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Former European Champ In Bolton Showdown

Northwest fight fans get the chance to see a former European champion in action on September 20 when Stephen Foster Jr, appears at the Premier Suite in Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.

Hard-hitting Foster Jr became the super-featherweight champion of Europe in 2010 with a three round demolition of highly-rated Armenian Levan Kirakosyan.

Since then the Salford banger has racked up 32 wins, with 18 KOS, and is looking to get back in the domestic title mix with an exciting performance on the VIP Promotions’ show.

“I know I still have titles in me,” said the 33-year-old, “as long as I stay in the gym, which I always do. Obviously boxers can’t go forever but my body is still there, and I feel really good. Continue reading

Blackburn’s Niaz Finds Salvation Through Boxing

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

Manchester Versus Liverpool Battle For The English Title

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

‘Kid Shamrock’ gets tough Southport test

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

Scouse Prospect Andy Colquhoun Returns In Southport

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

Mike Stafford: ‘Channel 5 Fighters Aren’t In My League’

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 Stalking Stalker

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