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A terrific night of boxing – already worthy of a TV show – just got even better with the announcement that two top talents have been added to VIP Promotions’ ‘Fighting for Keeps’ bill at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on December 14.

Topped by British light-middleweight champion Brian Rose defending his crown against Sam Webb, and with an undercard already starring the likes of undefeated Jack Arnfield and Shayne Singleton, the card will now also include Manchester’s Prizefighter winner Terry Flannigan, as well as exciting, big-puncher Mark Thompson.

“Terry is the ultimate professional and has kept in the gym since moving up to lightweight and winning Prizefighter,” revealed promoter Steve Wood.

“He was expecting a call to fight Gavin Rees for his European title which was touted for the Prizefighter winner but, because he wasn’t expected to win, hasn’t been given the opportunity others would’ve got. When Rees then vacated his British title he expected a shot at Martin Gethin but was again overlooked. It’s important therefore to keep him in the public eye and maybe he’ll be offered a final eliminator against Derry Mathews when Matchroom have their touted show in Liverpool. If the deal’s right we’d take it and prove his Prizefighter win over Derry wasn’t a fluke. In the meantime fans can enjoy the bonus of seeing both Terry and Mark Thompson in Blackpool.”

Heywood’s Thompson wants to put the disappointment of his contentious stoppage defeat to German ‘golden boy’ Jack Culcay behind him when he fights at the Winter Gardens. The big hitter is still seething after his controversial September loss in Germany and would relish the opportunity to fight Culcay again.

“It was definitely a premature stoppage,” fumed Mark, who was stopped in round five. “I was three rounds up easy and winning the fight comfortably. I wasn’t wobbled or hurt; he just threw about 10 punches, two of them connected and that was it, the ref jumped in.

“I’m annoyed because I took the fight at three weeks’ notice and when a fight gets stopped like that it’s just ridiculous. He’s said in Boxing News since that ‘the stoppage was premature but I would have stopped him anyway’, if he thinks that then why not have the rematch to prove it?”

With just two defeats in 26 contests and with 14 wins coming early, Thompson has gained a reputation as an all-action banger. The Lancashire fighter has skill and can box but – when you can hit as hard as he can – Mark likes to get out of the blocks quickly and do what he does best.

“I’m a come forward fighter and a massive puncher for my weight,” said the 31-year-old, who has registered nine first and second round KOs. “I don’t like to stand off; I like to have a fight and that’s what I know best. I know how strong I am and there aren’t many people at my weight who can punch like me.”

After a two year break from the ring, Mark will be having his third outing this year when he steps into the squared circle in Blackpool. Having previously boxed all over the North West but never at the atmospheric fight venue, Thompson is looking forward to sampling the big-fight vibe, impressing the crowd, and then moving onto titles in 2013.

“It’s a really good show and deserves to be on TV. I’ve watched Brian Rose box there before and it was great, so I can’t wait to get there and do it. Let’s get out, get another win to finish this year off, and then let’s see what titles we can get next year.

“I’d like to fight Culcay again to set the record straight, but I’d also really like a British title shot to be truthful, and I’d fight anybody, it wouldn’t bother me. If Brian beats Sam Webb then he wins the [Lonsdale] belt outright and could step up and move on, so I’d like to fight for the title. I think I deserve it; I’m worthy enough and I’ve proved I’m good enough.”

‘Fighting for Keeps’ will be at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on December 14. Headlining will be hometown fighter Brian Rose defending his British light-middleweight title against Londoner Sam Webb. The quality undercard includes Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield; Manchester’s Terry Flannigan; Middleton’s Warren Tansey; Colne’s Shayne ‘The Pain’ Singleton; Lancaster’s Tomi Tatham; Southport’s Scott Moonan; Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Chorley’s Jack Caterall, and Lancashire’s Isaac Lowe.

Tickets, priced at £40 (General), £50.00 (Balcony) and £80 (Ringside) are available from all boxers (balcony seats from the venue only), from Ticket Master, or at

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



Ryan Farrag is going great guns. A pro for two years, and already with a nine-fight ledger that includes a win over former English bantamweight champion Craig Lyon, the 24-year-old is looking to see 2012 out with a bang when he fights at Liverpool’s Olympia on December 8.

Part of an 11-fight VIP Promotions’ card, stacked with Merseyside talent and topped by Liverpool’s John Quigley taking on Wales’ Dai Davies for the vacant British Masters featherweight title, Ryan cannot wait for the chance to secure victory number nine at the famous North West fight venue.

“It’ll be my tenth fight and it’s nearly here so I’m really looking forward to it,” said Ryan, whose only defeat has come at the fists of current European bantamweight king Lee Haskins in 2011.

“With it being in my hometown it’s better for the fans, and there are two other lads from our club – Steve Lewis and Nathan Brough – on the show so I’m looking forward to boxing with them.

“I’ve fought at the Olympia loads and it’s small and compact, so the atmosphere is just great. It should be a really good night.”

Injuries have hampered Ryan’s pro progress previously but, with the Olympia date his third outing this year, Farrag is beginning to build up a head of steam and wants to capitalise in 2013.

The former Everton Red Triangle ABC star, who holds an ABA semi-final win over Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell, is aiming for a belt around his waist by this time next year – and is vowing to entertain along the way.

“My style is come forward pressure,” stated Ryan, who is trained by Paul Stevenson. “When I watch myself back it always looks like it’s exciting. I like to please the crowd, so fans can expect that.

“Hopefully I’ll be 9-1 [after Dec 8] and fighting for titles next year at bantamweight. I’d like to fight anyone who people don’t expect me to beat!

“I don’t want to mention too many names but there are a few up there that I’ll be looking to fight. You’ve got the likes of [English champion] Martin Ward; he’s a possibility.”

“Ryan is not only very talented, he’s also exciting to watch,” stated promoter Steve Wood. “He came to me at the same time as Kevin Satchell and I expected them both to become champions when they signed with VIP Promotions. Kevin is already a British and Commonwealth champion and I have no doubt that Ryan won’t be too far behind.”

‘Scouse Land’ takes place at Liverpool’s Olympia on December 8 and is headlined by John Quigley versus Dai Davies for the vacant British Masters featherweight title. The packed undercard for the bill includes Liverpudlian fighters Ryan Farrag; Louis Cuddy; Steve Lewis; Mike Robinson; Jake Smith; Phil Smith and Nathan Brough. Also appearing are Southport’s Lee Crossland, as well as debutant Kevin Cornish.

Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £50 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at

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

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