UK News: Julius Indongo; Dave Allen; Anthony Fowler
Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Boxing and Nestor Tobias from the MTC Nestor Sunshine Promotions have joined forces to work on Julius Indongo’s next fight.
Indongo travelled to Glasgow last week to become the unified IBF, WBA and IBO Super-Lightweight champion with an impressive win over Scottish great Ricky Burns at the SSE Hydro, and the unbeaten Namibian star became an overnight sensation with his performance – and ‘The Blue Machine’ is now hunting down more titles and huge fights.
“I can confirm that we will be working with Matchroom to promote Indongo’s next fight,” said Tobias. “We are happy to continue our relationship with Matchroom and maybe beyond.
“Eddie is a trusted businessman who delivers on his promises and we share the same philosophy. There are some huge opportunities out there now for Julius and we feel that with Matchroom working alongside MTC that we can deliver those for him.”
“I think everyone was impressed with Julius at the weekend and he has now become one of the key players in the division,” said Hearn. “I’m happy to link up with the team for his next fight and we are already in discussions with a number of promoters regarding his the next move.”
ALLEN SECURES COMMONWEALTH TITLE DREAM AT BRAMALL LANE
Dave Allen has landed a dream Commonwealth Heavyweight title shot against Lenroy Thomas at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on May 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Allen has become a fan favourite following clashes with Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz, and the popular Doncaster man now gets the chance to grab his first major crown as ‘Operation White Rhino’ gets into full swing at the home of Sheffield United F.C – and follows in the footsteps of his father, Dave, who remarkably boxed on the last show on the pitch there in 1984.
Thomas is no stranger to these shores having travelled to the UK to prepare Anthony Joshua MBE for his IBF World title fight with Charles Martin, and the 32 year old Jamaican fights for his first pro title in Sheffield, but Allen is in no mood to let this huge opportunity slip through his fingers.
“I am going to break Lenroy Thomas down and I am going to stop him,” said Allen. “I have been in a B&B for six weeks in Leeds training very hard and doing everything correct. The David Allen everyone has seen before, you will see a totally different man. You will see what I can really do on May 27.
“I feel sorry for Lenroy – he is going to be expecting the same man who he has seen in fights against Ortiz and Whyte and Howe and Rusiewicz but you will see a completely different animal. He will be taken out in devastating fashion and I am finally going to show the talent that is there.
“He has sparred in a lot of big camps; he has sparred Joshua, Ortiz, Povetkin and he has been in with some good names. He is a good, experienced fighter but for me he is the right fight at the right time. I am getting to a point where my best wins are Gavern and Aurieng and I have come up short at World level against Ortiz.
“There hasn’t been a show at Bramall Lane on the pitch since 1984 and my dad boxed on that show. Thirty years apart, for a father and son to box on the same massive stage that it is I know it means a lot to my dad and a lot to my grandad, so it definitely means a lot to me. My dad and grandad will be there on the night and it will be a proud night for them both when I get the win.
“This is a massive stage, outdoors at Bramall Lane on a pay-per-view show. I am getting used to the big stage now so nerves won’t be a problem and for it to be at Bramall Lane makes it that extra little bit special.
“The Commonwealth title is a major belt. When I got into boxing I didn’t have any expectations so to box for the Commonwealth strap on a Box Office show at Bramall Lane is absolutely mindblowing.
“Now I am here, I see this as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Lenroy is a stepping stone and I know very well I have to step very hard on him. It is a hard fight, I am not looking past it, but a win over Lenroy and capturing the Commonwealth title puts me in line for a crack at the British title against the winner of Cornish and Sexton.”
“I’m so pleased for Dave that he is getting this opportunity on a stage like this,” said Eddie Hearn. “He is fast becoming a real popular figure in the UK but now we are going to see if he can really fight.
“Lenroy is very experienced and we had him in camp for AJ for weeks preparing for the Charles Martin fight. It’s a real 50-50 fight and I know the whole of Yorkshire will be behind Dave Allen on May 27.”
Allen’s clash with Thomas is part of a huge night of action in Sheffield as IBF World Welterweight champion Kell Brook defends his crown against unbeaten mandatory challenger Errol Spence.
Tickets for the night are still on general sale priced as follows: tiered seating at £40, £60 and £80 and pitch seats at £80, £100, £150 and £200 –VIP Packages are sold out.
Tickets are on sale from Sheffield United’s Box Office at http://www.sufc.co.uk/tickets/, on 0114 253 7200 and in person from the box office at Bramall Lane – all tickets purchased from Sheffield United are subject to a 10 per cent booking fee.
Face value tickets for May 27 are also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ . StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.
OLYMPIAN FOWLER SIGNS PROMOTIONAL DEAL WITH MATCHROOM BOXING
Olympian Anthony Fowler has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.
Fowler boxed for Team GB at the 2016 Rio games where he was the Middleweight representative, and the 2014 Commonwealth gold medal man and six-time ABA champion will kick-off life in the paid ranks on the undercard of the monster Welterweight battle between IBF World champion Kell Brook and his fearsome unbeaten mandatory Errol Spence at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on May 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The Liverpool ace, cousin of Anfield legend Robbie, will train alongside Merseryside hero Tony Bellew under trainer Dave Coldwell, and he has already garnered a huge fan base on Merseyside, and the 26 year old can’t wait to get underway in the pros and Fowler is already targeting major titles.
“When I won Commonwealth gold that made my own name and then boxing in the Olympics and now turning pro, I really feel I can make a big impact in the city,” said Fowler.
“I think being British champion in 18 months is a good target for me. I’ve got good people around me that give me great advice and allow me to just train and prepare to fight while they take care of that. I trust them a lot and they will pick the route for me and choose the right fights at the right time, which I know is so important in boxing.
“I achieved everything I could do in the amateurs apart from getting a media at the Olympics. I waited for Rio because I wanted to go to the Olympics but I was also gaining experience fighting the best of the best. As a pro I think that’s going to show as there’s very few people in England that can live with me and it’s only the very elite in the World that beat me in the amateurs. So I think I am going to shine as a pro and my style is great for it.
“I’ve been knocking people out in the amateurs with big gloves on so I think in the pros that I’ll have more time to pick my shots and over the longer distance I’ll be able to take my time and look really good. As long as I keep my head down and live the life, I don’t see any reason why I won’t become a World champion.”
“I’m delighted to welcome the GB Olympian Anthony Fowler to the Matchroom Boxing team,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Anthony has had an incredible amateur career but I really believe that his style is perfect to achieve in the pro game and to entertain fight fans in the arenas and on Sky Sports. He comes from a great fighting city and with his links and family history to Liverpool football club we expect him to be a major star both in his home town and all around the country.”
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