Murray not worried about Mitchell; Catchpole-Spence on Saturday; Theophane defends title on 7/23

John Murray says that Kevin Mitchell doesn't have the firepower to stop him in their big Battle of Britain clash.

The pair collide at the Excel London on Saturday 9th July, live on Sky Sports 1HD.

The Manchester ace heard that Mitchell expects their fight to be a copy of the epic 1985 three-round war between Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns.

Murray, the former British and European Lightweight Champion, believes that the Dagenham scrapper doesn't have the punch to be able to stand and trade like Hearns did against Hagler, and will come off second best if he tried it against him.

"Mitchell is welcome to try and blast me out, but believe me he will get knocked out even quicker if he tries that,"

"He doesn't carry enough power in his punches to halt me when I'm coming forward and remember I'll be throwing at least four or five punches in return for every one of his."

"His chin definitely won't be able to stand up to what I'm going to be landing on it throughout the fight. I'll give it to him that he's fast with his hands and on his feet, but his punch is nothing to worry about and I'll be grinding him down round after round with combination punching until I get to him, and I will get him."

"I'll be working my key assets which are the body shots and bringing his hands down so I'll work on his head.

"It will be a tough, hard and exciting fight, and I'm looking forward to finally seeing what Mitchell has to offer. The fight has been a long time coming and I've been building myself up for the day I met Mitchell.

"Personally I think he is trying a bit of mind games saying that he is going to have a war with me, I wouldn't be surprised if he tried to box me like he against Breidis Prescott, but I've worked on plenty of game plans with my trainer Joe Gallagher for whatever Mitchell brings on the night."

Tickets for North 'n South are available now, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100, £150 and £200, from 0844 844 0444 or

Catchpole vs. Spence on Saturday

This coming weekend Dagenham’s Joe Catchpole will be looking for retribution against Scunthorpe’s Steve Spence, the man who put the only blemish on his otherwise perfect record when they last met.

The rematch, between Catchpole and Spence, will take place at York Hall in Bethnal Green this Saturday, on the undercard of two time World Featherweight Champion Choi Tseveenpürev bout against Australia’s former International Boxing Organization (IBO) World Featherweight Champion ‘Action’ Jackson Asiku at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event.

When the pair first locked horns, back in November at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, Catchpole had a perfect three wins in three outings and was quite rightly the bookies favourite. However Spence, whose record stood at two wins and four losses, had very different ideas and took the fight to Catchpole.

For four long hard rounds the pair traded hard and fast. Catchpole being the busier of the two but Spence was landing the more meaningful punches to keep the fight close throughout and no one was too surprised when referee John Foster declared the bout a draw.

Earlier today Catchpole spoke briefly on the upcoming rematch with Spence as well as about their previous meeting, “I’m looking forward to a good fight, it’s going be exciting and sweet revenge.

It will definitely not be a draw this time. Last time I struggled to make weight quite bad, I had a nutrition plan which unfortunately didn’t work, it made me crash diet at the last minute and I just had no energy left after the weigh-in.

I was quite happy to get the draw last time but this time he’ll be lucky to hear the final bell”

Joe Catchpole versus Steve Spence will feature on Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Summer Smash’ event, headlined by the WBU/WBF Featherweight Champion of the World Choijiljavyn ‘Choi Tseveenpürev, better known as Choi The Mongolian Warrior against former IBO Featherweight Champion of the World ‘Action’ Jackson Asiku from Australia, at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday 18th June 2011

Main support, for Choi versus Jackson Asiku, sees Newly crowned Southern Area Light Welterweight Champion Darren ‘Mr R&B’ Hamilton take on Midlands Area Light Welterweight Champion Dave Ryan for the British Masters Light Welterweight title.

A top class undercard in support of the two featured bouts that includes West Drayton’s sensational Light Middleweight prospect Steve O’Meara who takes on Newark’s heavy hitting A.A. Lowe in a highly anticipated eight rounder.

Worthing, Sussex’s unbeaten Lightweight prospect Alex Dilmaghani is set to face a tough battle against former Irish title challenger, West Ham’s own Mickey Coveney.

Hayes’ resident Light Middleweight war lord Robert Lloyd Taylor is back in action against Leeds hardman Tommy Broadbent.

Philadelphia, USA based Irish Middleweight Simon ‘Slick Fightin Irish’ O’Donnell makes his first visit to the York Hall to take on Doncaster’s Jason ‘Daddy Cool’ Ball.

Finally the highly rated London based Slovakian Heavyweight Marek Onda will be making his professional debut.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £60 (Ringside) for the ‘Summer Smash’ event are available on-line now at, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or The Real Fight Club, 2-6 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NQ or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645

Theophane to fight on 7/23

Purchase your tickets here for next month's hotly anticipated 'Big Brawl'; a night of incredible British boxing on July 23rd at Wembley Arena.

Featuring the newly crowned and explosive British light welterweight champion Ashley Theophane in his first title defence, and also the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title clash between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, it promises to be THE best night of British boxing this year.

For so long the 'best kept secret of the boxing world', after years spent sparring in the hardest gyms from London and Brooklyn with some of the world's toughest boxers, Ashley Theophane's genuine talent and determination have brought him to the cusp of greatness.

It's a journey that has propelled Ashley Theophane to that of world title contender; a fighter who understands and exemplifies the art, tactics and reading of the sport as much as the critical physical conditioning.

For the champions and top ranking boxers that have avoided him over the years to protect their status, his time has now come.

There is no longer any hiding place - the 'best of the best' know they now have to beat him to fully deserve their crown.

As Ashley says, "I've come from nothing - so I have nothing to lose. I'm prepared to go through hell because I've been there before".

Watch this space. Because Ashley Theophane will soon be the name on everybody's lips.

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Article posted on 15.06.2011

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