UK News: Zach Parker; Jack Catterall; Rachel Ball

Zach Parker claimed the vacant British Super Middleweight Title, formerly held by Rocky Fielding, with one arm on Saturday evening.

The Swadlincote pugilist took his unbeaten record to 17-0 and claimed opponent Darryl Williams’ ‘0’ in the process.

The 24 year-old started brightly but disaster struck early in the third round as Parker dislocated his left shoulder, meaning he had to box the remainder of the contest with one arm. With Parker hampered, Williams enjoyed success in the middle rounds before a rousing three round finish from the Derbyshire fighter. Parker somehow managed to bite down on his gumshield and work through the pain to outbox and outwork Williams in those latter rounds to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with a performance that oozed both skill and determination.

The judges carded a split decision 117-112 and 115-114 in favour of Parker. A third had it 115-113 to Williams.

“We are delighted for Zach,” explained BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson, who works alongside Parker and manager, Neil Marsh. “He showed a tremendous amount of heart to just get through the fight and a tremendous amount of quality to get the decision. His footwork and head movement, with a dislocated shoulder, was world class. Those final three rounds, when we feared Williams would really put it on him; Zach boxed and moved and showed what he is about.

“A lot has been made of the decision and I don’t think enough credit has been given to Zach. It was a close fight and we were delighted to get the win and claim the British Title. Imagine boxing with one arm, and battling through the pain of a dislocated shoulder for the best part of ten rounds? And winning a British Title against an unbeaten fighter? That tells you what Zach is all about.”

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A trio of females headline BCB Promotions’ first show at a new venue next month.

Rachel Ball, Lauren Johnson and Dani Hodges are all in action – alongside Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies and Damian Kiwior – as Britain’s fastest growing promotions company move into new territory..

The five—fight card takes place at the Goldmine Centre, on Lower Hall Lane, in Walsall on Friday, 7th December. The show has been titled ‘Going for Gold at the Goldmine.’ It will be the first show of a triple weekend for BCB, who will be at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday and Birmingham on the Sunday.

Ball is a former kickboxer, from Aldridge, won titles in that calling and is targeting major belts in 2019 after switching sports.

She’s still heavily involved at the Trojan Martial Arts Academy in Brownhills, under the tutelage of chief instructor Gavin Burrows and her partner Todd Harrison.

She’s set her sights on the never-contested Commonwealth crown at super bantam, in a plan to drop down from feather.

Wolverhampton’s Johnson appears for a fourth time, as a pro, after recording three points successes. The last was an eight-rounder to claim a British Challenge welterweight strap.

Hodges, another former kickboxer, has downed two opponents on points since becoming a British Boxing Board of Control licence holder this year.

‘The Pocket Rocket,’ aged 32, is one of the few lady flyweights in the UK and is after a hat-trick of positive paid results.

Tividale’s Davies has bounced back from his first pro defeat with two positive points results and is looking to record his fourth victory of 2018 to complete his year.

He’s registered for the sweet science as ‘Stewart Davies’, using his middle name as his first name as there’s another Ryan Davies in the paid ranks. Another welter completes the card.

Poland-born Kiwior, who lives in Wolverhampton, has four points wins since turning over. He won a host of medals and was a national champion in his homeland as an amateur.

Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 01922 621 951. It will be £40 for entry on the door.

The Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on Bentley Mill Way, are the show’s headline sponsors. They will host the weigh in and after-show party (over 18’s).

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Undefeated super-lightweight Jack Catterall is confident he’s fully earned a world title shot having cleaned up the division domestically.

‘El Gato’ (23-0-KO12) has beaten Tyrone McKenna and Ohara Davies in his most recent two bouts and with the WBO Intercontinental belt in his possession since early 2015, he feels ready for a shot at the top prize.

When Hooker makes the first defence of the WBO world title he won by edging Terry Flanagan against Alex Saucedo on November 16, Catterall will be more than an interested spectator.

Catterall said: “I’ve never turned down a fight. Every single domestic fight my promoter Frank Warren has offered me, I’ve accepted.

“I’ve boxed every opponent I’ve been asked to domestically so now I want to fight on the international scene, whether that’s Hooker or Saucedo.

“I’m only 25 and I’m still improving. I know I’ve got lots of ground to cover but I believe I’ve earned my shot at this world title and it’ll take the right fight against the right opponent for me to really express myself.

“When I watched Hooker fight Flanagan I thought he was alright but there’s no area I thought he excelled in. I believe my skills outweigh his skills. He doesn’t look the strongest or fastest at the weight.

“I’m sure Hooker might say something similar about me but with the momentum I’ve got and the fighters I train with, I learn all the time and the better the opponent, the better you’ll see me fight.”

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