After a top grade five and a half year pro apprenticeship, boxing fans should finally discover whether Manchester lightweight Terry Flanagan has the tools and fortitude to cut it in major title class next weekend.

The 25 year old southpaw has already bagged Prizefighter and English titles whilst running up a perfect 24 fight slate (eight stoppages).
At the age of 21 and with just 34 pro rounds on his perfect 8-0 (4) slate, Harrow Weald super-featherweight Mitchell Smith is already honing in on the major titles.

If the former ABA champion's talent is incontestable, his application has been rather less so. But following a wake-up call in his first 10 rounder against Scott Moises last September, 'the Baby Faced Assassin' began to get his act together.

IN DEPTH WITH LOUIS ADOLPHE

Posted on 16 July 2014 in Interviews
2012 English ABA champion Louis Adolphe finally makes his pro debut at the York Hall this Wednesday in a four rounder.

The 22 year old Wimbledon welter graduated from the highly regarded Earlsfield ABC academy with several national honours and England vests and now hopes his slick skills can take him to the big titles and big money as a pro.
Britain's premier chain of Sports Bars, Rileys are to take the role of title sponsor for the mammoth British Heavyweight dust up between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury on Saturday 26th July at the Phones 4 U Arena Manchester.

The huge heavyweight fight, between British boxing's two most controversial stars, which will serve as a final eliminator for the chance to face Wladimir Klitschko for the world Heavyweight Championship. The all on the line clash, between the two rivals will be shown live and exclusive on the Channel of Champions BoxNation (Sky 437 (HD on 490) and Virgin 546)

IN DEPTH WITH KIRK GARVEY

Posted on 14 July 2014 in Interviews
Six foot four inch light-heavyweight Kirk Garvey believes it won't be too long before he's towering over Britain's 175lb division.

The 22 year old from Clapham, south London bagged 11 national amateur titles – including the 2012 senior English ABA crown – and once scalped Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo.
Winchmore Hill super-middle Frank Buglioni believes that his unscripted stoppage loss to teak tough Belarusian Sergey Khomitsky at the Copper Box last April has actually accelerated his passage to the major titles he covets.

The sixth round stoppage loss highlighted a few flaws that needed correcting yet might not have been identified against less taxing, less stubborn opposition.
Last Tuesday marked the 125th anniversary of the almost mythical heavyweight prize-fight between John L. Sullivan and Jake Kilrain.

It was the last bareknuckle tussle – held under London Prize Rules – before gloves were formally embraced.
Of the four losses that soil European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora's 24 fight ring slate, none grate more with Team Del Boy than the concession of his British and Commonwealth titles to Tyson Fury at Wembley Arena three years back.

That night the man from Finchley turned up for duty sporting a soft midriff and even softer psyche and, despite sporadic successes, he was comprehensively schooled over 12 rounds.
If Michael Gomez Junior can deliver a small fraction of the excitement that his father of the same name generated during a hell-raising 48 fight, 14 year career  - which brought British and WBU super-feather titles and saw him duel future world champions Alex Arthur, Amir Khan and Ricky Burns – he'll have given us a career to remember.

After a promising amateur apprenticeship, the thrilling 19 year old from Moston, Manchester debuts on the Fury-Chisora undercard at the Phones 4 U Arena - where his warring father was such a star – on July 26th.
While fighters have to deliver the goods between the ropes, the decisions which their management teams make on their behalf can impact heavily upon the course of their careers.

This was patently evident last weekend in the contrasting cases of lightweights Terence Crawford and Ricky Burns who contested the WBO title in March.

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