MTK promote at the Eagles Community Arena in Newcastle this Saturday night, with a busy bill in the North East anticipated. There are several prospects given run outs in anticipation of bigger assignments later in the year with various promotional outfits.
The ever popular “Benwell Bomber” Joe Laws (8-0, KO4) has a six rounder at Super-Lightweight, as he expects to be involved on the Matchroom bill headlined by Lewis Ritson against Miguel Vazquez in early April.
Laws is a massive ticket seller, and has appeared on Eddie Hearn shows previously as a result. He shouldn’t encounter too many problems with Czech import, Jan Prokes (1-12-2, KO0) although the Kladno resident did hold Jordan Clayton to a six round draw in his last outing in March last year.
Another man marking time is Troy Williamson (13-0-1, KO10) and the Darlington man has endured a frustrating couple of years, with several last minute opponent withdrawals hampering his progress.
“The Trojan” usually appears on Frank Warren bills, but is MTK managed and benefits from a sharpening of his tools here. Williamson hasn’t really fought anyone of note since a June 2018 eught round draw with Jack Flatley, and last time out he picked up the IBF European Super Welterweight title with a tenth and final round stoppage win over late notice sub Dario Socci in December 2019.
He ticks over at Middleweight in a six rounder with the tried and tested Daniel Urbanski (21-33-3, KO5). The Pole has been in with some decent operators, but retired after two rounds of action in his most recent bout with Sam Eggington in November 2019 at Villa Park in Birmingham.
Top of the bill is a Northern Area title fight, with Darlington’s Ellis Corrie (4-1-1, KO1) defending his belt against Spennymore resident Chad Ellis (9-0, KO0) in a local derby.
Corrie took the title in his last fight, snapping the eight fight unbeaten record of Tom Hill in a fourth round stoppage win for the vacant crown.
Ellis has dined on journeymen thus far in his career, but has banked rounds in going the distance in each of his nine paid contests to this point.
With Corrie on a high from his title win, I think the pick is for him to come through this one on the cards.
Other prospects in action include Jeff Saunders (13-0, KO6) who will be looking to kick on in 2020, and this starts with a six round Super Welterweight assignment against Lithuanian Edvinas Puplauskas (6-27, KO4). It would be a statement if Saunders could get the stoppage, with Puplauskas only previously stopped once inside a round by Chris Kongo back in 2017.
Joe Maphosa (9-0, KO1) is a real talent, and the Zimbabwe born Thornaby native takes part in a six rounder with Spanish based Nicaraguan Moises Mojica (9-9-2, KO6) who has been stopped in his last two contests.
Lawrence Oseuke (9-1-1, KO1) returns after his first career defeat to Dan Azeez last time out, and takes part in a six rounder at Light Heavyweight against an opponent yet to be announced at the time of writing.