It’s a great time to be turning pro if you’re a fighter from Hull. With IBF International champion Tommy Coyle and Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell both hailing from the city, young Charlie Payton doesn’t need to look far for inspiration.

The 22-year-old gets his second pro outing at Hull’s City Hall on May 2, on a show streamed live and free on VIPBOXING.TV. And the former double ABA champion is desperate to impress again after dropping wily veteran Kristian Laight on route to a February debut points victory.
“The fans can expect to see hard power shots when I fight,” said Charlie, who moulds himself on idol Ricky Hatton. “I like to come forward and put pressure on my opponent, but I can box on the back foot too.

“In this next fight I’m looking to show I’m an exciting fighter and that the fans will want to come and watch me more in the future. I’m looking to take my opponent out and show the crowd my power.”
VIP Promotions co-promote this upcoming card alongside Coyle and the City of Hull boxing club. With ‘Boom Boom’ making the journey from small-halls to headlining huge Sky Boxing bonanzas, Charlie believes a similar route isn’t beyond him and is dreaming of one day packing out stadiums himself.

“I’ve sparred with Tommy in the past,” recalled Charlie, son of former Hull City footballer Andy Payton. “I’ve seen how he’s developed and I know I’m able to get to where he’s at. Seeing Tommy do it, I know it’s not totally out of my reach. It just shows you don’t need to win Olympic medals to get to where he’s at, and he’s a real inspiration to me.

“I want to see how far I can go. The dream is a world title, but I’ll take each stage at a time. I’m not in this to be a journeyman. This year the plan is to have at least four fights, stay undefeated and just learn as much as I can.”

Promoter Steve Wood stated: “We’ve signed up Charlie because we believe he’s a very good prospect. At VIP Promotions we developed Tommy Coyle and helped get him to where he is today, and I think we can do a similar job with this lad. Charlie hits hard and the crowd will love watching him. Hull is really coming into its own as a boxing city and this show will highlight that.”

VIP Promotions present an entertaining night of boxing at the Hull City Hall on May 2 headlined by Hull’s Joel Haigh versus Ibrar Riyaz for the British Masters Silver lightweight title. The undercard features Hull’s Samir Mouneimne, Charlie Payton and Connor Seymour; Scunthorpe’s Cameron Stevenson, and Driffield’s Danny Little.

Tickets, priced £30, £40 and £50 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 vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and Facebook.

Liverpool fight fans could well have an exciting new KO star to get behind, if ex-MMA warrior Colin Farricker’s pro boxing debut is anything to go by.

The Scouse banger became just the third man to stop renowned tough-guy Mitch Mitchell in over 20 fights when he knocked out the Lincoln journeyman with a vicious uppercut on his debut in February.

Now slated to face another equally durable foe on his second pro outing, when he steps in with Derbyshire’s Elvis Dube in his home city’s Greenbank Sports Centre on April 26, Farricker is looking to do the double and make it two KO’s in succession.

“I’m actually quite laid back and don’t just come forward straight away. I like to look for openings and my aim is to pick people off.

“I’d be happy if it went the same way to be honest,” revealed Colin about his date with Dube, a fighter who has only been finished early three times in 30 fights.

“I don’t want it to go the distance. I’m not going to throw stupid shots just for the sake of it, and I’d rather catch him when he’s not expecting it. But I want to put on an exciting performance.”

A former pro Thai Kick fighter, as well as a champion MMA contender, Farricker is looking forward to boxing in Liverpool for the first time after making his bow in Southport.

On a card packed full of Scouse talent, and headed by Johnny ‘Boy’ Quigley making his return from America, the 28-year-old is eyeing a title-laden future that will take him to the top.

“This show is just five minutes from my house,” explained Farricker. “I don’t mind where I fight but you’ve got to love fighting in your hometown, haven’t you? I think there’s pretty much a Scouser in every fight and this is going to be a top show for the Liverpool fans.

“I want to get to Lonsdale Belt level eventually, that’s the main goal for anybody starting out. I’m just content to see where I go this year, and then next year I’d love to fight for the British.”

“With Tony Bellew moving up to cruiserweight, Liverpool needs another exciting light-heavy and I think Colin could fit the bill,” said promoter Steve Wood. “His debut was really impressive, he landed some terrific shots and to stop Mitch Mitchell is a real statement. This bill will be a very exciting night of boxing for Liverpool and I really hope the fans come out and support the lads.”

VIP Promotions present a top night of boxing at Liverpool’s Greenbank Sports Centre on Saturday April 26. Appearing on the show will be Liverpool fighters Johnny Quigley; Louis Cuddy; Adam Ismail; Colin Farricker; Chris Kelly; Ryan Moorhead; Jake Smith; Ryan Vaughan, and Phil Smith. Also appearing will be Lancaster’s Dempsey Fury.

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 @vipboxing and Facebook.

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

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

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

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

20140326-123219.jpg

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

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

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

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