UK Boxing: Anthony Farnell; Jason Booth; More

Trainer Anthony Farnell has backed Matthew Hall for Euro glory next weekend. The Mancunian hot-shot tackles Lukas Konecny at the LG Arena, Birmingham, on September 18. It forms part of Frank Warren's Magnificent Seven show live and exclusive on Sky Box Office.Until last week, Hall was not even on the card. But he stepped in after European light-middleweight champion Ryan Rhodes withdraw through injury. Now he fights for the vacant belt..

And young trainer Farnell, himself a former WBU champion, says Hall is more than ready for his shot.

"Matthew was working hard for a title fight the week after, so it was pretty straightforward to make the switch," said Farnell.

"Since he got the news he has been really buzzing.

"I really believe that Hall can win this fight, and if I didn't think that then I would not have allowed him to take it.

"Konecny is an experienced campaigner and he has fought for a world title before.

"But you don't have to go looking for him, and with the kind of power Hall has, that could play right into our hands.

"Matthew has had some great sparring with the likes of Frankie Gavin and Tony Bellew, and I promise that he will deliver next Saturday.

"He's had a couple of set backs in the past, but that makes him more determined than ever before to capitalise on this unexpected chance."

Tickets for the Magnificent Seven are priced at £40, £50, £80, £150 and £200 and are available from:

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JASON BOOTH is ready to anger big fight rival Steve Molitor, by taunting him about his brother who is in jail for MURDER.

The Canadian (32-1) star defends his IBF world super-bantamweight title against Booth (35-5) at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring tomorrow night (sat 11/9).

Nottingham’s Booth is a big underdog, but been tipped off that the champion hates being sledged in the ring.

Molitor’s brother Jeremy was sentenced to life in prison back in May 2005 after being convicted of second degree murder, although he can apply for parole in 2016.

He became embroiled in a car park row with a former girlfriend and stabbed her 58 times before she bled to death.

Molitor is so close to Jeremy that he is allowed to spend occasional weekends with Jeremy in Millhaven Penitentiary, Ontario.

Booth’s trainer Tony Harris said: “Molitor’s got issues. In fact, we’re going to talk to him.

“One of my former fighters, Ricardo Samms boxed for England against Canada in amateur competition.

“He was told by one of Molitor’s team-mates that if you start talking to him he loses his composure.

“What could Jason say to him? Is that your best shot, how is your brother? How is your bro.?”

Harris has been a father-figure to recovering alcoholic and one time drug use Booth since the fighter begged him for money in a strip club seven years ago.

Harris recalled: “We were celebrating one of my fighter’s wins in a t*ty bar, and he kept pestering me to lend him £20 quid.

“I told him I wanted to speak to him privately but drink had set in.

“From there I tried to rehabilitate him and it took me a year to 14 months to get his head right.

“I was on his case two or three in the morning, watching him. I lost my wife, took a lot of shit. I rented a house for him, paid the rent out my own money.

“We went through a bit but he always showed me respect, when he went wrong, he always apologised. He’s done me justice now and deserves this chance.”

In the chief supporting bout to, British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay (16-0) boxes a non-title eight rounder Belarusian Yauheni Kruhlik (10-12-2)

Local stars in action include Tony Jeffries (7-0-1), Jon Lewis Dickinson (8-1), Travis Dickinson (6-0), Trevor Crewe (2-2), Gary Fox (2-0), Kirk Goodings (4-0), Martin Ward (8-0), George Watson (8-1-2), and debutant Glen Foot.

There are still a few tickets available on the door or guarantee a seat by calling 0871 226 1508, 0191 564 0202 or VIP Ringside are £95 with £35.

Premier Sports TV to broadcast 4 live boxing matches in September.

Premier Sports TV is delighted to announce it has secured a deal to bring more top boxing to UK viewers during September. On the back of the Felix Strum fight last weekend they have now secured the rights to bring the following top fight nights to UK viewers on Sky channel 433 at a price of only £6.99 per month.

Friday 10th September: Tyson Fury vs. Rich Power

John O'Donnell vs. Terrence Cauthen

Saturday 11th September: Erik Morales vs. Willie Limond

Saturday 18th September: Carl Frampton vs. Yuriy Voronin

Saturday 18th September: Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora

The shows will be aired in full with some great undercards to back up the main events. Premier Sports is delighted to be bringing fights to UK viewers that were previously not going to be shown. We have worked hard over the last week to put in place some great events for our customers and we believe we can offer viewers at least one fight a month from September onwards at the great price of only £6.99 a month. A fraction of what viewers would pay on PPV channels.

Premier Sports is a new sports channel available through subscription to around 10 million Sky platform users on channel 433. The channel costs only £6.99 per month with no annual contract. Currently they are building up a sports portfolio that includes live boxing, football from the Blue Square Bet Premier, South America and Ireland, Gaelic sports and live rugby league from Australia.
Customers who want to purchase the service are being asked to visit the website or call Domestic 0871 663 900 / Commercial 0871 222 8484.

Article posted on 10.09.2010

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