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Author Archives: Michael Serra

London Boxing Memorabilia Fayre, October 15th. Regent’s Park, London.

If you collect boxing memorabilia you surely will be interested to know that the annual boxing memorabilia fayre is taking place next month, it’s possibly not that well advertised thank’s to the trade paper Boxing News showing little if any interest in helping it gain any exposure! though for a paper that boasts that Lloyd Honeyghan was a World amatuer ... Read More »

Boxing returns to the Elephant and Castle!

Boxing returns to South London, where many a show has taken place over the years, they have all boxed here, Honeyghan, Calzaghe, Duke Mckenzie, the latter even created history here when he beat Gaby Canizales to replicate Bob Fitzimmons as only the second British boxer to win three World titles in three different weight divisions! However enough of the history ... Read More »

Miranda Carter’s Left Jab promotions present an afternoon of boxing

Miranda Carter puts on a Sunday afternoon show at the York Hall in the East End of London on September the 18th. Topping the bill will be the come backing Leon ‘Solid’ Williams at cruiser who is hoping to get back into title contention. Also at light welter is Ideh Ockuko in a four rounder, while at feather and super ... Read More »

Brighton boxing show, Pro-Am June 11th 2011.

On Saturday the 11th of June former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Scott Welch promotes a Pro-Am show at the Brighton Metropole hotel, the scene of his title winning effort against the late James Oyebola. The card features amatuer Chris Eubank jnr, son of former World middle and super middle champion Chris Eubank amongst a few other amatuer fights, pro ... Read More »

Goodwin promotions present an evening of boxing.

It’s a case of history in the making on Saturday the 4th of June at the historic hall that’s been dubbed ‘the spiritual home of boxing’ as Olivia Goodwin will create boxing history in the promotional sense when she become’s the youngest ever British boxing promoter! Olivia whose only twenty years old promotes a marathon card of fifteen, yes fifteen ... Read More »

Q & A with Lenny Lapaglia

It was August 1987 when I first read the name Lenny LaPaglia, mmmmm correction possibly a few month’s earlier when I read somewhere in the English trade paper Boxing News about an Italian American called Lenny LaPaglia wanting to fight the then World I.B.F super middle champ Chong Pal Park after dismantling one of Park’s former challenger’s in Marvin Mack ... Read More »

Q & A with Daniel Woodgate

Margate’s not particulary that well known for it’s fistic prowess in the fight game, Sven Hamer a Swede and Takaloo an Iranian formed the gloved threat from the seaside resort from the South coast in good old England some years ago…..British fighter’s from the postcard setting of the famous seaside resort have been few and far between until now that ... Read More »

Miranda Carter present’s an afternoon of boxing at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

ON this coming Sunday afternoon Febraury 20th in London’s East End at the famed spiritual home of boxing Miranda Carter promotes a nine fight card in this her eleventh show of her so far short but successful promotional career as British boxing’s busiest female promoter! Headlining is Albanian hero Kreshnik Qato whom tops the bill at middle where he faces ... Read More »

Wembley Arena Championship boxing February 5th

O’Donnel-Watson……a case of history repeating itself at the venue of legends or a case of sweet revenge? Ok it’s not exactly at the venue of legends but it is just across the road from the famed venue, however it’s at the Wembley arena that’s hosted many a big fight night down the years…..Hope-Mattioli….Minter-Antuofermo….amongst countless other big nights. On February 5th ... Read More »

Prizefighter the light heavy’s “13″ could well be the luck of the draw!

On Saturday January 29th at Olympia in posh Kensington in London, Barry Hearn’s Matchroom promotions put on the second Prizefighter at light heavyweight. Taking part in this the first Prizefighter to be screened in 3-D exclusively by Sky Sports, is a fine line up indeed featuring the likes of Travis Dickinson the younger brother of last years Prizefighter champion at ... Read More »

Gary Mason {1962-2011}

It was in the mid eighties or there abouts that I first saw Gary Mason box on the telly, as it happens it was October 1986 to be precise against a certain Donnie ‘master of disaster’ Long who didn’t last that long against the powerful chunkily built Mason who obliterated his American adversary in devastating fashion. The win’s would pile ... Read More »

It’s the season of joy the Savoy!

Mickey Helliet put on a three fight card at the recently £220 million refurbished Savoy Hotel in the Strand in London as part of a charity event to raise money for the Antony Nolan charity that helps Leukemia patients get matches for transplants. ‘Kid’ Lewis Edwards {Guildford} v Danny Dontchev {Bulgaria} First up was a light middle tussle between Bulgarian ... Read More »

Movie Review: Ten Percent

It’s the first time I’ve ever done a film review and I felt compelled to do so as it was about the heavyweight championship of the World, it’s a title that has many stories behind it and possibly more so than any weight division in our glorious sport that is the noble art! This film which one an award at ... Read More »

HAYE DESTROYS HARRISON, WELL SORT OF!

In my experience as a boxing fan and historian I’ve never witnessed such a poor excuse for a World heavyweight championship fight, I felt ashamed to call this a fight, it was more of a farce as it happens! Audley Harrison’s effort or should that be lack of has earned him the number one position of the worst ever title ... Read More »

Mayfair October 14th 2010

On an Autumn evening in posh Mayfair, Michael Helliet of the Mayfair sporting club put on a three fight dinner show in the plush surroundings of the Millenium hotel opposite the Grosvenor square on a Thursday evening all part of a dinner show. Returning to action after sustaining a shoulder injury last time out was Helliet’s light middle hope Wayne ... Read More »

Memorabilia fayre 2010

Yes it’s that time of the year again almost, the annual boxing memorabilia fayre. I attended last year has I did the year before and can say on each occasion as a boxing collector that I was amazed at what was on offer, as I entered the hall and paid my entry fee of hat goes to a worthy cause ... Read More »

Q & A with Daniel Woodgate

It’s possibly no surprise that your wondering why I’m interviewing a guy whose boxed only once in the professional ranks, a points win against Welshman Adam Wilcox, but I felt it needed to be done, what with Margate having few names boxing wise, other than Sven Hamer and Takaloo many years ago, {I know hardly a couple of English men}, ... Read More »

Hennessy promotions present professional boxing.

On Friday September 10th at the mecca of East End boxing, at the York Hall in London’s East End, Mick Hennessy makes a welcome return to boxing has he promotes a eight fight card. Topping the bill is talented former Commonwealth welterweight champ, John O’Donnell a transplanted Irishman who bases himself out of West London taking on over twelve experienced ... Read More »

Goodwin promotions present championship boxing Sept 11th, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London

On Saturday September 11th at London’s York Hall, Goodwin promotions put on a interesting show, featuring no fewer than eleven fights in an almost marathon show, however topping the bill are two title fights featuring Pat McAleese who takes on over ten at light middle, Lee Noble. Also another title fight between Ryan Barrett and Hackney’s Mark Alexander look’s like ... Read More »

World Boxing Council gala awards dinner

Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, Wales So it was on a Summer’s day that myself and Frank Warren corner man and good friend Lennie Lee, made the two hundred or so miles journey to Cardiff, in Wales in my trusty old scrap heap from my home in Colchester in Essex. Driving down to the Welsh capital, we passed the green belt ... Read More »

Doors could be opening for Daws!

Morden’s Lenny Daws showed great ring generalship as he made a second successful title defence of his British light welterweight title has he turned back bloody but brave challenger Steve Williams after ten rounds. Williams last time out had beaten Tottenham’s Michael Grant for the vacant English bauble back here at the York Hall in Febraury on the undercard to ... Read More »

Tyson show’s his fury, senior that is!!!!–WATCH ON GFL

CLICK TO WATCH It was a case of repeat or revenge since last year’s controversial points decision in favour of the giant Manchester heavyweight Tyson Fury, local lad John Mcdermott was hoping to avenge a loss that he and many in the fight game felt belonged rightfully to himself in a controversy that had shades of Henry Cooper -Joe Bugner ... Read More »

Conspiracy Fury? who they kidding John!

So it’s a case of repeat or revenge, Manchester’s Tyson Fury fights for his old title this Friday at the Brentwood International centre just off the A12 against the man he won it from John Mcdermott last September in a highly controversial decision that the fight fraternity deemed a robbery that lent in favour of the Mancunian beanpole! The villain ... Read More »

The Beckham of boxing? Introducing Jack ’13′ Morris, boxing’s new golden boy.

Boxer’s as a rule have always been known as having rather ugly faces, for example the boxers nose, the cauliflower ear, scar tissue, the high cheek bones, are what are usually remarked about of the boxers face. However contrary to popular belief, there comes along the pretty boy, or better known as the golden boy whose handsome countenance makes a ... Read More »

Results from York Hall

York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England March 21st 2010 Miranda Carter put on her first show of the year, featuring a good looking card which saw the return of Leon Williams in his first start since losing his unbeaten record to Hastings Rasani. A good card featured many devastating finishes, one not particuarly pleasing to the eye as you’ll read, ... Read More »

PRIZE FIGHTER: THE LIGHT MIDDLES

So it was the turn of the light middles in Barry Hearn’s Prize Fighter series. However this particular tournament turned out to be more one for the purists, as no particular bout failed to produce a inside schedule win. As I walked into the York Hall, I could’nt find a spare seat in the press row, so I noticed over ... Read More »