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UK Boxing: Hatton vs Senchenko; Matty Tew; Johnny Eames

Witness the comeback of Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton: Hatton vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko live at Showcase Cinemas

One of the most hotly anticipated bouts in recent memory, Ricky Hatton vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko, will be broadcast live via satellite at selected Showcase cinemas on Saturday 24 November at 10pm.

Britain’s greatest boxer, Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton, returns to the boxing ring after three years to fight Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena. Tickets for the event sold out within 24 hours, but fans can still be part of the action and see the fight screened live at selected Showcase cinemas.

One of boxing’s superstars, Ricky Hatton has been packing arenas around the world since his early days in the sport. A relentless force in the ring whose pressure and body punching has broken down quality fighters for years, Hatton turned pro at the young age of 19 after a hugely successful amateur career.

Hatton is the former IBF and WBA light welterweight champion also achieving the WBA welterweight belt and in 2007 received an MBE award for services to sport.

The boxing legend will make his return to the ring in his hometown of Manchester for the first time since being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in 2009.

Hatton commented: “I’m back and I’m here to go places. I won’t let you down.”

Ukrainian boxer Vyacheslav Senchenko is a formidable opponent and will have the advantage of height being several inches taller than Hatton at 5’10”. Senchenko lost his WBA welterweight title earlier this year to American Paulie Malignaggi, the boxer’s first defeat in 33 fights.

Boxing fans can experience the atmosphere and action of the Manchester Arena at selected Showcase cinemas with the live broadcast of Ricky Hatton vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko on Saturday 24 November.

Participating Cinemas:

Showcase Cinema de Lux Bristol
Showcase Cinema de Lux Derby
Showcase Cinema de Lux Leicester
Showcase Nottingham
Showcase Peterborough
Showcase Walsall
Showcase Leeds
Showcase Teeside
Showcase Paisley
Showcase Reading
Showcase Bluewater

Tickets are available now from the box office, online at, via the Showcase mobile app or through the 24 hour ticket hotline on 0871 220 1000. General tickets are priced at £12.50, with students and Insider members priced at £10.

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Matty Tew is targeting a title – and a big bag of sweets

Tew’s all-action style has taken him to 11 straight wins and secured a crack at championship honours on Hellraiser Promotions’ next value-for-money show at The Coronet in Elephant and Castle this Friday, (November 23).

He meets Ruben Movsesian for the vacant International Masters lightweight title on a show that also features red-hot prospects including Lee Owen, Charlie Rice and Craig Whyatt.

To prepare for the big fight, Tew has had top-class sparring with the likes of Liam Walsh – and kept away from sweet shops !

“I do like my sweets,” said the sweet-toothed Southampton scrapper, “and it’s a bit tempting because there are a few good tobacconists around where I live.

“But that’s one of the sacrifices you have to make if you want to box and anyway, I can eat as many sweets as I like for a couple of weeks after my fight.”

Tew says he won’t be taking any tips from his favourite football team in the countdown to the big fight !

He is a season-ticket holder at St Mary’s Stadium and has seen the Saints ship 29 goals in their first 11 games in the Premiership.

Tew knows he needs to keep his defences tight at The Coronet if he wants to be crowned champion.

Movsesian comes from Georgia with a power puncher’s reputation.

Six of his seven wins have come by knock out – and Tew said: “I know 100% he will be coming to knock my block off and I will have to keep my hands up! My manager Mickey Helliet has told me he is a bit of a handful so I’ll be keeping my chin down early on for sure!

“I’ll definitely need a to be tight defensively but I know I can bang myself and this is a big opportunity to go to London in front of a large, knowledgeable crowd and show them what I can do!”


Johnny Eames Receives Accolade At The BBBofC Annual Awards

On Friday night, at the British Boxing Board of Control Annual Awards, one of the sports most colorful characters, TRAD TKO Boxing Gym supremo Johnny Eames, received an award for Sportsmanship.

Johnny has been involved in the sport of boxing for over thirty five years, during which time he has enjoyed great success, both as an amateur and professional coach, as well as a manager.

Johnny’s amateur coaching career started when he was just seventeen years of age, as a coach for the nursery boxing squad at West Ham ABC, before moving onto coaching eleven years of age and upwards and finally moving to the seniors.

In 1999 Johnny applied for his pro boxing coaches license, in order to continue coaching his star student Kevin Lear. This partnership culminated in Kevin beating Michael Gomez to snatch the vacant World Boxing Union Super Featherweight World title in June 2002.

Unfortunately the successful partnership came to an abrupt end just three months later, following Kevin retiring shortly after his successful first defense against Kirkov Kirkorov.

Kevin wasn’t Johnny’s only Champion, WBU Lightweight World Champion Graham Earl owes his multi championship success to the Poplar born coach.

Other notable students of Johnny’s include another former WBU World Champ, Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey, WBU title challengers Ross ‘The Boss’ Minter and Matthew Marsh as well as former British Champions Martin ‘Too Much’ Power and Leon ‘Solid’ Williams to name just a few.

For the past eighteen months or so Johnny has had to take a step back from the coaching side – due to his suffering from cancer, which fortunately is now in remission – concentrating instead on fighter management side and organizing of the TRAD TKO Annual Boxers and Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, even whilst under treatment for cancer himself.

This magnificent tournament has raised in excess of £60,000 for the Indee Rose Trust, which provides support to youngsters suffering from brain and spinal tumours, thanks to such stars as Ricky Hatton, David Haye, Nathan Cleverly, Kevin Mitchell, Ricky Burns, Rendall Munroe, Billy Joe Saunders and oh so many more of the sports stars, as well as stars from TV, Film and Music, turning out to play.

It says so much of Johnny’s character, that for the past three years these stars have willingly given there time to come and play for free.

Usually not someone that is short of words, Johnny struggled to find his voice, as he fought back the tears on receiving the award in front of his peers. When he spoke earlier the emotion of it all was clearly reawakened.

“It’s amazing really, I’ve never received an award for anything in my life.

To be given an award from the British Boxing Board of Control is an honor and a privilege.

To be given it in front of the people I was given it, and them standing up and applauding, was quite moving really and I’m getting emotional again now.

Obviously most importantly for me is that this has created more awareness for the Indee Rose Trust, which is what it is all about.

I’ve had Dean Powell on the phone saying how the charity has reuniting a sport that’s got lots of politics, I’ve never really thought about it that way, but I suppose it is really.

It’s an honor, an absolute honor.”

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