UK News: Hamza, Chantelle Cameron, Gair, Johnny Quigley

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Undefeated featherweight Raza Hamza is determined to seize the limelight when he fights on Friday’s #MTKFightNight in Liverpool – live on iFL TV.
 
The promising Birmingham starlet (11-0-1, 6 KOs) heads for the Olympia looking to make a statement against Edwin Tellez and step up his pursuit for a maiden professional title.
 
Hamza, who has not fought since October, said: “I believe I’m ready for titles now and I’ll take any opportunity given to me by MTK Global. I can’t wait to become a champion.
 
“Being out of the ring for this long has taught me to stay patient and just wait for the opportunity.
 
“I’ve been in camp a long time and I’ve been working very hard. In this boxing game, it’s not all highs – you can have very low lows – but I’m ready to fight again and looking forward to it.
 
“This platform is great for us fighters. It’s very important that iFL TV get behind their boys and help them. There’s also the Top Rank and ESPN+ deal MTK Global have done, which is huge.”
 
Hamza looked impressive in downing Johnson Tellez with a devastating body shot in Leicester last time out.
 
Joining the 26-year-old on a busy night in Liverpool are the likes of Olympic history-maker Tasha Jonas, Jazza Dickens challenging for a Commonwealth title shot, former world title challenger Brian Rose and many more.

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 IBO world champion Chantelle Cameron is eager to push herself to the pinnacle of the thriving women’s boxing scene as she prepares to return to action.
 
The Northampton lightweight (8-0, 5 KOs) heads to York Hall on April 26 to face Feriche Mashauri (7-3), who took another MTK Global fighter Tasha Jonas the full six rounds in March.
 
With unification bouts beckoning, Cameron is hopeful of taking part in super-fights sooner rather than later.
 
Cameron said: “It’s really exciting that women’s boxing is taking off. It needs big fights and the Claressa Shields vs. Christina Hammer was the first big one for a long time.
 
“The ball is rolling for more big women’s fights. It’s great to be a part of it.
 
“My aspirations for the rest of the year are simply to have as many fights as possible and challenge a world champion for their belt.
 
“I can stay at lightweight or step up to super-lightweight division but either way, I want to win another belt as soon as possible.
 
“The younger generation is now looking up to women fighters like me and it’s motivating to think I’m inspiring them as a fighter and a person. It helps me push harder and get results. Hard work and discipline pays off.”
 
Cameron, who has long been linked with a huge showdown with Katie Taylor, is joined on the iFL TV show by the likes of unbeaten London light-heavyweight Dan Azeez, Kazakh sensations Viktor Kotochigov and Nurtas Azhbenov and many more.

Adam Gair wants to put in a performance to remember when he makes his professional debut at the Eagles Community Arena in Newcastle on May 3.

Gair has had an extrenely impressive amateur career, and now takes his first steps in the paid ranks next month. The fight takes place in his hometown, and he wants to reward his supporters with a dominant debut win.

Gair said: “I want to get a big crowd there and get everyone behind me to show what I can do. If I can put on a good performance then it’s only going to get better for me during the rest of the year.

“Even when I first started as an amateur, I soon realised I would be more suited to the paid ranks. I was told for a while that I needed to turn over and I’m excited to get my professional journey going.

“I was beating elite level lads in the amateurs, and it makes you realise that this is what I’m meant to be doing in life. Beating the guys who are meant to be the next big thing helps to give you a good mentality.”

The event in Newcastle features Tyrone McCullagh defending his WBO European super-bantamweight title against Alvaro Rodriguez, plus an intriguing heavyweight local derby between Simon Vallily and Jone Volau.

A packed undercard also features the likes of Troy Williamson, Chad Ellis, Darren Reay, Jay Hughes and many more.

Former elite amateur star Johnny Quigley will put a troubled year behind him when he climbs into the ring at Liverpool’s Olympia on April 19.
 
The talented super-featherweight has not fought since March 2018 having struggled with personal problems but is relishing the prospect of fighting in front of home fans at the next #MTKFightNight – live on iFL TV.
 
Quigley (14-2) said: “To be honest, for the past year I’ve been in a bad place both physically and mentally. I can only call it depression.
 
“As a fighter, you get caught with a good shot and you don’t acknowledge it or let anyone see it hurt you. That’s the mentality that’s been in me since I started boxing 22 years ago so I kind of disappeared off the map.
 
“My kids were my saving grace during those dark times. It’s easy to talk about it now because I’m no longer there but I blew up in weight. I felt like a failure and a let-down.
 
“It’s all behind me now. I’m in a really good place, training hard and living the life I have to live in order to go to the places I want to go.
 
“Liverpool is the best place to fight. The fans know and appreciate their boxing and nothing beats the buzz of a good fight night in Liverpool!”
 
Quigley, who boasted a sensational amateur record of 114-6 and earned England captaincy and Commonwealth Youth Games gold, is joined on a stellar bill by former gym-mate Jazza Dickens, who faces Nasibu Ramadhan in a Commonwealth title final eliminator.
 
Also on the card are former world title challenger Brian Rose, history-making Olympian Tasha Jonas, unbeaten heavyweight Alex Dickinson, rising Sheffield star Raza Hamza, world-ranked middleweight JJ Metcalf and more.




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