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Fans’ favourite Peter Vaughan launches a make-or-break year on Coldwell Boxing’s next show.
Vaughan has quit his job to train full time and by the end of the year, the 25 year old ticket seller named “the most exciting fighter in Britain” by veteran boxing manager Jim Evans plans to bring a belt back to home-town Banbury.
He has his first fight of 2012 at Birmingham’s New Bingley Hall on Friday, March 16 when footballer-turned-fighter Curtis Woodhouse and Welsh left-hooker Jason Cook, the former European lightweight champion, clash in the top-of-the-bill fight.
“This is my make-or-break year,” said Vaughan. “I’ve saved up a few quid, moved in with my girlfriend who lives 100 yards from the gym and I’m ready to be a full-time boxer. I don’t want to hang around. I will get in there with anyone and will be absolutely gutted if I don’t win a title this year.”
The belt Vaughan wants – the Southern Area light-middleweight championship belt – is currently worn by Steve O’Meara.
Vaughan and O’Meara were amateur clubmates and ‘The Banbury Bull’ said: “I would love a pop at Steve.
“I trained with him and always fancied my chances against him. He’s a good bloke, but he’s got the belt I want.”
O’Meara is currently in the best form of his career having posted back-to-back one-round knock-outs of Ryan Toms and Nathan Weise and Vaughan reckons boxing him would give him the fear that was missing when he entered the light-middleweight ‘Prizefighter’ last September.
Vaughan was among the pre-tournament favourites to scoop the £32,000 jackpot, but after scraping past Wayne Goddard in the quarter finals, was beaten by Robert Lloyd-Taylor in the last four.
He said: “I think being the favourite went to my head a bit. I didn’t respect the other lads enough. I just tried to bulldoze them. My boxing went out of the window. I think I would rather be the underdog.”
Vaughan had to pull out of a title fight with Weise last year after breaking a finger on his left hand – and is sure to take plenty of support with him to Birmingham for his comeback fight.
He has provided plenty of thrills in his six professional fights so far and last July, dug deep to hand Phill Fury his first defeat in a toe-to-toe eight rounder at Wembley Arena.
Vaughan took more than 250 fans with him to Bethnal Green for ‘Prizefighter’ and always gives fans what they want.
“I would rather have a fight than a boxing match,” he admitted. “My manager, Jim Evans, tells the press my nickname is ‘The Raging Bull,’ but in the gym he called me ‘The Raving Lunatic’ because he knows I will get in there and have a war with anyone.”
(Press Call) Bellew and McIntosh go head-to-head at Liverpool presser – Monday, January 30
Charismatic light-heavyweights Tony 'Bomber' Bellew and Danny 'The Big Mac' McIntosh will go head-to-head next Monday (January 30) at a Coldwell Boxing press conference to officially announce their British title showdown in April. The press conference is to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool, start time 1 pm, and both boxers will be joined by event promoter Dave Coldwell.
Current British champion Bellew and former European champion McIntosh are set to collide at Liverpool's Echo Arena on April 14, with the home favourite's Lonsdale title on the line.
What: Press conference to officially announce the British light-heavyweight title clash between Tony Bellew and Danny McIntosh on April 14 in Liverpool.
Who: British champion Tony Bellew and title challenger Danny McIntosh.
When: 12.30 pm for 1 pm start - Monday, January 30, 2012.
Where: Hilton Hotel, 3 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, L1 8LW, United Kingdom
Tough guys Terry Carruthers and Kevin McCauley go toe-to-toe in another Birmingham v Black Country barnstormer on Coldwell Boxing’s next show.
They clash for the vacant British Masters middleweight championship at Birmingham’s New Bingley Hall on Friday, March 16 – and it could be the small hall fight of the year.
Unbeaten pair Nasser Al-Harbi and Jamie Ball clash in the top-of-the-bill fight in an eliminator for the English light-middleweight title – and the chief support should match it for edge-of-the-seat thrills.
Carruthers and and Kevin McCauley are the toughest of boxing’s tough guys.
They earn their money the hard way by taking on red-hot prospects often at just a few hours’ notice. They give everyone they fight a hard night’s work and pull off the occasional upset.
Carruthers handed Steve Harkin his first defeat and held Liam Smith, brother of Stephen and Paul, to a draw, while McCauley has picked up a pair of belts on his travels.
McCauley, from Halesowen, outpointed Dave Ryan for the Midlands Area welterweight title in front of Ryan’s Derby fans and last November, he pulled off another shock to claim another title.
McCauley came back from Glasgow with the British Masters light-middleweight championship having out slugged the local ticket-seller over 10 rounds of non-stop action.
Promoter Dave Coldwell has put together what promises to be an action-packed show with Peter Vaughan boxing on the undercard.
Vaughan, rated the most exciting fighter in Britain by veteran fight manager Jim Evans, reached the semi finals of last year’s light-middleweight ‘Prizefighter’ and also in action on the bill are unbeaten Birmingham boxers Callum Cooper and Craig Cunningham.
More details about the show are available from www.coldwellboxing.com and twitter @davidcoldwell.
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(Press Release) 'The Big Bang: Bellew vs. McIntosh' lands in Liverpool on April 14
Coldwell Boxing are delighted to announce that the British light-heavyweight title clash between champion Tony Bellew and challenger Danny McIntosh will officially take place on Saturday, April 14 at Liverpool's Echo Arena.
“Staging a fight of this magnitude at Liverpool's Echo Arena is a real signal of intent, and shows fans, boxers and fellow promoters exactly where Coldwell Boxing are looking to go in 2012 and beyond,” said promoter Dave Coldwell.
“The Echo Arena is one of Britain's very best indoor arenas and has already staged some of the most thrilling domestic boxing matches in recent years. I have every confidence this British title clash between Bellew and McIntosh could be the best one yet. These men have styles that should mesh nicely on fight night and, as any boxing fan will tell you, both Tony and Danny can end a fight in an instant, such is their punch power.”
British king Bellew is 16-1 as a professional and has halted ten of his beaten foes within the scheduled distance. He won three ABA heavyweight titles in the amateur ranks and has scooped both British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight belts as a pro. Last year he also challenged for the WBO world light-heavyweight title challenger, dropping a close and competitive decision to champion Nathan Cleverly.
“I'm proud to be British champion, as this is a belt that I spent my entire childhood dreaming about,” said Bellew. “Holding this belt tells the rest of the world you are the cream of the crop in your country, and that means a lot to me. In order to maintain that tag, I have to clean out my division and prove to the public that I am by far the best light-heavyweight on the domestic scene.
“Danny McIntosh is a very capable fighter in his own right, but I must get him out of the way on April 14 if I am to hold on to my belt and and work my way towards another world title shot. Therefore, this is a major fight in my career and one I have to take seriously.”
Challenger McIntosh, meanwhile, is 13-2 (7 KO) and turned professional in April 2005. He won the English light-heavyweight title in just his eighth pro bout, before losing in a British and Commonwealth title fight against Cleverly in 2009. However, in January 2011, McIntosh shocked the world when travelling to France to knockout home hero Thierry Karl, lifting the European light-heavyweight belt in the process.
“I can't wait for this opportunity to finally get my hands on the British title,” said McIntosh. “Winning the European title in 2011 was an absolute dream come true, and I will always cherish that moment, but there is something really special about the Lonsdale belt. Every boxer in Britain wants to hold that title at some point in their career and, on April 14, I get another chance to put it around my waist.
“We all know Bellew is a very strong puncher with good amateur pedigree, but I feel I have the tools and style to present him with problems and bring those belts back to Norwich with me.”
Champion and challenger will come head-to-head for the first time at a Coldwell Boxing press conference scheduled for Monday, January 30.
Tickets for 'The Big Bang: Bellew vs. McIntosh' will soon be available to purchase via the Echo Arena Box Office.
For up to date info follow @davidcoldwell on Twitter or visit www.coldwellboxing.com
Promoter David Coldwell of Coldwell Boxing won the right to stage one of Britains most exciting boxer's next fight as he won the purse bids for Tony Bellew's British Title defence against big punching Danny McIntosh.
Coldwell believes that winning the bid will have surprised many withing the industry and signals the intent of Coldwell Boxing, the company spearheaded by Coldwell and Spencer Fearn, as they look to get in amongst the television dates within the next year or so.
Bellew is coming off a very close defeat to Nathan Cleverly for the Welshman's WBO World Title where many thought he did more than enough to become champion, however the defeat left Bellew convinced in his ability to become world champion very soon.
The road back starts with a mandatory defence of his beloved British Title against a man whom there will be no love lost when the first bell rings.
McIntosh has openly stated he believes he will knock Bellew out,the Norfolk based puncher has good power as he has shown already in his career and as former European Champion will be looking to get back amongst the big nights of the sport.
Two big punchers are due to collide, judges will probably not be needed!
Promoter Coldwell will be announcing a date and a venue next week.
Due to a serious health issue to a his brother, Curtis Woodhouse has had to withdraw from his highly anticipated clash with Jason Cook.
Nasser Al-Harbi says he’s sick of being boxing’s best-kept secret.
Belt-holders Lee Purdy, Adnan Amar and Nick Blackwell last year all turned down the chance to fight Al-Harbi - and ringside scribes have forgotten about the Second City slickster tipped to rule the world by former trainer Richie Woodhall.
All that will change if the 22 year-old beats Jamie Ball on Coldwell Boxing’s ‘Undefeated’ show on Friday, March 16 at Birmingham’s New Bingley Hall, a couple of miles from Al-Harbi’s home in Perry Bar.
Al-Harbi and Ball clash in an eliminator for the English light-middleweight championship that brings together a pair of unbeaten fighters.
Their fight will be top-of-the-bill after Curtis Woodhouse was forced out of his make-or-break battle with Jason Cook through a family illness.
Promoter Dave Coldwell has reduced the price of ringside tickets to £50 and Al-Harbi promises fight fans will see him turn on the style.
“I’ve been ignored for too long,” said Al-Harbi, “and I can’t wait to show everyone what I’m about.
“I spent most of last year trying to get a big fight. But all the champions from welterweight to middleweight either wanted too much money or they just didn’t want to fight me.
“I’ve finally got the chance to show my skills.
“I know this fight is a big step up for me, but Jamie isn’t at my level and I’m going to prove it to him. He’s a bit predictable, while I’ve got fast hands, fast feet and can throw punches from all angles.”
Al-Harbi models his boxing on Sugar Ray Leonard – “I watch his fights on DVD, then try things out in the gym” he said – and could be heading for a massive battle of Birmingham.
Max Maxwell challenges Brian Rose for the British 11-stones belt in Blackpool on Saturday, March 31 and if Max can land the right hand that flattened Rose when they boxed in May, 2010, the former gym mates could meet for the Lonsdale belt.
Al-Harbi says he plans to wear the Lonsdale belt by the end of the year – and is also exploring other routes.
He is being lined up to challenge Patomsuk Pathumpothong for his WBC Youth 11-stones title.
Pathumpothong, from Thailand, is currently ranked No 30 by the WBC and Al-Harbi has given up his studies to target titles in 2012.
He was set to study for a Business Studies degree at University, but said: “There wasn’t going to be enough time for me to study and train.
“If I want to achieve my boxing ambitions, I have to be training three times every day. I can go back to my degree after I’ve achieved all I want in boxing.”
More details about the show are available from www.coldwellboxing.com and twitter @davidcoldwell.
Coldwell Boxing have added another big fight to their blockbuster Birmingham show.
Curtis Woodhouse and Jason Cook clash in the make-or-break top-of-the-bill fight at Birmingham’s New Bingley Hall on Friday, March 16 and promoter Dave Coldwell has revealed a cracking chief support.
Nasser Al-Harbi and Jamie Ball collide in a 10-round eliminator for the English light-middleweight championship in a fight that is the biggest Birmingham v Black Country derby since Dudley ‘Bodysnatcher’ Darren McDermott challenged British middleweight champion Wayne Elcock in June, 2008.
Birmingham triumphed that night after McDermott was stopped on a cut – and Al Harbi is planning another victory for the Second City on the value-for-money Coldwell Promotions’ show after putting together a punch-perfect 13-fight record.
Al-Harbi is from the same Yemeni stock as former world featherweight champion Prince Naseem Hamed – and has been tipped to follow Hamed to the top of the world.
Richie Woodhall, the former WBC super-middleweight champion and television pundit, used to train Al-Harbi and has predicted the 22 year-old can be Birmingham’s next boxing superstar.
Al-Harbi will have home advantage in the big fight, but Ball, from nearby Coseley, is one of the Midlands’ biggest ticket sellers and has given his fans plenty to cheer in his 14-fight unbeaten career.
Ball, trained by uncle and former unbeaten professional Shaun Cooper, has won his last three fights by knock out and captured the Midlands Area 11-stones belt to set up the biggest fight of his career.
Coldwell is currently putting together the rest of the bill – and it includes a fighter rated the most exciting in Britain by veteran fight manager Jim Evans.
Peter Vaughan, known as ‘The Banbury Bull,’ has ended Phill Fury’s unbeaten record and reached the semi-finals of the light-middleweight ‘Prizefighter’ with his non-stop attacks - and tough-guy Terry Carruthers should provide more thrills when he battles for a belt in front of his home crowd.
Carruthers is a fight anyone, toe-to-toe slugger and will box for the vacant British Masters middleweight championship.
Birmingham favourites Callum Cooper and Craig Cunningham, both unbeaten, also box on the show.
More details are available from www.coldwellboxing.com and follow the latest news on Twitter @davidcoldwell.
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(Press Release) Coldwell Boxing win purse bids for British light-heavyweight title showdown
Coldwell Boxing are delighted to announce that a winning purse bid has landed the thriving promotional company a British title blockbuster between power-punching light-heavyweights Tony Bellew and Danny McIntosh, event date to be announced.
Promoter Dave Coldwell surprised many to win the purse bid and now can't wait to host one of 2012's most eagerly anticipated home title clashes.
“This is a great day for us at Coldwell Boxing, simply because winning purse bids for a fight of this magnitude shows what we are all about,” said Coldwell. “I see this news as a real sign of intent, as this was a fight that had attracted interest from other promoters. It is the ambition of my business partner Spencer Fearn and I to move Coldwell Boxing to the next level in 2012 and the acquisition of this fight is just one step in that direction. Within a year or two we want to be in the mix for television dates and, obviously, the likes of Bellew and McIntosh are bonafide TV fighters.
“I've known Tony Bellew since he first started his professional journey, and it is an honour to work with him on this particular fight. He's very popular in his home city of Liverpool and, above all else, he's an easy going and personable guy. Tony knows how to promote a fight and he's hungry to reach the top.
“Danny McIntosh is also a great kid, and someone who knows how to promote himself. He is a big personality with a big punch and, combined with Tony Bellew, I really couldn't ask for a better couple of headliners. These two were made for the big stage.”
Aware of Bellew's ticket-selling capabilities, especially in his home city, Coldwell hopes to stage the title clash in Liverpool during the first quarter of 2012.
British and former Commonwealth king Bellew is 16-1 as a professional and has halted ten of his beaten foes within the scheduled distance. He won three ABA heavyweight titles in the amateur ranks and then challenged for the WBO world light-heavyweight title challenger as a pro.
Since deciding to punch for pay in October 2007, Bellew won the Commonwealth belt with a first round knockout of Atoli Moore and proceeded to successfully defend the belt three times. He defeated Bob Ajisafe in September 2010, before waging an up-and-down war with heavy-handed Ovill McKenzie just three months later. Dramatically knocked down for the first and second times in his pro career, Bellew impressively rallied back to stop McKenzie in the eighth round.
'Bomber' then repeated the job on McKenzie in a rematch, only this time relying on the judges' scorecards to render him a decision victor last July. In outboxing McKenzie over the distance, Bellew also scooped the British light-heavyweight title.
Last October, 29-year-old Bellew made an unsuccessful attempt at snatching Nathan Cleverly's WBO world light-heavyweight crown. However, the proud Liverpudlian displayed trademark power and underrated technical skills en route to the short end of a twelve round decision, losing nothing in defeat.
Challenger McIntosh, meanwhile, is a loose and languid boxer with a number of standout championship wins to his name. Born in Norwich, Norfolk, McIntosh, 13-2 (7 KO), turned professional in April 2005, eventually winning an English light-heavyweight title in just his eighth bout.
Quickly earmarked as one to watch, McIntosh scored back-to-back stoppage wins over respected domestic operators Steve Spartacus, Rod Anderton and Matthew Barney, before losing a spirited effort against Nathan Cleverly for the British and Commonwealth titles in July 2009. Stopped in seven rounds, the loss marked McIntosh's first as a pro.
McIntosh responded strongly to the setback, halting veteran swarmer Tony Oakey inside two rounds in his very next fight. He then went one better in January 2011, when travelling to France to dramatically knockout home favourite Thierry Karl in the eleventh round of a championship clash. Against all odds, McIntosh lifted the European light-heavyweight title in the process.
The 31-year-old's reign as EBU champion would, ultimately, be short-lived (as he lost the title to Eduard Gutknecht in his next bout) but, rejuvenated and always dangerous, McIntosh approaches this shot at Bellew full of confidence and ambition.
In a battle of big punchers and big talkers, only one will be left having the last laugh.
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(Press Release) ABA Champion Hosea Burton signs three-year deal with Coldwell Boxing
Highly-touted amateur star Hosea Burton, a former Senior ABA champion, has signed a three-year professional contract with Coldwell Boxing, and will kick off his pro career with a debut appearance on February 24 in Bolton.
The talented 23-year-old has been talked about in amateur boxing circles since his teenage years, but now makes the move to the pro ranks following a laundry list of achievements in vest and head-guard.
Coach Joe Gallagher, the man behind the rise of John and Joe Murray, amongst many others, is excited by the prospect of seeing his latest pro sensation make his bow in February.
“I've trained Hosea since he was eleven years of age, so have been able to see the progression over the years,” explained Gallagher. “He was an accomplished amateur, won five national titles, the ABA championships and beat some very good kids in the unpaid ranks. Perhaps more importantly, though, he has been in the professional gym environment for years and has sparred countless rounds with the likes of Matthew Macklin, Tony Jeffries and Paul Smith. At 23, we all feel the time is right for Hosea to make the move, as he now has that key combination of youth and physical strength.”
Burton will compete as a professional in the stacked super-middleweight division, having won his 2009 Senior ABA championship as a long-limbed middleweight. He will also look to replicate the pro success of his cousin, Tyson Fury, himself a former ABA champion.
“I've been calling Hosea my version of Tommy Hearns since he was about thirteen years of age,” added Gallagher. “He's very long and languid and can really bang with his right hand. Although his style was very much suited for the amateur game, I don't anticipate any difficulties for him in the pro game, either. He's got a big heart, a big punch and is a very mild-mannered and friendly kid outside of the ring. He's the type that will have no problem whatsoever knuckling down and fulfilling his goals.
“All in all, it's a great deal for everybody concerned. Dave Coldwell is a young and ambitious promoter, who is catching a lot of attention at the moment due to the great non-TV shows he's been putting on. He is also a trainer of fighters, and that tells me he knows what it's like to work with these guys on a daily basis and really feel what they are feeling. He knows fighters, and understands that these young kids need to be busy and looked after when they're just starting out.”
Promoter Coldwell, who this week also signed light-heavyweight prospect Matty Clarkson, expects big things of Burton and described his acquisition as 'one of the most exciting so far'.
“Promoters have been trying to get Hosea to turn pro since he was a teenager, and that is simply because boxing people recognise the talent he possesses,” said Coldwell. “Hosea is one of the most gifted amateurs out there right now and, when he makes his pro debut in February, will instantly be pinpointed as a hot prospect and future title hope. We'll build him towards domestic belts the right way, but, at 23, he is now at the perfect age to really show Britain and the world what he's all about.”
Hosea Burton makes his highly anticipated professional debut on Friday, February 24, in Bolton. For tickets to 'The Italian Job', please visit www.coldwellboxing.com. For up to date info on the show follow @davidcoldwell on Twitter
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(Press Release) 'Magic' Matty Clarkson signs promotional terms with Coldwell Boxing
Coldwell Boxing are delighted to announce the signing of Preston light-heavyweight Matty Clarkson to a promotional contract.
The 24-year-old prospect, currently 4-0-1 in his pro career, has impressed many fans of the sport since turning professional in February 2011. Competing solely in the Lancashire region, Clarkson chalked up wins against Elvis Dube, Jody Meikle, James Tucker and Matt Inman, before being held to a draw by Eastern European import Arturs Kulikauskas, a fighter who'd previously taken WBA world super-middleweight champion Dimitri Sartsion to a majority decision.
Eager to rebound from that first minor career blemish, Clarkson has signed terms with Coldwell Boxing and looks to maintain his high activity rate in 2012, starting with an appearance on Friday, January 20 at the Olympia, Liverpool, a show promoted by Vaughn Promotions.
“This is an extremely exciting acquisition for Coldwell Boxing, as I truly believe Matty is one of the very best prospects in Great Britain right now,” said promoter Dave Coldwell.
“He is naturally gifted and talented, but is also willing to learn and is aware of the fact he still has a long way to go in this sport. That is the kind of attitude all fighters should have when starting out on their professional journey, and Matty Clarkson is the sort of fighter I am keen to work with. He lives the life and is ready to go that extra mile in order to become a success.”
Clarkson fights out of JR Gym, the Preston-based stable trained by Johnny Roye, co-managed by Roye and Oliver Harrison. So the young light-heavyweight's improvements have also been witnessed by each of the fighters who surround him on a regular basis at Oliver’s Gym. Former British super-middleweight champion Tony Dodson is one man that has sparred many rounds with Clarkson, and the Liverpool light-heavyweight predicts big things ahead for the skilful Lancastrian.
“Matty has come on leaps and bounds in recent months and I can't wait to see just how far the kid goes in this sport,” said Dodson, who fights for the Commonwealth light-heavyweight title next month. “He's not afraid to test himself in sparring and has no fear stepping into the ring with a more experienced fighter. He possesses a real hunger to learn and improve and that can take a young prospect all the way to the top if they have the skills to go with it.”
Clarkson will compete in his seventh professional bout, and his first for Coldwell Boxing, on Friday, February 24 in Bolton, when he provides support to David Barnes' light-welterweight clash with Giuseppe Lauri. To purchase tickets to 'The Italian Job', please visit www.coldwellboxing.com.
For up to date information on the show follow @davidcoldwell on Twitter.