The stacked ‘Next Level’ event on September 14 at Mote Park, Maidstone will feature a host of local talent, including former England international Luke Gibb, unbeaten super-featherweight Jack Raines, and two exciting young debutants.
27-year-old super-featherweight prospect Jack Raines (5-0) has his sixth pro contest on the seven-fight card with a view to winning well to set up a Southern Area title tilt next.
From Sittingbourne, Raines first debuted at the York Hall in May 2016 and won all his first four bouts when signed to Goodwin Promotions, then with James Paisley after his debut.
Now managed by Joe Elfidh and training at the Boxers Stable in Longfield with coach John Cole, Jack is looking to land a title shot soon.
He won 40 of his 50 amateur contests for various Kent gyms, ending up at Repton ABC in London. A brief stint in the unlicensed boxing scene saw him win six straight contests, three by way of knockout.
Former England International Luke Gibb (4-1) heads back to the ring after almost a year away due to medicals and licensing issues. Now all clear to fight, ‘Gibbo’ wants to make up for lost time and put on a good performance for his fans.
The stylish switch-hitter scored a knockdown in his last bout and is eager to build on that against opponent Andy ‘Thunder’ Harris (3-72-1), 36 from Gloucester, who holds a win over Central Area, English and British lightweight champion Robbie Barrett.
Fan-favourite, Danny ‘The Real Deal’ Shannon (4-7-1), 28 from Chatham, heads back to the Maidstone venue for his second home show.
Danny was the first ever signing for JE Promotions back in 2014 and, despite being a road warrior, he has picked up results against prospects with a combined total of 11-1-2.
He stole the show in his last fight – his first ever from the home corner – when he knocked out the durable Scott Hillman (0-38) in the fourth round of their super-middleweight contest.
Promoter Joe Elfidh said of his first ever signing, “Danny will fight anyone and he’s already got an another fight booked in against the current Central Area super-middleweight champion Jamal Le Doux just two weeks after this fight!
“He’s game, always fit, and he loves a fight; it’s why the fans love him!”
Journeyman Mick Mills (1-12), 32 from Gillingham, is having his first ever fight in the home corner.
Mick has fought top prospects, title contenders, Southern Area champions, Central Area champions, and English champions in his time from the away corner, but now the 32-year-old occupies the home corner for the first time in 13 fights.
Zeki Hussein (0-1) fights for the first in his home county. The super-featherweight from Gillingham is aiming to reignite his boxing career as he heads back to the ring for the first time since his debut way back in April 2014.
The 33-year-old had an unfair start to his professional career having to go up against a fighter in the weight class above on a Sunday afternoon at York Hall.
Now he trains with Ray Askew and Sam Latham at the Invicta Gym in Sheerness and has ambitions to win a Southern Area title with his new team.
Sheerness heavyweight Kieron Spice; Maidstone’s Jimmy Peckham and talented 19-year-old Brooklyn Tilley from Rainham all make their pro bows on the show.
Joe Elfidh added, “It’s going to be a cracking event so I’m really looking forward to taking my seat and watching all the lads in action.”
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