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Joe’s Jab – The Bomber is flying and Bad News is heading for a maiden title fight

Published On Thursday, June 27, 2019By British Boxing News

Joe’s Jab – Issue 46 covers Paul Brown's latest win and potential heavyweight title showdowns

Promoter Joe Elfidh discloses behind the scenes stories and breaking news surrounding his promotional outfit.

A former boxer, known as ‘The Moroccan Machine’, Joe was a two-weight Central Area title contender who shared the ring with English, British, Commonwealth and World champions, but is now an established promoter with regular shows in the South East and East Midlands with an ever-expanding roster of talented fighters.

The head honcho of JE Promotions kindly takes time out every week to write a column exclusive to BBN:


The ‘Bomber’

Light-heavyweight Paul ‘Bomber’ Brown moved up to 4-0 with a points win at the York Hall on June 22.

He fought a debutant from Derbyshire, Nathan Junor (1-0) on a Hellraiser Promotions show. Paul won all four rounds 40-36, which means that it’s his fourth shutout points win. He’s won all four fights 40-36, so after 16 rounds I’m pleased to say that an opponent is yet to take a single round from him.

He looked good in what was another comfortable but cracking performance from the Margate man.

Paul is seasoned, he spent a decade in the amateurs and unlicensed, winning titles in both, and has a professional approach to his boxing career – he stays in the gym, dedicates himself and is improving with each fight.

As an amateur, he won the Southern Counties and got to quarter-finals of the nationals, losing to an England representative. Despite only recording points wins, he is heavy handed and has a mean body shot on him.

He goes again on September 14 at Mote Park for his fifth pro fight.


‘Bad News’

Mark ‘Bad News’ Bennett moved up to 5-0 with another points win for the hard-hitting heavyweight.

The tactics were to pace it and get the rounds in, which might sound strange for a heavyweight at this early stage of his career, but we are looking at doing 10 rounds for the Central Area heavyweight title next.

Personally, I think his opponent Miles Willington (1-6) was hurt a few times, but he was as game and as tough as they come and hung in there to the final bell.

Here's the full report from the show where Sonny Boy Price (7-0) and Cameron Kaihau (2-0) also notched up another win:

Mark’s already been made mandatory for the Central Area title that former champion Kash Ali was forced to vacate after his suspension from the Board. He wasn't defending the title anyway, so deserved to be stripped, despite the disqualificaion decision against David Price last March.

I believe that promoter Carl Greaves has got a decent lad that he wants to put forward for it – Ellis Machin (2-0-1), who’s fighting in a month’s time in his second six-rounder.

They’re both undefeated boxers, so I say let’s make the fight happen, if the Board allow it. Failing the Central Area, the English heavyweight title is vacant now that Daniel Dubois is fighting Nathan Gorman for the British, which is 10 rounds like the Central Area is, so we’re ready for that as well!

Whichever comes our way, Central Area or English, Mark 'Bad News' Bennett is ready to go!


Worksop Warriors

Declan Cairns (1-0) and Dylan Clegg (4-0) both scored wins at the weekend and are really flying the flag for Worksop.

They are putting Worksop on the map for boxing and I hope they provide inspiration for the younger aspiring fighters emerging from the area. Both are big ticket sellers and are good fighters that are exciting to watch.

Dylan was in a tough, tough fight with Raimonds Sniedze (13-48-2), who is a seasoned pro and a hard hitter, despite his journeyman record. Even when he hits you on the gloves, you can feel the power, I’ve heard it from so many of his opponents.

Despite getting tagged a few times, Clegg managed to adapt to the force in front of him and scrape the win 39-37, but learnt a lot! He’s still only 21 and that fight would have brought him on bundles. He said straightaway after the fight that he made mistakes and he’ll be working on them when he’s straight back to the gym.

Regardless of the harsh lesson, it was an exciting fight for his fans to watch!

Declan caught his opponent JJ Smith (1-0) with a good backhander, and fair play to the debutant because he stayed on his feet, tried to cover up and didn’t go down, but the referee was right to jump in and stop it just halfway through the third round.

Great debut for Declan, he brought a lot of fans to the fight and they will be coming back in even bigger numbers to watch him after that powerful performance.


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