26th November 2012

A terrific night of boxing – already worthy
of a TV show – just got even better with the announcement that two top talents
have been added to VIP Promotions’ ‘Fighting for Keeps’ bill at the Blackpool Winter
Gardens on December 14
Topped by British light-middleweight champion
Brian Rose defending his crown against Sam Webb, and with an undercard already starring
the likes of undefeated Jack Arnfield and Shayne Singleton, the card will now
also include Manchester’s Prizefighter winner Terry Flanagan, as well as exciting,
big-puncher Mark Thompson.
 
“Terry is the ultimate professional and has
kept in the gym since moving up to lightweight and winning Prizefighter,”
revealed promoter Steve Wood.


“He was expecting a call to fight Gavin Rees for
his European title which was touted for the Prizefighter winner but, because he
wasn’t expected to win, hasn’t been given the opportunity others would’ve got.

When Rees then vacated his British title he
expected a shot at Martin Gethin but was again overlooked.  It’s important therefore to keep him in the
public eye and maybe he’ll be offered a final eliminator against Derry Mathews
when Matchroom have their touted show in Liverpool.  If the deal’s right we’d take it and prove his
Prizefighter win over Derry wasn’t a fluke. 
In the meantime fans can enjoy the bonus of seeing both Terry and Mark Thompson
in Blackpool.”
 

Terry Flanagan

Heywood’s Thompson wants to put the disappointment of his
contentious stoppage defeat to German ‘golden boy’ Jack Culcay behind him when
he fights at the Winter Gardens.  The big
hitter is still seething after his controversial September loss in Germany and would
relish the opportunity to fight Culcay again.
 

“It was definitely a premature stoppage,” fumed Mark, who
was stopped in round five.  “I was three
rounds up easy and winning the fight comfortably.  I wasn’t wobbled or hurt; he just threw about
10 punches, two of them connected and that was it, the ref jumped in.

“I’m annoyed because I took the fight at three weeks’ notice
and when a fight gets stopped like that it’s just ridiculous.  He’s said in Boxing News since that ‘the
stoppage was premature but I would have stopped him anyway’, if he thinks that
then why not have the rematch to prove it?”
 
With just two defeats in 26 contests and with 14 wins coming
early, Thompson has gained a reputation as an all-action banger.  The Lancashire fighter has skill and can box
but – when you can hit as hard as he can – Mark likes to get out of the blocks quickly
and do what he does best.
 
Mark Thompson

“I’m a come forward fighter and a massive puncher for my
weight,” said the 31-year-old, who has registered nine first and second round
KOs.  “I don’t like to stand off; I like
to have a fight and that’s what I know best. 
I know how strong I am and there aren’t many people at my weight who can
punch like me.”
 

After a two year break from the ring, Mark will be having
his third outing this year when he steps into the squared circle in
Blackpool.  Having previously boxed all
over the North West but never at the atmospheric fight venue, Thompson is
looking forward to sampling the big-fight vibe, impressing the crowd, and then
moving onto titles in 2013.
 
“It’s a really good show and deserves to be on TV.  I’ve watched Brian Rose box there before and
it was great, so I can’t wait to get there and do it.  Let’s get out, get another win to finish this
year off, and then let’s see what titles we can get next year.
“I’d like to fight Culcay again to set the record straight,
but I’d also really like a British title shot to be truthful, and I’d fight
anybody, it wouldn’t bother me.  If Brian
beats Sam Webb then he wins the [Lonsdale] belt outright and could step up and
move on, so I’d like to fight for the title. 
I think I deserve it; I’m worthy enough and I’ve proved I’m good
enough.”
 
‘Fighting for Keeps’ will be at the Blackpool Winter Gardens
on December 14.  Headlining will be hometown
fighter Brian Rose defending his British light-middleweight title against
Londoner Sam Webb.  The quality undercard includes Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield; Manchester’s Terry Flanagan; Middleton’s Warren Tansey; Colne’s Shayne ‘The Pain’ Singleton;
Lancaster’s Tomi Tatham; Southport’s
Scott Moonan; Heywood’s Mark Thompson;  Chorley’s Jack Caterall, and Lancashire’s Isaac Lowe.
 
Tickets, priced at £40 (General), £50.00
(Balcony) and £80 (Ringside) are available from all boxers (balcony seats from the venue only), from
Ticket Master, or at
www.vipbe.co.uk
 
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