Promoter Steve Wood is hoping fight fans will turn out in numbers for his next Liverpool show, on May 24 at The Olympia, after promising some of the city’s brightest fighting talent will be pushed on, and are now ready to step up to championship level.
Wood, who has been promoting shows and developing Merseyside talent since the early 1990s, has some of Liverpool’s best, young boxers in his VIP Promotions stable and says now is the perfect time to jump on-board and follow them on their journeys.
“It’s a great time for boxing in Liverpool with the likes of David Price and Tony Bellew leading the way. They’ve got the fans interested and we’ve got a really talented group of exciting, young pros who will achieve similar things,” said Steve. “It’s always difficult when you’re building up a prospect because they have to be matched right to learn their trade and that doesn’t always make for exciting bouts. It’s great though that these lads are all at similar stages in their careers and are now ready to be stepped up at the same time.
“We’re looking to up the rounds and match them all tougher for this upcoming show and that will be really exciting and entertaining for the fans, and for the boxers. It’s sink-or-swim time.”
‘Battle in the City’ will be topped by a 22-year-old who many are predicting could, one day, win major titles – James ‘Jazza’ Dickens. Undefeated in 14 fights, with five KOs, the English super-bantamweight champion is one of the UK’s most exciting fighters and has had fans and pundits raving with his performances. With no-one available to contest his English strap, ‘Jazza’ will fight for the British Masters title at the Olympia against Dai Davies. The tough Welshman recently pushed former Olympian, Joe Murray, all the way and will be desperate to cause an upset against Dickens.
Also appearing on the bill will be a number of other prospects: Dickens’ training partner, Ryan Farrag, has lost just once - to British bantamweight champion, Lee Haskins - in nine outings and holds an amateur win over Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell.
Former England star, Nathan Brough, is undefeated in nine and will take on come-backing Graham Earl. If light-welter Nathan wins he could set himself up for a British title eliminator on the big David Price bill in July.
Carl ‘Dynamite’ Dilks was in a cracking fight last time out when he gave Rocky Fielding plenty of trouble before being stopped for the English super-middleweight belt. The Olympia card will see Carl’s return at light-heavyweight, where it is hoped a couple of wins will get him into contention for domestic honours.
Undefeated fighters, cruiserweight Louis Cuddy and light-heavyweight Wayne Adeniyi, are starting to make waves in their respective divisions and will both appear; while Ricky Hatton will also be at the show with his Irish protégé, Ryan Burnett. “’Jazza’ is not to be missed,” said Wood, “and if you haven’t had the chance yet to see him box live then you’re in for something special. The other lads on the show are also going to go a long way and we’ll really start seeing what they’re all about now they’ll be fighting better opponents.
“We know it’s a tough time financially for a lot of boxing fans so we’ve hopefully pitched this show just at the right time with it being after the big Tony Bellew show last month and before David Price’s upcoming date in July.
“I am genuinely excited by this card. There’ll be some great fights and I’m hoping the fans will come out and support these local fighters who all work really hard. We’ve got a really good mix on this show, with really well-known names alongside young fighters who are just starting on their journeys.
“If you’ve never been to a boxing show before then this is a great first one to come to. The atmosphere will be really friendly, the fights entertaining, and you’ll be hooked and want to watch the boxers again as they fight to get to the top.”