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 

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting www.vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and Facebook.  Currently, you can also watch free fights at www.vipboxing.tv
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