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 journey’s.
“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,” stated 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 a world title – 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 future champs:
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, former WBU ‘world’ champ 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.