On October 20th, big time boxing comes back to Nottingham as Scott Calow Promotions in association with Joe Elfidh Promotions bring the first title bout to Nottingham since the days of Carl Froch.
A stacked card mixed with prospects, established local stars and a title fight to boot should have local fight fans licking their lips.
To add to the big fight feel, Grovesnor Casino have also partnered up with the show to host the weigh in (2pm on the 19th) and an afterparty following the event.
Here is a preview of the bouts that will be on:
Ekow Eussman v Andy Keates – English welterweight title.
In the headline bout former team GB standout Ekow the Engine Essuman contests for his first pro title against former midlands and English/IBO intercontinental title contender Andy Keates. This will be a tough test for Essuman although one he is expected to come through and will provide a yardstick for what he can hope to achieve in the pro game. Keates still has ambitions and will be bringing support with him as he aims to be the man to stop the momentum of the engine.
Nathan Kirk v Andy Harris 4×3 – lightweight
Popular Nathan ‘captain’ Kirk will want to impress the army of local fans when he goes up against Andy Harris. Having lost in a Midlands area title challenge a year ago, Kirk will be wanting to land his trademark hooks and uppercuts to pick a win with Harris. A victory could see Kirk once again in the Midlands Area title picture.
Chad Sugden in an international contest.
Chad 2 Slick Sugden makes his long awaited return to the ring following a period of inactivity against an opponent yet to be named, though likely to be from overseas. Sugden last fought in November of 2017, and in the meantime has been getting sparring from champion fighters to further his development. With a legion of fans supporting his every fight, Sugden will want to keep the winning run going so he can chase a title in his coming bouts.
Omari Grant v Joe Beedon 6×3 – lightweight
Omari ‘the preying mantis’ Grant, also known as MC Kriptik locally, steps up to his first 6 rounder opposite Joe Beedon. Grant acquired a record of 6-0 in his first year as a pro fighting predominantly in Worksop. With his first appearance in his hometown Grant will need to avoid any slip ups so that the train keeps moving forward with title bouts potentially looming.
Jack Hutsby v Darren Snow 4×3 super middle
Jack Hutsby will be looking to get back to winning ways following a draw in his last outing with tough Geraint Goodridge. Here Hutsby is facing road warrior Darren Snowy Snow who has fought all over the country so will not be intimidated by what’s likely to be a pro-Nottingham atmosphere. Aged 22, Hutsby has time on his side and Snowy will be a good test of where he currently stands.
Carwyn Herbert v Luke Middleton 4×3 middleweight.
Following a return to winning ways in March, Carwyn Herbert will be looking to make it 2 wins out of 2 in 2018 as he battles Worksop’s Luke Middleton. Middleton will be wanting to set the record straight having recently suffered his first loss so this one has the markings of a good even match up where the victor will then look to push on to chase title bouts next year. These 2 know each other from having sparred so there is unlikely to be any feeling out rounds.
Paul Thompson vs Myles Vale Super lightweight
Paul Thompson is going to make his second outing just over a month after his debut as he goes against Myles Vale. Thompson served his country overseas in the forces and is an excellent runner, though in this contest he look to be the one chasing down Vale as he chases his second victory. His stamina will be a big asset for him as the rounds get longer.
Jordan Ringham v Lewis van Poetsch super middle
After a few cancellations Jordan Ringham gets his pro career underway against one of the UK’s more recognisable journeymen in Lewis ‘Poochie’ Van Poetsch. Poochie a barber by day, enters the ring in an old fashioned bathrobe, flat cap and retro boots can give anyone a difficult night so Ringham will need ensure he is focused at the task in hand. Following a frustrating year, Ringham will to take out the grumblings on the Gloucestershire pugilist.
Ryan Amos v Dale Arrowsmith welterweight
Former east midland amateur challenge belt holder Ryan Amos makes his pro bow on the show against the durable Dale Arrowsmith of Stockport. Amos has plenty of unlicensed and Amateur experience to prepare him for the pro game. With a bob and weave style, his strength is a real asset as he will be looking at kicking his career off with an impressive win.
Delmar Thomas v TBC lightweight
Delmar Thomas of team DCT will be making his second outing on the show against an as yet unknown opponent. After plying his trade on the white collar scene he made his debut last month in Nottingham and is quickly getting out for his second bout. Training amongst the likes of Essuman and Osaze will have him wanting to impress the audience so that he is spoken about after the event.
Luck Haigh v Scott Hillman Super middleweight
Popular Harworth ticket seller Luke Haigh will aim to make a statement as he transitions from the amateur ranks to the pro scene. In the opposite corner he will find veteran Scott Hillman. Haigh will want to produce a dominant display in his debut, with the pressure on from the onlooking eyes of his faithful supporters.
With an expected 10 fights to be on the show this will be one of the bigger shows Nottingham has seen for some while, with an expected capacity attendance of 2,000. Wins for the Nottingham lads will continue the Nottingham movement to bring further shows back to the land of Robin Hood next year and provide the big shows to the area that’s been devoid of big fight nights in recent years.