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Bolton whites hotel review – possible VIP tournaments, the next show and small hall results from the weekend!

In the nine fight card from the whites hotel, Bolton brought to us by VIP promotions saw Jack Flatley headline in an 8 round contest against Evgeni Vazem.

No real threat to the Bolton man in what was a competitive 24 minutes against the tough well known Russian journeyman who fights out of Southampton.

With manager Steve Wood stating in the build up to this weeks event that they’ve had a few offers for title fights for ‘Quiet Storm’ yet was not going to throw him in with the wolves after the stoppage against Kerman Lejarraga last December. A shut out 80-72 points victory puts him on 14 completed rounds this year and sets him up nicely for the next stage of his boxing career.

In what was just his second bout since 2018 Paul Economides won every round over six against very well respected journeyman Brett ‘the threat’ Fidoe who was going into the contest on the back of two good wins. At 35 years of age ‘The Spartan’ Economides made a return to the ring this year for the first time since losing out by a single point in a super bantamweight central area title match against Jason Cunningham four years ago.

Irishman Liam Gaynor moved to 9-1 with a comprehensive 60-54 points win over Viktor Vezhlivtsev.

Bury’s Marcus Tomlinson was in his second bout of his professional career against 104 fight veteran Jordan Grannum who has only ever been stopped once!  Winning by 39 points to 37 over four rounds.

Local lad Greg McGuinness took his record to 5 and 0 against Ukrainian Mykhalo Sovtus defeating him by 39 points to 37 infront of a stronghold of supporters in his hometown.

Another local lad Samir Aftab looked to impress as he made his professional debut against Lithuanian Marius Vysniauskas over four rounds winning all but one. A significant number of supporters in attendance made plenty of noise to encourage the hometown boxer.

Owen Kirk got back to winning ways after the defeat to Jake Bray in April. Boxing his way to a shut out victory over four rounds against Josh Cook, he now aims to avenge his defeat and looks ahead to a rematch with Bray at winter gardens, Blackpool on the 10th September.

Teenager Lennox Lythgoe took his record to 4 and 0 after defeating Constantin Radoi of Romania over four rounds 39 points to 37 as he continues to rack up the wins since making his pro debut in September last year.

Highly rated prospect Jake Abrol who’s been doing the rounds in sparring with the likes of Florian Marku produced an easy shut out win against Carl Tunney over four rounds to take his record to 4 and 0 before he boxes in his hometown again on the September 10th show.

Keeping fighters busy, possible VIP tournament and the next show.

Steve Wood and his VIP promotions are the busiest and best small hall outfit in the UK and regularly produce evenly matched cards aswell as managing fighters onto bigger platforms such as Bradley Rea who was due to box on July 2nd on sky sports only for the event to be postponed and pushed back. When that news was announced the Mancunian middleweight was onto manager Wood to get him a slot on a show as soon as possible. Which he did at Hull a couple of weeks ago earning a 60-55 points victory against Angel Emilov as he waits for an update from Boxxer on his next outing.

Other fighters managed by VIP such as Mason Cartwright have also impressed when given a much deserved bigger platform, with proof in the pudding that the work done by Steve Wood and team is top quality at the level they operate at.

With the stable ever growing and the increasingly difficult task to regularly match boxers it now seems some tournaments are a strong possibility.

VIP have had shows at Salford, Hull, Liverpool and Bolton in recent weeks so a suggested tournament from Wood props ears up and grabs peoples attention. A number of boxers are willing to compete if the plans were to land for their weight division and it would be interesting to see the format of the tournament and if it would be a prize fighter style similar to what Boxxer and Sky Sports have been doing with their series tournament, what it can produce and the prize at the end for the winners.

Before the thoughts of any tournaments come to fruition VIP have an absolutely terrific card scheduled for 10th September at Blackpool’s winter gardens stacked with local fighters such as Jake Abrol and Hannah Baggeley with a debut for Tyson Fury’s youngest brother – Roman. Topped off with a superb main event involving Matthew Rennie and Ben Fields.

Round up of small hall results across the UK:

Friday 15th July.


Chad Sugden was stopped in the 8th round by Joel Mcintyre for the English Light Heavyweight title scheduled for 10 rounds.

Ryan Amos beat Serge Ambombo 58-57  over 6 ounds.

Jimmy Burnside made his pro debut beating Luke Fash 40-36 over 4 rounds.


Johanna Wonyou beat Gabriella Mezei 80-72 over 8 rounds.

Emma Dolan beat Jamileth Vallejos 60-54 over 6 rounds.

Henri Potter beat Darryl Tapfuma 39-37 over 4 rounds.

Michael Webber-Kane beat Karl Simpson 39-37 over 4 rounds.

Saturday 16th July


Tauseef Suleman made his pro debut defeating John Spencer 40-36.

Craig Miles beat Vasif Mamedov 39-37 over 4 rounds.

Fezan Shahid and Nabil Ahmed shared the spoils at 39 a piece over four rounds.

Charlie Martin Stuart retired Naeem Ali at the end of round two scheduled for four.

Connor Lawrence beat Robbie Chapman 40-36 over four rounds.

Jabran Bilal beat Joe Hardy 59-56 over six rounds.

Hamed Ghaz beat Rustem Fatkhullin 59-55 over six rounds.

Sunday 17th July


Thomas Patrick Ward stopped Ally Mwerangi in round three of a scheduled ten round contest.

Petar Aleksandrov beat Nathan Cummiskey 39-37 over four rounds.

Stephen Sayers stopped Dmitrij Kalinovskij in the last round of a scheduled four rounder.

Bobby Dalton beat Kristaps Zulgis 40-36 over four rounds.

Daryll Hall beat Daryll Sharp 40-36 over four rounds.

Ewan Mackenzie stopped George Rhodes in round five of a scheduled six rounder.

Sam Menzies beat Luke Merrifield 40-36 over four rounds.

Joe McGrail beat Alexandru Ionita 60-54 over six rounds.

Jordan Baker beat Zoe Hunter Smith 59-56 over six rounds.

Joe Maphosa beat Stephen Jackson 60-54 over six rounds.

Adam Cope beat Jordan Ellison 98-93 over ten rounds.

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