Kevin 'Satch' Satchell paid a visit to his old club, the Everton Red Triangle, to educate and inspire the current crop of talented professionals coming through the ranks. A group of eight unbeaten pros from the talent-rich gym are currently in training for their next fights on February 28.
He dropped in, two years from his retirement in January 2018, with the titles he won during his glittering career to inspire the next generation of fighters, who are just a few days into their training camps.
Head trainer at the 100-year-old club, Paul Stevenson, said, "A great visit from Everton Red Triangle legend Kevin Satchell this morning.
"Kev brought in his championship belts and talked to our pros about his career, his journey up, his title fights and his mentality approaching and overcoming such big life-changing challenges.
"A British, Commonwealth and European champion home-grown at the Everton Red Triangle; what an inspiration to our stable of young professionals and champions in the making hoping to go where Kevin has been and make their own pieces of boxing history."
The 'Ice-Man', now aged 31, competed in four different divisions during his six-year pro career from flyweight up to super-bantamweight.
During his 16 professional contests, he held the British, Commonwealth, and European flyweight titles, without ever losing a fight.
Satchell represented Everton Red Triangle right the way through the amateurs to the glory he achieved in the pro ranks.
Paul Stevenson remembered Satchell's incredible career with pride, "He came to us at age 12 and was always the underdog. He went on to win three National Titles and represented England on many occasions.
"After a couple of attempts at the Senior ABA title, he decided to turn pro. He had six fights and got offered a fight on very short notice against former British bantamweight champion Martin Power, who was still very much a force and we went into that fight as big underdogs. Sometimes you have to take a chance in life and in boxing, and when the opportunity comes be brave enough to take it.
"This fight really opened up Kevin’s career. He dropped Power in round two with a perfect right hand and although Power rose again, Kevin was all over him for the rest of the fight and Power was lucky to hear the final bell.
Next they offered us a shot at the vacant Commonwealth title against former British Champion Paul Edwards. Again the underdog, Kevin put on a brilliant and spiteful display to completely dominate Edwards en route to a 10th round TKO.
"So next they matched him with British Champion Chris Edwards. Again Kevin was on ruthless form dropping then halting the brave Edwards in round six. He defended the British title twice then challenged Valeri Yanchi for his European Flyweight title.
"Yanchi was a very good southpaw and much more experienced than Kevin, who again went in as the underdog. Kevin boxed brilliantly and won the title clearly on points. Kevin was European Champion and the first to come from Liverpool since former world champion Paul Hodkinson who'd won it when Kevin was just one-year-old.
"To watch Kevin grow from a skinny but tough as nails 12-year-old kid into a battle-hardened pro, the British, Commonwealth and European Champion, was something that is hard to put into words."
On February 28, eight unbeaten prospects from the talent-laden ERT boxing club, all trained by Paul Stevenson, will do battle at the Grand Central Hall in Liverpool on a Black Flash Promotions event, all with the aim to continue their unbeaten rise through the rankings.
Unbeaten super-featherweight star Nick Ball (11-0) headlines the stacked show, as he closes in on championship opportunities this year.
Hard-hitting featherweight Andrew Cain (4-0, 4KOs) gets back in the ring, with staunch plans to knock out his unfortunate opponent. The five-time national amateur champion kicked off his pro career in 2015, aged just 18, and quickly KO’d his first two foes. He returned a few years later following a break to support his young family and got straight back to business with another due of KOs.
Merseyside middleweight Harry Woods (3-0) will also be back in action, alongside European bronze medalist Connor Butler (3-0-1) and 24-year-old Haringey Box Cup winner Jonathan Walsh (3-0).
2018 Senior ABA champion Bradley Strand (2-0) also features, as does Carly Skelly (2-0) and Jack ‘The Ripper’ McKinlay (1-0).
Supporting cast will feature Liverpool super-middleweight southpaw James Heneghan (3-0); super-lightweight Michael Hedges (2-0); David Thompson (1-0), and heavyweight Karl Tierney (1-0).
Trainer Paul Stevenson commented, “People know what to expect at our shows and that is the spectacle of watching a stable full of hungry, dynamic professional fighters in the ascendancy.
“They’re all different, dangerous, highly-skilled and they’re going for the knockouts! There’s going to be some exceptional talent on display on February 28.”
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