Back in January Portsmouth’s Paul Morby defended his Southern Area Super Middleweight title against Daniel Cadman, after ten scintillating rounds referee Jeff Hinds surprised the thousand plus crowd that packed into York Hall by holding both protagonists hands aloft, declaring the bout a draw.
No surprise then that Cadman’s camp immediately called for a rematch, especially as they, and many of those in attendance on the night, felt he had done enough to wrestle the belt from Morby’s grip.
What’s more Morby was more than happy to accept a rematch, if only to put the record straight and prove that he was the legitimate champion, and in doing so set the scene for Morby-Cadman II, which will take place on the Graham Earl promoted, and aptly named, ‘Redemption Day’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday 7th May 2011.
Rarely has a battle for a minor belt, such as the Southern Area, held so much significance. It’s not just about putting the record straight, by proving their superiority over the other, as that’s something every fighter strives for, but victory on May 7th will propel the winner up the rankings and into the mix for either an English or British title shot.
The winner on the 7th May could well be destined for a major pay day in the very near future as James DeGale, the current British Super Middleweight Champion, defends his crown against George Groves on the 21st May. The winner of DeGale-Groves will surely be looking to get a defense under their belt before challenging for the European title, and as such the winner of Morby-Cadman II could easily find themselves challenging for the coveted Lonsdale belt on a major televised show by the end of the year.
Following a sparring session at the TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London, Morby took a little time to talk about the previous meeting with Daniel Cadman as well as their upcoming encounter on the 7th May, “It’s an exciting prospect, because he thinks he won the last fight and I think I won the last fight. So we’ve both got a point to prove.
Yeah it was close, he come forward throwing more solid shots. I caught him more frequently but they weren’t that solid.
It’s going to be a very different ending. I have no doubts about that, I have no doubts whatsoever. This is the best I’ve felt before a fight for years. Seriously Michael’s pushing me in training, the boys are pushing me in sparring. I’m fit and ready to go now.
To Daniel I have one thing to say, if you are a superstitious man don’t let no black cats walk in front of you, don’t walk under any ladders. You’ll need to be crossing your fingers from now until May 7th as you need all the help you can get, you’re in trouble.”
The rematch between Paul Morby and Daniel Cadman, for the Southern Area Super Middleweight title, headlines the Graham Earl promoted ‘Redemption Day’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th May 2011.
Co-headlining is Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, who will be defending his BBBofC Southern Area Cruiserweight title, against Danny Couzens.
Heading up the support card for the two co-headlining title fights sees the sensational former English Light Welterweight title challenger Michael Grant making his first appearance as a Lightweight.
In addition to Michael Grant, Graham Earl has lined up a seriously strong undercard featuring some of the Country’s most exciting young warlords.
Former American Basketball star Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshunrinde will be hoping that his return to York Hall will be more satisfying than his previous outing there.
Oshunrinde was clearly robbed of his first win on British soil when his shortened fight with Jahmaine Smyle was declared a technical draw, following the fight being stopped, in the first round, due to a serious cut over Smyle’s right eye.
On May 7th Oshunrinde will be facing Sam Couzens, brother of Danny who faces Leon Williams.
Graham also has his exciting Light Welterweight Terry Holmes out for his third professional bout, against a yet to be named opponent. Holmes has proved to be nothing short of sensational on his two previous outings and Graham has big expectations for the heavy hitting nineteen year old from Stevenage.
Another big hitter, Belfast’s Joe Hillerby, will also be getting his third outing. Hillerby, who debuted in October 2010, has made quite an impact on the scene. No surprise really, after all he is an all action heavy hitter with a knockout finish, as proved on his debut against Gavin Putney, which lasted just 43 seconds!
His second fight, against super tough Ryan Clark, lasted the full course and turned out to be one of the most action packed fights of the night at Graham Earl’s excellent ‘Capital Punishment’ event back in January.
Lowestoft Featherweight Craig Poxton will be looking to get back to winning ways, following his loss to Youssef Al Hamidi a year ago.
Making their professional debuts at ‘Redemption Day’ are Belfast’s Mark Ginley, Heavyweight Scott Whyley whilst former Armed Services boxer Sam Standing will be joining his TKO Boxing Gym mates Williams, Grant and Oshunrinde on the show.
Tickets for the Graham Earl Promoted ‘Redemption Day’ event at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 7th May 2011 are now on sale and priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).
For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com
or call in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.