Jimmy Kelly vs Luke Blackledge

Jimmy Kelly faces Luke Blackledge in his next fight

Published On Thursday, January 30, 2020By Chris Glover

Contender VIP announce April 4 event will take place at 'The Point' at Old Trafford Cricket Club, with Jimmy Kelly Jnr vs Luke Blackledge added to card

Contender VIP Promotions have revealed they are expanding into bigger venues, with the four-figure capacity arena, The Point, at Old Trafford Cricket Ground being the chosen setting for the April 4 installment of the Contender VIP series.

The Point has established itself as one of Manchester's most exclusive venues for events over recent years, with crowds of over 1,000 spectators filling the Old Trafford venue for many highlights of the North West social calendar coming from the worlds of sports, music, fashion and more. 

Promoter Mike Le-Gallez, who is the driving force behind the quick success and progression of Contender VIP Promotions discussed the reasons behind moving venues from Deansgate's Hilton Hotel to Old Trafford Cricket Club.

Le-Gallez stated, "The Hilton Hotel is a fantastic venue which I am sure we will use at some point in the future again. I am very grateful to all of their staff for the amazing efforts they put in to make the nights we've had there run as perfectly as they have.

"The reason for the move in venues is we simply needed more seats. We have been selling out the Hilton Hotel with ease, and Contender VIP Promotions is expanding rapidly, so we had to switch our venues to somewhere that has all the class and prestige of the Hilton, Deansgate, but bigger capacity wise, and I believe we have found that at 'The Point'."

The April 4 card will also see the return to Manchester of popular one-time world title challenger Jimmy Kelly Jnr, as he clashes with former WBC International and Commonwealth Champion Luke Blackedge in an all North West battle.

One of the participants of the contest comes in the form of Wythenshawe native Jimmy Kelly Jnr, who is looking to build himself back into title contention. The two time WBO Intercontinental Champion weighed in on the clash with Blackedge.

Kelly Jnr said, "Firstly I want to thank my team James Mulvihill, Arnie Farnell, as well as Andre Rozier and Chris Glover at Havoc for backing me so far and battling to get me back into contention after my lay off. It's not been easy but we've really got the fight we want to get the ball back rolling.

"I have got to massively thank Mike Le-Gallez for giving me an opportunity on one of the best shows in the country right now against a good opponent in Luke Blackedge. This is going to be a great fight for me, but I'm really convinced that people haven't seen the best of Jimmy Kelly Jnr and I will show that on the night.

"I want to rebuild back towards titles, and this is a perfect place to start from an opponent and an event point of view. I'm excited to put on a career-best performance come April 4."