Professional boxing returns to Preston on Saturday June 17, with a Neil Marsh Promotion featuring a number of North West fighters on show as well as an intriguing UK return for a well-respected French fighter.
Top of the bill sees popular local middleweight Mick Hall in a 10 round elimination contest for the English belt against Barsnley’s Matthew Mallin.
It’s a welcome and quick return for Hall, who last time out was stopped in the 11th by Blackpool’s highly rated, Jack Arnfield, for the WBA International title. With a similar record to Mallin, this contest has the potential to be a real crowd pleaser.
Also appearing is Blackpool’s rising heavyweight star, Bill Hodgson, who is rapidly climbing up the domestic ratings following seven wins from seven contests since turning pro a little over 18 months ago.
Last time out, ‘Big Bill’ outpointed the vastly more experienced Tom Dallas, who had shared a ring with David Price and Matt Skelton, over four rounds. Fighting over six rounds for the first time on June 17, Hodgson’s aim is to keep busy ahead of domestic title opportunities next year.
Ahead of what he also hopes will be title opportunities in the next 12 months, Blackpool’s exciting middleweight, RP Davies, is also in action. A front foot fighter who always gives value for money, Davies is currently ranked just outside the top 20 in one of the toughest divisions in domestic boxing.
Derbyshire’s highly rated super-middleweight, Zach Parker, will box in an eight rounder before his own assault on titles in the coming months. Parker too is rapidly rising through a talented division.
Liverpool’s Joe Wood and Blackburn’s Kurt Grieve continue their ring education on the show, whilst an intriguing super-lightweight bout sees the return to these shores of Frenchman Renald ‘The Lion’ Garrido, who famously enters the ring dressed as a lion.
Garrido has faced the likes of Bradley Saunders, Martin Lindsay, Jack Catterall, Robbie Davies jnr. and Frankie Gavin and will certainly add extra excitement come fight night.
Looking ahead to the show, promoter Neil Marsh said: “I am delighted to be back in Preston following the terrific, and well-supported, show in January that was also live on ITV. That was a great night and this one is developing into a real cracker too, with a mix of local talent and emerging prospects in action.
“All of these lads will be fighting for titles in the coming months so it will be good to see their continuing development ahead of what we hope will be a busy and successful year for all of them.”
Tickets, priced at £65 for table ringside seats and £35 general admission, are available from Preston Guild Hall box office on 01772 80 44 44, and the boxers themselves on twitter.