Reece Cartwright Aiming for the Top!
(April 25th) Leeds puncher Reece Cartwright looks to launch himself into the talent packed middleweight division with a devastating display when he features at the Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, Bolton on Saturday 12th May, exclusively live on Channel 5.
The 23-year-old from Halton holds the IBF World Youth crown and hopes to receive confirmation shortly that he will defend the belt on the undercard of Hughie Fury’s British Heavyweight Title Challenge against Sam Sexton.
He won the title last May when he stopped the previously unbeaten Jan Meiser with a sensational fourth round stoppage. He suffered a shock first round loss to Rafael Chiruta in his next fight, but has bounced back with three solid wins since.
Cartwright’s big-punching, all-action, style has attracted a strong local following and now with crucial live exposure across the UK on free-to-air TV Channel 5, he believes it will make him a big star.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and my career and I can’t wait,” Said Cartwright.
“Thanks to Mick Hennessy for getting me a slot on the show and with it being televised live on terrestrial TV on Channel 5 it a massive, massive, opportunity for me to showcase my skills across the nation and make everyone sit up and take notice,”
“I’m exciting, I like to have a fight, my fans know what they get when they come to see me in action and go home satisfied, nows it’s about making my name known across the land,”
“It’s hard a business and especially to get TV exposure so when an opportunity like this presents itself you have to grab it with both hands, who knows what will come from it, so I’ve got to put on another good performance on 12th May.”
Cartwright is independently ranked at #14 in the 160-pound domestic rankings and is closing in on the top ten with top operators Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray heading the pack. On the world scene the great Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alavarez lead the way with quality fighters Jermall Charlo and Daniel Jacobs also in the mix.
Whilst he know’s that he’s a long way from facing those names, he’s aware that’s the level he wants to be at in the future and knows he needs to keep winning.
He added, “It’s an exciting time in the middleweight division here and in the US with plenty of elite names and stars in the weight class. I love watching class fighters like Golovkin and who knows what will happen in the future, I’m setting my sights high and one day I’ll get there, but for now I need to make sure I win at the Macron Stadium."
Sexton vs Fury is the latest addition to an exciting line-up of free-to-air sports events in Channel 5’s extensive portfolio that currently includes Live Aviva Premiership Rugby matches (as well as a weekly highlights show), Live FIA Formula E, MotoGP and World Rally Championship highlights, weekly football highlights from across the EFL and the Carabao Cup, as well as international cricket highlights from all of the England Men’s and Women’s team’s home fixtures.
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Cacace and Laryea Clash
In Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Final Eliminator!
(April 13th) Belfast’s Anthony Cacace will square off against former world title contender Joseph Laryea in a Final Eliminator for the Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title at the Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, in Bolton on Saturday 12th May.
The exciting Cacace v Laryea clash will feature as one of the chief-supporting bouts on the big British Heavyweight title showdown between Sam Sexton and Hughie Fury, exclusively live on free-to-air Channel 5 across the UK.
Andersonstown’s Cacace aims to defeat Laryea and put himself in pole position for a rematch against Martin J Ward to avenge his sole career loss to him last July.
Ward got the decision in a close and absorbing fight that saw Cacace land the much cleaner shots, but the Englishman’s higher work-rate in the later round just got him the nod on the judges’ scorecards to win the Vacant Commonwealth title.
Many neutral observers felt that Cacace had done enough to win and maybe if the fight had taken place on his own home soil then the result could have been different.
However, ‘The Apache’ got his career back on track in his next fight when he defeated hard Nicaraguan Reynaldo Mora last December in Birmingham and dropped him in the third and fourth rounds of their six-rounder to win 59-52, despite having a point harshly docked in the final round for a low blow.
Cacace is now firing to get back into action and he aims to see off Laryea in style as he seeks to guarantee his shot at the Commonwealth title.
He said, “I realise now the mistake I made in not making certain I won the Ward fight decisively. I thought my cleaner punching won the contest. I was never hurt at any stage but I could have been more busy and aggressive in the later rounds. I’m bitter because Ward has gone on to win the EBU title and his next fight is an Eliminator for the WBA world title. That should be me. I’m being given a second chance here and I won’t let my team down. I’m grateful to Mick Hennessy for this unexpected opportunity to prove myself on the big stage.”
Cacace’s manager Pat Magee added, “Anthony has never realised his true potential. His reputation has worked against him and he has been an avoided boxer by the established and protected TV supported boxers. His gym skills and exploits in sparring with the likes of Carl Frampton, Anthony Crolla and many other champions and contenders have yet to be repeated in in public. Carl Frampton has been quoted as saying that Cacace is the hardest puncher he has ever spared with. He is 29 years old now and he realises the career clock is ticking and it’s time to show what he’s made of. He needs to produce a career best performance in this fight with Laryea. This is his opportunity to shine for a huge live audience on Channel 5 and take that long expected leap to title status which will lead to the world stage with the backing of Hennessy Sport. Nothing less will do.”
Ghanaian Laryea is familiar with UK fight fans after he fought in Glasgow twice, defeating then prospect Paul Appleby in December 2010 to win the WBO Intercontinental title; returning in March 2011 to challenge then WBO World Champion Ricky Burns in a bruising encounter, but was withdrawn in the seventh round with a broken right hand.
Fighting out of the world famous boxing city of Accra, Laryea has put together a hot unbeaten seven fight run with five stoppages and could throw a spanner in Cacace’s plans.
Laryea stormed, “I’m coming to Bolton to win and finish off Cacace. He does not deserve a second shot at the Commonwealth title. He had his chance and blew it, I’m going to destroy him and show that he is underserving of fighting for it again.”
Sexton: I Must Beat Fury to Get A World Title Shot!
(March 28th) Reigning British Heavyweight Champion Sam Sexton says he’ll beat Hughie Fury and target a World title shot against the winner of this weekend’s mega clash against Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker.
The Norwich hero is preparing for his showdown with Fury on Saturday 12th May at the Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, in Bolton exclusively live on Channel 5, but knows a stunning victory could secure a dream world title tilt.
Sexton, now into his 13th year as a professional, has won Southern Area and Commonwealth title honours and in his last fight finally secured the British title in his third attempt with an amazing win over Gary Cornish.
Achieving his dream of lifting the Lonsdale belt, Sexton now wants to cap his career with a World title opportunity and must beat Fury on his home patch to keep that alive.
“A world title chance is every boxer's dream, that’s what we all aim for in this sport and that’s what I’m going for,” Said Sexton.
“It’s at the top of my agenda and what's motivating me to beat Fury in his backyard on the 12th May,”
“I’ve been in this business for a long time and I know that this is now the moment for me, I need that win over Fury more than anything and then I’m in strong position to press my case,”
“I’ll be disappointed if I go my whole career without challenging for a World title, so I have to keep winning and crucially retain my title against Fury which will be a hard and tough fight."
The 33-year-old thinks that Fury beat Parker last September when the New Zealander was handed the controversial decision in their WBO World title clash, but knows that Fury will be looking to make his own statement on his first fight back.
He added, "I thought that Hughie just nicked it against Parker, it was a tight one and a hard one to score, but I thought he should have got the nod at the end,”
“Fury will be out to prove himself and he desperately wants to get back in the World title frame so I’m fully aware that he’ll be looking to do a number on me and I’ll be ready for him,”
“Both our futures hinge on this fight and with so much on the line only one of us will go through and I’ve got to make sure that person is me.”
Sexton predicts that Joshua’s size and strength will power him to victory on Saturday night in Cardiff against Parker.
"I see an Anthony Joshua win,” Said Sexton.
“Parker’s a very tough fighter, but Joshua is just too big and strong for him, he’s a bulldozer and I think he’ll get to Parker in the middle rounds, six or seven,"
“If I was Parker I’d tell him to stick close to Joshua and keep the pressure and high work rate on him and not let him rest, he’ll also have to have a good defence and if he stands off him he’ll come unstuck.”
Fury Prepares for Sexton Clash With Bolt Wanderers!
(March 21st) Hughie Fury kicked his training up a gear as he heads towards his showdown with British Champion Sam Sexton when he trained with the Bolton Wanderers FC squad today.
Fury challenges Sexton for his prized Lonsdale belt on Saturday 12th May at the Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, exclusively live on Channel 5, and in preparation for the big night, he joined first team players Will Buckley, Zach Clough, Andrew Taylor and Craig Noone at their Lostock training ground.
The 23-year-old was put through his paces alongside the players - who are hot off a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at the weekend - under coach Kristian Aldred as he worked on speed and footwork drills.
It was then Fury’s turn to take the players on the hand pads and he put each player through a simple but effective exercise of punching up to ten and back down which got the players' blood pumping.
He said, “I’m always looking for ways to improve or make my training different and interesting and when Bolton Wanderers offered some training with the team I said yes straightaway,”
“It’s great to get my legs going and I love to use my footwork in the ring so learning the new training drill today could improve my movement in the ring,”
“Boxing training is great for all round fitness and I’m sure the guys will benefit from a bit of extra hand pad training in their daily regime,”
“My training for Sexton will really kick in now. I’ve been working hard for the last few weeks’ already and it’s ready to move up a gear now.”
“I’m know Sexton is training hard down in Norwich and wants to keep hold of his British title so he’ll not let it go without a fight, but I’m taking that belt and moving forward.
Winger Noone added, "It's been really enjoyable to meet Hughie today and put him through his paces a little bit. I'm a big boxing fan and I think it's a great thing for Bolton Wanderers and Bolton Whites Hotel to be hosting such an exciting fight.
"It was fun to test our boxing abilities too and you can see just how much hard work Hughie puts into his preparation for his fights.
"We'll all be right behind him come May though when he takes on Sam Sexton and wish him the best of luck!"
Fury: “What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger”!
(March 20th) Hughie Fury is hungrier than ever to become a World Champion and he starts on the road back against British Champion Sam Sexton on Saturday 12th May at the Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, in Bolton, exclusively live on Channel 5.
Although Fury was painfully denied the decision by the ringside judges’ in his first world title attempt against WBO World Champion Joseph Parker last September, the Manchester warrior has put the defeat behind him and now focuses on taking the British crown from Sexton.
“What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger,” Said Fury.
“You can’t dwell on the past,”
“There are a lot of things you can look back at but if you are always looking back you will never move forward,”
“I’ve learned off that fight, I looked at the video a thousand times. Yes there is a lot I should have done more but you can’t turn back the hands of time,”
“Now it is moving forward and improving on what I’ve done,"
“What did the Parker fight do? It makes you hungrier to get back there. To me it is just a step back but no matter what I still believe I will be a world champion,”
“I believe I am a world level fighter.”
The 23-year-old has been avoided by his so called British rivals who have turned down challenges to face Fury in his ring return, but he respects Norwich puncher Sexton for stepping up to the plate.
“It’s like taking two steps back to take three steps forward,” said Fury. “I want to get the British title behind me and get back to the top,"
“Sam Sexton is just a stepping stone. It’s one step at a time, get him out of the way and move forward,"
“The British title is nice to have but I’ve not become a professional boxer to be a British level fighter,"
“If I got offered a world title fight now I’d take it because I believe I’ve learned from my mistakes.”
Fury Believes Parker Experience
Will Be Key to Victory In Sexton Battle!
(March 12th) Despite being 10 years younger than British Heavyweight Champion Sam Sexton, challenger Hughie Fury believes his experience against WBO World Champion Joe Parker will take him to victory against Sexton when they clash on Saturday 12th May at the Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, exclusively live in the UK on free-to-air Channel 5.
Fury, 23, reckons the twelve rounds he went with Parker last September, which many boxing experts felt that he won, has given him the ring knowledge that will be crucial for his showdown against the Norwich puncher.
Sexton, a former Commonwealth Champion, has racked up 144 rounds in 27 fights compared to Fury’s 104 rounds in 21 fights, and has faced some top domestic names over the years like Dereck Chisora, Martin Rogan and David Price, but his win over Gary Cornish last October to claim the British title has rejuvenated his career.
This will be Hughie’s first fight since his controversial points loss to Parker last September and he is now hungry to be crowned best of British before targeting a world title holder, either WBC Champion Deontay Wilder or the winner out of Anthony Joshua and Parker’s unifier at the end of the month.
“I went in against Parker just shy of turning 23 and not having fought for nearly a year and half and in my heart I truly felt that I was the winner that night, the judges thought otherwise, but I know I should now be the World Champion,” Said Fury.
“That’s all said and done now and despite the decision going against me I have to look at the positives from my performance and taking Parker the full twelve-round distance, which was the first time I had gone twelve rounds, making him miss widely with his punches, using my footwork and defensive skills to make a supposed hard-hitting World Champion look slow and ponderous,”
“There is more I could have done on the night, but we’ve addressed that with my dad and trainer Peter which we’ve been hard on in the gym and we’re looking forward to coming back against Sexton with that added experience and improvements which I believe will be a crucial factor in me winning the fight,”
Fury added, “Sexton has fought some of the big names around the scene, but he’s never challenged for a world title or been in against world class opposition and I think me know having that experience and knowledge is key.”
Hughie Fury On Road
Back to World Heavyweight Title Shot!
(March 6th) Hughie Fury is ready to punch his way back into world heavyweight title contention once he’s claimed the British Heavyweight crown.
Fury makes his long awaited return to the ring on Saturday 12th May at Bolton’s Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, when he challenges the reigning British Champion Sam Sexton for his title.
The fight will be broadcast exclusively live across the UK on Channel 5 - the first time in nearly seven years that a British Heavyweight title fight has been seen on terrestrial TV.
Manchester ace Fury is hungry to get back into the world heavyweight mix after his controversial points decision loss to WBO Champion Joseph Parker last September in his first world title challenge at just 23.
March is a busy month in the heavyweight division with WBC king Deontay Wilder’s thrilling win over Luis Ortiz last Saturday night and IBF/WBA Super Champion Anthony Joshua in a unifier against Parker at the end of the month, but Fury believes he can get himself into pole position, starting with a victory over Sexton.
“I’ve got the buzz back and I’m really excited to get back into the ring again.” Said Fury.
“The heavyweight division has really come alive and it’s the perfect time for me to get myself back into a great position to be challenging for a world title again in the not-to-distant-future, whether it’s against Wilder, Joshua or Parker,”
“Wilder had an entertaining fight against Ortiz and showed that he’s a dangerous man when he’s hurt to come back and knock out Ortiz like that. He showed that he’s not scared to face anyone and took the fight against Ortiz when nobody wanted to touch him. Fair play to Ortiz, though, he’s a tough man and showed plenty of heart and I’m sure he’ll be back,”
“With Joshua against Parker, I think that styles make fights and Carlos Takam gave Joshua plenty of problems last time out. Parker can’t stand still in front of him because Joshua can bang, he’s got to use plenty of movement and he could cause a massive upset.”
Fury has based himself in Bolton with father and trainer Peter as he prepares for the Sexton clash and is not underestimating the Norwich puncher who upset the odds to claim the Lonsdale belt against Gary Cornish last October.
He added, “Sexton wanted and called for the fight against me when no one else wanted it and I respect him for that. I’m under no illusions, this is going to be a hard fight and I know to get where I want to be and that’s challenging for a world title, I’ve got to beat him and take the British belt first. I’ve been locked away with my dad training hard and working on plenty of things and people will notice a major difference in me this time around.”
Prestigious British Heavyweight Title
Back on Terrestrial TV Sexton vs Fury On Channel 5!
• British Champion Sam Sexton defends against Hughie Fury exclusively live on Channel 5
• Hennessy delivers British Heavyweight Championship back on free-to-air for first time in nearly seven years
• Domestic heavyweight clash headlines Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, on Saturday 12th May
(February 14th) Hennessy Sports, Infinitum and Channel 5 are proud to announce that the prestigious British Heavyweight Championship* will return to terrestrial TV for the first time in nearly seven years when Champion Sam Sexton defends the title against Challenger Hughie Fury on Saturday 12th May at Bolton’s Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, exclusively live on Channel 5.
Promoter Mick Hennessy, returns to the network, to ensure that one of the most revered titles in British sport can once again be viewed by the nation for free.
Hughie himself is an alumni of Channel 5, where he commenced his professional career and learnt his trade from World Heavyweight Amateur Champion to World heavyweight title contender.
Now Hennessy returns with a mouthwatering domestic heavyweight clash that will headline an action-packed show which is set to whet the appetite of boxing fans and Channel 5 viewers as they battle it out for the Lord Lonsdale belt.
Hennessy said, “I’m delighted to bring the historic British Heavyweight Championship back to mainstream, free-to-air, television on Channel 5 where it will be seen by the biggest viewing audience possible due to their considerable reach and exposure. I can’t believe that it will be nearly seven years since the British Heavyweight title was last seen on free-to-air in the UK on Channel 5, which we also promoted. We’re back with a bang along with our partners Infinitum and thrilled to deliver a great fight for the fans between two proud and fierce warriors in Sam and Hughie and one that will make the whole country sit up and take notice. I’d like to thank Channel 5, Infinitum, Peter Fury and Graham Everett who were involved to make this happen and I can’t wait for May 12th.”
Caj Sohal, Head of Sport for Channel 5 said, “Live boxing is a key component of our sporting slate and we’re committed to delivering the most exciting bouts in the UK. We’re delighted to bring the British Heavyweight title to a wider audience and with two terrific heavyweight fighters stepping into the ring, this is a must-see fight for boxing fans.”
Sexton caused a massive upset when he travelled to Gary Cornish’s Edinburgh fortress last October and won on all three judges’ scorecards - despite a late onslaught from Cornish - to claim the vacant title and take it back home to Norwich.
Fearless Sexton now heads into Fury’s north-west hotbed to make the first defence of the title and is relishing the opportunity. He said, “I’m really excited to be boxing on a Mick Hennessy and Channel 5 show which is on free-to-air TV. It’s a great fight against a young world class opponent, but I believe I have the experience and ability to win and I won’t be at all phased going into Hughie’s homeland as I’ve proved in the past with Championship victories in Belfast, twice, and in Edinburgh.”
Sexton’s trainer Graham Everett, who’s developed four British Champions: Jon Thaxton, Liam Walsh, Ryan Walsh and Sexton, added, “There have been a number of offers for Sam, but this is the one he wanted. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Team Sexton and a great chance to boost our world ranking. We know that Hughie is a world class fighter and we want meaningful fights which is why Sam wanted to fight him.”
Fury heads straight back into title action in his first fight following his controversial points decision loss to WBO World Champion Joseph Parker last September and now aims to get back into world title contention.
At the age of just 23, Fury proved that he is a world class fighter and his best years are still ahead of him. The Manchester star is happy to get back into the ring again and aims to claim the British crown. He said, “I’m going to do what I always do and that’s perform to my best. I’m very excited to be back and facing Sexton for the British title and believe me I’m on a mission to claim back what should have been rightfully mine, the world title. I am the uncrowned world champion and come May 12 you will see why that is.”
Peter Fury, Hughie’s father and trainer, added, “We are delighted to be back in action on terrestrial TV in the UK on Channel 5 where Hughie has fought many times, challenging for the British title and delighted that it’s in Bolton. Hughie has proven he belongs on the world scene and what better way to have his comeback fight for the British title. Hughie has learned a lot from his controversial WBO World title fight and aims to be right back up there in good fights.”
Suzanne Speak, general manager of Bolton Whites Hotel, is thrilled to be hosting the big heavyweight showdown at the venue and said, “Bolton Whites is a unique and versatile venue and we are looking forward to staging the hugely anticipated contest between two renowned heavyweights.”