DENNIS HOBSON ‘I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SECOND COMING OF DAVE ALLEN’

Dennis Hobson, and Fight Academy partner Steve Crump, serve up a lively night of boxing at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on Friday August 27, with all the action shown live by exciting new boxing broadcasters, Fightzone TV.

Topping the show is local fighter Anthony Tomlinson. Undefeated at 13-0 (7), the 29-year-old will take on experienced Mexican, Dante Jardon, 33-6 (24), for the International Boxing Organization (IBO) Inter-Continental Welterweight Title, with the winner in line for a shot at the full IBO world title.

Also on the card, another undefeated Sheffield fighter, super featherweight Kane Salvin gets the chance to defend his Central Area Title against Manchester’s Michael Gomez Jr, in what could well be fight-of-the-night. Salvin is 6-0, while Gomez Jr has lost just once in 14 outings, and the spoils for the victor will be a chance to contest the English crown which is currently vacant.

The bill will also see the return of popular Doncaster heavyweight Dave Allen, 18-5-2 (15), who is slated to take on tough Italian, Andrea Pesce, 7-13-3 (2), in a highly-anticipated return after over a year away from the ring. While, well-regarded Mark Jeffers from Chroley also gets a runout; the 23-year-old is currently 12-0 (4) and being talked about in boxing circles as a future world title candidate.

“This match is a step up for Anthony,” said promoter, Hobson.  “It’s a real test and the winner could get a direct shot at the IBO world title. I believe Anthony will do the business though and make a real statement against this tough Mexican.  Anthony wants to test himself against the best in the division, and that’s the path we’re on.

“This is the first big test since he’s come to Fight Academy, and I’m excited by it. The welterweight division is red hot and you have to take on the elite to get titles, and that’s what we’re planning to do with Anthony.  This Mexican isn’t to be taken lightly though. We’ve seen British fighters, including our own like Tommy Frank and Billy Stuart, beaten by Mexican fighters in recent weeks and this is a proper test.

“Salvin against Gomez Jr, on paper, is very close and these Area Title fights are always cracking scraps. Potentially this could be the fight of the night and I’m pleased we’ve finally been able to get it made. The ‘White Rhino’ is also returning on this show! I’ve seen Dave take tough fights in the past when he wasn’t really in top condition, and I’ve been worried for him. But he’s been out of the ring for over 12 months now, has come with us and he’s in fantastic shape. I’m looking forward to seeing the second coming of Dave Allen, and hopefully he’s fresh enough to win a proper title.

“I also think, as does Kevin Maree and Rob Rimmer, that Mark Jeffers could go all the way. The way he holds himself in the ring, potentially he’s world class and I’m going to really enjoy the journey with him. I like him as a person and want to manoeuvre his career up to world level, he has so much potential.

“This is another great Fight Academy show in Sheffield, and another an exciting watch for Fightzone viewers.”