IBO World title fight ‘huge’ moment for Neilson Boxing
Promoter Mark Neilson says he is overjoyed at the prospect of hosting his first world title fight at York Hall this weekend.
Mark, who heads up Swindon’s Neilson Boxing outfit, has seen his venture go from strength to strength in recent times as he and his team continue to elevate their way through the sport.
This Saturday, January 27th, marks another milestone as they prepare to put on their first world title fight with Kaisy Khademi taking on Jackson Chauke for the IBO World flyweight title in the capital.
Neilson, who promoted over 10 shows last year, says his maiden title fight epitomises the journey he and his team have been on in the last few years.
“We’ve only been hosting shows in London for the last couple of years, we now sell it [York Hall] out and have done multiple continental and intercontinental title fights across all of the governing bodies in boxing,” he said.
“That’s all culminated into a world title fight on our card this Saturday, which is absolutely massive for us, I’m over the moon.”
Not only has Neilson Boxing become prolific at hosting boxing events, they have also opened an amateur gym in Swindon and continue to recruit the best up and coming talent from across the country.
Wiltshire’s Lewis Roberts and Connor Gray have both been with the Swindon promoter since their debuts and remain unbeaten, with the former being crowned Commonwealth Silver champion at the back end of last year, while Calne’s Gray will be looking for similar honours in the not too distant future.
This weekend’s show, which also features the likes of Alfie Gaskin, Laura Pain and Dean Francis, is the first of many for 2024 but Neilson believes it, and their recent success, is indicative of a successful way of working.
“It shows the direction of travel that we are aiming for, we are almost setting our stall out for the year to have another year of progression,” he added.
“We’re expecting to be doing more of the same. As things stand, we manage over 20 boxers ourselves now and we have promotional agreements with many more.
“There are fighters who we have developed on our shows who are now going on to fight for big money on cards that have enormous platforms.
“Our progress is credit to the team that I work with and I think it shows our model is right, which is exciting for everyone involved with Neilson Boxing.”