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UK Boxing: Browne v Towers: Tommy Stubbs



LUCAS “BIG DADDY” BROWNE will put friendship to one side when he takes on England’s Richard Towers on December 11th.The pair in meet in a clash between unbeaten heavyweights in Hong Kong, which will see the victor earn the right to box for the Commonwealth title.But there won’t be any animosity in the build-up.“Richard and I spent some time together training and sparring and we got along like best mates,” Browne explained.

“It’s a shame that one of us will end up with a loss after this fight because of the other person, but at the same time it’s business and I’m sure it’s not going to affect the friendship.” Currently the Commonwealth strap is held by another undefeated Brit in the shape of 6ft 8ins David Price. And that’s a fight which Lucas would welcome somewhere down the line, providing he can get past Towers. He said: “David Price is a class act and yes of course it’s a fight I would love to have with a little more experience under my belt.“ A victory for me will put me on more people’s radars and just be a massive step towards the dream that I going as far as I can in this sport.”

Lucas’ last two fights have seen him score knockout victories in the UK and one onlooker who was particularly impressed was former four-time world champion Ricky Hatton.Hatton has signed the Perth man to the new Asia-Pacific arm of his promotions outfit and it is that firm which will stage the fight with Towers.“As you can imagine hooking up with Hatton is an awesome opportunity and something that a lot of fighters would love to be involved in,” Lucas said. “I’m very happy and appreciative to be able to associate myself with the team. I just hope to keep getting better and fitter so I can do everyone proud.He added: “It’s always a great feeling to receive praise for all the hard work that’s put in at the gym, and all the effort that goes into boxing, but to get it from such a well-established fighter like Ricky is really special.”

Ricky Hatton said of the Browne-Towers match-up: “I feel very proud to be involved in this fight and I feel it says a lot about Hatton Promotions that we’re putting on this event, our first promotion in Hong Kong.“Here we have two high flying and unbeaten heavyweights. Both are at similar stages in their careers and have a similar number of fights, but now they have an opportunity to catapult their way into the world rankings.

“Richard Towers, who I speak extremely highly of, needs to bounce back after a few rocky moments in his last outing, although it’s a learning curve. “As for Lucas, people are talking about this man now as a world class puncher so it’s a great opportunity for both boxers on a great stage. Hatton added: “Hopefully this will be the first of many promotions that I will be proudly staging with my co-promoters Jarvis Lau and John Hui.”

STUBBS EAGER TO IMPRESS IN OLDHAM

Manchester-based VIP Promotions look to continue a tremendous start to the boxing season with a packed card at the Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday October 20 featuring exciting unbeaten prospects Tommy Stubbs and Liam Taylor.

“It’s been a perfect October,” said promoter Steve Wood. “There was a full house and great atmosphere at the Blackpool Winter Gardens when Brian Rose spectacularly knocked out Vivian Harris. We had four VIP fighters in Prizefighter, had both the finalists and our man Terry Flannigan upset the odds to win it. And we’ve had a good promotion at the Reebok Stadium where we had all eight winners and Shayne Singleton and Luke Blackledge became Masters champions. So everything’s going really well and we’re now looking forward to a great Oldham show.”

Local lad Stubbs is a former star amateur who was a senior ABA champion three years in a row before turning over last year. Since then, Tommy has impressed in moving to 3-0, with fight-legend Ricky Hatton even claiming the skilful super-bantamweight has the potential to be a future world champion. Relishing the opportunity to fight in his hometown, Tommy is promising an exciting performance and a great show.

“I broke my thumb after my last fight in April so I was out for a bit and haven’t had as many fights as I’ve wanted to,” said Stubbs, 22. “So I’m really looking forward to this fight; it’s my first six-rounder and I’ll be able to showcase my skills off even more over the longer distance.

“I just can’t wait for this show. It’s in my hometown and it’ll be good to get out there and show my boxing off to all the people in the area. I’ve fought in Oldham before and it was packed and a really top atmosphere. This show will be really good, there’s some great talent on like Liam Taylor who is a really excellent kid, and Sam Omidi too.”

“At VIP Promotions we’re about turning promising fighters into champions and giving the public the chance to watch these boxers develop,” said Wood. “I know that on this Oldham show the fans will see fighters who, in the future, will go on to achieve the kind of successes that the likes of Brian Rose and Terry Flannigan have and it’s exciting for the fans to follow them on their journeys.”

Appearing alongside Tommy Stubbs at the Oldham Sports Centre on October 20 will be a host of unbeaten boxers from across the North West including Middleton’s Liam Taylor and Aaron Michael Jnr; Oldham’s Sam ‘Shokz’ Omidi and Marvin ‘Marvellous’ Greaves; and Blackburn’s Kurt Grieve. Also appearing will be Southport cruiserweight Mike Stafford and Salford’s James Brown.

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