News: Tomi Honka; Dennis Ceylan; John O’Donnell
Finnish amateur star Tomi Honka will make his professional debut on March 11 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on the undercard of the WBA World Super Welterweight Championship clash between Jack Culcay and Demetrius Andrade.
The 24 year-old, former three-time national amateur champion, will face Poland’s Mateusz Gatek (5-8, 1 KO) in a four-round cruiserweight contest.
Honka will be looking to produce a knockout performance after recently signing a long-term promotional deal with Team Sauerland, and says he is excited to be making his paid debut on the undercard of a high-profile World title fight.
‘’It’s a incredible opportunity to make your debut as part of a huge show on the World stage, and it’s one I’m very excited about,’’ said Honka. ‘’It will be a great experience for me and the fans, and I intend to show everybody what us Finns are made of. I’ve been training really hard, and I’ve had a lot of quality sparring from top amateurs and pros.
When asked for his opinion on his opponent, Gatek, Honka said: “Based on the videos I have seen of him, he is a big, rugged guy who is not afraid to stand and trade. He will most probably start the fight with a fast pace and therefore I have to be ready from the beginning and keep my cool.
“I’m going to keep a high and versatile work rate. I will be moving around, working behind my jab and creating space for my powerful right cross. I don’t think he will last all four rounds in this ride!”
‘’We look forward to seeing Tomi in the ring,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’We believe he can go far in this sport, and these early tests will prove vital to his development. He will gain a lot of experience from fighting on such a big show, and we expect Gatek to provide him with a tough test.’’
Honka’s professional debut will be available to watch live and exclusive on Viaplay Fighting in Finland. For more information please visit www.viaplay.fi/fighting
Dennis Ceylan – ‘’This time it’s personal!”
Dennis Ceylan (18-0-1, 8 KOs) is fired up ahead of his European Featherweight title fight on March 18 at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus, and says he wants to silence his outspoken British opponent Isaac Lowe (13-0-1, 5 KOs).
“I’m motivated like never before,” said Ceylan, who will be making a first defence of the European strap he claimed with a unanimous points victory over Ryan Walsh in October. “If I’m totally honest, I think Lowe is a small, cocky idiot.’’
Ceylan and Lowe had to be separated when they came face-to-face for the first time at a promo shoot three weeks ago in Copenhagen. The following day the fighters were embroiled a bitter war of words at a press conference in Aarhus.
‘’It’s the first time in my career that I’ve felt this way about an opponent, but with the way he has behaved, it’s gotten personal, and I’m looking forward to knocking some sense into him,’’ said Ceylan, adding:
‘’It’s going to be a war on March 18, and Great Britain are going down!
To prepare for his upcoming defence, Ceylan has undergone a two-week training camp in Madrid, where he has been fine-tuning his skills ready for Lowe.
‘’I had been training a lot on my strength so I’ve been careful not to let my boxing get too heavy,’’ he says. ‘’That’s why my training camp in Madrid has been all about bringing a playfulness, and an ease and style back into my boxing.
‘’With that said, we’ve been working very hard. I’ve not gone to Madrid to drink Piña Coladas. I’ll save them for my victory party on March 18!’’
The European Featherweight Championship clash between Ceylan and Lowe tops an action-packed show in Aarhus, which also features a European title challenge for super bantamweight star Dina Thorslund versus Gabriella Mezei.
Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling 70 263 267. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting across Scandinavia. For more information, please visit www.viaplay.dk/fighting
It Is Going To Be Bedlam On March 18th At York Hall
Only Three weeks remain until one of the best cards York Hall Bethnal Green have seen in a long time. Two 50/50 clashes for English titles and an eagerly awaited Southern Area title at Welterweight provide the title action in what will be an amazing night of boxing.
As well as standard and reserved ringside tickets you can purchase VIP tickets which guarantee you a reserved set in rows 1-3 and a free private bar from 5pm until 7.30pm.
Three major title fights including 2 English titles and a massive southern Area title plus a great undercard with 16 fights scheduled for the show giving fantastic value for money.
Former Commonwealth Champion and current Southern Area Champion John O’Donnell takes on “The Eagle” Erick Ochieng for the vacant English Welterweight title. The fight also doubles as an official eliminator for the English Welterweight title.
Folkestone’s Josh Kennedy won the Southern Area title in December and now fights for the English Super-Bantamweight title against “The Troublemaker” Michael Ramabeletsa.
There is an intriguing clash for the Southern Area Cruiserweight title when friends have to put aside their friendship for 30 minutes as “Macho Man” Wadi Camacho attempts to regain his title against Fight Cup winner Karl Wheeler.
Current Southern Area Lightweight Champion Michael “Chunky” Devine has a 6 round International contest.
Super talented Light-Heavyweight Ollie Pattison (5-0) moves up to 6 rounds in an International contest.
Dean Richardson last feature don the undercard of the George Groves bout at Wembley Arena. Dean has won 3 from 3 all inside the distance and looks to progress in 2017.
Dan Dan Keenan is 4 from 4 and is progressing all the time. An active 2017 beckons as he develops towards title contention.
Linus Udofia is another of Luton’s rising stars and this extremely talented Middleweight has a 4 round contest.
Milton Keynes’ Curtis Felix looked sensational in his debut when he won in the first round. Curtis has his second paid contest at Welterweight.
Duane Jones-Grant is another of Goodwin Boxing’s very talented Light-Heavyweights and has his second contest.
Chris Davies is 3 from 3 in the Light-Heavyweight division. Chris takes on the very tough Jimmy White in a 4 round contest.
Ramez Mahmood won on his debut with a fantastic first round stoppage. Jules Phillips will be aiming to put up plenty of resistance and is hopeful of springing a shock.
Jack Hughes has a 4 round International contest at Super-Flyweight.
Plus much much more.
Limited tickets remain at either www.goodwinboxing.co.uk or www.iboxingtickets.com
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