‘Corner is all yours,’ Sniper tells Young

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SAM Smith is prepared to give up the home corner and make it a winner-takes-all purse in his bid to get Kelvin Young into the ring.

The Paddy Fitzpatrick-trained light-heavyweight novice will top the bill at the Oasis Leisure Centre on November 29 on a Neilson Boxing and King Kane Promotions show.

The 23-year-old from Guildford, who trains at Fitzpatrick’s Gym in Ferndale Road, is looking to move his fledgling career on, he has won all three of his bouts to date, and has been pressing for a fight with Young.

However, the Penhill pugilist, who has topped the bill at the Oasis on several occasions, claimed in order to make the fight happen he must have the home corner.

Initially, Smith and his team refused citing the corner advantage had been contracted to them before talks began with the former IBO inter-continental super-middleweight champion.

But following further talks with Mark and Antony Neilson, the former England amateur agreed to box out of the away corner.

In a further twist, Sniper has offered to make it a winner-takes-all purse or is prepared to pay £1500 to the Swindon charity of Young’s choice should Smith lose.

While Smith has been looking to tempt Young into the ring, the former Southern Area 12 stone champion has been chasing a third fight with old foe Sam Couzens.

Young and Couzens have both won once in their two previous fights with the Keith Mayo-managed fighter looking to settle the score with a decider.

Now trained by Liam Wilkins in Devizes, Young was under the impression that time was running out in his bid to face Couzens believing the Titchfield boxer was going to retire after one more fight.

However, Couzens stated on Facebook on Tuesday morning that he would wanted to give ‘it one last push’ and that he was not ready to retire.

“Kelvin wanted the home corner and now we have given that to him,” Fitzpatrick said. “Now Sniper has said that he is prepare to make it a winner-takes-all fight.

“If Kelvin doesn’t want that, then Sniper has said that he is prepare to pay £1500 to a Swindon charity of Kelvin’s choice should he lose.

“Kelvin has said that we should give up the home corner and sign the contracts, well we have done that but it appears he still doesn’t want the fight.

“Sniper will be main event on November 26, Duke (Luke Watkins) will be chief support and anyone else on the show will be on the undercard.

“We have done what we were asked to do, if the fight doesn’t happen in November then it won’t happen at all. It is now up to Kelvin.”

Smith tells Young to “be a man” and sign deal to fight him

Sam Smith

Boxer Sam Smith has told light heavyweight rival Kelvin Young to honour his word and sign a deal to fight him in November.

Smith, who trains in Swindon with Paddy Fitzpatrick, has already put pen to paper on a deal to headline Neilson Boxing’s next show in November and ideally wants Young to be the man in the opposite corner.

Both fought at York Hall on July 16, Smith claiming a stoppage success against David Sipos while Young was stopped by Jack Morris for the Southern Area title.

After the fight, Young revealed he would appeal the stoppage but told Your Sport Swindon that should that appeal be unsuccessful he wanted to fight Smith.

We believe Young’s appeal will fall on deaf ears at the British Boxing Board of Control and the former Penhill boxer has since admitted on social media that he the fight he really wants is against Smith.

Talking to Your Sport Swindon this morning, Smith told Young to “be a man and sign the paper to fight”.

Click on the video below to watch Smith’s interview with Your Sport Swindon.

November’s card will also feature Luke Watkins as chief support, although both he and Smith will likely fight in September too.

Watkins himself also claimed victory at York Hall beating Dmitrij Kalinovskij on points.



Smith-Young fight set to be agreed within next 24 hours

Tony Neilson

Neilson Boxing promoter Tony Neilson says he expects a deal for Kelvin Young to fight Sam Smith to be signed and in sealed within the next 24 hours.

Both boxers have been exchanging verbals on social media for the last 10 days, with both indicating they are prepared to fight each other.

However, while Smith has already signed a contract to headline Neilson Boxing’s November show, Young is yet to put pen to paper on a deal to face the Paddy Fitzpatrick-trained boxer.

Young though has indicated he wants the fight both on social media and after speaking to Your Sport Swindon, where he said: “Sam can have it if he wants it,” although he did state that the money would have to be right for him to take the fight.

Speaking exclusively to Your Sport Swindon, Neilson revealed he had spoken to Young and is confident that he wants the fight and expects it to happen after some further negotiations between the two camps.

Click on the video below to watch this interview.