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Into the Lion’s Den for heavyweight TK

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There’s a very busy five weeks ahead for Fighting Chance heavyweight soldier, Jone TK Volau with not one, but two big fights lined up.

Having to juggle life as a soldier with life as a heavyweight professional boxer was never going to be easy but for TK, with four wins from five already to his name, the next spell is crucial to his progression.

Narrowly losing, by a point, to Josh Sandland, in his last outing, TK will first head to Germany on June 17 to face undefeated Burak Sahin on the Paul Smith – Tyron Zeuge world title undercard; then, on his return, he’ll have a quick turn-around before heading to Scotland to face Jay Carrigan-McFarlane in what’s an expected six rounder.

“The last fight (against Sandland) still haunts me,” began TK.

“I need to put that behind me and will look to do good things in Germany and then Scotland. It was a tough decision to make when we got the call but we believe I’ve got the talent and we’ve looked in detail at both him (Sahin) and his past opponents.

“It’s because of what we’ve seen we believe that I can go there and do the business on what will be a great fight card.

“Take nothing away from Sahin though but he’s fought nobody like me and I intend on going there and causing an upset, I can’t wait to get back out there.”

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With five months since that last outing for TK, being in the army will do that for sure, TK is a non-stop action man in and out of the ring.

Sandland’s blip aside the four wins have seen him impress enough to warrant high quality outings on the road and, although he’s had doubters since turning professional in late 2015, the now 33-year-old is aiming for title gold over the next twelve months, with a potential Northern Area title clash at the end of the year, then gunning for the English in 2018.

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“I’ve been away due to obvious work commitments so now I’m trying to get busy again,” TK continued.

“The rest of the lads in the gym have two fights at least up on me so I have to play catch-up (he laughed) and this is a big opportunity for any fighter.

“After these two I’m looking at an Area title shot in December and I’ll be happy to then go for the (vacant) English next year.”

Doubters will always doubt, it’s down to fighters like TK to prove them wrong and do the business, in and out of the ring. With a strong team around him, including the ‘old man’ Ronnie Rowe and trainer Gary Barr, TK’s belief in his abilities is there to see, the loveable heavyweight preparing to blitz all-comers, with a surprising secret weapon in his corner, the pocket rocket, Paul Charters.

“I’ve worked really hard for this, to get to where I am,” admitted TK.

“I’ll be ready though and age is nothing in the heavyweights, people shouldn’t doubt me though and I’ve just got to believe in myself and that’s what I do.

“Going to Germany proves a lot and the Sauerland’s (promoters) have been great in the run-up so we can’t wait to get out there. I’ve asked for Paul (Charters) to come with us so I’m looking forward to that, he’s a great bloke and good to have someone like him in your corner.”

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Selby to defend title on Joshua – Martin fight card in April

                                     (Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig)

Welsh star faces American mandatory at The O2

Lee Selby will defend his IBF World Featherweight title against mandatory challenger Eric Hunter at The O2 in London on April 9, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The Welsh ace returns to the venue where he won the title against Evgeny Gradovich in May and it’s his first defence on British soil following after he made his maiden defence against Fernando Montiel in Arizona in October, defeating the three-weight World champion on points.

Selby now faces his first mandatory defence in the shape of Hunter, the Philadelphia man known as ‘The Outlaw’ who takes his first shot at a World title in his first fight outside America.

The 29 year old champion has vowed to hold onto his title in style and is excited by the prospect of fighting at The O2 for the third time in his career.

“I can’t wait,” said Selby. “I’ve always wanted to box on April 9 and I’ve been working towards that and my head’s been on it, so now it’s confirmed its great news.

“Hunter looks decent and it will be a good fight, but I am more than ready for this one. It’s always nice to fight in front of your home fans so it will be great to have my second defence in front of my own people.

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“Last time I went away to America, so it was hard for them to watch. It was on in the early hours of the morning but this time they will get to see me and that is important. I will be at my best.

“I will show why I am the IBF world champion and show people what I can do.”

“This is a great fight,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “I think the toughest of Lee’s career and I’m delighted to add it to this huge night of boxing. Lee has boxed at The O2 on a number of occasions and who can forget his defining moment against Gradovich to win the title there just under a year ago. I think the atmosphere and occasion will see him shine on this bumper night for British boxing.”

Selby’s clash with Hunter is part of a bumper night at the sold-out London venue as Anthony Joshua MBE challenges Charles Martin for the American’s IBF World Heavyweight title, while there’s a key Middleweight battle between former World title challengers Matthew Macklin and Brian Rose, plus more fights to be confirmed soon.

World Champions & Liverpool stars set to meet fans tomorrow

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 (Image courtesy of Lawrence Lusting as Crolla gets his world title)

World champions Anthony Crolla and Jamie McDonnell will be joined by Liverpool’s Smith brothers in meeting the fans at the Manchester Arena from midday ahead of the weigh in for Saturday night’s blockbuster clash at the venue, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Manchester favourite Crolla won the WBA World Lightweight crown in the Manchester Arena on a magical night in November, stopping Darleys Perez in the fifth round of their rematch to complete his fairy tale year.

WBA Bantamweight king McDonnell is in town to support his twin brother Gavin as he faces Jorge Sanchez for the WBC Silver Super-Bantamweight crown and World title eliminator as the chief support bout on Saturday. Jamie was one of Britain’s stand-out performers in 2015, twice travelling to Texas to defeat Japanese star Tomoki Kameda in World title clashes.

The Smith brothers – Callum, Stephen and Paul – are set for stellar years with Callum first up in a World title eliminator in April, Stephen preparing for his World title clash with Jose Pedraza while two-time World title challenger Paul is ready to get back into the exciting Super-Middleweight mix.

Carl Frampton MBE and Scott Quigg’s Super-Bantamweight showdown tops a massive night of action at the sold-out Manchester Arena, as Gavin McDonnell faces Jorge Sanchez for the WBC Silver Super-Bantamweight title and an official eliminator for the WBC World title, Marco McCullough faces Isaac Lowe for the vacant Featherweight title and Belfast’s Ryan Burnett takes on Frenchman Anthony Settoul for the vacant WBC International Bantamweight title.

Unbeaten Light-Heavyweights Hosea Burton and Miles Shinkwin clash for the vacant British title, unbeaten Flyweight talent Charlie Edwards meets Belfast’s Luke Wilton, while there’s action for Commonwealth gold medallists Josh Taylor and Scott Fitzgerald, Conrad Cummings and Marcus Morrison.

World champions Anthony Crolla and Jamie McDonnell will be joined by Liverpool’s Smith brothers in meeting the fans at the Manchester Arena from midday ahead of the weigh in for Saturday night’s blockbuster clash at the venue, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Manchester favourite Crolla won the WBA World Lightweight crown in the Manchester Arena on a magical night in November, stopping Darleys Perez in the fifth round of their rematch to complete his fairy tale year.

WBA Bantamweight king McDonnell is in town to support his twin brother Gavin as he faces Jorge Sanchez for the WBC Silver Super-Bantamweight crown and World title eliminator as the chief support bout on Saturday. Jamie was one of Britain’s stand-out performers in 2015, twice travelling to Texas to defeat Japanese star Tomoki Kameda in World title clashes.

The Smith brothers – Callum, Stephen and Paul – are set for stellar years with Callum first up in a World title eliminator in April, Stephen preparing for his World title clash with Jose Pedraza while two-time World title challenger Paul is ready to get back into the exciting Super-Middleweight mix.

Carl Frampton MBE and Scott Quigg’s Super-Bantamweight showdown tops a massive night of action at the sold-out Manchester Arena, as Gavin McDonnell faces Jorge Sanchez for the WBC Silver Super-Bantamweight title and an official eliminator for the WBC World title, Marco McCullough faces Isaac Lowe for the vacant Featherweight title and Belfast’s Ryan Burnett takes on Frenchman Anthony Settoul for the vacant WBC International Bantamweight title.

Unbeaten Light-Heavyweights Hosea Burton and Miles Shinkwin clash for the vacant British title, unbeaten Flyweight talent Charlie Edwards meets Belfast’s Luke Wilton, while there’s action for Commonwealth gold medallists Josh Taylor and Scott Fitzgerald, Conrad Cummings and Marcus Morrison.

Thursday, February 25, 7pm, Frampton vs. Quigg Fans Forum, The National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG

Frampton v Quigg is live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday 27 February. Buy now at skysports.com/framptonquigg

Gone in 90 Seconds – Champion tells challenger – I’m coming to take your fans

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(Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig)

Tickets for the IBF World Heavyweight title blockbuster between champion Charles Martin and Olympic gold medal sensation Anthony Joshua MBE sold-out in just 90 seconds on Friday ahead of their clash at The O2 in London on April 9, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Martin travels to England for the first defence of the title that he landed in Brooklyn in January against Vyacheslav Glazkov, and the California-based St Louis powerhouse has told Joshua that he’ll knock him out to retain his title – and take his fans in the process.

“I’m strong and I’ll be ready to KO him and win over his fans,” said Martin. “The boxing scene here is booming and I want to be a part of it.

“It’s just business – and I’ll show on the night that I mean business. I will return to the UK in April in phenomenal shape, ready for battle. He’s a pretty specimen and those muscles are fine and dandy, but when he gets tired, I get stronger, when he starts to go downhill. There’s no fear in me. I’ve been walking this earth for 29 years now, I am afraid of no man. I want what he’s got – the praise, the attention and the fans – plain and simple.”

Martin brings 21 KOs from his 23 wins to the Greenwich venue that Joshua has turned into his hometown fortress. The London 2012 Super-Heavyweight king as recorded six of his 15 KO wins at the arena, with the latest in December against Dillian Whyte – but Martin says that fight, and his own win over Glazkov, has no bearing on April’s showdown.

“People say you are only as good as your last fight, but that’s in the past,” said Martin. “When he’s in there with me I’m going to keep my eyes on him, stay sharp – it’s not him and Dillian Whyte, it’s him and Charles Martin, I’m going to study him in my camp and I’ll keep my eyes on him until the job is done.”

Tickets for April 9 are also available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ – StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing.

Hall preparing for Guerrero showdown, then it’s Haskins

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Former world title holder, Darlington’s Stuart Hall, is back in the mix after a slow and steady build-up to the fringes of a possible world title shot.

Boasting a 19-4-2(7) record, Hall, who won the British Lonsdale belt outright in 2011 before capping a remarkable career in Leeds in December 2013 when he defeated Vusi Malinga over twelve rounds, has been on a rollercoaster since.

That rollercoaster comes full circle this April when Darlington’s finest takes on Rodrigo Guerrero in a final eliminator for the IBF World super bantamweight strap, presently held by Hall’s foe, Lee Haskins.

Speaking of the chances presented him Hall said: “He (Guerrero) is a good fighter, a typical Mexican and we will have to use brains and tactics for this as he will come to fight – but I am going to win this whether on points or via stoppage.

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“I’m back up there now, under the big lights and it’s going to be a great night of boxing, more so with Josh (Warrington) headlining and with Sky Sports the biggest stage of all, I’m on there now so I will win this, and then take care of my rematch with Haskins.”

“Eddie (Hearn) has done great to get this opportunity and I hope I’ll be able to repay him with the win, that’s the aim as this is my chance, my last chance, right now, and I will do everything in my power to win this, after all I wouldn’t have got this far without the help of my coaches and my wife Emma who is doing a fantastic job with our children.”

There are opportunities available to sponsor Stuart Hall in his world title eliminator and hopeful world title bid later this year, any interested parties should contact the PBNG Head of Media & PR, Peter Mann via petermann78@hotmail.com or  07596657371.

Read initial Matchroom Press Release HERE

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Hall lands final eliminator

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Josh meets Amagasa and Stuart tackles Rodrigo Guerrero

Josh Warrington will defend his WBC International Featherweight title against Hisashi Amagasa and Stuart Hall lands an IBF World Bantamweight title final eliminator against Rodrigo Guerrero at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, on April 16, live on Sky Sports.

Warrington makes the second defence of his crown at his hometown fortress following his comprehensive win over Joel Brunker in September, and the Leeds star risks his title and unbeaten record against the dangerous Japanese visitor who floored Guillermo Rigondeaux twice in their clash in Osaka in December 2014. Hasegawa brings an ominous 20 KO wins from his 30 triumphs, and bags of experience from his 12 years as a pro.

Hall is looking to regain the title he landed in 2013 and must see off the Mexican Guerrero in order to hunt down a domestic dust-up with current champion Lee Haskins, looking for revenge over the Bristolian after they met for the European crown in July 2012. Former IBF Super-Flyweight World champion Guerrero brings 16 KO wins from 24 victories, and will be looking to derail the popular Darlington man’s attempts to take back his belt.

Tickets for April 16 go on pre-sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members tomorrow (Tuesday February 16) and on general sale on Wednesday on a stacked bill with further fights to be announced next week, and promoter Eddie Hearn believes it could be the most important evening in the careers of both men.

“This is a massive night for both Josh and Stuart,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Josh is hunting a summer clash with IBF champion Lee Selby, so he cannot afford any slip-ups against Japanese banger Amagasa.

“It would be a great story if Stuart could get his hands on the IBF belt once again – and he knows that this could be his last chance. Guerrero will be a handful for the Darlington man, but I know Stuart is desperate to land a fight with Lee and settle the score.”

Tickets are sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members from midday tomorrow (Tuesday February 16) with tickets priced at £30, £40, £60 and £100 and VIP tickets priced at £150 available from the Fight Pass area at www.matchroomboxing.com.

Tickets go on general sale from midday on Wednesday (Wednesday February 17) with tickets in the £30-100 bracket available from the First Direct Arena at www.firstdirectarena.com and on 0844 248 1585. VIP tickets priced at £150 are available exclusively from Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com.

Tickets for April 16 are also available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ – StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing.

MEDIA ALERT: JOSH WARRINGTON AND STUART HALL PRESS CONFERENCE ON WEDNESDAY IN LEEDS

WHEN: Wednesday February 17, midday for 12.30pm WHERE: The Leeds Club, 3 Albion Place, Leeds LS1 6JL

Eddie Hearn invites all media to a press conference at The Leeds Club at 12.30 on Wednesday (February 17) to announce details of our show at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on April 16. Warrington, Hall and show promoter Eddie Hearn will be available for one-on-one interviews.