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UK Boxing: Scott Quigg, Tommy Coyle, Darren Hamilton



Quigg defends WBA crown against mandatory Cermeno in Manchester

Bury star tops bill with Crolla, McDonnell, Campbell and Joshua

Scott Quigg will defend his WBA World Super Bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Nehomar Cermeno at the Phones 4u Arena Manchester on April 19, live on Sky Sports.

Bury hero Quigg makes the second defence of his title, and faces a stiff test in the shape of the number one challenger and interim champion from Venezuela.

Cermeno landed the interim title in August with a split decision win over unbeaten Columbian Oscar Escandon, and the 34 year old aiming for third time lucky having twice tackled Anselmo Moreno for the WBA Bantamweight title in 2010.
Tickets for the bumper Manchester show go on sale at 10am tomorrow (Thursday February 20) with a star-studded line up in action.

Manchester Lightweight star Anthony Crolla will be in action with his opponent announced at a press conference next week, while former IBF Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell and Olympic Gold medal stars Anthony Joshua MBE and Luke Campbell MBE big highlights on the bill, while Tyrone Nurse will face Tyler Goodjohn English Light Welterweight title

“I’m delighted to be back in Manchester for this monster show”, said Hearn. “Scott Quigg is in the toughest fight of his career against mandatory challenger and interim champ Cermeno who already holds impressive victories over Cristian Mijares, who faces Leo Santa Cruz in March for the WBC crown and undefeated Oscar Escandon in his last outing.

“Anthony Crolla will be in a big domestic battle, Jamie McDonnell is on the march to a second World title and Olympic Gold medallists Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell continue their journeys to the top.”

The show hits US screens on AWE TV and their president Charles Herring said he’s delighted to bring the card to fight fans in the States.

“This card is a ‘must watch’ action-packed afternoon of live world class boxing for US fight fans,” said Herring. “AWE is pleased to be delivering another great Eddie Hearn World Championship main event to boxing fans across America.”

Tickets priced at £30, £40, £60 & £100 will go on sale tomorrow at 10am via www.phones4uarena.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 8000, while £150 VIP packages are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com or by calling 01277 359 900.

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Coyle: I want Kevin Mitchell on Froch-Groves blockbuster

Hull Lightweight star targets Brit showdown after Brizuela test

Tommy Coyle wants to face Kevin Mitchell on the Carl Froch vs. George Groves blockbuster rematch this summer – but knows he has to shine against Daniel Brizuela live on Sky Sports on Saturday night to land his shot.

The Hull Lightweight defends the IBF International title he captured in the Hull Ice Arena in November against John Simpson, and faces Argentinian danger man Brizuela in the same venue.

Coyle stopped the tough Scotsman in the seventh round to dismiss the demons of his heart-breaking KO loss to Derry Mathews in the summer, and says Saturday is his toughest assignment yet as he sets out to prove he is ready for big things this year.

“Daniel is a massive step up and I think it is a fight which will provide excitement,” said Coyle. “Everybody thinks that being an Argentinian, he is going to be come-forward, tough, aggressive fighter but he is actually a bit of a mover. He is a smart technician, he boxes on the back foot and he has a fantastic jab. I have sat down with my trainer Jamie Moore and we have worked out a game plan to beat him. It is going to be a tough fight, it is a 50/50 fight.”

Froch and Groves’ rematch is set to fill a stadium this summer and Coyle is aiming to pass Saturday’s examination against the Argentine to land a juicy all-Brit clash with former World title challenger Mitchell.

“That would be a fantastic fight and one I would be very confident of winning,” said Coyle. “If I was to beat Kevin, which I am confident that I will, then I could be fighting for a World title and become Hull’s first ever World champion.

“Eddie Hearn said that the fight could be on the Froch vs. Groves bill. That is a massive, massive opportunity for me and a massive incentive to win this fight.

“It would be a massive test but I think Kevin is ready for the taking. He has got a lot of miles on the clock, he is a fantastic fighter who has proved himself at the top of the domestic level and he has touched on World level. He has been in some great fights but I think it is my time. I think I am the younger, fitter, fresher, stronger kid coming up, and I think I can get the win.

“I think Saturday’s fight is tougher than the Derry Mathews one last summer because you have the pressure there of the carrot being dangled to face Kevin Mitchell. Derry has got huge punching power, great boxing ability. This guy has great boxing ability – he went to the Olympics, and that shows he has all the skills. I don’t want to count my chickens but I don’t think he has the power that Derry possesses.”

Coyle’s clash with Brizuela is part of an exciting bill in Hull, with Olympic Gold medal hero Luke Campbell MBE stepping up to eight-round action against Scott Moises in his fifth pro contest.

Darren Hamilton aiming to secure the Lonsdale belt for keeps when he defends his British Light Welterweight title against Curtis Woodhouse, while Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell faces Leigh Wood for the vacant British Super Bantamweight title.

A trio of local prospects are in action in the form of Zak Collins, Joel Haigh and Charlie Payton, and there are four-rounders for Manchester’s Hosea Burton and New Malden’s Lerrone Richards and Liverpool Super Middleweight Tony Dodson, who is aiming to secure a Commonwealth title shot against Rocky Fielding on March 15.

Limited tickets remain on sale priced £30, £40, £60 and £120 for VIPs and are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com

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Hamilton brands Woodhouse ‘a salesman’

British champ dismisses Driffield challenger ahead of Hull clash

Darren Hamilton says Curtis Woodhouse is ‘an excellent salesman’ but won’t take his British Light Welterweight title away on February 22 at the Hull Ice Arena live on Sky Sports.

Hamilton can claim the Lord Lonsdale belt outright with victory over Woodhouse, who fights for the British title for the first time in his career. Bristol man Hamilton has been in the form of his life in the last 18 months, claiming the scalps of Ashley Theophane, Stevie Williams and Adil Anwar in his last three clashes for the coveted strap.

Woodhouse owned the English title at Light Welterweight in 2012, losing it controversially to Shayne Singleton in March, and the champion has exchanged barbs on Twitter with the former footballer as they prepare for battle next weekend.

“Curtis is an excellent salesman,” said Hamilton. “After he loses he can go off and be a great salesman, and he has sold the fight well. He believes he is going to win, and believes the things he is saying are real.

“There are two fighters in that ring and one of them has a game plan; and the other goes in there to just try his best. In Hull you will see the game plan and the difference with the person who is just going to go in and try his best.

“I have to put Woodhouse in the same calibre of my other opponents. He has boxed two of the fighters I have boxed before [Peter McDonagh and Dave Ryan] so I have to put him in the mix. Once upon a time he was in the top ten but since the Derry Mathews performance he has dropped a bit further down, but I have to put him in contention as a contender who can mix it in the top ten.”

Hamilton’s defence against Woodhouse is part of an exciting night of action in Hull, with Olympic Gold medal hero Luke Campbell MBE stepping up to eight rounds for the first time in the paid ranks against Scott Moises.

Campbell’s fellow Hull star Tommy Coyle defends his IBF International Lightweight title against Daniel Brizuela, while Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell faces Leigh Wood for the vacant British Super Bantamweight title.

A trio of local prospects are in action in the form of Zak Collins, Joel Haigh and Charlie Payton, and there are four-rounders for Manchester’s Hosea Burton and New Malden’s Lerrone Richards and Liverpool Super Middleweight Tony Dodson, who is aiming to secure a Commonwealth title shot against Rocky Fielding on March 15.

Limited tickets remain on sale now priced £30, £40, £60 and £120 for VIPs and are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at matchroomboxing.com