Vassell-Ushona on 2/26

DENTON VASSELL will make the first defence of his Commonwealth welterweight title in Wigan on Saturday March 26.

Vassell, who works for a high street bank by day, will be in 12 round action at Robin Park Sports Centre against an opponent who will be named in the next ten days.

Trainer Bob Shannon has done a fantastic job nurturing Hatton Promotion ace Vassell and says: “He is always wanting to learn and getting better all the time.”

Although Shannon oversees all of Vassell’s training session, Ricky Hatton is often on hand at Hatton Health and Fitness offering advice.

Vassell, 26, said: “It is an awesome experience to have Ricky helping and giving me so much support.

“I will pay Ricky and Bobby for all their help by defending this title and going on to bigger and better things.

“It gives me so much confidence and the tip Ricky gives is really good. I think he has a career as a trainer. It spurs me on.”

Vassell has won all 16 professional contests and became Commonwealth champion when he outpointed Lee Purdy last April.

He last boxed in December, stopping Brazilian Jack Welson inside three rounds on Hatton Promotions successful Christmas dinner show.

Other fighters on the bill include Kenny Anderson, Matty Askin, Tom Doran, Rhys Roberts and Jez Wilson

The action starts at 7pm and tickets price £30.00, £55.00 (Ringside) and £75 VIP Ringside are available from Hatton Box Office 0161 775 7500, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500 or Online at

Article posted on 28.01.2011

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