Carl J for Jolly

VIP Promotions will round off a hugely successful 2012 with the annual ‘Jolly Boys’ dinner show at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground on December 23, headlined by former British super-featherweight king Carl Johanneson.

The five-fight Christmas show is an opportunity for Leeds’ Johanneson to bounce back after September’s eleventh round defeat to Martin Gethin.
“Carl’s always in exciting fights and he was unlucky to just come up a little short against Gethin, who’s now got a British title shot on the back of that win,” said promoter Steve Wood. “We still believe Carl has things to achieve in the sport and hopefully he can get back to winning ways on this show.
"We’ve been putting on ‘Jolly Boys’ for some 15 years now and it’s always a terrific event. There’ll be some top boxing, great food and entertainment, and lots of the local boxers will be there for people to meet."


Crolla V Murray

A lot of people consider the lightweight bout taking place in Manchester this weekend between Anthony Crolla (27-4-1) and John Murray (32-2) to be a very close call indeed. The contest, in UK's second biggest city on Easter Weekend, is for the WBO lightweight Inter-continental title, but the significance of the result means more than the marginal title as it will put them a step closer to a world title fight. Even if this isn't immediately forthcoming, the division is stacked in Britain, and can throw up some massive domestic scraps.

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Scott Quigg

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