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UK Boxing: Ricky Hatton; Kell Brook; Kieran Farrall

FORMER two-weight world champion, Ricky Hatton will pay a visit to protégé Adam Little’s College for an open training session and Q and A, ahead of the Kirkham fighter’s next bout on March 2.

Little, who studies Sports Development at Preston College, has had a great start to his professional career and is unbeaten in his first four fights.

Ricky will put Adam through his paces in an open training session for students on the College’s sports development and sport coaching programmes so that they can learn from Ricky’s coaching methods. There will also be a question and answer session with Ricky and Adam.

Janine Garcia, sports tutor at Preston College said: “Adam has studied with us since leaving school and we’ve followed his boxing career with great enthusiasm.

“Adam is working with one of the best in the business at the moment and we’re gratefully to Ricky for agreeing to come in and let our students see an intense training session in practice which will benefit them in their learning and their future careers.”


KELL BROOK SIGNS ENDORSMENT DEAL WITH SCOTTS

Unbeaten Welterweight star Kell Brook has signed a sponsorship extension with Scotts Menswear, continuing his tenure for a second year as the face of the men’s branded clothing specialists.

The arrangement will see the Sheffield champ continuing to endorse the clothing company and receiving the benefits from their extensive collection of garments.

The deal comes ahead of ‘The Special One’s’ much-anticipated ‘War of the Roses’ bout with Matthew Hatton on March 17 at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.

“I’m so excited,” said Brook. “People who know me know I like to always look my best and extending this arrangement with Scotts will continue that. The brands they stock are among my favourites, I’m really made-up with this deal.”

Alan Hodgkiss, Managing Director of Scotts Menswear added: “We are extremely delighted to have extended our association with Kell Brook, with a new agreement for 2012. Having launched a strong partnership in 2011, by selecting Kell as the face of Scotts, we are proud to have him as the focal point of our current & future campaigns.”

“As a world-class boxer, who is a very focused, driven, ambitious and hard-working individual, we believe he personifies many positive attributes that the Scotts customer can identify with. Furthermore, he is a true gent and a pleasure to work with. We wish him the very best in his career and are sure that he will achieve the success he deserves.”

Brook’s profile has been on the rise since he moved to Matchroom Sport and his promoter Eddie Hearn is delighted with this latest deal.

“I’m over the moon to see Kell expand and extend his relationship with Scotts,” said Hearn. “Endorsements are a key part of any athletes make up and this partnership helps build Kell's profile even further through print, online and broadcast media campaigns.

“Kell will be seen on bill boards and in shop windows and magazines all over the country. It's all part of building him into that big 'cross-over' star that we know he will become.”

Tickets for Kell Brook vs. Matthew Hatton plus a full championship undercard are available priced £30, £60 and £100 (both limited availability) from the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield Box Office on 0114 256 5656 and at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk.

£40 tickets and £150 VIP tickets have now sold-out.


KIERAN FARRELL GALLOPING TO THE TOP

KIERAN FARRELL will challenge for his first professional title when he meets Jon Baguley at Bury’s Castle Leisure Centre on Friday March 2.

The card is the latest in Hatton TV’s Friday fight night series that is broadcast live on You Tube and draws tens of thousands of fans from around the globe.

Heywood’s Farrell, 21, has romped to victory in all 11 professional fights and lost just ONE round during the three-year period.

But the Bobby Rimmer trained and Paul Speak managed slugger is expecting a big test from Rotherham’s Baguley (9-20-2).

Farrell who lives and breathes boxing, going to bed at 8pm every night said: “Jon will bring the best out of me.

“The fans will be in for a treat because Jon gives as good as he gets, and is the best opponent I have faced so far.

“He is a decent kid and I watched him hammer Vinny Mitchell who was unbeaten so he is a proper test.

“He has a go, stands there and trades. That is what I love, someone standing there and throwing a few back.”

Baguley, 23, knocked out Mitchell in February 2010, and has also mixed with top class operators like British champ Anthony Crolla, Andy Murray, Mark Moran, Kevin O’Hara. Liam Walsh and John Watson.

Farrell warned: “This will be the first of many titles for me.”

The bill will showcase some of the north-west’s best young fighters including Ricky Hatton trained Adam Little, Jimmy Kelly and Ryan Doyle.

Boxing starts at 7pm tickets are priced at £30 general admission and £55 ringside. You can buy by calling 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991, any boxer on the bill or online www.hattonboxing.com

Article posted on 08.02.2012



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