December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
Ilford cruiserweight in must-win battle
Ilford cruiserweight Wadi Camacho is looking forward to his ‘must win’ fight against local rival Tony Conquest on the big Matchroom bill at the O2 Arena tomorrow.
There is no love lost between the pair, former sparring partners at Canning Town’s TKO gym, as they meet with the promise of a British cruiserweight title fight for the winner and a bleak outlook for the loser.
There is confident talk from the rivals who have both chalked up some explosive wins and each suffered one inside the distance defeat in their pro campaigns.
The ever-confident Camacho sees only one winner, saying: “I have watched Tony Conquest a few times and he is an okay boxer, but I don’t think there will be any trouble.
“I don’t think there is anything new that he is going to bring that I haven’t faced before. He is a very standard boxer and I am a complete package.”
Conquest added: “Beating Wadi will set me up for a British title chance. I can’t wait for Saturday night.”
The show also features the pro debut of Olympic super heavyweight gold medallist Anthony Joshua, plus a WBA world title fight for Scott Quigg, a British title clash between Lee Selby and Ryan Walsh and another Olympic golden boy in Luke Campbell.
Lightweight Kevin Mitchell, who trains alongside Joshua at the busy Hainault gym of Tony Sims, aims to beat tough Mexican Marco Lopez in their 12-round tussle for the IBF inter-continental belt to earn another world title bid.
Ilford’s former world featherweight champion Colin McMillan once again supports his old club Barking at the Prince Regent Hotel, Chigwell on Friday when he stages their annual charity night – The J.K Shah Challenge.
“Sweet C” wore club colours 30 years ago and has staged the annual bill for a decade. This year it is in association with Fairbet 4U year and beside Barking ABC, the main beneficiary will be the Michelle Adams Patient Welfare Fund, which is part of the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Current Barking boxers including Jake Marshall, brothers Blerin, Yilber and Jetnor Pjetri, Ibby Mercan and juniors George Stewart and Callum Alboni are all in action.
Boxing celebrities including former world heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon and undisputed world welterweight champion Lloyd Honeyghan have pledged their support and there will be a special auction of memorabilia.
Tickets priced £60 are available by calling 0208 599 6823 or 07782 635615.