Kent’s emerging boxing talent on show tonight in Maidstone town centre

Published On Saturday, February 25, 2017By British Boxing News

Tonight in Maidstone town centre, JE Promotions hosts a five-fight card to a sold-out crowd eager to see the multitude of talent emerging from the Kent County


Appearing on the small hall show in Mote Park Leisure Centre is an ex-England International, a southern Area title contender, and unbeaten prospects.


Former Team GB boxer Luke Gibbo makes his eagerly-anticipated pro debut against seasoned professional Ibrar Riyaz (4-114-4) over four three-minute rounds at super-lightweight.


The popular 140-pounder holds wins in the amateurs over Ricky Boylan and competed over a dozen times for his country.


The 25-year-old from Bexleyheath will serve as 31-year-old Riyaz’s 123rd bout. The tough Blackburn-born travelling fighter has experienced a whopping 600 rounds in the paid ranks and has only been stopped on three rare occasions, the last time being over three years ago at the heavy-hands of Atif Shafiq.


Teammate Oli Edwards (4-0), 21-years-old, from the Invicta Gym in Sheerness, gets his fifth paid contest against Scott Hillman (0-16).


The 35-year-old from Eastbourne has never had his hand raised in his 16-month-long pro career but has also never been stopped in 64 rounds.


Edwards scored his first stoppage in his last outing in October 2016, stopping Laszlo Kovacs (9-4) in just 24-seconds.


The unbeaten middleweight was originally slated to perform in front of a home crowd in Sheppey but an injury to headliner and stablemate Dave Jones saw a postponement to the February 4th show which is due to be rescheduled for later in the year.


Sidcup’s featherweight Martin Hillman (8-3) is back in action against Kamil Jaworek (3-4) in his first fight back from defeat at the hands of Boy Jones last November for the Southern Area super-featherweight title.


The talented 25-year-old is looking to challenge for Southern Area honours again at his natural fight weight at 126lbs.


Unbeaten super-featherweight Chris Matthews (5-0), 21-years-old from Maidstone, goes up against 34-year-old Yorkshire-man Russ Midgley (1-13-2).


The 22-year-old super-featherweight has shown considerable development in each passing fight and looks set to step up a level very soon. Manager Joe Elfidh confirmed this will be his last four-rounder before moving up to six and eight-round fights.


Richard Harrison (1-13) and Darren Snow (4-10-1) complete the line-up in a four-round light-heavyweight contest.

For tickets to the next show, visit or call 07883 943994


JE Promotions would like to thank Kent Trade Frames - Campbell Nutrition - Invicta Gym and PR Manager Tim Rickson