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RESULTS FROM JOLLY BOYS 2007The VIP Christmas boxing show was again a sell out and enjoyed by all the lads who have their XMAS party at this event, boxing results :- 

JOHN KAYS – Put in his best performance of his pro career to stop Craig O’Neile from Leeds in the 2nd round with some polished punch picking that just opened up a game effort by Craig. The small stocky battler from Leeds was second to  everything and John was not missing with his shots and a busted eye saw the corner show some Christmas passion and they through the towel in near the end of the second.


CHRIS JOHNSON – Chris continues to build on since his debut loss and moved to 6-1 yesterday with a 4th round stoppage over the normally durable Steve Cooper. A tentative start by Chris changed in the 3rd when he upped the pace and aggression and was soon hurting the Birmingham boy with jabs and straight lefts which were making effects , it was not going to be long to the stoppage and the referee waved it off in the 4th to ensure that Cooper took no further punishment.


RICK GODDIN – Got off to a winning start in his pro debut with a points win over Kristain Laight. The ex England junior had not boxed for over 3 years and was very nervous in the early round which were close, but once Rick settled he showed some tricky moves and deserved the win.

 NIGEL TRAVIS  -  The 36 year old fireman who had a distinguished amateur career finished his 1 year stint as a Pro with a loss to Jamie Ambler. The years and work commitments showed in this contest and Nigel looked tired after wining the first two rounds, he just plodded in the next 4 and Jamie Ambler was a deserved winner as he sensed the strength from Nigel had gone and worked hard for all the rounds. THIS IS THE LAST GOSSIP FOR 2007 FROM WWW.VIPBOXING.COM AND WE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND WISH YOU THE VERY BEST FOR 2008 WHEN WE INTEND TO MAKE A STATEMENT AS THE PROMOTIONAL COMPANY FOR THE FUTURE. 

STEPHEN FOSTER JNR – Suffered only his 2nd defeat of his 26 fight career on Saturday when he was beaten on points by Alex Arthur in an great effort for the WBO interim world Super-Featherweight title. Even though it was a loss, the manner of the defeat - which was very close – will have wiped away the doubts over Stephen which surrounded his other loss to Derry Mathews. After the fight Alex was quoted in the Scottish Sunday mail that Stephen ‘ could not break an egg’ , so we went home and watched the replay of the referee knocking Arthur through the ropes in the 11TH round and sending him into a 15 second break-dance.

Starts back training today since taking a break to get married after his last fight which was a loss to Carl Johansson for the British title fight. Mike is still looking to become a champion again and after another win would be happy to challenge for the British again or even go back to Scotland to prove that his KO win over Alex Arthur was no fluke.  

 A sell out 900 dinners will watch the 4 following fights this Sunday at the DeVere white in Bolton which will also show the Man Utd v Everton game , have top comedian Venn Tracey and the VIP legendry dance girls - pictures will follow on next week.JON KAYS v CRAIG O’NEILECHRIS JOHNSON v STEPHEN COOPERNIGEL TRAVIS v JAMIE AMBLERRICK GODDINS v KRISTIAN LAIGHT

The VIP stable of boxers will compete in a Superstars like tournament at the Robin Park Arena on the 6th April 2008 which will be filmed by local TV station Channel M. Each boxer will pick 6 out of 8 disciplines that will include a Bike Race , Weights ,Dips and Squats , Football/Basketball ,Archery and running  

2008 –
This will be a big year for the VIP prospects and they will need to step to the plate during the year to prove they can become champions . The support of VIP Promotions will be invaluable and it will start with 3 shows in February and March at Blackpool (Feb 16th) , Liverpool and Colne – further details will be announced on next weeks gossip with news on signings and a TV deal.



Jack Arnfield’s impressive start to his professional career continued on Saturday with a methodical points win over the hilarious Ben Hudson.
Tall and rangy, Arnfield out-boxed Cambridge’s Catweazle throughout, scoring a unanimous victory over the portly pugilist.

Jack’s record now stands at 3-0, and he has great potential. At over 6ft tall he is huge for a light-middleweight and has the potential to step up in the future, but for now he plans to concentrate on learning the trade and improving his style.

Hudson did very little over the four rounds. He can take a punch and was entertaining for the fans but he is hugely overweight and came to survive. The odd looping right hand landed but nothing troubled the young prospect from blackpool, whose jab peppered Hudson’s bearded chins throughout.

Another quickly improving fighter is 25-year-old super bantamweight Mark Moran. Weighing 8st 11lbs, he dominated game Iordan Vasiliev, confusing the Bulgarian with his impressive hand speed.

The visitor (2-5) landed several hooks and his come-forward style provided Mark with a test, but the unbeaten Liverpudlian (8-0-1) got down to business straight away with rapid jabs and hooks of his own.

He was quicker to the punch and decked Vasiliev with a crippling body shot in the third. Vasiliev got up but went down again soon after when Moran backed him up and punished him with another lft to the body.

This time, it was all over.

Another VIP winner on the night was Barnsley stylist Gary Sykes.

‘Five Star’ got the better of Wolverhampton’s Carl Allen over six rounds in this lightweight contest, his jab and quickness proving too much on the night.
Every round was pretty similar, with Sykes dipping in and out, tattooing the durable Allen - who was contesting his 86th fight - with fast right hands, though none really had the desired impact.

Sykes does everything well and this was a fair performance. He perhaps just needs to show a little more devil in his work. Referee Phil Edwards agreed, offering Gary a clear 60-54 points victory.

ALI Nuumbembe suffered a huge setback in his bid for a world title shot in losing his Commonwealth welterweight title to gritty Clayton's Craig Watson at Wigan’s Robin Park Centre on Saturday night.
Ali was cut badly in the third round after a clash of heads on the inside and left with a gaping slice across his left eye.

Until then he had enjoyed plenty of success behind the jab, though Watson had his moments thanks to a succession of strong left hooks.
A lot of his work was on the referee's blind side however, including head work that opened the wound up even further.

Ali stalked throughout and was by far the more aggressive of the two, he won the fourth with a composed jab but the cut ruined any chance he had of defending the belt.

Craig targeted the area with right jabs. His in-out style was negative but did the job as Ali could do little to prevent a gap opening up on the scorecards.

Watson took the fifth and sixth courtesy of a succession of right hands, yet the Namibian kept coming, his bravery impressing everyone in attendance.

The referee finally called an end to the fight after 24 seconds of the ninth round. Nuumbembe - whose record now stands at 18-3 - looked heartbroken, but has vowed to come back strong and hopes for a rematch next year.

Big thanks to Martin Williams for these 


Frank Maloney was a happy man on Saturday evening when he walked away with 4 new champions in Gary Woolcombe , Chris Edwards , Jason Booth and Craig Watson who stopped the VIP fighters having a clean sweep on the evening - we finished 5 – 1 for the night :-

ALI NUUMEMBE – Our only looser of the night when the referee stopped the contest in the 9th round due to the constant bleeding of a cut above the left eye of Ali. This was caused by a head clash in the 3rd round and the corner failed to stem the bleeding which was a constant stream and hampered the performance of Ali ,who was constantly being bumped with head clashes that saw the referee speak with Watson but take no action – at the risk of being sore loosers we would question the stoppage which came as the fight was beginning to swing towards Ali who took both the 7th and 8th rounds clearly , the cut was no worse than in the 4th , 5th and 6th rounds which Watson was winning - Ali had the championship experience and it was starting to tell !!

BRIAN ROSE - Moved to 7-0 with a 3rd round stoppage win over the normally durable Sean Falmer who came to fight but was just not in the class of the former stand out English amateur who will be looking for titles in 2008 who shown he can fight as well as box.

ALEX MATTVIENKO – Had his opponent changed at the weigh inn and despite giving nearly a stone away in weight gave his normal all out attacking performance to win all the rounds ,moved to 9-0-2 and will be looking for an area belt in 2008.

GARY SYKES - The former ABA Champion moved to 7-0 with a comfortable 6 round points win over Carl Allen ,although it was not one of his better performance there was still flashes of the speedy, varied and accurate punch combinations that make Gary exciting to watch.

MARK MORAN - Another ABA champion who is finally settling down to the Pro ranks with a 2nd stoppage on the bounce, chopping his opponent in half with a great body shot in the 3rd round. Mark puts this down to a combination of moving up to Super-bantamweight and fighting regularly,he is another VIP fighter that will be competing for titles in 2008.

JACK ARNFIELD - Beat Ben Hudson on points over 4 entertaining rounds as the old stager used all his tricks to survive the non stop attacks of the 18 year old from Blackpool who is now unbeaten in 3 after turning Pro only 2 months ago.

Good luck guys on Fri 7-Dec-2007:
Good luck with it, lads.


Firstly - nice forum, guys - I hope to be posting on here as often as possible Cool

Anyway - for my first post, I'd just like to make you all aware of the timings of the UK undercard to the Hatton - Mayweather fight. 

Doors open at Wigan at 19:30 and the boxing commences at 20:00.

Times for the Title Bouts are as follows;

21:05 - Vacant Commonwealth bantamweight title; Jason Booth -V- Matthew Edmonds

This will be followed by the Commonwealth welterweight title; Ali Nuumbembe -V- Craig Watson

23:05 - Vacant British super flyweight title; Jamie McDonnel -V- Chris Edwards

This will then be followed by the Vacant British light middleweight title; Gary Woolcombe -V-Marcus Portman

Apart from the terrific title action, there will also be a live performance of The Spice Girls (!) at 01:00

At 02:00 the Live feed to Las Vegas for the US Bill will commence - on big screens. This will be orchestrated by Britains own "John Bull" - who will lead all the cheering for the Hatton Supporters.

The bar will be open all night; serving food and drink to all.

It's going to be another cracking night - so get down there!!


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