18 March 2011
Graham Earl has lined up his old friend and training partner Former European Super Featherweight, Commonwealth and WBU Champion Willie Limond to headline his inaugural Irish event Fists of Fury at Kings Hall, Belfast on Saturday, April 2.
This event will be Limonds first since his unsuccessful challenge against four weight World Champion Erik El Terrible Morales, for the vacant WBC Silver Light Welterweight title, in Mexico City back in September. During his eleven year, thirty six fight career Glasgows Limond has had just three losses, each against top class opposition. Besides his aforementioned recent loss to Morales the only others were against Amir Khan, when they clashed for the Limonds Commonwealth Lightweight title in March 2008, and Amazing Alex Arthur when Limond challenged him for his British Super Featherweight crown July 2003.
Limond is currently in Mexico sparring with former foe Erik Morales, to both help Morales prepare for his April 9 Las Vegas showdown with Argentinas Marcos Rene Maidana as well as to prepare himself for his own contest.
Speaking at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London, where a number of his fighters were sparring to prepare for Fists of Fury, Graham Earl said, First of all its great to be putting on my first show in Belfast on April 2, at the Kings Hall. Theres going to be some great support there.
“Having Willie on board with us is something else. Hes the top fighter in the camp, with that CV I never expected it. Me and Willie get on well and weve trained together when I was boxing. He knows Im a straight guy and its good were doing business together. We are still working on Willies opponent. Its got to be the right fight because we want him to go again next month. Saying that, it will be a good match-up. Im not a believer of having the odds 70/30 in favour of the home fighter.
“His problem is a lack of fights. Hes had one fight a year or two if hes lucky and he often gets a call, when he hasnt fought, to go in against an up and coming prospect. Fighters need to keep busy and two a year is not enough, so we are looking to improve on that.
Im really looking forward to April 2 even more so now having Willie top of the bill.
On the Belfast undercard, Earl will feature Tommy Tolan v Phil Townley and Damian Taggert v Paddy McGarrity.
Middleweight Joe The Belfast Banger Hillerby is set for his home debut, against a yet to be named opponent, as are Ian Boyd and Michael McLaughlin who will be looking to get the first win under their belts in front of a home crowd. Sean Montgomery, Paidrag McCrory, Mark Morris and Mark Ginley will all be making their pro debuts on April 2. Big punching unbeaten Light Welterweight prospect Terry Holmes will also feature.
Tickets for the Graham Earl Promoted FISTS OF FURY event at the Nugent Hall, Kings Hall, Belfast on Saturday April 2 are now on sale and priced 35 (Unreserved), 40 (Outer Ringside) or 50 (Ringside). For tickets book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or contact local fighters. For further information call TKO Box Office on 07960 850645.