VIP Promotions regret to announce that this Saturday’s (September 27) English featherweight title fight between John Quigley and Ryan Doyle has been postponed due to a cut received by Quigley in sparring, and will now be rescheduled at a later date.

The show at Liverpool’s Olympia will still go ahead with a new top of the bill announced shortly.

More news to follow soon …

QUIGLEY: ‘THERE’S ALWAYS SPICE WHEN IT’S LIVERPOOL VERSUS MANCHESTER’

Boxing fans can watch this Saturday’s (September 27) hugely-anticipated English featherweight title fight between John Quigley and Ryan ‘Ruthless’ Doyle live and free on vipboxing.tv

With fans demanding more meaningful matches, the unbeaten Northwest prospects have refused to dodge each other and clash at Liverpool famous fight-venue, The Olympia.

The Liverpool versus Manchester rivalry will add to the intensity, and Scouser Quigley is determined to come out on top against his Mancunian rival.

“He’s a good, strong, aggressive, come-forward fighter,” said John, 13-0. “He can punch, so he’s dangerous and he brings a good crowd with him so it’s set up to be a great night of boxing. It’s also got that added bit of spice, with him being a Manc and me being a Scouser.

“I’ve not seen much of him, but I know what he’s all about and I know what he’s good at, as well as his faults. Styles make fights and it’s got all the ingredients of being a great fight and I think it will come down to who wants it most on the night.”

Doyle, 22, brings a fearsome KO ratio to the contest. The Gorton native has KO’d five opponents from his nine victories and says he has no hesitation travelling to Quigley’s backyard.

With the winner likely to put themselves in the frame for a shot at future domestic honours, John will look to his greater experience, including a spell fighting in the States, to claim his first major title.

“It’s everything, it’s a huge night for me. It’s a big step up in class for both of us. Someone’s ‘0’ has got to go. Someone’s going to go home with their first loss, and the other with the English title. And it’s not just the English title, it’s a springboard to bigger fights.

“Fighting at home will give me an extra boost, but even if it was in Manchester I’d look forward to it just as much. We’ll both bring good crowds and the atmosphere will be electric. The Northwest rivalry was always going to be a factor; it’s bragging rights. I’m a big Liverpool fan and I think he’s a Manchester United fan so there’s always a bit of spice when it’s Liverpool versus Manchester.

“I’ll just do what I do and it’s all on Ryan. He’ll come at me and try and get me out of my rhythm and rough me up. But at the end of the day I’ve put the work in and done my homework and it’s just a matter of sticking to the game plan. I can’t wait, this is the fight I’ve been waiting for. It’s 50-50 and it’s going to be a great atmosphere because people don’t know who’s going to win. It’s going to be great and I’m going to deliver.”

Promoter Steve Wood stated: “This is the kind of fight that fans have been calling for and VIP are delighted to deliver it. You have to take your hat off to both lads for stepping up and refusing to swerve each other.

“It really is going to be special. The Olympia is one of the best boxing venues in the UK for atmosphere and this show is almost a sell-out. Our VIP channel has been so successful that the server crashed during our last show with so many people trying to log on, and the demand to watch this show will be even higher.”

VIP Promotions presents Liverpool’s John Quigley versus Manchester’s Ryan Doyle for the English featherweight title at Liverpool’s Olympia on September 27. The undercard is packed with local talent including St Helens’ Ian Halsall and former British bantamweight champion Gary Davies; Liverpool’s Andy Colquhoun, James Metcalf, Adam Ismail, Ryan Moorhead, Chris Kelly, Joe Tonks, Tom Farrell, and Ryan Vaughan. Rock Ferry’s Wayne Adeniyi also appears, and Warrington’s Nathan Wheatley will debut.

Tickets priced at £30 and £50.00 (ringside) are available from all boxers, online at vipbe.co.uk, or via credit card by calling 01942-874241.

The show will also be streamed live on VIPBOXING.TV

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and @vipboxing.tv

“THE HAMMER” TO MAKE BOLTON STATEMENT

Unbeaten light-middleweight Mick ‘The Hammer’ Hall will need to be on his game when he faces Simone Lucas at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium this Saturday (September 20).

Nottingham’s Lucas upset former British title challenger Adil Anwar last year with a well-deserved points victory, and has faced some of the UK’s best young fighters.

Renowned for his ‘give it a go’ attitude, durable Lucas has been stopped just five times in 30 outings, the last time in March 2013 when VIP’s Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly spectacularly finished him in a round.

“It’s going to be tough. He’s going to come forward and he’ll be coming to win,” said Preston’s Mick, 9-0. “Hopefully though, if I stick to my boxing then the stoppage might come, and that’s what I’ll be looking for, to get him out of there.

“I might only have one stoppage, but I do have some pop and can bang and I want to show that on Saturday night. I want to make a statement.”

Headlined by Colne’s Shayne Singleton in a tricky assignment against unbeaten Steve Jevons, and featuring former European super-featherweight champ Stephen Foster Jr – all the action can be viewed live and free on VIPBOXING.TV

With a big crowd expected and the VIP online audience growing, Mick – who lost close decisions to Liam Smith and Hosea Burton in the amateurs – wants to continue to impress on his route to the top.

“This is going to be a good one. There are four lads on from my gym, and we’re hoping everyone gets behind us and turns out in their hundreds.

“I’m not here to mess about now and I’d like the English [title] next year. I know I’m capable of a British title and want people to follow me on that journey.”

VIP Promotions presents Shayne Singleton versus Steve Jevons for the British Masters Silver title at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on September 20. Also appearing will be Salford’s Stephen Foster Jr; Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson, Paul Drago and Danny Watson; Middleton’s Warren Tansey; Preston’s Mick Hall; Cumbria’s Rick Skelton; Ancoats’ Dale Coyne; Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Manchester’s Jake Bulger will debut.

Tickets, priced at £30 (General), are available from all boxers or at vipbe.co.uk (some tickets will be available on the door).

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

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and on Facebook.

After headlining at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on September 20, Shayne ‘The Pain’ Singleton is eyeing up a potential clash with fellow rising-star, Bradley Skeete.

Singleton versus Skeete would be a terrific trade-fight.  Both welterweights are unbeaten in 17 and have similar KO ratios – Singleton has finished four opponents early; Skeete six.

With it all on the line, and the winner likely to be slotted in for a crack at the British championship, Colne’s Singleton wants to meet the Londoner sooner rather than later.

“I don’t want tick over fights because they’re not doing me any good; I’ve done all my learning and want the big fights.  British, Commonwealth, or even without a title on the line, I want the big names.  I know where I’m at and want to prove it.

“Ideally I’d like Skeete,” explained the former English light-welterweight champion.  “He’s a class act, as is anyone in the top-ten rankings.  But I’d work out a plan and I would beat Bradley Skeete.  It would make one hell of a fight because it’s a 50-50 fight, but I believe I could take him.”

First up, Singleton has a tricky assignment to negotiate in Bolton when he meets unbeaten Steve Jevons for the British Masters Silver belt.

Derbyshire’s Jevons is 8-0 and knows that scalping the bigger-name would be a fast-track to the top.  Determined not to slip up on any banana skins, Shayne is promising Bolton fight-fans an emphatic performance.

“No ifs and buts, he’s coming to win.  I’m 17-0 and on the verge of big things, so he’s going to be very determined to upset me.  If he did win it puts him right up there in the mix.  I’m not overlooking him, but this sport is all about levels, and we’re at different levels in our careers.

“He’s a six-foot southpaw, so that’s awkward enough without him being unbeaten!  I’m looking forward to it though and looking for a test.  He’s never been into the later rounds so I’ll work him out for a few rounds and then try to get him out of there mid-way through.”

“Shayne’s win over Curtis Woodhouse, who went on to become British champion, shows you how good he is,” said promoter Steve Wood.  “He’s ready to be thrown in with any of the top British welterweights and we’d back him all the way.  He can’t afford to slip up on this Bolton show though.  We know Jevons will be looking to cause a major upset and it will be a great fight.”

VIP Promotions presents Shayne Singleton versus Steve Jevons for the British Masters Silver title at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on September 20. Also appearing will be Salford’s Stephen Foster Jr; Bolton’s Haroon Khan,Chris Jenkinson, Paul Drago and Danny Watson; Middleton’s Warren Tansey; Preston’s Mick Hall; Cumbria’s Rick Skelton; Ancoats’ Dale Coyne; Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Manchester’s Jake Bulger will debut.

Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £70 (Ringside table and meal) are available from all boxers or at vipbe.co.uk

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

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and on Facebook.

FORMER EUROPEAN CHAMP IN BOLTON SHOWDOWN

Posted: September 10, 2014 in VIP News

Northwest fight fans get the chance to see a former European champion in action on September 20 when Stephen Foster Jr, appears at the Premier Suite in Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.

Hard-hitting Foster Jr became the super-featherweight champion of Europe in 2010 with a three round demolition of highly-rated Armenian Levan Kirakosyan.

Since then the Salford banger has racked up 32 wins, with 18 KOS, and is looking to get back in the domestic title mix with an exciting performance on the VIP Promotions’ show.

“I know I still have titles in me,” said the 33-year-old, “as long as I stay in the gym, which I always do. Obviously boxers can’t go forever but my body is still there, and I feel really good.

“A boxer never stops learning; we’re always picking up new things and new tactics. And that, as much as anything, is what keeps me motivated and stops me from getting stale.

“I’ve been having some really good spars with [IBF International lightweight champion] Tommy Coyle. We’re learning from each other and I take my hat off to him for helping me out, and vice versa.”

With Amir Khan’s brother Haroon; Colne’s WBC International Silver lightweight champ Shayne Singleton, and unbeaten local fighter Danny Watson all set to appear, Foster Jr is looking forward to walking out in front of the Bolton fans.

The Lancashire man knows it’s a tough route back to the top, but believes he can still compete with the best. Feted Scouser Stephen Smith currently heads the British super-featherweight pile and, with the added Manchester-Liverpool rivalry, a clash between the pair would be highly-anticipated.

“Anyone they want to throw me in with, I’ll be there. As long as I’m in the gym, then I’m there one hundred per cent and I think I can hold my own against the likes of them [Stephen Smith].

“I’m really excited for this Bolton show and to be getting back in the ring again. The last few fights haven’t been my weight, like the Crolla fight [Stephen was stopped in six rounds by Anthony Crolla in a November 2013 WBO Inter-Continental lightweight challenge] and it was also at a week’s notice. But if it’s my weight then I’ll stay in there with anybody.”

Promoter Steve Wood stated: “Stephen’s had a good career, but there’s more to come from him. It’s a real coup getting him on this Bolton show because he’s a very exciting fighter and always in entertaining fights. He’ll do a six-rounder, but we’ll headline with him next time in an international fight and get him up the world rankings.

“We’ve put on some top shows at the Reebok over the last couple of years and this is another quality card. I’m pleased to be helping to keep pro boxing going in the area.”

VIP Promotions presents Shayne Singleton versus Steve Jevons for the British Masters Silver title at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on September 20. Also appearing will be Salford’s Stephen Foster Jr; Bolton’s Haroon Khan, Chris Jenkinson, Paul Drago and Danny Watson; Middleton’s Warren Tansey; Preston’s Mick Hall; Cumbria’s Rick Skelton; Ancoats’ Dale Coyne; Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Manchester’s Jake Bulger will debut.

Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £70 (Ringside table and meal) are available from all boxers or at vipbe.co.uk

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

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and on Facebook.

Motown Showdown

Posted: September 5, 2014 in Events

Hi all, a quick reminder that tomorrow’s VIP Promotions show from Blackburn (card below) is streamed live and FREE on vipboxing.tv

VIP Promotions present ‘Motown Showdown’, a night of boxing and music, at Blackburn’s St. George’s Hall on September 6. Topping the bill will be Accrington’s Luke Blackledge versus Ghana’s Philip Kotey for the WBC International Silver super-middleweight title.

Also appearing will be Blackburn’s Qasim Niaz, Ali Shah and Kurt Grieve; Accrington’s Artif Ali; Darwen’s Stevie Taylor; Oswaldtwistle’s Adam Machaj, and Lancashire’s AJ Faizy andAtif Mushtaq. Morgan Jackson, Declan Greaves and Shakeeb Ali will all debut.

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In a sport that sometimes gets a bad press, Qasim Niaz wants to become a role model after turning his life around through boxing.

Just a few years ago the Blackburn youngster, 22, found his liberty curtailed at ‘Her Majesty’s Pleasure’ after a violence conviction.

Since then, the undefeated former England international has dedicated himself to the sport and is a changed man as he heads into his sixth outing at Blackburn’s St George’s Hall on September 6.

“When I was 17 I got in with the wrong crowd and started fighting on the streets, using my boxing skills for the wrong reasons,” explained Niaz. “I got caught up, arrested, and sent down for a bit.

“Since then though I haven’t looked back. My family have helped me, along with my coach, and I’m back on the right track.

“The kids who are out there now, I want them to realise I’ve been there and done it, and made my life better through boxing. And if I can help any of them I will.”

Streamed live/free on VIPBOXING.TV, Accrington’s Luke Blackledge tops the Blackburn show in a WBC title fight clash. While, for Qasim, it’s a first chance to shine in his home town.

With a large following already, the 6ft welterweight hopes to follow in the trail already blazed by heroes Naseem Hamed and Amir Khan, and has dreams of one-day winning a coveted Lonsdale Belt.

“I got into boxing after watching Hamed, who fascinated me. When I was about 14, Amir was going to the Olympics, so he was a real inspiration too. I just wanted to be like him, to be honest.

“I’m very excited about this show, and to have an opportunity like this. My following is growing all the time and fighting in front of my home fans isn’t something that happens all the time, so it’s amazing.

“I wouldn’t be in boxing though if I didn’t think I had the ability to win, at least, the British title. That’s my first ambition, it’s my first dream. The Lonsdale Belt is special, with all the history behind it, and I’d love to challenge for it.”

“We think Qasim has a really bright future in front of him,” detailed promoter Steve Wood. “He’s very skilful and has handled some of the usually tricky journeymen out there with ease so far.

“He’s great to watch and is proving a popular draw already. Hopefully we’ll get a few more fans along to this show and be able to put on more pro boxing in the town in the future.”

VIP Promotions present ‘Motown Showdown’, a night of boxing and music, at Blackburn’s St. George’s Hall on September 6. Topping the bill will be Accrington’s Luke Blackledge versus Ghana’s Philip Kotey for the WBC International Silver super-middleweight title.

Also appearing will be Blackburn’s Qasim Niaz, Ali Shah and Kurt Grieve; Accrington’s Artif Ali; Darwen’s Stevie Taylor; Oswaldtwistle’s Adam Machaj, and Lancashire’s AJ Faizy and Atif Mushtaq. Morgan Jackson, Declan Greaves and Shakeeb Ali will all debut.

Tickets priced at £30, £40 and £50.00 (ringside) are available from all boxers, online at vipbe.co.uk, or via credit card by calling 01942-874241.

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and @vipboxing.tv