Upton Crowned English super-Lightweight Champion

Photo Credit Mark J Jones/Hatton Promotions
Photo Credit Mark J Jones/Hatton Promotions

Photo Credit Mark J Jones/Hatton Promotions

Anthony Upton became the second member of the Upton Clan to hold a national title following a stunning display against Luke Paddock in Cannock on Sunday afternoon.

The 24-year-old, who is trained by boxing legend Ricky Hatton, won the vacant English super-lightweight crown with a hellacious left cross 34 seconds into the ninth round.

It was a text book shot that rocked Paddock down to his boots and sent him crashing to the canvas.
The Bloxwich man did get back to his feet, but was unsteady and referee John Latham correctly waved it off.

The victory follows on from Anthony’s older brother Pauly being crowned Irish super-welterweight champion in April.

“It’s unbelievable. When I saw him shake his head and say he couldn’t continue I was so happy I dropped to my knees because no one sees how much effort boxers put in and how much It means,” Anthony, now 13-1 (5 KOs), said.

“I’ve spent nine weeks away from my family and I missed them dearly and now it’s paid off.

“I was trying to get him (Paddock) with that punch a lot. I kept overdoing it and missing.

“I knew he’d lean in with his shots, but I was too far away. Ricky told me not to stand too far apart from him because all I needed was an inch more and I did what Ricky told me, tagged Luke and he went down.”

He added: “Full respect to Luke Paddock. He’s a great fighter and good luck to him in the future.”

On the undercard, Anthony’s other punching sibling, Sonny, warmed up for his own English title opportunity by seeing off Atherton danger man William Warburton over eight rounds.

Sonny will now box Ben Hall for the vacant super-welterweight strap on a Frank Warren show in the Autumn.

Also in action from the Hatton stable were unbeaten prospects Reuben Arrowsmith and Sam Evans.

Evans stretched his record to 5-0 by outboxing Kevin McCauley over six rounds, while Arrowsmith used devastating uppercuts to drop and then stop Latvian southpaw Viktors Drizlionoks inside three rounds.

The card also saw Leon Gower and debutant Sahib Mann score third round stoppages over Craig Derbyshire and Daniel Mickleburgh respectively. Former world kickboxing champion Chad Sugden defeated Christian Hoskin Gomez 59-56 over six-threes.

Ricky Hatton Responds to News of Ali Passing

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I was extremely saddened to wake up this morning and be told of the passing of the legendary Muhammad Ali.

It is not only a very sad loss for boxing, but for the whole of sport as he was quite simply the greatest and most iconic athlete the world has ever known.

I used to collect boxing fights on VHS as a kid and Muhammad was a big favourite for me. He had speed and timing that few heavyweights possess as well as having the sort personality that drew you in.

I was very honoured when agreed to officially open my gym, Hatton Health and Fitness, in August 2009. It was a dream come true to meet him and that day is one of the proudest moments of my life.

We took him for a walk around Hyde afterwards and the place came to a standstill. Everywhere you looked there were people pulling over in their cars just so they could get a glimpse of the man.

There’s few things that have pleased me more than seeing the people of our small town so thrilled at someone’s presence.

He was so nice to everyone as well. Although Parkinson’s was taking its toll on him by then, he made time for people and nothing was too much for him.

Inside the ring, he was simply the greatest of all-time and I don’t think we’ll see another fighter like him again. Outside of it, he took on the American government and helped bring about social change so a lot of people should be very thankful to Muhammad.

My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Ricky

Ricky Hatton Lobbies for Title Shot for Kiryl Relikh

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RICKY HATTON believes Kiryl Relikh should be granted a shot at the WBA super-lightweight title following his demolition of Brazil’s Joaquin Carneiro Batista in Bolton, England on Friday night (May 13).
 
The hard-hitting Belarusian, defending successfully his WBA Intercontinental super-lightweight title, was dominant from the outset and rocked Carneiro’s head back several times.
 
As the sessions progressed, Relikh’s unleashed further heavy artillery and in the fourth round Carneiro’s corner raised the towel to pull their man out.
 
Kiryl Relikh, who has a perfect record of 21 contests, 21 wins with 19 inside, is currently ranked at number four in the world’s WBA ratings, and Hatton feels he should have been nominated to fight number one rated Michele Di Rocco for the vacant world title ahead of Ricky Burns, who is rated at number seven.
 
“I think Kiryl showed his class and I believe he should have gotten the fight with Di Rocco, but I can’t blame Burns and his team for negotiating the fight as they are doing what is best for them,” Hatton stated.
 
“We’re entitled to take the winner of Burns and Di Rocco within ninety days of their contest and we’ll be ready for either of them.
 
“Personally, I hope Burns wins and does Scotland proud and then we can hopefully get a shot at him.
 
“Kiryl’s a man in a hurry. He wants to fight everybody so I don’t think he’ll have any problems going in against Burns or anyone else at the weight.
 
“He’s go 19 stoppages from 21 fights now, but I think people will be pleasantly surprised when they see him step up a level to world class because I don’t think he’s shown half of what he’s got yet, his fights have been over that quickly.”

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