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By Chris Walker




Liverpool’s Tony Bellew will have to wait just a tad longer to come face to face with former European champion, Danny Macintosh, as the Norfolk banger no-showed his final press commitment due to traffic reasons. The pair meet at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday night for Bellew’s British light-heavyweight title and the champion promised that his opponent can expect a painful evening.


“A brutal knockout is all that I’ll be satisfied with come fight night,” declared Bellew. “He’ll turn up Friday because he’s all about the cheque but I’m going to make sure that he earns every single penny of the purse that he’s fighting for. I’ve got real aspirations to go to the top in this game and I can’t afford to look anything less than 100% on Friday night and that means I’m going to have put Danny Macintosh asleep and render him unconscious.”


Show promoter Dave Coldwell was “extremely disappointed”with Macintosh’s absence but has promised fans that they can expect “a quality fight” when he turns up on Friday. “This is a fight that stood out to me when I saw it at the board meeting” revealed the Sheffield based promoter. “Everyone knows what type of excitement Tony Bellew brings to the table and Macintosh is from the Ingle gym, and I know that their fighters can certainly let their hands go. This has all the makings of a domestic classic and I’m certain that both fighters will deliver on the night.”


Eddie Hearn, co-promoting the event, was also eager to discuss the potential of this fight. “For those turning up on Friday night, they’re getting to see the country’s number one light-heavyweight fighter because I believe Tony Bellew is that man. I believe he beat Nathan Cleverly last year and I also believe he has what it takes to go on and become a world champion. Danny Macintosh is standing in the way of that so now it’s up to Bellew to go out in front of his hometown crowd on Friday and give them a performance that shows he’s capable of bigger things.”


Also announced at the press conference was the withdrawal of Jason Cook, who was set to face John Watson over eight rounds. Darren Hamilton steps in to replace him.



Tickets for “The Big Bang” featuring Tony Bellew v Danny Macintosh, John Watson Jnr v Darren Hamilton and a stacked undercard starring a number of the country’s leading prospects can be purchased from the Liverpool Echo Arena box office or by contacting 0844 8000 400


COLDWELL BOXING is pleased to announce that new signing Kieran Farrell will fight for the Central Area lightweight title.

The Heywood fighter will return to action in May and then contest his first title fight at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on June 22nd.

His opponent will be Nottinghamshire's Joe Elfidh, who beat former ABA champion Joe Hughes in his first fight back from a four year absence.

With both fighters unbeaten and a title at stake, promoter Dave Coldwell is expecting a great crossroads fight.

He said: "It's going to be a cracking fight. Kieran's served his apprenticeship in boxing and when he signed with me we wanted to get him the title fights.

"He's got his first fight with us in Birmingham in May and he's got to win that or all bets are off. But what I like about Kieran is that he's an old-school professional. He lives, eats and breathes boxing and I expect him to come through that no problems.

"Joe's coming off a great win himself and he's got great attributes as a fighter and with the Central Area title at stake too it should be a great fight for the fans and one they want to see.

"Kieran's got a great following in and around Bolton and everyone there will see two fighters who have come to fight."                                     

Farrell, 21, is delighted at the prospect of competitive bouts and believes Elfidh will bring the best out of him.

"Before I signed with Dave I saw that he was willing to roll the dice and that's what I'm like", said Farrell.

"I've done my learning in boxing and I'm still unbeaten. I want to face the best and test myself that's why I've just been sparring with Ashley Theophane, the British champion a division up.

"Joe has had a lay-off from boxing but came back with a good win and he's basically in his prime but my power is underestimated."

Elfidh's manager and promoter Stefy Bull is pleased that he's finally found a good match for his 32-year-old.

"I'm more than over the moon to find Joe a tough fight like this," he said.

"We were chasing Tommy Coyle but his management team didn't want the fight so when Kieran's name popped up I didn't have to think twice                                          

"We arranged it all quickly with Dave and it should be a good fight because it's two kids who aren't afraid to lose their '0' and they know that they can come back from a defeat

"As a former lightweight myself I've kept an eye on Kieran and I rate him as a fighter. He's been on one of Jamie McDonnell's undercards before and I think it'll be a hard fight but neither of them have much to lose and credit to them for taking it."

Farrell will fight on the 11th May at New Bingley Hall, Birmingham in a "tune up fight" against a yet to be named opponent.


After showcasing his aggressive, eye-pleasing style to a wide television audience in Prizefighter last September, and against Erick Ochieng in January, Liverpool’s Nick Quigley gets a grand homecoming on April 27th. The Tower Hill youngster tackles old foe Kevin McCauley at the Echo Arena on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s maiden Brirish title defence against Norfolk puncher, Danny Macintosh.


“It’s finally good to be fighting in my hometown,” buzzed Quigley. “Thirteen fights in and I’m fighting at home, it’s certainly been a long time coming hasn’t it? I’ve waited a long time for this and I’m looking to send everyone home happy. This is a moment that I’ve wanted badly and I get to do it in the number one venue that the city has to offer. Boxing at the Echo Arena has always been a dream of mine and I’m going to enjoy every single moment of it.”


Amassing his ledger against the familiar list of prospect opponents, Quigley ran up seven straight wins before entering the popular Matchroom tournament last autumn. Wins against city rival, Steve Harkin and Kris Agyei-Dua paved the way to the final against substitute, Robert Lloyd-Taylor, but the Merseyside man fell agonisingly short. His 2nd place finish was rewarded with an English title shot against Ochieng and after nine exhausting rounds; Quigley was compassionately rescued by his cornerman, and father, Tony Quigley Snr.


“That fight with Ochieng was a big learning curve for me and I’ve been working hard on putting right what went wrong that night. I’ve got no problems fighting at a fast pace because I’m always at a very fit standard whether I’ve got a fight coming up or not. He [Ochieng] caught me with a few good body shots and that was the difference so me and my dad have been working on making sure that doesn’t happen again. I’m desperate to get back to title class because I definitely feel I belong there and the way back starts at the Echo Arena next week.”




Tickets for “The Big Bang” featuring Tony Bellew v Danny Macintosh, John Watson Jnr v Jason Cook and a stacked undercard starring a number of the country’s leading prospects can be purchased from the Liverpool Echo Arena box office or by contacting 0844 8000 400


COLDWELL BOXING is delighted to announce that amateur boxers under the age of sixteen will be able to watch their shows for just 10.

Starting with the Liverpool Echo Arena bill headlined by Tony Bellew's British title clash with Danny McIntosh on April 27, amateur boxers can pay 10 on the night for an unreserved seat. All they have to produce is their medical card and photo i.d when paying for their ticket.

For the upcoming Birmingham (Friday 11 May) and Rotherham (Friday 8th June) shows, 3 out of every ticket bought will be given to their amateur club and the offer will also be available on all of their future shows.

Entry into professional shows is expensive, especially in the current financial climate, and promoter Dave Coldwell is happy to give something back to the sport.

Coldwell said: "We feel that many of our fans and stars of the future cannot get to watch boxing live because times are hard right now and by putting this offer into practice we are doing our bit to help the sport grow.

"I appreciate that the amateur clubs put their time and effort in without much financial reward and it's difficult for them to keep going. 3 per ticket is only a small help, but if they become a regular follower of our shows maybe it can add up to pay a bill over the course of a year.

"A lot of kids shouldn't have to miss out on going to see the big fights because watching the top shows is a great experience for them and we're very happy to be able to offer this deal."


By Chris Walker

It was nine months ago that the name of Stephen Jennings was thrust upon domestic boxing audiences. A well known sporting figure in his beloved Kirkby parish, Jennings aimed to walk before he could crawl when he bravely challenged Derry Mathews for the vacant lightweight Masters belt. Titles were not “Jenko’s” immediate priority back then, it was the scalp of Mathews, who went on to unsuccessfully challenge for Gavin Rees’ European strap. Making his return on David Coldwell’s Big Bang epic, Jennings is relishing the road back to future big fights.

“The Mathews fight was a gamble that didn’t pay off but I got a lot more experience that night then what I would have boxing journeymen for another 18 months. People don’t realise just how close me and Derry are, he’s been a friend to me for a while and I was certain I was getting him at the right time but it shows you how classy he can be when he’s fully on song. We had a good talk afterwards and he gave me some really encouraging words about the future. I still believe I’m destined for title class and April 27this the first place to prove it.”

Professional since 2009, injuries and personal setbacks have prevented Jennings from adding to his seven fight ledger but the Merseyside man can call on a wealth of experience from his unpaid term. An international foe of leading welterweight, Devon Alexander, Jennings enjoyed a successful vest career as he collected two Junior ABA gongs whilst competing for Tower Hill ABC. With the Mathews defeat firmly behind him, Jennings is hoping that his Echo Arena debut is the start of a busy 2012.

“I’ve just got to get fights on a regular basis against opponents who will bring the best out of me,” insisted the 27 year old. “Me and Kieran Farrell were meant to get it on earlier this year but that fell through because I couldn’t make the weight on short notice but that’s boxing for you and I’ve found that out the hard way. I’ve just got to keep on getting the right fights at the right times and I’m sure that’ll bring me on. I’m desperate to show people what I can do and that’s what April 27th is all about. Sky will be there, the arena will have a big crowd, and hopefully they’ll all go away impressed by my performance.”

Tickets for “The Big Bang” featuring Tony Bellew v Danny Macintosh, John Watson Jnr v Jason Cook and a stacked undercard starring a number of the country’s leading prospects can be purchased from the Liverpool Echo Arena box office or by contacting 0844 8000 400


After a spectacular knockout during his professional debut last month, Hosea “The Hammer” Burton will look to be just as explosive when he graces the square circle on June 8th in Rotherham.

Taking his place on the undercard of “Real Steel”, at the Magna Science Centre in six weeks time, the super middleweight created a bit of a buzz after demolishing Viktor Tzonev in one round last time out, a performance that was screened on Sky Sports boxing magazine show ‘Ringside’ days later.

If he successfully negotiates his way past Joe Jones at ‘The Big Bang’ in Liverpool this month, the 23-year old Mancunian will look to lay down “The Hammer” once again on the undercard of the much anticipated British light welterweight title eliminator between Curtis Woodhouse and Dale Miles.

“I wouldn’t care if I had to fight every week,” declared Burton.

“I’d like to have as many fights as possible (this year) and with training going good for Liverpool, I’ll be all set for Rotherham too. I can’t wait.”

Promoter David Coldwell is looking forward to seeing his young star shine in June on such an eagerly awaited show.

“Obviously that fight (Woodhouse vs Miles) is going to get a lot of attention because it’s a massive showdown so it’s a great chance to showcase him (Hosea).

“The idea is to get him active and keep him in the public eye. I really do rate the kid. I really believe he can go on to be on of the big names in the domestic division in years to come.”


David Coldwell for Coldwell Boxing presents “Real Steel” from the Magna Science Centre in Rotherham on Friday 8th June 2012.

Tickets are available at £30 and remaining ringside tickets are priced at £60. Act now to take your seat for one of the fights of the year!

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McIntosh chest infection pushes Liverpool date back two weeks

Tony Bellew’s British light heavyweight title defence against Danny McIntosh at the Echo Arena in Liverpool has been postponed until Friday April 27 after McIntosh withdrew with a chest infection.

The pair were due to clash for the belt on April 13 in Merseyside but McIntosh and injured undercard stars John Watson (rib) and Scotty Cardle (knee) will now have a further fortnight to prepare for the rescheduled date.

“Illness and injury cannot be helped and it’s unfortunate as both Tony and Danny have been training hard for the fight,” said show promoter Dave Coldwell.

“I’m sure Danny will be ready and in great shape on April 27, and it promises to be a great evening with a cracking card lined up.”

Tickets purchased for the show remain valid for the rescheduled date.


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by Chris Walker

Dave Coldwell’s “Big Bang” that hits Liverpool’s Echo Arena on April 13th is the beginning of a bumper eight days showcasing a whole host of Merseyside sporting talent. That period concludes with Derry Mathews challenging Manchester’s Anthony Crolla for the latter’s British lightweight title, and the Liverpool man is confident that Liverpool will have plenty to brag about when all is said is done.

“It’s going to be a good time to be a boxing fan in Liverpool,” beamed the former European title challenger. “Dave [Coldwell] is delivering a big one in the Echo Arena with Tony Bellew fighting Danny Macintosh and that’s likely to be an exciting scrap but you’ve also got a load of local lads on the undercard with big futures. Nathan Brough, Joe Tonks John Watson and Andy Colquhoun are all good lads and they’ll be aiming to put on a show because it really is a massive event.”

After supporting a cluster of good friends, Mathews’ focus will instantly shift back to Lonsdale honours when he faces Crolla at Oldham just over a week later. Despite operating in belt class for large portions of his decade-long career, this is Mathews’ first attempt at the famous honour and he aims to grab this unlikely opportunity with both hands.

“Crolla’s a top talent, he’s a kid I really rate but I know what I’ve got what it takes to beat him. I made a lot of mistakes in the [Emiliano] Marsili fight and I was punished but this is the most dedicated and disciplined I’ve ever been in my life. There’s nothing left for me if I can’t beat Crolla so you can say I’m fighting for my career. I’m hungry for his title and I’ve got the style to beat him. Mark my words; me and Bellew are going to be British champions on April 21st.”


David Coldwell in association with Eddie Hearn presents ‘The Big Bang’ which is live and exclusive on Sky Sports HD on Friday, 13th April 2012.


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