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UK Boxing: Matthew Hatton; Yassine El Maachi; Matty Tew

MATTHEW HATTON has fired back at Kell Brook telling him: “You’re not even the best in Britain.” Brook has issued a cheeky challenge to fight Amir Khan and claimed he is the best welterweight in Britain. European champion Hatton has now thrown down the gauntlet to the British champion, blasting: “He has beaten absolutely nobody apart from Michael Jennings.” Hatton makes the second defence of his European crown at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Friday November 26 against Switzerland’s unbeaten Roberto Belge and hopes to underline his world title credentials..

Magic Matthew, 29, added: “Look at the fighters I have been fighting lately. They can’t be compared with who he has been mixing with.

“In the last couple of years I have faced Ben Tackie, Lovemore N’Dou, Gianluca Branco and Yuri Nuzhnenko.

“No disrespect to his opponents but he hasn’t been fighting the level I have been facing.

“Kell is British champion and I am European champion. I consider myself the best in Europe and that includes him.

“I am not worried about Kell. I think we will meet down the line especially if we both keep winning, but I have been beating better opposition.

“Kell is a real good talented but untested. He won the British title outright but never fought the best welterweights in Britain.”

Hatton-Belge will be televised live on Sky Sports and Hatton Promotions Director of Boxing, Richard Poxon has put together an undercard of the highest quality.

Commonwealth middleweight champion Martin Murray aims to become a double champion when he tees off with Brazil’s former world title challenger Carlos Nascimento for the vacant WBA international crown

On the same bill, Bury’s impressive WBA international champion Scott Quigg will be bidding for his 21st consecutive win, but faces good Frenchman Daniel Kodjo Sassou – his toughest opponent to date.

The rest of the undercard features some of Hatton Promotions talented prospects including Matty Askin, Adam Etches, Tasif Khan and Beijing Olympian Joe Murray

Hatton Promotions latest talent stacked show is certain to sell-out but you can get your tickets £75 (Ringside), £50 and £30 from 0161 775 7500, www.ticketline.co.uk. There is limited number of corporate packages – price on request.


El Maachi Lashes Out At Prince Arron, Anthony Small And More Ahead of Colas Title Clash.

Flamboyant Light Middleweight Yassine El Maachi is clearly in fighting mood ahead of the defense of his International Masters title, against France based Haitian hard man Jimmy Colas at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Judgement Day’ double title event at York Hall on Saturday 4th December.

El Maachi, who recently vowed to destroy the European number four ranked Colas, has now turned his venom towards the plethora of British fighters that he feels have avoided him over the years by saying, “The British Boxers know that I would beat all of them so they wont risk it against me.”

The first to receive a personal tongue lashing from El Maachi, who is currently at camp in Scotland with Heavyweight World Title challenger Derrick ‘Del Boy’ Chisora, is Prince Arron, who is set to challenge Sam Webb for his British title early in 2011.

“Prince Arron is not fit to be my sparring partner.” said the London based Moroccan, before continuing, “A false Prizefighter champion. Only won it because I wasn't in it. He is tall but all that means is he would fall harder when I land on his glass jaw and knock him out. No skill I would tear him apart. Wont be allowed to though, They are scared.”

El Maachi then turned on former British title holder Anthony Small, “The guy is a joke. All the mouth and my friend Sam Webb beat him.

Steve offered £50,000 for him if he could knock me out. They turned the fight down with a ludicrous reason that I wouldn't put in print.

I sparred with him and played with him like a little baby. He has his own issues now so I doubt the fight will ever happen.”

Clearly no love of Anthony Small then by ‘The Showman’ and it seems his feelings on Steve O'Meara are of a similar vein, “Steve O'Meara: or Steve O'Chicken. Should quit boxing as he must be scared of his own shadow.”

Whilst Prince Arron, Anthony Small and Steve O’Meara were to receive the full brunt of El Maachi’s verbal onslaught, his view’s on other well known British Light Middleweights were a little more reserved.

“Full credit to Ryan Rhodes for what he has done and resurrected his career” commented El Maachi before saying, “but against me there's only one winner and that's me. I have too much class speed and angles for him. He's Hattons Golden Boy and I would destroy him and end his career. They know it.”

‘The Showman’ then maneuvered his sights towards Northolt’s Ryan Toms, who recently beat Daryl Setterfield in a rematch, “Would love to smash his 0 and win the southern Area title against him. It would be man against boy.” Before locking his sight fully on former opponent Brett Flournoy. “Beat me when I was a journeyman and going just to lose. I would destroy him now.”

Next to receive El Maachi’s sharp tongue was former Commonwealth Champion Bradley Pryce, “Steve (Goodwin) had agreed a fight with Enzo Calzaghe. Then Bradley changed managers to Gary Lockett and Gary turned it down. Another one too scared to fight me.”

El Maachi then spoke in much gentler terms of Craig Watson, “Craig is a solid tough fighter. Beat Badru Lusumbya which I could have done with one hand behind my back. Craig is a league below me.” and Nathan Graham “His manager Spencer Fearon has already turned down me fighting him. He wouldn't last 4 rounds and he knows it.”

Surprisingly El Maachi showed that whilst he has no time or respect for many of the current names on the British Light Middleweights, there were exceptions. This was best shown by his views on Lee Noble, “One punch from him beat Pat McAleese. Pat was winning the fight easily until this happened. To be fair to Lee he will box anyone. He is one of the few who is not scared but he knows I would just destroy him.”

Almost a compliment from El Maachi there and even more so when he turned his attention to Max Maxwell, “Full credit to him for beating Brian Rose. He was going to box me until he beat Rose then turned the fight down (understandably) as he had a potential opportunity to box Sam Webb for the British title which did not materialise.”

Just on the mere mention of the British Light Middleweight Champion Sam Webb’s name El Maachi’s tone softened considerably, “Sam is a good friend of mine and I have the utmost respect for him. I hope he does well and maybe one day we will meet for the World Title. That would be nice.”

Yassine El Maachi versus Jimmy Colas for the International Masters Light Heavyweight title headlines the Steve Goodwin promoted “JUDGEMENT DAY” double title event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday the 4th December 2010.

Co-headlining ‘Judgement Day’ will be Ryan ‘Mr Attitude’ Barrett who will be defending his newly won International Masters Lightweight title, against the heavy hitting Hungarian knockout artist Istvan Nagy.

Supporting El Maachi-Colas and Barrett-Nagy are twelve top class bouts featuring the cream of local talent.

Tickets for Judgement Day at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th December 2010 are priced £35 ( (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.


Matty Tew continues fine form

Undefeated Southampton based lightweight Matty Tew put his talent on display again and produced a storming victory at the Oceana nightclub on Sunday. The Southampton local and crowd favourite entered the ring amid the cheers of his army of loyal supporters that packed the venue provideding an electric atmosphere. Tew’s manager Mickey Helliet who was delighted with Tew’s performance remarked “the atmosphere in the club was amazing, everyone had a great time, and Matty once again showed how much he has progressed it was a good performance against an opponent who could test Matty and pushed him all the way.”

As soon as the bell rang Tew got down to buisness and went to work on his opponent who seemed more occupied with showboating and bating the crowd. However the fight was evenly contested until the later rounds where Tew turned up the pace and his grit and determination paved the way for his fifth consecutive win. He went after his opponent who was unable to handle the pressure Tew put on him. Tew is currently shooting up the rankings and will be looking to contest titles in the near future.

Jon Fernandes another Southampton based boxer who is also undefeated in five was succesful once again on the night after defeating Stoyan Serbezov of Bulgaria in a four round contest. He won in emphatic fashion against an opponent known for his explosive punching power. The two had already met last year when Fernandes was put on the deck but managed to get up and outbox his opponent. However this time Fernandes showed how much he had improved and took control early and even wobbled his opponent on a number of occasions.


Professional boxing at Oceana

On Sunday 21st November Oceana nightclub in Southampton hosted an epic night of boxing that had the club packed on a Sunday night and left the audience enthralled.

First up was the professional debut for Joel McIntyre who didn’t disappoint after being tipped to become a contender in the light-heavyweight division. Undefeated lightweight Matty Tew from Southampton who is part of London based promoter Mickey Helliet’s stable was also able to get his fifth straight win. Tew is known for his dogged determination and was finally able to overcome his opponent in the second half of the fight. Cockney eel Greaves was elusive and a impossible to nail in the early rounds was caught more often in the second half of the fight, much to the delight of the crowd. Other fighters to be trained by Wayne Batten and managed by Mickey Helliet were undefeated featherweight star Jon Fernandes as well as Basingstoke based hard man Darryl Still. Both Fighters faced but tough competition but rose to the challenge. Fernandes was able to keep his composure, pick his shots and come away with a fifth professional win. Still on the other hand went to work on his opponent from the start digging in hard body shots which paid dividends in the later rounds.

Also on the show was undefeated welterweight Wayne Goddard from Borden in Hampshire who was on flying form winning his eighth professional contest in what was an all out war. After a period of inactivity Goddard affirmed that he was back for good earlier this year and looks like a force to be reckoned with as he worked over Watford hard nut Iain Eldridge. Promoter of the event Simon Williamson said “I’m very pleased with how the event turned out, the atmosphere in there was superb, but also I’m thrilled how well Matty, Jon, Wayne and Darryl did tonight, they all showed their quality against some tough opposition and I’m optimistic for the future”

Article posted on 23.11.2010



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