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UK Boxing: Kelcie Ball; Tommy Loach; Kyle Williams

Kelcie Ball steps into the ring for his next challenge – against Londoner Jordan Grannum – admitting he has no clue about his opponent.

But that isn’t because the 26-year-old, from Nuneaton, hasn’t been doing his homework! instead he deliberately avoids researching his adversary – a tactic he says works with eight wins in eight. Ball is in action at the Genting Arena on Saturday as part of BCB Promotions’ ‘Now Or Never’ Show sponsored by BWI Events.


Ball explained: “When I made my debut I spent weeks researching my opponent until I knew everything about him.

“But all that did was made me more nervous as I knew what to expect. I won but I hated feeing nervous.

“From that day on I’ve left my coach to do the research while I just focus on my own game.”

Ball, who claims he won his biggest ever victory losing six stone to make the weight for his first ever fight, said the fact the fight had moved back a month following Frankie Gavin’s injury in February had not hindered and had if anything helped his progress giving him extra time to train


“I go into this fight on Saturday after a 12 week camp rather than an eight week one,” he said.

“I’m in the fittest shape of my life and really looking forward to fighting at the Genting in front of the biggest crowd I’ve faced.

“I’ve had extra time for sparring extra rounds and worked more on the pads so I’m really raring to go now.

“There’s talk of a Midland area fight straight after this in May for me and if I can go on and win that then it’s English, British titles who knows – it soon propels you up the rankings.

“For now though I’m just relishing getting in the ring at the weekend. I’ve been really impressed with BCB Promotions and the set up for the show and I’ve got over 100 fans coming so it should be a night to remember for me.”

Two IBO Continental fights top the bill as Ludlow’s Craig Morris defends his welterweight title against Leek’s Andy Keates whilst Birmingham’s Andrew Robinson battles Brighton’s Nicky Jenman for the vacant middleweight crown.

Two Area Titles are also on the line as Wolverhampton’s Kyle Williams takes on Nottingham’s Jordan turner for the Midlands Area Bantamweight strap and Birmingham’s Kash Ali steps in with Sheffield’s David Howe for the Central Area Heavyweight crown.

A whole host of local prospects – Tommy Ghent, Mussab Abubaker, Shakkan Pitters and Tommy Loach – also feature.

Loach: ‘The KO Kid?’

Tommy Loach wants to impress the crowd by doing what he does best – knocking people out – when he faces fellow Black country boxer, MJ Hall, at the Genting Arena on Saturday evening on BCB Promotions’ ‘Now Or Never’, sponsored by BWI Events.

West Bromwich’s Loach faces off against Hall, from Brierley Hill, has already managed two stoppages in his first three victories. However, the unbeaten prospect hasn’t fought since last May due to injuries but is looking to come back with a bang.

“I am desperate to impress as much as I can. I want to show everyone what they have been missing since I have been away and I want to get myself noticed and talked about again.

“The injuries have been annoying. I broke both hands and damaged the cartilage in my knee within a short space of time. It was a bad year for that and it has been really frustrating.

”Since December last year I have been in the gym ticking over just waiting to get back to business so I can’t wait to get back in the ring again.

“I want people to remember my name after this one and hopefully they will come back and follow me through my journey.

“Hopefully this fight will boost my profile and get me recognised a little bit more so that more doors can open for me.

“If I look good in this one then hopefully I will just need another fight and then we could think about an Area Title and stuff like that.

“This will be the stepping stone I need to get there so it is very important.”

The West Bromwich welterweight is delighted to have been given the opportunity to box on such a big stage in only his fourth outing and he has been changing up his training to make sure he is ready for anything.

“I am buzzing to be boxing in the Genting,” he added. “It is a big event and it makes it even more special because it is happening in Birmingham and I am really looking forward to it.

“I feel very proud to be a part of it. It is brilliant that I am one of a select few who have been given the chance. That gives me confidence because it means people must like what they have seen from me so far.

“I have worked a lot more on the defensive side of things for this one. Offensively I think I am okay but I need to watch what is coming back. When you step up the levels you get caught out more so I want to prepare for that.”

Two IBO Continental fights top the bill as Ludlow’s Craig Morris defends his welterweight title against Leek’s Andy Keates whilst Birmingham’s Andrew Robinson battles Brighton’s Nicky Jenman for the vacant middleweight crown.

Two Area Titles are also on the line as Wolverhampton’s Kyle Williams takes on Nottingham’s Jordan turner for the Midlands Area Bantamweight strap and Birmingham’s Kash Ali steps in with Sheffield’s David Howe for the Central Area Heavyweight crown.

A whole host of local prospects – Kelcie Ball, Tommy Ghent, Mussab Abubaker, and Tommy Ghent – also feature.

Williams Ready For Biggest night of Boxing Career

Kyle Williams is ready for the biggest fight of his professional career to date writes Ben Gibson.

Wolverhampton’s Williams battles it out against Nottingham’s Jordan Turner for the vacant BBBofC Midlands Area Bantamweight Title over ten roundson BCB Promotions’ ‘Now Or Never’ show – sponsored by BWI Events – at the Genting Arena, Birmingham, on Saturday evening (24th March).

However, the 26 year-old is no stranger to being in the ring, up for a title fight and forced to perform when under pressure. A former kickboxing world champion, he has been participating in combat sports since the age of six and sidestepped his way into boxing after winning a kickboxing world title at the age of 22.

“With each fight I have got better and the future looks bright,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “I’ve been 10 and 12 rounds previously in kickboxing, I feel I only get better when rounds go by. I’m excited to have more rounds.”

“I have had great sparring sessions to prepare myself for the ten rounds ahead. I have been sparring very high quality opponents.

“I train very hard for every fight leaving no stone unturned.

“I would say the intensity and duration of weeks leading to the fight has increased.

“Knowing I have that experience under my belt can only hold me in good stead.

“I’m very excited, this is a big step forward for my boxing career and hopefully these types of nights will become more regular.

“Fighting on a stage of this magnitude is a fantastic feeling.”

Williams has won all of his seven fights to date and is looking forward to showcasing his skills at the Genting Arena.

“I have been going to events at this arena for years and have always had dreams of one day fighting in front of a big crowd.

“I am so excited.”

“I’d like to thank my manager, Errol Johnson, for the opportunity along with my trainers Tyler Shakespeare and Paul Mann. Also, a big thank you to all my friends, family and fans that have supported me. This one is for you.”

Two IBO Continental fights top the bill as Ludlow’s Craig Morris defends his welterweight title against Leek’s Andy Keates whilst Birmingham’s Andrew Robinson battles Brighton’s Nicky Jenman for the vacant middleweight crown.

Another Area Title is up for grabs as Birmingham’s Kash Ali steps in with Sheffield’s David Howe for the Central Area Heavyweight crown.

A whole host of local prospects – Kelcie Ball, Tommy Ghent, Mussab Abubaker, Tommy Ghent and Tommy Loach – also feature.

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