On July 15th 2016 professional boxing will return to Norwich. Sam Sexton headlines the bill and the show will feature an exciting card. We spoke to Graham Everett and Jon Thaxton who have said that this will be the biggest and best Norwich show of 2016 with 8 fights lined up. It will be the last show before a short summer break with boxing expected to return to Norwich in late September. Mervyn Turner added that “Nathan Dale will be back out in a meaningful fight looking for titles and Craig Poxton will be back in action at featherweight. The Shamrock stable continues to grow with the addition of Marcus Poston who will be making his professional boxing debut on the night at light-welterweight.”
Heavyweight Sam Sexton is once again appearing on a home show after his third victory since returning from injury last year. His performances in the ring have been improving and he is showing that he is back to his best. This time Sam will be hoping to make it 4 fights unbeaten since his return from injury as he looks to earn himself a shot at the British title later this year.
When asked about training for the fight Sam said “I feel good in training and I’m in the gym all the time. I’ve been doing lots of weights and working on my strength and also circuit training with Jon Thaxton. I had a lot of time out because of my back injury which meant a lot of time without doing any intense weights so until now I felt fit and sharp, but not very strong. This time I’ve done a lot more weights and I feel a lot stronger.”
This will be Nathan’s first time back in the ring on a home show since his recovery from hand injury. Currently in professional boxing he holds an undefeated record with 18 wins, 5 by way of knockout.
Nathan said “It was great to be back under the bright lights after such long time out. I have missed being in the ring and 15 months is a long time, but now that’s a distant memory to me and my manager Graham Everett. It’s all about moving forward and getting bigger fights now. The support I had in Braintree was great, Team Dale really did me proud and I can’t thank them enough for their ongoing support even while I was injured. With the injury behind me I am now happily training and a happy fighter is dangerous fighter. I’ve really upped my game in training because I want to reach the next level and there’s going to be some exciting times ahead of me. Working with Liam Walsh and Ryan Walsh, Sam Sexton, Billy Bird and with guidance from Graham Everett and Jon Thaxton it’s a recipe for success.
I can’t wait to get back out in front of my home supporters and give them a great night of entertainment on the 15th July. I also think my loyal supporters deserve to see me on a big fight on live TV, which shouldn’t be too far down the line for me now and I’m working very hard in the gym to make this happen. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on the 15th, thank you all in advance. Also I would like to say thank you to my sponsors Mr. Plastic, MD Thompson, Bare Naked Foods, All Systems, Mayes Properties, Pure Physiotherapy and FHC Training.”
Zaiphan Morris returns to Norwich after a superb performance in his first away fight to go 7 bouts undefeated.
We talked to Zaiphan about his last fight, he said “It was a real step up in terms of my opponent, but I came through it with flying colours and won very convincingly with a dominant performance. It proved that the work my coaches are putting in with me is perfect, so I’m glad I was able to repay them and all my loyal supporters with such a good win.”
When asked about his upcoming fight he said “Every fight is a progression and level above the last and this is no different. It will be yet another step up for me so I’m preparing harder than ever in the gym and I hope the people of Norwich will come out in numbers to support me again as they usually do. I owe the supporters everything and that’s why I’ll give it 100% in the ring on the night. As long as they keep coming and I keep winning against better and better opponents, I will be certain to get a title shot soon which would be massive for me and massive for my loyal support. Exciting times, but I’m not there yet. 1 fight and 1 step at a time. Can I just add a big thank you to my sponsors, Doors Plus, Rebel Inc Rises, Generate, Alter Ego, DSW, Bobby Dazzlers, Norfolk Football and Ultimate Fight Outlet.”
Craig Poxton is back out in Norwich once again and looking to make an impact and build on his record after competing for the English title earlier this year. Trained by Matt Smith, Craig returns to compete at featherweight and has just signed a long-term management contract with Graham Everett.
Matty Parr (1/1/0)
Matty said “Having my debut in Norwich was something I was really looking forward to as I class Norwich as a second home having family from there. The atmosphere was incredible and the support I was overwhelmed by, but I feel my boxing could have been better. The same goes with my last fight at York Hall, I get stuck into having to much of a fight to try impress the crowd instead of using the skills I know I have. I was gutted about losing my fight at York Hall, but I feel it has done me some good.
Training is going great, I have a new S&C coach making me more powerful and stronger, also working with my boxing coach Steve Whitwell on the things that have done me wrong in the past and I can’t wait to show the improved me in Norwich again! I’d like to say a huge thank you to my sponsors, See More Fitness, David William Hair, Forever Endeavour Tattoo and Piercing Parlour, the Lord Protector Huntingdon and also to Norwich Boxing for making me feel like one of the local lads.”
Marcus Poston (Debut)
Marcus will be making his professional boxing debut on the night. He’s an experienced amateur and will compete in the light-welterweight division.
We talked to him about turning professional, he said “It has always been an ambition of mine and something I’ve always looked towards, I guess the time is right now. I started out at Harwich boxing club at the age of 11 and had over 80 fights as a junior and senior. I represented young England on 3 occasions and reached 2 ABA semi-finals and am hoping the experience in the amateurs will stand me in good stead for the pros. It’s all about adapting, learning and working on things which I feel I’m doing already.
I can’t thank Russell Smith enough for all the time he’s put into training me. He welcomed me into the gym and it’s been great. I’d also like to thank all of the other pros at Champions gym in Colchester: Alan Ratibb, Joe Hurn, Ryan Frost, John Wheatley, Tommy Jacobs and Tom McGinley. We all push each other and there’s a great buzz around the gym at the minute. Joining up with my manager Graham Everett, Jon Thaxton & Shamrock Promotions has been brilliant. I know I have a good team of people around me, I’m thankful for that and I’ve had top quality sparring at Kickstop gym in Norwich which is it’s bringing me on a treat. I can’t wait for my pro debut on 15th July and to get my pro career underway.
I would also like to thank Martin Webb and Harwich boxing club for the training and guidance through my amateur days as a boxer and coach. A big massive thanks to my sponsors The Windscreen Company, Ace Auto Salvage & Ace Tyres and D.P. Threadgall & Son. plus Ampro and Sugar Rays for sponsoring my fight kit.”
Alan Ratibb (3/0/0)
Alan has won his first 2 bouts convincingly and after a tidy performance closer to home in Braintree, we hope to see his masses of local supporters journey to Norwich once again to cheer him on in his third professional fight.
Ryan Frost (3/0/0)
Ryan will compete in his third professional bout since turning pro. Ryan said “My training is going great, my trainer Russell Smith is pushing me hard. I’m really excited for my next fight, can’t wait to make it 3 fights unbeaten.”
For tickets please contact the boxers directly.
Multi-story car parking is available close to the event (postcode NR3 3AJ).