Evans Looks to Get Loud In the Ring

Hatton Boxers Photoshoot
Picture by Mark Robinson.
23rd September 2015
Sam Taffy Evans
Hatton Boxers Photoshoot Picture by Mark Robinson. 23rd September 2015 Sam Taffy Evans

Hatton Boxers Photoshoot
Picture by Mark Robinson.
23rd September 2015
Sam Taffy Evans

“Quiet Man” Sam Evans is determined to make some noise when he returns to the ring this weekend.

The softly spoken welterweight, who is trained by Ricky Hatton, isn’t one to shout his mouth off and prefers to let his fists do the talking.

But he wants to make huge statement of intent against grizzled veteran Kevin McCauley in Cannock on Sunday afternoon.

“I don’t like to say too much but I think I have the kind of style that the fans like and I want to make a real statement on the 24th,” Sam, 4 – 0 (1 KO), said.

“I’m an aggressive, come forward fighter and I believe I always put on a good, exciting, show so hopefully this weekend I’ll give everyone watching something to talk about.

“I’ve had the perfect camp with Ricky. I’ve been working hard in the sessions with him in the mornings and then putting in extra runs with [stable mate] Reuben Arrowsmith in the evenings so I can’t wait to see everything come together.”

The 20-year-old West Midlander only turned professional last October, but with four paid contests already under his belt he admits that he has an eye on title opportunities in the next 12 months.

“I’ve been fighting quite often since turning pro and I’m happy to get as many under my belt as I can before looking for titles in 2017,” he said.

“I’m only 20 so I’ve got plenty of time on my side and I’m happy to take the fights as they come, but everyone wants to get belts around their waist and with the speed Ricky is bringing me along, I think I could be looking at something as early as next year.”

This Sunday’s bill is entitled ‘Danger Zone’ and takes place at the Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock, Staffordshire. Top of the bill is the eagerly anticipated English super-lightweight title clash between Anthony Upton and Luke Paddock.

In addition to Evans, fellow Ricky Hatton-trained prospects Sonny Upton and Reuben Arrowsmith are in action on the undercard. Also featured are English super-bantamweight champion Sean Davis, Swadlincote super-middleweight Zach Parker, Burton’s Leon Gower, Derby debutant Sahib Singh Mann, and former world kickboxing champion Chad Sugden.

One of England’s Top Amateurs Signs With Ricky Hatton

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Super-middleweight Jake Haigh has signed a long-term deal with Hatton Promotions and will make his professional debut in the Autumn.

The 21-year-old was ranked in the top ten in England as an amateur but has decided to try his hand in the paid ranks. As well as inking a promotional contract, Haigh will be trained by British boxing legend and four-time world champion Ricky Hatton at his gym in Hyde, Greater Manchester.

“I’ve over the moon. Signing with Ricky as a pro is awesome,” Jake, who recently graduated from university with a first class degree, said.“I don’t think I was getting the respect I deserved as an amateur so I looked into going pro and then Ricky made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. “My manager, Joe Collins, got in contact with Ricky and I went in to do some sparring with Chris Blaney. Afterwards Ricky asked me if I fancied turning over with him.

“I was a bit awestruck the first few days because Ricky is one of Britain’s best ever fighters. I took my mum and dad to the gym one day as well and they were going crazy, but I’ve settled in now and I’m learning something new every day.” Ricky said: “Jake is a very talented kid and as soon as I saw him I knew he has what it takes to go far. “Obviously coming straight out of the amateurs it takes time to adapt to the pro style, but he’s getting there day by day and I’m very excited about his potential. “He’s a very tall and rangey boxer who can be awkward and keep his opponent at distance, but he can mix in close as well so I think he’s going to be one to watch.”

Rabchenko Gets IBF Eliminator

SERGEY RABCHENKO will face Detroit’s Tony Harrison in an IBF super-welterweight title eliminator on the undercard of Santa Cruz v Frampton in Brooklyn on July 30.

As well as being a step towards a world title, the fight gives Rabchenko the opportunity to showcase his skills to a whole new audience. The Belarussian puncher has been hoping to make a splash in the United States for some time, but his path has become much clearer since he inked terms with Al Haymon and Leon Margules in 2015.

“This is the start of realising my dream,” Sergey said. “America is the Mecca of boxing so it is a huge privilege for me to be asked to fight there. “American fans like to see knockouts and I like to knock people out so I think they will like what they see. I think I can build a fanbase there.

“I am hungrier than ever. I want to get to the top. I wasn’t at my best when I went to Australia to fight Anthony Mundine, although I still think I won, but this time I will be at my very best.”

Harrison is certainly a formidable opponent. A product of the world famous Kronk Gym, the 25-year-old won 19 of his 23 victories by knockout and last time out he halted former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero inside six rounds. He has also been a sparring partner of Gennedy Golovkin on a number of occasions.

“I have not seen much of Harrison, but I am ready for anyone,” Rabchenko said. “People say he is a very good fighter with good power. I’m not worried. I have good power as well and I think I will have too much for him.”

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