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UK Boxing: Matthew Hall; Mark Alexander; Daryl Setterfield

Matthew Hall has a new trainer - and now he wants some new titles as well. The Manchester man lost his Commonwealth light-middleweight crown to Anthony Small last year, but it prompted him to join up with Anthony Farnell's growing stable, which includes Britain's hottest talent Tony Bellew, Frankie Gavin and Ronnie Heffron. And the 25-year-old believes the switch is paying dividends..

"I haven't felt this great in years," said Hall, who features next at the Preston Guild Hall on Saturday 3rd July.

"Brian Hughes was a great trainer, but a change is as good as a rest, and I've felt that with Arnie since I pitched up at his gym.

"We go back years because he boxed out of Brian's gym when I was a youngster learning the ropes.

"I was very down after the Small defeat, but Farnell has got me buzzing again, and now I want some titles.

"I'll fight anyone in Britain, especially if the British or Commonwealth titles are on the line.

"British champion Sam Webb is a decent fighter, but I'd knock him out if we ever met.

"I leave arranging the fights to my promoter Frank Warren, but if he wants someone to fight for a title, then I am his man."

Tickets for 3 Lions are priced at £30, £50, £75 and £100 and are available from:

The Preston Guild Hall Box Office
01772 258858
www.prestonguildhall.com


Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander To Fight Sid Razak On June 19th

Following some rather swift last minute negotiations, with promoter Steve Goodwin, Hackney’s Lightweight contender Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander is set to face Sid Razak on Goodwin’s “Summer Fight Night Explosion” on Saturday 19th June at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

Last month, following his magnificent demolition of rising star Michael ‘Simply’ Devine, Alexander went on BBC London Boxing Hour, presented by Steve Bunce, and called out former English Champion Ryan Barrett. He got his wish, but not for right away, and will face Barrett as the headline on Steve Goodwin’s “It’s Personal” event on September 11th.

With the British boxing season rapidly coming to a close Alexander, who wanted to keep the momentum going, started looking for a June or July fight. With time running out Steve Goodwin stepped in to save the day, by adding Alexander vs. Razak to the stacked “Summer Fight Night Explosion” card.

Following an intense sparring session with the pitbull better known as Southern Area Lightweight Champion Ben Murphy at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, London, ‘The Flash’ spoke about the upcoming fight with Sid Razak, “I can’t thank Steve Goodwin enough for putting me on the June 19th show. It’s going to be a great show, I mean he has twelve quality fights on the card.

It’s important for me to keep active, I don’t want to be just sitting around. I’m in great form, the fight with Michael Devine showed that.

I mean he was being touted as the new Ricky Hatton. He’d stopped all his previous opponents. I was too elusive for him, he couldn’t land anything on me. Everyone was shocked when I put him down. I wasn’t - we’d been working on it. The only thing that surprised me was that the fight wasn’t stopped after I put him down for the second time.

He showed great determination by getting up each time. He fought hard even after the third knockdown, but I knew it was just a matter of time before I knocked him out rather than just down.

Since then Barry (trainer Barry Smith) and I have been working hard on things in the gym. I want to take it to another level, to do that I need to fight again soon.

That’s why I’m really looking forward to the fight with Sid Razak. He’s been in with Ryan Barrett so it makes a lot of sense to fight him.

That was a good win over Michael Devine but I’m going to make it great wins over Sid Razak and Ryan Barrett. Believe me ‘The Flash’ is back...big time.”

Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander versus Sid Razak will be on the Steve Goodwin promoted “Summer Fight Night Explosion” at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

The stacked TWELVE fight card for “Summer Fight Night Explosion” includes the return of, International Masters Champion, Yassine El Maachi against Dee Mitchell.

El Maachi, who won the International Masters Light Middleweight Title back in April with a superb points victory over France’s Bertrand Aloa.

The card also features Daryl Setterfield, who recently knocked out the highly rated Darren Hamilton, against the experienced Matt Scriven.

Also a late addition to the card will be Alexander’s September 11th opponent Former English Champion Ryan Barrett, against a yet to be named opponent.

Former Olympic Bronze Medalist Boris Georgiev (Bobby George) will be looking to build on his excellent pro-debut win. As will the highly exciting Michael Norgrove when he faces the experienced Ryan Clark.

Rising stars Tony Owen, Joe St John and Bradley Evans will all be looking to increase their unbeaten records, whilst Welterweights John Brennan (opponent TBA) and Adam Battle, who will face Danny Dontchev, will be looking to impress on their pro-debuts.

Finally, Light Heavyweight Marco Stevenson will battle it out with Matt Jack.

What a great lineup, don’t forget “Summer Fight Night Explosion”, featuring Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander versus Sid Razak is on Saturday 19th June at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London,

Ticket Priced (Unreserved) £35.00
For tickets: Call Mark on 07944 187153 or Rio on 07960 850645


Daryl Setterfield’s Ready For Another Knockout Performance on 19th June

Following on from his stunning knockout victory over Light Welterweight prospect Darren Hamilton, Redhill, Surrey’s Daryl Setterfield is back in action on the 19th June at the Steve Goodwin promoted “Summer Fight Night Explosion” at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

Setterfield, who will be facing veteran Matt Scriven on the 19th June, is looking to build on his against the odds win over the highly rated Hamilton back in March this year. Coming into that fight Setterfield was undoubtedly the underdog as Hamilton had been rightly touted as a future star of the division, with Championship potential. However, no one seemed to take into account is that Setterfield, anything but an easy opponent at the best of times, always comes to win.

Hamilton, in true contender style, was intent on imposing himself with heavy handed attacks. Setterfield, wasn’t content to just roll over and take it, responded with vicious salvos of his own. The climax to the exciting battle was nothing short of spectacular. Setterfield let rip with the most vicious overhand right to the head, which literally stopped the previously unbeaten fighter in his tracks, followed up with a lightning fast combination that sent Hamilton crashing to the canvas so hard the paramedics were immediately called for.

Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of world class coaches Johnny Eames and Derek Grainger at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, East London, a relaxed Setterfield spoke about the victory over Hamilton, “Darren had gone five unbeaten. He’s a very good fighter. It was hard going as he has an awkward defence. We battled hard, I landed some good shots, as did he.

His defence was tight but as the fight went on I managed to get some good shots to his body. I think that’s why he bought his defence lower in the fourth. So when he had his left hand down lower I put a good right over the top, which shook him, and finished him off with a three punch combination. He went down hard and was out cold.

He was out, some people said the ref stepped in too late, but it was so quick he couldn’t have got in and stopped it. They had to give him oxygen but I’m pleased to say he’s OK.

I wouldn’t say it was the best fight I’ve had, it was quite scrappy at times, but it was the best finish. It was tidy right hand over the top.”

Setterfield then went on to talk about his upcoming June 19th fight, “It should be a good fight, Matt Sciven’s got lots of experience and he always comes to fight. Which are the type of fighters I like to get in with.

I’m looking to build my career now. I’ve had eight fights now and I’m still learning. It seems that I get more than my fair share of unbeaten prospects, other than my first two fights and Cassius Conner who was debuting, they’ve all been unbeaten.

I learned a lot about my power against Darren and I’ve been working on this and intend to bring it all to the fight on the 19th. I’m not saying I’m going to knock Matt out but if the chance comes I will take it.”

Daryl Setterfield versus Matt Scriven will be on the Steve Goodwin promoted “Summer Fight Night Explosion” at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

The stacked TWELVE fight card for “Summer Fight Night Explosion” includes the return of, International Masters Champion, Yassine El Maachi against Dee Mitchell.

El Maachi, who won the International Masters Light Middleweight Title, back in April. with a superb points victory over France’s Bertrand Aloa.

Also on the card, following some pretty nifty negotiations, will be Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander, against Sid Razak, and Former English Champion Ryan Barrett, against a yet to be named opponent.

Alexander, coming off a spectacular, four knockdown in three rounds, stoppage victory over the highly rated Michael ‘Simply’ Devine, and Barrett, who had a comfortable victory over Sid Razak back in April, will be honing their ring skills, as well as hoping to win a psychological edge over the other, in preparation for their pivotal title fight on September 11th.

Former Olympic Bronze Medallist Boris Georgiev (Bobby George) will be looking to build on his excellent pro-debut win. As will the highly exciting Michael Norgrove when he faces the experienced Ryan Clark.

That’s not all, by a long shot, rising stars Tony Owen, Joe St John and Bradley Evans will all be looking to increase their unbeaten records. Whilst Welterweights John Brennan (opponent TBA) and Adam Battle, who will face Danny Dontchev, will be looking to impress on their pro-debuts.

Last but not least, at Light Heavyweight, Marco Stevenson will battled it out with Daryl Setterfield’s Ultrachem TKO Gym mate Matt Jack.

Looking at that card, Steve Goodwin has clearly pulled all the stops out to make “Summer Fight Night Explosion”, on Saturday 19th June at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, a spectacular fight night. One you’ll regret should you miss it.

Ticket Priced (Unreserved) £35.00 - (V.I.P.) £60.00

For further information see www.goodwinpromotions.co.uk

Article posted on 08.06.2010



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