Martin Gethin vs. Anthony Crolla on November 23rd in Manchester, UK

Walsall’s Martin Gethin makes a first defence of his British Lightweight title next month.

The 29 year-old takes on Anthony Crolla on the undercard of Carl Froch’s WBA and IBF Super Middleweight title showdown with George Groves at an already sold-out Phones 4u Arena Manchester on Saturday, 23rd November.

‘Quiet Man’ Gethin lifted the Lord Lonsdale strap back in January as he swept aside Ben Murphy before challenging Panamanian, Ammeth Diaz, for a shot at the IBF Lightweight Title. He was defeated in that thrilling IBF Final Eliminator but is now ready to stamp his authority on the domestic scene with a maiden defence of his British belt.

“I can’t wait for this one,” Gethin told www.uko-boxing.com. “It seems a long time ago since I won the British title and I’m more than ready to defend it.

“I learnt a lot from the Diaz fight. Domestically, the lightweight division is full of very good fighters and Anthony is one of them. However, I’m the British Champion and I’m going to show people why against Crolla.”

“It’s always a great honour to box for the British title,” added Crolla. “Martin’s a cracking boxer and I am sure it’ll be a very good fight, but I am aiming to win and win well and move onto the World stage in 2014.”

The Matchroom promoted show also sees Scott Quigg defend his WBA Super Bantamweight title and Rocky Fielding defend his Commonwealth Super Middleweight title against undefeated Guyanese mandatory challenger Lennox Allen.

The sell-out show will be screened live on Sky Box Office. For more information visit www.matchroomboxing.com.

Brothers In Arms: Paul And Anthony Upton In Action On Friday

This coming Friday boxing brothers Paul and Anthony Upton will be in action, on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO promoter BROTHERS IN ARMS event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

Paul and Anthony make up half of the well known boxing Upton Clan, the other half being Sonny, who is signed with Ricky Hatton, and James, who continues to campaign in the amateurs at present.

Between them the members of the Upton Clan virtually dominated the Irish amateur scene over the past few years, Paul and Anthony alone secured no less than seven National titles, as well as numerous International honours.

On Friday Paul, who was the first of the brothers to compete in the pro ranks – scoring a superb points win over the highly experienced Dee Mitchell on his debut back in July – will be in action against Norwich’s Duane Green.

Whilst, Anthony has drawn the experienced ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr, from Trowbridge in Wiltshire, for his pro debut.

Following the penultimate training session at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Paul spoke briefly about his debut fight and his upcoming second outing.

“I’m really looking forward to getting out again.

My debut, well it was a tough fight, I was against Dee Mitchell, I really wasn’t meant to be fighting him, Freddie Turner was meant to fight him but they couldn’t get anyone for me.

It was a nice learning experience, fighting someone with that much experience, he was tough but I stuck with my boxing and loved it.

I’m so pleased that Johnny is keeping me busy, that’s how we want to be, really busy and build our record up and keeping the wins going.”

Anthony, who waited patiently as his brother Paul spoke, then added.

“I can’t wait, what can I say, it’s been a long time coming and I just can’t wait to get out there.

Training’s gone well, the support is good, the team behind us is all good, Mo’s (former Commonwealth Champion Mo Hussein) a good trainer so everything is great, now it’s down to me to get the win.”

Paul Upton, against Duane Green and Anthony Upton against Dan Carr feature on the undercard of Nathan Graham versus Freddie Turner Southern Area Light Middleweight Title clash, that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from Anthony or Paul or alternatively buy on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town. For further information, or to purchase tickets by phone, call 07960 850645

RYAN BURNETT: “TIME IN THE RING WITH RICKY TAUGHT ME A LOT”

IRISH sensation Ryan Burnett says his preparation for next fight could not have gone any better.

The 21-year-old bantamweight, who won an incredible 94 of his 98 amateur bouts, has his third professional outing on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s clash with Jeremy Parodi at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on Saturday night.

And he’s readied himself by getting invaluable sparring with a very familiar four-time world champion.

Ricky Hatton has trained Burnett since he signed with Hatton Promotions in January 2012, but earlier this month ‘The Hitman’ got his gloves back on and engaged in several rounds with the prospect.

“Sparring Ricky was great,” Burnett said. “Every time I made a mistake he made me pay for it.

“He saw areas where I was going wrong, hit me and then told me to remember what I’d done and what we’d already worked on.

“I could feel myself learning and not making those mistakes, which was great. I couldn’t have hoped to be in with anyone with more experience.

“I’ve now got to make sure that everything Ricky’s taught me comes together this weekend.”

As well as being Burnett’s second fight in his home city, Saturday night will also be the young puncher’s TV debut as the bill is being broadcast by BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

“TV is something I need to be on and I can’t wait for this Saturday,” he said. “I’m more excited than normal because it means the boxing world is going to find out what I’m about.”

Providing everything goes to plan this weekend, Ryan will be out again on the Hatton Promotions/ World Sport Promotion bill in Vratsa, Bulgaria on November 16, headlined by Sergey Rabchenko’s eagerly anticipated European light-middleweight title rematch with tough Frenchman Cedric Vitu.


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