Local boxing stars set for return to Mote Park in summertime sizzler
Based in Kent, Boxing Connected’s second show of the year is set to take place at the Maidstone Leisure Centre on Saturday, June 25.
The packed event will showcase local talent including Southern Area title contender Martin Hillman in a 10-round contest, as well as super-lightweight prospect Martin McDonagh.
Topping the bill is exciting featherweight Martin Hillman (15-6, 2KO), 31 from Orpington.
The title contender came agonisingly close to becoming a Southern Area super-bantamweight champion in 2018, just losing out by a single point from the away corner to Duane Winters.
Since then, he has reeled off five straight victories and is looking to capture more titles this year, starting with a 10-round contest against an opponent yet to be confirmed.
Rising lightweight star Martin McDonagh (10-2), 26-years-old, is also looking challenge for titles this year. His only defeats have come from a Southern Area titlist and the impressive Harlem Eubank.
In his last fight, he moved up to double figures in his win column with a six-round points decision over tough Mexican Christian Lopez Flores.
Trained by Billy Rumbol, the stylish southpaw from Sheerness will be hunting down his first ever title shot later this year but will need a convincing win in his next six-rounder to give his name a boost in the domestic rankings.
Fresh from his first ever TV appearance on the Sky Sports’ BOXXER Series Lightweight Tournament in April, Rainham’s Brooklyn Tilley (3-1) heads back to his local stomping ground to head into another four-rounder.
The 22-year-old was narrowly outpointed in the quarter-finals of the eight-man event by Shaun Cooper, a former Midlands Area and WBO Youth lightweight champion.
However, this experience has spurred him for more big nights of boxing in his career.
Tyrone King (2-0), a 22-year-old from Sittingbourne, is a back for his third assignment also. The super-welterweight is all set for another four-round contest against an opponent yet to be named.
22-year-old debutant Radoslav Saraliyski will finally makes his pro bow over a year on from signing with promoter Joe Elfidh and Boxing Connected.
The Bulgarian moved to Chatham in Kent over four years ago and is the first professional boxer to ever come out of his hometown of Zlatograd, where he used to have to travel over 30 miles away to reach the closest amateur boxing gym.
A brief stint in the local GBBU unlicensed circuit saw him win three from four fights, and is now ready to kick off his pro career in a four-round super-lightweight contest.
Boxing Connected’s Joe Elfidh is excited for his promotions return to the popular Maidstone venue, “The last show was so powerful with the performances from the fighters who all won their fights and came through their tests, but also entertained the crowd at the same time. This next show will be an extension of that success and we’re expecting bigger numbers and even better fights.”
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