LC2 Leisure Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3ST
22nd July 2017 6:00 PM

LEE CHURCHER – FIGHT SCENE’S ONE TO WATCH !!

 

         

 

 

 

By Jon Sutton

   

 

Five years in the army

Two years in prison

Two years in exile from British boxing

 

Lee Churcher is a man on a longterm mission and he’s not letting anything stand in his path.

Not the 3rd round knockdown by Ishmael Tetteh, which spurred him to rise from the canvas and to a WBU middleweight title (under sanctioning from the Malta Boxing Commission)… and not even the brain scan that caused him to miss fighting on Cardiff’s recent Cyclone card, when the images showed signs for potential concern: “The report said there was no scientific evidence showing it was dangerous to fight, but with the headaches, which could have been stress or dehydration, there was no point risking it”, Lee had told the South Wales Argus.

 

 

Entering the ring so soon after this scare, the more cautious fan might be tempted to write Churcher’s ambition off as the usual boxing machismo – and perhaps a risk too far, considering his dramatic statement before his world title win:

 

“I’ve got to prepare to take myself to the limit, it’s do or die, it really is that intense… I’ve put my body through absolute hell for 12 weeks so losing is not an option whatsoever, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart… Boxing is a risky sport to have your kids there because of what could potentially happen, but I really am that confident I will come through this.”

 

But Churcher, now 36, was level headed when considering his future in the aftermath of the WBU victory:

“Hopefully I can get on some big shows and give my fans a few good nights out… I will be campaigning at light-middleweight and I want to be fighting for the British title within 12 months – winning that is my main priority now… I won the WBU title but winning one of the big world titles (WBA, WBO, WBC or IBF) is always going to be difficult with guys like Gennady Golovkin around… The Lonsdale Belt is a more realistic aim for where I’m at in my career.”

 

 

Now officially medically sound, in relation to both the scan and a minor elbow injury, he looks to extend his winning record, when he faces Manchester’s Darryl Sharp, Saturday 22nd July, at Swansea’s LC2 Leisure Centre.

 

The city is a favourite for fight fans – and that’s not an empty marketing statement.

 

Swansea won a vote on Twitter to host the event, drowning out competition from Lee’s hometown of Newport and even the Welsh capital. And since the show was moved from its original location in Brangwyn Hall due to popularity, fans can expect a massive night for Welsh boxing.

Backing up Lee Churcher’s campaign on Saturday will be a host of local and national names, many presided over by either Tony Borg or Gary Lockett.

 

Below is Fight Scene’s Quick Fire Interview with Lee, PLUS more fighter Interviews

 

                 

Interview with Ricky Owen

 

What is your current record and fighting weight?

 I am 15-0 with 4 coming early. I’ve been on a 5 year layoff.

Initially I’ll coming back at 10st but will weigh much less as I progress.

 

 

Where are you from originally and what do you like about living in Wales?

I’m a Swansea boy born and bred. I love it here, all my family and friends are here.

 

 

Tell us about your journey to become a boxer?

I loved boxing from the age of 6 and always went with my brothers to watch them train until I was 8. At 8 I could train and never looked back.
 

 

Who was your boxing hero growing up?

I used to love watching Eubank! He was my mother’s favourite

 

 

Can you tell us about the fight and what it means to you?

I have had time out through family deaths plus injury where I ended up being cut or suffering with bad hands. Regardless, I’ve always stayed in the gym keeping myself busy so now I feel really good.

I’m in a better place & ready to make this comeback.

 

 

Can you give our readers an insight to what your daily routine looks like ahead of fight night?

Spending time with my family, trying to relax and not think about food!

 

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

If I stay injury free I believe in the next 5 years I can give it a massive push to some serious titles!

 

What other sports do you follow?

I love football but I am terrible at playing!

 

Finally How are you going to win your fight and in what round?

I’m looking for a first round KO!

Seriously as long as I perform to the best of my ability I’m looking to come away with a comfortable win, entertaining my fans along the way.

 

A few words from your manager Richie Garner:

What a talent Ricky Owen is. He’s the complete package! I am blessed to be in a position to manage him. If he hadn’t suffered such bad lack and tragedy so young I know he would have at least fought for a British title now. My mission is to keep him off the biscuits and get him back to where he should be.

 

Anyone still wishing to purchase tickets please contact Ricky on 07741 245626

 

Ricky Owen, British Warriors and Fight Scene give a special thank you to the sponsors for their continued support:

 

 

Demonshield:

 

Yellow Cabs: http://www.yellowcabswales.co.uk/

 

Smiles Printers (Swansea Market)

 

FUNKY PUMP FITNESS

 

Direct Choice Home Improvements: www.directchoicehomeimprovements.co.uk

 

JMW Heating & Plumbing. Domestic & Commercial:

www.jmwheating.co.uk

 

Truck & Plant Asset Management:

www.truckandplantassets.com

 

Mainway Fitness:

www.mainwayfitness.co.uk

 

           

Interview with Mano ‘Lightning’ Lee

Photo: Paul Regan Photography

What is your record ? and What is your fight weight?

Ive had 5 fights, lost 2 and won 3

Fight weight is welterweight but for this fight I’m coming in at Light Middle

 

Where are you from originally? And what do you like about living in Wales?

Im from Swansea. A Swansea boy at heart born and bred, and love it.

 

Tell us about your journey to become a boxer?

I asked my dad to take me to the boxing gym at 9 years of age.

We went to Mario Maccarinelli’s (Enzo Maccarinelli’s Dad) gym in Swansea. I put a pair of gloves on, and loved it from that moment.

It runs in the family. I have 3 brothers, Sonny Lee, Sammy Lee who this week flew to the Commonwealth games in the Bahama’s and Callum Lee who is British Champion.

 

Who was your boxing hero growing up?

There was 2: Muhammed Ali, and Prince Naseem.

 

Tell us about this fight and what it means to you?

It is a big step up and means a lot. I want to show everyone who I am and I’m going to shock a lot of people.

 

Can you give our readers an insight into your daily routine ahead of fight night?

For this fight we will be weighing in on the day, therefore I’ll be relaxing as much as possible.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I know for a fact I’m going somewhere in life.

I’ll be at the top, fighting the top levels. I wouldn’t be in this sport if I didn’t think I was going anywhere in boxing. I know I have the talent and all I need to focus on is the dedication.

 

What other sports do you follow?

I’m a massive Swansea City Football fan. Anything about Swansea or Wales I love, whether it is football or rugby.

 

Who would be your dream fight against?

Mayweather.

 

Why should people come to watch you fight?

Im the one to watch and the next big thing in boxing. The best fighter to come out of Swansea and I’ll be putting on a good show on.

If anyone wants tickets you can contact me on 07393 564811.

 

How are you going to win your fight and in what round?

I’m going to box smart and get the hand raised at the end of the fight. I won’t be looking for any KO’s unless I see the opportunity and if I do, I’ll take him out.

 

Final words from Trainer/Manager Gary Lockett

Mano is a down to earth boxer, and a pleasure to have in the gym always smiling and making people laugh.

His work ethic is there when he is in the gym. We need to work on a bit more dedication and work ethic as this is so important.

He is very talented with the potential to go right to the top. He began his journey in the amateurs in Enzo Maccarinelli’s gym and his talent was recognised early on.

 

Mano’s last fight was the first time I have worked his corner.

I kept things simple and when he was a bit excited I advised him to just use the jab and let everything fall into place.

I told him ‘If you hurt him, have a go for ten seconds or so and if he didn’t look like he was going out, step back and go back to basics to conserve energy.’

He listened and performed pretty well and we are looking to improve on this performance.

The fight I believe is a 4 rounder, against Jordan Grannum and my advice is to use your jab and stay on top.

 

Mano Lee, British Warriors and Fight Scene give a special thank you to the sponsors for their continued support:

 

Ringside Boxing: www.ringsideboxing.co.uk 

Cwmru Care Homes

 

 

    

Exclusive Interview with Kieran Gething

 

 

 

What is your current record, and fighting weight?

1-1-1 (1) soon to be 2! I fight at light middle.

 

Where are you from originally? And what do you like about living in Wales?

I’m originally from Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. I love the countryside and lifestyle here, everyone is laidback and there’s a big national pride in all sport.

 

Tell us about your journey to become a boxer

I started boxing at 12, my father and grandfathers going back 3 generations were champion fighters in the forces and the amateur ranks. I, however, only started as my little brother went on his first session and had trouble with older kids, I was acting like the big brother and went with him, I wouldn’t have been much use then though! and he certainly doesn’t need my help now.

 

Who was your boxing hero growing up?

Muhammad Ali, purely through my father, he adored him.

 

Tell us about this fight, and what it means to you

All fights mean a lot to me, that is sometimes my trouble I wear my heart on my gloves, hopefully that’s what people like about watching me box!

 

Can you give our readers an insight to what your daily routine is ahead of fight night?

My routine starts with me going to work, I am a groundworker at the moment as it lets me train regularly and stay near home instead of working away as I’m a qualified welder that’s where I would usually be! I come home, play with my baby daughter Isla, talk to my soon to be wife Emma then get to the gym. When it comes to the weekend I try to train as much and as varied as possible, with football, spinning and swimming my preferred exercises!

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself with a few titles behind me and training full time, allowing me time to spend with my family and really enjoy and invest in my boxing. That’s the dream.

 

Outside of boxing, who are your sporting heros?

I love football with a passion and my favourite team of all time are the Liverpool team of the late 70’s and 80’s. Dalgleish and Keegan are two amazing players. I love Andy Murray for what he’s  done to inspire a sport in Britain, I was feeling very proud when he won Wimbledon the first time especially.

 

Who is your favourite boxer of all time? And who would be your dream fight?

The best ever, Sugar Ray Robinson. Simple choice! My dream fight would be Canelo in Cardiff. Maybe when he’s old enough for me to catch him! However I’d settle for any fight with the WBC on the line.

 

What other sports do you follow?

I love a lot of sports. My main passion has to be the beautiful game, football. I’d stop boxing in a heartbeat if I was any good with a ball at my feet.

 

Why should people come and watch you fight?

I always perform, I always entertain!

 

How are you going to win your fight? And in what round?

I’d say I’ll win by count out, 6th round.

 

Final Words from trainer Lyndon James:

Kieran trains hard and always looks good in the gym. He is willing to listen and learning all the time, and his footwork is getting better.

Kieran is keen and ambitious and will give a good fight. His work rate is phenomenal

 

Kieran Gething, British Warriors, and Fight Scene give a special thank you to the sponsors for their continued support:

 

DT CONTRACTING:  Contracting (South West) Ltd  www.dt-contracting.com   are a Cwmbran based company who carry out road surfacing, groundwork, external works and property refurbishment for an established client base consisting of local authorities, housing associations and developers. There are a lot of boxing fans within our business so it’s great for us to support one of our employees, Kieran Gething, in his pro boxing career.

 

THOMAS WASTE MANAGEMENT: www.thomaswastemanagement.co.uk

 

 

Liberty Care Ltd.

 

 

PHIL ANSLOW & SONS: www.philanslowcoaches.co.uk

 

 

 

             

 

 

What is your current record and fighting weight? 

1-0 Lightweight

 

Where are you from originally and what do you like about living in Wales?

I’m a proud Welsh man originally from Dinas Powys originally but I now live in Rhoose and have lived there since I was 10 years old, the same age I first walked into a boxing club.

 

Tell us about your journey to become a boxer?

My father was a good amateur boxer himself and boxing has always been a part of my family.

When we moved to Rhoose I entered the boxing gym and to be honest I didn’t enjoy it at all! I had my first fight and didn’t go back into the gym until I was 14 which was when I started to take it seriously and won titles.

 

Who was your boxing hero growing up? 

Roberto Duran, I have always enjoyed watching his fights and style if boxing.

 

Tell us about the fight and what it means to you?

This is my second pro fight, my first one was a good performance I had a lot of positive feedback from all the fans and my coaches. My aim is to improve on every fight and put all the training and hard work into the ring and leave nothing behind.

 

Can you give our readers an insight to what your daily routine looks like ahead of fight night?

I work and train full time. It isn’t easy but it’s what I need to do to pay the bills and chase my dreams.

I’m up early every morning to work for few hours before driving 45 minutes to Newport in St Joseph’s boxing gym with Tony Borg and the other professional boxers. After a hard hour and a half training session I go back to work for the rest of the day and then train in the evenings, sleep ready to do doing it all over again.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

 You never know what’s around the corner but with everything going to plan and with a bit of luck in 5 years I can see myself with the Lonsdale belt outright and going on to bigger things.

 

Outside of boxing who are your sporting heroes?

I don’t have any sporting heroes.

 

Who is your favourite boxer of all time and who would be your dream fight?

My favourite boxer of all time has to be Muhammad Ali he was so entertaining to watch in and outside of the ring. I still like to watch videos of him on YouTube.

 

What other sports do you follow?

At the moment I enjoy watching the Wimbledon tennis.

 

Why should people come and watch you fight?

I’m entertaining to watch, I put in 110% into the sport and it shows on fight night. I’m fast, powerful, spiteful and I’m ready to go to work on the 22nd.

 

How are you going to win your fight and in what round?

I’m going to show off my boxing ability with a great performance.  A second round stoppage if I was to pick how and when I will win.

 

Final Words from Trainer Tony Borg

 

Lance is a good prospect. He trains hard and is focused on the boxing. He always turns up and is never late.

He trains with Sean Mcgoldrick, Lee Selby, Mitch Buckland, and is moving along steadily.

He looked good on his debut and I’m sure he will look as good if not better on his next bout.

 

Do you have a Fight Plan?

Progress from last one. Sit down on shots a little more, and plant his feet bit more.

We will be looking to get the stoppage. The win I the main objective but the fight fans want a stoppage so if the opportunity arises he’ll be taking him out of there.

Lance Cooksey, British Warriors and Fight Scene give a special Thank You to the Sponsors for the continued support

 

THE MAJOR BEST KEBAB – LLANTWIT MAJOR

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Exclusive Interview with Lee Churcher ahead of fight against Darryl Sharp

By Jon Sutton

What is your current record and fight weight?

Middleweight. I’m moving to Light Middle. 17 fights, 3 losses

 

Originally from Newport, what do you like about living in Wales?

I have a good friend base and have lived here all my life. I was based in the army in West Wales and it really shows how beautiful the country is

 

Tell us about your journey to become a boxer

I was a skinny kid and used to get bullied. Boxing was a sport that gave me confidence and showed me how to protect myself.

I stopped for 10 years, when I went in the army. I turned Pro at 29 years of age and am still feeling Fresh!

 

Tell us about this fight and what it means to you

This is my first fight back with the BBBofC after a 2 year spell with another organisation. I was the No.1 ranked fighter with them and won the WBU World Title.

 

Can you give our readers an insight into what your daily routine looks like ahead of a fight?

Train at 7am, stretching and flexibility at 11am, and spar or run at 6pm

 

Who is your favourite boxer of all time? And who would be your dream fight?

Floyd Mayweather. Any light middleweight champion I want!

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself retired from boxing and pursuing my property development career

Outside of boxing, who are your sporting heroes?

Phil Taylor in Darts, he is an incredible performer

 

What other sports do you follow?

I play rugby and love relaxing while fishing

 

How are you going to win your fight? And in what round?

The fight is very tough against an opponent with good records. Im going to use my boxing skills to get a win however possible, KO or points the win is what I want.

 

Lee Churcher, British Warriors and Fight Scene give a Special Thank you to Lee’s fight sponsors, and take a moment to recognise them for the continued support:

Gecko: www.geckosportswear.co.uk We are a close-knit family business who work with teams in the UK, and as far as Fiji, Spain and Dubai, and have strong connections with Lee Churcher having worked with him in the army.

We are keen sports suppliers willing to help in whichever way possible

 

M&L: www.buildingservices.ltd. We are located in Newport and are electrical and building contractors, offering building services.

 

Newport Land Reclamation: www.newportlandreclamation.co.uk Established for over 10 years, we are known for the quality of our services around Newport and Cardiff.

We provide services that include: Muck away, Road sweeping, Aggregate supply, Tipper hire, Land reclamation and Top soil supply

 

Tastebuddies:  www.tastebuddiescardiff.com We have always worked with boxers, and have provided food for Craig Evans, Enzo Maccarinelli, Lee and Andrew Selby, Dale Evans, Gavin Gwynne, Mitch and Gary Buckland, Sean McGoldrick, Fred Evans and Lee Churcher.

We fuel each boxer during their training camps, closely to ensure they reach their weight limits.

It is a great pleasure to work with the amazing professionals that come out of St Joe’s. It is a unique challenge to work with them in getting to a specific weight. The work they put in is else, and we love being a part of it.

We believe in weight loss through a varied diet. We’re not into fad diets or boring food and provide healthy twists on tasty food. Some of the favourites are our naan bread pizzas, chicken satay and chocolate brownies.

 

Pier Consulting:  www.pierconsulting.co.uk We are delighted to be sponsoring Lee Churcher in his pending fight on 22nd July 2017

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