The South East of England, at London’s York Hall and Brentwood’s Leisure Centre, will see small hall boxing fans treated to almost 40 fights this Saturday 28th April, both of which Southpaw Jab will be attending to report from. Mickey Helliet’s Hellraiser Boxing and MTK London both host big cards with plenty of talent on them, and coming just a week after huge televised cards in Belfast and Liverpool, Helliet has claimed on his Facebook, “don’t hear many people complaining that boxing is dead nowadays!” It’s hard to argue.
Hellraiser’s York Hall show has several of the stable’s stalwarts continuing their rise to the top. Highly rated, heavy handed light heavyweight Andre Sterling takes on tough Adam Jones, who has never been stopped. Featherweight Gelasius Taaru was listed in Boxing News as one of the top talents in the world to keep an eye on this year, and he looks to go to 5-0, and keep up his impressive knockout rate. Konrad Stempkowski, edging ever closer to a title shot at super welterweight, takes on Duane Green, who has drawn his last two.
Daniel Khan and Robin Dupre will both be looking to impress for differing reasons. Khan was unhappy with his performance against Slovakia’s hardman Ivan Godor in February, and Dupre returns to the ring after initially outboxing Luke Watkins for the Commonwealth cruiser title, before Watkins’ power proved the difference. Another former Hellraiser, Aarron Morgan, like Dupre, suffered his first loss in 2017, to Joe Pigford. Also like Dupre, Morgan was boxing well until the granite chin and fists of Pigford swung the tide. Morgan fights well travelled, seasoned pro William Warburton over eight rounds.
Other exciting names to look out for at York Hall are Kaisy Khademi, the Johnny Eames trained super flyweight. Khademi has hand speed, skill, power and serious ambitions. Nathaniel Wilson, who eschewed the media two weeks ago at York Hall after outpointing Anto Nakic, is clearly deeply focussed on his boxing, stepping out again to fight the ubiquitous Ivan Godor. Jamie Hughes, trained by John Rooney, is looking to build after injuries scuppered his 2017. Rooney told Southpaw Jab recently that Hughes is good enough to win a British title at least, and the fastest route there is to keep winning.
Over in Brentwood, Siar Ozgul returns from over a year out of the ring to defend his Southern Area super lightweight title (according to Boxrec). The London based Turk will no doubt be looking to make a statement. Cruiserweight Spiros Demetriou and super welterweight and hugely popular West Ham ticket seller Sammy McNess both tasted defeat a first time last year. Both look to return to winning ways on the MTK show, and both offer excitement and power.
Sean Creagh will take on Idris Hill for a challenge belt, that’ll be contested over eight rounds at super lightweight. Also on the bill former Matchroom prospect, Ben Hall, returns after a loss to Carson Jones up at super welter in 2016, now down at welterweight. Hall has set his sights high and will be looking to send a message to his new division in his fight with Danny Craven. A host of other prospects also compete on another busy card out in Essex.
Both shows still have tickets available, Southpaw Jab encourage you to buy through your preferred fighter (see poster below for York Hall fighters) to help their ticket sales, but they will be available on the door, too. Get on down to one of these two bumper shows on Saturday night, and be a part of boxing’s renaissance; seeing the next generation learning their trade. Promoter Mickey Helliet puts it like this, “you can’t argue with the value with this amount of fights, and you’re seeing the guys who in a couple of years time will be on the SKY and BT shows.”