Luton lightweight boxer, Michael Devine 13-2-1 is all set for the biggest fight of his career so far when he enters the ring this Saturday May 16th at London’s historic York Hall to challenge Southern Area lightweight champion, Adam Dingsdale 12-2-1 for his title.
The Prizefighter finalist said, “Feeling good, just can’t wait to weigh in now and get ready to do the business on Saturday. It’s going to be one hell of a fight!”
Devine v Dingsdale headlines the Goodwin Promotions action packed show which is bursting at the seams with talented boxers boasting a whopping 14 scheduled fights with seven of those billed as title fights including four Southern Area title clashes as well as three Masters titles fights making it one of the best non-TV shows of 2015.
On paper, the warring pair are almost identically matched making this one of the most eagerly anticipated and intriguing Southern Area clashes for a long while.
The 27-year-old champion, Dingsdale from Kent captured his title in June last year with a win over Portsmouth’s Floyd ‘Pacman’ Moore. His only defeats have come in big title fights when he failed to claim the vacant WBC Continental lightweight title against Derry Matthews in October last year and his first ever loss was handed to him by former WBO European lightweight champion, Stephen Ormond in October 2013.
The pair were due to lock horns in March this year but injury forced the challenger to pull out due to damages picked up in his Prizefighter campaign.
Challenger Devine, who has already been a Southern Area champion at super-featherweight when he defeated Dan Naylor on points in September 2013 at the York Hall, said of his forthcoming foe, “I totally respect Dingsdale, he’s a cracking little fighter. We are both on the same level but I’m always improving and I’m the biggest puncher of the two.
“He’s been in there with Ormond and Mathews and he’s experienced that top level so you can’t take nothing away from him and he’s got a great team behind him. The winner of this fight will go on to fight for an English title.”
He continued, “I’ve put everything into this camp but then I put everything into every camp, I always train hard, I always give it everything I’ve got so it’s just a normal fight for but on a bigger stage.”
Devine comes into this fight off the back of a commendable Prizefighter campaign that saw him reach the tournament final losing on points to the winning boxer, Jono Carroll after flooring rival, Danny Connor in the quarter-final and scoring a fine one punch KO over Essex boxer, Lee Martin in the semi’s.
Although Devine claims that the tournament format did not wholly suit his style, “In Prizefighter I didn’t really show that I’m a boxer, anyone else watching me will see that I can box over the ten rounds distance, I would have been more patient but over three rounds I lunged in more than I would have normally so on Saturday night I’m gonna box and show that I can have a war if I have to.”
Of his injury woes, Devine clarified, “There’s been little niggles but nothing serious, I’m 100% injury free.”
With this good news in mind, Devine is determined to continue the momentum his career had picked up since the Prizefighter success, stating, “Even when I’m holiday after the fight I’ll be training still as I’m looking to be back out in June and then again in September.”
The show is one of the biggest seen at the historic home of boxing this year but the lightweight from Luton will not be watching any of the action on the night, he explained, “I personally don’t watch any other fights I like to get in there and focus on my fight, stay out of the way of fans and be in the changing rooms getting in the zone, there’s a lad from Luton called Liam Conroy fighting last so I’ll be watching him.”
He concluded with a message to his fans, “I wanna say thanks to everyone for turning up again, it’s a hard sport so without everyone grabbing a ticket I couldn’t be doing this so I really appreciate it.
“This is worthy of an English title fight, our styles gel well so I can promise you that it’s going to be one hell of a fight.”
The Devine v Dingsdale clash co-headlines the show with another interesting 50-50 fight between Devon’s Jamie Speight 12-7 and Berkshire’s Ian Bailey 12-17-1 for the Southern Area featherweight title.
Bailey has held the Southern Area featherweight title once before by beating Bexley boxer, Lewis Pettitt in 2012 and remains the only loss on the current WBA Inter-Continental super-bantamweight champion’s record since.
Speight is the reigning Southern Area champion winning the title at the weight above on his second attempt as Area champ after losing to the aforementioned Pettitt for the super-bantamweight version in 2013.
The remaining two Southern Area clashes features Philip ‘Quicksilver’ Bowes 9-1 as he challenges for the Southern Area light-welterweight belt against the unbeaten former Prizefighter Champion, Johnny Coyle 9-0 whilst Johnny Garton 14-1 makes his second defence of the welterweight version against former English title challenger, Martin Welsh 12-4.
Devine’s old foe, Danny Connor 11-9-2 competes for the vacant British Masters lightweight title against Andy ‘Thunder’ Harris 3-25-1 whilst Hampshire’s ‘Dangerous’ Danny Goode 13-7 fights Liam Conroy 0-5-0 for the British Masters light-heavyweight strap and Adam ‘Raw’ Salman 5-1 completes the trio of Masters title bouts when he competes for the International light-welterweight version against Michal Vosyka 3-17-1.
David Leo 2-2 is set to open the show looking to get the balance on his even record back to winning ways against Joe Beedon 1-23-0 in a four round super-featherweight contest.
Debutant, Andrew Joicey takes his pro bow at welterweight against Ladislav Nemeth in the second bout of the evening.
‘Irish Lightning’ Dean Byrne 17-4-1 tangles with respected journeyman, William Warburton 14-74-6 over four rounds at welterweight.
The youngest pair of Ricky Hatton’s ‘Upton Clan’, Sonny 5-2 and Anthony Upton 8-0 continue their steady rise through the ranks, both in six round contests.
Exciting light-middleweight, Joey Vaughan 1-0 enters his first contest since signing with the top London promotional outfit, the Goodwin’s. He goes up against journeyman, Harjinder Gill 0-12-1.
Jamie Arlain 1-0 also has his first fight under the Goodwin’s banner following an extended ring absence against 32-year-old Yorkie boxer, Paul O’Brien 0-7-0.
Exciting undefeated light-middleweight, John Cash 4-0 has a six round contest.
Master Class Running Order (Doors open at 4pm – First fight scheduled for 4.30pm)
Dave Leo vs Joe Beedon
4 x 3mins – Super Featherweight Contest
Andrew Joicey vs Laszlo Nemeth
4 x 3mins – Welterweight Contest
Sonny Upton vs Dmitrijs Ovsjannikovs
6 x 3min – Light Middleweight Contest
Jamie Arlain vs Paul O’Brien
4 x 3mins – Welterweight Contest
Dean Byrne vs William Warburton
4 x 3mins – Welterweight Contest
Adam Salman vs Michal Vosyka
8 x 3mins – Vacant International Masters Welterweight Title
Anto Upton vs Istvan Kiss
6 x 3mins – Light Welterweight Contest
Danny Connor vs Andy Harris
10 x 3mins – Vacant British Masters Lightweight Title
Joey Vaughan vs Harjinder Gill
4 x 3mins – Light Middleweight Contest
Adam Dingsdale vs Michael Devine
10 x 3mins – Southern Area Lightweight Title
Philip Bowes vs Johnny Coyle
10 x 3mins – Vacant Southern Area Light Welterweight Title
Jamie Speight vs Ian Bailey
10 x 3mins – Southern Area Featherweight Title
Johnny Garton vs Martin Welsh
10 x 3mins – Southern Area Welterweight Title
Danny Goode vs James Liam Conroy
8 x 3mins – British Masters Light Heavyweight Title
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