#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

#DivideAndConquer Preview by Paul Ready


Divide & Conquer

Matchroom return to Hull for their first show of 2015. In a definitive night prior to the “civil war” showdown in the summer – headline acts Tommy Coyle and Luke Campbell are both in action.



Boom Boom (20-2: 9KO’s) brimming with confidence after his stunning 2nd round KO of Michael Katisdis in October – faces Gethin (25-6: 11KO’s) in his final hurdle before facing Campbell.

Coyle told IFLTV yesterday that he believes Gethin is a tougher opponent than Campbell – and if he could he’d fight him on Saturday instead. Gethin has won the British title twice and lost to Ammeth Diaz in an IBF title final eliminator – so his experience exceeds Coyle’s to date.

25 yr old Coyle is the first to admit that whilst he will never be technically the most gifted boxer – he compensates that with his heart and pure passion for a “tear-up”. Tommy Coyle doesn’t do dull fights and I don’t expect Saturday to be any different.

What I like about Boom Boom is the average man in the street can relate to him – he’s down to earth, grateful to be doing a profession that he adores and you wouldn’t begrudge him the chance one day to get a crack at a world title.

I fancy a 10th round stoppage for Coyle – but wouldn’t be shocked if both men see the canvas in the process.



Cool Hand (9-0: 7KO’s) made an emotional decision to return to this card – despite the terminal illness of his father, which he should be given all the credit in the world for. After much soul-searching and consulting with his family, Campbell took the brave decision to fight this Saturday.

Campbell in my eyes has received some unjust criticism this week for his career stagnating and “wasting” a year chasing the Tommy Coyle fight. Many citing fellow 2012 Olympians Felix Verdejo, Vasyl Lomachenko and even Anthony Joshua have progressed quicker since turning professional.  The 27 yr old has taken two periods of absence from boxing for personal reasons and unless you are in the situation yourself – you can’t understand what effect it has had on him.

The fight with Coyle I feel is one that has to happen this summer, as Campbell will be “fast-tracked” towards title shots by the end of 2015 – early 2016. I’d expect him to contest for the British title at some stage before he ascends up a governing body’s rankings.

Nicaraguan Morales (11-1: 4KO’s) fights for the first time in his career outside his home country – and I expect Campbell to stop him within the distance.



This is the one I am really looking forward to – a genuine 50/50 encounter. Eggington (13-2: 7KO’s) has had a whirl-wind few months since his impressive stoppage victory over Denton Vassell in September.

The 21 yr old officially signed with Matchroom in October and then it was announced boxing will be returning to Birmingham in May – with Eggington a headline act.

“This is a massive fight for me,” said Eggington. “Shayne has a title that can open doors for me if I can take it off him. He’s unbeaten but I am very confident that I’ll take his belt. It’s great to have the two fights mapped out for me, if I can beat Shayne then I am sure that the fight in Birmingham on May 9 will be a big one and that’s a massive incentive. I want to put on a great show in Birmingham because that’s my first big hometown show so I want to really impress the fans.

Standing in his way is undefeated Shayne “The Pain” Singleton (20-0: 6KO’s) and the opportunity to win the WBC International Silver Welter title makes the bout even more lucrative for the victor.

I’ve got an Eggington victory by way of a decision.




Rocky Fielding (19-0: 11KO’s) makes his return to the ring on Saturday evening – after 9 months out with a hand injury.

The 27 yr old’s last outing was against Noe Gonzalez last summer and the Liverpudlian is desperate to make up for lost time.

The BBBoC have ordered Fielding to face Paul Smith Jnr for the British Super-Middle title – with purse bids due on 11th March. Bizarrely this was announced recently in fight-week of Smith Jr’s rematch against Arthur Abraham – much to the dismay of champion Smith Jr.

Will Paul Smith face Fielding after he has demonstrated he can mix it at world level? I have my reservations – but I can’t see him vacating unless he is offered another big fight.

Smith v Fielding has the makings of a huge fight in Liverpool and one many would love to see.

Watch this space on that.

Fielding is also boxing on 11th April in Leeds as he looks to quickly get back in his groove and remove any “ring-rust”.


The rest of the card comprises of Light- Middleweight Tom Knight facing Erick Ochieng, Bradley Saunders and “The Beast” Gamal Yafai both fighting in separate six round contests.

All the action will be broadcast live on SkySports 1 on Saturday evening from 7.30pm.






@EddieHearn Fighter Update By Paul Ready


Having attended the Matchroom end of season BBQ today, I managed to catch up with Eddie Hearn post-press conference to get an update on a variety of his fighters and possible future match-ups.


Elite Boxing:

Thanks for your time Eddie, if we can discuss Ricky Burns initially; naturally a very disappointing result a few weeks ago and he’s taken some time out to spend with his family.

For you personally you mentioned the possibility of him fighting outside of Glasgow to release some pressure, Tommy Coyle spoke earlier about the match-ups in the Lightweight division that can be made in house, what is next for Ricky?


Eddie Hearn:

I think firstly what we need to do with Ricky Burns is find out what the problem is because he’s training in particular the last fight better than ever, he sparred better than ever, he got in the ring and looked terrible.

I think it is two-fold; one is the weight and the other is the confidence, expectation and pressure.

He sparred at 10st 3/4oz looking great; strong and powerful then he fights at 9st 9oz and he looks like a shell.

So when he gets back we’ve got this nutritional guy we work with Advanced Nutrition who is doing all this analysis on his body to see if he can make 9st 9oz and I’m not sure he can.

So perhaps we look at 10st (140lbs)

Maybe we box him at 9st 11/12oz September 13th in a 10 rounder, in a relatively easy fight which will be a confidence booster. He needs that and needs to look good.

I like the fight with Tommy Coyle, he can move to Light Welterweight. I like the fight with Scott Harrison. There’s loads of fights out there for him at 140, it’s just frustrating that I don’t know what the answer is at the moment, I want to find it and I don’t want to give up on him because he looked great in that camp.


From seeing Ricky in the gym and speaking to the guys down there, they all were impressed with how good he looked and gelled so quickly with the others.

I think people were a tad harsh to suggest he should finish working with Tony Sims, it’s a relationship I’d like to see them both persevere with.



I think so. It’s difficult as they were so confident it was going to a great performance, everyone was so buoyant and then were asking; “What happened there?”

The answer was he got caught cold, he didn’t listen and it took him 3 or 4 rounds to recover.

I thought he won the back-end of the fight, if there was a few more rounds he would have nicked it.



If we discuss the Super-Middleweight division. Excluding Froch and DeGale you’ve got Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding potentially heading towards one another.

Would you look to avoid what happened with Groves and DeGale by slinging them in together so early?



Someone asked me on Twitter the other day;

“Why don’t you just make Callum Smith v Rocky?”

It’s got to be the right time.

Callum Smith without putting too much pressure on him looks like a phenomenon in the division, he is massive for a Super Middleweight. He’s level headed, he’s got a nice fight against Vladine Biosse and Rocky has a tough fight on Saturday against Noe Gonzalez.

Fielding against either Smith (Callum or Paul) is a big fight for Liverpool it would be good to try and make it.



Is the WBC route the way you are looking to go?



I think so, they were the one’s who took a shine to him initially and made a beeline for him. He’s already number 15 in the rankings we are already looking at the WBC Silver belt potentially for September.

We keep stepping him up and he keeps doing the same thing, if he keeps going, keeps going, keeps going he’s going to find himself there in 12mths.

I hope he is in a difficult fight where he gets cut, he’s under it; but maybe he is just that good, I don’t know. I appreciate he isn’t world level yet but everything that is being asked of him he is delivering very quickly.



Moving on to Wadi Camacho, I thought he started well against Simmons but it was another disappointing result in the end.



He boxed ok, I thought they were both disappointing because the talked the talk of doing this & that with neither of them doing a lot of it.

A lot of it was nerves and pressure, they both semi-froze, I had Wadi a round up. If Simmons would have done what he did in the 10th earlier in the fight he would have had more success.

But Wadi couldn’t hold on, perhaps British title is his level and we can grab a belt. He’s had a decent pay-day and having a rest now we can see what he wants to do with his career.



Scott Quigg when are we expected to see him out and who will the opponent be?



He will be out on September 13th at the Phones4U Arena alongside Crolla and obviously we want Santa Cruz.

I don’t think Santa Cruz fancies Quigg and I don’t think he fancied the Frampton fight either really. They definitely tried to make that. We will go there (to America) 100%, so we are just trying to find a big-name opponent and waiting for the Frampton fight as it’s the one everyone wants to see.

Fingers crossed Frampton beats Martinez again which I think he will.



So you could be in a situation where Brook beats Porter then faces Amir Khan and would you look at two separate PPV fights towards the end of the year with Quigg v Frampton as well?



I don’t feel like Frampton v Quigg is yet, the rematch might be. I would look to do a two-fight deal because they both would be world champions and it makes sense if the first fight is a great fight which I think it is.

Brook v Khan is a PPV fight, it’s a huge fight, it’s a stadium fight and does huge numbers. So there is a lot of fights on the cusp which you would have seen today so it’s going to be a lot of fun.



Finally Eddie if we discuss Anthony Crolla is the target Abril?



Yeah he is the target, it’s really frustrating as we were really close a few months ago and he’s got some legal issues at the moment that is really difficult.

Lots of different people popping up;

“Oh I’m here” etc so we are starting to run out of time. We need to make sure Anthony is in a big fight we are looking at a number of other options currently.