UK Boxing: Adam Etches; Stephen Smith; Hosea Burton; Scott Cardle

ADAM ETCHES has already sold 500 tickets for his next fight. The popular Sheffield light-middleweight will be in action on Hatton Promotions double title bill in his hometown at Ponds Forge Arena on Saturday March 24. Etches who is unbeaten in six pro fights said: “Selling the tickets does mess me about sometimes, but it is all part of the job so I am not moaning.

“It is hard work chasing everyone and getting them to buy tickets, but the more fans that come to watch the better the atmosphere is on fight night.

“I am usually out an hour every other night running around picking up money and dropping tickets off.”

Few fighters with just a handful of fights under their belt can match Etches popularity although friend and Hatton Promotions stablemate Scott Jenkins who also boxes on next month bill sells a similar amount.

Hatton Promotions CEO Ricky Hatton said: “I think Adam and Scott are the biggest sellers around.

“Every time Adam and Scott have a fight my Director of Boxing, Richard Poxon takes as many tickets as he can get his hands on.

“Both boys appreciate that ticket selling is crucial in helping the promotion and getting their names out to a wider audience.”

In the main event on Sky Sports televised show local hero Ryan Rhodes meets Belarusian sensation Sergey Rabchenko for the vacant European light-middleweight crown.

The bumper show will also feature Gary Buckland’s British super-featherweight title defence against Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott.

Unbeaten heavyweight Richard Towers will also be among the prospects in action, along with Jack Perry and Maxi Hughes

Boxing starts at 6.15pm and the remaining few tickets are priced at £35 general admission, £55 floor seating, £75 ringside and £100 VIP Ringside. You can buy by calling The Hatton Box Office 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991, any boxer on the bill or online

Queensberry Promotions in Association with NP Helliet Events & Hellraiser Boxing Present ‘Fists of Fury’.

A 12 round contest for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Super-Featherweight Title. Live on Boxnation Friday 2nd March 2012.

Mickey Helliet says if he wasn’t promoting this week’s show at The Troxy he would have bought a ticket! Helliet has built a reputation for value-for-money small-hall shows and he now brings that to the nation’s screens on Friday night via the nation’s leading dedicated boxing channel BoxNation. I’m very happy to be working in collaboration with Francis and George Warren. Their link with ‘BoxNation’ along with the calibre of fighters that they have under contract will enable my events to reach a wider audience.

Helliet’s previous televised show – at the Coronet in Elephant and Castle last November – was shown on Eurosport and over three quarter of a million fight fans throughout Europe saw a succession of exciting tear ups and spectacular knock outs.

The live broadcast from The Troxy in London’s Limehouse will be on Friday night (2nd March) when Stephen Smith and Ben Jones go toe-to-toe for what promises to be a highly entertaining contest.

Helliet said: “This is definitely my kind of fight. I always like to put on fights where I know both guys are motivated and have a fair chance of winning, this fight fits the bill perfectly!

“Smith and Jones are both very good fighters and they are massively up for it! Smith has fought at a higher level but Ben has looked very impressive over the last couple of seasons and is relishing this opportunity. If he wins here he’ll be hitting the big time and he knows it.

“I’m a boxing fan and want to promote fights I would pay to see myself.

“I always aim to make the audience the winner at my shows. I like to think they go home having seen something spectacular and this fight has all the makings of that.”

A good scrap is guaranteed every time either Stephen Smith or Ben Jones step into the ring.

Jones, an incredibly popular fighter from Crawley, dominated Akaash Batia to win the English title in a terrific fight last May.

The chief support for the show sees the return of Ashley Sexton. The Cheshunt flyweight claimed knock-out of-the-year plaudits for his one-punch demolition of Derby dancer Usman Ahmed. That has become a worldwide smash hit on the internet and the former English flyweight champion has a point to prove. He’s matched with a fellow ambitious and fast-rising fighter in Frenchman Thomas Masson.

In a battle of undefeated prospects Brixton’s exciting heavyweight Dyllian White, takes on Bulgaria’s Kristian Kirilov.

Dan Woodgate laid out Paul Davis with a sensational six-punch combination in his last fight and returns to action in a 6 round contest.

Also on the bill are Chas ‘The Bomb’ Symonds, ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan, Johnny Garton, Warren Fenn, Lloyd Ellett, Lee Owen, Jack Morris, Irv Pascal along with Watford’s Elliott Matthews who fill what promises to be a highly entertaining undercard.


Two of Britain’s hottest prospects will be hoping to cause some fireworks of their own at ‘The Big Bang’ on April 14th at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Hosea Burton and Scott Cardle appear on the undercard of the British light heavyweight title clash between champion, Tony Bellew and challenger, Danny McIntosh live and exclusive on Sky Sports.
23-year old Burton, promoted by David Coldwell and trained by Joe Gallagher makes his professional bow at a separate Coldwell Promotion on March 11th in Bolton. And the super middleweight can’t wait for the moment to arrive.

“I’m counting down the days now,” beamed Burton.

“I’m feeling faster, fitter and stronger now I’ve turned professional. Joe (Gallagher) wants you so fit that when you eventually end up in championship rounds you could go even fifteen rounds.
Everything feels different and much better now I’m professional. There’s no more laughing around. This is serious, these fights go on your record. This is the history I’m trying to make for myself.

I’ve fought on television before when I was an amateur but to be part of a show as big as the one in Liverpool is massive. I’ll be under a little bit of pressure that night but when that happens I deliver the goods.”

A senior ABA champion in 2009, the cousin of Tyson Fury already has goals in mind and shares the
same confident personality as his heavyweight relation!

“I will be a British champion, I guarantee that! Every boxer has targets they want to meet and they’d be lying if they said they never.

Anything can happen after you become British champion, that’s the hardest one to win. A European title shot can just be round the corner afterwards and if you win that you’re only a couple of fights away from a world title shot.”

David Coldwell in association with Eddie Hearn presents ‘The Big Bang’ which is live and exclusive on Sky Sports HD on Saturday, 14th April 2012.

Tickets are priced at £30, £40, £60, £80, VIP tickets £150 and all available from;
or by calling the Echo Arena box office on 0844 8000 400

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