Queensberry Promotions have been forced to postpone their debut BoxAcademy show after main event fighter Steve O’Meara pulled out of his fight with Bradley Pryce due to illness.
O’Meara was scheduled to top the bill against veteran Welshman Pryce but withdrew with breathing problems leaving the Warren sons no option but to postpone Thursday night’s show at the Troxy in east London.
Queensberry Promotions said in statement:
Due to Tony Conquest and Michael Walsh both being unfit to box, the first instalment of Queensberry Promotions’ new concept of show, BoxAcademy, has been moved to May 3 at the Troxy, in East London.
With both Conquest and Walsh unable to box until later in the year, the bill for the first BoxAcademy show will instead feature light-middleweight prospect and reigning Southern Area champion Steve O’Meara, in a 10 round contest with former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce.
Queensberry Promotions will launch a new monthly boxing show dedicated to young, up and coming domestic talent in tougher, more action packed fights, designed to develop them at a faster rate to championship level.
The concept show called BoxACADEMY will be broadcast on BoxNation and kicks off on April 12 at the York Hall with Southern Area cruiserweight champ and unbeaten 7-0 prospect Tony Conquest taking on Scotland’s 2006 Commonwealth Games medallist Stephen Simmons in a ten round contest.
Queensberry Promotions kicks off the domestic boxing calendar on January 13 with a cracking card from York Hall, which sees British cruiserweight champ Leon ‘Solid’ Williams make his first defence against Shane McPhilbin.
Williams revealed he has undergone a tough training camp over the festive period and has made sure that any Christmas turkey has been accompanied by a huge amount of hard graft at the Trad TKO gym in Canning Town.
Nonito Donaire retained the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles, unanimously outpointing Omar Narvaez on Saturday night at the Theater in Madison Square Garden.
Despite scoring 120-108 on all three of the judges’ scorecards, Donaire was unhappy with the fight because of his opponent’s refusal to engage throughout the 12 rounds – a feeling shared by the 4,425 fans in attendance who booed the lack of action.
After a rapturous opening night at the York Hall last month, Francis and George Warren and their Queensberry Promotions imprint return to the venue on Friday night for a British cruiserweight showdown between Rob Norton and Leon Williams, live on BoxNation (Sky Channel 456).
Williams, who steps into the ring still well tuned from his win against Nick Okoth in September, criticised Norton about his lack of ring action since 2010 calling for the champ to stop ‘hoarding’ the title.
Walsh vs Appleby
Commonwealth super-featherweight title
Friday 30 September, 8.30pm, BoxNation (Sky channel 456)
When you share the same surname as the nation’s No1 boxing promoter and are heir to one of the biggest and longest running organisations in the sport then you bide your time and wait for the day the old man hands you the keys to the family business. Not if your Messrs. Francis and George Warren that is. Then you set up a rival firm and get a slice of the action for yourself.