Catteral vs Davies
Bowen Warns Rivals: I’LL Be the Last Man Standing!
(September 13th) SAM BOWEN is ready to show Zelfa Barrett, Archie Sharp and Lyon Woodstock who the main man is.
The British super-featherweight champion recently joined the trio in Frank Warren’s stable when he signed a promotional deal with the Hall of Fame promoter.
Bowen (13-0) is in action on Warren’s show at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Saturday October 6, on a bill where Sharp and Woodstock face each other.
“To be honest I have watched very little of those three lads, but I believe in my abilities and I will beat all three of them,” said 26-year-old Bowen.
Many envisage a mouthwatering series of fights between the four, which Bowen welcomes and added: “They are all at a similar level.
“When Zelfa got beaten by Ronnie Clark that opened a few eyes up.
“He was obviously boxing lads, stopping them and looked amazing. When he moved up he got found out a little bit. He was shocked himself.
“People think I should know Lyon because we live near each other in Leicestershire, but the first time I ever come across him was when we met at the London press conference announcing the October show.
“I heard that Archie was a very good amateur and has a good background, but that doesn’t win you pro fights. Doing it over three rounds is different to 12 rounds.”
'The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
Tickets are priced at £40, £60, £100, £150, £200 and are available to purchase from Eventbrite and Ticketmaster.
Frank Warren Announces Broadcast
Partnership with ESPN and Top Rank!
(September 12th) Multi-year licensing agreement will bring the best events from the UK and Europe to boxing fans in the United States and Canada on the ESPN family of networks.
Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and Top Rank are proud to announce an exclusive, landmark multi-year licensing agreement that will bring the best events from the United Kingdom and Europe to boxing fans in the United States and Canada.
“We are committed to securing the biggest and best events from around the world,” said Top Rank President Todd duBoef. “Our long-term objective is to showcase global talent and to expose the next generation of boxing stars. Frank Warren is a legend with a keen eye for building talent, and his, elite stable has proven to resonate with North American fans.”
“I am absolutely delighted and honoured to announce this landmark multi-year deal with Top Rank that will see my Promotions going forward feature regularly on the ESPN platforms in the US and Canada. This was a very attractive opportunity to us due to the level of exposure our stable of fighters will benefit from by being showcased by one of, if not, the biggest broadcaster in Sport. Boxers like Terence Crawford and Vasiliy Lomachenko appear on ESPN, and our boxers will be sharing a broadcast home with them going forward. The agreement will open doors for them to get their name known coast to coast in North America and eventually become stars there.” Warren said.
“The level of exposure, consistency of events being shown and our long and valued relationship with Top Rank will ensure this deal will be a huge success for all involved. US Boxing fans tuning in on ESPN can look forward to seeing competitive match-ups featuring some of the UK’s finest Boxing talent on a regular basis,” Warren added.
The first show under the agreement will be Warren’s stacked card on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Morningside Arena Leicester in Leicester, England. That main event will feature WBO No. 2 super lightweight contender Jack “El Gato” Catterall (22-0, 12 KOs) against fellow top contender Ohara Davies (18-1, 14 KOs). Two-time Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams (4-0, 3 KOs) and young heavyweight knockout artist Daniel Dubois (8-0, 8 KOs) will also see action on the bill. Dubois will face his toughest test to date against former world title challenger Kevin Johnson.
Warren, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008, has been promoting cards for nearly 40 years and has one of the sport’s deepest rosters. He has helped turn many of the United Kingdom’s biggest stars into fan favorites across the pond. Ricky Hatton, Nigel Benn, Joe Calzaghe, Prince Naseem Hamed, and Amir Khan all fought under the Warren banner.
Ohara Davies ‘Ready to Go to Hell’ Against’ Catteral!
(September 11th) Ohara Davies has stated he is ‘ready to go to hell’ against Jack Catterall and followed up by questioning his opponent’s willingness to join him when the domestic rivals face each other in Leicester on October 6th.
Davies (18-1) posted on his Twitter account in response to Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren’s announcement of a multi-year broadcast partnership with ESPN and Top Rank Boxing this afternoon.
The tweet read: “You guys in America can watch me win on October 6th live on @espn – I will win this fight And I’m ready to go to Hell, though I don’t think Jack Catterall will take me there, we will all see. Great partnership and great for Boxing as a whole @frankwarren_tv.”
Verbal outbursts have been a regular feature coming from the Ohara Davies twitter account in the past, but the Hackney super-lightweight promised to keep things civil during the build up to his encounter against Chorley-fighter Catterall (22-0). Catterall on the other hand hasn’t been as lenient towards his compatriot, most recently labelling Davies a quitter.
It’s Good to Talk for Catterall!
(September 4th) Jack Catterall has revealed that he is the man doing all the talking ahead of his big fight against Ohara Davies.
The Chorley man believes regular chats with gym-mate Carl Frampton are playing a key role ahead of his WBO intercontinental super-lightweight title defence against the Londoner at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on October 6.
WBO ranked No 2 Catterall (22-0) and two-weight world champion Frampton are both trained by Jamie Moore and the Chorley ace said: “Carl’s win over Luke Jackson and Rocky Fielding’s world title upset has brought a good vibe in the gym.
“Carl has been at the highest level and I can pick his brains. I am not afraid of asking people like him questions.
“I have been at the side of him for a couple of camps and I have never been scared of going up to him and asking about opinions.
“My chats with Carl has definitely brought me on.
“I have been in the WBO rankings for a couple of years, I have earned my stripes and once I come thorough Davies I don’t believe that world title shot is far away.”
Catterall, 25, will be having his fourth fight under Moore which has so far yielded a pair of first round stoppages and a hard fought points win against Tyrone McKenna.
He added: “I feed off everybody’s energy and the gym environment is only going to help me learn and progress in my fight.
“McKenna was a good learning fight. It was only my third with the new team and the previous fights both only went a round.
“It was nice to get the rounds in with Jamie and Nigel Travis in the corner.”
Davies (18-1) has a reputation as one of boxing’s greatest trash talkers, but so far has stuck to his promise not to goad Catterall ahead of their much anticipated showdown.
Catterall says: “I couldn’t care less if he is ranting about me or keeping his mouth shut.
“It won’t make any difference to what happens in the fight and that is all I am focused on.
“It is going to be a tough fight. He has had some good wins over the last couple of years and he has power, but I believe in my ability to overcome what he has got.”
Yon Woodstock: This Is a Big Step for Archibald!
(August 29th) Super-Featherweight Lyon Woodstock believes upcoming foe Archie Sharp will find out the hard way that he isn’t ready to challenge him for his WBO European title.
Leicester’s Woodstock (11-0) suggested that Archie Sharp (13-0) has taken desperate action to get a big, televised fight and should have taken an easier fight before challenging him.
“This is a big step up for Archibald.” said Woodstock; chuckling away at his decision to call him by his full name.
“but seriously, if I was…. Archie, I would have gone for someone on a level below me. He hasn’t done that and gone and jumped straight into the shark tank with a natural predator.
“He’s talked his way into this position and there is no turning back now for him.”
Both Woodstock (25) and Sharp (23) began their boxing careers in the professional ranks in the summer of 2015.
Woodstock has since gone on to win an area title and most recently the WBO European title in which was an entertaining scrap with southern area champion Craig Poxton in Leeds of October last year.
Both of Woodstock’s title triumphs took place on televised events which were broadcast live on BT Sport.
Sharp on the other hand has taken the route of progressing out of the spotlight and has racked up thirteen straight victories with seven coming by way of knockout on undercards and the small hall scene.
Woodstock will be the home fighter going into the fight as the belt holder, and the fight taking place in an arena just a fifteen-minute walk away from his house.
“He’s in a desperate position. He’s not entertaining, and his style isn’t as crisp as he seems to think it is. He’s a loose, open fighter and that just pay dividends to me” stated Woodstock.
Catterall vs Davies: The Time Is Now”!
(August 23rd) Tickets for the upcoming show ‘The Time is Now’ at the Morningside Arena, Leicester on October 6th are available to purchase NOW from Eventbrite and Ticketmaster.
The show, which will be exclusively live on BT Sport, will be headlined by the eagerly anticipated encounter between super-lightweights Jack Catterall and Ohara Davies. Also on the show is huge heavyweight prospect, Daniel Dubois who will step up and take on the big-talking boxing veteran, former world title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson. Double Olympic Gold medalist Nicola Adams also features.
The local interest fighting on the show will come from Leicester’s own Lyon Woodstock, when he defends his WBO European super-featherweight title against Essex man Archie Sharp and British super-featherweight champion Sam Bowen of Ibstock, Leicestershire, will make his televised debut and maiden outing under the Frank Warren banner.
Jack Catterall and Ohara Davies have been trading verbals to one another all year and both will now compete against each other to see who will progress closer towards a world title fight.
Chorley man, Jack Catterall was involved in an entertaining encounter last time out when he stepped into the ring in Belfast to take on their local fighter and a very game opponent, Tyrone Mckenna. Catterall knocked down McKenna twice before claiming victory by a majority decision and successfully defending his WBO InterContinental Super Lightweight for the eighth time.
“This is my big opportunity, this is my big shot and I can’t wait to take it with both hands.” said Catterall. “I respect him as a fighter, but I see a lot of flaws and on October 6th I’m going to exploit them.”
Ohara Davies signed a promotional deal with Frank Warren at the beginning of this year and has had his sights set on a clash with Catterall ever since.
“I want to fight Catterall this year because he is someone who everyone says can beat me. Because he is a name that people rate he is someone I want to fight, so I can show everyone that I can beat these guys.” explained Davies back in February.
Davies has since gone on to fight twice this year; first, outpointing Ahmed Ibrahim in May at Elland Road, Leeds, then emphatically knocking out Paul Kamanga at the O2 Arena in June.
“I think he’s been waiting for this fight, I’ve already been in a big fight, I’m a name. Jack’s a good fighter and he’s been waiting for this big shot, he’s worked his way up and it’s going to be a great fight.”