Boxing: Theatre to host knockout pro show
STOKE-ON-TRENT'S next big fight night will be at the Queen's Theatre in Burslem in front of more than a thousand boxing fans.
Fight Factory are promoting the June 9 show, and hope all 1,100 seats will be filled for what promises to be an action-packed night of professional boxing.
Tunstall light-middleweight Jimmy Doherty is back in the ring after a three-year break, while Rob Hunt also boxes on a show that features the professional debuts of Josh McLaren, Nathan Russo, Chris Mountford and Kev Hanks.
McLaren is the latest addition to the stable managed by Mick Carney and trained by Lindon Newbon at his Fight Academy gym on the Regent Works Industrial Estate in Longton.
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The 22-year-old from Normacot turns professional after a glittering amateur career with Queensberry Police.
McLaren won the Golden Belt championship, reached a Junior ABA final and boxed for England against Wales.
He said: "I've boxed good lads in the amateurs and that should stand me in good stead."
Russo also won amateur honours. As a teenager, the stiff-hitting southpaw from Talke was crowned Golden Gloves champion, and took home the Best Boxer trophy from this year's Viking Box Cup.
Milton tattooist Kev Hanks has built a good following on European Boxing Federation-sanctioned shows, while 21-year-old Chris Mountford is a world champion kick boxer looking to make an impact as a professional light-welterweight.
Fight Academy hope to stage "four or five" shows every year if the public support them.
Carney said: "We have a lot of young lads who have the pedigree and want to box. I'm looking to put on regular shows."
GIANT boxer Danny Lockett will top the bill when Meir Amateur Boxing Club hold their third show of the season.
The 6ft 6in super-heavyweight, from Longton, will take on Darwen's 120kg man mountain Adam Machaj at Bidds, Sutherland Road, Longton, on Friday, May 18.
Tickets cost £10 and are available from Meir ABC, in the former methodist church, in Uttoxeter Road, Meir. Telephone 07531 122672.