UK Boxing: George Groves; Tom Dallas; Sam Sexton; Matt Skelton

TWO of Britain’s hottest prospects George Groves and Tom Dallas have been added to Frank Maloney’s talent stacked bill at Brentwood Centre on Friday January 22. Groves, 21, is a man in hurry and targeting Commonwealth super-middleweight champion Charles Adamu. Hammersmith’s Groves and Kent man Dallas will all meet selected opponents on the bill being televised live by Sky Sports.´Groves, 21, said: “With Frank and Hayemaker taking care of me, I’ll be able to showcase my skills all over the country. “Frank’s got dates on Sky TV just about every other week – so I can’t see why he wouldn’t want to use me..

“Although David and Adam are my management and training team, Frank is taking over the promotional contract and that is going to bring great exposure.”

Maloney added: “George has benefitted from being around David Haye in the gym and has made it clear he wants a quick route to the top.”

Dallas, 24, is undefeated in eight fights and firmly establishing himself as one of Britain’s’ best young heavyweights.

He has recently been sparring with FTM stable mate David Price and Maloney says it is the best heavyweight sparring he has seen for years.

Top of the bill is Ian Napa’s (19-7) British bantamweight title defence against Jamie McDonnell (12-2-1)

On the same bill Cheshunt’s cocky Ashley Sexton (8-0) faces fellow extrovert Usman Ahmed (6-2-1) in a clash for the vacant English flyweight championship.

On the comeback trail is former British super-featherweight champion Carl Johanneson (27-4) who boxes for the first time since his defeat to Kevin Mitchell in March 2008.

Another Maloney heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo (6-1) moves up a notch when he boxes Irish puncher Scott Belshaw (10-3).

Tickets for this top class show, priced £80 and £35 are available on line www.frankmaloney.com or 0871 226 1508

Sam Sexton at Norwich-Exeter Match

Norwich hero Sam Sexton makes a half-time pitch appearance at the Canaries’ home game against Exeter on Saturday (9 January). Commonwealth heavyweight champ Sexton will be introduced to the crowd and parade his championship belt in the build up to his big fight with Danny Williams. Sexton headlines Frank Warren’s massive Night of the Champions show at the Wembley Arena on February 13 and aims to capture Williams’ British title. He said, “I’m honoured that Norwich invited me to the game and to go on the pitch during half time, it’s going to be a great atmosphere,”

“Norwich are doing well and riding second in the league and hopefully we will get promoted into the Championship for next season,”

“I’m looking forward to my fight against Williams and once I have beaten him I will have both belts to show off to the crowd.”

Night of the Champions features the exciting heavyweight showdown between British heavyweight champion Danny Williams and Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton; Kevin Mitchell’s WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title defence; Kell Brook’s WBO Intercontinental Welterweight title challenge; Derek Chisora versus Matt Skelton for the Vacant English Heavyweight Championship; The Olympians James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders; plus hot prospects Vinny Mitchell and Liam, Michael and Ryan Walsh.

Tickets priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150, are available from:

See Tickets
0871 220 0260
www.seetickets.com

Wembley Arena
0844 815 0815
www.wembleyarena.co.uk

Danny Williams v Sam Sexton is exclusively live and in high definition on Sky Sports on Saturday 13 February from 10pm. The event titled ‘Night of the Champions’ also includes: Kevin Mitchell, Kell Brook and James DeGale.

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010
LIVERPOOL ECHO ARENA

THE SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF GREAT BRITAIN
Paul Smith v Tony Dodson

THE VACANT WBA INTERNATIONAL LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Tony Bellew v TBA

Plus: Stephen Smith, Liams Smith, Ronnie Heffron, Thomas Costello, Joe Selkirk, Tobias Webb.

Matt Skelton: Chisora Is A Plonker

Former world title challenger Matt Skelton has branded Derek Chisora a “plonker” ahead of their big clash at Wembley Arena on February 13. The domestic heavyweight showdown features on Frank Warren’s huge Night of the Champions show live on Sky Sports. Chisora said he’d end Skelton’s career when the fight – for the English heavyweight title – was announced before Christmas. But former English, British, Commonwealth and European champion Skelton has hit back at loud-mouthed Chisora, and says far from being a Del Boy, he’s actually a bit of a plonker.

“All I hear from Chisora is that he’s the future of the domestic heavyweight division,” said Skelton.
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“Let’s be honest though, who has he fought? He’s got a decent win over Sam Sexton, but Sexton is still unproven, and apart from that there is no one of any note on his record.

“Fighting me is taking a massive step up in class, and I plan on taking him to school in February and making him look a bit of a plonker.

“I heard he’s been driving around in a Robin Reliant like his hero Derek Trotter, but I’ll make him look like one in the ring.”

Skelton, who two years ago challenged Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA heavyweight title, vowed to knock out his young rival and send out a statement that, despite defeats in recent fights, he is far from finished.

“2009 wasn’t a great year for me, I’ll be the first to admit that,” he said.

But I’ve got plenty left to offer. I’ll do a job on Chisora and I’ll do a job on Sexton if I get a chance against him.

“I also feel I’ve got unfinished business against Martin Rogan. I don’t want to go out on a loss and I’ll prove a lot of people wrong on February 13.

“Winning the English title back in 2003 opened doors for me. A lot of people said that I was a novice and would get found out against by Michael Holden, but I stopped him in six rounds and carried on upsetting the odds throughout my career.”

Night of the Champions features the exciting heavyweight showdown between British heavyweight champion Danny Williams and Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton; Kevin Mitchell’s WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title defence; Kell Brook’s WBO Intercontinental Welterweight title challenge; Derek Chisora versus Matt Skelton for the Vacant English Heavyweight Championship; The Olympians James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders; plus hot prospects Vinny Mitchell and Liam, Michael and Ryan Walsh.

Tickets priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150, are available from:

See Tickets
0871 220 0260
www.seetickets.com

Wembley Arena
0844 815 0815
www.wembleyarena.co.uk

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