Wood backs Colquhoun to rise to Barnes task on July 25

VIP Boxing 15/07/2015

After adding his first world champion to the VIP Promotions’ stable, Steve Wood is hoping Andy Colquhoun will prove to be another success story when he takes on David Barnes in Liverpool on July 25.

Manchester’s Terry Flanagan – part of the VIP camp since turning pro – recently captured the vacant WBO World lightweight crown against Jose Zapeda, enhancing Wood’s reputation as one the best managers in British boxing.

With that Flanagan victory now in the bank, Wood’s attention turns to Colquhoun who enters his British light-welterweight title eliminator against Barnes at The Olympia as an underdog. ‘Chico’ Colquhoun has looked the part getting to an undefeated 13-0, but Wood acknowledges that former two-weight Lonsdale belt winner Barnes is a tough match.

“This is undoubtedly a big ask for Andy, but he’s looked great so far and we have faith in his ability. It’s a great opportunity for him, and it’s probably arrived a bit quicker than normal but Andy has been chasing me for a big fight.

“I think it’ll be a good fight to watch because I know how determined Andy is to get the win. It’s probably a 50-50, and usually you’d like better odds than that when you’re fighting at home, but it’s a fight Andy wanted and we’ve delivered it for him.

“We’ve got some excellent talent on this show including former British super-featherweight champion Gary Sykes, and Prizefighter winner Larry Ekundayo who is unbeaten and exciting. We’re expecting a big crowd, the atmosphere will be really good and some tickets are still available.”

Barnes, who has previously won the domestic crown at both welterweight and light-welterweight, has been inactive of late with only one outing since a 2013 defeat to Birmingham’s Franke Gavin. The 34-year-old brings vastly more experience than Colquhoun though – with just three defeats in 33 fights – and must know he won’t have too many more chances to climb to the top.

“I’ve seen him a few times,” said Barnes of Colquhoun. “He’s a come forward fighter but not very powerful. I don’t think he’ll bring anything though that I haven’t seen before in 30-odd fights.

“I’ve also fought away from home lots of times before, and I’ll have fans there at the Olympia anyway, so it’ll be as much my home as his.

“I’m very confident I’m going to win. Everything is going well, there’s lots still out there for me. I’m still young, feel good and am really looking forward to this one.”

VIP Promotions present Liverpool’s Andy Colquhoun versus Manchester’s David Barnes in a British light-welterweight title eliminator at Liverpool’s Olympia on July 25.

Also appearing will be Dewsbury’s Gary Sykes; London’s Larry Ekundayo; Liverpool’s John Quigley, Joe Tonks, Paul Peers and Steve Brogan; Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd; St Helens’ Lee Hynes; and Oswaldtwistle’s Adam Machaj.

Tickets priced at £30 (general) and £50 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv and Eventim.co.uk. The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv