LIVERPOOL is set to host England V
Canada boxing match on Wednesday, July 20. The City to also stage
multi-nations contest from 25 July to 29 July Weigh in at Adelphi
Hotel at 7pm on Tuesday 19 July. Liverpool is to stage 2 major
boxing events over the next fortnight. First up is an England
International bout against Canada - the city's third this year after
matches against USA and an historic clash against Cuba. In what is
turning into one of the busiest years in the city's boxing history,
having hosted Amir Khan's first post-Athens bout, the Canadians will
also be staying on to feature in a multi-nations tournament in the
city at the end of the month.
Both contests will take place at the Liverpool
Olympia and are sponsored by the Liverpool Culture Company. The
11-bout England v Canada contest will take place on Wednesday 20
July. The Multi-Nations event will run from July 25-29 and will
feature more than 70 boxers from 9 countries such as Australia,
Cyprus as well as the home nations and 2 England teams.
Fans can expect a local flavour to the England
team to face Canada, as it will feature three of Liverpool's most
David Price, Super Heavyweight, Salisbury ABC,
Everton Valley. A twice 4 nations champion and recent Gold medallist
at EU Tournament in Sardinia. David ranked No 3 in Europe. Only
England winner in historic Cuba match at Olympia in April. David,
21, has his sights on the World Championships in Nainjing, China in
November and Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March.
Nathan Brough, Light Welterweight, St Aloysius
ABC, Huyton. The 22-year-old is another with his eyes on the World
Championships and the Commonwealth Games. World Junior Bronze
medallist. First season as a senior.
Tony 'Bomber' Bellew, Heavyweight, Rotunda
ABC, Kirkdale. Tony 22 - Twice and current ABA champion. 2nd season
in senior ranks.
Liverpool’s Golden Gloves club coach Kevin
Smith will also manage the England team.
The city's status as the UK's no 1 amateur
boxing city was cemented earlier this year when Liverpool won the
right to host the European Senior Boxing Championships in 2008 -
which will also double up as a qualifier for the Beijing Olympics.
Paul King, Liverpool City Council's Boxing
Development Officer, said:- ''These are exciting times for the
city and its boxers. We have potentially our first world amateur
champion in David Price and I'm confident that in David and Nathan
we have 2 prospective Commonwealth Champions in waiting. Tony is
also as good a talent as any that city has had. They are all at the
start of their senior careers and have fantastic futures ahead of
them. To see them all on the same card will be a real treat
for boxing fans.''
Councillor Warren Bradley, the city council's
executive member for sport and culture, said:- ''This has been
a great year for amateur boxing in the city. To host three of the
biggest boxing nations and a multi-nations in the same year shows
just how highly the city is thought of within the sport. It's great
preparation for when we host the European seniors in 2008. To see so
many Liverpool boxers in an England shirt is a great boost for the
city council's spots development programme and augurs well as we
build up to the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. I'm delighted to see work
has now begun on the Liverpool Arena at the Kings Dock as that will
strengthen the city's ability to stage some of the biggest indoor
sporting events in the UK.''