8:40am Sunday 12th January 2014
PROMOTER Todd Reeves is putting together an actionpacked night of amateur boxing at Evesham High School on Saturday, February 1.
The evening, a rare event in Evesham, will feature 10 title fights and, for the first time in 30 years, no headguards.
In the top-of-the-bill fight, Karolis Baubkus and Jake Harrison clash for the UBC elite super heavyweight belt.
Baubkus, from Kettering, won the vacant belt with a sensational one-punch knock-out in June captured by Sky Sports’ cameras.
They screened Baubkus laying out Dayo Majemite with a right-hand thunderbolt on their popular Ringside programme.
Baubkus now aims to avenge a previous points loss in the first defence of his belt.
Harrison is a powerhouse from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, and has won both the national ABA novice title and UBC inter belt.
At 23, Harrison, a winner in 16 of his 22 previous bouts, is considered an exciting prospect and handed Baubkus two counts on the way to a points win when they clashed last season.
UBC central elite middleweight champion and England international Zaheer Asghar, from Birmingham, defends his belt and also aims to settle a score against Jack Williams, of Aston Police. The two are tied at one win apiece.
Asghar is an aggressive southpaw, who can punch and box, while Williams is a pressure fighter and the two always provide fireworks.
All-action Adam Harper (Worcester City/Tewkesbury) challenges Harry Fiaz (Wellington) for the UBC inter middleweight belt.
Reeves, who has worked alongside Ricky Hatton as well as promoting the Redditch Box Cup, is looking forward to bringing the sport back to Evesham. He said: “I’m really excited to be bringing championship amateur boxing to Evesham.
“I believe the last boxing event was some 15 years back.
“For the first time, the headguards will be off and championship fights are boxed over three threeminute rounds and under pro rules. There are going to be some right tear-ups.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring the town together for one night. The venue is excellent and the school have been very helpful.
“As well as boxing in the sports hall, there will be bands playing in the school hall, two bars and fundraising for the school, so there is something for everyone.”
Tickets cost £15 and £25 and are available from James Cox on 07881-506156 or Reeves on 07854-702531.
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