The Vauxhall Motors ABC in Ellesmere Port has proven a fertile breeding ground for prizefighters over the years.

Bantamweight buzzsaw Paul 'Livewire' Lloyd rose to British, Commonwealth and European honours as a pro during the late 1990s whilst, today, former VM graduates Paul Butler and Matty Fagan are kicking up a storm.
Derry Mathews still has designs to be recognised as something other than just one of the most exciting and sporting prizefighters of his generation.

Two reigns on both the British and Commonwealth lightweight thrones hardly do justice to the monster hitting Scouse warrior who has partaken in several of the most savage domestic ring wars of the last decade.
Good things are being predicted for Macauley McGowan, the former Junior ABA champion and England Youth rep who graduated from the same amateur academy as Tyson Fury.

The 19 year old light-welter drew approving nods when he shut out hardened centurion Jason Nesbitt on his pro debut at Liverpool's Olympia in May.
Since his mid teens, Manchester super-featherweight Adrian Gonzalez has been causing quite a stir around the talent stacked gyms of Las Vegas and California.

The adopted son of Lee Beard – a coach of high regard on both sides of The Pond – young Adrian has profited from sparring a plethora of champions, plus expert tutorials from no less than Floyd Mayweather Snr.
Promoter Frank Warren presents championship boxing at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 25th October.

Please note that doors will open at 17:30 hrs with the first fight commencing at 17:45 hrs.
The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool will host a free-to-watch weigh-in for Merseyside stars Liam Smith, Paul Butler, Derry Mathews, Kevin Satchell and Tom Stalker and more on Friday 24th October.

The boxers all feature on the big show the following night (Saturday 25th October) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool and they will face off with their opponents for the final time before battling it out in the ring.
Despite collecting three national junior titles and several Young England vests, Scouse light-welter Michael Joynson is adamant that his all action pressure fighting is far better suited to the paid ranks – an ominous warning to future 140lb rivals.

The cultivated crowdpleaser fights for the first time without a head guard and singlet on Frank Warren's mammoth show at The Echo Arena in Joynson's home city of Liverpool on Saturday 25th October.
In the summer of 2012 Liverpool's Tom Stalker was rated as the world's number one amateur lightweight and skipper of the Team GB boxing squad at the London 2012 Olympics. Conversely, Chorley's Jack Catterall was a student at Preston College who'd never ventured past the English ABA quarter-finals.

Two years on, the pair collides for the vacant WBO European light-welter title at Liverpool's Echo Arena this weekend and, remarkably, the bookies can barely split them.
Liverpool light-welterweight Thomas Stalker was once the world's top ranked amateur lightweight but knows, at 30, there's little margin for error if he's to repeat the trick as a professional.

The 2012 Team GB Olympic skipper – who struck gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and also medalled at both the European and World Senior meets – jettisoned a British title eliminator in favour of an audacious attempt to crash the world rankings.
Having already asserted hegemony over the domestic light-middleweight crop, reigning British champion Liam Smith is now keen to conquer the world.

The stone-faced 26 year old – third eldest of the four fighting brothers – presently holds top 12 world rankings with both the IBF and WBO and he'll be hoping to make inroads into the WBA's listings this weekend when he confront's Hungary's Zoltan Gera for that body's Continental title at the Echo Arena in his native Liverpool on Saturday.

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