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Don’t call it a comeback as Hardy returns

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Following an unexpected hiatus the ‘Horden Hitman’ Anth Hardy returns to the ring this Saturday at Hardwick Hall Hotel against the visiting Andrej Cepur.

Originally scheduled to face namesake Nathan Hardy, Anth, who had an unexpected spell on the side-lines due to the need of eye surgery, finally gets to lace up the gloves for the first time in near fourteen months.

Up until the hiatus Hardy had appeared ten times over a three year spell, challenging for the English title against Joe Hughes in Bath back in July 2015, but, following the shock stoppage loss to Sam O’Maison seven months after, it’s been more about re-building than boxing.

“Although Cepur isn’t ideal for me with the weight, I’ll just relax a little more with my intake and when I’m in there I’ll put my foot on the gas and showcase some skills,” Hardy began.

“(Nathan) Hardy unfortunately had to pull out with a hand injury but I’m still looking at this one as a good step then I’ll probably hit the road and face some up and comers to get some rounds under my belt.

“When I first started out I had some time-frames in mind but you soon realise you can’t plan for what’s around the corner so I’m just looking at keeping busy and get maybe four fights in this year, that’ll be perfect, realistic for me.”

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Having had successful eye surgery, and potential fights either side of that falling through, including twice with Lee Mould, Hardy recently took in a spell on the commentators table alongside Andrew Buchanan at the Walker Dome. The pair putting out their own ‘version’ of Ant & Dec.

That alone showed that, as is the case with Buchanan, and in Hardy’s eyes, they’re around for some time to come in one form or another.

“The eye surgery certainly got in the way of things but I’ve not stopped and been working hard behind the scenes,” he continued.

“I’ve not really been out the gym (Gus Robinson’s in Hartlepool with Peter Cope Snr and Alan Temple) bar the three week period that was on doctor’s orders. Anyway, anyone who knows me knows that I’m a fit professional athlete anyway.

“As for the commentating, alongside Andy, at the Walker Dome, I’d definitely do it again.

“It’s much easier on that side of the ropes for sure. Being in there and doing it is an entirely different concept but I’d like to think that the commentary was honest and fair.

“I’ve known Andy for a long time now and fought on a few shows together; he’s good crack and I know that people like us will be in the sport for a long time.”

One of the first things any boxer will tell you is that they’re blessed, lucky, to get anywhere in this sport the sponsorship and a relatively decent fan-base is required. In Anth’s case he’s had both from the start with his grandfather’s business, Eddie’s Tattoo Studio, playing a vital role in the early stages of his career.

“My uncle has been there from the start, helped with those early bills etc and it’s the small businesses that don’t get thanked enough for the support they give; the same with those that helped me with the recent surgery costs,” added Anth.

“I’d personally like to thank everyone who has had faith in me and supported me through the past twelve months, the surgery and rehab so I hope I can repay them on Saturday night and put in a good performance.”

Anth Hardy, 8-2, appears at Hardwick Hall Hotel this Saturday night opposing Andrej Cepur, 8-33-2, over four rounds on the undercard of Daniel Cope vs Billy Snaith (Northern Area title) and Jeff Saunders vs Chris Truman (British Challenge Belt).

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All systems go for the autumn showdown

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Now the English Football League fixtures have been announced Tyneside promoter-manager Steve Wraith can officially announce the date of his ‘Showdown @ St James’ – September 25.

In taking professional boxing back the beating heart of Newcastle and the scene of many a glorious afternoon/evening at the St James Hall venue Steve will look to reignite the fire in the belly of boxing fans across the region.

Headlining at The Bamburgh Suite will be a Northern Area title clash, and rematch, between Tom Whitfield and Daniel Cope, the pair renewing rivalries after their non-stop tussle at Rainton Meadows last year.

The show will also see the long-awaited return of Darlington’s Neil Hepper who, after some 18+ months away from the sport, signed a managerial contract late last year and will be looking to show that the move was a decision worth making.

Hepper will be joined by another Darlington fighter making his comeback in Carl Wilson (pending board approval) who signed with Steve Wraith just last month with the pair training at the Saunders camp in Fishburn, County Durham.

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(Above – Daniel Cope and Tom Whitfield will go again, this time for the Northern Area strap; Below – Neil Hepper makes his long awaited return)

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Steve said: “The attraction of fighting at St James’ has meant that my phones have been very active the past few weeks with lads asking their managers to get them on it.

“I realise that this will be a bumped bill and with Premier League facilities available to the them it’s a show not to be missed. The fans and the fighters will have some good opportunities on the day and I’m hoping this will be the first of many.

“The only disappointment is that, after conversations with Mal Gates and Peter Cope Snr we’ve sadly had to postpone the proposed Northern Area title fight between Lee Mould and Anth Hardy.

“We understand that things happen and what seems a great idea at the start of the year may not be six months later.”

Before then Steve and PBNG take a breather from the regional scene and head to SW London on July 16 for ‘Genesis’ in association with Joey Pyle and John Edwards.

With less than three weeks to go until fight night at the Recreation Centre the card has been nicely stacked and ticket sales are going well with all looking forward to a great night of professional boxing, and hopefully some top quality action.

Tickets for ‘Showdown @ St James’ will be available from fighters, and the PBNG  ticket-site in due course (standard available NOW)

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Showdown @ St James – Update

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The next Steve Wraith boxing promotion (in association with Sodexo) in the north-east is scheduled for early September and will be held in the Bamburgh Suite, St. James Park.

Headlined by not one, but two Northern Area title fights between Lee Mould and Anthony Hardy, and Tom Whitfield and Daniel Cope, the dinner show will have a plethora of local talent, including several of our own fighters for good measure.

At present however we are awaiting the release of the fixtures for Newcastle United in the Sky Bet Championship in late June, and subsequent TV airings, before the date we have in mind for this dinner show is confirmed.

Steve Wraith would like to thank his sponsors, and the fans, for their continued support on this boxing rollercoaster.

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Showdown @ St James – Part One

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On Tyneside a rising is brewing as promoter Steve Wraith takes professional boxing to the peak, and will, as of this upcoming late Autumnal nights, be promoting from the bowels of St. James Park, the home of Newcastle United.

Earlier this year it surfaced that Steve and his Wraith Promotions brands, were taking their events to the city centre in a big move which met with applause across the region and fighters clamouring to be on the upcoming showpiece.

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(From Camberwell, London, middleweight Mark Rowe, won on the last St. James Hall show in 1967, stopping Roger van Laere in the third round – he would become a British & Commonwealth champion)

As the build-up starts for that first show, the first since New St. James Hall hosted an event in May 1967 where both Mark Rowe and Larry Brown scored stoppage successes; and since September 1949 at the original St James Hall which saw a debut for Chester-Le-Street welterweight Jackie Keough (defeated visiting Leeds fighter Charlie Fawcett on points).

Now, moving forward nearly half a century, the ‘Showdown @ St James’ will see not one, but two Northern Area title fights take place as recently postponed bouts between Anthony Hardy vs. Lee Mould, and Tom Whitfield vs. Daniel Cope as Team Cope and Team Gates go head-to-head.

The latter bout will be an eagerly anticipated rematch after the pair clashed over six rounds at Rainton Meadows in March 2015, Whitfield (Gates) narrowly edged Cope (Cope Snr) in a tight decision.

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(Images courtesy of Gary Bivens Photography of the first clash between Whitfield and Cope at Rainton Meadows, March 2015)

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Keeping the matter in-cap so to speak, Whitfield and Cope will be joined by stable mates Lee Mould (Gates) and Anthony Hardy (Cope) respectively.

Mould has the greater experience at Championship having won the Area title himself against Craig Dixon in November 2014 and then going the distance for the English (welterweight) strap against Blackpool’s Adam Little seven months later, losing via unanimous decision.

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(Above, Lee Mould takes the fight to Craig Dixon; Below, Anthony Hardy celebrates another victory)

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Hardy meanwhile lost on a split when travelling to face Joe Hughes for the English (super lightweight) in July 2015 before suffering a shock first round stoppage in his last outing against Sam O’Maison in February for the British Challenge belt.

Both Tom Whitfield and Anthony Hardy have suffered, and are returning from recent injuries, we would like to wish them luck on their comeback trail and to all four title combatants later this year – it’s timeeeee!!!

Pro Boxing Newcastle Gateshead would also like to thank their sponsors, and the fans, for their continued support – long may it continue.

If you are interested in advertising and sponsorship opportunities around the upcoming ‘Showdown @ St James’ later this year see HERE

Mackem Mexican has the eye of the tiger

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With two outings over the next few months for the ‘Mackem Mexican’ Lee Mould it’s good to see the former Northern Area champion and English challenger back in the ring.

It will have been nearly twelve months since the Mal Gates welterweight prospect last threw a punch, that was in Blackpool when involved in a barn-storming war with their home fighter, Adam Little, narrowly going down after ten rounds of non-stop action.

Prior to that Mould claimed the Northern Area strap against local rival Robert Dixon, that was in November 2014, and they’ve been his only two fights over a lengthy period. Mould has not rested on his laurels though and now, with the bit between his tough, is gunning for first, a six rounder in Dunston next month, then, in late May, an Area title clash with Horden’s Anth Hardy.

Now, with former professional Paul Charters aiding all of Mal Gates’ lads in the Harton & Westoe gym, Mould and his stable-mates are raring to go.

“It has been really hard trying to get Lee back out there,” admitted the esteemed Mal Gates.

“Now though it’s great to be able to get him out a couple of times in quick succession but he’s just one of those kids that, when he gets a date he’s extremely focussed and gets his game face on, you can see it in him.

“He had two big fights as both Dixon and Little were hard outings for him so, although it’s been difficult, it has been a good break for him as well. He’s been in the gym though, they all have, and they’re a great bunch of lads.

“For this one it will be a good six rounds that we’ll look to get under his belt and give him something to work at. There’s been a couple of names given to Mick Marsden so now we just have to wait and see what comes back.”

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In defeating Dixon for the welterweight title it was a hard decision to relinquish it but relinquish it he has and stablemate Tom ‘TNT’ Whitfield will challenge Daniel Cope for the vacant strap on the same card; Mould though will challenge Hardy for the lighter, super welterweight strap, a few months later.

“We (Gates and Mould) spoke in depth beforehand about the decision to relinquish the title and it makes sense to do it this way, more so with two great fights ahead now (Whitfield vs. Cope and Mould vs. Hardy),” continued Gates.

“(Anth) Hardy is the most improved fighter in the region right now and his loss earlier this week was a fluke of that we are sure. We know what he can bring and will take nothing for granted.

“The gym is bouncing and the lads are working really hard; Paul (Gidney) has a great attitude and is pushing really hard and Tom, he’s an absolute pleasure to work with but with Lee, we’ll mix up his sparring again and have Lewis Ritson and Josh Leather coming for sparring soon – we need to mix it up to keep the lads on their toes.”

Sponsored by Westcott Coatings Mould, as well as Nella and Whitfield, have their nutrition handled by Pro Performance’s Christopher Davison, an arrangement which suits Gates as the relationship between gym and nutritionist is lengthy and fruitful.

“Chris is helping the lads great with their nutrition and their diet is always on top form,” Gates added.

“Lee and Tom are both ready for this and the work Chris does with them continues to show through.”

Tickets for Steve Wraith’s next show, ‘Collision Course’ sponsored by Grosvenor Casino and Ideala Health are now on sale via the PBNG ticket LINK which takes place on March 18 at Dunston’s Lancastrian Suite.

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PBNG Announces Friday Fight Night

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Promoter Steve Wraith and Pro Boxing Newcastle Gateshead can officially announce their next professional boxing show.

Darlington’s Dolphin Centre will host, on the night of Friday 13th May ‘Friday Fight Night’ and which will headline a Northern Area title clash between the ‘Horden Hitman’ Anthony Hardy; 8-2 against the ‘Mackem Mexican’ Lee Mould; 7-1-1 (2).

Also appearing will be the returns of Darlington duo Neil Hepper; 6-4 in his first professional outing since November 2014, and Lloyd Creighton 1-2 who returns after over seven years away from the sport. Both Hepper and Creighton are managed by Steve Wraith.

‘Friday Fight Night’ is sponsored by Grosvenor Casino, anyone else wishing to take advantage of our sponsorship opportunities please email petermann78@hotmail.com asap.

Tickets for the show will be on sale soon via this website, and the fighters on the show.

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Boxing News releases British Ratings for 2015

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So how was 2015 for you?

The latest issue of esteemed fight magazine, Boxing News (Jan 7 2016) has its updated, end-of-year, British Ratings and there’s a healthy contingent of regional fighters within all bar two divisions (no middleweight or featherweight ranked fighters).

Fighting Chance fighters head up the two main divisions with Jone TK ranked 21 in the heavyweights and Jon-Lewis Dickinson ranked 7 in the cruiserweight class; both divisions have two further fighters keeping them company with TK joined by Tyneside duo Michael Dixon (33) and James Barnes (35). whilst Dickinson sees Sunderland’s Warren Baister (39) and fellow Fighting Chance fighter Paul O’Hagan (45) just about holding their own.

Light Heavyweight and Super Middleweight has good regional representatives with four apiece, the former consisting of Jonson McClumpha (10), Sam Best (34), Scott Westgarth (37) and Steve Cooper (49) all holding a top 50 spot; whilst the latter sees Andrew Buchanan (25), Jordan King (28), Richard O’Neill (54) and Danny Wall (57) included.

There’ll be confusion with the ratings however as Fighting Chance duo of Paul O’Hagan (inactive) and Andrew Buchanan (retired) have not appeared for some time. O’Hagan had his first bout in sixteen months (February) against Tony Cruise and was stopped in the third round whilst nursing injuries, and Buchanan, who retired towards the end of the year for medical reasons, has not fought since February’s six round win over Mark Till. There is also no light heavyweight placing for the recently retired Travis Dickinson.

The Super Welterweight and Super Lightweight divisions also hold three regional fighters apiece with low placings for Lewis Scott (41), Basi Razaq (79) and Billy Snaith (99) in the former, Snaith however has only recently made his professional debut so expect that to change somewhat this year; and Anthony Hardy (36) sandwiched between the Saunders brothers, Bradley (9) and Jeff (45) in the latter.

As with O’Hagan and Buchanan in the higher divisions there’ll be confusion surrounding the placement of Sedgefield’s Jeff Saunders. Most outlets are still registering him has having had four fights when he has inn fact had five, and won all five, with his last being an impressive four round success in South Africa against Willis Baloyi.

The welterweight division is the busiest with eight fighters currently battling it out, three of whom hold a top 35 slot in Glenn Foot (7), Lee Mould (22) and Robert Dixon (23). Outside of the top 50 there is the upcoming Area title clash duo of Tom Whitfield (68) and Daniel Cope (69) as well as the recently-returned Gary Fox (52), Sunderland’s Isaac MacLeod (65) and Cope’s stable-mate, Liam Cammock (88).

With no Featherweights in the regional the lighter weight classes still has a good body of fighters although Mark White (44, Super Featherweight), Stuart Hall (4, Bantamweight) and Anthony Nelson (4, Super Flyweight) are presently lone soldiers.

In the Lightweight division there are five fighters fronted by Teesside’s Cameroon Olympian, Abdon Cesar (26) alongside tough duo and fellow Area title combatants John Green (30) and Peter Cope (31), other fighters ranked in the division include Lewis Ritson (37) and Jordan Ellison (81).

The final two divisions sees the Ward’s, Martin (5) and Tommy (8) holding court in the Super Bantamweight, joined by Paul Gidney (23) and the lightest division, the Flyweight’s, has Thomas Essomba (5) and Gary Reeve (14).

All Systems Go for Double Title Fights in 2016

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Following today’s meeting with the Area Council, Steve Wraith of Pro Boxing Newcastle Gateshead is pleased to announce not one, but two, Northern Area title fights for the New Year.

Wraith, who has been promoting professional boxing since late 2012 in the Tyneside area is not stranger to title fights however, the two we are announcing gives fans that mouth-watering look to 2016.

“Sorting these two fights has taken some time, more so with us waiting for Lee Mould waiting to relinquish his strap, that’s a hard ask of anyone to do,” began Steve.

“Now he has done though it makes way for two cracking area title fights and I can’t thank Peter Cope Snr, and Mal Gates, enough for allowing me to put them on.”

The two fights in which has seen applications granted by the Area Council, and will be contested early next year, sees Tom Whitfield and Daniel Cope go head-to-head for a second time, this time for the Area Welterweight strap; and Anthony Hardy will go toe-to-toe with Lee Mould for the Light Welterweight version.

“Both fights will be very evenly contested and it gives fight fans something to look forward to in the New Year,” continued Steve.

“More details will follow over the festive period, include ticket info and venues etc and we look forward to putting these two, mouth-watering bouts on, in consecutive months.”

Keep checking back to www.proboxingnewcastlegateshead.com for regular updates and interviews.