On behalf of my Partner Steve Sims and I and all at George and Dragon Boxing Promotions we would like to announce the details of our next promotion at Newport Centre on Saturday 7th May 2011. This will be our third promotion here, following our two very successful earlier promotions which were held on the 5th February 2011 and 30th October 2010. We are both celebrating a very special event; it’s been 30 years since Sammy and I came into professional boxing, me with my first professional boxing promotion at London’s Lyceum Dance Hall and Steve with his first professional contest.
In our last promotion we broke with the tradition of small hall promoters by staging not just one, but two title fights on the same show. Our rivals in the other parts of the UK said it couldn’t be done, they said you can’t make money starting out with the expense of running two title fights on the same show but we did it and proved them wrong. We could and we did.
We had the nerve, determination and grit to work hard and see it through. We have a good team with our resident trainers’ Tony Borg, Steve Robinson and Tony Grey plus our experienced Marketing consultant Warren Dent and our press officer Andrew Penman, and celebrity guest consultant Tel Currie.
Our last promotion featured a Welsh title fight and a British Masters Championship, but our public want to see their own ‘National Champions’ and it’s our commitment to all the Welsh boxing fans to see all the previously dormant Welsh Titles contested for with active champions at the helm, for too long these historic and noble titles been gathering dust. On May 7th two more boxers will be crowned Champion of Wales and will be awarded the British Boxing Board of Control Welsh Championship Belts. Again we have a joint ‘Top-of-the-bill’, firstly featuring the Welsh Light Middleweight Championship, Newport’s favorite son, the exciting Lee Churcher will be facing the tough and much improved Gary Cooper from Merthyr. They have fought each other once before which resulted in a points win for Churcher, but since then Gary Cooper has found his form and has racked up 5 back-to- back wins, including an impressive first round stoppage of the fancied Rhys Saunders, and is coming from the Dai Gardiner stable. All of Dai’s Gardiner’s fighters are famed for being tough so we can expect a great contest. Next up for the Welsh Super Middleweight title we have Jeff Evans from Pontypool facing Swansea’s experienced Jamie Ambler. Both boys will be sure to be giving their very best and the possibility of having a Welsh Title under their belts is sure to help them further their careers. We anticipate great support for all the boxers in the championship contests.
In our Chief Supporting Contest we will be welcoming back the new Welsh Super Bantamweight Champion Rob Turley from Blackwood, who will be having his first International Contest in preparation for a possible British Title Fight Challenge which George and Dragon Boxing Promotions are negotiating.
We are delighted to be welcoming back our two Cardiff based favorites, the hard hitting Frankie Borg and the boxing wizard Luke Robinson. Frankie will be fighting James Tucker from Sheffield and Luke will be fighting Johnny Greaves. Cardiff’s Kyle King will be boxing a return contest with Newport’s Darren Pryce. Last time out was a win for Kyle in a fast paced absorbing contest which Boxing News considered a draw. Can Darren reclaim the honors this time? We will see on the night. Three former Welsh Amateur Champions who are now all part of the George and Dragons Boxing Promotions will be having their professional debuts.
• First up is the 6 foot 4 inch Middleweight; Lewis “Bad Boy” Patterson, who will be boxing Sheffield’s Davy Jones; who put up such a spirited contest last time out against Frankie Borg.
• Then we have John Janes. John is a traveller who will be bringing huge support with him. He has a very illustrious amateur career with 80 fights behind and 76 wins and will be fighting Lee Kellet from Barnsley on the night.
• Finally we have Dai Jones from Blackwood. Dai is a close friend and sparring partner of our own Rob Turley and we are expecting him to quickly make a name for himself.
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