British Title hopefuls Lennox Clarke and Andrew Robinson top BCB Promotions’ latest show at Walsall Town Hall.
The dup, both in mandatory position for the Lord Lonsdale belt at their respective weights, will appear on ‘Brawl At The YTown Hall’ on Saturday, 28th September.
Clarke, from Halesowen, has been put forward to contest the vacant British Super Middleweight crown with Commonwealth champion Lerrone Richards.
Clarke sees his first action of 2019, having previously held the IBO Continental bauble and was previously mandated to challenge for the English strap.
‘Dangerous’ steps into a pro ring for the 20th time, with 19 victories and no defeats. He’s demonstrated power with seven TKOs, five of those inside a round.
Robinson, a Redditch-based Brummie, has been selected to oppose British middleweight boss Liam Williams.
The 34-year-old veteran is determined to add to Midlands and IBO Continental belts after racking up 28 pro bouts, with 23 wins.
His finest hour so far came last time out, in April, when ‘D’Animal’ went over to Poland and handed Damian Jonak his first defeat, with his opponent unbeaten after 42 pro contests.
A host of prospects feature on the undercard.
Liam Davies, of Donnington in Telford, resumes his efforts in the super bantamweight division still inside his first year since turning over.
The second generation fighter has shown power over his four wins and already has his maiden TKO, with two other opponents also visiting the floor but seeing the final bell.
The son of former Midlands champion Tristan Davies previously racked up 100 amateur contests, for his father’s Donnington Boxing Club, and boxed for England.
Rachel Ball, from nearby Aldridge, returns six months on from her own trip overseas to extend former European featherweight champion Katharina Thanderz to the distance.
That loss came in Norway came after four points successes, with Ball looking to bounce back after getting an eight-rounder under her belt.
Dudley’s Ruben Campbell is preparing to lace on the gloves again, after outpointing Matt ‘MJ’ Hall on his pro introduction in May.
Another second-generation boxer, Campbell is planning to campaign as a super lightweight, the same ranks where his dad Ray ‘Raza’ Campbell featured in the early 1990s.
Three debutants complete the presence in the home corner with Owen Cooper, Dylan Norman and Kashif Khan making their pro bow.
Cooper joins the welterweight ranks after a stellar amateur career, where he became an England Youth national champion.
The teenage prospect, who will be 19 on fight night, represented England on four occasions, recording three wins for his country.
His amateur ledger finished on 41 outings, with 32 wins, including 17 successes over fellow national champions. He represented his hometown outfit, Worcester City Boxing Club.
Norman, Birmingham born but living in Knowle, is a super lightweight who is looking to learn fast, after just nine bouts of amateur experience.
He’s also 19 and boxed for West Warks Boxing Club and Frankie Gavin’s Ringside Gym when he did compete.
He’ll be coached by Malcolm Melvin, who will also be introducing Cooper into the pro ranks on the same evening.
Fellow super lightweight Khan is Walsall born and bred and graduates from Wednesbury Boxing Club, where his grounding began.
A training injury has ruled out Tyler Denny.
Clarke Warms Up For Title Tilt
With a name like Lennox, a father called Rocky and brothers Lewis and Ben it will come as no surprise to learn that boxing runs deep in the veins of the Clarke family.
But so far it is only Halesowen-based Lennox Clarke who has stepped up into the ring having made the transition from white collar boxing just a few short years ago
Now the 28-year-old is gearing up towards a British Super Middleweight title fight against Lerrone Richards but first faces a tricky warm up fight on the BCB Promotions Bill in Walsall on Saturday.
Clarke admits this week’s opponent Darryl Sharp won’t be easy but says he won’t be taking victory for granted either as he eagerly awaits another chance to add a belt to his collection when he faces Richards
The orthodox fighter said: “Darryl is a bit of a journeyman but I’m not overlooking him at all – I have great respect for him as he will chew me up a bit. It won’t be an easy fight but I’m confident and I’ve been preparing well for this one and mentally I’m ready.”
Boxing as a career hasn’t always come easy to Clarke who spent eight months out last year through illness and injury.
He said: “It hasn’t always been plain sailing but I’m itching to get back in the ring and win again,” he said.
Alluding to his family’s long of boxing names Clarke said: “My dad Rocky is Jamaican and loves his boxing so you could say that is why we all have boxers’ names though it may also just be coincidence as I’m the only one who steps into the ring!
“My older brother Lewis is a model and my younger brother Ben a footballer so we couldn’t be more different in terms of our trades!
“I’ve been lucky to be working with BCB and can’t thank them enough for the opportunities they’ve given me. They’re great lads to work worth and I really am itching now for these next couple of fights.”
Clarke said his inspiration to succeed was his two-year-old daughter Ava Lily and providing the best life he can for her and his partner.
“Ava is two and a half going on 20,” he quipped. “I’ve sacrificed a lot of time with her to training but it will all be worth it soon.
“I’ve spent way too much time out and I want to put that right this year. My time is now. I’m the very best version of myself right now and I’m ready.”
Clarke will join Redditch fighter Andrew Robinson, Aldridge super bantamweight, Rachel Ball, Telford super bantamweight, Liam Davies, and Dudley super lightweight, Ruben Campbell on this Saturday’s bill.
They are also joined by three debutants in the home corner with Owen Cooper, Dylan Norman and Kashif Khan making their pro bow.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It’s £40 for entry on the door.