Cheema Impresses on Debut at Season's Beatings
Saif Cheema impressed on his professional debut by stopping Paul Lovell in the second round of their four round contest at Longshots Sport’s last show of the year, Season’s Beatings. The Dewsbury man, fighting 30 minutes away from his hometown in Halifax, put his opponent on the canvas four times before the contest was finally halted by referee Howard Foster.
It was a very tidy and composed performance by the super welterweight and he used his greater height and reach to his advantage extremely well. Cheema took control of the centre of the ring from the off and found it too easy to cut off the ring, keeping his opponent on the outside then smartly increasing the aggression as soon as Lovell touched the ropes. The tactic put Lovell on the canvas three times in the first round, one of those being called a slip.
The shots started to find their target much cleaner in the second round. As early as the first 30 seconds of the round saw a left hook land square in the face of Lovell as he stumbled back and eventually fell down to the canvas just before crashing into the ropes. Lovell beat the count but Cheema pounced back on him and moments later another left hand found it’s target and Lovell hit the canvas once again. Despite beating the count, Howard Foster immediately waved the fight off having seen Lovell on the floor far too many times during the duration of the fight.
On the undercard, Jack Rafferty continued his impressive beginning as a professional by defeating respected journeyman James Gorman on points, quite literally giving the Belfast native a ‘season’s beatings’ all throughout the contest.
The journeyman’s battered and bruised face told the whole story of the contest, being punched pillar to post for 12 minutes and without a doubt earned his money by miraculously surviving until the final bell. Gorman’s animating showing of respect towards Rafferty after the contest showed his approval of the Mancunian’s boxing display as Jack all but cements his reputation as a fighter to keep an eye on for the future.
CJ Challenger described his victory in Halifax as a ‘boxing clinic’ and you wouldn’t find anybody in the Northbridge Leisure Centre who would disagree with the young Leicester boxer. CJ boxed beautifully for six rounds against the rough-and-tough Nicaraguan, Geiboord Omier, defeating him comfortably 60-54 on Howard Foster’s scorecard.
Omier tried his best to turn the fight into a scrap, but Challenger showed he had the tools to keep the fight controlled at his own pace which suited his style. CJ’s footwork and movement was too slick for Omier as a crisp jab was the only tool needed to claim victory. Challenger controlled the distance with his jab and then punished Omier with a sweet right uppercut every time he stepped in. By the fourth round Omier was clearly out of ideas as Challenger hardly ever looked out of first gear. The Leicester man finishes the year with a professional record reading 6-0.
English Super Bantamweight Champion Josh Kennedy defeated the mean-looking Ghanaian, Michael Barnor comfortably 60-54 on the scorecard as he ticked over and looks to have a big 2018 as he moves to double digits and 10 fights undefeated.
Super Featherweight Reece Mould brought down his barmy army to his 6 round contest against Simas Vilosinas as they cheered him on to a 5th round stoppage against the Lithuanian journeyman. Mould kept the pressure on Vilosinas all throughout the contest as Howard Foster had seen enough in the 5th after a solid 6 punch combination landed onto Vilosinas’s head.
Despite the 40-36 scorecard in favour for local man Vinny Atkins, the contest was competitive all throughout in his fight against rookie Myles Vale, who arguably won at least one of the four rounds and could of possibly nicked a draw.
Cruiserweight Dan Garber kicked off his professional with a tidy 4 round decision against Remigijus Ziausys.
The show opened with the other Halifax native, Jimmy First, stopping Jack Green in the second round of their Welterweight contest.
Cartwright To Fight at Welterweight
Ellesmere Port fighter Mason Cartwright returns to the ring on Sunday 3rd December as he begins a new chapter in his young professional career as he drops down a weight division to compete at welterweight.
“I’ve made 11 stone [super welterweight limit] the day before weigh-in on many occasions, it’s too easy, so it’d been silly of myself not to give it a go down at welterweight. I’ve got the weigh-in coming up in the next couple of days and I feel good.”
When a boxer decides to drop down or move up in weight, the biggest question they must answer is whether they can maintain or carry power at the new weight;
“My strength and power has gone nowhere, I feel the same.” ‘Nutty’ replied with.
“Me and my coach, we both said, if I don’t feel good with my power, we will stay at Super Welterweight, but I’ve kept my strength, I’ve kept my power and I feel sharper and quicker, I feel great. “
“It’s been a great year for myself and its time to push on and get myself big fights on big bills and try and make some proper money and win bigger belts. I’m ready to step up.
“There’s a lot of good fights for me at this new weight. My confidence is absolutely brewing at the minute, my boxing feels great and I have a lot of confidence in my power at the new weight. What people have seen of me so far have seen nothing compared to the fighter I am today.“
Mason will enter the ring for the final time this year on Sunday at Steve Wood’s VIP Boxing ‘Jolly Boys’ event in Liverpool this weekend as he gears up for a big 2018.
Jason McClory Gains FA Agents License
Jason McClory has taken a big step towards the expansion of Longshots Sports by gaining his FA football intermediaries and agents license.
“I’m very pleased to have my application approved by the FA. Expanding the company has always been the plan and it’s great and exciting to finally be getting the ball rolling. I’ve gained a lot of experience from managing boxers from all corners of the world in the past few years and I look forward to starting this new challenge and taking on the football world.”
McClory has been taking huge strides in the growth of Longshots Sports this year and now boasts a total of 17 boxers in his stable, with another signing to announce in the near future.
Ciaran McVarnock’s ‘Never Been Happier’
New Longshots Sports signing, 25-year-old Ciaran Mcvarnock has his buzz back for boxing since he signed his management contract with Jason McClory and now cant wait to get started in his new chapter.
“Me and Jason have known each other since I first turned professional. I have had some great nights on Boxnation and Jason has been a massive part of it, I can’t speak highly enough of him.” said an ecstatic Mcvarnock.
“Jason is a real honest guy and he will always try his absolute best for you. Boxing behind the scenes can be hard and disgusting, but Jason is straight and honest with you. He knows how to build a fighter, pick the right fights at the right time, I’ve never been happier in signing a contract”.
The Belfast native turned professional back in 2013 but has only accumulated a total of 9 fights in that time; winning 8 with a solitary draw. Ciaran will now be able to look forward to consistency now signed with Longshots Sports;
“My career has been stop/start. I train real hard everyday, push myself past it’s limits. Sometimes I think my body is a machine and I can keep doing it but I also need my rest days. That’s how I’ve picked up my injuries. Rest is just as important and I’ve now learnt that. I’ve also been ready for great fights and asked for them, for them not to be delivered to me. I’ve been just left on hold without a fight date, but that will now change being with Longshots Sports.”
He continued: “Me and Jason have a great plan ahead. I don’t want to say too much but we have some great nights ahead of us and I am looking forward to it. I’ve never been so excited and confident about the future of my boxing career. I’m hoping to be out before Christmas and 2018 is going to be huge. I’ve learnt a lot from Arnie Farnell, I’ve come on loads lately and I can feel it, even in sparring it is showing.
I am going to be making some big statements and show what I’m all about, It is time to pick up some belts!”
Longshots Sports Presents 'Straight Outta Chigwell'
Longshots Sports’ busy schedule resumes as we head back to the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell, Essex for ‘Straight Outta Chigwell’ on Thursday 30th November.
The five-fight card will again include Mikey Sakyi and Shaquille Day. Sakyi will be looking to close the year out on a high when he fights in his first scheduled six rounder. The 27-year-old continues on the comeback trail after losing earlier in the year and the rematch with Jamie Carley is number one on his priority list. Also, in recent weeks Sakyi has also been using social media and IFLTV as his tool to call out local rival, Sanjeev Sahota.
Shaquille Day went 7-0 last time out at the Prince Regent when he comfortably defeated the always-awkward William ‘Willy’ Warburton. This time out he will be fighting in his first fight scheduled for 8 rounds as he looks to close the year out in domestic title contention.
30th November in Chigwell will see Longshots Sports newcomer, Loughton’s Daniel Khan take to the ring. 21-year-old Khan turned professional at the beginning of the year and will look to close out the year with a record of 4 fights undefeated.
The Prince Regent Hotel will also be the location for Harley Benn’s third professional fight. This will be the first fight for Benn away from the Boxnation cameras as he looks to put into action what he has been working on in the gym on November 30th.
The pleasant surprise on the show is Ellesmere Port’s Mason Cartwright. The northerner will be putting in the miles to get to the fight in Essex, but it is something he has done before, this being the second time he will have fought at the Prince Regent.
This will also be Mason’s first fight at Welterweight, dropping down from Super Welterweight as he looks to see if he can bring down his power for the weight. If the power is there for Mason at Welterweight, the division should keep a very close eye on the 25-year-old.
Tickets can be purchased from the fighters by contacting them through the numbers found on the fight poster or you can purchase them off www.longshotssports.co.uk.
'Bad Boys'- Fight Report
Simon Barclay went back to winning ways on Friday night when he defeated late replacement, Dimitrij Kalinovskij 39-37 on the scorecard at Longshots Sport’s ‘Bad Boys’ show in Corby.
The Corby native, headlining the Rockingham Forest Hotel for the fourth time, was due to fight Russ Henshaw in which would of been an intriguing battle due to the history the pair have. But Henshaw’s pull out gave Barclay the opportunity to put into action stuff he has been working on in the gym.
Lithuanian journeyman, Dimitrij Kalinovskij stepped in at late notice and made it clear he fancied the win as he tried to keep busy, but Barclay’s superior boxing skills was the difference between the fighters.
Barclay controlled the centre of the ring from the first bell to the last, dictating the pace with a sharp jab then doubling up when cutting off the ring in which was a routine victory for Barclay. It’s a victory and a warm up for bigger fights which are available for Barclay in which domestically, the Cruiserweight is full of potential domestic dust-ups.
The fight of the night came between another Corby native in Darren Murray as he faced the durable Lewis Van Poetsch. It turned out to be a tough night for Murray as it was clear that the weight and ring-rust proved to be his downfall as Lewis Van Poetsch claimed a rare victory, winning 39-38 on the referee’s scorecard and taking Murray’s undefeated record in the process.
It was a strong first round for Murray and proved that the ability is definitely there. He landed sharp combination’s and showed a decent variety of punches and power, damaging ‘Poochie’ in the process as blood started to run into the popular journeyman’s ‘Bronson’ esque moustache.
But Van Poetsch started to take over from as early as the second half of the second round as Murray started to visibly tire. Murray was incapable to keep up his fast-paced, come forward style at the weight, the natural 140lbs fighter was competing at 160lbs for the bout.
Murray was breathing heavy for the final two rounds as Poetsch meanwhile showed that he can be a capable fighter his self as he landed several quality, clean shots and cutting the left eyebrow of Murray in the fourth round. But the Corby native, fighting for the first time in over 2 years in front of a strong, loud support, bit down on his gumsheild and showed a lot of bravery to slug it out against a naturally bigger opponent and was able to hear the final bell.
Popular Newark fighter Chad ‘2 slick’ Sugden claimed the only stoppage of the evening when he stopped Bulgarian, Daniel Borisov.
It was an aggressive display from the Light Heavyweight who grinded Borisov down until the Bulgarian’s high guard deteriorated in the 3rd round. Sugden sent him to the canvas four times due to sheer aggression before the referee had seen enough.
There was two other local fighters on the show in undefeated Super Welterweight, Drew Brown and Super Lightweight’s one fight novice, Dom Specchio, who both won their contest by decision respectively.
Brown had his opponent, the always-game Sam Omidi, on the canvas in the second round of their four round contest when Omidi, quite literally, ran into a big right hand which landed square in the face of Omidi. Omidi tried to make the contest scrappy but Brown put on a disciplined performance to claim victory and move onto 7-0.
Dom Specchio proved that he has a sweet uppercut in his arsenal which landed at will against journeyman Fonz Alexander. It was a straight forward victory for Specchio who’s aggression was enough to unsettle Alexander who opted to cover up on the ropes for the majority of the fight.
Woodstock Wins European Strap in Thriller
Leicester fighter Lyon Woodstock defeated Craig Poxton by unanimous decision to claim the WBO European Super Featherweight title in which was a gruelling ten round affair at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.
The fight was exciting from the first bell to the last as both fighters exchanged leather and used attack as their defence throughout the fight but it was Woodstock’s work which appealed more to the judges. The effect of the punch favoured Woodstock, rocking Poxton on many occasions, but heart, courage and a big engine kept Poxton in the fight and many in the arena wouldn’t of been able to pick a winner with confidence after the final bell.
The first round was a close round as both fighters began a battle for the centre of the ring. Woodstock used his jab well then added the right hook to good effect. Poxton’s punch quantity kept the round close; same could be said to most of the rounds.
An early break-through arose for Woodstock in the second round as a nasty slash opened up on Poxton’s right eyebrow, possibly from a clash of heads, as the Lowestoft man started to bleed profusely which lead to experienced referee Steve Gray calling the doctor to the ropes to inspect the damage. The doctor gave Poxton the ok to fight and cuts man Mervyn Turner did a good job throughout the fight to keep the bleeding under control.
Poxton came back well and showed no sign of distraction from the cut by taking the third round. Poxton took the front foot in the fight and his busy, inside-fighting style painted Woodstock’s bleached hair with his blood and gave Woodstock some questions he hadn’t had to answer so far in his young career as there wasn’t much between them at the halfway point of the fight.
But it was Woodstock who started to take over in the second half of the fight. A body punch landed perfectly to the liver which was good enough to break the poker-faced Poxton; the Southern Area champion dipped slightly as he suddenly found his self on the back foot for the first time in the fight. Woodstock began to find the target easier with several punches all landed in a row to close out the 6th round.
Woodstock went on to win the 8th and 9th rounds clearly as the sharpness in Poxton’s punch declined whilst ‘The King’ managed to maintain his throughout the fight. Both fighters under instruction to close the fight out the best they could in the tenth and it was Woodstock again who edged the round with a huge final 30 seconds. He finished the fight with a big right hook to the left cheek of Poxton’s face; a punch Woodstock used with great effect for most of the fight.
The judges scorecards read 98-93, 97-95, 97-93 all in favour to Lyon Woodstock as he celebrated his achievement of becoming WBO European champion with trainer Ajmal ‘Hudge’ Butt.
All-in-all it was a fantastic fight which deserved it’s televised slot on BT Sport and Boxnation. Woodstock pushes forward in his career and the same can be said to Poxton who showed he can perform at a level higher than the area title status he currently has.
Knockouts Galore at Manchester Old School
The knockout victory was in abundance at Longshots Sports’ promoted show Manchester Old School with Jordan Thompson, Mason Cartwright and John Telford all claiming early stoppage victories to win their maiden titles in the professional ranks in a highly entertaining evening of boxing in front of a packed Bowlers Exhibition Centre.
The main event of the evening was contested by young Cruiserweight prospect Jordan Thompson and Belgian opponent Michael Pareo. The stocky, Belgian fighter had plenty to say at the weigh-in prior to the fight but couldn’t back it up in the ring as Thompson put on a highly aggressive and energetic performance to blow his opponent out of there just 1:37 into the fight.
Thompson’s confidence was sky high going into the fight and went straight onto the front foot from the first bell. The Manchester man, who moves onto eight fights undefeated, put Pareo onto the canvas three times down to pure aggression being too much for the Belgian before Mark Lyson waved the fight off. The fight was for the International Classic Challenge belt.
Another Longshots Sports fighter who claimed silver wear on the night was Ellesmere Port fighter Mason Cartwright; in quicker fashion too with the knockout coming just 1:00 into the first round.
It was one minute of pure brilliance from ‘Nutty’ who got the victory in a clean but devastating fashion. It was only 30 seconds into the fight when Cartwright landed a perfectly calculated jab-straight combination which caused his Hungarian opponent Zoltan Turai to crash into the ropes on his way down to the canvas.
Beating the eight count, Turai continued to fight but only for Mason to moments later crash down a brutal shot to the liver which caused Turai to deliberately fall down, this time with pure agony painted on his face and with no intention to continue to fight.
Mason Cartwright, the new International Classic Challenge belt holder, moves onto 11-0 in the professional ranks and continues his pursuit of a tasty encounter against Jimmy Kelly.
The third and final Classic Challenge belt to be won on the night went to Jordan Thompson’s stable mate, the Haroon Headly trained, John Telford. Telford claimed his maiden stoppage as a professional by beating Slovakian, Ladislav Nemeth.
It was a tidy by Telford who looked confident in his boxing ability all throughout and beat a guy who came to win and wasn’t afraid to trade with the Mancunian. But it was Telford’s boxing skills which came out on top as it was a quality right hand which put the Slovakian down. Looking brittle on his feet, referee Mark Lysom had no choice but to wave off the fight.
Another Heavy Hitters Gym fighter Raza Hamza was due to fight for his maiden title but the fight unfortunately fell through. Raza’s frustrations was evident by blowing out Latvian Andis Didzus inside the first two minutes of the fight in a aggressive manner in a fight scheduled for four rounds.
Hamza beat his opponent down to the point where the referee had to step in to save a cowering Didzus who had nowhere to go, stuck in his own corner of the ring with no choice but to go into a protective shell. It was Hamza’s ninth victory as a professional and next up has the opportunity to win the WBO European title with a fight against domestic rival Lewis Pettit in the making.
The fight of the night was contested between young Leicester prospect CJ Challenger and tough journeyman William Warburton. CJ had to pick his self up off the canvas twice in the first round but the young prospect bit down on his gumsheild and showed a lot of heart and courage to fight back and go toe-to-toe with Warburton and claim victory by the most narrow of margins, winning 57-56 on referee John Latham’s scorecard.
One of Longshots Sports newest recruits Jack Rafferty gave the Manchester crowd a little taster of what he is capable of by soundly beating the always-tough and ready Kevin McCauley over four rounds.
McCauley doesn’t get stopped very often, but even he would admit that a stoppage was on the verge several times during the bout. Popular Mancunian Rafferty showed an aggressive and powerful side to him which he managed to maintain for the full 12 minutes of the fight, showing he has the engine to compete in the professional ranks. Definitely one to keep a close eye on for the future.
The show opened with an entertaining four round punch-fest between Irvin Magno and Ibrar Riyaz. The two fighters spent the duration of the fight standing in the middle of the ring, throwing at will with Irvin Magno claiming the victory 39-38 on referee John Latham’s scorecard.
Another Cruiserweight threw his name in the hat in which is turning into a highly competitive division as Matthew Hatton trained Damian Chambers soundly beat Bulgarian tough-man Tayar Mehmed 40-36 on the referee’s scorecard.
Completing the show, Sheffield’s Super Lightweight Muheeb Fazeldin showed no ring rust despite being out of the ring for 11 months and put on a Nassem Hamed-esque, showboating performance beating Kristain Laight 40-36 on the scorecard. At one point fighting with one glove behind his back for a solid 30 seconds.
Longshots Sports Sign Daniel Khan
It’s been a busy period for Longshots Sports so far this season, and we are now delighted to announce the signing of Essex fighter, Daniel Khan. The 21-year-old explained how Jason McClory’s experience was the main factor for signing for the ever-growing stable.
“I was with my previous promotor before-hand and I didn’t feel like he was giving me the attention I needed and I met Jason McClory at the Billy Joe Saunders fight and Jason ensured me that he’d look after me and get me regular fights. Where before I was asking around to get on shows, as of now Jason will be helping me with that so that was one of the main reasons.”
He continued: “I want to win as many titles as I can, mostly I wanted to be a World Champion and under the right guidance I will get there. The thing with Jason is that he is a good matchmaker so I think he will get me the right fights at the right time.”
“I’ve been boxing since I was 8, its been on and off, and my first fight was when I was 13. I had 30 fights, won 18 of those, personally I thought I got robbed in some of my losses but that’s just how the amateur game is.”
“I turned professional when I was twenty and had 3 fights, 1KO. First fight was in February, then one in April. I then had a couple of months off due to Ramadan then had a fight in September and now hoping to get out again in November.”
Jones Jr, Sakyi and Day all Victorious in Chigwell
Mikey Sakyi and Shaquille Day cemented their Longshots Sports’ debuts with quality performances, Day winning a comfortable points decision and Sakyi getting a second round stoppage.
Boy Jones Jr won the main event of the evening, white-washing, the always tough, Ibrar Riyaz 80-72 on the scorecard and claiming the Lightweight International belt in the process.
It was a comfortable victory for Jones Jr who boxed to his strengths and took advantage of his superior reach. The local Essex lad from Chingford kept his Jab sharp all throughout the contest and kept his defence tight against a wild puncher in Riyaz.
Riyaz, fighting in his 136th professional contest, couldn’t find a way through to Jones Jr and struggled through out. He found success in the 5th with some clean work to the body but Jones Jr halted any momentum with solid counter punches.
Riyaz soon ran out of ideas and Boy Jones Jr cruised through the final three rounds to claim a 80-72 victory on referee Kieran McCann’s scorecard. Jones continues his comeback trail from his southern area defeat to Craig Poxton earlier this year as he proceeds to look for a rematch with the newly crowned champion.
Mikey Sakyi impressed in front of a packed Prince Regent Hotel and treated them to a stoppage victory in the second round of his Welterweight contest against Steve Backhouse. The 27 year-old from Romford has recently switched trainers to Dom Negus in the aftermath of his loss last time out earlier In the year, and the Essex man put what he has been working on in the gym into action and boxed a sweet fight whilst it lasted.
From the first bell Sakyi went to work and stuck out a solid jab, following up with a straight right which never failed to find it’s home. He bossed the centre of the ring and kept his defence tight.
It was Sakyi’s work to the body which was causing Backhouse problems as Mikey swiftly went to work, forcing Backhouse onto the back foot and to the ropes. A huge flurry of body shots eventually made Backhouse cave as he takes the knee to regroup.
Smelling blood and the possibility of a stoppage, Sakyi went straight back to work to the body in the second round. A weak Backhouse falls to the ground heavier on this occasion. Backhouse beats the referee’s 8-count but his corner had seen enough and wisely halted the contest, handing Sakyi his first stoppage victory as a professional and the perfect response to his previous defeat.
Super Welterweight Shaquille Day proved he will be a tricky customer for his future opponents by displaying a slick performance, eventually claiming victory 59-55 on the ref’s scorecard.
A solid start proved crucial for Day as his slick, awkward style gave Warburton a lot to think about and could barely throw a punch. Whatever he did throw, Day was easily able to use his good movement to evade the punches.
Once he got going, Warburton became just as awkward as Day and found moments of success in the fourth round. A clean left hook found the target as he followed up with a right straight which Day wasn’t quick enough to block, and pinching the 4th round.
But Day adjusted well and put on a composed and slick performance, coming away with a comfortable victory and moving his undefeated record to 7-0.
Also on the bill, Middleweight, Billy Bird moved onto 15-1 with a solid display against Sonny Whiting and eventually winning a comfortable 40-36 decision and Connor Vian claimed victory and moved to 4-0, whilst overcoming an early cut from a head clash against the wild-punching Victor Edagha in a four round contest, winning 39-37 on the ref’s scorecard.
Longshots Sports Boss Jason McClory with Super Welterweight Shaquille Day. Photo Courtesy of Phil Sharkey
Simon Barclay Renews Rivalry with Russ Henshaw in Corby
Simon Barclay returns to the ring after a year lay-off to headline the Rockingham Forest hotel on Friday 3rd November. Longshots Sports fighters Carwyn Herbert and Darren Murray will also fight on the bill.
Sid has had a lengthy spell on the side lines this year due to an operation needed on a torn bicep and will jump straight into the deep end when he takes on old amateur rival Russ Henshaw in November in a ten round contest for the challenge belt.
Joining Simon on the show is fellow Corby man and new Longshots Sports signing Darren Murray. It’s been a frustrating couple of years for Darren due to inactivity but a fresh start awaits Darren when he enters the ring and fights in a four rounder in front of a local crowd.
Another new Longshots Sports signing who has suffered a spell of inactivity on the bill is Welshman Carwyn Herbert. The 28-year-old will look to put his frustrations to rest when he fights twice in eight weeks, first of all in Newark on the 24th September.
Jordan Cooke will look to get back to winning ways in Corby after what has been a tough 12 months for the Coventry man. After a failed Midlands title attempt last October, Jordan couldn’t get back to winning ways in February, succumbing to back-to-back loses.
There will be more local talent on show in Corby when Northampton pair Drew Brown and Dominic Specchio both fight in four round contests.
Newark fighter Chad Sugden completes the bill.
Tickets can be purchased through the fighters, their contact details can be found on the fight poster or can be purchased off the Longshots Sports website www.longshotssports.com. Standard tickets priced £40, Ringside £60.