On Saturday's Holiday Inn card, Belfast’s Alfredo ‘Fredo’ Meli, an Immaculata stablemate of Martin Lindsay, came out of the traps at a blistering pace against Kieron Gray (5-24-1) and battered his Telford opponent onto the ropes with a barrage of compact head and body combinations.
Last night’s Alio Promotions five-fight card in the Holiday Inn Belfast was a platform for a handful of local prospects to build their fledgling pro careers and an opportunity for headliner Luke ‘Winky’ Wilton (14-3-1) to edge closer to another domestic title shot.
By Mark Turley: Last month, Southern Area super middleweight champion Kelvin Young relinquished his belt and pulled out of an intriguing defence against unbeaten North Londoner Frank ‘Wise Guy’ Buglioni, to fight for what he claimed on Twitter and Facebook to be “a much bigger title”. The accolade he referred to, which he will contest on the 7th December at the Oasis Centre in Swindon is - wait for it - the IBO International title.
In a far tougher than expected affair, Lee 'Playboy' Haskins was taken twelve pulsating rounds by Nottingham veteran Jason '2Smooth' Booth at the City Academy in Bristol last night.
Legendary boxing analyst Al Bernstein is expecting ‘Dangerous’ Dyah Davis to give his best effort in his fight with James DeGale MBE on November 16th at Glow, Bluewater. Bernstein feels that at the ripe age of 32, this could be Davis’ last chance at fighting a major super middleweight contender when he competes for the WBC Silver title live on Channel 5 from 10pm.
Former two time Southern Area welterweight champion, Chas ‘The Bomb’ Symonds (17-7) is making one last attempt at gate crashing the domestic title scene after signing a three year contract with Goodwin Promotions.
Morecambe featherweight Isaac Lowe (5-0) takes his first six round fight at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on November 15 and has been picking up tips and advice from close friend, heavyweight Tyson Fury.
“I'm very close pals with Tyson,” explained Isaac, who has three stoppage wins on his slate so far.
Frank Monkhouse looks for value in this weekend’s action: The focus of this weekend’s boxing betting falls on the American Bank Center in Texas where Mikey Garcia and Roman Martinez settle the WBO super-featherweight title. Although this is a match-up that will intrigue die-hard fight fans, bookmakers have nailed their colours firmly to the mast and make it an easy night for Californian Garcia.
As reported by Phil Kirkbride of the Liverpool Echo, British super-middleweight title holder Paul ‘Smigga’ Smith (pictured far right) has stated that his contract with Frank Warren and any of his organisations came to an end a week ago.
The Debutant Watch series makes a trip over the Irish Sea to Belfast to feature Mark Morris. Mark tasted glory as an amateur boxer and is hoping to emulate his success in the professional ranks.
Mark, 25, still fights out of the Gleann gym in Belfast where he spent his whole amateur career and is managed and promoted by Alan Wilton. Mark makes his debut at the Holiday Inn, Belfast on Saturday night. He will take on Sid Razak in a four round lightweight contest.
Former Prizefighter champion Michael Sprott is aiming to be the last man standing once again as he joins Team UK against Team USA in Joshua and The Prizefighters, live on Sky Sports on Thursday November 14 from the York Hall, Bethnal Green.
Martin Murray will now box on the massive November 23rd Carl Froch v George Groves bill in Manchester, after his Australian trip to defend the WBA Interim middleweight title against Garth Wood has fallen through.
Martin Murray’s Australian jaunt to defend his interim WBA middleweight title against Garth Wood in Sydney on Dec. 11 could be in jeopardy, according to aus-boxing.com.
Argentine Diego Oscar Silva (29-2-4) will be Scott Quigg’s opponent for the second defence of his WBA super bantamweight title on the Froch-Groves undercard at the Phones 4 u Arena on November 23rd.
Southminster lightweight Lee Martin (5-0) wants to give fans ‘edge of your seat’ entertainment on the James DeGale undercard at Glow, Bluewater, Saturday 16th November.
The unbeaten 23-year-old is eager to impress and can’t wait for his first experience on a big stage.
“I want to give the fans an edge of your seat entertaining fight, so they can expect me to be giving them 100 percent,” said Martin.
Sergey Rabchenko (24-0) has no intention of leaving his rematch with Frenchman Cedric Vitu (36-2) in the hands of the judges when the pair clash again on November 16 in Bulgaria.
Their first encounter, which featured on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's comeback clash with Vyacheslav Senchenko last year, ended with the Belarusian Banger winning by a split decision (116-113, 116-113, 114-115).
Kirkby light welter Robbie Davies Jnr (2-0) enters a busy winter period as he fights twice in three weeks, with promoter Dave Coldwell desperate to provide his charge with much needed rounds.
Davies Jnr boxes on the ‘Hot Shots’ bill on November 22nd and then again on the ‘New Kids on the Dock’ bill at Liverpool Olympia on December 14, where he faces Swindon’s Darren Carter.
Boxing News has reported that the British Boxing Board of Control has suspended former British Super featherweight champion Stephen Smith, putting his appearance on the Froch v Groves undercard on November 23rd at the Manchester Arena in doubt.
The Wilton family have been prominent in Belfast’s boxing scene for over ten years now. Alan, Jane, Luke and Matthew have all played their own part in the story which has seen the family run a boxing gym, promote professional and amateur shows, coach and manage fighters and (not forgetting) stepping between the ropes themselves.
Alan, who is known as ‘Alio’ started the boxing bug in the Wilton family.
Curtis Woodhouse returned from his unsuccessful lightweight experiment to take a six round points decision over Lewis Van Poetsch at the Hull Arena on Saturday. Looking stronger and much more comfortable at 10st 5lb 10oz, Woodhouse started well behind stiff jabs, thrown in twos and threes.