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Bishop Signs Up for York Hall Date!  

(January 29th) Unbeaten welterweight prospect Alex Bishop has been signed by Frank Warren and will make his Queensberry Promotions debut at York Hall on February 22.

 

The 24-year-old launched his professional journey in June 2018 and accumulated a 3-0 record before taking time out to assess his career options.

 

The former England international and Haringey Box Cup winner, who helped prepare Luke Campbell for his world title tilt against Vasiliy Lomachenko as well as providing sparring for Ricky Burns, is managed by Tunde Ajayi and trained by Ed Adabs.

 

The Luton man makes his return to the ring on the undercard of the British super bantamweight title rematch between Brad Foster and Lucien Reid, along with the super middleweight clash between Kody Davies and Umar Sadiq. He views the occasion as his second coming as a boxer.

 

“It is a long time coming and I’ve had over a year out, so I feel it is overdue and I am ready to make my second debut,” considered Bishop, who teamed up with manager Ajayi in October.

 

“The reasons behind it that I had a change of team who I needed to get comfortable with, but I have been training since my last fight and have not stopped at all.

 

“I wanted to figure out the best thing for me moving forward. I had opportunities to box and contracts offered to me from quite a few other managers, but me and Tunde clicked straight away and I knew it was right for me.”

 

Linking up with the Lion trainer Ajayi led Bishop to the promotional empire of Frank Warren and the prospect of furthering his career in the spotlight. It is a development he is more than happy about, while insisting his progression with come at the correct pace.

 

“It is a big deal for me. Every boxer from growing up as an amateur wants to be signed by the big promoters and boxing on the big shows. It is a dream come true and will be amazing to get such exposure. It will be mad.

 

“There is no rush, no need to make for lost time because I’ve been improving anyway. Tunde is the man in control and I know he is not going to rush my career.”

 

Alex Bishop features at York Hall on February 22 on the undercard of Brad Foster defending his British and Commonwealth super bantamweight titles in a rematch against the also unbeaten Lucien Reid. At super middleweight, unbeaten former Team GB amateur star Kody Davies (10-0) goes in with the popular ‘Top Boxer’ Umar Sadiq (9-1).

 

Also on the bill is thrilling super bantamweight prospect Dennis ‘The Menace’ McCann for his sixth professional assignment, Southampton snapper Ryan ‘The Piranha’ Garner (8-0) aiming to make a timely return and make up for lost time at super featherweight, as well as featherweight starlet Louie Lynn (5-0) from Banstead looking to build on his impressive Queensberry Promotions debut in December.

 

Top drawer former amateurs and now new professionals Henry Turner (super lightweight, 1-0), Eithan James (super lightweight, 2-0) and Sam Noakes (lightweight, 2-0) get to take the next step towards early title contention, while Muhammad Ali – elite amateur and 2016 Rio Olympian – makes his professional debut at bantamweight.

 

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Brad Foster and Lucien Ried Rematch

Confirmed for February 23rd at London’s York Hall!   

(January 28th) The highly anticipated rematch between unbeaten super bantamweights Brad Foster and Lucien Reid with the British and Commonwealth titles on the line will take place at York Hall on February 22.

 

The stacked card also features an intriguing battle at super middleweight between the unbeaten former Team GB amateur Kody Davies and the exciting ‘Top Boxer’ Umar Sadiq.

 

Also on the bill is thrilling super bantamweight prospect Dennis ‘The Menace’ McCann for his sixth professional assignment, Southampton snapper Ryan ‘The Piranha’ Garner (8-0) aiming to make a timely return and make up for lost time at super featherweight, as well as featherweight starlet Louie Lynn (5-0) from Banstead looking to build on his impressive Queensberry Promotions debut in December.

 

Top drawer former amateurs and now new professionals Henry Turner (super lightweight, 1-0), Eithan James (super lightweight, 2-0) and Sam Noakes (lightweight, 2-0) get to take the next step towards early title contention, while Muhammad Ali – elite amateur and 2016 Rio Olympian – makes his professional debut at bantamweight.

 

News on further exciting additions to the bill will be confirmed shortly.

 

The majority draw declared between the champion Foster and Reid in mid-September proved to be a source of significant controversy, with many observers marking the challenger as the winner in his first 12 round assignment.

 

The 22-year-old Foster completed his third 12 round test of a productive 2019 and considered himself in need of some time out having suffered a cut above his left eye early in the second round.

 

The Lichfield man now makes a third defence of the British title he won by beating Josh Wale from the away corner in Barnsley in March of last year. It represents a second defence of the Commonwealth crown he prized via a 12th round knockout from Ashley Lane at Stevenage in May.

 

“It will be another good scrap and one where I need to put things right,” insisted the champion. “I need to win this one and close this book. Simple as that.

 

“A draw is not the way I want to keep my titles and it was disappointing to keep them with one. This time I’ve got to win the fight convincingly.

 

“I can take a lot from it but he can as well because he knows what I’m like now and that is what makes it a tasty fight.

 

“I’ve had a nice little break to get over a few injuries including a broken knuckle after the last one. I am back at it now and on February 22 I will be the winner.”

 

Reid, 26, insists he is on a mission to right a wrong and will carry a sense of injustice into the ring with him.

 

“A million per cent and I can’t wait to prove that I did win the fight and I will do it in a fine fashion,” said the pupil of the Queensberry iBox Gym. “I am not going in there to do anything less or the same as I did last time. This time you will see a totally different me as well and I will change it up.

 

“Every single person knows that even if I won it by one round I still won the fight. When I get in there with Brad I am going to old man him again, move him about and prove that I am the rightful champion.

 

“I am also going in there thinking he will come out unbelievable so I am looking forward to seeing that and how I adjust to it because I know I can.”

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