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Troy James ill, out of British Masters

By Daniel Mole, UKO Boxing

Illness has ruled Troy James out of a British Masters title shot next month.

The Coventry-born super featherweight was originally scheduled to meet Chris Male in a British Title Eliminator fight on September 14th. However, a freak calf injury forced Male to pull out, leaving James set for a shot at a Masters strap. However, James has been laid low with a bug and is also off the bill.

“It’s a shame for Troy but the show will go on,” explained Promoter, Errol Johnson. “Three fights are already scheduled and I’m working hard on replacing Troy with another contest.”

The dinner show, which takes at the Copthorne Hotel, Merry Hill/Dudley on Saturday, 14th September, features a trio of Black Country boxers.

Dudley’s undefeated light-middleweight, Kyle Spencer (6-0), takes on durable Isle of Wight veteran, Jay Morris whilst Stourbridge’s former Midlands Area Welterweight Champion, Steven Pearce (7-2), makes a welcome return to the ring against Birmingam’s Andrew Patterson.

Gornal prospect Lance Brooks (2-0) also features on the One Promotions Boxing Dinner Show. Tickets are priced at £55 to include a three-course meal and VIP Ringside tables (of ten) are available at £100 per person to include a three-course meal and complimentary bottles of wine.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 07772 623 634.

Welborn & Maxwell Go Head-To_Head

By Daniel Mole

Jason Welborn and Max Maxwell went head-to-head yesterday as the build-up to their British Masters Light Middleweight Title fight gathers momentum.

The pair met at the scene of next week’s clash, Walsall Town Hall, and both were in confident mood.

Welborn made an impressive start to life at light middleweight by convingly beating Poland’s Tomasz Mazurkiewicz back in June. Before that the Rowley Regis fighter had operated at welterweight and fought Frankie Gavin for the British Title back in January.

Maxwell on the other hand has been extremely active over the summer. He fought four times in July, including a 6 x 3’s contest with Liam Smith, and gave prospect Ronnie Heffron a tough night when they met at the Motorpoint Arena, on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s clash with Sergey Kovalev.

“I’m feeling really strong at light middleweight,” Welborn told “Training has been going really well and I’ve been putting people down in sparring, which is always a good sign.

“Maxwell’s a tough kid. He’s been beaten by fighters who I want to be mixing with at this weight, so it will be a good test.”

“When you put a title up there’s an added incentive,” added. Maxwell “Everyone wants to win things, whatever the belt. Jason is a decent fighter. He’s tough. No disrespect though, I don’t think he’s going to bring anything to the table that I haven’t seen before. I’ll be ready for him.”

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.

Welborn and Maxwell are one of nine intriguing bouts taking place on Errol Johnson’s ‘Boys From The Black Country: The Aftermath’ show, which takes place at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 7th September.

Walsall’s, Chris Keane, steps in with Remigijus Ziausys for a second time. The Midlands Area Cruiserweight Champion defeated the experienced Lithuanian last March, thanks to a convincing points win.

Stoke lightweight, Kevin Hanks takes on evergreen Sid Razak and unbeaten light welterweight prospect, Luke Paddock, will enjoy a hometown work-out against vastly experienced Nuneaton scrapper, Kristian Laight.

Tipton-born welterweight Anthony Tildesley makes his professional bow against durable South African Bheki Moyo whilst fellow youngster, West Bromwich welterweight Tom Stokes, takes on Bulgarian veteran, Danny Dontchev.

Tipton featherweight, Lee Glover, takes on Pavels Senkovs for a second time. The ‘Tipton Slasher’ defeated the Latvian on points back in 2010 and will be expecting a similar result when he steps back into the ring for the first time following a near two-year absence.

Impressive Wolverhampton super-featherweight prospect, Des Bowater, faces Chichester’s Jonathan Fry and Stafford welterweight, Rob Hunt, takes on Birmingham veteran, Andrew Patterson.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.

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