British middleweight champion Nick ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell will now defend his title against Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield, following the withdrawal of original opponent Elliott Matthews, on November 14 at Bristol’s City Academy, subject to final approval from the British Boxing Board of Control.
Watford’s Matthews picked up a cut in sparring on Friday (November 6) and Arnfield, on stand-by for a number of weeks now, was quick to fill the void and grab the chance of a lifetime.
The 26-year-old has been a professional for eight years and has won 19 of 20 professional fights. Effectively unbeaten, his sole loss, over three rounds to Cello Renda, came in a 2015 Prizefighter tournament. That aside, though, he has comfortably beaten everybody in his path and claimed good wins over the likes of Max Maxwell and Mick Hall.
His last fight, an eight-round points win over Deividas Sajauka (a late replacement for Cello Renda, who was due to face Arnfield in a British title eliminator), took place on October 24. He has been in full training ever since.
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FIELDING: SMITH WON’T HANDLE MY POWER
Rocky Fielding believes that his KO power will land him the win when he meets Callum Smith for the vacant British Super Middleweight title tomorrow night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports.
The unbeaten Merseyside pair weighed in for their clash today, with Fielding (11st 13lbs 2oz) three ounces lighter than Smith (11st 13lbs 5oz).
Smith can create history by joining his three brothers as British champions, but his Scouse rival Fielding believes that ‘Mundo’s’ chin has yet to be tested, and that he’ll struggle to handle his power.
“He hasn’t been hit properly on the chin yet and we don’t know how he reacts when he is,” said Fielding. “If he can take one, good luck to him, but I will be landing heavy shots on his chin, there’s no doubts about that. I will do anything to win this fight, I’m prepared to go into deep waters for the win.
“He’s been built up and spoken about a lot, I’m doing the same but not getting the same attention. That doesn’t bother me because the fight is on now and that’s all that matters. We’ll see if I get the hype around me when I win, but I am not the type to start crying about that, I’ve been in big fights on big bills, so there’s nothing for me to complain about there, but there’s no doubt that winning this fight will take me to a different level. Fighters can get raved about and then they come unstuck and disappear, I’m not getting built up like that, I’m unbeaten, I’ve done the business against everyone put in front of me and I am just doing my thing.
“It’s been called ‘Who’s Fooling Who’ because he’s the slight favourite, there’s hype around him going on to do big things, I’m the underdog and not meant to beat him, but that will all change after tomorrow night and the hype will all be on me.”
Fielding’s clash with Smith is part of a massive night in Liverpool as Ricky Burns is on the trail of his old WBO Lightweight World crown and faces Aussie Josh King for the Inter-Continental strap, Scotty Cardle defends his British Lightweight title against local favourite Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd, Prizefighter champion Tom Doran meets Rod Smith in an eliminator for the British Middleweight title, unbeaten Lightweight talent Ohara Davies faces Chris Truman and Team GB star Warren Baister makes his pro debut.
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MATCHROOM BOXING FOUNDATION BACKS GOLDEN GLOVES ABC IN LIVERPOOL
The Golden Gloves ABC in Liverpool received a £5,000 donation today as the first amateur boxing club to receive funding and support from the Matchroom Boxing Foundation.
Promoter Eddie Hearn stepped in with emergency funds in June when the club were forced out of the Toxteth-base it called home for 12 years through rising rents, but with this cash-injection and the keys for a new gym being collected on Tuesday, the future looks bright for the famed club.
Founded in 1947, the Golden Gloves ABC currently houses 30 male and female amateur fighters, and boasts products from 1972 Olympic bronze medallist George Turpin to current amateur stand-out Anthony Fowler, as well as opening its doors to over 30 recreational users from the city every night.
“The Matchroom Boxing Foundation’s financial help and support has saved this club,” said Golden Gloves ABC coach Wayne Smith. “The club is vital for the community and it means the world to some of the kids we have coming down. There’s some real talent in the club, but more than that, Golden Gloves gives them something to focus on and shows teaches them so much more about life than just how to throw a jab.
“In a couple of months’ time the gym will be ready to roll and we are all so excited to move into our new premises and as the first club to benefit from the Foundation, I hope that we can do some great things to show how important it is to back local boxing clubs.”
Hearn said that he intends to initially assist up to 20 clubs all over Britain through the Foundation, speaking of his desire to inject both money and expertise into the grassroots of the sport, and reach out to the government and councils to assist these important institutions.
“It is important to invest in all levels of the sport,” said Hearn. “We have the elite boxers in the country and we’ve brought many Team GB amateurs into the paid ranks, but I feel we have a responsibility now to help the grassroots of the game.
“We’re not just going to write cheques and walk away – the support is more than just financial, it’s equipment, tickets and perhaps most importantly, advice.
“The Golden Gloves ABC is just one of many clubs that is in need of help. The money is great but we are here to offer them advice to attract more support. The cash injection keeps the going in the short-term, but it’s the support that will see them grow and thrive.
“Wayne and the rest of the people at the club give up their time to keep the club going – without support, amateur clubs are just not viable businesses, and we need to look at them as businesses for them to survive.
“We’re going to push the government and councils to look at the role of boxing clubs in the community and get them to recognise the great and vital role they play. The Matchroom Boxing Foundation can only help to a certain level, so we are going to be working
“We have a problem in the UK with obesity in kids, and discipline and respect too – boxing can play a massive role in addressing these issues. There are World champion fighters all over the world that will tell you that without boxing, their lives would have gone down the wrong path, what we need to do is get the powers that be to recognise the work of the clubs and take measures to support and encourage them and more.”