Boxing promoters throw their weight behind Swindon mental health project

Boxing promoters Mark and Tony Neilson are backing mental health charity Phoenix Enterprises – choosing the Swindon project as their charity of choice for their upcoming show.

The brothers will be staging their boxing event – ‘The Homecoming’ on Saturday April 15, headlined by No 5 ranked British Welterweight Tamuka ‘Too Much’ Mucha vs Rob Hunt at the PlayFootball Area in Bramble Road. And proceeds will be donated to the charity.

Phoenix Enterprises, based in a unit on the Groundwell Industrial Estate, works with adults experiencing short or long-term mental health problems, ranging from depression to autism, and also people with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and people who are struggling to return to work.

Mark said: “Mental health is a major issue and there have been some big boxing names such as Frank Bruno, Ricky Hatton and more recently Tyson Fury who have openly discussed their on-going battles with depression so this is a cause close to our hearts and those of the boxing fraternity.”

Tony added: “We’ve raised many thousands over the years for good causes and wanted to support a local charity again. Phoenix is completely self-funded and we hope to raise some much-needed money on the night.”

Karen Hyde, service user liaison manager for the charity, which has been running for 15 years, explained: “This support is really valuable for us as we don’t get any funding other than the support of the businesses who use our services. The work that is carried out here is really important for those people who might struggle to get into work. It can give them back the confidence to allow them to go and find a job elsewhere and for others it can provide that sense of community that they might not otherwise have.”

Also fighting on the night will be the experienced Danny Butler (26-6), a former English champion and IBO and WBO European title challenger.  Danny hopes that his move to Middleweight will bring him further success and see him challenge for the British Title later in the year.

In a stacked undercard, exciting Gloucester prospect, Riiddy Ennis-Brown, known as Riiddy Riival to his growing fan base, will face a tough Eastern European over six rounds as he works towards a shot at the English Title.

Other supporting bouts full of undefeated prospects included Wayne Ingram (2-0), Kane Stewart (5-0), Jake Toogood (1-0), Ryan Wheeler (7-0-1) and the debut of Alex Florence.

The Neilsons were the first to bring a WBC title to Swindon and in another first are delivering the Town’s first ‘Pro-Am’ event.  The show will be opened by current Schoolboy National Champions Drew Hunt and Karum Aujla along with three other fighters from the Horseshoe Amateur Boxing Club in Swindon.

Tickets are still available priced at £10 – £60 see www.neilsonboxing.co.uk or the ticket hotline 01793 833468.

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The Homecoming promises to be knockout night for boxing fans

IN their second outing as professional boxing promoters, brothers Mark and Tony Neilson bring their Neilson Boxing event to a new venue in Swindon in their first show of 2017.

In the first professional boxing event to take place at the PlayFootball Area in Bramble Road, Mark said: “This is a fantastic new venue and the management team have worked really hard with us to get the necessary permission to put the show on here, we’re excited about bringing future events here as well”.

After previously working behind the scenes with other established promoters, 2016 saw the Neilson brothers bring the WBC Female Silver title to Swindon which was won by the popular Kelly Morgan. Kelly is now chasing a full WBC World Title and is training and in training camp awaiting a date for her big challenge.

Their next event – The Homecoming – which is taking place over the Easter weekend on Saturday, April 15, will be headlined by No 5 ranked British welterweight Tamuka ‘Too Much’ Mucha.

Tamuka, who lives in Reading but has family ties in Swindon, hopes to extend his unbeaten run to 17-0 in a competitive eight-rounder but has to overcome the 6ft tall Rob Hunt, himself with 24 wins to his name.

Tamuka said: “Swindon is like a second home to me as my mum lives here, and I’ve already won here four times so hopefully I can do the same again.

“I’m also looking to move here myself so hopefully can build a fan base and hopefully fight for titles in front of the great Swindon boxing crowd”.

The co-main event will be the experienced Danny Butler (26-6), a former English champion and IBO and WBO European title challenger. Danny hopes that his move to Middleweight will bring him further success and see him challenge for the British Title later in the year.

In a stacked undercard, exciting Gloucester prospect, Riiddy Ennis-Brown, known as Riiddy Riival to his growing fan base, will face a tough Eastern European over six rounds as he works towards a shot at the English Title, hopefully in his next outing.

Riiddy said: “I’ve been getting some great sparring – a couple of weeks ago I did some decent rounds with current IBF and WBA World Champion Ricky Burns and held my own so hopefully I can keep performing and moving up the rankings.”

Other supporting bouts full of undefeated prospects included Wayne Ingram (2-0), Kane Stewart (5-0), Jake Toogood (1-0), Ryan Wheeler (7-0-1) and the debut of Alex Florence.

The show will be opened by current schoolboy national champions Drew Hunt and Karum Aujla along with three other fighters from the Horseshoe Amateur Boxing Club in Swindon.

Tickets are  available priced at £10-£60 from any of the boxers, via www.neilsonboxing.co.uk or the ticket hotline 01793 833468.

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Muchapondwa edges closer to British title bid

UNDEFEATED United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean boxer Tamuka Muchapondwa has vowed to make a strong statement in his bid to challenge for the coveted British welterweight title when he takes on Englishman Rob Hunt in a non-title fight in Swindon next month.

BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

Tamuka Muchapondwa celebrates after his victory over Northern Irishman Paddy Gallagher at the Wembley Arena in London last year

Tamuka Muchapondwa celebrates after his victory over Northern Irishman Paddy Gallagher at the Wembley Arena in London last year

The 24-year-old, who has won all 16 of his professional fights to date, will headline the Neilson Boxing’s Show in South West England on April 15 after Swindon-based Kelvin Young was forced to withdraw from his fight against Hunt due to medical reasons.

Thirty-one-year-old Hunt, an experienced tall and rangy opponent, has won 24 of his 31 contests but the rising Zimbabwean boxer, who grew up in Harare’s Glen View suburb before moving to the UK in 2004 at the age of 11, remains confident.

In an interview with Standardsport from his base in Reading, England, Muchapondwa said he believes Hunt is the perfect opponent before he takes on British and Commonwealth champion Bradley Skeete in the near future.

“I have a fight coming up soon against a boxer called Rob Hunt; he has a good record — 31 fights and 24 wins. I think this will be a good fight for me and it will help me to prepare for the British champion Bradley Skeete. I’m looking forward to it and I want to make a statement in my win and put on a good performance to stay on the right course to win the British title,” he said.

Muchapondwa is not leaving anything to chance ahead of the big fight and recently intensified his preparations by taking part in sparring sessions with Scottish boxer Josh Taylor, the current Commonwealth Games super lightweight champion.

“So far my preparations are going very well. I have been mostly sparring with Josh Taylor, the super lightweight commonwealth champion and gaining great experience from it. I feel ready and I’m prepared physically and mentally because I want to make sure that I stay undefeated,” he said.

Muchapondwa’s profile in British boxing has been on a steady rise since his impressive victory by majority decision over Northern Irishman Paddy Gallagher in a British title eliminator last November which extended his undefeated professional record to 16 fights.

The contest was described by critics, including promoter and former world champion Barry McGuigan, as the fight of the night, even topping the main event that saw Englishman George Groves retain his WBA International super-middleweight title against Germany’s Eduard Gutknecht.

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Young “gutted” to miss Swindon show but vows to return

Swindon boxer Kelvin Young has been forced to withdraw from Neilson Boxing’s Homecoming show due to medical grounds but has vowed to return in the near future.

Young admitted he was “gutted” to be missing out on the show which takes place at Play Football on April 15th but says his big comeback has been delayed rather than cancelled.

The British Boxing Board of Control insisted Young withdrew from the fight after an MRI scan showed “some movement” from previous scans and will make a decision on the Swindon boxer’s future next month.

Young though does not expect the board to force him to quit the sport and will stay in training in the meantime with a view to returning to the ring later this year.

Your Sport Swindon’s Steve Butt caught up with Young at the press launch for The Homecoming show on Saturday.

Click on the video below to watch this interview.

Neilson’s confident Swindon’s Young will be back

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 Swindon boxing promoters Mark and Tony Neilson are confident that Penhill favourite Kelvin Young will return to the ring later this year on one of their shows.

Young had been due to headline Neilson Boxing’ April show but was forced to withdraw because of an issue with his latest MRI scan.

The Swindon boxer’s future will now be in the hands of the British Boxing Board of Control who will make a decision on whether he can box again later next month.

The Neilsons however believe this issue will simply delay Young’s comeback fight rather than mark the end of his illustrious career.

British title hopeful Tamuka Mucha now headlines the bill supported by an undercard full of boxing stars from the south west.

Akeem Ennis-Brown and Danny Butler are among those on the undercard as well as the highly-rated Ryan Wheeler who is now trained by Swindon trainer Rich Farnan.

The April 15th show which takes place at the PlayFootball Arena will also feature amateur fights with boxers from Horseshoe ABC showing off their skills in what is believed to be Swindon’s first-ever pro-am boxing event.

We caught up with the Neilson brothers at the launch of their April show and you can watch their interview with Your Sport’s Steve Butt below.

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Neilson Brothers to deliver a Knockout event

In their second outing as professional boxing promoters, brothers Mark and Tony Neilson bring their Neilson Boxing event to a new venue in Swindon in their first show of 2017.

 

In the first professional boxing event to take place at the PlayFootball Area in Bramble Road, Swindon promoter Mark Neilson said “this is a fantastic new venue and the management team have worked really hard with us to get the necessary permission to put the show on here, we’re excited about bringing future events here as well”.

 

After previously working behind the scenes with other established promoters, 2016 saw the brothers bring the WBC Female Silver title to Swindon which was won by the popular Kelly Morgan.  Kelly is now chasing a full WBC World Title and is training and in training camp awaiting a date for her big challenge.

 

Their next event, titled The Homecoming, which is taking place over Easter weekend on Saturday 15th April, will be headlined by No 5 ranked British Welterweight Tamuka ‘Too Much’ Mucha.

Tamuka, who currently lives in Reading but has family ties in Swindon, hopes to extend his unbeaten run to 17-0 in a competitive 8-rounder but has to overcome the 6’ tall Rob Hunt, himself with 24 wins to his name.  Tamuka said “Swindon is like a second home to me as my mum lives here, and I’ve already won here 4 times so hopefully I can do the same again.  I’m also looking to move here myself so hopefully can build a fa base and hopefully fight for titles in front of the great Swindon boxing crowd”.


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Co-Main event will be the experienced Danny Butler (26-6), a former English champion and IBO and WBO European title challenger.  Danny hopes that his move to Middleweight will bring him further success and see him challenge for the British Title later in the year.

 

In a stacked undercard, exciting Gloucester prospect, Riiddy Ennis-Brown, known as Riiddy Riival to his growing fan base, will face a tough Eastern European over 6 rounds as he works towards a shot at the English Title, hopefully in his next outing.  Riiddy said “I’ve been getting some great sparring, a couple of weeks ago I did some decent rounds with current IBF and WBA World Champion Ricky Burns and held my own so hopefully I can keep performing and moving up the rankings.

 

Other supporting bouts full of undefeated prospects included Wayne Ingram (2-0), Kane Stewart (5-0), Jake Toogood (1-0), Ryan Wheeler (7-0-1) and the debut of Alex Florence.

 

The Neilsons were the first to bring a WBC title to Swindon and in another first are delivering the Town’s first ‘Pro-Am’ event.  The show will be opened by current Schoolboy National Champions Drew Hunt and Karum Aujla along with three other fighters from the Horseshoe Amateur Boxing Club in Swindon.

 

Tickets are still available priced at £10 -£60 from any of the boxers, via www.neilsonboxing.co.uk or the ticket hotline 01793 833468.

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