‘Boxing is Back’ for round two at Guild

Ricky Skelton defeated Bradley Pryce to win the British Masters light-middleweight title at the Guild Hall
Ricky Skelton defeated Bradley Pryce to win the British Masters light-middleweight title at the Guild Hall
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FIGHT fans in Preston are set for another big treat later this month.

The second instalment of ‘Boxing is Back’ will take place at the Guild Hall on Saturday, June 27.

After the success of the first show in February, event organiser Karl Ince has organised a second professional event in association with VIP Boxing Promotions.

Some of the North West’s top fighters will be showcasing their talents once more, including undefeated middleweight stars Ricky Skelton and Rick Godding, who are expected to face title or eliminator bouts.

Preston will also be well represented with middleweights Dean Halsall and Mick Hall expected to feature on the bill.

Heavyweights Mike Stafford of Southport, and Lancaster’s Tomi Tatham are sure to provide the fireworks on what should be an excellent night of top-class boxing.

The show is the brainchild of former professional fighter and renowned trainer Ince, who has campaigned for a number of years to get the sport back at the iconic venue.

He remembers the days when he used to fight in front of a packed house at the Guild Hall in years gone by.

But up until this year, boxing had been conspicuous by its absence at the Lancaster Gate Road establishment over the last few years.

He was determined to bring the sport back to the city and came to an agreement with the Guild Hall’s owner Simon Rigby late last year.

The first ‘Boxing is Back’ show was a huge success and there were wins for Skelton, Hall, Godding and Tatham.

“The first show was fantastic and we are looking forward to the second show,” said Ince.

“It was always the plan to stage more shows throughout the year and I’d like to thank Simon Rigby once again.

“A lot of people watched the first event and we would like to get even more people through the door for the second show.”

Doors open on the night at 6.45pm, with the first fight scheduled for 7.15pm. Tickets are priced at £30 for general unreserved seating.

For a ringside table, tickets cost £70 which includes a curry, or £90 which includes a meal.

To purchase a ticket, please contact the Guild Hall Box Office on 01772 804444. For further information, visit www.prestonguildhall.com

Meanwhile, Preston’s Team GB youth trainer Dave Fitzgerald has been celebrating after helping his young charges to success at the European Junior Championships in Lviv, Ukraine.

Coaching the country’s top talent who are aged between 15 and 16, Fitzgerald’s remit was to return with one medal.

But he managed to better that target as two of his fighters claimed gold medals. Charles Frankham and John Johnson won the 52kg and 63kg weight categories respectively, while Tommy Roberts scooped a bronze at 50kg.

“My target this year was one medal so to get two golds and a bronze is a fantastic achievement,” said Fitzgerald, who is the father of Commonwealth Games champion Scott.

“Out of 27 countries, we finished third so it’s a massive thing.”