Colne’s Shayne Singleton is eyeing a challenge to Frankie Gavin and his British welterweight crown if he comes through his next outing.

The 16-bout unbeaten fighter takes on Hungarian puncher Laszlo Fazekas in his hometown’s Municipal Hall on Friday April 11 for the WBC International Silver title. And, with the show streamed live and FREE on VIPBOXING.TV, ‘The Pain’ is looking to show that he is ready for Britain’s best.
“I can see this being the best night yet in Colne,” explained Singleton, who holds a win over new British light-welterweight champ Curtis Woodhouse.

“I’ve sold double the amount of tickets and it’s a great boxing venue with the balcony around. The atmosphere is special and I’ve not been to another venue with an atmosphere like it.
“Fazekas has been about even though he’s only 24. He’s won 19 with 14 KOs so he can punch. He can be beat but he obviously stands a chance because he can knock people out. I’m expecting a tough fight; it’s for a good title and I’m really looking forward to it.”

The WBC Silver belt can be the key that unlocks the door to big bouts. With VIP stable mate Tommy Coyle winning the lightweight version in 2012 and subsequently moving on to Commonwealth and IBF International opportunities, Shayne is hoping to follow a similar journey.
The British 10st 7lbs division is in flux, with domestic champ Gavin angling for a future crack at Amir Khan. If the Birmingham stylist gives up his belt for bigger fights then Singleton wants to be front of the queue for a shot at the vacant title. If the Midlander remains in the hot-seat though, Singleton insists he is ready for the test.

“This’ll be my 17th fight and I’ve still got lots to learn, but I want to be involved in big fights like Tommy Coyle. Tommy won the title and then he fought for the Commonwealth. I want big fights; I want to prove myself at the next level and prove that I deserve to be there.

“I will fight anybody for the British title. Anybody at welterweight I will get in and mix it with. I’d be happy to fight for the vacant title but I’d also be happy to fight Frankie Gavin. I got the opportunity at a week’s notice but I’d been out of the gym for a while so couldn’t take it. If I was given good time I’d fight him. He’s a top class fighter and I wouldn’t underestimate him but I want to get in and see where I’m at.”

Promoter Steve Wood said: “Shayne is the former English light-welter champion. He’s on a long unbeaten run and I believe he deserves his shot at the top British honour. This WBC belt was the start of some big things for Tommy Coyle and hopefully, if Shayne wins, then it can do the same. Shayne packs the Municipal Hall out and the atmosphere will be daunting for the Hungarian. There are only a few £40 tickets left, and this is a great fight on VIPBOXING.TV.”

VIP Promotions present Shayne Singleton versus Laszlo Fazekas for the WBC International Silver welterweight title at Colne’s Municipal Hall on Friday April 11. Also appearing will be Blackburn’s Qasim Niaz and Kurt Grieve; Accrington’s Luke Blackledge, and Burnley’s Atif Mushtaq.

Some tickets, priced at £40, are still available at http://www.vipbe.co.uk
This show will be streamed live/FREE on VIPBOXING.TV

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After recently calling out the UK’s best light-middleweights; King Davidson gets a meaningful British test sooner than he thought when he faces Bradley Pryce at the Wythenshawe Forum on April 5, live and free on VIPBOXING.TV, in a Commonwealth title eliminator.

Nigeria’s Davidson, a former Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, was slated to face Sandor Micsko for the WBO International belt but, with the Hungarian’s withdrawal, the ‘Hand of God’ now gets former Commonwealth champ Pryce in what will be a good yardstick of his potential.
Davidson turned over in 2007 and, although he has just a single defeat in 19 outings, the 29-year-old hasn’t yet got into full stride as a pro after a series of managerial issues. Now, after signing with VIP Promotions and getting major backing from sponsors Arik Airlines, King says everything is in place for him to hit his peak.

Pryce’s ledger, of 35 wins from 51 fights, includes tussles with some of Europe’s best fighters. The tough Newbridge man, once touted as a future star himself, may be in the latter stages of his career but is still a very stern test for any light-middle. In November last year, ‘Sugar Sweet’ stepped in at short notice and pushed European king Sergey Rabchenko hard in a points defeat. And the 33-year-old stylist has only failed to hear the final bell on four occasions.

“Ironically I think this is a better fight than the original,” stated promoter Steve Wood. “King has laid down the gauntlet to Britain’s best and Pryce is a perfect test for him. Bradley is an intelligent boxer, he still packs a punch and he will come into this contest firmly believing he can win.

“This won’t be an easy night for Davidson but if he is to achieve what he says he can, a world title, then we’ll be looking for an impressive display. If he can stop Pryce then he will have made a real statement. I guarantee this top of the bill will be a terrific contest. The Forum is the perfect setting for this fight as it was the boxing venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and this card will be excellent entertainment for fans with tickets, and those tuning in on VIPBOXING.TV.”

VIP Promotions present King Davidson versus Bradley Pryce in a Commonwealth light-middleweight title eliminator at the Wythenshawe Forum on April 5. Also appearing will be Wythenshawe’s Jimmy Kelly Jnr and Taz Apergis; Manchester’s Chris Conwell; Rochdale’s Andy Kremner; Middleton’s Alex Rutter; and debutant Jamie Quinn from Stockport.

Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £60 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at http://www.vipbe.co.uk or can be purchased on the door.

This show will be streamed live/FREE on VIPBOXING.TV
Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting http://www.vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter

Former star amateur, King Davidson, has issued a challenge to the UK’s light-middleweight fighters. The Nigerian, who won 175 of 180 amateur fights, recently signed for VIP Promotions and will have his first outing for the stable at the Wythenshawe Forum on April 5 when he fights for the WBO International crown.

Ahead of the show, which is streamed live and free on VIPBOXING.TV, the 2002 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist laid down the gauntlet to Britain’s 11st division.

“I want the best fighters to step up,” said Davidson, 29. “If anyone feels they can beat me I will box them any time, any place. If any light-middleweight in this country feels like they can beat me then step up. I am ready to call anybody out. I was born to fight, I was born to be a champion and nobody can take that confidence away from me. If anybody thinks they are capable or has the talent, then the door is open. Pick up the phone and call my manager or my promoter. Any light-middleweight in Britain.”

Davidson turned pro in 2007 and has since racked up 18 wins from 19 bouts, with 12 victories coming early. Blighted by managerial difficulties, the southpaw believes he should be much further on in his career but is delighted by his new promotional situation and is promising fans they will see something special when he makes his VIP Wythenshawe debut.

“My dad always told me to never worry about an opponent, just let them worry about me,” stated Davidson, who has the moniker ‘Hand of God. “I’m looking forward to stepping into unknown territory and showing my boxing ability. I can box or I can fight. I’m a very stylish boxer; I like to entertain and I want people to love boxing. I’m a very big puncher, and I can also take punches and am not scared of anybody punching me.

“Since I’ve been a pro I’ve have never been so happy or excited. I think my career has now taken an upturn and I am so excited to be working with VIP Promotions. Everybody will see the real King Davidson now.”

“I think we could have a world champion with this fighter,” revealed promoter Steve Wood. “He’s a phenomenal talent, and the fans in Wythenshawe will be witnessing something special. King’s debut with VIP is for the WBO International belt and we’ll be looking to move him into world title contention as soon as possible.

“King has a good sponsor in Arik Airlines and their support means VIP can move him along at a faster pace than normal. I’ve been tasked with the job of making opportunities for King and I look forward to delivering. With the troubles all behind him, King is in a good place and I expect him to deliver. Not many boxers get the support King has got from Arik Airlines; he acknowledges that and also wants to become a champion to repay them for their support.

“Fans won’t want to miss King’s VIP debut and should still be able to get a ticket for the Wythenshawe show, or can watch on VIPBOXING.TV.”

VIP Promotions present King Davidson versus Sandor Micsko for the WBO International light-middleweight title at the Wythenshawe Forum on April 5. Also appearing will be Wythenshawe’s Jimmy Kelly Jnr and Taz Apergis; Manchester’s Chris Conwell; Rochdale’s Andy Kremner; Middleton’s Alex Rutter; and debutant Jamie Quinn from Stockport.

Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £60 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at http://www.vipbe.co.uk or can be purchased on the door.

This show will be streamed live/FREE on VIPBOXING.TV

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After a stop-start career, Preston prospect Mick Hall is relishing a fresh start when he appears at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on Saturday March 29.

Since turning over in 2009 the light-middleweight’s career has been stalled by managerial problems but, now under the VIP Promotions banner, undefeated Hall says he will turn talent into titles.

At the iconic boxing venue in Blackpool, Mick will look to improve to 9-0 against tough gatekeeper Max Maxwell. The Midlander has been in with Britain’s best, and once knocked out future world title challenger Brian Rose, so ‘The Hammer’ knows he cannot take his eye off the ball for a second.

“I’m looking to showcase my boxing,” revealed Hall. “I’m out to impress, and let Steve [Wood] have a look at me and see what I’m capable of doing against a live opponent like Maxwell.

“Maxwell is tough. He’s KO’d Rose; he’s fought all the top lads and has only been stopped twice in over 40 fights. So, I’ll use my boxing and if the stoppage comes it comes, but I’m not going to look for it.”

Describing himself as a boxer-puncher with pop, Hall says the lone inside-the-distance victory on his record belies his heavy hands. Desperate to build some much-needed career momentum, the 27-year-old is eyeing a busy 2014, and then wants silverware.

“I want to just get out as often as possible. I’ve had a stop-start career and I just want to push on as fast as possible now. I’m always in the ring, training or sparring, and I’m ready to step up.

“I’d love to get the Central Area title this year at least. And then I want to push on for the British. I’m more than capable of achieving it and I’m chasing some of the bigger names in the future to climb up those rankings.”

“The VIP stable has got a great history of light-middleweights,” said promoter Steve Wood. “We’ve had some terrific fighters like Jamie Moore and Brian Rose, and I hope that Mick will eventually have similar success.

“Max Maxwell is always a good marker, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the contest goes. The Winter Gardens is one of Britain’s best boxing venues and the atmosphere is always special. This will be a very entertaining evening of boxing, with some great fights, and there will be some tickets available on the door.”

VIP Promotions, along with Hatton Promotions, presents Blackpool’s Matty Askin versus London’s Menay Edwards for the English cruiserweight title. Also appearing on the bill will be Blackpool’s Adam Little; Cumbria’s Rick Skelton; Bolton’s Danny Watson; Liverpool’s Jay Metcalfe; Blackburn’s Qasim Niaz; Lancaster’s Dempsey Fury; Oswaldtwistle’s Adam Machaj; Merseyside’s Ian Halsall and Louis Cuddy; Leigh’s Ashley Peyton; Preston’s Mick Hall; and Atherton’s Craig Boardman.

Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £60 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at http://www.vipbe.co.uk or can be purchased on the door.

This show will be streamed live/FREE on VIPBOXING.TV

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Huge-punching Adam Machaj is looking to outdo heavyweight rivals, Anthony Joshua and Hughie Fury, by KO’ing his next opponent in a round.

Machaj faces Croat Hrvoje Kisicek at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on Saturday March 29 and, with the show streamed live and free on VIPBOXING.TV, the 6ft 8in man-mountain is promising fans fireworks.

“I’ve got a come forward style and I look to knock people out,” stated unbeaten Machaj. “I go in there to knock out and hurt people badly. That’s heavyweight boxing, and if you haven’t got a knockout punch then you might as well forget about it.

“I’m naturally heavy-handed; I feel like I’ve got lump hammers in each hand, especially my right. But no one’s seen my full spectrum, and I think I can knock someone out with a jab if I catch them right. I’ve just got natural power.

“He [Kisicek] went six rounds with Fury and two rounds with Joshua, and I’ve told my manager I want to try and do him in one round. I’m not putting any pressure on myself but if I land my punches then it will happen. I’ve been told he’s a tough guy, but I’m not in there to play tiddlywinks or mess around. I’m going to try to hurt him badly, straight off.”

With just four amateur fights behind him, and three pro KO wins on his ledger, Adam knows it’s early days and he is still learning the fight game. The confident 26-year-old is convinced though that, with the right guidance, it won’t be long before he’s knocking on the door for titles and facing the top names

“I’m not targeting anyone, but I wouldn’t mind having a bit of that Hughie Fury,” explained the 17st fighter from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire. “I’d have a decent side bet with him, although I don’t know how the Board of Control would feel about that! My trainer had me on and said my opponent was Richard Towers for this fight, and I was over the moon so that shows you how confident I am.

“I’m doing everything in levels, but I think I can get to the top. I’ve got the power, speed, and chin to get there, but you need the wind behind your back, and a bit of luck; it’s not just one thing. I’m very driven though, and I definitely want the British. Beyond that, who knows?”

Promoter Steve Wood stated: “At VIP Promotions we’ve had champions at all weights over the years, but haven’t managed it at heavyweight yet. With Adam I think that’s about to change. He has dynamite in his fists and if he catches anybody he will KO them. He is certainly going to be in very exciting fights and he is worth the ticket price alone. If fans can’t get along to the Blackpool show then I urge them to tune in on VIPBOXING.TV, they won’t be disappointed.”

VIP Promotions, along with Hatton Promotions, presents Blackpool’s Matty Askin versus London’s Menay Edwards for the English cruiserweight title at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on March 29. Also appearing on the bill will be Blackpool’s Adam Little; Cumbria’s Rick Skelton; Bolton’s Danny Watson; Liverpool’s Jay Metcalfe; Blackburn’s Qasim Niaz; Lancaster’s Dempsey Fury; Oswaldtwistle’s Adam Machaj; Merseyside’s Ian Halsall and Louis Cuddy; Leigh’s Ashley Peyton; Preston’s Mick Hall; and Atherton’s Craig Boardman.

Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £50 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at http://www.vipbe.co.uk

This show will be streamed live/FREE on VIPBOXING.TV

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REFUGEE FAIZY RESCUED BY BOXING

When you’ve a back story like AJ Faizy’s, the boxing ring doesn’t hold much fear.
With his father murdered by the Taliban, AJ fled war-torn Afghanistan as a 14-year-old and found himself in care in the UK.

Far from the new start he was hoping for though, the young refugee was soon without a family again after the foster payments ceased when he turned 18.
Homeless, and desperately in need of direction, Faizy’s luck finally turned. Taken in by his boxing coach Barry Higginson, the adopted Brit is now a promising pro with dreams of winning the Lonsdale Belt.

Next out at the Oldham Sports Centre on March 8, on the undercard of Jon Kays’ English super-featherweight title defence against Lee Glover, AJ is looking to remain unbeaten after winning his October 2013 debut by KO.

“I joined the boxing gym when I was in foster care,” explained Lancashire-based Faizy. “But when the payments were stopped to my foster carer I was told to leave. I called my trainer who picked me up and I’ve been living with his family since. It was a very bad time in Afghanistan, but I’m happy now.

“I’ve dedicated myself to boxing; I eat and sleep it. I’m a pressure fighter; I like to come forward and fight. I’m not a great technical boxer, I just come to fight. With everything that’s happened in the past, boxing takes away all the stress.

“I’d love to fight for the British title sometime. The Lonsdale Belt is the most prestigious. My trainer has told me all about it and I’d like to get a shot at that rather than a world title!”

Higginson and Faizy have a special bond. Barry, who previously trained son Graeme to a 2010 English lightweight title challenge, talks glowingly about his young charge and is hoping Northwest boxing fans get behind the fledgling fighter and inspire him to title glory.

“He had nowhere to go and was just sat on a wall with six bags around him when I picked him up,” recalled Barry. “He’s a right good lad; really pleasant and appreciative. He’s at college, a volunteer at Age UK, and I just wish I had another 10 boxers like him.

“He’s also got the right mind-set for boxing, he’s a very tough kid. Boxing-wise there’s still a lot to learn but he’s got a big heart, he can bang and he’s in your face all the time. It would be fantastic if the fans adopted him, he’s exciting and there’s so much to him.”

Promoter Steve Wood said: “Boxing sometimes gets a bad press, but AJ’s story is a great example of the good that can come from the sport. He’s a terrific lad and an exciting little fighter. There are still some tickets available and I hope people come along to the show to support him and the other fighters on the show. If people can’t make it they can watch free on our live stream at VIPBOXING.TV.”

VIP Promotions presents Jon Kays defending his English super-featherweight title against Lee Glover at the Oldham Sports Centre on March 8. Appearing on a top undercard will be Middleton’s Warren Tansey, Alex Rutter and Matthew Ryan; Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Oldham’s Marvin Greaves and Ashley Mayall; Derbyshire’s Jack Massey; Lancashire’s AJ Faizy, and Liverpool’s Anthony Smith. Manchester’s Dale Coyne will make his debut.

Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £60 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at vipbe.co.uk
The show will be streamed live and free on VIPBOXING.TV

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