Anthony Joshua is William Hill’s favourite for SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR.Heavyweight king 4/1 to be the fifth fighter to win the awardAnthony Joshua MBE is the 4/1 favourite with William Hill to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Joshua defended his IBF World Heavyweight title in style on June 25, stopping the brave unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale in the seventh round at The O2 in London.

Joshua landed the belt at the Greenwich venue in April, ripping the crown from another unbeaten American, Charles Martin, inside two rounds thanks to a pair of vicious right hands.

The Olympic gold medal hero will take a break over the summer before defending his belt for the second time later in the year, where another strong performance could see him become the first boxer to win the award since Joe Calzaghe in 2007 and the fifth fighter to take the trophy home following two-time winner Henry Cooper, Barry McGuigan, Lennox Lewis and Calzaghe.

“Anthony Joshua is one of the most adored sports personalities in the country,” said Tony Kenny, head of sponsorship PR at William Hill. “If you couple that with his World championship winning performance this year then it’s easy to see why he’s our favourite to win the BBC award.”

Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy is second favourite at 5/1 with Real Madrid and Wales hero Gareth Bale at 9/1. Andy Murray won the award for the second time in 2015 and is 10/1 to make it a hat-trick as he bids for glory at Wimbledon and the Olympics in Rio, and he’s joined at that price by Jessica Ennis-Hill who bids to defend her Heptathlon gold this summer.

The 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony takes place at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on December 18.

William Hill have backed three of Joshua’s fight nights so far and signed a deal ahead of his first defence to back the next three blockbuster shows topped by the Heavyweight sensation.

(Statement courtesy of Matchroom Sport).

Picture: © Leigh Dawney Photography 2016. www.leighdawneyphotography.com


Wedding Photography by Leigh Dawney

FeaturedWedding Photography by Leigh Dawney

Last year I was asked by a couple to photograph their wedding day in May 2016. They’re plans for the photography were simple. No wedding preparation photographs, just simply coverage of the ceremony itself of about fifty guests at Langtons Registry Office in Hornchurch, Essex and then a further hundred or so guests at the wedding reception in a local function hall. Given the weather forecast was for rain, they were lucky, the afternoon was dry with plenty of sunshine! Scroll down to read more.



The couple pictured in the hallway at Langtons House.


I had a shot list prepared in conjunction with my couples request for formal group shots. This is a makes for a more smoother work flow for a photographer on the day.  Basically its a list of the particular group configurations that the couple request. I asked them to nominate a family member to gather the individual groups (a great time saver) which I place in a relaxed pose with a pleasant backdrop and then snap…on to the next one!



Documenting the details throughout the ceremony and reception are important too.








All photography © Leigh Dawney Photography 2016.


Leigh Dawney’s boxing picture featured in Getty Images Global Sports Pictures of The Week 02.11.2015.

Following a great night of boxing at the Harrow Leisure centre, UK, on the 30th October, my picture of boxer Prince Patel on the ropes was picked and featured by picture editors at Getty Images as part of their Top Global Sports Pictures of the Week. Take a look by clicking HERE. ©Leigh Dawney/Getty Images.

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BOXER – LEE SELBY STARS IN PROMO VIDEO -Leigh Dawney Photography blog

Welsh World title challenger’s father opens up on his son.

Lee Selby challenges Evgeny Gradovich for the IBF World Featherweight title at The O2 in London on May 30, live on Sky Sports Box Office – and his father Lee Selby Sr. opens up ahead of the biggest night of his son’s career in Matchroom Boxing’s exclusive promo video. Selby takes on the Russian for the strap on a huge night of boxing in London, with their clash one of three with World titles on the line as Kell Brook defends his IBF World Welterweight strap against Frankie Gavin and Kevin Mitchell challenges Jorge Linares for the WBC World Lightweight belt. The Welshman has been in imperious form leading up to his big night, and ominously for Gradovich, the 28 year old believes that fight fans have yet to see the best of him. “This is a massive stage and the perfect one for me to perform at my very best,” said Selby. “I haven’t been able to showcase my very best on TV yet, but my very best makes me a World champion and one that will defend the title again and again. If I produce my best you are going to see a devastating win. I want to win this, defend it in Wales and then crack America. “He’s got a high work rate, he’s aggressive and he comes forward with constant pressure. I am used to that though, since I have won my titles domestically, every fighter has tried to be like that with me and I have dealt with them, and I will deal with Gradovich.” World title bouts for Selby, Brook, Gavin and Mitchell are part of a massive night of boxing at The O2, with Olympic Heavyweight gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE facing the toughest test of his pro career to date against former World title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson. There’s a trio of great all-British title bouts with John Ryder and Nick Blackwell clashing for the vacant British Middleweight crown, Scotty Cardle and Craig Evans meeting for the vacant British Lightweight belt and Dave Ryan defending his Commonwealth Light Welterweight title against John Wayne Hibbert, plus the pro debut of Lucien Reid. Tickets are on sale for the bumper night of boxing at The O2 with tickets priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 available from http://www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202. The £400 VIP packages are exclusively available through http://www.matchroomboxing.com .Content courtesy of Matchroom Sport. 


Headshot Photography by Leigh Dawney Photography

Is your headshot photograph working for you? Image is everything! Whether it’s used for a business website, actors casting, dating website or simply for social media such as Linkedin, Twitter etc, adding a professional headshot photograph could enhance your media and online profile! Get in touch with Leigh and discuss your requirements by clicking www.leighdawneyphotography.com



TIGER VISITS THE DENTIST! Leigh Dawney/Press Association

It’s been a while since i’ve added to the blog, so thought I would kick off 2015 with a slightly unusual topic compared to my sports posts.

In December, Press Association commissioned me to visit Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent. The brief was to photograph and film Amir, a Sumatran tiger undergoing dental treatment. Peter Kertesz a Harley Street dental surgeon performed the procedure on Amir. Little did I know that the story featuring my photographs and video would attract so much media interest! Within hours of PA releasing the pictures and video, the story appeared on a number of high profile online news feeds and then published in a variety of national newpsapers. I used Nikon D4 and Go Pro cameras to photograph and film. Editing and final production was finished by Press Association. Photographs & Video © Press Association. Below to name a few, are some of the media links featuring the story. Click on each to reveal. To visit my website click here .

ITV News  Sky News   BBC News  Daily Mail  Mirror  The Sun


BOXING AT THE PHONES 4U ARENA MANCHESTER 26.07.14 Leigh Dawney Photography


Tyson Fury’s latest fight against Alexander Ustinov was  cancelled due to one of Fury’s family being taken seriously ill. This came only days after the first planned contest against Derek Chisora was cancelled due to Chisora suffering a hand injury. Despite the set backs, the show continued as planned with a great card which included Billy Joe Saunders, Liam Smith, Terry Flanagan, Jack Catterall all competing for titles. Photographs of the action can now be seen at  www.leighdawneyphotography.com plus the Sky Sports boxing online news feed.



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VERTIGO LOUNGE, BAR AND RESTAURANT, HORNCHURCH, ESSEX. Promotional video by Leigh Dawney Photography.

I was asked to produce a short promotional video for a relatively new bar and restaurant in Hornchurch. If you have a business that requires a promotional video, then please contact me to discuss your requirements.

Visit Vertigo Lounge, a stylish and contemporary bar, restaurant with function suite for hire, arranged over three levels, situated in the heart of vibrant Hornchurch, Essex. Socialise or celebrate with friends family and colleagues in the entrance lounge bar. Experience fine cuisine to the first floor restaurant which offers panoramic floor to ceiling window views over the town centre. Move on up to the second floor and you will find a function bar room that opens onto an open air terrace with views over the town centre. Filmed and produced by Leigh Dawney.



Music “Perspective” composed by Audio Quattro.


CANELO ALVAREZ VS ALFREDO ANGULO, Boxing news update from Leigh Dawney Photography. 06.03.14




LONDON (March 6) – Canelo Alvarez is using the story of ‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali to help inspire him to make his own boxing history starting this weekend.

The cinnamon haired superstar will be going toe-to-toe with countryman Alfredo Angulo as they lay their Mexican machismo on the line in front of a packed crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this weekend.
It is a significant fight for both men, particularly the 23-year-old Canelo, who will be under close scrutiny to see what effect his first defeat last September against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather has had on him.
Hotly tipped as the man to take over the throne of Mayweather, Canelo was soundly beaten over twelve rounds but is refusing to let that setback stop him from following in the footsteps of his idol Ali and becoming one of history’s very best.
“I consider myself a person with a strong mindset and that’s how I moved on from the loss against Mayweather. I always train to win, like everybody else and unfortunately last September that was not the case,” Canelo recalled.
“I’m training to make history and to be one of the best in boxing history. One defeat is not everything. The biggest boxers in history have been defeated. For instance, Muhammad Ali was defeated and he came back and made history.
“So, here I am, making history, moving forward. I fight to make boxing history. That is why I fight,” said Canelo.
The former WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine light-middleweight world champion has jumped right back in at the deep end and refused to take an easier comeback fight than the one the hardened Angulo presents.
Having knocked out 18 opponents in his 22 wins, the 31-year-old Angulo has earned a reputation as one of boxing’s most exciting and dangerous fighters.
Canelo is under no illusions, however, and knows he will need to be on top of his game to tame the man known as ‘El Perro’ – ‘The Dog’.
“Angulo presents a difficult challenge because he’s a fighter who can punch and take a great punch. I know I have to prepare and establish my game plan early. But you know how it can be with game plans. Sometimes, once a fight starts, you have to do what you have to do to win and that’s what I am going to do on Saturday,” Canelo said.
“Obviously a knockout would be beautiful; that’s what the fans like, an impressive knockout. But I never go into a fight looking for a knockout. If it comes, it comes.
“Everyone says Angulo is the stronger guy, but I think I’m the strongest,” said a confident Canelo.
A fan favourite himself, inside and outside the ring, Canelo is keen to build on his budding reputation having broken pay-per-view records in his last fight with Mayweather.
The attractive eye-catching style of Angulo was one of the main reasons that Canelo opted to take the fight in a bill that has quite aptly been dubbed ‘Toe-To-Toe’ due to the exciting all-action affair many are expecting.
“Of course that was very important [the style of Angulo]. What the fans want to see is attractive fights, very good fights, and that was a big reason for doing this fight,” said Canelo.
“It’s a very, very different style [to Mayweather]. So the whole camp has been different, the sparring partners have been different. But it’s a style that’s going to be attractive and it’s going to make for a very good fight,” he said.
BoxNation viewers can see the premiere of episode two ‘All Access: Canelo vs. Angulo’ this Saturday at 6.30pm. Before live boxing action from Liverpool where rising bantamweight star Paul Butler faces tough Argentine Oreste Nieva for the vacant WBA intercontinental title.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo is live on BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch.546) this Sunday from 2am. Visit www.boxnation.com to subscribe.
Content courtesy of Boxnation PR
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ALFREDO ANGULO FACES CANELO ALVAREZ LIVE ON BOXNATION. Boxing news update from Leigh Dawney Photography




LONDON (March 5) – Alfredo Angulo will be looking to seize his opportunity when he battles fellow Mexican star Canelo Alvarez in a fight set to be an edge of the seat thriller.

The 31-year-old originally from Mexicali, in Baja California, the twelfth largest state in Mexico, battles his countryman Canelo this weekend on BoxNation at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in a fight which is expected to go down as one of the very best this year.
A likeable and affable character outside the ring, Angulo has graduated from the school of hard knocks and has fought tooth and nail for the opportunity which presents itself on Saturday night when he will look to humble one of boxing’s glamour boys.
“Every fight is important, but this one is more special because all of the fans in Mexico will know that the winner of this fight is the number one Mexican fighter,” Angulo said. “It’s a huge fight for Mexico and it’s a huge fight for Canelo and me. Everyone can have their own opinion on who will win the fight. My fans know what I do in the ring and they know what to expect on Saturday night.
“My hand will be raised. I’m ready now and I will give the fans my best performance against Canelo. You will see the best Alfredo Angulo on Saturday,” he said confidently.
The light-middleweight star joined up with esteemed trainer Virgil Hunter in 2012 and the pair have looked impressive together, with Angulo giving Erislandy Lara, the man many regard as the best 154 pounder in the world, his toughest fight to date in his last bout.
Canelo himself is looking to bounce back from defeat in his last fight to pound-for-pound ace Floyd Mayweather but Angulo is determined to make it two miserable nights in a row for the 23-year-old star.
“Canelo has gained a lot of experience the last couple of years, he’s a fighter that has fast hands and he can also box if he wants to, so those are maybe some of the attributes, some of the things that I have to look out for,” said Angulo.
“All I do is fight, and I let my fighting do the talking for me. Canelo knows that I’m a good fighter. I’m just glad that I have Virgil on my side to help me construct a game plan and figure out the styles,” he said.
“I am happy that I’m facing another Mexican, because as all the fans know, everybody knows when two Mexicans get in the ring it’s a guaranteed show, it’s a guaranteed exciting show. And March 8th, don’t expect anything different,” Angulo stated.
‘El Perro’, or ‘The Dog’, as he is affectionately known, has lived in the shadow of his Mexican foe Canelo since forging his professional career, but he knows victory in his upcoming fight will allow him to step out of that in the hope of finding sunlight against boxing’s best.
“God willing, it’s going to be that way [getting in the Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes]. That’s what I want, that’s what I’m working for, and it will happen that way [by beating Canelo],” said Angulo.
“But as far as who I want to fight next, I’m not thinking about that. I’m just thinking about Canelo Alvarez right now, that’s on my mind, and it’s not up to me. It’s up to my team. It’s up to Golden Boy, Richard Schaefer, to decide who I’ll fight next. I’m not worrying about that. The most important thing for me right now is Canelo Alvarez,” he said.
Content courtesy of BoxNation PR
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ANTHONY CROLLA VS JOHN MURRAY APRIL 19. Boxing news update from Leigh Dawney Photography 05.03.14


Friends become rivals on April 19 in crunch Lightweight battle

Anthony Crolla and John Murray will clash at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on April 19, live on Sky Sports.

The Manchester Lightweight duo battle it out in a shootout for a major fight shot in the summer, and the former gym pals both told today’s press conference that their friendship will be put to one side for the night as they meet in what promises to be a fiery encounter for the city in one of Britain’s most iconic boxing venues.

Crolla has been in fine form of late with wins over Gavin Rees in Bolton and Stephen Foster at Phones 4u Arena, and was set to fight John Simpson in Glasgow on the Ricky Burns undercard. A cut in sparring ruled him out of the bout but Murray stepped in, and after stopping Simpson in the second round through a series of crunching body shots, the former World title challenger landed the shot at Crolla he craved after a war of words with his former trainer and Crolla’s guide Joe Gallagher.

“This is the one that I have always wanted,” said Murray. “I hope that in the build-up people concentrate on us and not Joe Gallagher, we’re doing the fighting.

“This is the reason I turned pro, I wanted to be on big bills in Manchester – Anthony and I are friends but we won’t be until after the fight, I want to put on a destructive performance and get back up to World level. I’m training hard and living the life right and I’m hungry for success now. I think this has fight of the year potential, it’s a battle of Manchester and it’s going to be something very special.”

“I went to the MEN Arena when I was younger and dreamt of being in massive fights in there,” said Crolla. “This is the biggest Manchester boxing derby there is and I am so excited to be in it. I was gutted not to box in Glasgow but it’s worked out fantastic, John and I have had lots of great sparring sessions and if they are anything to go by it will be a great fight.”

Crolla and Murray provide the chief support on a great night of action in Manchester, as Bury’s Scott Quigg defends his WBA World Super Bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Nehomar Cermeno.

Olympic Gold medallists Anthony Joshua MBE and Luke Campbell MBE both fight in their sixth contests in the paid ranks, former IBF Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell continues to plot his path back to World champion status, Tyrone Nurse will face Tyler Goodjohn English Light Welterweight title, Josh Warrington defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title and Hosea Burton is set for his first title fight.

Content courtesy of Matchroom Sport

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TONY BELLEW VS VALERY BRUDOV. Boxing news update from Leigh Dawney Photography 05.03.14


Bomber sets out on road to Cruiserweight World title – Brook faces Robles

Tony Bellew is under no illusions as to the task ahead of him as he prepares to make his bow at Cruiserweight when he takes on Valery Brudov at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on March 15, live on Sky Sports.

‘The Bomber’ moves up in weight on the back of a sixth-round stoppage defeat to Adonis Stevenson for the WBC Light Heavyweight title in November, and now wants to work his way to a World title shot at a weight he had been considering fighting at for some time.

“I am ranked number seven with the WBC at Cruiserweight already,” said Bellew. “I am coming into an exciting division with established World champions and I am hoping to make my mark in this division. My two goals in boxing are to earn a living for me and my kids, and to become a World champion.

“I will go in with Valery Brudov, who has had 45 fights and 41 wins, 28 by knockout – he has had more knockouts than I have had fights. He has a good record, he is a good fighter, and this is a dangerous fight, make no mistake. But if I am going to be anything in the Cruiserweight division I have to beat this guy and look good beating him. It is a test, and it should let me and everybody else know where I am in the Cruiserweight division.

“This is a new chapter, a new beginning for me. It is up to me to pick up the pieces, work hard, and get to where I was at Light Heavyweight as a Cruiserweight.

“I have always thought about fighting at Cruiserweight but I had always had the attitude that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

“I have to earn my shot now, the way I did at Light Heavyweight. I have to show I am a top Cruiserweight and an A-level fighter. I believe I am but there is no point me saying that, it is better for me to get in there and prove that.

“There are great World champions at this weight. They are world-class fighters, proven fighters and there are no easy touches there. The division is really good.”

Bellew’s bout with Brudov tops a great night of boxing in Liverpool, with Commonwealth Super Middleweight champion Rocky Fielding defending his title against former Commonwealth champion Charles Adamu. Fielding is on a collision course with British champion Paul Smith who fights on the bill, but his brother Stephen is out and will undergo minor surgery on an elbow injury this week.

Sheffield Welterweight star Kell Brook faces Mexican Welterweight champion Alvaro Robles in a ten-round bout as he prepares for a World title clash with Shawn Porter, and London Lightweight Kevin Mitchell will also be in action on Merseyside as he builds towards a big fight in the summer.

Exciting youngster Robbie Davies Jnr faces his fifth pro fight and Liverpool’s Neil Perkins continues his hunt for a first title shot against Londoner Erick Ochieng.

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LONDON (March 4) – Amir Khan has backed stablemate Alfredo Angulo to upset the odds when he clashes with fellow Mexican star Canelo Alvarez this weekend.

The pair will meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in front of what is expected to be a sold out arena, with Canelo being tipped as the favourite in the fight which will be broadcast live and exclusive on BoxNation.
Khan, who has trained with Angulo ever since the pair joined forces with esteemed trainer Virgil Hunter back in 2012, has rallied behind his light-middleweight companion and backed him to produce the goods this Saturday night.
“Alfredo has looked great in the gym and you can see an intensity in his eyes that he’s ready for this,” said Khan. “It’s not going to be an easy fight against Canelo because Canelo is a slick boxer and moves quite well but Angulo showed against Lara how good he is at cutting off the ring. Angulo might be seen as the underdog but under Virgil you’ve seen the progress he’s made and you can be sure he’ll force Canelo to work every minute of every round,” he told BoxNation.
“Alfredo has shown he can follow instructions and stick to the game plan and I’m sure Virgil has devised the right strategy for this fight. It’s not going to be easy but I know Alfredo is ready and can get the win,” Khan said.
The former unified light-welterweight star has seen firsthand the damage ‘El Perro’, or ‘The Dog’, can dish out having sparred with him on a number of occasions.
“There’s a close bond between everyone at Virgil’s gym and we all get fully behind whoever has a fight coming up. I’ve sparred with Alfredo to help get him ready for this one and we’ve done some great work over the last few weeks,” he said.
“Sharing the ring with him I know what he’s bringing to this fight and believe me it won’t be an easy night for Canelo. He’ll have to win Alfredo’s respect in there because this guy keeps coming forward and doesn’t take a back step,” said Khan.
Canelo is coming off a dominating points loss last September to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather.
Nevertheless, Khan is refusing to underestimate Canelo and believes that the Mexican icon with the movie star looks will be motivated to get back to winning ways, which has seen him lose only once in his distinguished career.
“Neither of these guys will want to lose because of what is at stake with them both being proud Mexican’s. It’s going to be an excellent fight because they’re both at the top of their game. I know Canelo is coming off the loss to Mayweather but he’s still a great fighter who’s looking to bounce back and show he’s still one of the best out there,” said Khan.
Angulo also is looking to return from a loss in his last fight, which came in much more controversial circumstances against Erislandy Lara after he was unable to continue due to damage to his left eye, which Angulo’s team claimed was the result of being ‘thumbed’.
The 31-year-old had had twice floored the Cuban and was beginning to exert his will in the fight before it was stopped in the 10th round.
But this opportunity against Canelo represents one Khan believes Angulo has been waiting for since he started boxing.
“With Alfredo this is the chance he’s been waiting for his whole life. He wants to prove that he’s the best Mexican fighter out there and he has the style to make any fight he takes part in exciting to watch. I know what this means to him and I think that’s going to drive him on to prove to everyone how good he really is,” said Khan.
“I’m expecting Alfredo to be the aggressor in the fight and for Canelo to try and counter and use his boxing skills. Alfredo’s skills are underrated and you don’t really get an idea of the subtle things he does well until you get in the ring with him. He’s got serious power in either hand and has the ability to knock Canelo out,” added Khan.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo is live on BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch.546) this Sunday from 2am. Visitwww.boxnation.com to subscribe.


Content courtesy of BoxNation PR




WEMBLEY STADIUM TO HOST FROCH VS. GROVES REMATCH. Leigh Dawney Photography Boxing News Update. 04.03.14


Bitter rivals to settle the score at national stadium on May 31

Carl Froch and George Groves will clash at Wembley Stadium in London on May 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The huge Super Middleweight rematch for Froch’s WBA and IBF World titles is set to break British boxing records as they look to settle their bitter rivalry after their epic first encounter at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.

Froch stopped Groves in the ninth round of their first meeting in November after the challenger had floored the Nottingham star in the opening round. A seat for the rematch will be the hottest ticket in sport and they go on sale on Monday March 10 when the two fighters come face-to-face for the first time since the fight at a press conference.

“Ever since I walked out at Wembley I knew this was the one,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Logistically we had some hurdles to overcome but the support of Wembley, The FA and Sky Sports have helped make history here. This is the first ever fight at the new Wembley Stadium and what better venue to stage the biggest British fight of all time.

“I’m proud to be involved in an event of this magnitude. Internationally the fight will broadcast live to over 100 countries around the world but ultimately this a night that will take British boxing to a new level. The rivalry is fierce; everything is on the line, quite simply: you need to be at Wembley on May 31.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports said: “Froch v Groves II at Wembley will be one the biggest fights ever staged on British soil and it’s live only on Sky Sports Box Office. The fight ends an incredible month of sport on Sky and is the perfect bridge to a fantastic Summer of Sport that includes Test cricket, F1 Grand Prix, golf and Super League.”

Melvin Benn, chairman of Wembley Stadium said: “Wembley Stadium has a special affinity with world class boxing having hosted many classics over the years, most notably Henry Cooper’s iconic bout with Muhammad Ali in 1963. We haven’t had a fight here since Frank Bruno vs. Oliver McCall in 1995 so we’re long overdue a duel of this magnitude. This is arguably the biggest fight since the Nigel Benn vs. Chris Eubank rematch of 1993 and there’s no better venue in the UK to host such a bout.”

An announcement on ticket prices and purchasing information will be made later this week.

Content courtesy of Matchroom Sport.



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Picture Editors and members of the media. I am able to provide photographs for features in a variety of different styles. This can be extended for athletes who require pictures for their portfolio and website usage. Here is some recent work, but as always please take a look at my website http://www.leighdawneyphotography.com for a comprehensive portfolio of photography.

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Ricky Burns vs Terence Crawford, Leigh Dawney Photography Boxing News Update 28.02.14.


 Champion unfazed by bookies outsider tag ahead of crunch defence

Ricky Burns says he will thrive as the underdog in his WBO World Lightweight title defence against Terence Crawford at the sold-out SECC in Glasgow tomorrow night, live on Sky Sports.

The Coatbridge star fights in his tenth World title bout against the unbeaten American, who travels to the UK with a 22-0 record with 16 wins inside the distance and the label of the USA’s next big boxing star.

Burns insists he has no interest in what the bookies have to say about the fight though, having reached this incredible feat of ten World title fights against the odds from his very first win against Roman Martinez in September 2010.

“I don’t look at who is the favourite, that sort of thing doesn’t concern me,” said Burns, who weighed in at 9st 8lbs 4oz, two ounces less than Crawford. “I’ve been written off before, I’ve been the underdog in a few of my biggest fights and it brings out the best in me, and hopefully this is the same case. I’m under no illusions; this is a very tough fight. He’s an up and coming star in America, he’s 22-0 with 16 KOs, so we’re up against it, but fingers crossed it’s another one of these fights where I will rise to the occasion.”

Crawford boxes outside the US for the first time in the paid ranks, and the clash also represents his first 12-round fight. The American has banked 81 rounds in his pro career, the same number Burns has boxed in his World title fights to date, and 200 fewer than the Scot – and the defending champion says that experience could be a key factor as he aims to thrill his hostile home crowd.

“As the fight goes on, I know what it feels like when things aren’t going your way in a World title fight and what it takes to grind it out and dig in for a result,” said Burns. “In all his fights he’s been able to do what he wants, because he is such a slick boxer, he’s getting in and out, likes to wait on you and get his counters in – how is he going to like it when I am in his face for 12 rounds at a pace that he is not used to? I know when it comes down to it, I can go to war at full pelt for 12 rounds, and we’ll see if he can match that.

“It’s always great fighting in Glasgow – how is he going to react walking first into the packed SECC? It’s going a sell-out and the atmosphere will be electric, I can’t wait. How will he cope with the pressure and the fans booing him? We can only wait until the night, and once the bell goes it just comes down to us. I don’t need to ask the fans to roar me on because they are unbelievable and they do it for every fight.”

Burns’ World title defence against Crawford tops a great line-up of action in Glasgow, with Olympic Super Heavyweight Gold medal star Anthony Joshua MBE facing Hector Avila in his fifth pro contest.

John Simpson meets John Murray in a tasty Lightweight clash, while unbeaten Lightweight contender Scotty Cardle takes on Paul Appleby in an eight-round contest.

Joshua’s fellow Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo is in action, Caldercruix Super Middleweight David Brophy looks to build on his 9-0-1 record on the bill, Glasgow Super Featherweight Michael Roberts can move to 14-0 with a win, former Team GB starlet Martin J. Ward is in six-round action while there is a trio of Scottish talents in four-round bouts in 20 year old Irvine Super Featherweight Ryan Collins, Wishaw’s Bantamweight Scott Allan and a debut for Glasgow’s Lightweight Ryan Smith.

Content courtesy of Matchroom Sport

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Tony Dodson vs Rocky Fielding, Echo Arena, Liverpool. Leigh Dawney Photography Boxing News Update 27.02.14


Local derby adds needle says former British champion ahead of Commonwealth clash with Fielding

Tony Dodson says there is no way he will allow another Liverpool boxer to defeat him ahead of his Commonwealth Super Middleweight title clash with Rocky Fielding at the Echo Arena on March 15, live on Sky Sports.

The former British champion has previously lost in title fights against fellow Merseyside fighters Tony Quigley and Paul Smith. Dodson challenges former gym mate and friend Fielding for his Commonwealth belt next month and ahead of the massive derby fight has admitted he fears being known as ‘the man who has lost to every Liverpool fighter that he ever boxed’.

“I shared a gym with Rocky for three years and we travelled every day in the car together,” said Dodson. “I know the lad and I get on with him away from boxing, but I think he has been untested. The people he has boxed, and I don’t want to sound like I am being a pig-headed, horrible person but, he has boxed no-one. He has boxed lads who are absolute bums, with losing records. So how can he even talk about moving on to World stage when he hasn’t beaten anyone of any calibre?

“At the end of the day I suppose you can only beat what is put in front of you, so Rocky has done his job, fair play to him. But let’s have it right, what people don’t understand, is I got Rocky his chance. Because of my relationship with Matchroom, I took Rocky to the John Watson vs. Anthony Crolla fight in Liverpool and introduced him to a few people, and from that he got into the Super Middleweight Prizefighter, which he won.

“Rocky is a different fighter from the fighter I knew and trained with, because he has come on leaps and bounds. He has really done well since I left Oliver’s gym.

“It is fantastic to have these fights from a fan’s point of view. From a personal point of view it is exciting, it adds a needle. Most of the time you are nervous for a fight anyway but with it being at home against another home fighter, there is more at stake – it is a derby. In your own city, where people know you and you have to walk around the street, you don’t want to be ‘there’s Tony Dodson who has lost to every Liverpool fighter that he ever boxed’.

“There was a time when I was an amateur when I wouldn’t even box in my area because nobody would fight me, because I had won so many things by stoppage. I was outstanding. People would pull out of fights before we got into the ring, so to actually get beaten by Paul [Smith] and Tony [Quigley] as a pro makes me one, annoyed, and two, makes me want to do that little bit better to improve my all-round game. There is no way another Liverpool fighter will beat me – it’s not happening, I am too good for that.”

A stacked card in Liverpool sees Tony Bellew face former World Cruiserweight title challenger Valery Brudov in his first fight at his new weight on a massive night for Liverpool’s boxing stars.

Stephen Smith is expected to challenge Fernando David Saucedo for the Argentinian’s WBC Silver Featherweight title in a crunch eliminator bout, while his older brother Paul and the youngest Smith, Callum, will also be in action.

Sheffield Welterweight star Kell Brook and popular London Lightweight Kevin Mitchell have both enjoyed great nights in the Echo Arena and the pair will both be back out in Liverpool as they build towards big fights before the summer.

Birmingham’s unbeaten Super Flyweight talent Kal Yafai continues on his path to a first title shot, while exciting Liverpool youngster Robbie Davies Jnr faces his fifth pro fight.

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JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ V BRYAN VERA REMATCH, Leigh Dawney Photography Boxing News Update 27.02.14



Plus two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko out to capture world title in only his second professional bout against Orlando Salido

LONDON (Feb. 27) – Mexican star Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is hoping to give fights fans something to remember as he takes on Texan Bryan Vera in a bout he hopes will go down as ‘Fight of the Year’.

The former WBC middleweight world champion faces Vera in a rematch at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas this weekend following a meeting last September in which Chavez Jr won a highly contentious points decision over 10 rounds.
Many observers that night felt the underdog Vera had won the fight, or at the very least had done more than the judges’ scorecards suggested, as he put on a gallant display in front of a pro-Chavez Jr crowd.
The bout last year was riddled with controversy even before both men entered the ring with the son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez unable to make the initially agreed super-middleweight limit of 168 pounds, instead renegotiating a new limit of 173 pounds.
Now, though, Chavez Jr insists he has had a great camp, welcoming his first born along the way, and is ready to put on a special performance for the fans.
“Vera has not seen the best Julio,” said Chavez Jr. “I had my best training camp since I fought Andy Lee. I am ready to fight. Having my little daughter Julia with me gives me extra motivation. Vera earned his second opportunity because of the way he fought in our first fight. He is a true warrior,” he said.
“I have had much success in Texas, especially in San Antonio and am looking to give the fans something they can remember – hopefully the ‘Fight of the Year’,” he declared.
The 28-year-old has refused to underestimate Vera this time around and is confident his improved conditioning for this fight will make him a much more dangerous foe.
“I have been training for four months for this fight because I need to be at my best to win this fight and win it in an impressive fashion. I must eliminate all doubts about the outcome. I know that I will be much better than the first fight,” he said.
“I believe that Bryan Vera will come very confident after what happened in our first fight which will make this fight much better than the first one and one that the fans will remember for a long time. I owe the fans a great performance and that is what they will get,” Chavez Jr said.
“I will make the 168 pound limit with no problem and I will be able to do the things I couldn’t do in the first fight. I will have better movement, I will be more consistent and I will fight 12 hard rounds if that is what it takes to win this second fight,” he added.
Vera came to prominence with his victory over the then undefeated Andy Lee back in 2008, before the Irishman avenged the loss three years later.
The Mexican-American was seen as a stepping stone for Chavez Jr, who was looking to go after another world title, before he ran into the unrelenting 32-year-old, who is convinced he will dish out more of the same in the early hours this Sunday.
“I did all of my training times two. This has been the longest camp of my career. I sparred against heavyweights to get ready for Chavez Jr,” Vera said.
“I’m going to beat him for the second time. Everyone knows I won the first fight. This is a serious fight with only one ending – I will get my hand raised,” he said.
Also on the card that night will be an exciting matchup featuring the two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko who will go after his first world title in only his second professional bout.
The silky southpaw who dazzled on his debut against Jose Ramirez last October challenges the tough WBO featherweight world champion Orlando Salido in a highly unusual and intriguing clash.
“I am not nervous at all,” said Lomachenko. “I am the one who chose this path to a world title fight. All of this was my decision. Salido has fought the best of the best. He will be a hard fighter to defeat. I like fighters like him with the tough Mexican style. It makes it so much more challenging.
“Salido is a great champion because he is calm, never talks trash, is cold-blooded and has beaten the best. This is a real fight, a battle,” he stated.
Earlier this Saturday from 8pm, BoxNation will also show the WBO super-middleweight matchup between Robert Stieglitz and Arthur Abraham as they battle it out live from Germany.
Plus, on March 8th, Mexican hero Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez makes his ring return following his defeat to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather last September. He steps in against fan favourite Alfredo Angulo in a bad blooded all-Mexican affair.
The stacked undercard sees potential Carl Frampton rival Leo Santa Cruz in action when he defends his WBC super-bantamweight crown against Cristian Mijares.
The following week on March 15th, the top dog at 140 pounds – Danny Garcia – puts his WBC and WBA world titles on the line against Mauricio Herrera, live from Puerto Rico. With heavyweight hitman Deontay Wilder looking to blast past yet another opponent when he faces Malik Scott in his toughest fight to date.
Chavez Jr vs. Vera is live on BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/HD 449 & Virgin Ch.546) this Sunday from 2am. Visit www.boxnation.com to subscribe.


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AMIR KHAN OFFICIAL STATEMENT 25.02.14. Leigh Dawney Boxing Photography News update.


BOLTON (Feb. 25) –  Official statement from Amir Khan following the official announcement confirming that Marcos Maidana will fight Floyd Mayweather on Saturday 3rd May.

“Following the announcement by Floyd Mayweather that he will be facing Marcos Maidana on May 3rd I would like to clarify my situation for my fans and members of the media.
“Despite having signed my part of the agreement to fight Floyd in early December, I’ve been preparing myself for some time that the match up with him wasn’t going to happen, as I announced on Twitter a few days ago. Therefore, this announcement did not come as a surprise.
“I am, however, very disappointed with Floyd and his team for not providing any explanation as to why he delayed the announcement for so long and ultimately avoided the fight with me.
“Clarification, if he was not fighting me, would have allowed me to look over my options and pursue another path, rather than the ultimate delay to my career this has caused.
“It has been a very frustrating period as I’d been due to fight in December against Devon Alexander, however, I was strongly advised to not take this fight as I would be facing Floyd this May – and therefore signed my side of the contract on this belief.
“Floyd was keen to engage with the fans and so decided to let them choose who he should fight in his next bout. I clearly won his official poll, by a significant margin, but for unknown reasons he decided to ignore the fans vote and failed to keep his word. Disappointing many fight fans who took the time to vote.
“I genuinely wish Marcos and Floyd all the best for their fight – two great fighters. As a team we have now moved on and are looking at different options.
“I’ve been training very hard since my last fight. I’m a fighter who wants to face the very best out there and have never ducked any opponent.
“I’m focused and ready for my next outing – we currently have a few options on the table at the moment and my team are working alongside Golden Boy Promotions to announce my next fight within the next 10 days.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and am determined to put on a great show for my loyal fans who have waited a long time to see me back in action – and I’m very excited about what’s yet to come this year. Thank you for all your continued support.”


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A couple of days ago I did a photo shoot of up and coming professional boxer Tommy Martin at the TKO boxing gym, Canning Town, London. Camera & Equipment used: Nikon D700, 24-70mm 2.8 lens, Nikon Speedlights (2 x SB900’s & 1 x SB800). In some photos, the two SB900’s where positioned as side/edge lighting in most shots, each side of Tommy in gridded soft boxes, whilst the SB800 was mounted on a over head Beauty Dish with sock diffusion. The photographs were taken in RAW and colour/toned processed in Adobe Camera raw with final tweaks in Photoshop CS6.


Read on and to see more pictures and information on Tommy.


Tommy turned professional in November 2012 at the age of 18yo and is contracted to the famous TKO Gym in Canning Town under the close eye of Jonny Eames and Coach Barry Smith – with stable mates that include Frank Buglioni and Billy Joe Saunders. Jonny set out a 4 year plan with Tommy when he signed at TKO – one of the aims is that Tommy will be a  title holder by the age of 21. This is an aim that is very achievable with the team that Tommy has around him. Tommy is currently 6 & 0 with 2 ko’s and is fighting again on March 8th in Peterborough.
Tommy has a huge following from his home town in Cambridge, London and Essex and sells in excess of 300+ Per fight. Tommy is making waves is the Lightweight division and is a real prospect and on the road to achieving his goals.
Special thanks to Jonny Eames for the use of the TKO gym. Visit his website for information and upcoming boxing shows. www.tkoboxinggym.com
Tommy Martin’s website http://www.tommydagunmartin.co.uk
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Boxing news update. Scott Quigg defends WBA Wold Super Bantamweight Title against Nehomar Cereno. Leigh Dawney Photography boxing blog. 19.02.14


Bury star tops bill with Crolla, McDonnell, Campbell and Joshua

Scott Quigg will defend his WBA World Super Bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Nehomar Cermeno at the Phones 4u Arena Manchester on April 19, live on Sky Sports.

Bury hero Quigg makes the second defence of his title, and faces a stiff test in the shape of the number one challenger and interim champion from Venezuela. Cermeno landed the interim title in August with a split decision win over unbeaten Columbian Oscar Escandon, and the 34 year old aiming for third time lucky having twice tackled Anselmo Moreno for the WBA Bantamweight title in 2010.

Tickets for the bumper Manchester show go on sale at 10am tomorrow (Thursday February 20) with a star-studded line up in action.

Manchester Lightweight star Anthony Crolla will be in action with his opponent announced at a press conference next week, while former IBF Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell and Olympic Gold medal stars Anthony Joshua MBE and Luke Campbell MBE big highlights on the bill, while Tyrone Nurse will face Tyler Goodjohn English Light Welterweight title

“I’m delighted to be back in Manchester for this monster show”, said Hearn. “Scott Quigg is in the toughest fight of his career against mandatory challenger and interim champ Cermeno who already holds impressive victories over Cristian Mijares, who faces Leo Santa Cruz in March for the WBC crown and undefeated Oscar Escandon in his last outing.

“Anthony Crolla will be in a big domestic battle, Jamie McDonnell is on the march to a second World title and Olympic Gold medallists Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell continue their journeys to the top.”

The show hits US screens on AWE TV and their president Charles Herring said he’s delighted to bring the card to fight fans in the States.

“This card is a ‘must watch’ action-packed afternoon of live world class boxing for US fight fans,” said Herring. “AWE is pleased to be delivering another great Eddie Hearn World Championship main event to boxing fans across America.”

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BOXING NEWS UPDATE, Tommy Coyle v Daniel Brizuela, on Leigh Dawney Boxing Photography blog.


Hull Lightweight star targets Brit showdown after Brizuela test

Tommy Coyle wants to face Kevin Mitchell on the Carl Froch vs. George Groves blockbuster rematch this summer – but knows he has to shine against Daniel Brizuela live on Sky Sports on Saturday night to land his shot.

The Hull Lightweight defends the IBF International title he captured in the Hull Ice Arena in November against John Simpson, and faces Argentinian danger man Brizuela in the same venue.

Coyle stopped the tough Scotsman in the seventh round to dismiss the demons of his heart-breaking KO loss to Derry Mathews in the summer, and says Saturday is his toughest assignment yet as he sets out to prove he is ready for big things this year.

“Daniel is a massive step up and I think it is a fight which will provide excitement,” said Coyle. “Everybody thinks that being an Argentinian, he is going to be come-forward, tough, aggressive fighter but he is actually a bit of a mover. He is a smart technician, he boxes on the back foot and he has a fantastic jab. I have sat down with my trainer Jamie Moore and we have worked out a game plan to beat him. It is going to be a tough fight, it is a 50/50 fight.”

Froch and Groves’ rematch is set to fill a stadium this summer and Coyle is aiming to pass Saturday’s examination against the Argentine to land a juicy all-Brit clash with former World title challenger Mitchell.

“That would be a fantastic fight and one I would be very confident of winning,” said Coyle. “If I was to beat Kevin, which I am confident that I will, then I could be fighting for a World title and become Hull’s first ever World champion.

“Eddie Hearn said that the fight could be on the Froch vs. Groves bill. That is a massive, massive opportunity for me and a massive incentive to win this fight.

“It would be a massive test but I think Kevin is ready for the taking. He has got a lot of miles on the clock, he is a fantastic fighter who has proved himself at the top of the domestic level and he has touched on World level. He has been in some great fights but I think it is my time. I think I am the younger, fitter, fresher, stronger kid coming up, and I think I can get the win.

“I think Saturday’s fight is tougher than the Derry one last summer because you have the pressure there of the carrot being dangled to face Kevin Mitchell. Derry has got huge punching power, great boxing ability. This guy has great boxing ability – he went to the Olympics, and that shows he has all the skills. I don’t want to count my chickens but I don’t think he has the power that Derry possesses.”

Coyle’s clash with Brizuela is part of an exciting bill in Hull, with Olympic Gold medal hero Luke Campbell MBE stepping up to eight-round action against Scott Moises in his fifth pro contest.

Darren Hamilton aiming to secure the Lonsdale belt for keeps when he defends his British Light Welterweight title against Curtis Woodhouse, while Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell faces Leigh Wood for the vacant British Super Bantamweight title.

A trio of local prospects are in action in the form of Zak Collins, Joel Haigh and Charlie Payton,  and there are four-rounders for Manchester’s Hosea Burton and New Malden’s Lerrone Richards and Liverpool Super Middleweight Tony Dodson, who is aiming to secure a Commonwealth title shot against Rocky Fielding on March 15.

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Haroon Khan vs Francis Croes. Boxing news blog, Leigh Dawney Photography 09.02.14



BOLTON (Feb. 8) – Rising star Haroon Khan got 2014 off to a great start after a dazzling points victory in his fourth professional bout.

The Bolton starlet had too much for his Yorkshire opponent, Francis Croes, on Friday night’s Sheffield bill, as he put on his best performance since turning professional last year.

From the get-go Khan dominated his 25-year-old foe, using his fast footwork and counter punching to offset his challenger’s come-forward style. As the fight progressed it was the super-flyweight Khan landing the more hurtful and telling blows pushing back the unrelenting Croes.

Croes proved to be a very game opponent but as the bout continued it was Khan who was becoming the aggressor in the fight as he wore down the Middlesbrough man, landing some beautiful combinations in the fourth and final round that stopped Croes in his tracks.

The 22-year-old’s hand speed was notable throughout the fight as he picked off the slower Croes the more the fight went on. In the end, though, it went to the scorecard with Khan winning a landslide victory 40-36.

It was a very mature display by Khan who showed the progress he continues to make under trainer Oliver Harrison, with the youngster delighted with his night’s work.

“It was a really good fight and I’m happy with how I did in there,” said Khan. “Croes was a tough opponent and he kept coming forward which forced me to use my boxing skills and counter him. The more the fight went on, though, I felt I was taking over and you could see that. It was my best performance since turning professional and I think that’s just a reflection of the work I’ve been doing with Oliver Harrison because I’ve been learning so much,” he said.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist is happy to get the year off to such an emphatic start and is out to make it one to remember.

“This is going to be a big year for me. I want to get my head down, keep learning in the gym and get as many fights under my belt as possible. The last year I’ve picked up so much since turning professional and I want to keep that up,” said Khan.

“I’m going to be very active in 2014 and I have no doubts that it’s going to be a great year for me because I’m eager to learn and improve and I know I have the right trainer and team around me to do that,” he said.

Trainer Oliver Harrison was also pleased with how his young prospect performed.

“Haroon did very well in there,” said Harrison. “I scored him an 8 out of 10 which is very good in my book because I don’t usually give such high ratings. I definitely think it was his best performance since he turned pro and I’m very happy with the progress he keeps on making in the gym. If he keeps learning he can go very far in the sport,” he said.

Khan is aiming to be out again soon with an announcement to be made in due course.


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Haroon Khan back in Action! Boxing news blog by Leigh Dawney Photography. 06.02.14


 BOLTON (Feb. 6) – Rising super-flyweight Haroon Khan returns to action tomorrow night as he looks to continue the impressive start to his professional career.

 The 22-year-old, who enjoyed a good amateur run, winning Commonwealth bronze in 2010 in Delhi, has made a flying start to his career in the paid ranks, racking up three wins including a stunning stoppage of American Vincente Medellin in Atlantic City last year.

The exciting prospect now steps back into the ring when he faces Middlesbrough’s Francis Croes in a four round contest this Friday night at Ice Sheffield, in a city which evokes good memories for the youngster having won his debut fight there against Brett Fidoe.

Khan has been out of action since his dominating points victory over Stefan Slavchev last November in Blackpool, and now the man, who has drawn comparisons in parts of his boxing style with his esteemed older sibling Amir Khan, is ready for a big 2014.

“I just want to stay as active as possible this year,” said Khan. “My goal for 2014 is to get as many fights under my belt and gain more experience in the professional ranks. I want to test myself against different styles and opponents with the aim of really bringing me on this year. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym but nothing can beat actually getting in the ring and testing yourself there. It’s going to be a very important year for me and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

Khan is in no doubts that should he win tomorrow night and continue impressing over the coming year, he has the ability to push for domestic honours in the not too distant future.

“At the moment my mind is fully focused on winning my next fight against Francis Croes. I want to look good in the fight and show people the progress I’ve been making,” he said.

“I’ve done a lot of work in the gym and I think it’s going to show in this fight and in the fights to come over the next few months. I definitely want to be challenging for an English or British title in the near future but first I need to gain experience and keep doing what I’m doing – winning,” said Khan.

“I believe in my ability and my trainer Oliver Harrison believes in it and we’re in no doubts that if I keep working away we can get to where we want to get to – which is the top,” added Khan.

Khan is expected to take a large contingent of fans with him to Yorkshire for what is set to be a great night’s boxing.

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 LONDON (Feb. 3) – Tyson Fury is looking to put a frustrating year behind him as he eyes a summer showdown with the enigmatic Dereck Chisora.
The Manchester heavyweight returns to action on February 15th at the Copper Box Arena, live and exclusive on BoxNation, where he faces experienced Argentine Gonzalo Omar Basile following a tumultuous end to 2013.
Fury had been all set to face former WBA heavyweight world champion, David Haye, last September, but the fight was pulled after the Londoner sustained a cut eye in sparring with only a week out from the clash.
The fight was consequently re-arranged for this February before Haye yet again pulled out, citing a shoulder injury which was claimed could force his retirement.
Failure in the fight coming to fruition initially proved very difficult for Fury to overcome, though, he is now pleased just to be stepping back into the ring.
“I’m not frustrated – I’m just in a happy place,” Fury told BoxNation. “I’m happy I’ve got a fight lined up. I’m happy that I’ve got a deal on the table. I couldn’t be any happier. Training is going well, everything is good. 2014 – new year – and I’m hoping it’s going to be a fresh start after all that’s gone on over the past year or so.
“I’m just looking forward to getting in there now and fighting someone who’s actually going to turn up and fight,” he said.
Rejuvenated and ready to go, Fury has got his old spark back and insists that he is the most lethal boxer in the world when in such a mood, firing a warning shot to Basile ahead of their bout.
“A fit, motivated Tyson Fury is probably the most dangerous fighter on the planet,” he declared.
“As I’ve said in the past, it’s pretty easy to beat me but then on the other hand it’s pretty hard to beat me because to beat me you’ve got to knock me out. To knock me out you’ve got to stand in front of me and to stand in front of me you’re going to be hurt yourself,” Fury warned.
“And if you can take the punishment like I can take it then we’re going to be in for a treat, but if you can’t, then it’s going to be an easy night for me. But if you can then it’s going to be an easy night for you. If not, then – hell!” he said.
The 25-year-old faces off against an experienced campaigner in Basile, who is the current IBF Latino heavyweight champion, and has accumulated an impressive 61 wins in 70 contests.
Should Fury come through that challenge, a blockbuster rematch against Dereck Chisora, who headlines the February 15th card with his fight against Kevin Johnson, is in the pipeline for the summer.
The bout between the pair, who share a great deal of respect for one another, will be a high stakes affair with a shot at world title glory for the victor.
“There’s not a chance [Chisora will duck out of a fight]. We fought before me and Del Boy, a 12 round slugfest, back in the summer of 2011. I’m happy that he’s worked his way back up and that he’s fighting me again,” said Fury.
“It’s going to a great fight again. I know he’s not going to pull out, and 100% he’s going to be there, because he’s a fighting man like myself – he’ll fight anybody.
“I’m just happy that one of us is going to fight for the world title. Chisora’s already had a shot and it would be nice for me to have a shot this time. I’m just looking forward to it,” he said.
“All will be unveiled this year. We’ll know if Tyson Fury is any good or if he is just the hype job that people think he was – six months and we’ll know,” Fury said.
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BOXNATION -press release on Gennady Golovkin, featured on Leigh Dawney Photography boxing news blog 31.01.14




LONDON (Jan. 31) – Gennady Golovkin is hoping his outstanding 2013 can push him to even greater heights in the new year by beating the biggest names in the middleweight division.

The unbeaten Kazakhstani assassin has become one of boxing’s most feared punchers after brutally blasting his way past all four challengers last year to amass a record of 28 wins with 25 knockouts.
The 31-year-old will be looking for much of the same when he steps back into the ring this Saturday night in Monte Carlo when he defends his WBA middleweight world title against Ghanaian contender Osumanu Adama.
Though Golovkin has his eyes on bigger prizes, he refuses to overlook the tricky Adama.
“It’s going to be a great fight. It’s a new year but I think it’s going to be the same like last year – a great year – with lots of great fights starting with Saturday night. I’m ready,” said Golovkin.
“I’ve seen Adama and he’s a strong guy and it’s not an easy fight for me. This is boxing, it’s a serious business, it’s not a game, so I take every fight very seriously.
“He’s hungry, he has good motivation for this fight, he’s a good athlete and is a strong guy. It’s a great opportunity for him but also for me,” he said.
Adama, who brings a record of 22 wins, 16 by way of knockout, and only three defeats, is confident that he can stun the boxing world by beating Golovkin.
The 33-year-old is sure his speed and power will pose new problems to the unrelenting Kazakh.
“I’m prepared for this fight. I was born for fights like this and I’m ready to fight anyone in the world. Now is the time to fight Golovkin,” Adama said.
“The fighters he’s fought in the past haven’t had the speed and power that I’ve got. I’m a very powerful fighter and I’ve been in with some very good boxers. All African’s are willing me on and I’ll have a lot of fans coming to Monte Carlo to support me,” he said.
“If you want to be the best you have to fight the best. He’s the best up and coming middleweight but I also feel like I’m the best – every boxer feels like they’re the best. I will be the first person to beat Gennady Golovkin,” Adama said confidently.
Should Golovkin come through the fight victorious he has plans to set up some of the biggest fights possible in 2014.
Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, has his eyes on a potential superfight with Argentine kingpin and reigning WBC middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez, with WBO champion Peter Quillin also a name being mooted.
“We can offer significant purses for somebody to fight Gennady. He’s crossed that barrier where everybody knows who he is now. The finances on his fights are there, where there are big fights,” said Loeffler.
“We would love to make a unification fight at some point down the road, if the politics can get worked out. It would be a great fight with Peter Quillin, who’s also an undefeated champion but Sergio Martinez would certainly be at the top of the list,” he said.
“In order to prove you’re the best you have to fight the best and that’s where we think Gennady’s the best and obviously Sergio and his promoters and handlers think he’s the best and that’s the only way to find out,” Loeffler stated.
Golovkin vs. Adama is live on BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch.546) this Saturday from 5pm. Visitwww.boxnation.com to subscribe.
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Lee Selby vs Rendell Munroe official weigh in Cardiff, Matchroom Sport, Leigh Dawney photography news blog 31.01.14


Welshman says he wants to emulate Super Middleweight legend Joe

Lee Selby wants to join Joe Calzaghe as a Welsh boxing great – and says that journey begins on Saturday with European Featherweight title glory against Rendall Munroe at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, live on Sky Sports.

The Barry stylist has been on a fantastic run of fights, seeing of seven top class fighters on his way to his clash with Munroe. The former World title challenger from Leicester is confident of becoming a two-weight European champ and taking Selby’s British title in with the bargain, but his host expects to shine on his first ever pro outing in Cardiff and wants to emulate the great World champions of Wales like Calzaghe.

“The show has sold really well and a great win means I will headline here again and again,” said Selby, who tipped the scales at 8st 13lbs 8oz, with Munroe weighing 8st 12lbs 5oz. “It would be nice to have the recognition of Steve Robinson, Robbie Regan and Joe Calzaghe who all fought a lot in Wales and did amazing things for the sport and the country. This is big-time boxing and this is what Wales needs.

“Being on top of a Sky Sports show is something you dream of as a kid. I don’t feel the pressure so it’ll be nice to have the fans behind me. It will be nice to be cheered into the ring instead of booed. It will be nice to be built up in front of my home crowd and build up a good following in Wales.

“Rendall was a great fighter. I remember boxing on the undercard of him and Kiko Martinez (February 2009). I watched the fight and I thought it was brilliant. But he has been at his best and I think it is my time now to take over.

“Rendall travelled to Japan and came up short in a World title fight against a great fighter and got stopped by Scott Quigg, who is another great fighter, so he knows how to mix it at the top, but I’ve been working on things in the gym to get him out of there. I think it’ll be a very competitive fight early on but my class will show in the later rounds.

“He is fighting at a higher weight now and I am a massive Featherweight; I am big and strong so I can’t see him being as strong as me. Back in the day he was hungry but I don’t know if he still has the hunger and the desire – he has already retired once and come back. Let’s see how much he wants it.

“I am at the top of my game at the moment. I will be too much for him. He last two fights are against an eight-fight novice and the other had won three fights out of 60, and then he is going to jump in the ring with me? That is a different fight altogether.

“I had a tough 2013. I had four twelve round fights and I think it took its toll. It wasn’t the fights, it was the camps. My sparring partners are tougher than my fights because they are all heavier. But I have had a nice rest, regrouped and I am ready to do the business.

“I’ve been on the road most of my career. Even when I started off I was going away as the opponent against the home fighter. I either like to be hated or have all the fans on my side, either way I perform to my best.

“I want to fight for a World title, that’s every boxer’s aim but I really believe I’m closing in on that now. I think I would hold my own against any Featherweight out there right now, but I don’t want to just challenge for a World title I want to win it and keep hold of it. So I want to be ready to do just that, reach the top and stay there.”

Selby’s clash with Munroe tops a brilliant night of action in Cardiff, with a tasty all-Welsh British Lightweight title eliminator between Gavin Rees and Gary Buckland one of many highlights.

Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE fights for the fourth time in the paid ranks against Aberdare’s Dorian Darch while Jason Cook meets Tony Pace for the Celtic Welterweight title.

Prizefighter Light Welterweight champion Chris Jenkins is in action as is former European Middleweight champion Kerry Hope, and Islington’s former British Light Middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng faces a tough test in his first fight down at Welterweight against Dale Evans.

Swansea’s talented Super Middleweight Tobias Webb tackles Nathan King in a six-round contest, with Bristol’s unbeaten Welterweight Tamuka Mucha in his seventh pro fight.

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Boxer, GARY BUCKLAND, Leigh Dawney Photography, boxing news blog, 30.01.14



Gary returns to scene of devastating Smith KO in Welsh derby

Gary Buckland says a move up to Lightweight will bring the best out of him as he faces Gavin Rees in a British title eliminator on Saturday night (February 1) at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, live on Sky Sports.

Buckland is back in action for the first time since August when he had the chance to win the Lonsdale belt outright in his British Super Featherweight title defence against Stephen Smith at the same venue. Smith stunned Buckland by uncorking a devilish uppercut to end their contest in the fifth round and the Welshman is honest in his assessment of that defeat whilst insisting he’ll be a major force up at Lightweight.

“I don’t want to make excuses about the Stephen Smith fight, I lost fair and square,” said Buckland. “The only thing I can put it down to was other things going on in my life during my training camp. I was distracted big time and that showed in the fight.

“A win over Gavin would get be back to British title level. I thought I would be on some small hall shows, which I would struggle to get up for. So when I was offered Gavin Rees I thought ‘what a fight to get me back up’. If I beat Gavin I will be back in with a shot at a big title.

“At Lightweight I will be a bit stronger but I am happy to box at either weight, whatever my options. After Saturday’s fight we will sit down and look at the options but I’ll be a different beast at the higher weight.

“A fighter doesn’t know what he has left until he’s in there again. I know I made mistakes before Smith, I know there were things on my mind, for this fight I’ve worked very hard for five weeks and done everything right this time.

“In all my defeats I’ve come back stronger than ever and I’m hoping this will be the same starting with the Rees fight.”

Rees too endured a disappointing 2013, with a World title challenge defeat against Adrien Broner in February followed by a slender loss to Anthony Crolla in Bolton in July. The 33 year old still harbours strong ambitions to become a two-weight World champion with some big domestic battles on the horizon, and although Rees admitted that defeat on Saturday could spell the end of his career Buckland is expecting a hard battle with his fellow countryman.

“This will be a really tough fight,” said Buckland. “Gavin Rees is one of the strongest opponents I have ever faced. I wouldn’t say the strongest but certainly one of – he is up there with Gary Sykes, Stephen Smith, so I will need to be careful.

“You have to be careful whichever boxer you get in with and when I was offered Gavin Rees it was the sort of fight I can easily get up for.

“I am expecting the best of Gavin Rees. Everybody wants to see a toe-to-toe war between me and him but I expect he will box well as well. The two of us can do a bit of boxing and I think that is going to happen.

“I think the Crolla fight was one Gavin probably thought he was winning but I certainly didn’t think so – I thought Crolla was a couple of rounds up.

“When you look at it you question does he need to carry on – he is a former World, European, British champion, he has won everything. But he seems to keep doing well and carrying on so you have to give him great credit for that.”

Rees’ mouth-watering clash with Buckland is part of a great line-up of action in Matchroom Sport’s first boxing show of 2014.

Lee Selby is aiming to add the vacant European Featherweight title to the British belt he defends against former World Super Bantamweight challenger Rendall Munroe.

Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE fights for the fourth time in the paid ranks against Aberdare’s Dorian Darch, Jason Cook meets Tony Pace for the Welsh Area Light Welterweight title, and Prizefighter Light Welterweight champion Chris Jenkins faces Christopher Sebire for the vacant WBC International title.

Former European Middleweight champion Kerry Hope is in action and Islington’s former British Light Middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng faces a tough test in his first fight down at Welterweight against Dale Evans.

Swansea’s talented Super Middleweight Tobias Webb tackles Nathan King in a six-round contest, with Bristol’s unbeaten Welterweight Tamuka Mucha in his seventh pro fight.

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CARL FRAMPTON VS LEO SANTA CRUZ, Leigh Dawney Photography boxing news blog 30.01.14



 LONDON (Jan. 30) – Irish sensation Carl Frampton is one step away from a mega-money showdown against Mexican superstar Leo Santa Cruz.
The undefeated super-bantamweight ace will first have to get past Hugo Cazares, live and exclusive on BoxNation, when the pair meet on April 4th in a showdown at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
The show, billed as ‘This is Belfast’, will see Frampton take on the former two-time world champion in front of what is expected to be yet another sold out arena, with BoxNation being the only place left to catch the rising star.
“Hugo Cazares is a former two-weight world champion from Mexico who brings a lot of experience and skill with him,” said Frampton. “I can’t wait to get back in front of the amazing Belfast crowd and secure my shot at the WBC world title.
“I have progressed so much in the last twelve months both in the boxing ring and out of it, and I believe that the next twelve months will bring me even more success and more importantly the world title.
“It’s fantastic to be boxing at home for the fourth consecutive time and to be fighting a former two-weight world champion in a final eliminator for the world title,” he said.
‘The Jackal’ is convinced he will overcome Cazares to set the mood ahead of a huge sporting weekend in Belfast.
“It’s going to be such a big weekend for Belfast sport, I’ll be boxing on the Friday night and the Ulster Rugby team will be playing in the Heineken Cup Quarter-Final at Ravenhill on the Saturday,” Frampton said.
“Hopefully I can set the tone with a big victory and it will be a successful weekend all-round for Belfast. The whole city will be buzzing,” he said.
The 35-year-old Cazares, though, is equally determined to reclaim his spot back at the top of the sport and is unfazed by having to fight in Frampton’s backyard.
“April the 4th is my chance to put myself back on the world stage. I am a former champion and I have fought all over the world so going to Belfast is no problem for me,” he said.
“Frampton is a very good fighter but no one can stand in my way on my journey back to a world title,” vowed Cazares.
Boxing veteran and manager of Frampton, Barry McGuigan, knows that this fight is not an easy one for his young protégé and he will need to be at his peak to overcome the hardened Mexican.
“In Hugo Cazares, Carl faces a very experienced man who has been there and done it. He has won world titles in two weight divisions, including winning his second away from home in Japan, so he is no stranger to partisan crowds,” warned McGuigan.
“Carl will have to be at his best to beat this man and I believe he will, convincingly, and in doing so Carl will become the mandatory challenger to the WBC world champion, Leo Santa Cruz,” he said.
The prospect of a superfight with Santa Cruz, should Frampton come through, represents a potential ‘Fight of the Year’ contender with two, come-forward, all-action fighters going at it.
Middleweight hopeful Conrad Cummings is also set to make his home debut in front of the Odyssey Arena crowd on an action packed undercard that will feature an array of title fights.
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 LONDON (Jan. 30) – BoxNation subscribers get a chance to assess whether Kazakh crusher Gennady Golovkin is the most explosive puncher presently active in boxing – as many experts are suggesting – when he makes a ninth defence of his WBA World Middleweight crown live on the Channel of Champions this Saturday evening.

‘Golden Gennady’, 31, has knocked-out 25 of his 28 pro opponents – including each of his last 15 – inside the scheduled distance and, eager to secure the superfights that will vault him among the sport’s biggest earners, he’ll be hoping to extend the streak against tough Ghanaian Osumanu Adama at the Salle des etoiles Monte Carlo.

The 33 year old African challenger, known as ‘Machine Gun’, lasted the full 12 round trip in an abortive IBF challenge to Australia’s Daniel Geale in March 2012 and boasts a stoppage victory over Russia’s Roman Karmazin, a former IBF light-middle titlist. Therefore, expect him to take some shifting.

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 One man brutally aware of the carnage Golovkin is capable of wreaking is Birmingham’s Matt Macklin who was punctured by a crippling body shot from the Kazakh in round three of his world title crack last June.

On Tuesday evening, boxing writer Glynn Evans called the triple world title challenger at his Marbella training base to get the inside skinny on ‘GGG’ and analyse how Saturday’s championship action might pan out.

Living in Marbella now, I’m contemplating driving across to see the fight live.

I think Gennady has to be placed behind only Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward on the pound-for-pound list right now. He’s on around the same level as Guillermo Rigondeaux – a completely different fighter – but that’s the level he’s at.

People bang on about Golovkin’s strength and power but, having shared a ring with him, I was most impressed by his boxing ability. His footwork is outstanding and he’s got such good judgement of distance. His timing and accuracy are both exceptional. He wastes absolutely nothing.

And he is a seriously devastating puncher with both hands, without really looking for it (the finish). The left hook that finished me broke my ribs and there was no way I could do anything about it. It’s the leverage that he generates rather than brute force that makes him so formidable.

His shots, including the hooks, tend to be long and looping. He’s definitely at his best from long range. He uses a very good jab to soften you up and his power tends to be at the end of his punches. It’s his timing that makes him so dangerous. He’s happy to stay outside and cleverly coax you on to his punches.

He’s also really aggressive. From the moment the bell rings, he’s on ya, looking to take you out. But he’s so patient, relaxed and economical when he stalks ya. It’s all so effortless. He’s able to apply intense pressure without throwing many punches or exerting much pressure himself. He’s a master at getting opponents to burn nervous energy. Against me, he was bowling forward in second gear, I was darting backwards in fifth!  He’s a very, very impressive operator.

Mind, all the talk of him dropping down to light-middle for a superfight with Floyd Mayweather is bull. Golovkin’s not a big middleweight but he’s definitely a middleweight. He might physically be able to cut to 154 but he’d not be able to perform down there.

Moving up to super-middle to get his megafight would be far more logical. I think he’d be far too much for Carl Froch who likes to fight at mid and long range himself. However, Andre Ward, who’s an expert at smothering and fighting up close, has the style to give Golovkin big problems. That would be a very intriguing fight.

I’m actually quite familiar with Adama because I considered using him as a sparhand when I was preparing for my fight with Golovkin. An agent showed me quite a few clips and he seemed pretty tough, the type you could get decent rounds out of. For whatever reason, it never materialised.

I know Adama took Daniel Geale to points in a world title challenge over in Oz so he must be pretty durable. From what I saw, he was pretty orthodox. He wasn’t especially awkward like a lot of the African lads are. He seemed pretty rugged and capable, appeared to have a decent left hook but didn’t really do anything unique.

To give himself any kind of chance against Golovkin, Adama needs to hold the centre of the ring, attempt to push Gennady back and take away some of his leverages. In my opinion, Golovkin isn’t great up close, fighting inside. Adama needs to close the gap and attempt to work Golovkin over with uppercuts. He needs to meet fire with fire, just like Ricky Hatton did with Kostya Tszyu.

That was my initial intention after studying Golovkin before we fought. However, Buddy McGirt, my coach at the time, persuaded me to try to box him. It’s conceivable that a middleweight version of Buddy (ex IBF light-welter champion) could’ve succeeded with those tactics but my strengths and attributes are different. By the time I realised that I needed to adapt our gameplan, I was already really under the kosh.  Gennady’s jab busted me up and I had to work so hard, so early.

Unless you’re a middleweight Guillermo Rigondeaux – and from what I’ve seen Adama isn’t – the worst possible thing you could do against Golovkin would be to try to outbox him. He’s got a very good jab and his footwork is far too good.

Osumanu needs to try to make it a gruelling, draining affair. He’s been 12 rounds three times whereas Golovkin is yet to complete ten. All fighters’ timing and reactions deteriorate as they become more fatigued. It’s a case of getting Gennady into the second half of the fight. Easier said than done!

Unless Golovkin turns up sick, injured or seriously overlooks Adama, it’s hard to give the African any hope at all. But no fighter is invincible.

Remember Vince Phillips upsetting a prime Kostya Tszyu when nobody gave him any kind of chance. He just dug in, kept firing back and ultimately broke Kostya’s heart.

Still, I think a repeat of that is unlikely here. If Adama gambles on engaging early and gets sloppy, he could get taken out immediately. He’s wiped out 15 of his 28 victims within three rounds. More likely, Golovkin will systematically break him down and bust him up by mid way.

I see Adama constantly under pressure, not winning any rounds. Curtis Stevens started boldly against Golovkin but once he tasted his power and got knocked down in round two he withdrew into his shell.

Golovkin is an expert at knocking the ambition out of you. I can’t see Adama making it past round seven or eight. 

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CHRIS JENKINS FACES CHRISTOPHER SEBIRE, Leigh Dawney Photography, boxing news blog, 29.01.14


Unbeaten Welshman faces Sebire for vacant belt on Saturday

Chris Jenkins will meet Frenchman Christopher Sebire for the vacant WBC International Light Welterweight at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday live on Sky Sports – hunting the breakthrough title win to take him to the big stage.

Jenkins burst onto the scene in July with his impressive win in the Prizefighter Light Welterweights III at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, coming in as a late replacement to win every round he boxed in, with the icing on the cake a second round stoppage of Danny Connor in the final.

The unbeaten 25 year old has moved seamlessly to 12-0 and now he’s ready to step-up to title level, and claiming the WBC International crown against the former French champion (22-6) could be the first step on the path to British title glory.

“This is a huge opportunity to really make waves in the Light Welterweight division,” said Jenkins. “I would love to get a crack at the British title this year and victory on Saturday would see me make an impression in the WBC rankings too.

“This is a great opportunity tonight against a classy international fighter and I want to really put on a show. I’m am hoping to get the win and then get more rounds in the bag to make sure I am fit enough in case I get a chance for the British title later in the year.

“In the top 15-20 in Britain you’ve got some really good boys. Within that top ten you’ve got Willie Limond, the likes of Lenny Daws and Adil Anwar, and they’ve all had fifteen-plus fights. Anyone that gets a chance there could be an upset, the title could be changing hands every other couple of months.

“I had an awesome 2013 really. I’m number seven in Britain now and I’m just looking forward to this year and hopefully it’s a big one for me and my team.

British champion Darren Hamilton defends his title against Curtis Woodhouse in Hull on February 22. Hamilton will claim the Lord Lonsdale belt outright if he wins and Jenkins hopes to meet the Londoner later this year.

“Saturday is a step up and I’d like a British title eliminator in April or May for a British title fight in September,” said Jenkins. “I believe I’ll be ready for it then, even if Darren Hamilton does what he does well.

“He has a good jab and right hand, is quite tight and is a come-forward fighter who will put you under pressure for 12 rounds. I’ve got respect for him so it’s not a case of calling him out, but in the next two to three fights I think it would be a good match up.”

Jenkins clash with Sebire is part of a great line-up of action in Cardiff, led by Lee Selby’s British Featherweight title clash with Rendall Munroe, where the victor will also claim the vacant European strap.

There’s a tasty all-Welsh British Lightweight title eliminator between Gavin Rees and Gary Buckland, Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE fights for the fourth time in the paid ranks against Aberdare’s Dorian Darch and Jason Cook brings down the curtain on his career against Tony Pace with the Welsh Area Light Welterweight title on the line.

Former European Middleweight champion Kerry Hope is in action and Islington’s former British Light Middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng faces a tough test in his first fight down at Welterweight against Dale Evans.

Press release: Matchroom Sport. 29.1.14.



RENDALL MUNROE V LEE SELBY, Leigh Dawney Photography, boxing news blog, 29.01.14


Rendall (below) aiming to stun Lee Selby in Cardiff

Press release Matchroom Sport. Archive photography added by Leigh Dawney



(pic: Lee Selby – above)

Rendall Munroe bids to become a two-weight European champion when he faces Lee Selby for the vacant Featherweight crown at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday live on Sky Sports, and says he still has designs on World title glory.

Munroe hung the gloves up after defeat against Scott Quigg in their clash for the interim WBA Super Bantamweight title in November 2012. The Leicester man stayed away from the fight game for just four months though and was back in action in his hometown in May with a first round win.

The former WBC World title challenger added ten and six round points wins to his belt before the end of the year and now takes on the hotly-tipped star Selby.

“I don’t think I ever stopped being at my best,” said Munroe. “The issue for me was my weight, that was the thing letting me down – trying to make the weight all of the time. Sometimes it takes a bit of relaxation time to realise, and as my manager said to me recently, the best thing that happened was me retiring, getting my head clear and deciding what I wanted to do.

“I have shown the calibre of boxer I am and what type of character I am. I have said for a long time that I should have more than just the one World title shot that I had. There are others out there who get a few chances but I had one chance and everything went pair shaped for me after that.

“This is a step towards another World title fight. After I win this fight I will be a two-weight European champion. The talk at the minute is that Selby is ready to challenge for a World title, so after I beat him does that not say that I will be ready for a shot at the World title?

“If they are saying he is good enough to fight for a World title this year, and I go out there and beat him, then that is saying that I would be good enough. I had six European fights at Super Bantamweight and this is number seven for me. I don’t know what will happen on Saturday, if I will have a few defences of the European or get a World title shot straight away.

Selby has enjoyed a sparkling run of form since his stunning win over Stephen Smith to rip the British and Commonwealth titles from the Liverpool man on his home patch in December 2011. Impressive defences of one or both belts against John Simpson, Patrick Okine, Martin Lindsay and Corey McConnell were followed by a mature performance against unbeaten and well-ranked Romanian Viorel Simion for the WBC International crown.

A win over Ryan Walsh in November saw Selby claim the Lonsdale belt for keeps, but Munroe says he’s the first World class fighter the Welshman has faced.

“Selby is coming to win, and I am coming to win so this is his step to the next chapter that he wants,” said Munroe. “He will come very prepared and really up for it.

“He’s got nothing that worries me, nothing. I’m World class and I think I’ve proved that. As for him being bigger, I’ve been sparring bigger lads since day one. I always have to get sparring partners who are bigger than me anyway because I’m a strong lad at the weight myself.

“I’m not getting any younger but I’m good enough, strong enough and I’ve proved I belong at that elite level. This is my chance to show Rendall Munroe has gone up a weight and to still show I’m World class. By beating Lee Selby I’ll be European champion which will get me fights and put me back in the frame to fulfil my dream of becoming World champion.

“I didn’t think a shot at the European would come so soon after the comeback but when you get those opportunities you have to make use of them. I was English champion when I fought for the European title at Super Bantamweight. I took that opportunity and that made me into who I was. Now, I have a vast of experience behind me and I have the opportunity to do it all again. I’m still seeing the lights; I want the lights and I want the belts.”

Munroe’s clash with Selby tops a brilliant night of action in Cardiff, with a tasty all-Welsh British Lightweight title eliminator between Gavin Rees and Gary Buckland one of many highlights.

Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE fights for the fourth time in the paid ranks against Aberdare’s Dorian Darch while Jason Cook meets Tony Pace for the Welsh Area Light Welterweight title.

Prizefighter Light Welterweight champion Chris Jenkins is in action as is former European Middleweight champion Kerry Hope, and Islington’s former British Light Middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng faces a tough test in his first fight down at Welterweight against Dale Evans.


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GAVIN REES V GARY BUCKLAND, Leigh Dawney Photography boxing news blog, 27.01.14


Welshman fears defeat would spell the end of the roadWP_REES_LDP2344

(Above – Gavin Rees)


(Above – Gary Buckland)

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Gavin Rees says that defeat against Gary Buckland at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday (February 1) would spell the end of his career.

The former WBA World Light Welterweight champion was stopped by Adrien Broner in Atlantic City for ‘The Problem’s’ WBC Lightweight crown in February and followed that with a slender defeat to Anthony Crolla in Bolton in June.

The 33 year old now tackles his fellow Welshman in an eliminator for the British title live on Sky Sports, but there’s more than just a shot at the title on the line for ‘The Rock’.

“If I lose to Gary I think that would be the end of the road for my career,” said Rees. “It’s all on the line for me, if I lose its curtains.

“2013 was the worst of my career. Two fights, two losses and some injuries, things can only get better this year. I want to start off with a good win against Gary, who is a really talented fighter that likes to come forward just like I do, so it promises to be a really good fight for the fans. We’ve sparred lots of rounds and if that’s anything to go on, it’ll be a great fight.

“I’ve been on the road for the last few years so it’s great to be back in Wales and on a big show. I love fighting, I’ve been doing it for 20 years and with a good win on February 1, I think I’ll be right back in the mix with some of the great boxers in the Lightweight division in Britain.”

Rees’ mouth-watering clash with Buckland is part of a great line-up of action in Matchroom Sport’s first boxing show of 2014.

Lee Selby is aiming to add the vacant European Featherweight title to the British belt he defends against former World Super Bantamweight challenger Rendall Munroe.

Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE fights for the fourth time in the paid ranks against Aberdare’s Dorian Darch while Jason Cook meets Tony Pace for the Welsh Area Light Welterweight title.

Prizefighter Light Welterweight champion Chris Jenkins is in action as is former European Middleweight champion Kerry Hope, and Islington’s former British Light Middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng faces a tough test in his first fight down at Welterweight against Dale Evans.

Swansea’s talented Super Middleweight Tobias Webb tackles Nathan King in a six-round contest, with Bristol’s unbeaten Welterweight Tamuka Mucha in his seventh pro fight.


CARL FROCH STATEMENT, Leigh Dawney Photography, boxing news blog 24.01.14


matchroom,sport,media,day,mascalls,brentwood,essex,leigh,dawey,boxing,photography,picutes,sky,sports,com“There has been plenty of speculation over the last few weeks regarding my future. As it stands we are looking closely at two options George Groves and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr. Yesterday, we made a seven figure offer to George Groves for a second fight that would have seen him earn around double that of the first. Disappointingly, George rejected this offer so we are continuing our talks with Top Rank and HBO regarding Chavez Jnr. I understand the demand for the Groves fight in the UK, but also the demand in the US for the Chavez fight. Talks are ongoing and no doubt some further news will break soon. I’m happy to fight anyone, as I have done throughout my entire career.”


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GAVIN MCDONNELL FACES LEIGH WOOD IN BRITISH TITLE BOUT. Leigh Dawney,boxing photography news. 17.01.2014


Unbeaten duo clash in Hull for Super Bantamweight crown

Gavin McDonnell and Leigh Wood will clash for the vacant British Super Bantamweight title at the Hull Ice Arena on February 22, live on Sky Sports.

The unbeaten pair – both 11-0 – put their unblemished records on the line to grab the strap on the star-studded bill in Hull, topped by Olympic Gold medal hero Luke Campbell MBE.

Doncaster’s McDonnell, 27, will be close to home as he looks to capitalise on impressive victory over Josh Wale in their final eliminator in September; that followed a successful defence of his Central Area title in July with a second round stoppage of Ross Burkinshaw.

Nottingham prospect Wood, 25, enjoyed a brilliant 2013 with five wins from five contests, landing the vacant International Masters title on home turf against Brazilian Genilson de Jesus Santos in November, the fourth win inside the distance of his blossoming career.

“It’s a fantastic 50-50 domestic scrap,” said Hearn. “Both lads are very popular and we’re expecting big support from both fighters and the winner can expect an exciting reign as champion in a fantastic division.”

McDonnell and Wood’s battle for the coveted Lord Lonsdale belt is part of a great night of action in Hull, topped by Campbell’s fifth professional contest.

Darren Hamilton will defend his British Light Welterweight title against Curtis Woodhouse while Hull star Tommy Coyle will defend his IBF Inter-Continental Lightweight title.

Young Hull talents Zak Collins, Joel Haigh and Charlie Paynton continue their pro journeys on the bill, while experienced Liverpool Super Middleweight Tony Dodson appears on the card with an eye on a major bout in Liverpool on March 15.


BOXING. 8th January 2014 at Leigh Dawney Photography. NEWS THAT RICKY BOYLAN SIGNS WITH MATCHROOM SPORT.


Unbeaten Light Welterweight prospect aiming for British title shot in 2014

‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Sport.

The unbeaten Light Welterweight starlet claimed the Southern Area title on Eddie Hearn’s bumper Christmas bill at the ExCeL Arena with a fourth round stoppage of fellow Carshalton fighter Tony Owen, moving to 10-0 in the process with his fourth win inside the distance.

The 25 year old will defend that title against mandatory challenger John Wayne Hibbert in London in the spring – and he is excited to have joined Hearn’s stable of British stars.

“It’s a great achievement for me to join the best stable in Britain,” said Boylan. “I’ve worked hard my whole career to get to this point and it’s paid off. I have to keep working hard though which I will do, and this promises to be a big year for me.

“I’m looking at the English and British titles of course. I’ll be getting really good exposure and that’s important to build my profile up, so I’d like to be knocking on the door of the British title by the end of the year after defending the Southern Area title and hopefully winning the English.

“I perforated my eardrum against Tony so that has to heal up but I’m in training keeping fit and I know that Eddie wants to keep me busy with six fights this year, I’ll be able to box late February or early March and I’m looking to really hit the ground running.”

Boylan’s new promoter Hearn has big plans for Boylan in 2014 and believes the Light Welterweight division is one to watch this year.

“I’m delighted to welcome Ricky Boylan to the team,” said Hearn. “He is an exciting young fighter and one of the biggest ticket sellers in the country. We are investing in the 140lb division here and have already signed the British Champion Darren Hamilton who will defend against Curtis Woodhouse in Hull on February 22. We have big plans for Olympic captain Tom Stalker as well as Prizefighter champion Chris Jenkins and now Ricky joins that mix.”

(press release courtesy of Matchroom Sport – 08.01.14)




A great night of boxing held at Glow, Bluewater, Kent, UK which was televised live on Channel 5. Promoted by Hennessy Sports the main title fight was between James Degale MBE (former Olympian) v America’s Dyah Davis for the WBC Silver Super Middleweight title.  Degale retained his title after twelve gruelling rounds of boxing.

The undercard saw the following boxers fight.

Won                  Lost

Lenny Daws v Tony Pace

Arfan Iqbal v Leon Senior

Peter McDonagh v Arek Malek

Chris Jenkinson v Adam Battle

Lee Martin v Jones

Garry Neale v Simas Volosinas

Chris Eubank Jnr v Frankie Borg

Pictures can be seen of all of the bouts at http://www.leighdawneyphotography.com

Picture editors wishing to obtain photographs for editorial purposes, please contact Leigh Dawney via the website.Image


JAMES DEGALE MBE DEFEATS STJEPAN BOZIC, fight pictures by boxing photographer Leigh Dawney 08.06.13

A Hennessy Sports boxing promotion held at Glow, Bluewater, Kent on Saturday 8th June 2013. The fight was televised live on Channel 5. The main event saw James DeGale MBE defeat Stjepan Bozic for the WBC Silver Super Middleweight belt. The undercard featured Chris Eubank Jnr, Kid, Galahad and Hughie Fury.


James DeGale MBE celebrates his win over Stjepan Bozic


My photographs were featured on skysports.com and The Mail online. Photographs can be seen on my website www.leighdawneyphotography.com


Saxton Park, Grays, Essex, Developer, Weston Homes Plc, Filmed & Edited by Leigh Dawney Photography.

NEW BUY SCHEME NOW AVAILABLE – NEW BUY SCHEME NOW AVAILABLE – (Subject to T & C’s and selected plots). PLEASE CALL 01375 377421 FOR FURTHER DETAILS. – A two bedroom apartment at £139,995. Sales & Marketing Suite open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm – telephone no. 01375 377421. or call the developer’s preferred selling agent, Porter Glenny on 01375 374444.

This short film clip shows the street scene and show apartment. Saxton Park is a development on Grays Athletic’s former football ground, situated close to the town centre and railway station. Filmed & edited by Leigh Dawney. 2013.


John McDermott defeats Matt Skelton for the Vacant English Heavyweight Title, 15th March, 2013, York Hall, pictures by boxing photographer Leigh Dawney



John McDermott defeated Matt Skelton after a ten round battle to claim the Vacant English Heavyweight Title at London’s York Hall on Friday 15th March 2013. Both boxers gave it their all, but it was McDermott’s performance that convinced the judges to award the unanimous decision in his favour.  To see the fight pictures, click on this link. www.leighdawneyphotography.com

Photos were  also featured on skysports.com


DAVID PRICE KNOCKED DOWN BY TONY THOMPSON IN THE SECOND ROUND. Pictures by boxing photographer, Leigh Dawney. Liverpool Echo Arena.UK, 23.02.13

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Tony Thompson knocked down David Price in a dramatic second round. Price rose to his feet but was very uneasy standing. The referee counted him out and not convinced that he could continue awarded the fight to a jubilant Thompson.

Darren Hamilton defeated Steve Williams and Kevin Satchell defeated Luke Wilton in British Title contests.

Photographs can be seen on leighdawneyphotography.com and skysports.com


DAVID PRICE V TONY THOMPSON. Boxing photographer Leigh Dawney ringside. Echo Arena, Liverpool, 23rd,February, 2013.

David Price v Matt Skelton. Boxing at Aintree Equestrian Centre, Liverpool. 30.11.12


Calling all fight fans! The Liverpool Echo Arena will host this fantastic Heavyweight fight between David Price (Liverpool) and Tony Thompson (USA) tomorrow night (Sat Feb 23rd). This fight is not to be missed! See all the action live on Boxnation.tv.

Undercard includes Kevin Satchell v Luke Wilton.

I’ll be ringside capturing all the action. Watch out for my photos on Skysports and my website following the fight!

The Weigh In. Video Maloney Promotions www.frankmaloney.com


JON LEWIS DICKINSON DEFEATS DAVID DOLAN. Boxing photographer Leigh Dawney, ringside at Rainton Meadows, Houghton Le Spring. 15.02.13. Promoted by Frank Maloney, Phil Jeffries


Jon Lewis Dickinson (left) defeated David Dolan in a gruelling twelve round bout to retain the  British Cruiserweight Title at Rainton Meadows, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne & Wear on 15.02.13. Pictures and undercard are being uploaded to Leigh’s website, www.leighdawneyphotography.com


BOXING PHOTOGRAPHER LEIGH DAWNEY ringside for the British Cruiserweight Title between Jon Lewis Dickinson v David Dolan at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne & Wear. Frank Maloney & Phil Jeffries. 15.02.13. LIVE on Loaded TV Sky Channel 200



Above: Jon Lewis Dickinson. Photography by Leigh Dawney.

Photographs of the Title fight together with undercard bouts will appear on Leigh’s website, shortly after the event. www.leighdawneyphotography.com

Fight will be screened LIVE on the Loaded Tv Channel 200 on Sky www.loaded.tv/guide

Kell Brook & Gennady Golovkin press conference 01.08.2016. Boxing photographer Leigh Dawney Photography

Kell Brook & Gennady Golovkin press conference 01.08.2016. Boxing photographer Leigh Dawney Photography
Gennady Golovkin (L) with Kell Brook at their press conference ahead of their September fight. 1st August 2016 at The Dorchester Hotel, London. Mandatory credit: © Leigh Dawney Photography.

Lunchtime today at the plush Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London was the venue for the press conference promoting the eagerly awaited fight between boxing’s supreme Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan and Great Britain’s Kell Brook. The two boxers showed greatest respect for one and other during the press conference and the obligatory face off. The fight is scheduled for 10th September at London’s 02 arena. Click here to view today’s photos.


Photography by Leigh Dawney


Happy 2016! This is my first blog of the new year! With some time off over Christmas, I decided I would try something a little different other than taking just action pictures.

I placed the bracelet on top of a black laptop case and used the Yongnou LED 160 light to light the subject. It produced a wonderful soft wrap around light which was diffused by a diffusing panel that slid into the light. The light is powered by 6x AA batteries and has a variable dimmer control which can prove useful in product photography. I used my Nikon D4s with the 24-70mm 2.8 lens zoomed at 70mm. It’s not a macro lens, but I managed to focus around one foot from the bracelet (handheld). Shooting in RAW, I then processed the picture in Adobe RAW with finishing touches in Photoshop. LED lighting is an alternative light source other than flash and can be more controllable. The possibilities are endless. These small video LED lights can be great for wedding photographers, particularly for their detail photographs. To see some more jewellery photography, click HERE.

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