Euro ‘gamble’ for Bull’s latest boxing bonanza

DEBUTANT: Denaby Main's Adam Jones will make his professional debut at Doncaster's Dome on Friday night.
DEBUTANT: Denaby Main's Adam Jones will make his professional debut at Doncaster's Dome on Friday night.

STEFY Bull admits he has taken a risk with his fighters by booking them against unknown European opponents for Friday night’s card at the Dome.

Bull constructed his second event as a promoter around the theme of England versus Europe to mark the start of Euro 2012 the same night.

And with that came somewhat of a lottery in lining up opponents the boxers he trains will know little about until fight night.

Bull said: “You’re always going to get that when you’re bringing lads over from abroad.

“You know the first round of the fight is going to be seeing what they’re all about.

“But I’ve got a great deal of confidence in my lads and know they’re going to do well.

“I’m determined to put on a really good show that’ll have people wanting more and you get that through even fights.

“These lads that are coming over from abroad are no mugs, they’re not coming here for a holiday.

“You want to look after your own fighters but you also want them to progress and not just pad their record.

“Putting them in fights they’re going to have to work their socks off to win is the way to do that.

“It’s a risk, I know that, but I have enough confidence that my lads will come through and learn from it in the process.”

One fighter who will be up against an opponent with a winning record is Stuart Brookes.

The Mexborough fighter will meet unbeaten Hungarian Attila Tibor Nagy in a six three-minute round contest.

And victory for the 29-year-old on Friday night will line up a title shot in his next fight.

Brookes will face Harry Matthews for the British Masters middleweight title in September, should the 29-year-old beat Nagy who has knocked out his last two opponents.

Bull said: “This is going to be a tough one for Stuart and he certainly won’t be looking past it despite what’s on offer if he wins.

“Stuart was getting a bit disheartened and not really knowing where he was going to go.

“We had a big chat with him and mapped out where he should be heading and it starts from Friday night.

“He can go far but time isn’t on his side and he’s got to prove himself.

“If he can’t beat this kid, then he’s not going to be winning titles so there’s a lot at stake.”

The event will be headlined by Swinton’s Tommy Coward who will face John Wayne Hibbert for the vacant British Masters welterweight title.

Bull believes the title will be first of several for Coward and will get better as the class of his opponents does.

He said: “Tommy has got the skills, we know that from what he did as an amateur and what he’s shown us so far.

“I firmly believe Tommy can be British champion but he needs to show he can do the business in the fights like the one he’s having on Friday.

“Tommy’s had a couple of flat performances but I think that’s been down to his opponent.

“He’ll be better against better fighters and that’ll be when you see how thrilling he can be in the ring.

“For me, it all starts on Friday – just watch.”

Completing the local interest on Friday night will be debutant Adam Jones.

The Denaby Main fighter is making the switch to professional forms following a 50+ fight amateur career with Tom Hill ABC.

Jones is set to face Steve Spence, the fighter gym mate Ste Mac made his debut against earlier this year.

Bull said: “I’m really excited about Adam because I know he can put Denaby back on the map.

“Being a Denaby lad myself, I’m always proud to see someone from there doing well.

“I think Adam is the lad to fly the flag for the village in boxing like Jon Jo Irwin and I did in the past.

“He’s a really hard-working kid and that’s going to take him far.

“He’s got bags of potential and I don’t think he was able to show half of what he can do when he was still an amateur.

“This fight is about getting him in there and seeing how he copes in a professional ring but the signs are very good so far.

“His sparring has been top class because we’ve got plenty of lads around middleweight down here.”

The rest of the card is packed with fighters trained by Bull and Dave Hulley.

Hatfield duo Gavin McDonnell and Connor Nixon will face Elemir Rafael and Ladislav Kollar.

McDonnell is looking to bounce back from a draw last time out when he meets Rafael, a former opponent of Brampton’s Josh Wale.

Nixon – a former Wombwell and Dearne ABC fighter – will hope to extend his young unbeaten career to three wins, but faces an opponent with two victories from two fights in Kollar.

Woodlands’ former military man Ste Mac takes on Julius Rafael in his second professional outing.

Adam Dingsdale and Andy Townend – both managed by Bull – will both be in action while Doncaster fighter Maxi Hughes completes the line up against Ivan Godor.