Jeffries looking to make his mark The British Doghouse Team (March 4, 2005)
London’s fight fans get the chance to see some of South East England’s most exciting young fighters in action on Saturday night, when Maloney Promotions stages its second show of 2005 at Elephant & Castle Leisure Centre. Buoyed by Matt Skelton’s recent success in winning the WBU heavyweight belt the Maloney camp is now looking for a new star to emerge from their famous small hall shows.
Topping the bill is undefeated Bexleyheath lightweight Rob Jeffries, who faces Brighton’s Chill John in an eliminator for the Southern Area title. Jeffries (7-0) has his sights set on moving into English and, then British, title contention and gets the chance to measure his progress on Saturday. John (8-6) dropped a ten-round decision against current English champion Danny Hunt in October 2003 and also went the distance with Lonsdale belt holder Graham Earl a year earlier. A good performance from Jeffries on Saturday will mark him down as one to watch.
Also starring on the bill are Welling’s undefeated light-middleweight prospect Gary ‘Hot Stuff’ Woolcombe (12-0) and Morden lightweight Lee Cook (2-0), who faces Birmingham trier Dave Hinds (7-66).
The show will give fans the opportunity to witness the professional bows of three exhilarating young fighters. ABA heavyweight semi-finalist Junior ‘The Commissioner’ McDonald takes on veteran Tony Booth (45-80-8) at cruiserweight. The 35-year-old is in his best form in years having won four of his last seven fights and is sure to provide a stern test of McDonald’s ability.
Twenty-three-year-old Kettering light-middleweight Clint Smith debuts against journeyman Leeroy Williamson (12-48-3). Smith brings vast amateur experience to the ring, including three victories over highly-rated puncher Martin Concepcion.
The final new boy on show is Paul Buckley who carries on one of the great modern traditions of British boxing, by making his debut against Peter Buckley (31-200-10).
Tickets are £25 or £40 (ringside) Box office tel: 0208 692 6313. First bell: 7.30pm. The card is not televised, but will be screened on www.frankmaloney.com from Monday March 7.