20th September 2012

Flanagan’s belt is on the line

VIP Promotions kick off the new boxing season with a great
card topped by a genuine ‘trade’ fight that sees Manchester’s Terry Flanagan make the first defence
of his English super-featherweight title against Troy ‘Terrifying’ James on ‘This Means War’ at Bowler’s Arena this Saturday (October 22)
Since turning pro in 2009, Flanagan has worked ferociously
in the gym, been willing to travel away for tough sparring to learn his trade,
and has steadily progressed into a bona-fide prospect.  Unbeaten in 14, and after picking up the
English crown in May, a crack at British honours lies tantalisingly over the
horizon, but all that comes crashing down if the Mancunian, 23, isn’t able to
overcome his toughest test to date – Coventry’s James.

Troy’s date with Flanagan is his big opportunity.  Already the Midlands Area king after
demolishing Barrington Brown in his last fight, if he can beat ‘Turbo’ Terry
and lay claim to being England’s number one then he jumps the queue to higher
honours.  With just a single defeat in 14
bouts, and that coming in the Prizefighter format, James, 28, has been given
time off from his day job as a plasterer to concentrate on training and will
enter the ring supremely confident.
“What a way to start the new season!  It’s tough times out there at the moment;
people rightly want value for money, and that’s a priority for VIP Promotions,”
stated promoter Steve Wood.
“Boxing’s
crying out for competitive fights and Flanagan versus James is a real 50-50
contest.  I believe Terry can go further
than the English title and he’s said that he’ll consider packing up if he loses
to Troy, but this won’t be an easy fight. 
Troy’s record is almost identical to Terry’s and they’ve got similar
results against common opponents.  This
will be a real battle but I’m confident Terry can do it.”

Interview with Terry Flanagan

The undercard for ‘This Means War’ will feature a batch of
‘up and comers’ from across the North West and beyond, including Liverpool
cruiserweight Louis Cuddy;

Manchester
Champs Camp prospect Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly (3-0, 2KOs) has his fourth professional turn on the show against experienced, Isle of Wight regular Jay Morris (15-26-3)

After just six months as a pro, Jimmy Kelly isn’t hanging around, he doesn’t want to, and wont be allowed to by Ensley Bingham and Maurice Core, they don’t believe in giving their rookie pros easy push over fights. 

Interview with Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly

Jay Morris isn’t expected to cause Jimmy too many problems this weekend, going off the form book. But he always comes to compete and has taken good fighters the distance such has Alex Arthur, Max Maxwell, Lenny Daws and Craig McEwan. Morris also holds a points win over Curtis Woodhouse. He has been a professional for over eight years and is a good yard stick for Kelly at this stage. read more..

Collyhurst and Moston’s light-middleweight rookie Matthew Ryan (1-0)has his second pro fight against Lincolns Rick Boulter and ‘Ruthless’ Ryan Doyle (3-0, 2KOs) of Moss Side’s Champs Camp takes on Slovakian Elemir Rafael in his 4th pro fight. who spoke to BritishBoxers.co.uk this week to talk about their thoughts on the up-coming fights.

Interview with Matthew Ryan

Interview with ‘Ruthless’ Ryan Doyle

 

Manchester-American
Adrian Gonzales; Wales’ undefeated Mark
Evans
, and debutants Callum Cook
and Jack Catterall.
Also appearing will be Ashton under Lyne’s Jon Kays who has won 14 from 17 and was
in a real war last year in a losing attempt at the Commonwealth
super-featherweight title against Cromer’s Liam Walsh.
“Alongside the bill-topper, there are also a lot of future
stars appearing on this show,” said Wood. 
“The undercard’s absolutely packed with young talent, and the crowd will
see all styles, from good boxers to real scrappers.

Jon Kays is on the bill too, a real character a tough boxer who is always
entertaining and an handful for anyone.


Interview with Jon Kays

Fans of boxing will already
know how good this show is, but I’d also urge anyone who’s never been before to
come along.  Make this your first boxing
show; you’ll have a great time, and it won’t be your last!” 

‘This Means War’ will
be at the Bowler’s Arena on September 22. 
Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £50 (Ringside), are available from
all boxers or at
www.vipbe.co.uk
 
Keep updated on VIP
Promotions’ news by visiting
www.vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing.  Currently, you can also watch free fights at www.vipboxing.tv