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

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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.

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In what should be a red-hot encounter, unbeaten northwest prospects Ryan Doyle and John Quigley will battle for the vacant English featherweight title on September 27, with Manchester’s Doyle delighted to be fighting in his Scouse rival’s backyard.

On a VIP Promotions show at Liverpool’s Olympia, the pair will go head to head in a highly-anticipated encounter with ‘Ruthless’ Ryan insisting he will live up to his moniker and derail Quigley’s career in front of the home fans.

“I’ve got no problem with going there. I’ll thrive off it,” stated puncher Doyle, who has five KOs from his nine wins.

“I know I’m the underdog for this fight, but I don’t mind going to his home town to fight him. It’s no pressure on me, I think there’s more on him and I just can’t wait for this fight.

“It’s going to be really entertaining, it’s a great clash of styles. John’s a counter-puncher and I’m a come-forward fighter, and it’s going to be a great night for the fans. Hopefully my power will come into play because I know I’m very heavy-handed for the weight.”

With 13 victories under his belt, including a stint fighting in America, Quigley will enter the contest as the more experienced man. Doyle though knows becoming English champion will launchpad his career and says he will leave the Olympia with northwest bragging rights intact.

“From what I’ve seen of John, I know he’s a classy fighter,” explained Ryan. “He was a well-schooled amateur, and what he does he does very well. He’s definitely my toughest fight to date, but I also think I’m the best opponent that John’s fought. So I think it’s a real 50-50 fight.

“Winning the English will be massive. I’ve been waiting for the opportunity for a while, and it’s now here. The English is a great springboard and moves you onto British and Commonwealth shots. So winning it will be massive for me.

“I’m confident I can do the job and do the business on the night. I wouldn’t have taken the fight if I didn’t believe I could beat John, and vice versa for John. But I’m confident I’ll be victorious.”

“I think this fight has the potential to be one of the best in Liverpool for a long time,” said promoter Steve Wood. “These two lads are a couple of the best young fighters in the UK, and we’ll see on the night who has the edge.

“Ryan looks to be the bigger puncher, but John is very skilful and it will be a really exciting contest. It also has the added spice of being a Liverpool versus Manchester contest and the atmosphere in the Olympia will be absolutely electric.”

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

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Nothing But Fighting

Posted: August 11, 2014 in Events, VIP News
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Poster from our Liverpool Olympia Show, 27th September 2014

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If ‘Saturday night’ really was ‘alright for fighting’ then Elton John would be over-the-moon with VIP Promotions’ forthcoming plans.

With another hugely successful boxing season drawing to a close, promoter Steve Wood will kick-off again in September with a series of music-themed fight-nights, the first – ‘Motown Showdown’ – of which will take place in Blackburn.

“We’ve had another great year at VIP Promotions,” explained Steve. “Brian Rose fought for the world title. Gary Sykes won the Lonsdale Belt in a terrific scrap with Jon Kays; Josh Warrington also won the British and looks like one of the UK’s brightest prospects, and Terry Flanagan fights Martin Gethin for the domestic lightweight crown on the Fury-Chisora undercard and will hopefully make it three in a row for VIP.

“It’s also great to be acknowledged as one of the best promotional outfits in the country, with up-and-coming talent that deserved dates on the new Matchroom Pass idea.”

‘Matchroom Pass’ will see live shows from around the UK screened for a nominal yearly subscription. Wood views this new initiative as an ideal chance to showcase the VIP stable to another audience, and to increase fighter exposure by utilising the Matchroom publicity machine.

“Our VIPBOXING.TV YouTube channel has been a real success and we’ll still be streaming all our shows live,” explained Wood. “We’ll also be increasing the work of Lee Hogan who has been videoing our boxers to help get their names known by the public.

“And we’ve come up with this idea of mixing the boxing with a music night. The aim is to attract new fans to our shows and also provide more entertainment for the punters on the night.

“The first show will be a Motown theme. We’ll have a DJ and professional singer playing sets and entertaining the crowd, and will be asking for song requests on our Twitter feed (@vipboxing.tv).

“We’ll then roll it out over the new season and have different nights like Soul, Punk, Swing, Elvis, Beatles, and an 80s night. And if anyone has any other suggestions then just let us know.

“We want to try something a little bit different. Everyone’s always talking about boxing being stuck in the past and losing fans to other sports. This idea means, for the price of a ticket, fans get to see some great boxing, and can make a real night of it.

“The first show will be at a great new venue in Blackburn, the St. George’s Hall. It holds 1600, the VIP tickets have already gone and we’re expecting it to be a complete sell-out. The atmosphere will be great and it will be the start of exciting new times.”

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 Colne’s WBC International Silver welterweight champion Shayne Singleton. Also appearing will be Blackburn’s Qasim Niaz and Kurt Grieve; Accrington’s Artif Ali; Oswaldtwistle’s Adam Machaj, and Lancashire’s AJ Faizy. Blackburn’s Morgan Jackson will make his debut, with more names to be announced in the coming weeks.

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