Sheffield boxing: Frank Warren and Dennis Hobson join forces for four-fight show

Ppromoter Frank Warren - at the centre of things.
Ppromoter Frank Warren - at the centre of things.

Two promotional big hitters are throwing their weight behind a pre-Christmas Sheffield boxing show.

Frank Warren and Dennis Hobson - normally rivals in a highly competitive market place - have joined forces to host a December 13 triple title fight bill at Hillsborough Leisure Centre. “Dennis and I will be working on four shows together between now and July, with all of them live on Box Nation” said Warren. “We’ve worked together well in the past and I’m excited to be teaming up together again.”

Top of the bill is WBO European Lightweight Champion Stephen Ormond against Terry Flanagan. Chief support will be Sheffield’s Liam Cameron, who picked up his best win in September, when he stopped Philip Kotey in four rounds. Negotiations are underway for the super-middleweight to box for a major international title against a ‘name’ opponent.

Also on the bill will be a derby fight between Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor and Crosspool’s Jez Wilson. Wilson will defend his Central Area middleweight title and the match could be a Commonwealth title eliminator.

Hobson said: “Liam entered the pro ranks in a blaze of glory after being the first kid in a generation from Sheffield to win the ABAs, but he lost his way a little bit.

“He left the fold and maybe thought the grass was greener, but he’s back now because he realises ‘why change something that wasn’t broke’. He’s back working with Chris Smedley and Steve Barnes, and he’s back with me. He’s had a couple of decent wins, you can see he’s got the bit between his teeth, and this fight will be a big step towards a major title. We’re getting him this opportunity, and now it’s up to him.

“Lewis will fight anybody and he’s going to test himself. Jez Wilson isn’t an easy fight, but Lewis wants the fear factor.

“I guarantee this one will be a humdinger and it could steal the show. If Lewis is going to do anything then he has to beat Jez Wilson, and that’s no disrespect to Jez.”

Also confirmed for the show are Manchester’s Adrian Gonzalez, Sunderland’s Isaac Macleod, Corby’s Simon Barclay, Bradford’s Femi Fehintola, and Sheffield’s Waleed Din, Ramzy Nassa and Loua Nassa.