The Fighters

THE LINE UP FOR JUNE 22

 

CELLO RENDA

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Cello is surely Britain's most exciting fighter. He has knock-out power in both fists - and doesn't mind taking a punch to land one.

More than 350,000 fight fans across the world have watched YouTube footage of his astonishing double knockdown with Paul Samuels in their first clash.

Renda and Samuels hit the deck simultaneously after both connected with left-hook power punches in their toe-to-toe scrap in Stoke in November, 2009. Both beat the referee’s count and Renda was beaten in the third.

Sky Sports used the double knockdown as part of an advertising campaign - and their viewers were also left on the edge of their seats by Renda’s toe-to-toe scrap with Martin Murray in the final of ‘Prizefighter.’

Fans have since rated it among the most exciting fights in the tournament’s history.

Cello is the International Masters light-heavyweight champion and has also held the British Masters middleweight belt and won a British-title eliminator. On June 22 he will be fighting Danny Butler for The English Middleweight Championship title.
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DANNY BUTLER

Danny Butler is a tough-as-old boots road warrior.

He's had back-to-back wins away from home and won't be fazed about coming to Peterborough on Saturday, June 22 to defend his English middleweight title against Cello Renda.

The winner could challenge for British honours - and Butler has battled for the Lonsdale belt before.

Danny came in at just two days' notice to box world-rated Darren Barker for the British and Commonwealth titles and the big-hearted Bristolian went down fighting.

Butler has got back in the British-title mix with back-to-back upset wins over Frankie Borg and Thomas Costello and comes to Peterborough full of confidence for what looks like a 50-50 fight.

 


 

MICHAEL MAGUIRE

Bantamweight prospect

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Adam Booth knows a thing or two about boxing - his success stories include David Haye and George Groves - and he rates Michael Maguire as possibly the best talent he has worked with.

As an amateur, Maguire was rated No 2 in the world after winning gold in the European under-19 championship and he also boxed at the World Cadet championship.

Domestically, Maguire, a smooth, composed box-fighter who hits hard to the body and doesn't waste punches, cleaned up. He raced to five national titles quicker than any other boxer - and finished his amateur career with eight national titles.

BBC commentators picked him out as a future star after he dismantled top-rated American David Clark in an international match in November, 2007.

On May 11 at The Peterborough Arena he stole the show by slaying Slovakian opponent Elemer Rafiall. It was Maguire's first fight for 16 monthas and showed no sign of ring rust as he gave an awesome display of accurate, power punching to win all four rounds.

 


 

ELI FRANKHAM

Light Heavyweight

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Eli Frankham quit football because he loves to fight and he made his pro debut on May 11 at The Peterborough Arena and was awarded all four rounds against vastly more experienced opponent Paul Morris from Preston.

Frankham was a promising goalkeeper and had trials with both Chelsea and Peterborough United - but he decided to concentrate on boxing instead and turn professional following an impressive amateur pedigree.

Eli started boxing when he was 11 years old at Wisbech Amateur Boxing Club and went on to win back-to-back Golden Gloves titles, Junior ABA honours and was crowned European Schoolboy champion in September, 2007.

Frankham comes from a fighting family.

‘Gypsy’ Johnny Frankham, British light-heavyweight champion in the 1970s, is a cousin and father Eli snr was a top bare-knuckle fighter crowned ‘King of The Gypsies.’


 

JORDAN GILL

Unbeaten super-featherweight contender

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The town's fighting heroes include Eric Boon and Dave 'Boy' Green - and Gill reckons he can emulate them and win major titles.

He has a good team behind him - Jordan trains with the Ingles in Sheffield - and is aiming to prove he's not just a pretty face !

Jordan was a former top-class amateur.


 

SAM BARRON

Middleweight prospect

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A former world champion is backing Sam Barron.

Chris Pyatt won British, Commonwealth, European and world honours in his ring career and now he's a trainer.

He joined father Gary, a former professional himself, in Sam's corner when he launched his professional career in sensational style at Peterborough Arena in February.

Sam laid out rock-chinned Louis Byrne with a sweetly-timed right uppercut that sent his fans home happy - and was later screened on Sky Sports. He followed this on May 11 with a convincing win against Lincoln's Mitch Mitchell.


 

JAKE DYER

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Jake's heart-on-his-sleeve scrapping has made him a fans' favourite and he didn't disappoint anybody at his recent outing on May 11 when he delivered a polished win over Newcastle's Didier Blanch.

His third-round stoppage of Mickey O'Sullivan was among the best small-hall fights seen in a British ring in 2011 - and Jake's supporters made the short trip from Whittlesey to watch him make it back-to-back wins by outpointing Bobby Wood at the Peterborough Arena earlier this year.


 

NATHAN DALE

Unbeaten welterweight contender.

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As an amateur, Nathan won Golden Gloves and Four Nations honours and has made a smooth transition to the paid ranks.

He's won all eight fights to climb the welterweight rankings and gets top-class sparring at trainer Graham Everett's gym in Norwich.

His stable mates there include Cromer’s fighting Walsh brothers, Liam, Ryan and Michael.

Liam currently holds the Commonwealth super-featherweight championship, Ryan is the English super-bantamweight king and Michael has a 100 per-cent knock-out record.


 

TERRY HOLMES

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Terry was just eight years-old when he went to the boxing gym – and he's been throwing punches ever since and showed his talent by convincingly beating Lee Quinn from Old Colwyn in Wales at The Peterborough Arena on May 11.

As an amateur, he won national honours and boxed for England and he's made a punch-perfect start to his professional career.

Manager Graham Earl, the former British, Commonwealth and WBU world champion, predicts a big year for Terry.

 


 

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JOZEF SLADOK

Light-heavyweight prospect

 

Jozef 'The Enforcer' Sladok usually does his fighting on the ice !

Saldok plays ice-hockey for Peterborough Phantoms as a defence man - and is always ready to drop the gloves and have a scrap.

He's played Elite League ice hockey with both Hull and Edinburgh and now plans to emulate 'Freddie' Flintoff by being a winner at two sports !


 

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DANNY MULHERN

Light-welterweight contender.

Danny is looking to bounce back from the first loss of his professional career.

He won his first two fights without losing a round, then was beaten by tough-as-old-boots Kevin McCauley at the Peterborough Arena.


 

DANNY 'KID' AHRENS

Ahrens boxes on the big show at Peterborough Arena on Saturday, June 22 . A world-class amateur for Israel - winning silver at both the world and European junior championships - and headed back home after making it three wins out of three as a professional by stopping hard-as-nails journeymen Andrew Patterson in February.

His manager Robert Waterman said:"Danny has put everything on the line for his boxing career. I've never met a boxer so focused."


 

SAM EGGINGTON

Sam Eggington looks a terrific talent.

Aged just 19, he ripped the Midlands Area welterweight title from Black Country powerhouse Steven Pearce in May.

For many, Pearce went into the fight as the favourite, but Sam out boxed him, out fought him, then added an exclamation mark to a punch-perfect display by laying him out in the seventh round.

Sam is well known by the nation's fight fans. He went toe-to-toe with Dale Evans in 'Prizefighter' in front of the Sky Sports cameras in January - and it was the best fight of the night.

He's won all three fights since then and manager Jon Pegg reckons Sam is "the dark horse" of a talent-packed gym that also includes British-title contenders Cello Renda and Max Maxwell.

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