The boxing season begins with a bang as Josh Goodwin brings the “Last Chance Saloon” show to York Hall on Saturday night. The bill features three separate title fights and a host of young up-and-coming talents from the Goodwin stable.
The main event is a rematch from April between Kay Prosper (12-1-1) and Sam O’Maison (16-2-1) for the English super-lightweight title. The first fight was a back-and-forth affair with both men having an argument for victory on the cards only for two of the three ringside judges to score it a majority draw.
Both fighters have stated their intentions of setting the record state in what has the potential to be a fight of the year contender with the winner seemingly looking to progress on in the super lightweight division.
Billed as 'Last Chance Saloon' the stage is set for Wadi Camacho (21-8) to push for one more big fight in what most consider the latter end of his career. He takes on the undefeated big punching Deion Jumah (11-0) who is stepping up in level of opposition to take on Camacho.
The English cruiserweight title is at stake in this fight and a win for Camacho and propels him back into the cruiserweight limelight but a loss could spell the beginning of the end of his storied career.
For Jumah this is a huge opportunity to not only pick up a professional title but to also propel himself up the domestic cruiserweight rankings and provides him with more of an argument to continue to chase the fight with Isaac Chamberlain. This certainly has the potential to be show stealer in what is most certainly as crossroads fight for both men.
The third title bout on the bill is a battle of two undefeated prospects as the "Mathemagician” Ramez Mahmood (9-0) takes on Jack Budge (4-0) for the vacant Southern area featherweight title. Mahmood has looked impressive in his last three fights and is confident he can pick up the first professional title of his career on Saturday night
“I am fighting my first unbeaten fighter that is coming to win, and I hope to inflict his first defeat as a professional”
Budge will be coming to win on fight night having yet to taste defeat, it has all the ingredients to be a great fight, and credit has to be given to both Mahmood and Budge for taking the fight at such an early stage of their respective careers.
Bantamweight prospect Sam Cox (4-0) takes part in his first six round contest on Saturday when he takes on the tough and durable Steven Maguire. Cox looked impressive in his last outing at the O2 arena outpointing Georgi Georgiev over four rounds on the undercard of David Allen v Lucas Browne.
Ryan “The Lion” Walker looks to continue his apprenticeship as he takes on Stefan Sashev (5-24-1) on Saturday. This will be Walker’s second bout since the loss to Michael Ramabeletsa (17-17) for the English super bantamweight title last November, a fight which he felt was taken too soon
“To be honest, the fight was taken way too early from my side. It was my 9th pro fight and I was too inexperienced to handle certain situations”
Big punching cruiserweight prospect Ellis Zorro (6-0) looks to continue his impressive start to the pro ranks as he takes on Jan Hrazdira (3-13-1).
Shocki Khan and Terrence Freshwater both make their professional debuts.
The rest of the undercard features Robbie Chapman, Ryan Copland, Robert Asagba, Jumaane Camero, Jordan Dujon and more