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Ricky Hatton, for Hatton Promotions today hosted a press conference at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester to announce the undercard for Amir Khan’s defence of his WBA light-welterweight title against British and European champion Paul McCloskey at the MEN Arena on April 16th.
European champion Matthew Macklin who last week was disappointed by the withdrawal of Winky Wright from there proposed fight will be the main attraction on the undercard which includes some of the best talent from the Northwest of England, including Scott Quigg, Martin Murray, Craig Watson and heavyweight prospect Richard Towers.
With prospects Tasif Khan and Adam Etches featuring down the card, the MEN arena is looking like it will be a sell out, with more than 12,000 tickets already sold.
|Ricky Hatton with the boxers appearing on the Khan undercard|
“The chief support for this card will see Matthew Macklin take on Khoren Gevor, with the winner looking for a world title shot.
“It is the philosophy of Hatton Promotions to stage well matched and entertaining fights. Craig Watson, Scott Quigg and Martin Murray are three champions who are never in a dull fight and who will hopefully be challenging for world titles themselves in the near future,” Hatton continued.
“On top of that, we have prospects like Richard Towers, Adam Etches, Tasif Khan and Dezzie Higginson all hoping to make their mark as they move up the professional rankings.” Hatton added.
Below is a list of the boxers appearing on this fantastic fight card, description of career highlights and current details including opponents where applicable at time of going to press.
Above is the full presser video by BritishBoxers.
Full card line line up for 16th April, Manchester Boxing Show
Amir Khan v Paul McCloskey
Amir Khan v Paul McCloskey
WBA WORLD LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
Matthew Macklin v Khoren Gevor
WBA middleweight Eliminator
Craig Watson v Lee Purdy
British Welterweight Title
Scott Quigg v Andrei Isaeu (Belarus)
WBA Intcontinental Super-Bantamweight
Martin Murray v John Anderson Carvalho (Brazil)
WBA Int Middleweight
Dezzie Higginson v A Murray
J Kavanagh v TBA
Richard Towers v TBA
Adam Etches v TBA
Tasif Khan v TBA
Date of Birth: 15/4/82
Pro Record: 28-2 (19 by KO)
MATTHEW MACKLIN missed out on a dream Las Vegas debut in April when Winky Wright pulled out of their fight injured, but remained focused on the world title trail.
Macklin, 28, is now in his tenth year as a professional after turning his back on a potential law degree after one year at Coventry University.
Undoubtedly his greatest win came in September 2009 when he was promoted by Hatton Promotions. Then, he knocked out Finland’s Amin Asikainen in 154 seconds to become European champion.
He soon relinquished that title, but won it for the second time last year against Georgian Shalva Jomardashvili, but vacated again earlier this year when the Wright fight was signed.
In September 2006, Macklin was involved in one the greatest domestic fights ever when he gave his all before succumbing in ten rounds to Jamie Moore in a British light-middleweight title fight.
Although from Birmingham, the former British title holder has a big Irish following. His father is from Roscommon and mother from Tipperary.
He recently signed a deal with Golden Boy Promotions who are keen to make sure he fights for a major 160lb title in the near future.
Date of Birth: 16/3/79
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
Pro Record: 31-5 (16 by KO)
ARMENIAN born Khoren Gevor is one of the middleweight division gatekeepers and targeting a fourth world title fight.
He has been a professional since 2000 and boxed most of his career in Germany although he has also fought in Hungary and Australia.
Gevor won minor titles early in his career, but stepped up to world level in August 2007 when he gave a good account of himself against then IBF champion Arthur Abraham before being knocked out in 11 rounds.
In the following year, he briefly held the European crown when he beat Amin Asikainen in seven rounds to earn a second world title shot.
In July 2009, he faced Felix Sturm for the WBA title and ran the German star close before dropping a points verdict after 12 closely fought rounds.
Another world title shot followed last year, but he again fell short in a WBA challenge losing on points against Dimitri Sartison.
Date of Birth: 7/2/83
Pro Record: 20-3 (8 by KO
CURRENT British welterweight champion Craig Watson is best known for flooring Amir Khan at the back end of their amateur careers in 2006, before the Olympic silver medalist went on to claim a convincing points victory.
Watson turned professional straight after that ABA championships defeat and is described as an old school fighter by many in the British trade, often taking short notice jobs.
He won the Commonwealth welterweight title in December 2007 when he stopped Namibian veteran Ali Nuumbembe on an eighth round cuts stoppage.
Watson’s greatest hour as a professional came in front of 58,000 spectators at City of Manchester Stadium in May 2008 when he successfully defended that title with a unanimous points win over Matthew Hatton.
Last April, Watson won the Commonwealth light-middleweight crown stopping Badru Lusambya inside two rounds despite taking the fight at four days’ notice, but relinquished that title recently.
In February he travelled to London and avenged a previous defeat to John O’Donnell soundly outpointing the Gypsy fighter to claim the British title.
Date of Birth: 9/10/88
Pro Record: 21-0 (14 by KO)
SCOTT QUIGG has hardly lost a round since turning professional four years ago and is going to no expense spared in his bid to become an elite fighter.
He has spent around £10,000 on two training trips to America spending time at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym.
Quiet man Quigg has been nurtured well by trainer Brian Hughes and matched astutely by Hatton Promotions Director of Boxing, Richard Poxon.
Quigg is now ranked in the top ten by the WBA after winning the inter-continental super-bantamweight crown last September with a third round KO of Santiago Allione.
He has made one defence out pointing durable Frenchman Daniel Kodjo Sassou.
In the next 12 months there could be attractive domestic fights ahead against the likes of Jason Booth and Rendall Munroe.
Date of Birth: 27/9/82
Hometown: St Helens
Pro Record: 21-0 (8 by KO)
ST HELENS is world famous for its rugby league team, but Commonwealth and WBA international champion Martin Murray is enhancing the town’s boxing reputation.
The first three years of Murray’s career was spent learning his trade on undercards, but he burst onto the scene winning titles in back-to-back contests last year.
In May, Murray scored a shutout points win over Australian Peter Mitrevski Jr to claim the Commonwealth 168lb strap.
When he last fought in November, Murray knocked out Brazil’s former WBO world title challenger Carlos Nascimento to claim his international crown.
He is currently ranked six by the WBA and one of the fights he’s chasing is an all-British clash against Matthew Macklin.
Date of Birth: 26/1/1991
Pro Record: 3-0 (2 by KO)
HATTON Promotions starlet Adam Etches is one of the most exciting novices pros in Britain and in time will become a leading light.
Etches, 19, recently gave up work as a nightclub doorman to concentrate on training full-time under Andy Marlow and Bob Shannon.
The Yorkshireman comes from a kick boxing background and had just 30 amateur fights before turning professional last year.
His first two paid opponents Lester Walsh and Ian Jackson lasted two rounds and one round respectively.
Etches went into his last fight with a damaged hand, but dominated winning every round against Estonian import, Aleksei Tsatiasvili.
The youngster is hugely popular and personally sells around 350 tickets each time he fights.
Date of Birth: 8/8/79
Pro Record: 9-0 (7 by KO)
RICHARD TOWERS might be the wrong side of 30, but his big-hitting wins are making him a serious contender for British honours.
‘The Inferno’ isn’t scared to admit that a lot of his adult life was spent in prison, but he on the straight and narrow after joining up Brendan Ingle MBE
During his incarceration Richard learnt self-control and discipline through training and, in particular, practicing the “lines technique”. He undertook this style of boxing prior to his conviction and has since developed his technique with Ingle.
On leaving prison, and with his former life behind him, Richard has devoted his future to boxing and aiding his local community by becoming a role model to the younger generation. Richard is has become a frequent visitor to local schools and youth centres.
Now training with Ingle and his two sons at St Thomas’ Gym, Wincobank, Sheffield – “the gold mine of champions”, Towers has vowed to make the most of his second chance and fight his way to the top.
Date of Birth: 31/7/82
Pro Record: 13-8-1 (4 by KO)
DEZZI HIGGINSON is on a three fight winning streak since failing in an English lightweight title fight against Martin Gethin which he lost on points in January 2010.
Higginson won just three of his first ten professional fights, but us making the most of his opportunities since teaming up with Hatton Promotions.
Last month he scored an impressive third round stoppage of Robin Deakin and is moving back into championship contention.
Tickets for Khan vs. McCloskey, priced at £300, £200, £125, £75, £50 and £40, are on sale now and may be purchased at the M.E.N. Arena Box Office, by calling +44(0)8448478000, or online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.men-arena.com.