UK Boxing: Tom McGuinness; Hosea Burton; Frankie Gavin
With boxing fans crying out for competitive fights; VIP Promotions have lined up what promises to be a terrific headliner at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30.
It’s unusual for prospects to be pitched against each other early in their careers, but Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness and Skelmersdale’s Colin Day will top the bill at the renowned fight venue, and promoter Steve Wood is predicting a war.
“Both men wanted this fight, and the winners will be the fans. Because of their styles, and with it being such an evenly matched fight, I think it’s guaranteed excitement. Colin is aggressive and will come forward all night, but Tom has shown some great skills, and will need them if he’s going to keep him at bay. I’m really pleased we’ve managed to put this fight together, and for anyone that can’t make it, we’ll be showing it live and free on vipboxing.tv.”
McGuinness is unbeaten in seven pro starts, with two early finishes and, at 23, is the younger man heading into the contest. A former Senior ABA quarter-finalist and England international, Tom had 54 fights as an amateur, losing just 11.
Day’s ledger is almost perfect, with just a single loss from six bouts. The sole blemish on the 28-year-old’s record came last year when he lost by a single point to experienced County Durham fighter, Jordan Ellison. With 20 wins from 30 contests, ‘Boom Boom’ also had a decent amateur career that saw him trialling for the GB squad.
Ahead of the contest, there is mutual respect between the pair, but both are sure of victory. Although they could have kept building up their records against journeymen, neither had any qualms about accepting the fight; knowing a win will move them onto a title opportunity. Importantly, both are predicting their fight will be great entertainment for the fans.
“Colin’s a good fighter. He’s a few years older than me, so I’ve always seen him box,” said McGuinness. “He’s impressive and always in exciting fights, and I think our fight will be exciting too. He’ll come and try to put it on me, and he’ll fancy his chances as much as I do. It should make for a great one to watch, but it’s one I need to win, and in style. But for as long as it lasts, it’ll be exciting.
“He can box as well as fight, and I can fight as well as box, and whoever is going to win the fight needs to do both. To win, I’m going to have to show I can fight as well as box, and he’s going to have to have another plan apart from just coming forward. I one hundred per cent believe I can win. It could be a tough fight, but I believe I’ll come out looking good. I want to win in style and want to win by stoppage.”
“He’s a good fighter. I believe he’ll have a standoff-ish approach, and I’ll probably be the more aggressive fighter,” countered Day. “I can box, but because of the size difference, everyone expects me to come and fight because he’s the taller man, but I can box too. I can probably win on points, if I stick to the plan.
“I took this fight because I work, and I don’t want to keep working and boxing – I want to box, or I want to work. If I don’t win then I’ll have to have a serious think about what I want to do, but if I win it gives me the incentive to move onto bigger things. I want to try and move as fast as I can, and fight for either the Central Area Title, or English. I think it will be a good, exciting fight to watch because we’ve both got to try and make a statement. I’m confident I’ll win, I think I’ll be too strong.”
VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30.
Headlining will be Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness versus Sklemersdale’s Colin Day.
Also appearing will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Sean Cairns, Marcel Braithwaite, Jay Farrell, Matthew Rennie and James Collins; Birkenhead’s Sean Dodd; Wales’ Cameron Halfpenny; and Warrington’s Mike Mckay.
Tickets priced at £30, £35, £40 and £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv
Former British champion Hosea Burton is set to send the light-heavyweight scene another clear message at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on Friday night.
After a ruthless sub-30 second victory just four weeks ago, ‘The Hammer’ takes on cruiserweight Arturs Kulikauskis on the MTK Global card – live on iFL TV.
Burton said: “I’m happy to be out again straight away. The last fight wasn’t much of a fight – it only lasted 29 seconds – so I’ll be happy to get some rounds in.
“I would like to go on a roll of early stoppages in one way but I’m afraid to say this opponent I’m fighting next is a cruiserweight who’s quite hard to stop.
“He’s as awkward as you like and a southpaw too. He does a lot of running away so he’ll be hard to stop but who knows?
“The fight with Liam Conroy could happen one day so it’s good he’s on the bill. Liam is looking for the British title and I’ll be one of the first in line for that so who knows? It could happen.
“My perfect 2019 would be to win the British title back, then win the Commonwealth, beat Frank Buglioni up and get the decision if it goes to the judges, then fight for a world title. Those are my goals.”
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Frankie Gavin is set to travel to Bilbao this weekend in preparation for fight week ahead of his European Welterweight Showdown with Champion Kerman Lejerraga next Saturday.
The former World Amateur Champion takes on Basque hero Lejerraga at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre next Saturday, 17th November but, due to his well documented fear of flying, will set sail for mainland Spain on Sunday.
This will be the second time he’s made the journey having travelled to Bilbao last month for the press conference.
“I’m fit and ready now,” Gavin told bcb-promotions.com. “Me and my trainer, Malcolm Melvin, will sail this weekend and have a good final week out in Spain. I’ll acclimatise to my surroundings and I know a little of the city having travelled there for the press conference.
“My manager, Errol Johnson, will fly over with Paul Mann (BCB’s Head Trainer) later in the week.”
The former British & Commonwealth King is under no illusions as to the task at hand. ‘The Revolver’, a Bilbao native, is unbeaten in 26 professional fights with 21 KO’s to his name. He’s stopped fellow Brits Bradley Skeete and Denton Vassell along the way and, although Gavin has also defeated the pair, the Brummie boxer is rightly wary of his opponent’s power.
“Kerman is a hard hitter,” he added. “He’s a tough lad. He likes to brawl and I know I’m up against it a bit. I’m not Denton Vassell or Bradley Skeete though. Bradley was out here last year and he froze a little. The atmosphere is intimidating but I’m prepared for that. It’s only me and Kerman in the ring and I know I’ve not got many chances left.
“However I have to get there; however I have to win, I’m bringing that European title back to the UK.”
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