JE Promotions announce exciting nine-fight card in Maidstone, Kent, England.
English title contender Grant Dennis leads the line-up on February 23 at Mote Park, Maidstone, alongside six unbeaten prospects.
Former Southern Area middleweight champion Grant ‘Go-Getter’ Dennis (12-1) returns to the ring eager to get back to title contention after the 35-year-old from Chatham suffered his sole career defeat in December 2017 when he lost on points to Elliott Matthews (19-0-1) for the English middleweight championship at the York Hall, a fight that he still feels he was hard done by on the scorecards.
Despite calling for the rematch, it hasn’t materialised and neither have any other title fights since, so the frustrated fighter took out his anger on fellow English title contender Harry Matthews (15-32-2) with a first-round knockout within the first minute of their October 13 meeting at the York Hall. Dennis registered just the second KO of his career having only fought three weeks prior at The Brentwood Centre, notching up a points win over Nicaraguan Miguel Aguilar (11-48-1).
The Kent puncher spent the first half of the year nursing an injury but managed to squeeze in two victories to finish 2018 on and will take the momentum into the New Year, desperate to force a mandatory position for a major title, especially now he is ranked just outside of the top 10 in Britain.
Also on the bill, ‘The Main Man’ from Maidstone Lenny Fuller raced to 4-0 in a short space of time between his May debut and his last fight in November.
The 24-year-old middleweight has won all four contests on points and plans to continue his busy schedule into 2019, starting with his fifth pro contest in February.
Former Team GB member Luke Gibb improved his record to 4-1 with his first fight back since his sole career defeat last February when challenging for the British Challenge belt against Lewis Ritson sparring partner Jordan “Baby J” Ellison (9-12).
The Bexleyheath boxer became only the second person to ever drop Blackburn’s Naheem Chaudry (0-28) when a short uppercut landed heavily in the fourth and final round of their October 6 four-round fight.
‘Gibbo’s’ pressure-fighting, skill and aggression make for exciting spectacles and the size of his fan base reflects the excitement he brings. He will be looking to get back in contention for British Challenge belt in early 2019.
Unbeaten super-featherweight prospect Jack Raines (5-0), 26 from Sittingbourne, is knocking on the door for a Southern Area title shot, which will next be contested on March 9 at York Hall between unbeaten Londoner Liam Dillon (8-0) and former challenger David Birmingham (8-3). Raines, trained by John Cole in Longfield, Kent, will have his eye on the winner of that clash.
Welterweight Danny Barrett (1-0), 26 from Stoke in Kent, defeated Slovakian opponent, Rudolf Durica (1-20), on his debut on May 12 on the JE Promotions’ ‘Young Guns’ card at Mote Hall, Maidstone.
A Haringey Box Cup gold medallist, who began his combat journey as a kick-boxer, is trained by Paul Wiffen in Rochester.
Three-time Southern Area title Martin Hillman (11-6) has experienced heartbreak in his last four title fights – three for the Southern Area strap and one for the British Challenge belt – but has unwavering ambitions to finally become an Area champion in 2019.
He registered a win last October to bounce back from his latest defeat to Southern Area super-bantamweight champion Duane Winters (9-1), where a single point denied him the chance to cause an upset from the away corner.
Light-heavyweight Paul ‘Bomber’ Brown (3-0), 29 from Margate, has won every round of his professional career so far with wins over Chessington’s Richard Harrison (3-31) last October, Darren Snow (5-23-1) in May and Scott Hillman (0-24) on his debut in February.
The southpaw, who was an ABA Southern Counties champion, will take part in another four-rounder on the anniversary of his pro bow.
Featherweight Jack Budge also increased his record 3-0 in his second appearance under the JE Promotions banner, having had his debut under Chris Sanigar in 2016 when working as an apprentice jockey in Lambourn, Berkshire.
The 24-year-old featherweight from Hoo benefitted from sparring with British flyweight champ Andrew Selby, Commonwealth super-bantamweight titlist Ashley Lane before returning home to Kent to sign with JE Promotions.
Super-middleweight Danny ‘The Real Deal’ Shannon (3-7-1) fights out of the home corner for the first time in his four-and-a-half-year career in his bid to win British Challenge belt in 2019.
The 27-year-old from Chatham was JE Promotions’ first ever signing way back in 2014 and now trains with Ray Askew and Sam Latham at the Invicta Gym in Sheerness.
Joe Elfidh commented on his ninth event at Mote Park, “The shows are getting bigger and better, and lads are all improving on their records. This is all about matching them in good fights to set them up for title fights in 2019. Most of the boxers are either at title level already or just need a test to get them in contention. 2019 is going to be a big year for JE Promotions and this show in February will be the one to kick it all off!”
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