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Kevin Hooper says he will end Scotty Cardle’s reign as British Lightweight champion

Kevin Hooper says he will end Scotty Cardle’s ‘average’ reign as British Lightweight champion when they clash at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Friday October 7, live on Sky Sports.

Cardle defends the belt for the third time next week, having clashed twice with Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd in Liverpool. The first outing ended in a dramatic 12th round stoppage win for the champ in November and he then held onto the strap with a majority draw in April.

Grimsby challenger Hooper believes the Lytham St. Annes based Scot is lucky to still hold the crown and the former English champion plans to end his reign in style in Glasgow.

“I’m in the shape of my life for this fight and I know I’m going to beat him,” said Hooper. “We’ve had plenty of soars in the past and I’ve handled him comfortably. He looked average against Sean Dodd and I know his weaknesses and how to exploit them.

“I’ve had to get this shot the hard way and I’ve earnt it where as he has been gifted opportunities I can’t wait to become British champion on October 7.”

Hooper’s clash with Cardle is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow where three-weight World ruler Ricky Burns defends his WBA World Super-Lightweight title against dangerous mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh.

Brixton Heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Ian Lewison clash for the vacant British title, and there’s action for Joe Ham, Lewis Paulin, Stewart Burt, Scott McCormack and Ross Murray.

Tickets are on general sale now with tickets in the £40-£100 bracket available from the SSE Hydro website http://www.thessehydro.com/ and on 0844 395 4000 and 0800 952 0110 (accessible). VIP tickets at £200 are exclusively available at www.matchroomboxing.com

JE Promotions unveil ‘Road to Glory’ eight-fight card in Maidstone

Kent-based promotional outfit JE Promotions have unveiled their next show at Mote Park Leisure Centre in Maidstone on October 29th topped by heavyweight talent Tom Dallas.

The ‘Road to Glory’ eight-fight card follows up from their maiden event at the venue four months prior on June 4ththis year, when JE Promotionsbrought professional boxing to back Mote Park for the first time in 16 years.

Every ringside table and bleacher seat was filled with fight fans, the local talent on show all came through well-matched fights with another win on their fledgling records, and there was plenty of drama in the two International Challenge Belt fightsthat topped the bill – Dave Jones claiming theheavyweight belt and Grant Dennis coming back from a knockdown to lift the middleweight version.

Promoter Joe Elfidh is following up from thatsuccessful show with a talent-packed card featuring the return of heavyweight hopeful Tom Dallas, five unbeaten prospects, and an exciting, young debutant making his pro bow.

Topping the bill is Chatham’s Tom Dallas (17-5) who recently joined up with Ray Askew in his Invicta Gym in Sheerness after signing contracts with new promoter Joe Elfidh.

The 31-year-old Kent puncher has been plagued with injuries throughout his career resulting in an 18-month hiatus from the ring. His last outing was in April last year at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York against former World heavyweight champion Charles Martin.

A regular sparring partner to Olympic gold medalist and current IBF World heavyweight king Anthony Joshua 2008, Dallas raced to 15 fights unbeaten until a meeting with former British and Commonwealth champion David Price in Liverpool halted his winning run in 2011.

Following corrective surgery on his elbow, Dallas and his new team are already eyeing Southern Area, English and British honours.

It’ll be slightly lower key return to the ring from Madison Square Garden but still an important fight as he plans his journey back to the top.

Sidcup’s super-bantamweight Martin Hillman (7-2) is back in action in his 10th professional fight. A convincing win will see the 25-year-old push on to Southern Area honours next.

Unbeaten super-featherweight Chris Matthews (4-0), 21-years-old from Maidstone, had a successful inaugural year in the paid ranks with four straight points wins.

The 130-pounder is progressing nicely under the tutelage of former European champion Johnny Armour in his Chatham gym.

Leysdown’s Louis Greene (4-0) aims to make it five in five with his opponent still to be confirmed. The six-foot-tall super-lightweight boasts two stoppages from his four fights so far.

Sheppey’s 21-year-old middleweight prospect Oli Edwards (3-0)returns to the ring for just the second time this year following minor injury setbacks.

Another member of Ray Askew’s thriving Invicta Gym, Edwards has previously displayed a high level of potential and counts Hall of Famer Joe Calzaghe as a supporter.

Another JE Promotions fighter in action is Elvis Makoda (2-1-2) who has a checkered record so far.
The 26-year-old born in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be looking for a second consecutive win for the first time in his fledgling career.

From Hayes in Middlesex, ‘Double El’ eased past Southampton’s Billy Parker (2-1) at the same setting last June, winning 40-36 on points.

One loss in five fights is still a positive stat and another win could kick start the consistency that he will need if he has his sights set on titles in the future.

Chatham’s Charlie Shane (2-0) plans to score a hat-trick on October 29th in front of his home fans with a third pro win.

The southpaw goes up against Eastbourne’s Scott Hillman (0-8). Although without a win on his record, Hillman has never been stopped and will provide Shane with a hard work’s night.

Exciting debutant Owen Stone from Rochester makes his pro bow in the cruiserweight division.

The 26-year-old gets thrown straight into the deep end against 34-year-old Darren Snow (3-6-1) from Dinnington, who is also managed by Joe Elfidh.

Former pro and now figurehead of JE Promotions, Joe Elfidh said, “The last show was a great success and I’m looking forward to building on that. We want to bring big time boxing back to Maidstone and we’ve got some great sponsors on board now such as Kent Trade Frames and Campbell Nutrition, and we’ve got a good partnership with Invicta Gym and Fight Box Gymso we’ll be looking at putting more shows on in and around Kent in the future.”

For tickets to the next show, visit https://www.facebook.com/JEsportsnetwork/ or call 07883 943994

JE Promotions would like to thank Kent Trade Frames – Campbell Nutrition – Invicta Gymand PR Manager Tim Rickson




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