“This weekend’s show is probably the biggest we’ve done in 20 years,” said promoter Steve Wood, ahead of VIP Promotions Bolton show at the Whites Hotel this Saturday (May 11).
The card – which will be shown LIVE AND FREE on vipboxing.tv – is co-headlined by local fighters Jack Cullen and Jack Flatley, both taking part in English Title fights. Flatley takes on Shropshire’s Craig Morris for the English Light-Middleweight Title, while Cullen gets Yorkshire’s Jack Sellars for the Middleweight version of the belt. And, in addition to the two terrific bill-toppers, the undercard is stacked with competitive matches.
“I’m really looking forward to this show,” said Wood. “Aside from the two headlining title fights, we’ve got seven six-rounders on the undercard which will all be really good fights.
“Unbeaten James Moorcroft is fighting Jake Best who’s got a 6-2 winning record. Considering James has come from the white-collar circuit and has no amateur experience, he’s getting better every fight, but this will be a real test for him.
“Kane Gardner has got Ben Fields, and you won’t want to miss this one – you could put this fight in a phone box! This fight is worth the entrance fee alone.
“Matthew Hatton’s big punching cruiserweight Damian Chambers is on the bill. He’s on a roll of stopping people and is always in an exciting fight.
“Kyle Lomotey gets a real test in William Warburton. If you’re not on your game against Warburton, you lose – and he always comes to win on our VIP shows.
“Former Commonwealth champion Luke Blackledge has been sparring Billy Joe Saunders, so he’s in good shape and it’s important he gets a win this weekend.
“Andrew Fleming will be stepping up against Troy James. It’s a great fight for Andrew. We’ve had Troy on a few of our shows, and he gave Terry Flanagan a good test a few years ago. Andrew will have to be on his game, in just his sixth fight, to beat Troy.
“Then there’s the headline fights. Jack Flatley against Craig Morris will develop into a tasty fight. Morris was actually beating Scott Fitzgerald until he walked onto one in the tenth round. So, to win this English Title, Jack’s going to have to perform to his best, and I believe he will. He’s out of contract with Frank Warren, they’ve not renewed it, and I’m hoping on Saturday he will prove they’ve made an error.
“Jack Cullen gets a late replacement in Jack Sellars, and Sellars is a tough guy. With Cullen’s height and reach, I expect him to get a good start before he gets in the trenches. Cullen likes to have a fight though and this will be a barnstormer.
“If you can’t get along, and there’s not many tickets left, then tune into vipboxing.tv to watch it live and free because it’s as good as any of the TV shows that have been on this year.”
Bolton’s Jack Flatley is predicting some great rounds of action when he co-headlines a double-title fight show this weekend at home venue, the Whites Hotel. On Saturday, May 11, Flatley takes on Craig Morris for the English Light-Middleweight Title, while fellow Bolton man Jack Cullen gets Yorkshire’s Jack Sellars for the Middleweight version of the belt.
It’s a tough assignment for Flatley, in his first attempt at winning honours. Shropshire’s Morris has lost just twice in 14 fights – with one of those defeats coming to WBA International Champion Scott Fitzgerald. And the 27-year-old already has previous title-winning form, having been the Midlands Area Champion in 2016.
With just a single draw the only blemish on his near-perfect 15-bout ledger, Flatley is confident heading into the biggest fight of his career. The 24-year-old, known as ‘Quiet Storm’, is looking forward to fighting in front of a big, home crowd and, although he isn’t taking his eye off the ball, wants to be mixing with the big names of the domestic division – currently featuring the likes of Anthony Fowler, Ted Cheeseman and Sam Eggington – in the near future.
“I’ve seen quite a few of his fights” said Jack. “He boxed Fitzgerald, who’s obviously a good fighter, and took him 10 rounds. He seems like a good pressure fighter, and I’m expecting that from him. I’ve fought plenty of pressure fighters though, so it will suit me if he does come forward. But if he comes to box then I can deal with that too because I’ve had plenty of good sparring.
“It really does have all the makings of a great fight, because we’re both known to come forward and have all-action styles. I’m buzzing, I’ve sold plenty of tickets and it’s a big title to be fighting for, for my first one. It would mean everything to win it, especially in Bolton.
“Obviously, I’m focusing on Morris, because it’s a tough enough fight not to look past. I’ve got to be confident I’m going to win though and, as long as I come through, I want to be defending it then getting into British Title contention towards the end of this year.
“I want to be mixing with those big names. I’ve been in with them in the amateurs so if I win this English Belt then I’ll be ready to start thinking about mixing with them.”
“This is a really good show for Bolton,” said VIP Promotions’ Steve Wood. “It’s not often you’ll see two English Titles being contested on the same night, and to have two local lads fighting for these belts is great for the town. Both are in hard fights though and will need to put in top performances if they’re going to win. They’ve both sold lots of tickets, so the atmosphere will be excellent, and this will be a great night of boxing.”
In just over the space of a week, promoter Steve Wood is hoping he will have three new English champions in his VIP Promotions stable.
Salford’s Marc Leach provided perfect inspiration for his VIP team mates by winning the bantamweight version of the belt last weekend (May 4). And this Saturday (May 11), Bolton pair – Jack Cullen and Jack Flatley – will both attempt to claim English Title honours when they fight on home turf at the Bolton Whites Hotel.
Unbeaten Flatley, 24, will take on Shropshire’s Craig Morris for the English Light-Middleweight Belt. While, Cullen, 15-1 (6), will co-headline the show by facing Halifax’s Jack Sellars, 7-3-1 (1), for middleweight honours.
“It would be a good hat-trick if all three of our VIP fighters can become English Champions in such a short space of time,” said Wood, who manages IBF World Featherweight king, Josh Warrington. “It’s up to the two Jacks now to win their contests on this double-title fight show in Bolton. But, more importantly, I think both of them will be in really entertaining fights for their fans, and everyone watching live on vipboxing.tv.”
Cullen was due to face former English Champion Reece Cartwright but now gets late-replacement Sellars for the vacant belt – and the 25-year-old from Little Lever insists he isn’t fazed by the change. Known as ‘Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver’, the Bolton man has stopped his last three opponents and is predicting a thriller for his large following as he attempts to win his first belt.
“Most times I’ve fought I’ve often ended up with a different opponent, so it’s all about just getting yourself ready, physically and mentally, and being right for whoever gets put in front of you,” explained Jack.
“I’ve watched a bit of him [Sellars], and in his last fight he beat Mickey Ellison to win the Central Area Title, which was a decent win. So, I’m expecting a really good fight. He’s never been stopped so he’s definitely durable too, and he’s going to be ready to try and take this opportunity.
“I don’t go out to get stoppages, but it’s happened in my last few fights, so we’ll see again on Saturday. Maybe it’ll be another early night for me.
“I’m just over the moon to be fighting for the English Title. If it weren’t for all my fans then I wouldn’t be getting these opportunities, not yet anyway. So, I’m going to go out there on Saturday night and put a good performance on for them and show them I’m good enough.
“I want the big fights eventually; I feel like I’m ready for them. I’d like to fight anyone who’s higher than me in the rankings and you’ll see on Saturday night, I’ll prove to everybody that I’m ready.”
VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at the Bolton Whites Hotel on May 11th. Headlining will be Bolton’s Jack Cullen fighting for the English Middleweight Title versus Jack Sellars, and Bolton’s Jack Flatley taking on Craig Morris for the English Light-Middleweight Belt.
Also appearing will be Darwen’s Luke Blackledge; Wigan’s James Moorcroft and Andrew Fleming; Leigh’s Kyle Lomotey; Beswick’s Kane Gardner; Oldham’s Jack Kilgannon; and Dukinfield’s Damian Chambers.
Tickets priced at £35 (general), £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv and Eventim.co.uk
The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv
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