE – and he knows he has to be at his best to take the title from Ryan, the Derby man that upset Tyrone Nurse to land the belt in Leeds in October.

“I can’t wait for the fight with Ryan,” said Saunders. “We’ve sold 60-odd grand’s worth of tickets already – it’s going to be massive, but Saturday is really important to dust off any ring-rust – I need it for the fight against Dave.

“It’s a 50-50 fight in my book. He’s a lot more pro experience than me and he’s beaten better fighters than I’ve boxed. Dave put Nurse down twice and he’s beaten Paul McCloskey, who challenged for Amir Khan’s world title. I wanted to beat McCloskey as well but sadly he pulled out injured.

“It’s the biggest step up of my career. The man has beaten better people than I’ve boxed, so it’s a massive, massive fight but I’m on track. It would mean the world to me, and the fans know it – I did 2,000 tickets the first day they went on sale. I wouldn’t like to say how many other thousands have gone and it’s nice to have the north east behind me.”

The task in front of him this weekend is Frenchman Stephane Benito and Saunders has a new man in the corner in Salford trainer Oliver Harrison – and has tipped his new boss to take him to the top.

“Oliver is second to none,” said Saunders. “He’s worked with the likes of Amir Khan and Martin Murray and he’s a proven world-class coach. I am at a level now where the little tweaks and the little changes you make are all the difference at the top, top level. Working with Oliver is the step that I need to reach my peak.

“I stayed in the gym over Christmas so I am 100 per cent ready for the fight with Dave, but Saturday gives me the chance to work on a few things.

“This time next year I expect to be knocking on the door of a World title, that’s realistic. I’ve been in with some good names and I have done my job with ease. I don’t know much about Benito to be honest, I’ll just leave that to Oliver and I’ll do whatever he feels I should.

“I’m a lot better than I was in the last fight. I’m fitter and I’m used to Oliver now, so this is like the first step of many, hopefully. People will get a shock when they watch me, they will see an even better Bradley Saunders.”

Fielding and Saunders are part of a huge night of boxing in Hull topped by local favourite Tommy Coyle taking on Martin Gethin, while Olympic gold medal hero Luke Campbell MBE returns to the line-up after initially pulling out due to the ill health of his father.

Rising Stourbridge star Sam Eggington challenges Shayne Singleton for the WBC International Silver Welterweight title, Birmingham’s young Featherweight blaster Gamal Yafai is in action alongside a quintet of local talents Tom Knight, who faces Erick Ochieng over eight-rounds at Welterweight, Nathon Smith, Charlie Payton, Connor Seymour and Ryan Fuller.

Tickets are on sale now priced £40 and £60 are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and atwww.matchroomboxing.com