UK News: Sam Bowen; Sunny Edwards; Jason Welborn

Sam Bowen makes a highly-anticipated first defence of his British super featherweight title against Ronnie Clark at the Morningside Arena, Leicester on February 23, live on BT Sport.

Light Heavyweight sensation Anthony Yarde (17-0) will also return to action in a defence of his WBO Intercontinental light heavyweight title. The show will feature a number of the city’s finest young prospects, including a Midlands Area title challenge for 9-0 super welterweight CJ Challenger and the return of 11-1 super featherweight Lyon Woodstock.

Elsewhere on the bill, 14-0 Cruiserweight Jack ‘One Smack’ Massey will look to climb the world rankings as he challenges for the WBO European cruiserweight title.

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Bowen, 26, was originally scheduled to defend his title against Clark, 33, this weekend before the 14-0 man from Ibstock in Leicestershire was forced to withdraw after suffering a rib injury in sparring against his gym-mate David Avanesyan.

It was a setback which disrupted some strong momentum built-up by Bowen, who won the Lonsdale belt against Maxi Hughes in April before – after signing a promotional agreement with Frank Warren – adding a second belt to his collection with a hugely impressive fourth round stoppage of Horacio Alfredo Cabral for the vacant WBO Intercontinental title at the same Leicester venue in October.

Bowen will be bidding to vindicate his firm belief that he is the top man in the domestic division against the wily Scot from Dundee, who recorded a significant upsetting of the odds in his last fight in February.
In front of a packed house at York Hall, Clark lived up to his pre-fight promise and de-railed the unbeaten quest of formidable prospect Zelfa Barrett to win the vacant IBF European title.

Clark spectacularly sent Barrett to the canvas in the sixth round before proceeding to win via a majority decision at the end of 12 rounds.

Featherweight talent Ryan Garner (7-0), Scottish Light Heavyweight amateur standout Willy Hutchinson (6-0), Tamworth’s 4-0 Light Heavyweight Ryan Hatton all return to action in Leicester along with a second professional outing for Tyson Fury’s younger brother Tommy Fury at Light Heavyweight.

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Sunny Edwards will be methodical in his rise to world level

WBO European super-flyweight champion Sunny Edwards has already begun thinking about world level – but admits he’s not ready for the flyweight giants yet.

The unbeaten ‘Showtime’ outpointed Ryan Farrag at York Hall to seize the belt last time out and will be looking to make another statement against the dangerous Junior Granados in Brentwood on Saturday.

With the flyweight division hotting up and his older brother Charlie bidding for the WBC title against Cristofer Rosales the following week, Sunny is determined to be clinical on his rise.

Sunny said: “The world champions at flyweight, you’ve got Artem Dalakian, who I’ve sparred numerous rounds with, Muruti Mthalane, who I spent two weeks with in Ukraine and Cristofer Rosales, who’s about to get dethroned by my brother.

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“At the moment, I’m a little bit below that level and I need to gain more maturity and experience but within a few years, that’ll be where I’m heading.

“In a two-month period, me and my brother will have headlined BoxNation, been main support on BT Sport and been main support on Sky Sports Box Office. We’re in a very strong place.

“If both myself and Charlie get two good wins these next two weeks then who knows what the future could bring. It’s a very happy Edwards household at the moment – that’s for sure!”

Welborn To Spread Some Festive Cheer

Former British Middleweight Champion and recent world title challenger, Jason Welborn, is donning his Santa Claus costume to spread a bit of Festive Cheer.

The 32 year-old will be joined by wife Rachel and daughter Demi giving out presents to local children in and around Rowley Regis, where the Welborn’s reside.

Using one of the vehicles from Welborn Skip Hire, Jason, Rachel and Demi are hoping to give a little back after a wonderful year for the local boxing hero.

“It’s been a great year for my family and I,” Welborn explained. “I won the British Title, defended it successfully, won Fight of the Year and fought in America for a World Title.

“Without the help of the people around me and the support of all my family, friends and supporters; I couldn’t have done it so we want to give something back.”

Jason and family will be giving out gifts on Wednesday, 19th December from 4.30pm starting on Martley Road and finishing off by St James Church at around 6.00pm.