UK Boxing: Preston Show Cancelled; Chisora Wants Sexton; Jack vs Stephenson

Promoter Frank Warren has cancelled his July 3rd promotion at Preston's Guildhall. Local hero Michael Jennings was scheduled to headline the show in a challenge for the Vacant British Welterweight title against John O'Donnell, but the Shepherd's Bush fighter withdrew with a back injury. Previous to this Jennings was due to meet big rival Kell Brook, but Brook damaged his ribs in sparring. Unable to secure a suitable opponent for Jennings, Warren has taken the decision to cancel the show. He said, "We are very disappointed for the fans, Michael Jennings and the rest of the boxers on the show. We will reschedule the bout when O'Donnell is fit.."

Members of the public who have purchased tickets for the event please go to your original point of purchase for a refund.

Chisora Wants Sexton

Derek Chisora says he wants rival Sam Sexton - for the second time. The newly crowned British champion is on a collision course with the Commonwealth king, but is confident of victory. Del Boy, thumped Danny Williams in two rounds to lift the Lonsdale belt last month. And now he is eager for a first defence against fellow young gun Sexton. If the pair do meet it will be a rematch of their York Hall meeting two years ago. Then Finchley banger Chisora won in the sixth, and he's confident he can repeat the trick. "I said when I beat Williams that I would fight anyone in Britain, and that includes Sexton," said Chisora.

"I've beaten him once and I'll beat him again if I have to fight him.

"He's a nice guy but can he take my power? I think we saw the last time we fought that he can't.

"I'll respect him if he gets in the ring with me, but it's the same result if we have a rematch. In fact, this time I think I'll knock him clean out rather than just stopping him.

"Everyone keeps talking about how much Sexton has improved in the last couple of years, but what about me?

"I'm a championship fighter now and I'm ready for championship fights.

"Sam got to fight for a title before I did, but I'll end up going further."

Matt ‘FireFighter’ Jack Looks To Extinguish Marco Stephenson On June 19th

Newmarket, Suffolk’s boxing fireman Matt Jack is back in action this Saturday, against Luton’s Marco Stephenson, at the Steve Goodwin promoted “Summer Fight Night Explosion” at the famous York Hall In Bethnal Green London.

Jack is looking to build on his heroic, against the odds, win over ‘Dangerous’ Danny Goode (12-3-0) three weeks ago in Portsmouth. The first two rounds were fairly even, as was the third, until the defining moment when Jack let rip with a cracking right hand that sent Goode crashing to the canvas. At the end of four scintillating close rounds referee, Jeff Hinds, declared Jack the winner by just a single point.

Heroic actions seems to be Matt Jack’s specialty. Prior to becoming a firefighter, at Cambridge Airport, Jack spent six years in the Royal Marines as a landing craft pilot. During this time Jack underwent active duty in Afghanistan (2002), Iraq (2003 & 2006) as well as taking part in the 2006 evacuation of Beirut.

Following a training session with Alec Wilkin, at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, London, Jack took a little time to speak about his upcoming fight with Marco Stephenson, “Training’s been going well. It’s only been four weeks since my last fight so my fitness is already there. So it’s just keeping it there and peaking at the right time.

I haven’t seen Marco box as a pro yet, but I did see him fight in the under twenty ABA finals, I was in the Navy team at the ABA finals and watched him box in the finals. He was a good boxer then.

The fight’s at Light Heavyweight, normally I fight at Super Middleweight, so I’m going to be giving away a little weight. He’ll be bigger than me, but I still think I’ll be stronger than him.

Touch wood, I’m looking for the win to come in my direction, but I’ll have to change my usual fight style and stand off a bit at times though, as he’s taller than me. He’s got more range than me. So I’m going to have to go to him at times. I think that’ll make for a good exciting fight.”

Matt Jack versus Marco Stephenson will be on the Steve Goodwin promoted “Summer Fight Night Explosion” at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday the 19th June 2010.

The spectacular show has no less than TWELVE top class bouts featuring some of the brightest stars on the domestic boxing scene.

Including the return of, International Masters Champion, Yassine El Maachi against Dee Mitchell. El Maachi won the International Masters Light Middleweight Title back in April with a superb points victory over France’s Bertrand Aloa.

Another returning star from April’s ‘A Night Of The Rising Stars’ is Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander, who provided the fireworks that night with an awe inspiring four knockdown performance to secure victory over then undefeated prospect Michael ‘Simply’ Devine - the man touted as “The New Ricky Hatton”.

Also featured is Daryl Setterfield, who recently knocked out undefeated prospect Darren Hamilton. Daryl will be up against another tough opponent in Ricky Boulter.

Former English Super Featherweight Champion Ryan Barrett will also be in action, against a yet to be named opponent.

Former Olympic Bronze Medallist Boris Georgiev (Bobby George) will be looking to build on his excellent pro-debut win. As will the highly exciting Michael Norgrove when he faces the experienced Ryan Clark.

Rising stars Tony Owen, Joe St John and Bradley Evans will all be looking to increase their unbeaten records, whilst Welterweights John Brennan (opponent TBA) and Adam Battle, who will face Danny Dontchev, will be looking to impress on their pro-debuts.

What a great lineup, don’t forget “Summer Fight Night Explosion”, featuring Matt 'Firefighter' Jack versus Marco Stephenson, Yassine El Maachi versus Dee Mitchell and Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander versus Sid Razak is on Saturday 19th June at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London,

Ticket are priced (Unreserved) £35.00

Buy tickets in person at the Ultrachem TKO Gym. Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA (Ask for Mark or Rio) Call Rio on 07960 850645 or buy on-line at - - by credit/debit car or PayPal.

Doors Open 4:45pm - fights start at 5:30pm

Article posted on 15.06.2010

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