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UK Boxing: Tony Jeffries; Paul Edwards; Munroe V Terrazas

TONY JEFFRIES swaps the ring for the dance floor on Saturday night when he appears on Let's Dance for Sports Relief (7.15pm BBC1). Sunderland's Olympic bronze medallist joins WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch and former world title holders Duke McKenzie and Johnny Nelson in the boxing team. Jeffries, 24, has spent this week in London practising for his big night and expects to be nervous. He said: "I have loved every minute of this week practising with Duke. Carl and Johnny have been getting ready in Nottingham, but I'm sure we will all do well on the night..

"There were eight million viewers tuned in for the first episode and I know I would rather box in front of eight million people than dance. It will be pretty nervous knowing that many people are at home watching.

"Although it is a bit of fun, myself and the other lads want to win the competition and hope the public vote us into next month's final."

Jeffries (6-0) is still recovering from a hand injury, but will be back in full training next week and boxes on promoter Frank Maloney's super show at Coventry Skydome on April 23.

'Jaffa' has now quit his Manchester training base and moved back home to Sunderland to be nearer his family.

He said: "It must be a pain for my trainer Bobby Rimmer travelling back and forth to Manchester, but I am much happier.

"When I was an amateur away from home, I was part of a team and there was a group of lads together to ease the boredom.

"When I was in Manchester I had a nice place to live, but I was by myself a lot of the time."

Top of the bill in Coventry is Rendall Munroe's WBC world super-bantamweight final eliminator against Mexican star Victor Terrazas.

Tickets are on sale, prices 30, 50 and 70 by logging onto www.frankmaloney.com or by calling 0871 226 1508. Boxers on the bill will also be selling tickets.


Edwards Wants To KO Edwards

PAUL EDWARDS is targeting a crack at his name sake, Commonwealth flyweight champion Chris Edwards this summer. The Liverpool scrapper (6-0) moves up in class again when he tackles Abmerk Shindjuu (7-3-2) at Leigh Indoor Sports Centre on Friday March 19. The Namibian narrowly lost on points to Chris in a vacant Commonwealth title fight last week and will test Paul's title credentials in their non-title eight rounder Paul, 23, showed he was the real deal last month defeating former British super-flyweight champion Andy Bell.

Promoter Frank Maloney said: "Paul is getting better and better and comes from a top stable with quality trainers like George Vaughan.

"He showed against Bell just how fearless he is and if he wins this I will push for him to challenge Chris Edwards despite his relative inexperience."

Britain's eight stone division is the most exciting it has been for years with with Maloney also promoting domestic champion Shinny Bayaar and unbeaten Ashley Sexton.

Oldham based Mongolian Bayaar (14-4-1) took the British title from Chris Edwards last year and could make his first defence against Sexton this summer

Bayaar, 32, is unbeaten in four years and boxes a non-title eight rounder on the Leigh undercard which is being televised live on Sky Sports.

Maloney said: "Shinny is a class act and there could be a great series of battles between himself, Ashley and Paul over the next couple of years."

In an exciting top of the bill battle on the Leigh card Belfast's Martin Lindsay (15-0) risks his British featherweight title against in-form Welshman Jamie Arthur (16-2).

Other stars on the bill include Olympic bronze medallist David Price, Mark Moran, Karl Place, Rick Goddins and Kieran Farrell.

Tickets for are available for 35 and 80 ringside from 0871 226 1508 or www.frankmaloney.com


Munroe V Terrazas Bargain Tickets

FRANK MALONEY believes he is making Rendall Munroe's WBC world super-bantamweight title final eliminator against Victor Terrazas a great deal for fans. Munroe hopes to celebrate St George's Day on Friday April 23rd by defeating the Mexican warrior at Coventry Skydome and guaranteeing a shot at world champion Toshiaki Nishioka later this year.

Prokoter Maloney has slashed ticket prices to help the popular Leicester binman's world title ambitions come true at the 3200 capacity venue.

More than 2000 of tickets available will be on sale at 30 making it an affordable night out to cheer the southpaw ring ace.

Other tickets prices are 50 and even ringside tickets for the marathon show that will include at least TEN undercard bouts are just 70.

Maloney said: "I am delighted to make two-thirds of the tickets at 30 which is a decent price for fight between two of the best super-bantamweights in the world.

"The undercard will include one or two more championship fights, Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries and the best prospects in the Midlands.

"I believe the venue will be sold out and at the end of the night I want fans to go home feeling that have had a great value-for-money night.

"I am sure the competitive prices and exciting undercards will encourage Rendall's growing army of fans to make the short trip to Leicester to cheer on another sporting success for the city."

Tickets are on sale from today (mon 22/2) by logging onto www.frankmalomney.com or by calling 0871 226 1508. Boxers on the bill will also be selling tickets.

Article posted on 24.02.2010



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