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Think it…Achieve it…

When Tyson Fury pulled himself off the canvas in the 12th and final round of his WBC Heavyweight Title fight on Saturday night, it was about more than boxing – it was a bonified testament to the power of the human mind. With only 2 low level warm up fights, following an almost 3 year absence from the ring – …

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Don’t Bet Against Him…

When “The Gypsy King” steps through the ropes of the Staples Centre in Los Angeles in the early hours of Sunday morning, he will do so as a betting underdog for probably only the second time in his professional boxing career. Not that being an underdog will do anything to deter the lineal heavyweight champion from realizing his destiny, for …

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Star Amateur Debuts On Liverpool Olympia Card

Decorated amateur, Matthew Rennie, will begin his pro career at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30. The first fighter from the Isle of Man to ever box for England, and a Commonwealth Youth Games Silver Medallist, Rennie is now fighting under the VIP Promotions banner and promoter Steve Wood is delighted to have him in the stable: “I’m looking forward …

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Just For Revenge…

In an absorbing 10 round contest at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, Middleton’s Liam Taylor erased the only blemish on his pro record, as he took a split decision win over the former British Champion Tyrone Nurse. Billed as an Eliminator for the British Welterweight Title, Taylor later revealed that the Eliminator status was the last thing on his mind pre-fight and …

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A career to be proud of …

When you ask a boxer their aspirations for the future early in their pro careers, there are 2 answers that are churned out with predictable regularity. I want to be world champion I want to fulfil my potential and go as far as my talent allows Boxing is a tough sport and not for the want of trying, the majority …

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MASHER DODD RETURNS ON VIP LIVERPOOL OLYMPIA SHOW

After appearing on the big stage, you might think Sean Dodd would be reluctant to go back to the small hall circuit again.  For the last few years, the 34-year-old has been a regular fixture on big arena shows live on Sky Sports, but ‘Masher’ says he can’t wait to tread the boards again at the Liverpool Olympia on November …

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Sometimes It’s Written That Way

Sometimes fighters do not prepare diligently enough and suffer as a result when they come up against a foe that has made the necessary sacrifices in camp. Sometimes fighters do put in the hard work but simply come up short against stronger more talented opposition. But every once in a while, no amount of sacrifice or talent for that matter, …

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Liam Taylor v Tyrone Nurse – British Welterweight Title Eliminator

Promoter Steve Wood has pulled a terrific headliner out of the bag for his November 17, Victoria Warehouse show, with Middleton’s Liam Taylor facing Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse in a British Welterweight Title eliminator. “The Board have just signed this fight off, and I’m delighted,” explained VIP Promotions’ head, Wood.  “It’s a cracking match that’s worthy of TV coverage, so it’s great for …

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You win or you learn….

Nobody goes through life without ever knowing some kind of defeat. Even the greatest amongst us suffer failure at some stage – be it in sport, business or indeed in any endeavor. There is a saying that you either win or you learn ……….. and in sport, particularly a sport like boxing, those lessons can sometimes be harsh. Over the …

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Entertainer…but much more besides

Tommy Coyle is entertaining and that is a fact. But start to peel away the layers of the Hull Lightweight and you start to realise that this is a multi-faceted character, with much greater depth than his joker persona would have you believe. Fresh from exposing Eddie Hearn’s backside to the world, in his first and quite likely only professional …

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Pound 4 Pound – For Entertainment!

When it comes to entertainment in boxing, certainly on the UK scene, Davidthewhiter1, PapiDeLaUltimateRhinoAllenJnr or if you prefer, or just plain old David Allen has got to be right up there in the pound for pound rankings. Whether weighing in with his skimpy gold undies, addressing subjects from the complete random to world issues – on his entertaining v-log or …

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3 Very Different Wow’s Of The Week…

WOW was the general response from the boxing world when it broke on Friday that Liverpool’s Rocky Fielding will be facing pound for pound superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on December 15th at the historic Madison Square Garden. If there was ever a match up that came seemingly out of nowhere, then this one is most definitely up there. Fresh from …

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Defeat doesn’t spell the end…

In the surreal setting of Jedda, Saudi Arabia on Friday night, Liverpool’s Callum Smith announced himself as the new dominate force in the Super Middleweight ranks, as he dismantled the previously acknowledged division kingpin George Groves in 7 measured rounds. Coming off the back of some of the best showing’s of his career, Groves went into the bout as the …

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Weekend Preview Brogan v Botham

We have another talent loaded card at the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday night. Topping the bill is Skelmersdale’s Steve Brogan in a great match up for the Central Area Lightweight Title over 10 rounds. His last step up into title class saw him suffer his first defeat to Lee Appleyard when they contested the English Title in July last year. …

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Calm through the storm – but shh don’t mention the F*** word

The ability to remain calm through a storm is an absolute pre-requisite for any great boxing champion and even fighters adorning most pound for pound lists in boxing’s rich history, have endured worrying patches in fights, surviving wobbles, knockdowns or producing a knockout when seemingly heading for a points defeat. Think Rocky Marciano v Jersey Joe Walcott, George Foreman v …

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Timing Is Everything

Countless times we have heard the old adage that ‘timing is everything in boxing.’ How often have we seen a passing of the torch from a great champion evidently on the decline to a fresher, hungrier fighter climbing the mountain? The big announcement for VIP over the weekend was that Josh Warrington will defend his IBF Featherweight Title against Carl …

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‘No Turning Back’ Preview – Leach v Norman

Well we’ve certainly got a cracking card for you in our season opener on Saturday night at the Victoria Warehouse, in Manchester. Top of the bill see’s Salford’s Marc Leach attempting to push into title contention with an English Bantamweight Title Eliminator against Leicestershire’s Louis Norman.   As a former English Flyweight Champion Norman is coming to spoil the party …

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As The Cliché Goes ‘Styles Make Fights’

Public opinion on Amir Khan is always certain to raise a debate, but one thing that can never be doubted is the excitement and drama he brings to a boxing ring. Blessed with super natural hand speed, in full flow his boxing prowess is a sight to behold, but as is the case for many blessed with genius, that genius …

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Steve Wood pushing for Danny Wright title chance

Steve Wood, manager of Danny Wright, believes the unbeaten light-welterweight will have a major impact on the domestic title scene with just a couple more victories under his belt. Wright is currently 9-0 (4), as he heads into a September 15th outing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse against Hungary’s Zoltan Szabo, 25-12 (11), which will be streamed live on vipboxing.tv. And …

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Record-makers & Record-breakers

It has been widely reported this week that Wanheng Menayothin, surpassed Floyd Mayweather’s unbeaten record of 50-0 when defending his WBC Minimumweight Title for the 10th time. Although the Thai went to 51 wins from 51, he will of course need to remain undefeated in any subsequent bouts or retire immediately, to truly cement his claim to the record. Despite …

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EXCITING MANCHESTER PROSPECT LINKS UP WITH VIP PROMOTIONS

EXCITING MANCHESTER PROSPECT LINKS UP WITH VIP PROMOTIONS Exciting Stretford prospect Bradley Rea has linked up with VIP Promotions, following the likes of IBF World Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington, and former world lightweight ruler Terry Flanagan, by joining the talent-rich stable. The 20-year-old debuts at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on September 15, on a card topped by Salford’s Marc Leach against …

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Always expect the unexpected as anything can happen in boxing…

It’s impossible to cover a boxing round up of the week gone by, without featuring the crazy and bewildering spectacle that took place at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 25th August. While die hard boxing fans and the fighters who devote countless hours in training sacrificing their blood, sweat and tears, will no doubt find Saturday’s event difficult to digest …

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Frank Warren said ‘It’s On’ and we can’t wait!!

With the new season quickly descending upon us, what a season it is rapidly shaping up to be. In Belfast on Saturday night, promoter Frank Warren confirmed 2 huge marquee fights that will hopefully take place before 2018 is out. The entertaining Tyson Fury put a solid, if not enthralling, 10 rounds in the bank, against Italy’s overmatched, former world …

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James Moorcroft discusses June 16 return in Bolton

James Moorcroft (6-0, 1 KO) has made rapid strides since leaving behind the world of white collar fighting just over twelve months ago. The 25 year old from Wigan will step up to eight rounds and is scheduled to fight for a challenge belt on VIP Promotions’ upcoming show in Bolton on June 16th. It is a show of faith …