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Sam Stokes looking to double win ratio on November 21 in Camden

Basildon’s light heavyweight, Sam Stokes 1-0-0 is looking to get a second victory in the paid ranks on November 21 at Camden Centre, Kings Cross against Lithuanian, Ernestas Dapkus.

This will be Stokes’ second pro outing following a successful debut win over the Czech Republic’s Josef Obeslo 5(3)-18(2)-2 in July this year at the same venue, the Camden Centre, Kings Cross.

Winning all four rounds with a 40-36 points score, the 24-year-old Essex boy is now looking to start notching up the wins in order to challenge for titles in the not too distant future.

Sharing his ambitions, Sam stated, “I want to notch up the wins this year then in 2015 I would definitely be looking towards a Masters title; end of the year – Southern Area. Just one step at a time and I know that I’ll get there.”

Standing in his way is 28-year-old Lithuanian, Ernestas Dapkus 1(1)-3-0. This will be the super middleweight’s second visit to the home of boxing, York Hall, after losing on points to Manny Muhamed last August. This fight for Dapkus, from Šiauliai, will be a year on from his only win in the paid ranks when he scored a TKO victory over Bernd Hargesheimer in Germany last November.

Of his forthcoming opponent, Stokes remarked, “I am facing a lad from Lithuania. I’ve seen some of his videos on YouTube, he has a good boxer’s style so should make a good fight over the four rounds.”

Stokes would have preferred to be entering into his third contest by now but suffered a minor setback with a head injury caused in sparring in September. The diagnosed concussion kept the light heavyweight out of training for a month.

Of Romany Gypsy descent, Stokes enjoyed a successful stint in the unlicensed circuit accomplishing 11 straight wins helping to build a substantial fan base to enter the pro ranks with.

The fight is part of a Hellraiser Promotions show and while the rest of the schedule is still being put together, it will feature flyweight debutant, Jordan Smith, 21-years-old and hailing from the same gym as Stokes in London – The Peacock Gym.

Tickets are priced at £35, £60 and £100 and are available directly from the Team Stokes on 07908 862769.

To follow Sam Stokes on Twitter click here https://twitter.com/samnojokestokes

Team Stokes would like to thank sponsors, Stubbins and Sons Building & Construction, Fisk Fire Group, and PR Manager Tim Rickson.

Cleverly vs Bellew: rematch is on!

Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew will clash in a blockbuster rematch at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports.

The November date for the hotly anticipated bout will be revealed ahead of a press conference next Wednesday in Liverpool, with tickets on sale from midday on Tuesday for Matchroom Boxing Fight Pass members and then on general sale the following day at midday from the Echo Arena.

Cleverly and Bellew first met in Merseyside in October 2011 where the Welshman successfully defended his WBO World Light Heavyweight title and with the pair finally meeting again but at Cruiserweight, the Welshman believes he’ll take a massive step to becoming a two-weight World champion with another win over Bellew. Continue reading

Warrington: My confidence is through the roof

Josh Warrington is aiming for another whirlwind 12 months after winning three domestic titles in the last year and is aiming for title number four when he takes on Davide Diele for the vacant European Featherweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on October 4, live on Sky Sports. Continue reading

Abraham vs Smith: final press conference – quotes

On Saturday night ‘King’ Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) defends his WBO World Super Middleweight crown against former British Champion Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) in Kiel, Germany.

At today’s final press conference the WBO Champion revealed his future is bound to that of his legendary coach Ulli Wegner and made clear his plan to prove his worth by stopping Smith at the Sparkassen-Arena. ‘’When Mr Wegner decides to call time on his career, I will follow him,’’ said Abraham. ‘’I wouldn’t want to train with anyone else. On Saturday it is my job to show him that there is still much more we can achieve together. I will do this by beating Smith in style.’’ Continue reading