Shayne Singleton is in line to face either Frankie Gavin or Bradley Skeete.

The Colne man was to fight a Commonwealth welterweight title eliminator this Saturday (October 18) at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse but, after opponent Sam O’Maison withdrew, will box a 10-round international contest instead – aired live on the Matchroom Fight Pass platform.

With Gavin and Skeete contesting the vacant Commonwealth belt in November though; Shayne knows the big-time is just around the corner.

“I’m not sure who’ll win between Gavin and Skeete,” said Shayne, 18-0 with five KOs. “If it’s just about class and ability then you’d say Frankie Gavin. But if you look deeper then you see the height and reach difference of Skeete and it could cause problems. If Bradley has the right mind-set and game plan he could do very well, better than a lot of people expect.

“I’ll absolutely fight either of them though. Gavin, Skeete, or any of the top ten welterweights. I don’t go shouting people out but I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me. I’ve wanted to step up for a while and I want to get in the ring with any of the top ten to prove what I can do.”

A former English light-welterweight champ, with a win over former British ruler Curtis Woodhouse, Singleton has stealthily worked himself into contender position. With an eye-catching stoppage victory over previously unbeaten Steve Jevons last time out, ‘The pain’ is in the best form of his career and vowing to put on a Manchester master class.

“I was looking to prove a point [against Jevons]; I wanted to show what I can do because I feel like I’ve flown under the radar a bit. I’ve got an entertaining style, and I like to get stuck in and have a war. In some fights I have been under strict rules to box and make it as easy as possible, but in the Jevons fight I just thought ‘I’m going to go in and get him out of there’.

“In this fight I’ve got to perform the best I’ve ever done. My last fight was my best performance to date and I want to add to it and show a new audience what I can do. I want to show Eddie Hearn and all the Matchroom team who I am, and to stand out.”

Promoter Steve Wood explained: “Shayne deserves the big stage, and a big title fight. He looked sensational against Jevons, and maybe he didn’t get the credit he deserved from the boxing press for his win over Woodhouse. I’d back him to trouble any welterweight in this country.”

VIP Promotions present a night of top-class boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on October 18. Topping the bill will be Colne’s Shayne Singleton. Also appearing will be: Manchester’s Jimmy Kelly and Jake Bulger; Middleton’s Liam Taylor; Ashton under Lyne’s Jon Kays; Derbyshire’s Jack Massey; Accrington’s Artif Ali; Leigh’s Ashley Peyton; New Moston’s Chris Conwell; Middleton’s Alex Rutter; Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson; Liverpool’s Andy Colquhoun, and Penrith’s Rick Skelton.

Tickets priced at £30 and £60.00 (ringside) are available from all boxers, online at vipbe.co.uk, or via credit card by calling 01942-874241

The show will be aired live via Matchroom Fight Pass, and on delay via VIPBOXING.TV

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

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TAYLOR GETS TOUGH MANCHESTER TEST

Posted: October 13, 2014 in VIP News

TAYLOR GETS TOUGH MANCHESTER TEST

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Steve Wood has warned the UK’s top light-welters that Middleton’s Liam Taylor is on their tails.

Unbeaten Taylor (pictured) goes again on October 18 when he will look to notch up his tenth straight victory – three early – at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.

With the card aired live on the Matchroom Fight Pass series, and Taylor coming off the back of his best win – a third round stoppage of Daza Usher – Wood is expecting another blistering performance.

“Have a watch of this kid because I think you’ll be seeing a lot of him. If he comes through this fight unscathed then we’ll be looking to match him for titles.

“The light-welter division could be the busiest in Britain at the moment and there are some exciting fights out there.  I’ve watched a lot of light-welters in the last couple of weekends and, although I have a reputation for holding boxers back, I’m confident Liam is ready to get in the title mix and believe he’ll win a recognised belt in 2015.  In fact he would certainly be a fair match for new Commonwealth champ Dave Ryan right now.”

Taylor, 23, wants the big fights and is relieved his apprenticeship is now over.  With a tricky test against Ryan Hardy pending, Liam is aiming to show Fight Pass fans that he is the future of the division.

“The performance against Usher was by far the best of my career,” explained Taylor.  “He’d just been the distance with Mitch Buckland who’s highly-rated so I was expecting eight hard rounds but after the second I knew it wouldn’t go the distance.  I was too strong for him; he was scared.

“He was coming to win, and when they do that they leave gaps.  He was throwing shots, unlike a journeyman who tuck up and don’t commit.  In the first round he tried to knock me out but I hurt him a couple of times, and the rest is history.

“Hardy will be a decent test.  He’s got a winning record, has never been stopped and he took a round off Tom Stalker.  He’ll be big and strong because he campaigns at welterweight.  He comes forward and messes about, dropping his hands trying to draw you in.  If he does that I’ll stick the jab on him and he won’t last the distance with me.

“I want the English title next year.  The aim is to be in the top ten and then push on.  I’ll get this fight out of the way and I’m ready for any of them.  I’ve learnt my trade and got the rounds in.  If I got offered Curtis Woodhouse or anyone like that I’d take the fight and I know I’d win.”

VIP Promotions present a night of top-class boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on October 18.  Topping the bill will be Colne’sShayne Singleton competing in a Commonwealth welterweight eliminator.  Also appearing will be: Manchester’s Jimmy Kelly and Jake Bulger; Middleton’s Liam Taylor; Ashton under Lyne’s Jon Kays; Derbyshire’s Jack Massey; Accrington’s Artif Ali;  Leigh’s  Ashley Peyton; New Moston’s Chris Conwell; Middleton’s Alex Rutter; Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson; Liverpool’s Andy Colquhoun, and Penrith’s Rick Skelton.

Tickets priced at £30 and £60.00 (ringside) are available from all boxers, online at vipbe.co.uk, or via credit card by calling 01942-874241.

The show will be aired live via Matchroom Fight Pass, and on delay via VIPBOXING.TV

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

WOOD: ‘MASSEY WILL BE CRUISERWEIGHT KING’

When Jack Massey has his sixth pro fight at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on October 18, promoter Steve Wood is convinced fans will be watching the UK’s next big cruiserweight star.

After winning the ABA championships, Jack turned pro in July last year and has quickly racked up five impressive wins.  A skilful technician who can hit hard – evidenced by his debut KO over renowned tough guy Jody Meikle – Derbyshire’s Massey appears to be the full package.

“Jack is one of the best prospects in the UK,” explained VIP Promotions’ Wood.  “You don’t win a senior ABA title without being a quality fighter, and he’s adapted to the pro game really well.  This next fight will be his first six-rounder, and if he gets through it OK, we’ll look to continue to progress him.

“The cruiserweights were a bit stagnant a while back, but it’s really livened up over the last couple of years.  There are some good fighters in the field now like Jon-Lewis Dickinson, Matty Askin and British champion Ovill McKenzie.  Jack will be mixing with them for titles; he’s the future of the division.”

With the card streamed live as part of Matchroom Promotions’ new ‘Matchroom Fight Pass’ series, Massey is determined to catch the eye.  Trained by Bobby Rimmer, the 21-year-old is looking forward to the increased rounds, and promises the fans entertainment.

“It’s been going great since turning pro.  The fights are coming thick and fast, and everything is going brilliant in the gym.  We’ve worked on a few things since the last fight and we’ll step it up for this one.   Moving up to six rounds will suit me because I can sometimes start slow, and I think I’ll end up stopping more people now.

“I’m improving with every fight.  I don’t think I’m too far off the top guys in the division already to be honest.  I’ve been sparring with Matty Askin, who’s up there as the English champion, and have been holding my own with him.

“I’m just really looking forward to appearing on this Matchroom Fight Pass card and showing what I can do.  It’s all about getting your name out there, and getting recognised.  I’ll show people what I’m all about.”

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VIP Promotions present a night of top-class boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on October 18.  Topping the bill will be Colne’sShayne Singleton competing in a Commonwealth welterweight eliminator.  Also appearing will be: Manchester’s Jimmy Kelly and Jake Bulger; Middleton’s Liam Taylor; Ashton under Lyne’s Jon Kays; Derbyshire’s Jack Massey; Accrington’s Artif Ali; Rock Ferry’s Wayne Adeniyi; Leigh’s  Ashley Peyton; New Moston’s Chris Conwell; Middleton’s Alex Rutter; Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson; Liverpool’s Andy Colquhoun, and Penrith’s Rick Skelton.

Tickets priced at £30 and £60.00 (ringside) are available from all boxers, online at vipbe.co.uk, or via credit card by calling 01942-874241.

The show will be aired live via Matchroom Fight Pass, and on delay via VIPBOXING.TV

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

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.