Fighting Chance duo aim to shine at Rising Stars


Pair of Rising Stars afforded a Fighting Chance 

(Photgraphs courtesy of ImagesBySW)

Boxing on Tyneside got a fresh injection towards the back end of 2014 when Eddie Hearn announced that his Matchroom bandwagon would be rolling in Tyneside. It was the news Relentless Promotions duo Steve Wraith and Danny Cox had worked tirelessly on for nigh on eighteen months, and it paid off.

At Fighting Chance Promotions, the move was welcomed with open arms and their increasing stable of fighters, presently at six following this week’s arrival of Newbiggin starlet, Lewis Scott.

The super welterweight prospect, having been relinquished from his Ringstar Promotions contract and, now under the expert guidance of new Fighting Chance backroom staff in physio Andre Tulip and nutritionist Chris Clayton, aims to be back in the ring late summer.


(Lewis Scott signs professional fight contract with Fighting Chance Promotions)

As we head into the second month of 2015 Relentless Promotions are preparing to put on their first show of the year, at the Gateshead Leisure Centre in conjunction with Fighting Chance and for Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Fightpass.

It is with the two previous arrivals at the Felling gym, either side of the festive season, that super middleweight Andrew Buchanan, and cruiserweight Paul O’Hagan, are being afforded starring roles on ‘Rising Stars.’

Both stars are aiming towards some sort of title opportunity in the next twelve-eighteen months and Steve Wraith has played a huge role in building their respective platforms having provided O’Hagan with his debut, and Buchanan with his comeback early in what was the fledgling stages of his own move into professional boxing.


(Andrew Buchanan, above; and Paul O’Hagan, below, sign professional contracts with Fighting Chance Promotions and will make their promotional debut at Rising Stars on February 7)

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“Andy is a great bloke and we were over the moon when he decided to make his return to the fight game,” began Steve.

“As for Paul, I’d known him for a few years in the white collar scene and knew he could make an impact on the professional scene as well – he didn’t disappoint, neither of them have done.”

A fresh start for both, and under different circumstances, ‘Rising Stars’ affords new opportunities for Buchanan and O’Hagan which they will both look to run with and bring yet more titles into their new home.

“I’m not bothered who I face at Rising Stars really so long as I’m on the show,” began Buchanan.

“This is a fresh start for me at what is the twilight of my career and I’m going to put behind me what was a bad year. I know I will get plenty of opportunities at Fighting Chance and I’m humbled by the continued support in which I have already.

“Moving forward, the view is that I want to have some titles on the wall, that’s why I came back into the game, to make a mark and leave my name on north-east boxing. There is a plan in place between us and I’m going to go with that and build on the success already instilled.”

One of the main reasons for Buchanan teaming up with Fighting Chance was the opportunity to work with his former amateur coach, Ronnie Rowe, and build on something which began seemingly a lifetime ago.

“Ron and me have a good history together,” continued Buchanan.

“We had some title-winning times in the old amateur days so it was natural for me really to go back and carry on as before. I’m just glad to not only be here now, but also having the continued support and understanding of my loving wife and family because that’s what’s important.”

Buchanan’s stable mate, cruiserweight Paul O’Hagan will make his ring return at ‘Rising Stars’ after an extended absence stretching back nearly eighteen months.

His signing for Fighting Chance may have come as a surprise but to many it was a move he had to take in order to not only get back in the game, but to make progress and give himself a Fighting Chance.

“I just hope everything clicks into place this year,” O’Hagan said.

“Ron and Gary seem impressed with me and I am enjoying a new training regime with some good fighters and, with the addition of Lewis Scott, there are six of us bouncing off each other.

“Although this will be at cruiserweight for me this time, I definitely won’t be after; I’m too small for it. Just look at Jon-Lewis, he’s massive compared to me.

“I need some good results now to not only be able to climb the rankings, but also get myself into contention for some title opportunities next year.  A good, winning performance on this show will help that no end.”

The immediate future for Buchanan and O’Hagan, and ultimately Fighting Chance, is clear. With the Dickinson’s scheduled for international title fights on April 4 show ‘Geordie Roar’ at the Metro Radio Arena then ‘Rising Stars’ will host the new duo.

The promotion, to be held at the Gateshead Leisure Centre on February 7 is sponsored by Grosvenor Casino, Ideala Health and Portland Consultants and will be headlined by debutant Jeff Saunders alongside Fighting Chance duo Andrew Buchanan and Paul O’Hagan; Basi Razaq, Steve Cooper and Abdon Cesar.

Tickets are available now priced at £30 standard, £50 VIP and £75 ringside from all fighters on the bill or by visiting the Wraith Promotions website.



About petermannwriter

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