Belfast Telegraph

Boxing: Hillerby handed chance on Nugent bill

By David Kelly

Former WBU lightweight champion Graham Earl will showcase his Ulster boxing talent at the Nugent Hall, part of the King’s Hall complex on April 2.

Earl has said how pleased he is with the development of young Sandy Row light-middleweight Joe Hillerby, who has chalked up two wins, but he has quietly also added quite a few other boxers to his stable.

In addition to Hillerby and Ian Boyd, who lost on his debut, Belfast boys, Mark Morris, David Rosbotham, Mark Ginley, Sean Montgomery, Padraig McCrory and James Ferrin will all make their professional debuts on the show.

On his pro-debut, at the Northampton Cricket Ground last October, Hillerby stopped Luton’s Gavin Putney in just 43 seconds of the first round and followed that up with a points win over Ryan Clarke at the York Hall in January.

“I really like Joe’s attitude, he has a great work ethic and as long as he keeps that he can go far,” says Earl.

“He did a very good job in last fight, he’s done all that has been asked of him and he’s learning all the time.”

As for Morris, McCrory and Ferrin, they all impressed at intermediate level and now hope to learn the professional game.

Earl, who was in some of the most exciting domestic fights of recent years, is hoping that a successful show will lead to a series of small bills as he seeks to build a local fan base for his fighters.

The ‘Fists of Fury’ show will also feature Florida’s Emmanuel Oshunrinde, a former professional basketball player turned boxer.

Tickets are £35 (Unreserved) and £50 (Ringside). Book online at www.tkoboxoffice.com or contact local fighters. For further information call TKO Box Office on 07960 850645.

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