News: Andreas Valavanis; Ashley Silver; Danny Ball
A former WBF All Africa Welterweight Champion and the reigning WBF International Super Welterweight titlist going in, Egyptian star Andreas Valavanis won the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Welterweight crown on Tuesday night, July 18, at Fitbox Corner in Cairo.
After suffering a surprise knock-down in the second round, 25-year-old “King Cheetah” Valavanis recovered well and rallied back to stop experienced former Tanzanian Champion Omari Ramadan (29) in the second round with a vicious body-shot.
A pro only since November of 2015, heavy-handed Valavanis is certainly being fast-tracked to the top, and improved his impressive ledger to 9-0 (9). Ramadan, a veteran of nine championship fights, is now 14-10-2 (10) since turning over in 2006.
In the evenings co-feature, Ayman “Stone” Ashour seemed on his way to suffering his first loss when he landed a massive right hand to stop fellow unbeaten Egyptian Waleed “Magic” Twafik in round six to win the vacant WBF All Africa Middleweight title.
Looking exhausted and getting out-boxed, Egyptian Middleweight Champion Ashour (32) was behind on all three scorecards (46-50, 47-49 & 47-48) when he found the equalizer to improve his professional record to 7-0 (4). Twafik (34), Egyptian national Champion at Super Welterweight, falls to 4-1 (2).
Billed as “Thunder Night”, the show was promoted by Louaa Boxing Promotions and LB Sports Promotions in association with Fitbox.
Hi Ho Silverlining!
Chelmsley Wood super welterweight, Ashley Silver, cannot wait to make his professional boxing debut this weekend.
After a mixed bag in the amateurs, Silver feels the time is right to try his fists in the paid ranks. Trained by Paul Webb, and working alongside the likes of Jordan Clayton, Silver debuts on BCB Promotions’ ‘Second City Slickers’ on Saturday evening.
“I’m really looking forward to my professional debut now,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “It’s been a long time coming. My amateur career wasn’t the best but Paul Webb has been finding new gears in me and pushing me to new levels.
I have been doing loads of sparring with Jordan Clayton – all in house work. I’m feeling great.”
Silver already has one of boxing’s best nicknames. ‘Hi-Ho’ ringwalks to ‘Hi-Ho Silverlining’ and can’t wait to hear his name ring around the Holiday Inn Birmingham this weekend.
“I can’t wait for Saturday,” he admitted. “I’ve watched Jordan top a few bills there and I’m looking forward to following in his footsteps.
“I do look up to Jordan as he is a really good, unbeaten prospect. I can learn from him.
I’ve had the nickname for years now from my time in the amateurs! I cant wait to hear my fans singing along on Saturday!”
Undefeated Birmingham welterweight, Jordan Clayton (6-0) tops the bill.
Former WBC International Super Bantamweight Champion and English Super Bantamweight King, Sean Davis (12-1), is joins Clayton on the show, which takes place on Saturday, 22nd July.
Two other debutants complete the card as Birmingham cruiserweight Matt Sen, and Brummie heavyweight Nathan Stevens both feature.
Tickets are £65 VIP to include a two-course meal or £35 standard, unreserved seating. Call 07584 300 180.
Ball Following In Brother’s Footsteps
Danny Ball is looking to surpass his sibling and win more titles for the boxing family.
The 20-year-old’s brother, Jamie, became Midlands Area Champion in a 15 fight unbeaten career which ended in 2012. A back injury put an end to Jamie’s career and now Danny is ready to continue the Ball boxing tradition.
The super welterweight has already spent years in white collar boxing and he will be making his professional debut on his doorstep on BCB Promotions’ ‘Sunday Best’ show at the Copthorne Hotel, Dudley, this coming Sunday, 23rd July.
Ball told bcb-promotions.com he has received plenty of advice from his brother and he will be looking to show how much he has improved in front of his home crowd.
“My brother was the first person to take me to a boxing gym when I was a little kid,” he explained. “He has always been someone that I have looked up to and have aspired to be like.
“I believe I can go on and hopefully achieve what he has done and maybe even more in boxing. He was a bit unlucky with his time in boxing and I believe I can go even further than he did.
“He is always ringing me up and discussing things and checking how I am doing. He gives me little bits of advice all the time and he has been a massive help in getting me to where I am now.
“He isn’t working with me at the minute but he is thinking of taking his second licence so he can be with me in the corner and that would be brilliant to have him there with me.
“I just want to put on a performance and show everyone how much I have improved and how far I can go. I was lazy and fat as a white collar but I have changed now and I want to have an exciting fight and draw in a crowd.
“This is the first time that I have properly knuckled down and focused on my training before a fight and it has paid off. I have lost two and a half stone in weight since turning pro and I am definitely feeling the benefits.
“I feel so much better down at this weight. I feel sharper, fitter and a lot faster. I am punching a lot harder now too with the speed now I have lost the weight and you will see that on the night.
“I had 15 fights as a white collar boxer but I was just messing about with that really and I wasn’t really training properly for it. I was being a bit idle so I decided now was a good time to get my head down and work hard and give it a go in the professionals.
“I just want to give it my best and challenge myself as much as I can. Since I was 16 I have been fighting fully-grown men and not training and getting by with my boxing skills. So now I have put all the effort in I am excited to see how much that will improve my game as a professional.”
The Kingswinford pugilist is delighted to be making his professional bow so close to home and he believes he will enjoy the occasion and give a performance to remember.
“The venue is a 10 minute walk away and I am buzzing to get in there and make my debut on a local show,” he added. “I have sold tickets and I am getting a real buzz from it all with it being my first time as a professional.
“I don’t really suffer with nerves so I don’t think that will be a problem for me. It is a massive occasion and I am desperate to do well but I have trained hard and I know I am ready. I definitely think I will enjoy the experience more than being nervous during it.”
Dudley’s Ryan ‘Tank’ Aston, Old Hill’s Manny Zaber, Coseley’s Tommy Ghent and Ludlow’s Craig Morris also feature on BCB Promotions’ ‘Sunday Best’ at the Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill-Dudley on 23rd July.
Tickets are priced at £35 for Standard unreserved tickets or £60 ringside to include a two-course Sunday Lunch. They are available by calling 01384 482 882 or by calling the boxers direct.
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