On Saturday May 18th the UK's premier boxing league cranks up the heat as it returns to the Effingham Park Hotel for the next stop on the exciting 2013 season of boxing. After the drama and excitement seen at the league's televised season opener back in March, which produced arguably the greatest night of championship action in the promotions history, the competition has really intensified as the stakes get even higher on another hotly anticipated night of entertainment.
Headlining the stacked card of action on the "In The Line Of Fire" show will be possibly the most anticipated rematch in the league's history when London's Rossco Parker and Ramsgate's Sam Holloway collide over five rounds of action. The pair were destined to share a ring again after their epic war back in March 2012 went down as one of the competitions most thrilling contests after Holloway emerged victorious after five gruelling rounds of boxing, and the pair are set to exchange leather all over again in another must see top of the bill attraction.
In Light Heavyweight title action, the rescheduled contest between novice champion Ben Middleton and challenger Jason Chay looks set to feature on the stacked under card as the pair finally meet in their long awaited showdown. The duo were due to clash in the main event of the league’s Challenger Boxing Series 3 promotion back in February, but with the champion ruled out of the bout after injuring his hand in training, the bout was cancelled. But February’s loss is May’s gain as the pair can finally settle the argument inside the ring and see who will emerge victorious.
Also in action on the shows bumper undercard, the league welcomes a whole new line up of recent signigs that look set to make big waves over the coming year. In Light Middleweight action Tony TNT Bange will make is league debut off the back of a short but explosive amateur career that has seen the young prospect gain the attention of some of the sports biggest names. Bange has been earmarked for big things by former world Featherweight ruler Prince Naseem Hamed, and Bange will need to be on his game when he boxes live wire Mark Verity who will be hoping to hand the debutant a nightmare introduction to the show.
The league's Cruiserweight division has really started to ignite over the past few month's with a number of explosive new acquisitions that look destined for big things, and two of the most exciting new additions to the division will face off against each other on the 18th as they bid to throw thier names into the mix this season. London's Frank Sadler has built up a solid reputation outside of the league amassing a perfect 7-0-0 record before joining the competitions ranks, and his opponent Chatham's Gary Marshall enters the competition with just a solitary defeat on his seven fight slate. With both men looking to make an instant impact, and add their names into the title mix, their showdown has all the ingridients to produce a classic.
Another mouthwatering showdown that has really captured the attention of the league's army of fans is the Southern Area Super Middleweight title battle between Oxford's Polish import Artur Gorka and Grantham's former amateur standout Ben Croft. Gorka has become a fan favourite with his relentless aggressive style of boxing that takes no prisoners, whilst league newcomer Croft looks to have the edge in experience in the clash but how that experience will cope with Gorka's ferocious attacks will be seen on the night when one of the pugilists will emerge with the vacant title.
And finally in Heavyweight action undefeated novice Heavyweight champion Leroy Manhertz will take the next step in his league career when he moves up to take on Paul Oko for a chance to add the league's vacant Southern Area strap to his trophy cabinet. Manhertz has improved with every outing since joining the shows ranks, and after improving his league record to 4-0-0 after beating Michael Pilditch back in February for the second time looks ready for the step up in class. Oko who hails from Northampton looks a formidable opponent and will be looking to hand Ipswich's Manhertz his first reverese, but Manhertz will have the height, reach and weight advantage in a contest that has teh potential to steal the show.
For further information on the stacked undercard of boxing click HERE, and tickets for teh show are priced at £35, £50 and £65 and are available from all of the boxers competing on the show, and directly from the league's ticket information line on 07547 022 244