BROOK: THIS COULD BE MY LAST FIGHT IN SHEFFIELD

Kell Brook says his clash with Michael Zerafa at the FlyDSA Arena on December 8 could be the final time he fights in Sheffield, as he looks to pursue career-defining fights at Welterweight.

The Steel City hero is close to securing a long-awaited British battle with former two-weight king Amir Khan in 2019 and has promised to deliver a ‘blistering performance’ for his hometown fans when he takes on Australia’s Zerafa next week.

Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena holds happy memories for ‘The Special One’, with successful defences of his IBF World title against Ionut Dan Ion in 2015 and then Kevin Bizier in 2016.

He was last in action in March when he swept away Sergey Rabchenko inside two rounds in Sheffield to claim the WBC Silver Super-Welterweight title and is aiming for a similar performance against former Commonwealth Champion Zerafa.

“This will be an emotional fight for me because I think this will be my last in Sheffield,” said Brook. “We hope that the Khan fight is next and after I’ve knocked him out I want the Spence rematch and it’s likely that will be in the States.

“There’s other huge fights out there for me at Welterweight. Shawn Porter holds the WBC belt and there’s other big names like Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia.

“For now all that’s on my mind is Zerafa – this is the moment and chance of his career but he’s meeting me at a terrible time. I’ve never been so focused and I plan of giving my Sheffield fans a blistering performance on December 8.”

Brook’s clash with Zerafa tops a huge night of boxing in the Steel City.

Unbeaten Irish star Jono Carroll faces French former European Champion Guillaume Frenois in a final eliminator to become mandatory challenger to IBF Super-Featherweight World Champion Tevin Farmer.

Rising Welterweight star Josh Kelly steps up in class as he takes on former WBA World Champion David Avanesyan in his ninth professional contest.

Explosive Liverpool Super-Welterweight Anthony Fowler is in title action as he targets a showdown with newly-crowned British Champion Ted Cheeseman in 2019 and IBF no.1 Featherweight contender Kid Galahad stays busy with an eye on the winner of Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton.

Sheffield is well represented on the undercard with Welterweight Anthony Tomlinson, Super-Middleweight Callum Hancock and Middleweight Shakiel Thompson all in action, while Leeds Super-Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq and Denaby Lightweight Terri Harper also feature.

Tickets for Brook vs. Zerafa priced at £40, £60, £100 and £200 (Inner Ring VIP) are available to purchase via StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk) FlyDSA Arena (www.flydsaarena.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com)

KELLY: I’M DOWN FOR THE YELEUSSINOV REMATCH

Josh Kelly says he is on a collision course with former amateur rival and Olympic Gold medallist Daniyar Yeleussinov.

‘Pretty Boy’ faces the toughest test of his eight-fight professional career on December 8 at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield when he defends his WBA International Welterweight crown against former World Champion David Avanesyan, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

The North East sensation has made a blistering start to life in the paid ranks, landing his first professional title in just his sixth fight against former World ruler Carlos Molina before stopping Kris George in his next fight to earn the Commonwealth strap in Newcastle.

And now the Adam Booth-protege has set his sights on the World title picture in 2019.

One of the greatest amateurs of modern times, Yeleussinov defeated Kelly on the way to Olympic glory at the 2016 Rio Games, but ‘PBK’ feels he has made a smoother transition to the pro game and would be keen for a rematch with the Kazakh star when the time is right.

“I’m down for the rematch with Daniyar Yeleussinov,” said Kelly. “He beat me in the Olympics but as a professional I’ve made the transition much better than he has. When’s the right time to meet? When does it make sense? Those questions are to play out but we’re definitely on a collision course. I’ll enjoy that one in particular, there’s unfinished business.

“My full attention is on Avanesyan and I’m glad to be boxing in Sheffield for the first time as a pro. I’m obviously familiar with the area from the Team GB days so it’s nice to be coming back.

“Adam is moving me quickly, it’s been a short turn around since the last fight in Manchester. Avanesyan is an ex World Champion. He’s boxed Mosley and Peterson who are at the top level. I’ve done my due diligence and we think this is the right step. I’m ready to make that leap and I’m hoping he can test me.

“The Welterweight division is stacked from top to bottom and that excites me and helps me to switch on to remain there for the coming years.

“I’ve won two belts but this is only the start. It’s down to Adam and Eddie about what moves we make. Getting to World level you need to make these little steps, my goal is to lift a World title. People seem to forget I’ve only had eight fights as a professional. If I skip or fight for a British Title early then so be it. I’m just developing day in, day out.”

Kelly’s clash with Avanesyan is part of huge night of boxing in the Steel City.

Main event sees ‘The Special One’ Kell Brook take on Australia’s former Commonwealth Super-Welterweight Champion Michael Zerafa.

Unbeaten Irish star Jono Carroll faces French former European Champion Guillaume Frenois in a final eliminator to become mandatory challenger to IBF Super-Featherweight World Champion Tevin Farmer.

Explosive Liverpool Super-Welterweight Anthony Fowler is in title action as he targets a showdown with newly-crowned British Champion Ted Cheeseman in 2019 and IBF no.1 Featherweight contender Kid Galahad stays busy with an eye on the winner of Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton.

Sheffield is well represented on the undercard with Welterweight Anthony Tomlinson, Super-Middleweight Callum Hancock and Middleweight Shakiel Thompson all in action, while Leeds Super-Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq and Denaby Lightweight Terri Harper also feature.

Tickets for Brook vs. Zerafa priced at £40, £60, £100 and £200 (Inner Ring VIP) are available to purchase via StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk) FlyDSA Arena (www.flydsaarena.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com)

DOYLE: I DIDN’T HAVE A WAR WITH BELLOTTI JUST TO GIVE THE TITLE AWAY

Ryan Doyle is targeting a shot at the British Featherweight crown if he comes through his fight with Jordan Gill at the Copper Box Arena.

Doyle, 27, makes the first defence of his Commonwealth title against Cambridgeshire’s Gill on Saturday October 27, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

The Manchester man hit the big time after his shock win over Reece Bellotti in June, stopping the rising talent in five epic rounds, and is wasting no time as he looks to build on his career best win by jumping straight back in against the undefeated Dave Coldwell-trained starlet.

“I’ve had good preparation for this fight, we had eight weeks notice and everything has gone to plan,” said Doyle. “I’ve had World class sparring with WBA Bantamweight World Champion Ryan Burnett and former World title challenger Charlie Edwards.

“We’ve put everything into this camp and I’ll be in the best shape of my career on October 27th. Knocking work on the head has allowed me to train full-time and everyone will see the difference that makes on fight night.

“I’ve watched the Bellotti fight back, it was a good performance by myself and I’m happy with it, there’s one or two things that we have tightened up on. I need to improve with every fight. ”

Gill trains alongside the likes of Tony Bellew and Jamie McDonnell at Coldwell’s gym in Rotherham and is highly-regarded by his gym mates, but Doyle believes his experience and heart will show on the night.

“I don’t know a massive amount about Jordan but what I do know is he’s technically very good. He’s not put a foot wrong as a professional, he’s done everything right so far. However, I don’t believe he’s been in the same fights that I have, I’m battle hardened, I’ve been in the wars. It’s Jordan’s time now to have a little go but I didn’t have a war with Bellotti just to give the title away.

“I understand that Jordan has got a good stable behind him, a good trainer, he’s definitely a stiff test for me. I’ve got to be 100% on my game to beat him. Like I said, I haven’t been in these gruelling fights just to give it all away.

“There’s no bad blood whatsoever, we’re both professional athletes and you conduct yourself in the right way, but come fight night it will be a different story. I’ve fought hard to keep my career alive and I won’t be surrendering my title without a fight.”

Doyle, a former English Champion, has experienced several setbacks during his six-year career and was even considering retirement before his stunning win over Bellotti.

The Gorton pressure fighter is hoping a big win over Gill will signal the beginning of an exciting new chapter in his career.

“The Featherweight division is one of the best weight divisions in Britain at the moment. Outside of the top four or five fighters, anyone can beat anyone. It’s a real good mix at the minute.

“I would love a crack at the British title next but for now all of my focus is on Jordan Gill, if I don’t beat him then the bigger fights down the line won’t happen.

“At Christmas time I was looking at packing it all in and working full-time. Luckily I got the opportunity to fight Reece and I grabbed it with both hands. I’ve paid my dues, I’ve done it the hard way and now it’s time for my reign.”

Doyle vs. Gill is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington’s John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.

Bermondsey puncher Ted Cheeseman clashes with Reading’s Asinia Byfield for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title.

Luke Watkins and Isaac Chamberlain meet in a crunch Cruiserweight contest as both men look to move on from first career losses to rising star Lawrence Okolie and Jake Ball begins life under new trainer Dominic Ingle with a WBA Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight title fight with Craig ‘Spider’ Richards.

There’s action elsewhere from Wokingham Middleweight Felix Cash, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield and Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox.

Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 (VIP) and are available to purchase from www.stubhub.co.uk and www.copperboxarena.org.

CHEESEMAN: BYFIELD DOESN’T DESERVE A SHOT AT THE BRITISH TITLE

Ted Cheeseman has accused Asinia Byfield of talking his way into their British title fight and says the outspoken Reading man doesn’t deserve a shot at such a prestigious belt.

The bitter Super-Welterweight rivals will battle for the Lonsdale belt at the Copper Box Arena on October 27, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Cheeseman puts his unbeaten 14-fight record on the line when he meets former Southern Area Champion Byfield, and ‘The Big Cheese’ is determined to prove he is levels above ’DGhost’ by dishing out a crushing defeat.

“I’ve wanted this fight for a while because I don’t like the way Byfield conducts himself,” said Cheeseman. “He’s mouthy and always tries to talk his way into big fights. I don’t think he’s worked his way into this position.

“What does Asinia Byfield bring to the table? An unbeaten record? No. A title? No. So what do you want to fight him for? Once I’m done with him no one will even remember who he is.

“He’s managed to talk his way into a big fight but he’s going to get found out massively. He’s done nothing to justify him fighting for a British title and that will show on the night.

“He’s a very awkward opponent. Stylistically, he’s not a good boxer or a good fighter. He’s just awkward and tires to spoil you. But I’m more than ready for this fight. I’ve had some good sparring and I’m ready to take on that type of style.

“He probably thinks the only way he can beat me is by making me angry and forcing me into mistakes. That’s the kind of fight he likes but he hasn’t got into my head at all. I’m going to get in there and fight my type of fight.

“The Light Middleweight division is thriving at the moment and hopefully there’s some big opportunities out there for me after I win the British title.”

Cheeseman vs. Byfield is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena topped by Islington’s John Ryder taking on undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title.

Gortan’s Ryan Doyle looks to build on his shock win over Reece Bellotti as he defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against the talented and undefeated Jordan Gill.

Luke Watkins and Isaac Chamberlain meet in a crunch Cruiserweight contest as both men look to move on from first career losses to rising star Lawrence Okolie and Jake Ball begins life under new trainer Dominic Ingle with a WBA Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight title fight with Craig ‘Spider’ Richards.

There’s action elsewhere from Wokingham Middleweight Felix Cash, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield and Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox.

Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 (VIP) and are available to purchase from www.stubhub.co.uk and www.copperboxarena.org.

MATCHROOM BOXING RETURN TO MONACO WITH WORLD TITLE DOUBLE-HEADER ON NOVEMBER 24

Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and the Casino de Monte-Carlo are delighted to confirm further details of the third edition of the Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza – a night of World Championship Boxing taking place on Saturday November 24, live on Sky Sportsin the UK and DAZN in the US.

Main event on an action-packed evening of boxing in the stunning Monaco setting sees dangerous Russian Denis Lebedev (31-2, 23 KO’s) defend his WBA Cruiserweight World title against undefeated American Mike Wilson (19-0, 8 KO’s).

China’s 20-0 Heavyweight star Zhilei Zhang puts his WBO Oriental title on the line against Russia’s Alexander Ustinov (34-2, 25 KO’s) in the toughest fight of his career. The 2008 Olympic silver medallist is targeting a potential showdown with his old amateur rival, Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua OBE.

WBA Super-Flyweight World Champion Kal Yafai (24-0, 15 KO’s) aims to maintain his undefeated record when he makes the fourth defence of his crown against Mexico’s Israel Gonzalez (23-2, 10 KO’s). Yafai stopped another Mexican, David Carmona, in seven rounds on his US debut in California in May and is promising another explosive performance on November 24.

‘Wise Guy’ Frank Buglioni (23-3-1, 16 KO’s) returns to title action as he takes on China’s undefeated IBF Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight Champion Fanlong Meng (13-0, 8 KO’s) and Kazakhstan’s Rio Olympic gold medallist Daniyar Yeleussinov (3-0, 1 KO) is in action again as he continues his march towards conquering the professional ranks.

Further details of undercard additions will be announced in due course.

“I’m delighted to be back in Monaco for the third time for another fantastic night of World Championship boxing,” said Eddie Hearn. “It’s always special to return to the Casino de Monte-Carlo. It’s a stunning setting that’s unique within boxing and will be broadcast and enjoyed by fight fans throughout the World.”

“The Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza is one of the exclusive events hosted by Le Casino de Monte-Carlo for our high-end clients throughout the year,” said Mr. Pascal Camia, Gaming Operations Executive Vice President. “All year round, we offer tailor-made gaming and money can’t buy experiences in a legendary décor. More than a Championship, the Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza is a unique show celebrating the great luxury gaming.”

Tickets for November 24 start at €400 and will be available to purchase via www.montecarlolive.com, emailing ticketoffice@sbm.mc or phoning +377 98 06 36 36 later this week.

Irish sensation plans to steal the show against Serrano on Saturday

(Boston, Ma, Oct 15) Katie Taylor believes another show-stealing performance in her WBA and IBF World Lightweight title defense against Cindy Serrano at the TD Garden on Saturday night, live on DAZN can make her become a household name in Boston.
Taylor (10-0 5KOs) puts her titles on the line for the second time since picking the titles up in a war with Victoria Bustos in Brooklyn, New York in April, and her clash with Serrano (27-5-3 10KOs) marks Taylor’s third outing in America.

The 32 year old is sure to be a great hit with the Irish fans in Boston, and Taylor believes that taking over the Massachusetts capital and building a fan base to come back and unify the 135lbs division.

“I’m so excited about this fight,” said Taylor. “The fact it’s in Boston means it’s going to be like a home from home for me in there with all the Irish support.

“I love fighting in the US and this is a really big fight with a big name on a huge platform in Boston and on DAZN. These are the kinds of fights that I am in the sport for.

“It’s been an incredible journey so far. I am probably the highest paid female fighter in the World thanks to Eddie and Matchroom, I spoke to a lot of promoters before I spoke to Eddie and he really did have the same vision that I had.

“Eddie was as excited as me about the future, and now I have the chance to be a part of the new venture with DAZN too which is great for me. I am developing a fan base in the US as well as back home in Ireland and the UK, it’s such an exciting time for me and I am loving the pro game.”

Taylor’s clash with Serrano is part of a huge bill in Boston with three World title bouts on the slate.

Rhode Island’s Demetrius Andrade () aims for two-weight World glory as he faces big-punching unbeaten Namibian Walter Kautondokwa for the vacant WBO Middleweight title and Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer makes the first defense of his IBF World Super-Featherweight title against hard-hitting Belfast man James Tennyson.

Rhode Island’s Toka Kahn Cleary faces England’s Kid Galahad in a final eliminator for the IBF World Featherweight title, England’s all-action Tommy Coyle meets Quincy, Mass.’s Ryan Kielczweski over ten rounds, England’s Freddie Roach trained former World ruler Scott Quigg returns on the bill and Kazakhstan’s Olympic gold medal hero Daniyar Yeleussinov tastes action for the fourth time in the paid ranks.

Local favorite Mark DeLuca (Whitman, Mass.) is gunning for revenge when he meets Walter Wright in a rematch of their keenly fought clash in June that Wright edged via split decision, while there’s more Irish interest in Gorey Heavyweight Niall Kennedy and Tennyson’s fellow Belfast man Sean McComb.

Tickets for October 20 are on sale now from www.TDGarden.com

American Idol targets Tank – but wary of Belfast man in Boston

Tevin Farmer is targeting a mega fight with Gervonta Davis – but knows he must be on his guard as he defends his IBF World Featherweight title against James Tennyson at the TD Garden in Boston on Saturday night, live on DAZN.

Farmer (26-4-1 5KOs) makes the first defense of the crown he picked up in convincing fashion in August, flooring Australian Billy Dib in the ninth round of their clash in Sydney en-route to a landslide points win.

That win for the Philadelphia ace finally saw him reach the summit after a tumultuous journey to World title glory that saw a debut loss followed by further early career defeats, a shot hand and then receiving a rough decision in his first World title battle with Kenichi Ogawa in December, where his controversial split decision loss was then overturned to a no contest after the Japanese failed a drugs test.

Now the 28 year old has a World title around his waist, ‘American Idol’ is in no mood to let it go. Tennyson (22-0 18KOs) has more than earned his crack at the champ, but Farmer wants a statement victory in Boston to lead to a showdown with ‘Tank’ Davis, and believes his new set-up with DiBella Entertainment, Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN can deliver that blockbuster clash.

“It’s beautiful to have this support and backing now from Lou, Eddie and DAZN,” said Farmer. “We can really talk our stuff now, I’ve got the big money behind me to make any fight. It feels so good to be told I am going to be busy. Three fights – I can’t go four months without fighting, that’s great.

“I have a big fight on Saturday and I’m not over-looking James. you don’t get to this level for no reason and I know he’s going to come to fight and try to beat me, but that’s not going to be easy – he needs to make sure he
brings his A-game.

“I want to fight Gervonta Davis. I have a title, I have a great contract, so I don’t need him – but I have to have that fight. There’s been a lot of talking but I am about handling business. We’ve talked enough, I want the fight so let’s make it happen.

“There’s no more ‘get a title’ talk, there’s millions of dollars in that fight and it can be made, it’s one of the biggest fights in boxing. I don’t have to chase anyone, I’m the money out there now, get your ticket and I’ll pick it.

“The best want to fight the best and it’s got to happen. I am a fighter, that’s all I want, let’s leave the streets on the streets and doing the fighting in the ring.”

HOBSON REFLECTS ON A NIGHT OF MIXED FORTUNES

Dennis Hobson’s latest show served up a night of mixed fortunes for the Sheffield-based promoter.

Headlining at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on Friday October 12, live on Freesports (Freeview 95, Freesat 252, Sky 422, BT 95, Talk Talk 95, Virgin 553) were local fighters Loua Nassa and Tommy Frank, who both faced Tanzanian opposition in Commonwealth Title eliminators.

Nassa took on Nasibu Ramadhan in a bantamweight affair, while super flyweight Frank had to negotiate the challenge of Adam Yahaya, 18-3-1 (7).

Both men were in TV-friendly encounters but only unbeaten Tommy, 9-0 (1), survived unscathed, picking up a wide points victory over his African opponent.  Unfortunately, Ramadhan, 26-12-2 (14), proved too strong for Loua, 11-2, stopping the local favourite in the eighth round.

“I think Loua approached the fight all wrong from the first bell,” reflected Hobson after the show.  “He knew he was fighting a southpaw, but he didn’t seem to be taking any instructions in.  I was obviously disappointed in the outcome.  He showed naivety, it’s obvious he needs more experience, and for me he needs a lot more sparring quality.  Loua does have a lot of ability, but he played right into his opponent’s hands.  He kept throwing himself in, shortening his shots when he should have used his reach, and from the first bell he was loading up.  He kept getting clipped, it softened him up and obviously he got stopped.  He threw caution to the wind and committed professional suicide by not using his attributes.  I admire Loua a lot but he needs to go back to the drawing board.  We’ll sit down with him and his trainer Ryan [Rhodes] and see where we go from here.

“Tommy Frank conducts himself so well as a man, and he takes that maturity into the ring.  He left nothing to chance, there were times when he might have stepped up the gas a bit more when he seemed to hurt the kid.  But I think we have to give him a nine and a half out of ten, and the half is just because he didn’t get the stoppage, although he was close.

“What’s next for Tommy?  There could be a chance of making a fight with the Commonwealth champion Andrew Moloney, we’ll let things develop.  We’ve just stepped Tommy up a level, and I think we might want to look at a couple more fights before we go for a Commonwealth Title.  But he has put himself in the frame, and at these lower weights you can get catapulted quickly.  We could go for the Commonwealth belt, and I think Tommy is capable of upsetting anybody, or we could go in a different direction, get some more experience and start collecting titles.  That would be my preferred option, and if the Commonwealth Title happens to be one of them, then so be it.  I believe Tommy has all the attributes to get onto the world scene.”

 

Alan Shearer backs Lewis Ritson to go all the way to the top

Alan Shearer is backing Lewis Ritson to go all the way to the top – and the Newcastle United legend hopes the Lightweight sensation follows his path and packs St. James’ Park for a big fight night.

A star-struck Toon Army mad Ritson met the number nine idol in the build up to his European title clash with Francesco Patera on Saturday night (October 13) and the ‘Sandman’ has sold the Metro Radio Arena out after packing it to the rafters for the first time in June when he destroyed Paul Hyland Jr in a round to win the British title outright.

Gallowgate favourite Shearer knows all about the fanatical support in Newcastle after banging in 206 goals in ten seasons for his boyhood club, and he believes that the fans will soon be roaring him to World title honours on the hallowed turf.

“This will be my first ever fight that I’m attending so there’s no pressure for Lewis!” said Shearer.

“The fans are incredible up in Newcastle. If he keeps on winning then a fight a St James’ Park could happen as Lewis dreams of. 

“That buzz when you walk out at St. James’ is special. I never really used to hear the singing on the pitch during the game, when you walked out the atmosphere was loud and that’s when I used to soak it all in but when that whistle went it was game time and I was zoned in. 

“I used to stand on the terraces as a fan so to walk out and score in front of your own people is that bit more special. That’s the same for Lewis, but he’s knocking people out! 

“It’s been interesting to speak with Lewis and understand how much preparation goes in from his training team to study opponents. When I was playing I knew the strengths and weaknesses of the centre backs and map out in advance how I want the service.”

Shearer and Ritson have a common thread having both played for famed kids’ team Wallsend Boys as kids, and the hitman-turned-pundit thinks the club has played a part in his success – and along with his close bond with his trainer father, could help him stay at the top when he’s there.

“When I was a young boy playing at Wallsend Boys club it taught me a lot. Lewis played there as well and some of that discipline will have no doubt rubbed off on to his game. 

“Having his Dad standing there in the corner for each fight must be a proud feeling for the both of them. 

“What I would say to Lewis is the easy part is getting to the top, but the hard part is staying there. He’ll have the money, house, holidays and car. The opponents will know more about him and the level is only going to get tougher. It’s not easy and he’ll have to probably come through some tricky moments but he’s got a great team around him. 

“I’ll be there ringside and will be the first one to lead the songs when the Blaydon Races comes on.”

Ritson vs. Patera tops a huge night of action in Newcastle as rising Light-Heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi makes the first defence of his WBA International belt against Frenchman Tony Averlant, Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jnr faces Sunderland’s Glenn Foot for the British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight titles, Doncaster Heavyweight David Allen is gunning for another huge KO when he takes on Samir Neboand Cruiserweights Simon Vallily and Craig Glover meet over ten rounds.

There’s action elsewhere on the card from IBF European Super-Bantamweight Champion Thomas Patrick Ward, fast-rising Liverpool Welterweight Anthony Fowler, Newcastle Cruiserweight Lawrence Osueke, popular Benwell Super-Welterweight Joseph Laws, Spennymoor Welterweight Chad Ellis, Manchester Light-Heavyweight Hosea Burton, Newcastle Super-Lightweight Terry Wilkinson, Bedlington Lightweight Darren Reay and the professional debut of Scottish Super-Middleweight talent John Docherty.

Ritson vs. Patera fight week media schedule:

Thursday October 11 – PRESS CONFERENCE – midday for a 12.30pm start – Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1NP

Friday October 12 – WEIGH-IN – 1.00pm start – intu Metrocentre, Gateshead, NE11 9YG

OLEKSANDR USYK VS. TONY BELLEW PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Eddie Hearn:

“Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Manchester. The big fights just keep on coming after a fantastic weekend at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 people where Anthony Joshua defended his World titles in a brilliant fight against Alexander Povetkin. We bring you now what I believe is fight of the year, Tony Bellew challenging Oleksandr Usyk for the WBO, WBA, IBF, WBC and Ring Magazine World Championship titles – the first ever four belt undisputed fight ever in British boxing history and a massive event on November 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN across America as well. We have a huge night of boxing planned and already very few tickets left, we went on sale at midday today. There’s British Championship fights on the card between Ryan Walsh and Isaac Lowe, Scotty Cardle challenging Joe Cordina and Anthony Crolla here today will be in a Final Eliminator for the WBA title against Daud Yordan, back in the arena that has seen him in so many great fights. Josh Kelly will be on the card defending his WBA International title as well.”

Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing:

“It was another magnificent occasion at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night in front of 80,000 people. I’ve got to pinch myself a little bit, being amongst not only Tony Bellew today, but Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko – pound for pound greats. This is a fantastic era, it’s wonderful that these guys are giving us the best entertainment in the ring and we never forget that the fighters are what matters most. When Eddie told me about this matchup I had to sit down, Tony is going in after the double over David Haye and I’ve admired Oleksadnr Usyk for some years now.”

Gilberto Mendoza, President of the World Boxing Association:

“Good afternoon everyone, thank you England for once again welcoming the WBA. To have Tony Bellew fighting for one of the WBA World titles against one of the best boxers in the sport right now and a pound-for-pound star is great. The fight will be very interesting. We are always looking to put on the best fights for the fans. It’s also an honour to have Antony Crolla fighting in an eliminator for the WBA World title. It’s going to be a great night of boxing and I’m really pleased this is happening in England.”

Alex Karassyuk, K2 Promotions:

“It’s a great pleasure being here introducing such a great event on November 10. First of all, I would like to give huge credit to Eddie and his partners Sky Sports for the job they have done in recent years, giving new life to British boxing and boxing in the whole World. I hope our cooperation will not just be within one fight or two fights, but we will be able to bring some top-level events to Britain, Ukraine and the rest of the World. I would like to say some pleasant words to the true warrior, the lion heart that we respect so much, Tony Bellew. He proved many times that being an underdog does not mean being a loser. Of course, I will be supporting Usyk on November 10, but I want to wish Tony good luck and a successful training camp. Usyk is just extraordinary, he’s one in a million. Together we have accomplished every boxers’ dream within just 15 fights. In five years we collected all of the belts in the division. Now we are here in the native land of boxing. This matchup is something the World was waiting for, the winner will get all of these amazing belts and probably book a place in the boxing Hall of Fame. This is history in the making.”

Egis Klimas, manager of Oleksandr Usyk:

“I’m very proud to represent the best Cruiserweight in the division right now. I can say that for sure it is going to be a very tough fight. It’s not going to be an easy walk in the park. As we know, Tony is a very good fighter. Both of these guys want a challenge. Oleksandr doesn’t just want to defend his belts, he wants a challenge, just like Tony did during his age. He was the best Cruiserweight and there was nobody left for him to fight so he stepped into the Heavyweight division, that says a lot. Now that he has a challenge, he says ‘screw it, I’m coming down, I want a challenge and I want those belts’. That’s why I think this is going to be a very good bout.”

Anthony Crolla – Manchester, England – 33-6-3, 13 KO’s –  fighting Daud Yordan in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Lightweight World title:

“It’s a huge fight and I think mine and Daud Yordan’s styles will gel nicely, it’s going to be a great fight. There’s a lot of people going on about me being on the undercard for the first time in a while, but I’m honoured to be on the card with two fantastic fighters, I go way back with Tony Bellew. I’m just happy to be back in Manchester. It’s been a bit of a slow year with injuries and stuff, but I believe I’m better than ever. In the gym I’m improving and I’m looking forward to being back. I’d never be disrespectful and call Vasyl Lomachenko out but if he ever wants to fight in England and if I win on November 10 then there’s a good chance that fight happens, I’d love to get in the ring with him, he’s a fantastic fighter and one of the best fighters on the planet. It’s something that I’d look forward to, of course.”

Dave Coldwell, trainer of Tony Bellew:

“It’s something that I look at as a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m fortunate enough to have worked with Tony for a number of years and for me, to have the kind of fighter that he is and to have taken the fights that he has, that’s once in a lifetime stuff. To cap it off with an undisputed Cruiserweight World title fight is as big as it gets, it’s for all of the marbles, it’s the pinnacle.

“I wanted him to retire and walk away after the last David Haye fight. I saw Usyk call Tony’s name straight after winning the World Super Series during his interview in the ring and I thought ‘oh sh*t we’re going again’. I just knew, I didn’t have to text him or anything, I just knew it was a fight that was going to happen. So, we’re here and it’s a massive challenge but it’s only fitting. He’s a man that everyone loves to give zero chance. Now he’s showing his metal, his heart and his determination because there’s something there that he wants and he’s going to put it all on the line once more, we can’t wait.”

Oleksandr Usyk – Kiev, Ukraine – 15-0, 11 KO’s – Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion of the World – defending his belts against Tony Bellew:

“I’m sure it won’t be an easy fight for me and I’m really glad to come back to England, the country which gave me a chance to get some trophies already, that mean a lot in my life. I’m not thinking about Tony Bellew at this moment, I’m just concentrating on my training camp and thinking about how I will overcome all of the challenges ahead of me before the fight. I’m not a monster, I’m a white rabbit. I picked Tony Bellew because he is the man that takes the biggest challenges. He is not the usual type of fighter that will come, see how hard it is and quit. He will come to fight until the end. These are the kind of fights that the World wants to see.”

Tony Bellew – Liverpool, England – 30-2-1, 20 KO’s – former WBC Cruiserweight Champion of the World – challenging undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion Oleksandr Usyk:

“Everyone asks why. I was on my honeymoon and for one reason or another I was stood there watching Oleksandr beat-up Murat Gassiev on a mobile phone. The fight stops, and then he makes the ultimate sin and he says my name, and it didn’t take long. As soon as he said my name I knew. When I was watching the phone, I knew.

“The World’s going to write me off, and the more you write me off the more I want to fight. We will see. I’m going up against the monster, the man who nobody really wants to fight. The man who just dismantles fighters and beats them easily. Make no mistake, he’s looking past me already. He might say he’s not, but he’s already asking Eddie ‘who am I going to fight at Heavyweight’. He thinks I’m arrogant. It is not arrogance that he sees, for the first time in his whole career he sees a man looking back at him that believes he can win, and not a man that believes he’s just going to lose. I don’t just think or believe, I know. I’m going to find a way, I always do. You will have to nail me to the floor, you will have to nail me to the floor to keep me there.

“I’ve got no disrespectful things to say to him, he’s an amazing Champion. On November 10 he’s going to learn that I bring something different to everyone else. I have the one thing that he doesn’t have, and that’s a punch that can switch lights off within the blink of an eye. One wrong step or one wrong manoeuvre, and it’s over. Every time that I’m wrote off I always find a way and on November 10 it’s going to be no different.”