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UK Boxing: Audley Harrison; Martin Lindsay; Chris Evangelou

AUDLEY HARRISON has been offered a showdown against Britain’s top heavyweight prospect David Price. Promoter Frank Maloney believes public enemy number one Harrison is an ideal opponent for undefeated Olympic bronze medallist David Price with his name. And he intends contacting the 2000 Olympic champion's promoter Barry Hearn with a view to making the fight next year. Maloney said: “Price is the best heavyweight in the world and the L-plates are off for him from now. “I am willing to make Audley an offer to fight him and when David beats him we will be rid of Harrison for good..

“It would also be the first time two of Britain’s Olympic medallists have ever clashed professionally.”

Liverpool’s Price, 27, has received little attention since turning professional in March 2009, but has reeled off eight wins opponents.

Maloney added: “There will be no moaning about the level of opposition he faces next year.”

“David is 6ft 8in tall and can become Britain’s answer to the Klitschko brothers.

“He is getting better and better and will benefit from top class sparring I am organising in America.”

Maloney even believes that Price could be in world title contention by the end if 2011.

He added: “I am also looking at finding three decent American opponents for David and then putting him in a world title eliminator.

“The Haye-Harrison fight has left a sour taste, but David is going to get the nation back in love with boxing.”


LINDSAY’S CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING

MARTIN LINDSAY will make the second defence of his British featherweight title against John Simpson at King’s Hall, Belfast on Wednesday 15th December.

Lindsay’s (17-0) hometown fight against Scotland’s former British and Commonwealth champion promises to be an explosive fight at the world famous venue.

Promoter Frank Maloney: “I know John won the title more than 18 months ago, but most British fighters have been running scared.

“He is now ranked number one challenger for the European title and could soon be made official contender for Sofiane Takoucht’s title.”

Simpson, 27, lost the British title to Paul Appleby in June 2008, the man Lindsay took the title from in April 2009.

But the Greenock battler (21-7) is a top quality operator and still seething after losing his Commonwealth crown to Stephen Smith on a controversial decision last month.

Maloney added: “John was very unlucky to see the decision go against him when he boxed Smith, but proved how ambitious he is.”

In the chief support, Oldham based Mongolian Shinny Bayaar will defend his British flyweight title against unbeaten Liverpool prospect Paul Edwards.

Tickets for Maloney’s spectacular show are avai;able priced £25, £35 and 55 from www.frankmaloney.com and 0871 226 1508


Chris Evangelou Set To Face Arek Malek In Glasgow on 27th Nov.

Enfield’s sensational Light Welterweight prospect Chris ‘The Flash’ Evangelou is set for his first fight outside London, when he travels to Scotstoun Sports Campus, Glasgow, Scotland to face Poland’s globe trotting Arek Malek, on Saturday 27th November.

Chris, who has a perfect 4-0 record, has proved to be one of the UK’s brightest rising stars since his debut just under a year ago. On his debut, at York Hall in Bethnal Green in December ‘09, Chris put on a master class to out point the highly experienced battler Kristian Laight by 40-37 points margin. ‘The Flash’ followed this up with an equally dominating victory over East Ham’s Johnny Greaves at York Hall in February this year.

With two classy victories under his belt it was no surprise that his exceptional talent would bring him to the attention of the top promoters and a slot on the bill of a ‘Big Show’. So in April Chris finds himself as support to the European Heavyweight title showdown between Audley ‘A Force’ Harrison and Michael Sprott and the European Middleweight title fight between ‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker and Affif Belghecham at the Matchroom Sports promoted event at Alexander Palace.

In front of the massive crowd, and the TV cameras, ‘The Flash’ lived up to his ring moniker by utterly dominating Marius Jasutis before finishing him off with a a superb double combination to the head, that see the hapless Lithuanian crashing to the canvas, after just 49 seconds of the first round.

“It was a bit quick,” was Chris’ reply when asked about the very quick knockout of Marius, “I think it was just the money shot punches, it was two good shots. If I’d just hit him with either one I don’t think he would have gone down but it was the two good hard shots that seemed to shake him a lot more. (writers note: Marius was out cold and required medical assistance and oxygen) It was good to show people I mean business.

I’m in the sport because I want to go all the way, I’m a good guy out of the ring, I have good manners and I’m very humble but when I’m in the ring it’s business, that’s how you’ve got to keep it.”

In July Chris was back at York Hall, where again he produced a classy dominating performance to earn a shutout 40-36 victory over Wiltshire’s Aaron Fox, in front of his ever growing legion of fans.

When asked about this fight Chris smiled and said, “It was a good experience that one. It was the hottest night of the year in the York Hall, which was the worse place to be at that time. It was good, a lot of punches thrown but it was the complete opposite of the third fight and it got me conditioned for further fights, going the distance in fights.”

Following some serious sparring with Welterweight Freddie Turner and former Olympian and unbeaten Super Middleweight Billy Joe Saunders at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London, Chris spoke briefly on his preparations for the upcoming fight, “I’ve been back in training for so long now and am just peaking. It’s good to get this fight now as I’m hot. I’ve got the strength and the speed, I don’t want to stagnate too long. I’ve been training so hard and I’m ready to fight now.”

Chris then went on to talk a little about the sparring, “Two good southpaws, they’re both awkward to hit. It was really good for me as well because I got injured a few months ago so I wasn’t able to spar so they’ve sharpened me up a bit. Hopefully I’ll get a bit more sparring in before the fight.”

Chris ‘The Flash’ Evangelou versus Arek Malek will be at the Scotstoun Sports Campus, Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday 27th November.

Article posted on 16.11.2010



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