Multiple Title Fights Announced For Aintree Racecourse
Huge night of title fights at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 01 March 2014
Merseyside stars Paul Butler, Joe Selkirk, Kevin Satchell and Tom Stalker hit the races on Saturday 1st March when they all feature at the historic Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool.
The WBO Intercontinental & WBA International Super-Flyweight Championship Title
Ellesmere Port’s undefeated super-flyweight sensation Paul Butler headlines the show when he defends his WBO and WBA Intercontinental titles.
The 25-year-old British Champion had a fantastic 2013 adding the Commonwealth, WBO and WBA International titles and taking his record to 14 fights unbeaten with seven KO’s.
He said, “This is a big year for me and I’m looking to start it with bang at Aintree on Saturday 1st March. Last year was great with plenty of fights and winning lots of belt, this year I hope for more of the same as I move closer to that world title. The opponents are getting harder, they’re more experienced and they’re bringing the best out of me.
The WBO European Light-Middleweight Championship
Featuring as chief support is Liverpool hitman Joe Selkirk who makes the first defence of his WBO European Light-Middleweight title.
Selkirk demolished unbeaten Zoltan Sera inside three rounds last month to win his first pro title and is looking to keep busy this year with more hard-hitting performances.
While Selkirk’s challenger is to be confirmed, on the undercard top talents Ronnie Heffron and John Thain will fight it out and the winner is set to meet Selkirk next time.
Selkirk said, “It makes such a difference winning that first title. Even though it’s not a world title, it feels like it is and I’m not letting it go. Whoever I’m facing at Aintree is getting smashed and then I’m looking at the winner out of Heffron and Thain after that. I want to fight and keep busy and this year you’ll see the best of me.”
The Commonwealth Flyweight Championship
Liverpool flyweight hot-shot Kevin Satchell, the British and Commonwealth Champion, has signed a promotional agreement with Queensberry Promotions and he’ll have his first fight for his new promoter at Aintree.
Unbeaten Satchell defends the Commonwealth title only – that he won at Aintree against Paul Edwards in May 2012 – against the mandatory challenger Issac Quaye from Ghana which will be a tough assignment, but Satchell is confident he’ll come through.
Satchell said, “First of all I’m really happy to have signed with my new promoter Frank Warren who believes I can make it to the top and I’ll repay that faith with top performances in the ring. It’s a good omen to return to the venue where I won my title and I’ll put on a good show for the fans. The fighters from Ghana are tough and hard, just how I like them, Quaye will bring me to another level.”
Also confirmed on the under-card is WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly making his long-awaited cruiserweight debut. Plus highl;y rated Liverpool ace and former amateur star and Thomas Stalker will make his Queensberry Promotions debut.
Completing the card will be Manchester unbeaten lightweight star Terry Flanagan, who has his first fight for Warren, and features in an eight-round contest, plus unbeaten Ellesmere Port prospect Matty Fagan who features in a six-round contest against Gloucester’s Andy Harris.
Frank Warren said,
“It’s the first time in my promotional career that I’ve staged a show at Aintree and I’m delighted that the first show has a strong line up of talent from Merseyside. Paul is certainly one of the hot young talents to look out for this year, he’s on the world scene now and he’ll be looking to make his mark this year.”
“Joe looked great last time out dismantling a tough challenger in Sera and he’ll have a big year this year as well. I’d like to welcome new signings Kevin Satchell and Tom Stalker to the Queensberry Promotions team along with Neil Marsh. ”
“Kevin is a quality fighter and I think he will do some good things this year, and the same with Tom who was a superb amateur and has carried that across to the pros and I’m looking forward to working with them and really establishing them as big attractions in their home city. ”
“It’s a top quality card with some of Britain’s best talent like Terry Flanagan in action and a cracking showdown between Ronnie Heffron and John Thain, plus top prospect Matty Fagan.”
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