Kevin Maree continues to utilise Fightzone and their streaming service to push his talented stable of young fighters, this as well as the local feel of each Fightzone show has seen its fanbase grow quickly.
Fightzone has been set up with a USP of showcasing boxing cards that wouldn’t normally reach fans and would be relegated to the non-televised small hall circuit. However, recently this mission has expanded as the broadcaster has put on shows to nip at the heels of the status quo.
A history-making contest
As part of this expansion, Fightzone breaks fresh ground once more, as the headlining bout in Oldham this Saturday is Linzi Buczynskyj (2-0) fighting Jade Taylor (4-0) for the first female central area title fight. In what is being billed as a prospect vs prospect contest by Maree, the contest will be fought at super-featherweight between two Lancastrians. Neither woman has had a bout scheduled for longer than 4 rounds, so it is likely the battle will be decided by who can maintain their work for the 10 round championship distance.
Callum Simpson – Kevin Maree’s secret weapon
A potential show-reel knockout may whet the tastebuds of any fans looking for even more reasons to tune into Fightzone on Saturday evening, as Callum Simpson (5-0) enters the ring once more in his blossoming career. Touted by Maree as one of the best prospects in British boxing, it is not only his manager who is blowing the trumpet of Simpson.
Legendary journeyman, Lewis ‘Poochie’ Van Poetsch listed Simpson as in the top 3 podium of boxers he’s been in with, along with IBO super-middleweight champ, Lerrone Richards and Derby’s Zach Parker, who fights Andrade for the interim WBO title at Pride Park. To put that in perspective, Poochie’s had over 150 fights against a tough level of opposition.
Simpson stopped Poochie which takes some doing and he is very heavy-handed with a mean lead hook. Worth a look for those who haven’t seen him, for sure. Simpson told NSB that the hype isn’t there yet but with Fightzone and Maree behind him, that’s set to change.
Others to watch out for
Jermaine Springer (7-3) faces Perry Howe (4-2) in an evenly matched cruiser content. Howe recently headlined a Fightzone show against Dec Spelman and Saturday’s contest will also be fought at cruiserweight. Ever one to play matchmaker,
Ellis Zorro is scheduled to fight on the 4th of June on MTK show/TM14 show. Could a statement performance from the winner of Springer/Howe earn the right to face Zorro? Michael Ramabeletsa (18-18) also returns after a comprehensive knockout defeat to Chris Bourke. He faces Fidoe who upset the apple cart by beating Tyrone McCullagh.
I called a shock to Spencer Fearon before the card kicked off and it was Fidoe (15-69-5) who proved to be the glorious underdog. So this isn’t straightforward matchmaking for Ramabeletsa. Ricky Gorman makes his long-awaited heavyweight debut against the infamous Jake Darnell (0-2), the white-collar fan who secured a ticket for Khan/Brook under the proviso that he take a beating from Frazer Clarke. Although to credit Darnell, he definitely wasn’t embarrassed on the night.
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