UK Boxing: McDermott vs Fury Undercard; Moore vs Rhodes; Munroe vs Maludrottu

In support of the much awaited John McDermott vs. Tyson Fury English heavyweight title fight this Friday, September 11, promoter Frank Maloney presents a competitive undercard at Brentwood Centre in Essex. Topping off the support card is former British light middleweight champion Gary Woolcombe, 27-2 (10), who meets experienced ex-European title challenger Roman Dzuman, 23-7-1 (10), over ten rounds. Woolcombe has scored victories his last two bouts after losing the British belt to domestic rival Ryan Rhodes last year but the Londoner must win convincingly against his Ukrainian opponent if he is to get another high profile opportunity..

Dzuman will attempt to return to the win column after facing the murderous lineup of Jamie Moore, Alexander Abraham and Zaurbek Baysangurov over the last 18 months.

Flashy young flyweight Ashley Sexton, 7-0 (3), puts his undefeated record on the line against his most experienced foe to date, Brazilian import Darli Goncalves Pires, 17-7-1 (8), over eight scheduled rounds.

Should Sexton come through this test, he'll likely next challenge for domestic honors later this year.

A pair of six round bouts features destructive heavyweight Tom Dallas, 6-0 (4), facing Mihaly Nemet, 12-15-1 (4), and welterweight Scott Woolford, 8-4 (1), coming to grips with William Warburton, 1-3-1 (0).

A brace of four frame contests rounds out the bill.

Undefeated light welter stylist Tyrone Nurse, 8-0 (0), squares off with well-traveled Daniel Thorpe, 23-84-3 (9), while big punching Larry Olubamiwo, 4-1 (4), trades leather with Norbert Sallai, 9-11 (2).

Welterweight prospects Martin Welsh, 1-0 (0), and Vinny Woolford, 2-0 (1), do battle while middleweight Tony Hill and light middle Eric Ochieng make their professional debuts with Hill making his case against Stuart Barr, 1-0 (0), and Ochieng going up against hard man Matt Scriven, 13-54 (1).

Frank Maloney's FTM Sports presents "Colossal", the Heavyweight Championship of England between reigning titlist John McDermott and challenger Tyson Fury with full undercard on Friday, September 11, 2009 at The Brentwood Centre in Essex, England.

Tickets are priced 90 and 35 and are available from The Box Office on 0871 226 1508 and

Sky Sports will televise live on SS2 and HD2 at 10.00PM.

Moore vs Rhodes at the Bolton Arena

THE most anticipated domestic match-up of 2009 between Jamie Moore and Ryan Rhodes will take place at Bolton Arena. Moore (32-3) will be defending his European light-middleweight when he faces his Sheffield rival on Friday October 23rd. An application has also been made for WBC eliminator status which would add even more prestige to this match-up. Salford's Moore is ranked second and Rhodes (42-4) is seventh in the latest rankings for WBC champion 154lb Sergio Martinez's crown. The southpaw rivals have 51 KOs between them and there is hope that the respected WBC may even make the winner their next mandatory challenger.

The Frank Maloney promoted show will be one of the biggest boxing shows staged in Britain this year with FIVE title fights at the 4000 capacity arena.

In the chief support the bill a battle of little big men sees St Helens Gary Davies (9-2-1) risks his British bantamweight champinship against Ian Napa (18-7).

The pair were due to clash this week, but Davies who won the crown against Matthew Edmonds in April sustained a calf injury forcing a delay to his first defence.

A third title sees Burnley star Stuart McFadyen (12-1-1) challenge Doncaster's Jamie McDonnell (11-2-1) for the vacant English super-flyweight title.

Two more titles will be added to the bill and press conference attended by Moore and Rhodes will be held next week,

Tickets are now on sale prices 40, 60, 80 and 125 from and 0871 226 1508


RENDALL MUNROE will have home advantage when he defends his European super-bantamweight title against Simone Maludrottu later this year

The Leicester binman's promoter Frank Maloney won the purse bids yesterday and plans to stage the contest in the Midlands in late November.

Maloney has also applied for the fight to be given eliminator status for the WBC 122lb held by Toshiaki Nishioka.

Munroe (19-1) is ranked second by the governing body for the Japanese star's crown, while the Italian is eighth in the latest published ratings.

Maludrottu (29-2) is one of the most experienced campaigners on the continent having previously held the European bantamweight title and fought for the WBC crown in the same weight class.

The Sardinian won the European 118lb crown in September 2004 and made eight unbeaten defences before relinquishing three years later.

Maludrottu is familiar to British fans having made seen off challenges from Damaen Kelly and Ian Napa while European champion.

In April 2006 he was considered lucky to get a points verdict over Kelly in Belfast, but when they fought a rematch in Maludrottu's hometown Olbia seven months later, the Irishman was stopped in three rounds.

Napa was next up in March 2007, but was no match for the accomplished champion going down clearly on points.

In January 2008 Maludrottu was handed his world title chance, but like so many before him found winning in Japan a bridge too far, losing on points to brilliant Hozumi Hasegawa.

Since then he has won three non-title fights and promises to be Munroe's toughest challenger to date.

Southpaw Munroe, 29, has moved into world title contention since shocking Kiko Martinez to win his European belt in March 2008. He had made four defences including a repeat win over the Spaniard in February.

He last boxed in May when he unanimously outpointed Ghana's Issac Nettey to claim the Commonwealth crown.

Details of the venue where the fight will be stage and ticket details are likely to be announced before the end of the month.

The fight will be broadcast live and exclusive by Sky Sports.

Article posted on 09.09.2009

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