Stephen Maylett’s Column

Last month saw the Manchester boxing scene put itself right back on the map as one of the strongest boxing city’s in the country.

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With two great wins, firstly Steve Foster who I predicted would win, although alot of people didn’t give him a chance. Foster has always had the talent but has had his fair share of ups, downs and bad luck.
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I think Steve is now at the level he should have been boxing at and I’m sure the boost of winning the European title will make him shine next year.
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Secondly, I really enjoyed the Manchester derby battle between Anthony Crolla and Andy Morris, for the vacant English super featherweight title.
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Steve Foster European Champ.

Everyone knew it was going to be cracker and it didn’t disappoint. Crolla claimed a great victory to win the title and will again be knocking on the door for a British title fight and rematch with Gary Sykes. Well done lads for a great fight.

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Post Ricky Hatton, we have seen John Murray flying the flag for the Mancs. But we have other talent following his lead, in  Ricky’s brother Matthew winning the European title and Commonwealth champion’s Denton Vassell and Craig Watson in title success. I’m still waiting for Watson to get the big title shot he deserves.
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Manchester also have the English heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who hopes to fight for the British title soon and it is hoped he can fulfill his assets and potential.
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There was also another class performance in October from Manchester based Scott Quigg, who captured his first title, winning the WBA Inter-Continental super bantamweight belt, stopping Argentina Santiago Allione and I’m sure there is many more to come from Scott.
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‘Flying the flag’ John Murray

There’s also a talented crop bumping up there records and improving with each fight all these young prospects are waiting to burst on the scene and I’m looking forward to when it happens I think this batch could be the most exciting ever, which includes Ronnie Heffron, Reece Roberts, Joe Murray and my two lad’s, all are starting to make waves in their careers and hopefully titles beckon for them soon.

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The Greater Manchester gyms are buzzing with lots of talent and the next few years we will see a rake of champions coming from these parts and following the Mancunian boxing tradition.
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Last month has been a busy one for myself, I’m in the middle of getting my own gym and it’s took alot of work to get it looking right.
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I’m also now deep into training camp with my two boxers Karl Place and Terry Flannigan, with both lads being out in November. Karl is boxing in Newport on the 6th and Terry will get another outing in Salford on the 21st.
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Terry gained some great experience last month, when we went over to spar 6 sessions with Rendall Munroe at the Shinfields gym in Derby, prior to Rendall’s world title fight in Japan. With Terry being a southpaw same as Nishioka, we got the call to help Rendall prepare for the champion.
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Terry sparred with Munroe

Team Munroe loved Terry and said he is one of the best young talents they have seen. He sparred brilliantly and was perfect sparring for his WBC world title fight with Terry having some of the moves Nishioka has.

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Monroe unfortunately came up short in the fight, but Nishioka proved why he is the champ and unbeaten in six years. Monroe could come again and I would like to see him fight Molitar, one because he is a southpaw and Terry would get the sparring again. And two I think if Molitar fought the way he did against Jason Booth, I believe Monroe would come away with his title.
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Back to my gym, I’ve been wanting my own place for a few months now and feel the time is right. When I started coaching I didn’t want the responsibility of my own gym and I couldn’t have afford it anyway.
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I have been using our manager Steve Woods gym in Leigh, which is spot on and I didn’t have to pay anything, apart from the petrol getting there and back.
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The new gym needs work!

And that was the problem, the traveling was killing me. I’m losing an hour and 40 minutes a day sat in traffic and that’s dead time. I was looking around for premises for my own gym nearer to mine and the lads home, but I needed somewhere cheap and they were all to dear.

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But when you need your friends, they always come in, Antony Sheridan and his Dad kindly offered me a unit at their offices in Newton Heath for as cheap as they could, basically doing me a massive favour they have also helped me out with building work and getting it looking like a gym.
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If it wasn’t for there help it wouldn’t have been possible, they are a good working class family, who have worked hard to get where they are and now there putting a bit back in I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for us.
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I have also had some sponsors for the gym which has helped me buy a new ring, bags and accessories. I would also like to thank Bagnals Demolition & Asbestos Removal, p.u.b.signs, Rochdale Glass, Sheridan lifts and Sheridan Computers cheers.
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In September Karl and Terry both boxed and had good wins, below are videos of the last rounds of each fight taken from Ringside.
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Karl Place vs Michael Frontin Round 5
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Terry Flannigan vs Ignac Kassai rounds 1 and 2
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More from Stephen Maylett next month. 

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A Boxing bond made in Manchester
.Stephen Maylett Manchester Boxing coach’s column
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Place and Flanagan Manchester’s new boxing breed
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Manchester Velodrome VIP Boxing show results
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