This weekend in Liverpool provides ample opportunity for local fans to catch a glimpse of the future, as Steve Woods VIP Promotions and Pat Barrett’s Black Flash Promotions host two very competitive small hall shows on Saturday.
Firstly, VIP Promotions return to the Olympia with Colin Day (6-1 2KO) headlining off the back of his win against the previously unbeaten Tom McGuiness at the same venue in November. Day will be hoping to avenge the only defeat of his career, to date, as he takes on Jordan Ellison over 8 rounds.
Also featuring on the card is local welterweight Mason Cartwright (13-1-1 5KO). Cartwright was last seen in May 2018 as he fought for the WBO European Welterweight Title against Darren Tetley on the undercard of Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington. He suffered an horrendous looking lip injury that ultimately brought a brilliant fight to a premature end. Cartwright will have his eyes on bigger things this year but after 10 months on the sidelines, he will be hoping to shake of any ring rust this Saturday night.
Brian Phillips (4-1 2KO) also makes his first appearance since July as he looks to rebuild after losing to local rival Nick Ball, last summer. Both fighters were rightly commended for taking the fight so early in their careers as they gained invaluable experience topping the bill in their home city. A lot has happened for Phillips, 25, since his maiden defeat. Notably a change in his training situation as he fights under the guidance of Tonk Gym in Liverpool, this weekend.
Perhaps more interestingly, Phillips also spent time as part of Tyson Fury’s camp in the run up to his mega fight with WBC Champion Deontay Wilder. Brought in as a sparring partner for Isaac Lowe by trainer Ben Davison. Phillips will have gained invaluable experience that he will be hoping to display as he looks to kick off an active and successful 2019.
Cruiserweight Nathan Quarless also looks to improve to 4-0. Quarless, who’s uncle fought Lennox Lewis in 1990, is hoping to build upon the promise he displayed in 2018.
Elsewhere, Steve Brogan (13-1-2 2KO) returns after a short lay off, he captured the Central Area Lightweight title in September and will be looking to build towards bigger domestic titles.
Further down the card, Nathan Bennett, Adam Farrell and Matthew Rennie look to continue their progression and Shawn Hughes and Lee Whelan make their debuts, respectively.
Less than 4 miles across the city, Pat Barrett’s Black Flash Promotions presents a 7 fight card that includes Heavyweight Alex Dickinson (8-0 5KO) and one of the brightest prospects in the city at the moment, Nick Ball (7-0 2KO).
Dickinson, 32, was an elite amateur and has appeared on the undercard of various Frank Warren undercards since turning professional. Having turned 32 in February, Dickinson will be keen to make his presence known in an exciting domestic Heavyweight division this year. With potential big fights on the horizon, Saturday night could mark the start of a career defining year for Dickinson.
Nick Ball, as mentioned earlier, burst onto the scene with an impressive stoppage of local rival, Brian Phillips in July 2017. In October, he stopped Joe Ducker in two rounds and at just 22 years of age, his best years are yet to come.
He has now stopped his last two opponents and will be looking build on that come Saturday night. Under the guidance of Paul Stevenson at Everton Red Triangle, a lot of people in Liverpool are beginning to get excited about Nick Ball.
Further down the card, hard hitting Meshech Speare looks to improve to 4-0 whilst Conor Butler makes his second appearance as a professional. Brad Strand also makes his debut after a highly successful amateur career.
Jonathan Walsh and Harry Woods also take to the ring as professionals for the first time.