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UK Boxing: David Price; Sean Watson; Luke Blackledge

DAVID PRICE has donated 50 tickets for his big fight against Matt Skelton to British forces.
The tickets will go to the 2nd Lancaster Regiment who are currently deployed on Herrick 18 and go to Afghanistan over Christmas.

But the troops will be ringside when the patriotic scouser defends his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against Skelton at Aintree Racecourse on Friday November 30.

Price said: “We should all spare a thought for our military services especially with Christmas.
“There will be many of them deployed all over the world at Christmas away from their family and loved ones.

“If giving some tickets to watch be defend by championship belts helps boost them then nobody will be more pleases than myself.”

Price’s second defence of his titles will be screened live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 437/Virgin 546). You can join at www.boxnation.com

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Sean Watson signs with Prospect Boxing and looks to get career on track

There’s an old saying along the lines of ‘You can travel east you can travel west but you’ll always find that home is best’ and in the case of Fauldhouse featherweight Sean Watson he is hoping that the saying rings true for him.

After an exciting international amateur career ,he then joined pro ranks with Billy Nelson at his Flying Scots Gym in Glasgow and left long time trainer Colin McNeil and the Fauldhouse ABC as he looked to carve a career out for himself.

However the after four fights in two years with two of those only resulting in a win he is realises that the old saying above may be right as he signs with local promoter Paul Graham of Prospect Boxing ,and features on his next boxing show on December 7th at Rivals Gym,Wishaw. While former pro referee Graham takes care of guiding the promoting side, local businessman Gerry Gallagher has agreed to becomes his sponsor.

In addition to signing with Graham, Watson will also be reunited with former trainer Colin McNeil “Both myself and Colin (McNeil) are from Fauldhouse. Colin boxed at Commonwealth games and World level in the amateur’s and had a good professional career” said Graham

“Sean is back where he belongs amongst his own people with his best interests at heart, and we aim to get the best out of him and having him challenging for titles and picking up the wins”

He adds “I have added Sean to our upcoming card on the 7th December at Rivals gym in Wishaw, Sean will be in the Home corner versus an opponent yet to be decided. I will be looking for a tough opponent that will not only give him a test but more importantly give him the rounds in order that he may blow the cobwebs away and shed some of the ringrust that he has gathered since his last fight in April this year

Sean Watson joins a seven fight card also features Billy Campbell, Rhys Pagan, Mark Parvin, James Tennyson and two time commonwealth title challenger Kris Hughes.

Headlined by Iain Butcher who takes on South African Michael Rambalesta for the vacant International Masters Super Flyweight title and takes place at Rivals Gym,Wishaw on December 7th and Tickets are priced £30 and available by calling 01698 338 888 or 07793 533981 .

For More information are avail from www.facebook.com/prospectboxing and @prospectboxing

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BLACKLEDGE WANTS TO MAKE AMENDS

North West sports fans will be spoilt for choice at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on December 9, with a top afternoon of boxing and football action on the agenda.

The entertainment kicks off with the Manchester derby being shown on big screens at 1.30pm, followed by a nine-bout boxing card from 3.30pm topped by Accrington’s 12-fight unbeaten prospect Luke Blackledge battling Sheffield’s Wayne Reed for the Central Area super-middleweight title.

Blackledge, 22, will be desperate to make amends after getting a scare in his last outing when he was held to a draw by Zimbabwean Farai Musiyiwa in early November.

That lacklustre showing was all the more disappointing after Luke had been a convincing points winner just a few weeks prior when beating Carl Wild for the British Masters light-heavyweight belt.

“I started off flat from the beginning,” recalled Luke about the Musiyiwa contest, “but I’ve only got myself to blame for that performance.

“To be honest I was missing training and was switching off as well, but I felt alright and thought I could get away with it.

“I should have beaten him all day long. He performed at his best and I still got a draw, but in that fight it just wasn’t me.

“I was really disappointed. I felt like I’d let a lot of people down and I’ve changed a lot of things since, like my diet. I’ve been training hard, and against Reed I’ll box to the best of my ability.”

Wayne, 25, who enters the contest on the back of two KO victories, won’t be an easy night’s work for Blackledge. With 10 wins from 15 bouts, the Yorkshire man is more experienced, has almost as many wins and – although losing to them – has mixed with the likes of British super-middleweight champion Kenny Anderson and former world champion Robin Reid.

“He’s a southpaw and they can obviously be awkward but I’ve got a game plan,” revealed Luke, who beat former European champion Mads Larsen in just his tenth outing.

“He can fight and I know I’m going to have to be at my best. I think it’ll be a really good fight; he’s stopped his last couple of opponents.

“This is a big opportunity after the last performance and I’m just really happy to be boxing. Obviously I want to smash him and get that title.”

“We’re looking for something big from Luke in this fight,” stated VIP Promotions head Steve Wood. “He didn’t do himself, his team, or his fans, justice last time out and all of us want to see the real Luke Blackledge in this contest.

“We’ve also got a lot of other young, very talented fighters appearing on the show and, with the football being shown on the big screens first and then the boxing, there’s something for everyone and fans can come along and make a whole day of it.”

Luke Blackledge versus Wayne Reed for the Central Area super-middleweight title will headline in The Premier Suite at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on December 9. Also boxing will be Middleton’s unbeaten Liam Taylor; Ashton under Lyne’s Jon Kays; Manchester’s Jimmy Kelly Jnr; Blackburn’s Kurt Grieve; Bolton’s Danny Watson; Darwen cruiserweight Stevie Taylor; Oldham’s Alex Rutter, and Bradford’s Tasif Khan.

Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £50 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at www.vipbe.co.uk

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting www.vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and on Facebook. Currently, you can also watch free fights at www.vipboxing.tv