Millbank Promotions are bringing championship boxing to Southampton Guild Hall.
Promoter Simon Williamson hopes all 1,000 tickets will be sold for a fantastic fight night on Friday, November 30 that’s topped by a 50-50 scrap for the vacant Southern Area super-bantamweight title between fans’ favourite Jon Fernandes and Jamie Speight.
Fernandes makes the step up to championship level after nine straight wins – and Speight is planning to take another belt back to Devon having previously won Southern Area honours at 9st 4lbs and the International Masters light-welterweight belt. Their title clash promises to put the fight venue back on the map – 23 years after a top-of-the-bill clash at The Guildhall became headline news around the world.
Local ticket-seller Steve McCarthy was on the brink of victory over Tony Wilson at the venue in September, 1989 – and then Wilson’s mother climbed into the ring and attacked him with a shoe! To make matters worse, Wilson was awarded the fight on a disqualification after leaving the ring without permission and footage of Mrs Wilson’s attack was beamed into homes around the world.
McCarthy went on to claim the vacant British light-heavyweight title in his next fight and the Lonsdale belt is also in Tony Hill’s sights after he thrashed Kelvin Young inside three rounds in a British-title eliminator last month. Hill hopes to be boxing for major belts in 2013 and the southpaw slikckster has had world-class sparring before his appearance at the Guildhall.
He’s been in Denmark swapping blows with Mikkel Kessler, who defeated Carl Froch and gave Joe Calzaghe one of his toughest fights.
Hill’s gym mate, Alex Dilmaghani, has been sparring in Mexico’s tough gyms in the countdown to his ring return on the show and unbeatens Alex Gibbens, Matt Goddard and Chris Hobbs get the chance to extend their perfect ring records at The Guildhall. Darryl Still, who challenged for the Southern Area welterweight title earlier this year, will also be matched and fans will also get the chance to see top talent Joe Pigford makes his professional debut. He made his mark as an amateur with Golden Ring ABC – reaching the final of the CYP championships and the last four of the Junior Novice championships – and looks one to watch.
Steve Lynch and Brendan Bean also make their paid debuts at The Guildhall and Shaun Tribble targets his first win.