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Wraith Adds Downing At Number Five


In the immediate aftermath of a successful outing for two of his fighters at the Walker Dome on Saturday night, promoter-manager Steve Wraith moved quickly to add a fifth professional fighter to his growing stable.

Mark Downing, at 26 years, has boxing blood in his family, but has himself been plying his trade in taekwondo for a number of years, making the England squad on a number of occasions. However, following conversations with family, and the Saunders camo where he’ll be based, he’s decided that, not he has passed his fitness tests with the boxing board, the timing is right for him to make a go in the paid ranks.

He said: “I’m learning off the best in Jeff (Saunders), Neil (Hepper) and the rest of the lads in the gym.

“They’re a fantastic, talented bunch of lads and what they have is unbelievable, the pros and amateurs. To me there’s no better gym to learn my trade, they’re on a different level and I know I’ve a lot to learn but have time to do so.

“I’ll be making my debut in May at Rainton Meadows and I just want to make a go of it and see what happens, that’s all I can do.”

Having been offered a contract with Ross Minter and his London-based Queensberry Promotions, Downing decided, with work playing a major part that his future best lay on Teesside and with the Saunders camp.

Trading at middleweight Downing is scheduled to make his debut under the lights of Rainton Meadows in May, next month’s show coming to soon for the newest addition to the fight game.


Czech Warfare For Snaith


This weekend sees Lewis Pendleton and Steve Wraith combine to bring Fortitude to the Geordie Nation at the Walker Activity Dome.

Headlined by Wraith-managed Billy Snaith in an international challenge belt fight with Czech Republic fighter, Michal Vosyka, as Snaith prepares to oppose former stablemate and divisional rival, Daniel Cope, next month for the Northern Area title.

For promoters Pendleton and Wraith it is an opportunity to give fighters some much needed ring time ahead of what could potentially be a big, title winning year for a number of them.

Pendleton said: “Fighting Chance are delighted to be returning to Newcastle for our joint promotion with Steve Wraith.

“This show is about building opportunities for north east fighters and by working together we can bring plenty of derbies together in the future ensuring that regional fight fans have shows to remember.

“Although we are delighted that we have four of our own fighters on the bill (Kyle Redfearn, Jamie Humble and debutants Darren Reay and Krisy Pilkington all make an appearance) we are also disappointed for Tom (Whitfield) and his team.

This injury will prevent him being on this show but we are looking forward to adding him to an already packed bill in May where we’ll be looking at another title opportunity for him.”


With headline star-in-the-making, undefeated Jeff Saunders, and stablemate Billy Snaith, both topping the bill, promoter-manager Steve Wraith is happy to get two of his stable out early this year as both they, and Neil Hepper, will be looking to bring home the gold over the next twelve months, Carl Wilson not far behind them.

Wraith added: “The division which Billy and Tom are in has great potential to run and run with some fantastic local talent around.

“Unfortunately for Tom he’s picked up an injury and as he knows all too well, this is what happens in boxing, but we wish him well and all the best for his recovery and I’m sure we can match it again later this year.

“For Billy we’ve managed to get him an international challenge title fight (against Vosyka) which is something we had to get as a warm-up for him facing (Dan) Cope at Hardwick next month for the Area title.

“I for one am pleased that we can still put the show on as I need to get both Billy, and Jeff, out ahead of what is looking like a big year for my lads.”

The show, Fortitude, promoted by Lewis Pendleton and Steve Wraith, takes place at the Walker Activity Dome this Saturday night with doors opening at 630pm and first fight scheduled for 730pm;  tickets still available from all fighters on the card.



Saunders & Snaith to be unleashed on Tyneside


South Durham duo, undefeated Jeff Saunders and stablemate Billy Snaith, both appear at the Walker Dome on March 11 as Tyneside promoters Steve Wraith and Lewis Pendleton join forces.

Last year Saunders and Snaith appeared at St James’ Park as Steve Wraith took professional boxing back to the heart of Newcastle for the first time in nearly fifty years, both picking up credible victories.

At that time Snaith was under the guidance of Peter Cope Snr and Alan Temple in Hartlepool, shortly after he would sign management terms with Wraith and move to the South Durham gym where he trains alongside Saunders, Neil Hepper and Carl Wilson.

Now Snaith’s first outing under Wraith’s management will be for the British Challenge Belt over eight rounds in a regional dust-up with Mal Gates trained, Tom Whitfield early next month.

“I’m excited for what is a new challenge, a new chapter in my career,” said Snaith.

“(Peter) Cope Snr and (Alan) Temple have done a lot for me in my early career as a professional and I thank them for that, they gave me a chance and it’s much appreciated.

“I felt the time was right to move on and I know Steve is a good person and will certainly get me what I want in the fight game. I can already see improvements in my fitness being at South Durham and that’s brilliant.

“I’ve known Jeff Snr since the amateurs and, with this being closer to home, it certainly makes things easier for me, there’s also some fantastic sparring in here for me as well what with Jeff (Saunders), Carl (Wilson), Neil (Hepper), you’ve also got the amateurs here who’re a tough bunch.

“I’m looking to keep myself busy this year though and I wanted to fight both (Tom) Whitfield and (Daniel) Cope, that’s what I asked Steve for when I signed and he’s delivered.

“The three of us know that we can beat each other on any given day and that’s what makes for better fights between us.”




Continuing his progression in the paid ranks, Sedgefield’s Jeff Saunders will be looking to progress in the same vein of form the past two years have taken, by impressing and winning whilst moving into title contention.

Opposing Frenchman Mohamed Larabi over six rounds Saunders continues to increase the pressure in the rankings as he looks to have a title-winning year.

“Last year was a very good year for me, I’m still unbeaten and got some good experience behind me with some tough fights,” added Jeff.

“I’m feeling good though, I always do but will never take anyone for granted, ever. Everyone has that punches chance in a fight but I’m confident in myself and my abilities and I’m sure it will be a good six round fight.

“As for this year, I want a title definitely and I like the sound of the English title, I’d love a shot for that at the back of this year.”

Saunders and Snaith will appear at the Steve Wraith – Lewis Pendleton show, Fortitude, alongside Basi Razaq, Kyle Redfearn, Lee Mould and more, at the Walker Activity Dome on March 11, tickets available from all fighters priced at £35.


Tom Whitfield vs. Billy Snaith 8 x 3

(British Challenge Belt)

Basi Razaq vs. Dwayne Sheldon 8 x 3

(British Challenge Belt)

Jeff Saunders vs. Mohamed Larabi 6 x 3

Lee Mould vs. Steve Backhouse

Jamie Humble vs. Luke Fash

Krisy Pilkington (debut) vs. Qasim Husain

Kyle Redfearn vs.  Kysztof Golec

Darren Reay (debut) vs. Youseff Al Hamidi

Wraith takes a Fighting Chance


Tyneside promoters, Steve Wraith (Pro Boxing Newcastle Gateshead) and Lewis Pendleton (Fighting Chance Promotions) are joining forces this March to bring the regions fight fans, ‘Fortitude’ at the Walker Dome, Newcastle.

The show, which features two title fights involving Tom Whitfield, 4-1 against Billy Snaith, 3-0 (British Challenge at super welterweight) and Basi Razaq, 6-1-1(3) opposing Dwayne Sheldon, 2-4(1) (British Challenge at welterweight).

Snaith joins his new stablemates Jeff Saunders, 9-0(5), Carl Wilson, 4-5-1(3), and Neil Hepper, 8-4 on an exciting, stacked bill after he recently joined the Wraith bandwagon along with Fighting Chance prospects Kyle Redfearn, 1-0(1), Jamie Humble, 2-0(1) and Jone TK Volau, 4-1(1) among numerous others.

Speaking of his fighters on the upcoming show manager-promoter Steve Wraith said: “Hepper continues to be much sought after but we are looking after his interests and looking to build his record before looking at the bigger picture.

“Snaith is head strong and determined to achieve all that he can in a short space of time. He approached me asking if I would be willing to help him achieve his ambitions and there was no hesitation.

“He comes from one of the best gyms in the north-east (Cope’s) and is now at another with Jeff Saunders, Mark McGuiness and Ian Glass looking after him; I feel that he has some exciting nights ahead.

“I’m also hoping Wilson is back and ready to rumble after being hit with a bad chest infection with him looking to build on his great stoppage win at St James Park last year.” IMG-20170123-WA0004


In Lewis Pendleton, north-east boxing’s new kid on the block who’s full of progressive ideas, the show marks the start of a new year in which he, his staff and fighters can continue to flourish in the spotlight.

He added: “Fighting Chance are proud to be returning to Tyneside for this our first show of 2017, we are pleased to be working with Steve again as he adds some exciting additions from his stable to the show.

“Headlining will see Tom Whitfield against Billy Snaith in a super welterweight contest and Basi Razaq versus Dwayne Sheldon at welterweight.

“I am particularly excited to see Kyle Redfearn take on Krzysztof Golec who caused a major upset in his last outing in Newcastle beating Sam Best whilst Jamie Humble will continue his apprenticeship as he looks to make rapid progress towards titles this year and TK will be looking to make a statement and get back to winning ways as he looks for a title opportunity in 2017.

“We’ve also made offers to several fighters and their managers for Lee Mould and are hoping that we can get him a title opportunity on this bill, if not he will certainly be boxing for a title headlining our next show in May.”

Tickets for ‘Fortitude,’ on March 11 at the Walker Dome, will be available soon from the fighters, online, and from the venue priced at £35 (standard), £50 (VIP Ringside) and £75 (VVIP front row ringside & corporate lounge).

Announcements regarding press conferences will be made online soon.



Success on the Road


It was a successful trip for Tyneside boxing promoter, Steve Wraith, to London this past weekend as ‘No Tricks, Just Treats,’ in association with Joey Pyle Management, was deemed just that – successful.

‘The Cinderella Man’ himself, Peter McDonagh put in a performance to win on PTS8, 80-73 against Poland’s Marcin Cybulski for his tenth win on the spin (daughter Shannon singing him to the ring in style); there was also successes for Florin Cardos, in his second UK outing, Jamie Carley, John Brennan and Donnie Palmer.

Home favourite Thomas Kindon won the challenge belt, 79-74, against visiting Craig Derbyshire.

The next outing for promoter Steve Wraith is at London’s Clapham Grand headlined by Kirk Garvey for ‘The Grand Homecoming’ on November 20, then six days later in Darlington.


Wraith making Waves


This Sunday, in the Bamburgh Suite at St James Park, the home of Newcastle United Football Club, is the first of three shows in three months for Tyneside Promoter-Manager, Steve Wraith.

This year, in terms of promotional push, it will have been the busiest for the man who put on his first show just over four years ago, at the O2 Academy.

Now, with the ‘Showdown at St James’ about to be played out to the masses featuring three of the PBNG stable in Jeff Saunders, Neil Hepper and Carl Wilson, Steve is already looking ahead, not to the net one, but the next two shows.

“For a promoter who is supposed to be having a bad year finishing off 2016 with three top shows in three months clearly shows you should never believe everything you read in the media,” began Steve.

“We have had a transitional year and have branched into new areas which is something nobody else in the North East pro scene has done on a regular basis.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing my 3 lads box on Sunday at St James Park and then helping them reach their goals in the next 12 months. ”


Following Sunday’s ‘Showdown at St James’ Steve goes back on the road with a trip back to Tolworth for the ‘No Tricks, Just Treats’ Tolworth III show at the Tolworth Recreation Centre on October 29 before a return for his fighters to Darlington’s citadel of boxing, The Dolphin Centre, on November 26.

All at Pro Boxing Newcastle Gateshead would like to thank our sponsors, Grosvenor Casino (the official after party venue) and Pavel’s Gents Hairdressers for their continued support.




Wraith teams with Black Flash Promotions


As announced last night, Managing Director of Pro Boxing Newcastle Gateshead, Steve Wraith, has combined with Manchester-based Pat Barrett of Black Flash Promotions ahead of the upcoming ‘Showdown at St James.’

The billed event, on Sunday September 25, at the home of Newcastle United, now sees Barrett come on board and bring with him Tyneside’s Matty Jobes Gym  to strengthen the card to a thrilling capacity.

“I’m delighted that, not only have we come to agreement on co-promotion with Black Flash Promotions, but to be able to welcome Matty Jobes and his fighters into the mix,” said Steve.

“Discussions have been ongoing for a while now and, having finally got the chance to meet up and view the venue as one entity, has made the wait all the more worthwhile.

“I for one can’t wait to put on this show next month and I know that fight fans, not only in Newcastle but across the region, will want to come to this show.”

Further information on the show, and the fight card, will be released in the press over the coming weeks.



Carley’s Way on Tolworth Debut


Roehampton’s incoming welterweight, Jamie Carley, makes his professional debut at the Tolworth Leisure Centre this Saturday night looking to make up for a little lost time.

A brief amateur career followed Carley primarily making appearances for charity, until he met Keith Hawkins that is – seeds were sown and the now 29-year-old fighter ended up at Small Holdings before deciding earlier this year that it was time to make a go of it, and make a push for a Southern Area title sooner rather than later.

“I’m at an age now where I either box just for fun, or make a good go of it,” began Carley.

“It’s more structured in the pros and there’s good time for training, sparring and what-have-you and being with Adam Martin, we just clicked from the off. The age I’m at now though I’d be happy boxing for a Southern Area sooner than later and what comes after that, happens – I’ve got a chance like anyone else though.” 


In opposing experienced Devon fighter, Ali Wyatt, the southern debutant has had some top quality sparring with Penge’s British, Inter-continental and European welterweight star, Bradley ‘Super’ Skeete ahead of his title defence against Alexandre Lepelly the same night (at the Ice Arena, Cardiff).

“There’s been plenty of notice for my debut and I’ve had a really good camp building up to Saturday night,” Carley added.

“The sparring I’ve had with Skeete though, that was an experience in itself and someone like him shows what you can strive towards – he’s a really good guy and very humble in it.

“I enjoy boxing though and that kind of sparring helps.

“The rest of this year I’d like to stay busy and hopefully get another three or four contests in. I’m raring to go and will fight every month if we get that phone call – I’m ready and willing to go straight away.”

Carley would like to thank his sponsors Expert Skips, Grafting Gardens and Metro Waste for helping him start his journey into the pro ranks.

The show, Genesis, takes place on July 16 2016 at the Tolworth Recreation Centre, Fullers Way North, Tolworth, Surrey. KT6 7LQ. Headlined by Danny Connor in an International Challenge Belt title contest and also starring Nick Jenman, Nick Webb and the WBC Mediterranean welterweight champion, Florin Cardos, tickets are on sale from fighters and www.proboxingnewcastlegateshead.com – £35 Standard; £45 Ringside and £60 VIP Ringside Table.

Doors open at 17:45hrs with the first fight scheduled for 19:45hrs.


Professional debut beckons for the Captain


As captain of Smallholdings Boxing Club in Morden, Adam Barker had a good run of it over the five years he was there, proving people wrong along the way.

Now, with one young child, and another on the way, Barker is looking at making a significant splash in the paid ranks beginning with a debut clash with Danny Donchev on July 16 in Tolworth. He’s not looking at holding back either with titles on his mind before the end of next year.

He’ll also be making his debut alongside sparring partner and stablemate, Jamie Carley who’s taken a different route to the pros. For Adam though, although just 23-years-old, it’s time to make a proper fist of it.

“I’d been to a couple of different gyms in the area in my late teens before meeting Keith Hawkins at Smallholdings,” explained Adam.

“My career took off after that though and I’ve had a great run over the five years that I was there with them, I certainly proved a lot of people wrong.

“I was club captain for the last season and a half and won 25 of the 32 amateur outings I had. I proved that I belonged though having boxed in Ireland against the Irish champion and making the Elite Final of the Haringey Box Cup; it’s prepared me really well for what’s to come.” 



Donchev won’t be no pushover though so Barker will have to be at his best. A sixteen year veteran Donchev may have just six successes from his 95 outings but that counts for little come fight night, after all he’s only been stopped fourteen times so that sparring, that training, that teamwork in the gym, needs to count for Barker.

“I’ve done some great sparring sessions, not only with Jamie but also with Bradley Skeete ahead of his upcoming title defence,” continued Barker.

“I’ll also be helping Tyler Goodjohn ahead of his next bout so there’s some great help out there for me. It’s got me feeling really excited for my debut and I can’t wait to get on with it now, create opportunities for myself and one hundred percent won’t have any hesitance taking fights as I want to be in the best position I can be, win titles, and put food on the table for my fiancée Shannon, my daughter Maisie, and soon-to-arrive Teddy (who’s due ten days after the debut).”

Not holding back, far from pulling punches, Barker knows in his mind what the future holds and Donchev is just the first step to achieving that. Backed by local support which help him concentrate on his dream – Phoenix Scaffolding, The Morden Brook Public House, KTD Waste Disposal, Boxfit UK, Figment Editing, Electrix 24 Ltd and Bottom Time Ltd are going a long way to aid the dream.

As Barker says though: “I can fight, and I can box, and I’ll prove it.

“I’m hoping to get at least a Southern Area title shot by the end of next year but the main goal is that British title, the Lord Lonsdale belt. I don’t want to be stuck doing six or eight round contests for too long, I do those in the gym all the time with Jamie.

“I’m not arrogant, far from it, just confident in my own abilities and know that I have to do what I can do to get to where I want to be and after all, I can only beat who has been put in front of me.”

The show, Genesis, takes place on July 16 2016 at the Tolworth Recreation Centre, Fullers Way North, Tolworth, Surrey. KT6 7LQ. Headlined by Thomas Kindon and Danny Connor in separate Challenge Belt title fights and also starring Nick Jenman, Nick Webb and the WBC Mediterranean welterweight champion, Florin Cardos, tickets are on sale from fighters and www.proboxingnewcastlegateshead.com – £35 Standard; £45 Ringside and £60 VIP Ringside Table.

Doors open at 17:45hrs with the first fight scheduled for 19:45hrs.


All systems go for the autumn showdown


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.


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


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)