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30 JULY 2014

 

Coldwell Boxing Win Purse Bids for Double Title Showdown


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Coldwell Boxing are delighted to announce that a winning purse bid has landed the thriving promotional company a British title blockbuster between power-punching light-heavyweights Tony Bellew and Danny McIntosh, event date to be announced.

Promoter Dave Coldwell surprised many to win the purse bid and now can’t wait to host one of 2012’s most eagerly anticipated home title clashes.

“This is a great day for us at Coldwell Boxing, simply because winning purse bids for a fight of this magnitude shows what we are all about,” said Coldwell. “I see this news as a real sign of intent, as this was a fight that had attracted interest from other promoters. It is the ambition of my business partner Spencer Fearn and I to move Coldwell Boxing to the next level in 2012 and the acquisition of this fight is just one step in that direction. Within a year or two we want to be in the mix for television dates and, obviously, the likes of Bellew and McIntosh are bonafide TV fighters.

“I’ve known Tony Bellew since he first started his professional journey, and it is an honour to work with him on this particular fight. He’s very popular in his home city of Liverpool and, above all else, he’s an easy going and personable guy. Tony knows how to promote a fight and he’s hungry to reach the top.

“Danny McIntosh is also a great kid, and someone who knows how to promote himself. He is a big personality with a big punch and, combined with Tony Bellew, I really couldn’t ask for a better couple of headliners. These two were made for the big stage.”

Aware of Bellew’s ticket-selling capabilities, especially in his home city, Coldwell hopes to stage the double-title clash in Liverpool during the first quarter of 2012.

British and Commonwealth king Bellew is 16-1 as a professional and has halted ten of his beaten foes within the scheduled distance. He won three ABA heavyweight titles in the amateur ranks and then challenged for the WBO world light-heavyweight title challenger as a pro.

Since deciding to punch for pay in October 2007, Bellew won the Commonwealth belt with a first round knockout of Atoli Moore and proceeded to successfully defend the belt three times. He defeated Bob Ajisafe in September 2010, before waging an up-and-down war with heavy-handed Ovill McKenzie just three months later. Dramatically knocked down for the first and second times in his pro career, Bellew impressively rallied back to stop McKenzie in the eighth round.

’Bomber’ then repeated the job on McKenzie in a rematch, only this time relying on the judges’ scorecards to render him a decision victor last July. In outboxing McKenzie over the distance, Bellew also scooped the British light-heavyweight title.

Last October, 29-year-old Bellew made an unsuccessful attempt at snatching Nathan Cleverly’s WBO world light-heavyweight crown. However, the proud Liverpudlian displayed trademark power and underrated technical skills en route to the short end of a twelve round decision, losing nothing in defeat.


Challenger McIntosh, meanwhile, is a loose and languid boxer with a number of standout championship wins to his name. Born in Norwich, Norfolk, McIntosh, 13-2 (7 KO), turned professional in April 2005, eventually winning an English light-heavyweight title in just his eighth bout.

Quickly earmarked as one to watch, McIntosh scored back-to-back stoppage wins over respected domestic operators Steve Spartacus, Rod Anderton and Matthew Barney, before losing a spirited effort against Nathan Cleverly for the British and Commonwealth titles in July 2009. Stopped in seven rounds, the loss marked McIntosh’s first as a pro.

McIntosh responded strongly to the setback, halting veteran swarmer Tony Oakey inside two rounds in his very next fight. He then went one better in January 2011, when travelling to France to dramatically knockout home favourite Thierry Karl in the eleventh round of a championship clash. Against all odds, McIntosh lifted the European light-heavyweight title in the process.

The 31-year-old’s reign as EBU champion would, ultimately, be short-lived (as he lost the title to Eduard Gutknecht in his next bout) but, rejuvenated and always dangerous, McIntosh approaches this shot at Bellew full of confidence and ambition.

In a battle of big punchers and big talkers, only one will be left having the last laugh.



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