In a sport that sometimes gets a bad press, Qasim Niaz wants to become a role model after turning his life around through boxing.
Just a few years ago the Blackburn youngster, 22, found his liberty curtailed at ‘Her Majesty’s Pleasure’ after a violence conviction.
Since then, the undefeated former England international has dedicated himself to the sport and is a changed man as he heads into his sixth outing at Blackburn’s St George’s Hall on September 6.
“When I was 17 I got in with the wrong crowd and started fighting on the streets, using my boxing skills for the wrong reasons,” explained Niaz. “I got caught up, arrested, and sent down for a bit. Continue reading
In what should be a red-hot encounter, unbeaten northwest prospects Ryan Doyle and John Quigley will battle for the vacant English featherweight title on September 27, with Manchester’s Doyle delighted to be fighting in his Scouse rival’s backyard.
On a VIP Promotions show at Liverpool’s Olympia, the pair will go head to head in a highly-anticipated encounter with ‘Ruthless’ Ryan insisting he will live up to his moniker and derail Quigley’s career in front of the home fans. Continue reading
If ‘Saturday night’ really was ‘alright for fighting’ then Elton John would be over-the-moon with VIP Promotions’ forthcoming plans. Continue reading
In what should be an action-packed battle, Liverpool’s James ‘Kid Shamrock’ Metcalf gets his toughest test yet at Southport’s Floral Hall on June 20 when he faces renowned tough-guy Gary Boulden.
Currently 5-0, the son of former WBU world champion Shea Neary also gets his first six-rounder against Shepperton’s Boulden, who comes with a reputation as a fighter always looking to win. Continue reading
Merseyside’s future star Andy Colquhoun gets his first run out with new stable VIP Promotions when he appears at Southport’s Floral Hall on Friday June 20.
The former ABA semi-finalist from Liverpool is currently 8-0 in the paid ranks and believes he will now follow the long line of fighters who have won British titles under the VIP banner. Continue reading
Former British cruiserweight title challenger Mike Stafford has been watching Channel 5’s light-heavyweight tournament with interest.
The round-robin competition has been pitting British champion Bob Ajisafe, English ruler Travis Dickinson, and other hopefuls like Matty Clarkson and Danny McIntosh against each other, with the fighters gaining invaluable terrestrial TV exposure. Continue reading
Liam Taylor will finish his apprenticeship with a title fight on June 6, before looking to move to the next level by chasing a fight with Scouse starlet Tom Stalker.
‘Dynamo’ takes on Daza Usher for the Bronze Masters light-welterweight title at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium this Saturday, with the Middleton man aiming for his ninth straight victory. Continue reading
Haroon Khan gets to fight for the first time as a pro in his home town when he appears at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on June 7. Continue reading
Oswaldtwistle’s Adam Machaj has been sparring with David Price in the build up to his appearance at the Reebok Stadium on June 7.
The unbeaten heavyweight was due to have his fourth pro outing at the Blackpool Winter Gardens back in March but, after Menay Edwards was injured against Matty Askin, Adam’s bout was cancelled. Continue reading
Unbeaten Tony Aitcheson has been learning from one of Britain’s best as he prepares for his fourth pro outing on the undercard of Gary Sykes’ vacant British super-featherweight scrap with Jon Kays. Continue reading