Liverpool’s Carly Skelly (3-0) and Southam’s Amy Timlin (4-0) went head to head at the Usyk-Chisora press conference on October 29, just days ahead of their highly anticipated showdown for the vacant Commonwealth Female super-bantamweight title, live on Sky Sports Box Office on Halloween night.
The undefeated super-bantamweights were originally set to lock horns on October 2 at Bowler’s Exhibition Centre in Manchester on a Kieran Farrell Promotions show, which was due to be broadcast live on FITE.TV, but now the fledgling pair find themselves with a chance to perform on the biggest platform available.
Trained by Kieran Farrell and managed by Dave Coldwell, Amy Timlin is just 20-years-old, but despite her young age, the ‘Lion Heart’ has won British, European and World titles in kickboxing when training out of Wayne Elcock’s Boxing Academy.
She also went on to achieve many other accolades in the amateur boxing ranks, joining in 2017 under the guidance of world amateur champion Frankie Gavin.
During the official press conference for this Saturday night, she spoke of the delays for the forthcoming fight, “I've been waiting a long time for this fight. I’ve been in a training camp for about five months now. To get this opportunity is amazing and I couldn’t have asked to be on a better platform. I know it’s going to be a cracking fight to watch on Saturday night.”
She then moved on to talk about how she believes the fight with Skelly would unfold, “I like to think my style is exciting, I love a good tear-up. It’s going to be exciting. I know that Carly is also an aggressive fighter so fans can expect a toe-to-toe war!”
In response to Timlin’s comments, Skelly agreed, “I’m the same, come forward, and I love to fight! It’s going to be a good fight on Saturday. It’s a great opportunity, like Amy said, we’ve both been waiting for this fight for a long time. It has been on the card for a few months now. Because the fight date has been changed a few times, I’ve had a lot of time to work on other stuff in the gym.”
Managed by Paul Stevenson and trained by Sid Saidankey at North Mersey ABC, 33-year-old Skelly, who only started boxing four years ago, described the problematic developments leading up to her maiden title tilt, “Originally it was meant to be in August but it wasn’t ever announced, then it was pushed back to September, then it was officially announced for October 2nd, so I thought that one would go ahead, but then with everything going on and all the restrictions it fell through again.
“But it’s all worked out well now that it’s on the big stage, which it deserves to be on. All the slip ups I’ve had, with all the cancelled dates, I now believe it all happened for a reason.”
The full-time pediatric nurse at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and mother of two boys plans to take this unique opportunity with both hands to make a name for herself, “Nobody really knows me, but after Saturday that will change. I’ve had a lot of support from the likes of Derry Matthews and Darren Till.”
On the same Matchroom Boxing card, Savannah Marshall and Hannah Rankin clash for the WBO World Female middleweight title, with the women’s fights making up almost half of the card, as debutant Ramla Ali also appears.
Timlin-Skelly are joined by Lee Selby (28-2, 9 KOs) vs George Kambosos Jr (18-0, 10 KOs) in a Final Eliminator for the IBF Lightweight World Title; as well as heavyweight fan favourite Dave Allen (18-5-2, 15 KOs) in his ring return against American KO artist Christopher Lovejoy (19-0, 19 KOs); Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall (8-0, 6 KOs) meets Glasgow’s Hannah Rankin (9-4, 2 KOs) for the vacant WBO Middleweight World Title; Belfast's Tommy McCarthy (16-2, 8 KOs) clashes with Belgium's Bilal Laggoune (25-1-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title; Scotsman Kash Farooq (13-1, 6 KOs) makes his Matchroom debut against Martin Tecuapetla (15-2-4, 10 KOs); and Ramla Ali makes her eagery awaited professional debut.
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