How much do you know about the former senior ABA champion and Joe Gallagher trained Hosea Burton? A cousin of Tyson Fury, the 23-year old makes his professional debut on 11th March in Bolton.
With his first contest under a fortnight away, Burton took some time out to speak to coldwellboxing.com and answer questions on everything from his favourite meal to the worst film he's ever seen.
HOSEA BURTON FACTFILE
Full Name: Hosea Noah Burton
Born: 14th Sept 1988
Married: Yes to Katie (just over two years)
Children: One daughter, Katie who's four-months old.
HOSEA BURTON'S FAVOURITE:
Film: Pearl Harbour
Singer: Elvis Presley
Fight: Sugar Ray Leonard v Thomas Hearns 1
Car: VW Golf R32
Boxing Moment: Beating Neil Perkins in the 2010 ABA semi-final.
Part of training: Sparring
AND WHO WOULD BE YOUR DREAM DATE?
THINGS THAT HOSEA DOESN'T LIKE!
Worst film you've ever seen? Crossroads
Worst Meal? Anything with spinach in it
Worst Singer? Will Young
Worst boxing moment? Being beat by Anthony Ogogo in the 2010 ABA final.
Worst part of training? Running
THE QUICKFIRE ROUND!!!
Cats or Dogs?
Oasis or Blur?
Radio 1 or Radio 2?
Batman or Superman?
Blondes or Brunettes?
Snakes or Spiders?
Red Sauce or Brown Sauce?
Xbox or Playstation?
Ferrari or Lamborghini?
Man Utd or Man City?
Coldwell Boxing is thrilled to announce that David Barnes will face former WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris at the De Veres Hotel, Bolton on Sunday 11th March 2012
After original opponent Giuseppe Lauri pulled out with the flu, promoter David Coldwell decided to postpone the show rather than bring in someone with little credibility or reputation at such short notice. After an enquiry about American, Steve Forbes fell by the wayside an offer was made to "Vicious" Vivian and he accepted.
The Guyana born 33-year old has shared the ring with names such as Carlos Maussa, Oktay Urkal, Souleymane M'Baye, Juan Lazcano, Junior Witter and most recently Victor Ortiz.
Barnes is ecstatic at the opportunity that this fight provides for him.
"This fight is much bigger now. It's a great chance to show people what I can do against a much bigger name but I've still gotta go in and do the job properly," Barnes told coldwellboxing.com.
"This could open up a lot more doors for me because of who he is. I was gutted when Lauri pulled out but that's boxing. Everything happens for a reason and it's led to fighting a guy like Harris."
In a statement issued by his team, Harris had this to say about fighting again in the UK.
"I love fighting in England and I am proud to share my skills with the British people so they will believe in me and support me on the way to the welterweight crown. People have doubted me although my manager Thomas Hickey has believed in and supported me as I look to win a new title in this competitive division."
Hickey himself added "Vivian along with my five heavyweights welcome the rivalry of British versus Americans in this great sport of boxing."
He also stated "I truly look forward to the ongoing competition both here and abroad."
Harris added "I am ready to prove to the world now that I will once again be champion of the world."
In addition to Coldwell Boxing securing its first Sky television date on April 14th, the announcement of Harris fighting on our Bolton show is another statement of intent from David Coldwell. And he's backing his charge to deliver against the hard-hitting Harris.
"I believe in David Barnes. He's got his head screwed on, I talk to him a lot and he knows that this is his last chance.
This has gotten him excited and got his juices flowing. Harris is still a name in America so if David wins it will be talked about over there. Only three fights ago he was fighting Victor Ortiz. We know he's not the force he once was but he's a gatekeeper to much bigger things.
Barnes, talent wise can be a European champion minimum. I expect him to be at world title level. If he can win and look good against Harris who knows what could happen for him."
DAVID BARNES VS. VIVIAN HARRIS takes place at the De Veres Hotel in Bolton on Sunday 11th March 2012.
An exciting undercard features unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Matty Clarkson and the debut of talented super middleweight and Joe Gallagher trained Hosea Burton.
Doors open at 2pm with the action commencing at 3pm
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Tony "Bomber" Bellew may have scaled the giddy heights of a world title challenge last year but don't be fooled into thinking that he's taking his next fight, a defence of his British light heavyweight title, any less seriously.
Adored by his legions of fans, Bellew 16-1 (10) is looking to repay his raucous supporters with a victory over challenger Danny McIntosh on April 14th at Liverpool's Echo Arena.
"This is going to be payback for my fans loyalty", said Bellew when speaking exclusively to coldwellboxing.com
"I've got the best fans in Britain and I won't forget what they did for me that night against Nathan Cleverly. At the moment everyone is in a financial mess after Christmas so I appreciate any support I'll be getting on April 14th.
This fight is unthinkable for me to lose. I know I'm on my way to big things but I've gotta take care of McIntosh first."
The contest has all the ingredients for a thrilling battle. A champion who is looking to put on a show for his fans in attendance, and a challenger - himself a former European champion who is treating this fight like it's his last shot.
McIntosh told coldwellboxing.com last week. "Everything's going into this fight. I'm not gonna get many more chances because no-one's gonna want to fight a guy like me that can punch the way I do." Read the full interview here http://www.coldwellboxing.com/news/?id=56
Last October, 29-year old Bellew was involved in a domestic super fight that grabbed the country's imagination. His titanic tussle with Cleverly, the WBO champion, was a contest of such quality and drama that it will be remembered for years to come. The Liverpudlian may have lost narrowly but he takes plenty of positives from that unforgettable night also at the Echo Arena
"It was a big experience for me. The fight, the build-up, it was a huge event almost like a pay-per-view one and the whole country was gripped by it. I came close but what happened that night has definitely made me a stronger person.
I'm a student of the game. There were a lot of things right with my performance and my preparation but there were also a lot of things I could've done differently."
A victory over McIntosh could lead the British champion down many a path. A rematch with Cleverly, a European title shot against champion Edward Gutknecht or possibly facing a world ranked contender back at the Echo Arena. For now, all his attention and energy are going into overcoming a dangerous and heavy hitting opponent.
"It's a strong challenge for me," said Bellew
"He's a former European champion and he's someone that I have to take very seriously. I think it's a fight that's the right sort of progression for me and it's a step in the right direction. He's live, he's dangerous and he'll come to win.
He's awkard and has a good jab but I don't think he'll plan on getting too close to me although he might surprise me. Do I think it'll go twelve rounds? No, I'm gonna break his heart," the champion declared.
Bellew is also delighted to see two of the country's leading promoters joining forces for 'The Big Bang.'
"Dave Coldwell is a great promoter and he's working with Eddie Hearn on this which is great. It's fantastic to see promoters working together."
Another Bellew victory will continue the feel good factor around the Liverpool boxing scene. The local amateur and professional ranks continue to flourish with every passing month it seems.
"It's fantastic to see the boxing scene in Liverpool developing the way it is. David Price is massive, he's the future of the heavyweight division and he's going from strength to strength. And there' also the hidden talent such as Joe Selkirk, Nathan Brough and Paul Butler. It's there to see and its no coincidence that Liverpool turns out ABA champions every year. They're all coming to the forefront now. As well as that we have a lot of good trainers in Liverpool too. Plus we still have the Smith brothers as well. We have so much to be proud of and look forward to."
David Coldwell in association with Eddie Hearn present 'The Big Bang' which is live and exclusive on Sky Sports and Sky Sports HD on Saturday, 14th April 2012.
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How much do you know about Sheffield's finest? The former European light middleweight champion and world title challenger is back in the ring on March 24th in front of his home fans as he bids to regain his European crown against the dangerous Sergey Rabchenko.
The Hatton promoted fighter took some time out from his preperation for his next fight to speak to Coldwell Boxing and answer questions on everything from his favourite meal to the worst car he's ever bought!
Ryan Rhodes factfile:
Full Name: Ryan Lee Rhodes
Date of Birth: 20th November 1976
Children: Two, Ellie and Lissie
Ryan Rhodes favourite:
Film: Step Brothers
Singer: Michael Jackson
Fight: Naseem Hamed vs Kevin Kelley
Car: My BMW 5 series which I've got at the moment
Boxing moment: Winning my first British title
Part of training: Seeing myself getting fitter and fitter
And who would be your dream date Ryan?
Worst film you've ever seen?
Piranha, which I just watched the other day
Blur from the other night at the Brit awards or Johnny from X-Factor
Worst boxing moment?
Losing to Jason Matthews (for the interim WBO middleweight title in 1999)
Worst part of training
Worst car you've ever bought?
My first one, an E-reg Ford Escort
TIME FOR THE QUICKFIRE ROUND!
Cats or Dogs?
Oasis or Blur?
Radio 1 or Radio 2?
Batman or Superman?
Blondes or Brunettes?
Snakes or Spiders?
Red sauce or Brown sauce?
Xbox or Playstation?
Ferrari or Lamborghini?
Matty Clarkson 5-0-1 is under no illusions just how difficult a test it will be when he faces Jeff Evans at 'The Big Bang' on April 14th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. An event headlined by the British light heavyweight title clash featuring champion Tony Bellew and challenger Danny McIntosh.
The undefeated light heavyweight prospect freely admits that this is a 50-50 fight for both men.
"Jeff Evans is a big step up but now is the time for me to make that step up," said Clarkson when speaking exclusively to Coldwell Boxing.
With five wins and a draw under his belt already, the 25-year old not only has a fight against Evans to look forward to but another contest a month prior against Sam Couzens at the De Veres White Hotel in Bolton as part of another Coldwell Promotion.
"I don't want to hang around," declared Clarkson.
"I'm ranked 26th, Couzens is 16th and Evans is 14th, (according Boxrec.com British ratings) I want to show that I can mix in that calibre."
Last time out, Evans 8-2-1 (1) was seen being taken apart by the ferocious punching power of Ovill McKenzie when challenging for the Commonwealth light heavyweight title.
Clarkson is paying no attention to the manner of that defeat and has nothing but respect for the Welshman locking horns with McKenzie at such an early stage in his career."
"Not many people with Evans' record would've stepped in with McKenzie so fair play to him. I've known his trainer, Gary Lockett for years and I used train with him when I was a kid so I know he trains his guys, and I know Jeff will be coming to win."
Describing 2012 as potentially a "massive year" for himself, Clarkson sang the praises of his promoter David Coldwell and is thrilled to be part of such an exciting venture.
"Dave's a cracking bloke and he's done everything he said he would for me and more. I only had 14 amateur fights, not many people would've taken a chance on me but I got offered a good contract from Coldwell Promotions. We're both singing from the same hymn sheet and pulling in the same direction."
Coldwell, himself, is looking forward to such a competitive match-up at this stage in Clarkson's career. And even more so when Evans' trainer, Gary Lockett said to him it was "ambitious matchmaking but fair play to you."
"Jeff won't have any fear of fighting Matty having been a former title challenger. They're both coming to win and it's gonna be a great, competitive six-round fight.
Evans has boxed at a higher level but Matty has made great strides since I signed him."
David Coldwell in association with Eddie Hearn presents 'The Big Bang' which is live and exclusive on Sky Sports HD on Saturday 14th April 2012.
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Can I also remind you that our Bolton show, which Matty Clarkson features on has been rearranged for 11th March 2012. Please check our website for further information.
Coldwell Boxing are delighted to announce that we will be donating tickets to Tickets for Troops to each of our upcoming shows in Bolton and Birmingham, on March 11th and 16th respectively.
Being a charity, Tickets for Troops rely solely on the generosity of ticket donors and also that of individuals. Please visit their donate page to find details of how you can help at www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk
Promoter, David Coldwell was thrilled to be involved with such a worthwhile cause
"I'm over the moon to be teaming up with Tickets for Troops. The troops are an inspiration and are genuine heroes. And it will be an honour to have some of the guys at the shows in Bolton and Birmingham."
Tickets for these shows can be purchased at www.coldwellboxing.com
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Danny McIntosh makes no bones about it. When he takes on British light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew on April 14th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool it's a case of all or nothing for him.
Speaking exclusively to coldwellboxing.com, the 31-year old may be coming into this showdown on the back of a defeat. But in losing his European crown to Edward Gutknecht in May of last year, 'Big Mac' was keen to explain the reasons that contributed to his defeat.
"Before I fought Gutknecht I was up and down to Sheffield for a while because a mate of mine had died. I was also half a stone overweight which is unacceptable... I should have pulled out."
The fight against Bellew presents the perfect opportunity for the 13-2 (7) fighter to get back, to not only domestic level but perhaps getting him closer to another crack at WBO champion Nathan Cleverly, who McIntosh lost to back in 2009.
"I'm looking at Tony as a stepping stone. He's looking for a rematch with Cleverly but so am I," he explained.
McIntosh predicts to a "torrid battle" against Bellew but the Norfolk native is not prepared to leave the result in the hands of the judges.
"Listen, he's gonna get stopped," insisted McIntosh.
"He throws more punches than me but whether or not he connects is another thing.
Bellew brings a hell of a lot of power, he also fought Cleverly and nearly beat him but I can't say he's got a lot more experience. He brings a lot of will and as I said, a lot of power, but he's getting stopped."
When speaking to McIntosh it was detectable in his voice and attitude that he's not willing to go backwards in his career should he not emerge victorious on April 14th. Despite only having had 15 fights in a seven year professional career he's treating this as his last chance saloon.
"This is for the British title. Everything's going into this fight. I'm not gonna get many more chances because no-one's gonna want to fight a guy like me that can punch the way I do."
And as he recalled his greatest victory to date, when beating Thierry Karl in France at the beginning of last year, McIntosh said that he'll be bringing every positive from that night into his clash with Bellew.
"I thought in my head I wasn't going to win the fight. I had the flu during training camp so I thought it was going to be a good pay day and nothing else
Two days before the fight I stopped sweating, feeling ill and I knew then I could win the fight. And as soon as I got to the weigh-in I got to him psychologically and I knew I had him. I can use all of that in this fight. I know how to overcome the odds."
David Coldwell in association with Eddie Hearn presents 'The Big Bang' which is live and exclusive on Sky Sports HD, Saturday 14th April 2012.
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Coldwell Boxing regret to inform that this Friday's (February 24) show at Bolton's De Vere White Hotel has had to be postponed due to the withdrawal of main event boxer Giuseppe Lauri. The former European title challenger contacted promoter David Coldwell late last night claiming he was unable to box Manchester's David Barnes because of a heavy flu
The event will now be moved back two weeks and take place on Sunday, March 11 at the same venue
"Everybody involved with the show is absolutely devastated by the news," said Coldwell
"We were all looking forward to another successful promotion and keen to watch a fascinating main event. Unfortunately, injuries and illnesses happen in boxing and there is very little anybody can do about it.
We decided to postpone the show rather than go ahead with an alternative main event for a number of reasons. Firstly, there simply wasn't enough time to find a suitable opponent, either at home or abroad and, secondly, we are looking to maintain a certain standard of quality at Coldwell Boxing and I refuse to scrap together a makeshift main event for fans who have spent hard-earned money to buy tickets for my shows.
Although the show had no television backing, we're not going to cheat fans out of the main event they all paid to see. I'd rather wait two weeks and go about things the right way."
Coldwell Boxing would also like to stress that tickets already purchased for the February 24 show will be valid for the new date of March 11. If you have purchased a ticket for the original date, but are now unable to make the rearranged date, refunds will be available at point of sale.
Undefeated welterweight Nathan Brough 7-0 (2) will make his long awaited return to the ring in front of his home support on April 14 at the Echo Arena, Liverpool on the undercard of Tony Bellew's eagerly anticipated British title clash with Danny McIntosh.
With fellow Scouser, John Watson, also added this week local fans are sure to make their voices heard by roaring on three home fighters. And Brough is keen to impress.
"It's a great chance for me with the show being on Sky. I'm keen to put on a good performance and show everyone what they've been missing."
Brough, who hasn't fought in almost three years due to a snapped ligament in his left wrist was once touted as one of Britain's brightest prospects and commented, prior to his injury, that "Kell Brook is the only challenge out there for me."
For now, it's all about getting back to what he loves and knows best.
"The aim is to shake off some rust but I'm already doing that in the gym with sparring and all that but I'm just really looking forward to getting back in the mix with the best welterweights in the country.
I haven't had a chance to fight on any of the Echo bills since its been hosting these big shows. I'm gonna take it a fight at a time, not setting my sights on anyone but obviously I'll be stepping up the opposition with each fight and by Christmas hopefully I can land myself a British or English title shot or even an eliminator."
Promoter, Dave Coldwell was equally thrilled to have him on the bill after some discussions with Brough's manager Tommy Gilmour.
"I've got a good relationship with Tommy. He's got one or two Liverpool fighters and I work well with him. I gave him a call, we had a chat and Nathan was eager, straining at the leash and what better way to build his profile than on a show like this.
He's had some hand problems but he's a talented kid and I've had so many people from Liverpool talking to me about him and how good he is."
David Coldwell in association with Eddie Hearn present 'The Big Bang' which is live and exclusive on Sky Sports HD on Saturday, 14th April.
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David Barnes is looking to make up for lost time in 2012, and that begins next Friday (Feb 24) when the 31-year old returns against Giuseppe Lauri in Bolton to headline ‘The Italian Job’ presented by Coldwell Boxing.
After almost two years out of the sport, Barnes returned to winning ways with a points victory over Isaac Quartery last November. The Bolton resident is now keen to show people what they’ve been missing at the De Vere Whites, Reebok Stadium next Friday night.
“I wanna show people that I’m back in the game and that I’m better than ever,” Barnes said when speaking to coldwellboxing.com.
The former two-weight British champion has experienced his fair share of ups and downs in the sport but after less than thirty fights, the southpaw is feeling better than ever.
“I’m better now than I was when I was 21,” he declared.
A statement spookily similar to those that Coldwell stablemate Ryan Rhodes made when he recaptured past glories when winning the European light-middleweight title a month shy of his 33rd birthday. The Sheffield veteran acts as an inspiration for Barnes.
“Rhodes has been there and done it himself. Of course, I look up to guys like Ryan and what they have achieved. Fighters like Bernard Hopkins too are very inspirational.
When you’re young, you do daft things. You stay out late, you have a few drinks and it soon hits home that you have to dedicate yourself more. Nowadays, I don’t go out and there’s no late nights, I’ve dedicated myself. It’s just me and boxing.”
In facing Lauri, he takes on an individual that has fought and won not only European titles but has also shared the ring with fellow Brits such as the legendary Ricky Hatton.
Barnes insists that the preparation he has put in this for this contest shows to himself how much he is back in love with the sport and how little he dares to look beyond this fight.
“If you do look beyond or too far ahead you can get a little bit disillusioned,” explained Barnes.
“I’m looking at Lauri and Lauri only. And once my promoter, Dave Coldwell, gets me my next fight I’ll look at whoever that is and them only.
All I’m concentrating on is going in there and doing the business and hopefully I can get a shot at a good title. I’m focused, much more mature in the head and simply better overall.”
Having rarely been in wars that normally shorten a fighter’s career, and not been marked up too often, the former Prizefighter contestant has plenty of miles left on the clock. Barnes has unfinished business in the ring, unreached goals and with Coldwell Boxing by his side he’s ready to get back to where he belongs.
“To be honest I should’ve been a world champion by now. Am I satisfied with my achievements, my career? No, not really. I know what I’m capable of doing. Working with Coldwell is great for me at this stage in my career. Dave is one of the best promoters out there and is gonna get to the top just like me.”
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Last weekend's Prizefighter Semi-Finalist John Watson has been handed a tasty looking domestic clash with former European champion Jason Cook on the undercard to the big grudge match between Tony Bellew and Danny McIntosh.
Watson looked very impressive in his quarter-final Prizefighter contest against Wolverhampton puncher Dean Harrison as he floored and stopped him inside the opening round, showing he has increased power now he has moved up to campaign in the light-welterweight having previously had to work very hard to make the lightweight division limit.
Watson feels the two British title attempts have proved to be invaluable in terms of experience and is relishing the thought of performing in a high quality dangerous match up at The Echo Arena.
"Every fighter wants to fight in front of thousands of fans in their hometown arena. For me, this fight is massive. I'm feeling strong at the weight, i can punch and i can box. What you saw in Prizefighter against Harrison was only a taster, i've got another full camp ahead at Oliver's Gym and i'll be even better. Even stronger and more powerful with it too.
Me against Jason Cook is an exciting fight, it's a great fight for the fans to watch and it's a great fight for me to work hard for. He's ranked in the top 6 in the British ratings, he's former European Champion, he's quality.
You know what u get with Cook.. He's a real banger. I know he'll be looking to take me out no matter what he says in the build up. He's a nice fella, but in the ring he'll want to knock me out no doubt about it.
It's great to be back at the Echo, it's going to be a great night with a great atmosphere. I sell a lot of tickets in Liverpool, and on the undercard to Bellew its gonna be bouncing in there.
Tony and McIntosh are gonna have a real tear up no doubt but me against Cook is something you can't take your eyes off either. We might not have the grudge that they have, but styles make fights and this is boxer against puncher. But a boxer that can now bang too!"
Cook, who has had two dates with Curtis Woodhouse postponed is eager to get back in the British Title mix and doesn't mind facing quality boxer's in order to get another crack.
"I'm really looking forward to this. John is a class operator who i think was weight drained in his two British Title losses. I thought he looked great in his first fight in Prizefighter and showed some real power in there. As for his semi-final loss, Adil Anwar can make anyone look bad, especially over three rounds so i don't look into that too much really.
I think obviously i'm the bigger puncher, my record speaks for itself and at a good level. People think i'm just a puncher though but i showed i can box when i fought Daws and Theophane.
Having said that, i really believe one of us will get stopped in this fight, and i really don't think it will be me!
Stoppage or not, im confident. He can box and fight, but i think he's going to feel the pressure at home on a massive show whereas as for me.. i went to Italy to knock out the guy and win the title.
I want that last British Title shot. I want it this year, and if the only way for me to get a crack is to beat good names and good fighters like John then line them up and i'll take them out. Mark my words, i'm going to be British champion this year."
Promoter David Coldwell who made the match with Matchroom's John Wischhusen commented "Obviously i'm delighted to have a quality fight like this on the show. I'm sure the clash in styles will have fans on the edge of their seats, be it at home or watching on Sky Sports.
John has shown he's a bit more powerful up at the new weight, he still is probably technically the better boxer whereas Jason is without doubt the puncher of the two. Both can be hit so i think we're in for a cracker."
John Watson v Jason Cook over eight rounds at light-welterweight features on the undercard of 'THE BIG BANG' TONY BELLEW v DANNY McINTOSH.
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Curtis Woodhouse manager David Coldwell has revealed the former Premier League footballer has been offered a dream shot to break into the world rankings by Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.
Woodhouse, who lost a disputed decision against Frankie Gavin for the WBO Inter-Continental Title in 2011 has been ordered to fight Dale Miles in a British Title Eliminator but with miles sustaining an injury in last weekend's Prizefighter series, is now looking to take on WBA ranked Paul McCloskey
An enthusiastic Coldwell explains "I'm delighted to reveal that Eddie has made a great offer for Curtis to fight WBA No.6 ranked Paul McCloskey in Belfast in April and we are ready for the challenge!
It's an amazing opportunity for Curtis to take on a world ranked opponent, with the reality being he was only really expecting to be able to test himself at the top of the domestic ladder. This would give Curtis the chance to get his name out there on the world scene and in beating Paul you never know what could happen... Woodhouse could be seen in a world title challenge!
The offer tick's all the right boxes as far as myself and Curtis are concerned, it's a career high pay day in a high profile fight televised by the UK's No.1 television sports broadcaster. The risk versus reward makes sense.
We want the fight!
Curtis is promotionally tied to a contract with Frank Warren Promotions and so we are just waiting on permission from them to box on Eddie's show, i'm sure they won't deny a man who has fought for respect from the boxing community for so long the opportunity of a lifetime."
Footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse has certainly come a long way.
Coldwell Boxing teams up with Matchroom Sport for ‘The Big Bang’
Bellew’s Liverpool clash to be aired live on Sky Sports – tickets on sale at 9am
David Coldwell and Coldwell Boxing are delighted to announce that they have joined forces with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing for Tony Bellew’s British light-Heavyweight title defence against Danny McIntosh on ‘The Big Bang’ card at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on April 14, live on Sky Sports.
Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday morning (February 2) with those priced at £30, £40, £60 and £80 available from the Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400 and www.coldwellboxing.com . VIP packages priced at £150 are exclusively available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com.
“As promoters, we strive to give the fans what they want and the fighters what they deserve, both in terms of opportunity and exposure,” said Dave Coldwell. “This fight between Bellew and McIntosh deserves the platform and coverage Sky Sports will provide, as it is a contest everybody in the trade is looking forward to.
“I'd also like to express my own personal delight at linking up with both Eddie and Sky Sports for this particular event. Eddie and I have share a similar passion for the sport and I am full of admiration for the way in which he is attempting to drive British boxing towards a brighter future.”
“I'm delighted to be working in association with Coldwell Boxing to deliver another great night of boxing for Sky Sports,” said Matchroom Sport’s managing director Eddie Hearn. “Tony has tremendous support in Liverpool and Danny represents a real test for him on what promises to be an electric night at the Echo Arena.”
Bellew holds a 16-1 record as a pro and scooped both the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight belts in 2010. Last year he also challenged for the WBO world light-heavyweight title challenger, dropping a close and competitive decision to champion Nathan Cleverly.
“It’s a dream come true to back on Sky Sports,” said Bellew. “April 14 is going to be a great night with a great atmosphere and I can't wait to put on a big performance in front of my people.”
Challenger McIntosh, meanwhile, is 13-2 (7 KO) and won the English light-heavyweight title in just his eighth pro bout, and 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.