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UK Boxing: Akeem Ennis Brown; Gary Cornish; Roseanna Cox

Akeem Ennis Brown – aka ‘Riiddy’ – may have scooped an English title and a WBC world youth title by the age of just 22 but he’s already wise to the pitfalls of growing fame.

The Gloucester super-lightweight (11-0-) is back in action on Saturday on Matchroom’s Cardiff show – live on Sky Sports – and is already seen as one of the most highly-skilled prospects in UK boxing.


However, despite enjoying his success, ‘Riiddy’ is eternally loyal to those who were loyal to him long before it.

He said: “Everyone knows that when the cream hits, everyone comes to you but when I was amateur, these people weren’t on the bandwagon with me. I was struggling to buy kit.

“People used to think I looked silly running through the street. Now suddenly they want a place on the bandwagon. They thought I was an idiot for boxing while they partied. They said I was missing out. Now they’re missing out.

“For all the people who believed in me back then and told me to stick with it, they’re the people I’ve got most time for now.

“Don’t get me wrong – it’s nice having people loving you. I’m not knocking it. I’m not a fool though. I know they’re loving me while I’m winning. When you lose, they don’t want to know.

“After the last fight I had to win the WBC world youth title, I just enjoyed the win with my family and friends. When I do something big like that, I’d rather hang out with the people who always supported me.”

Also on the bill at Cardiff’s Ice Arena is Brown’s MTK Global team-mate Sean McGoldrick, who bids to take his professional record to 7-0.

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Scottish heavyweight Gary Cornish will travel to Croatia to take on Olympic medallist Filip Hrgovic on September 8.

‘Highlander’ (25-2-KO13) was denied the British title by Sam Sexton on points back in October but having bounced back with a stoppage victory, he will now face Hrgovic in Zagreb (5-0-KO4).

The home fighter, who outpointed Cornish’s MTK Global team-mate Sean Turner in February, is currently ranked by the WBC – providing Cornish with more than enough motivation to upset the odds.

Cornish said: “I was over in Germany sparring with Kubrat Pulev and I came across Hrgovic there. I sat down and watched him spar and he seems a good fighter but I’m going to beat him.

“I don’t mind a hostile atmosphere. I just block it out and focus on the job in hand. I’ve faced three Croatians before and stopped all of them so I’m confident going over to his back yard.

“I’m back with my old coach and had my David Howe fight under him. I feel better than I ever have.

“I take nothing away from Sam Sexton when he beat me to the British title but I wasn’t feeling the best that night. I feel good all round and I’m highly motivated.

“It’s a good fight to take because it’s risk and reward. It’s a big risk because he’s so highly rated but there’s the huge reward of taking his ranking when I beat him.”

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Powerful New Zealand middleweight Roseanna Cox has officially turned professional with MTK Global and outlined some lofty ambitions.

London-based Cox, who won the English Novice 81kg title in impressive style, is trained by Samm Mullins at Churchill’s Gym in Vauxhall and is determined to lift a professional title within her first year.

Looking back on an unusual journey into the paid ranks, Cox said: “I started boxing in New Zealand doing fitness classes and everyone told me I hit hard, saying I should try boxing. I remember watching Mike Tyson on TV and I hated fighting and said I’d never do it!

“One day I got talked into sparring and I got beaten up. I got out of the ring and the guy who’d convinced me said he was sorry. My nose was bleeding and I had a black eye and I said: ‘I love it. This is me!’

“I got scouted by the New Zealand team and went from there. My first three fights were international fights. I won the novices and then fought at the world championships in 2014.

“After a bit of a break, I’ve decided I want to do it seriously and England is the right place to do it. I’m going to pursue it as a career now.

“I want a belt in the next 12 months. Which belt that will be, I guess MTK Global will guide that. It’s too early for me to start calling people out but I’ll be looking to move fast.

“I know a few boxers managed by MTK Global and everyone says really good things. They’ve got a good history and I feel they can guide my career.”

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