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UK Boxing: Ricky Boylan, Luke Campbell, Ricky Burns



Ricky Boylan signs with Matchroom Sport – Unbeaten Light Welterweight prospect aiming for British title shot in 2014

‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Sport.

The unbeaten Light Welterweight starlet claimed the Southern Area title on Eddie Hearn’s bumper Christmas bill at the ExCeL Arena with a fourth round stoppage of fellow Carshalton fighter Tony Owen, moving to 10-0 in the process with his fourth win inside the distance.

The 25 year old will defend that title against mandatory challenger John Wayne Hibbert in London in the spring – and he is excited to have joined Hearn’s stable of British stars.

“It’s a great achievement for me to join the best stable in Britain,” said Boylan. “I’ve worked hard my whole career to get to this point and it’s paid off. I have to keep working hard though which I will do, and this promises to be a big year for me.

“I’m looking at the English and British titles of course. I’ll be getting really good exposure and that’s important to build my profile up, so I’d like to be knocking on the door of the British title by the end of the year after defending the Southern Area title and hopefully winning the English.

“I perforated my eardrum against Tony so that has to heal up but I’m in training keeping fit and I know that Eddie wants to keep me busy with six fights this year, I’ll be able to box late February or early March and I’m looking to really hit the ground running.”

Boylan’s new promoter Hearn has big plans for Boylan in 2014 and believes the Light Welterweight division is one to watch this year.

“I’m delighted to welcome Ricky Boylan to the team,” said Hearn. “He is an exciting young fighter and one of the biggest ticket sellers in the country. We are investing in the 140lb division here and have already signed the British Champion Darren Hamilton who will defend against Curtis Woodhouse in Hull on February 22. We have big plans for Olympic captain Tom Stalker as well as Prizefighter champion Chris Jenkins and now Ricky joins that mix”

Campbell and Coyle back in Hull on February 22

Tickets are on sale now for the bumper bill at the Hull Ice Arena on February 22, featuring Luke Campbell MBE, Tommy Coyle and Darren Hamilton vs. Curtis Woodhouse for the British Light Welterweight title, all live on Sky Sports.

Olympic Gold medal hero Campbell fights on home turf for the third time in his blossoming pro career, with the 26 year old moving to 4-0 in his last outing on the undercard of Carl Froch’s epic World title clash with George Groves at the Phones 4u Arena Manchester on November 23.

Lightweight star Coyle claimed the vacant IBF International belt in the same venue on November 2 and is eyeing some big clashes in 2014, and his opponent will be named this week, along with the Campbell’s latest challenge, while Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell will fight for his first title at Super Bantamweight, also to be announced this week.

Hamilton can claim the Lonsdale belt outright with a successful defence against Driffield’s Woodhouse, who is fighting for the coveted strap for the first time. Further names will be added to the show soon.

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

Burns tackles Crawford in Glasgow on March 1

Ricky set for fifth World title defence against unbeaten American

Ricky Burns will defend his WBO World Lightweight title against Terence Crawford at the SECC in Glasgow on March 1, live on Sky Sports.

Burns makes the fifth defence of his crown against American hotshot Crawford, the unbeaten Omaha star with 16 KO wins from his 22 bouts. Tickets for the event will go on sale at 1pm on Monday January 13, with promoter Eddie Hearn holding a press conference in Glasgow that day where he will reveal details on the undercard.

The Scotsman had a tough year in 2013, with a ninth round stoppage win over Jose Gonzalez in May followed by a draw against Raymundo Beltran on a dramatic night in Glasgow in September, surviving a broken jaw and a knock down to set up a clash with the 26 year old mandatory challenger Crawford.

Burns is back in training after getting the all-clear from the doctors on his jaw, and the 30 year old is determined to kick 2014 off with a big performance to prove he’s a force to be reckoned with in the Lightweight division

“I have a point to prove,” said Burns. “I’ve had two bad performances, we’ve made a few changes and some adjustments, we’re going to be doing things differently, and fingers crossed that we see a new Ricky Burns on March 1.

“As soon as the jaw injury happened against Beltran I went into survival mode. Everybody knew that something was wrong, even if they didn’t know exactly what it was. When the final bell went I wasn’t caring about the decision, I just knew that I had done damage.

“The first couple of months after the operation were a nightmare. They told me to watch what I was eating and I could hardly open my mouth, I couldn’t speak.

“Everybody is writing me off again with Terence but that doesn’t bother me, I like being the underdog and I can’t wait to get back out there again in front of another great Glasgow crowd.”

Crawford fights outside America for the first time in his career, and he’s warning Burns that he’ll go one better than Gonzalez and Beltran and rip the title from his hands.

“I hope Burns is ready to walk to hell and back,” said Crawford. “I’m going to fight with all my heart. I have the determination and the skill to win the world title and bring it home.”

Crawford’s promoter Bob Arum added: “We believe Terence Crawford is ready to win the title and take it home to Omaha.”

It’s another massive night in Glasgow for Burns, and Hearn says March 1 is a make-or-break fight for his man.

“This is a must win fight for Ricky and perhaps the toughest of his incredible career,” said Hearn. “Ricky is more determined than I’ve ever seen him and to have that frame after the injury that he suffered during the Beltran fight is testament to the type of character and fighter he is.

“Crawford is hot property in the States but we managed to bring him here, out of his comfort zone and right now Ricky needs the people of Scotland behind him more than ever. March 1 will be a special night at the SECC, the latest chapter of the remarkable Ricky Burns story.”