Qasim Niaz: Boxing turned my life around

Andrew Wake | 01.09.14 11:12

In a sport that sometimes gets a bad press, Qasim Niaz wants to become a role model after turning his life around through boxing. Just a few years ago the Blackburn youngster, 22, found his liberty curtailed at 'Her Majesty's Pleasure' after a violence conviction. Since then, the undefeated former England international has dedicated himself to the sport and is a changed man as he heads into his sixth outing at Blackburn's St George's Hall on September 6. "When I was 17 I got in with the w...

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Cardle going in the deep end against Goodings

Andrew Wake | 01.09.14 11:00

Scotty Cardle is expecting a tough bout when he challenges Kirk Goodings for the Sunderland fighter's English title at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on September 13, live on Sky Sports, but says he'll relish the opportunity to earn a shot at the coveted British title. The Lytham St Annes man is unbeaten in 15 pro fights and steps up to fight Goodings for the English strap in a battle that doubles up as an eliminator for the Lonsdale belt. Manchester's Terry Flanagan currentl...


Gladwin and Keleher look to put Halifax boxing back on the map

Andrew Wake | 01.09.14 10:35

Scott Gladwin and Luke Keleher hoping to lead a resurgence in the Yorkshire town.


Etches in contention for young boxer award

Andrew Wake | 01.09.14 12:26

ADAM ETCHES has once again been nominated for the Young British Boxer of the Year Award.   The Sheffield puncher, 23, joins an impressive list of candidates including fellow Steel City favourite Kid Galahad for the prestigious British Boxing Writers Club accolade.   The past 12 months have been little short of sensational for Etches as he won two versions of a Youth world title and climbed to number 13 in the world in the IBF's rankings.   His next outing wil...

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The Debutant: Brad Botham

Andrew Wake | 30.08.14 03:59

Meet new professional Brad Botham, who turns over in Doncaster on September 6.

Brad Botham

Zhanat Zhakiyanov training video

Andrew Wake | 30.08.14 02:26

Ricky Hatton and Mike Jackson put European bantamweight champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov through his paces ahead of his fight on September 10.


Ricky Hatton: Charity Bike ride is among my biggest achievements

Andrew Wake | 29.08.14 11:43

RICKY HATTON says his recent bike ride for the homeless charity Barnabus was one of the most difficult yet rewarding challenges of his life.   The four-weight world champion tackled the gruelling Pico de Veleta in southern Spain last week and raised more than £2,000.   The climb takes around four hours to complete and has an elevation of almost 4,000 metres. As donations can still be received until October, Hatton hopes that his endeavours will eventually generate m...

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Berto to bounce back?

Andrew Wake | 29.08.14 12:01

Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto and his team are preparing to close training camp on Monday and head to Cincinnati for his 2014 debut. The 30-year-old will take on Steve Upsher Chambers in welterweight action in his first bout since suffering a significant shoulder injury in his last outing on July 27, 2013. Berto will return to the ring on the eve of his 31st birthday and the 2004 Haitian Olympian plans to show boxing fans what they've been missing in hi...

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Coyle to face Aussie banger

Andrew Wake | 28.08.14 11:28

Tommy Coyle will get his sternest test to date when he faces Aussie veteran Michael Katsidis at the Ice Arena in Hull on October 25. Some critics would say that the former interim WBO champion is shopworn after hard fights against the likes of Ricky Burns, Juan Manual Marquez and Roberto Guerrero. But he'll be full of convince and will look to earn another British scalp after scoring two victories over Graham Earl. "It is nice to be fighting in England again and I am very much...

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Tyrone Nurse: Limond knows I am all wrong for him

Andrew Wake | 27.08.14 10:07

Mandatory British title challenger Tyrone Nurse talks about his career and potential clash with Willie Limond.

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