Geordie Roar Preview + Times


(Images courtesy of Singe Vert Photography)

Tyneside ready for a little Geordie Roar

Saturday night sees big time professional boxing return to the banks of the Tyne for the first time since December 2009.

That night Amir Khan defeated Dmitriy Salita in defence of his WBA World super lightweight strap. The two regionals fighter on the card was former County Durham boxer, Nigel Wright, who defeated Alex Arthur over eight rounds and Teessider Chris Riley, who lost to a certain Stephen ‘Swifty’ Smith, now 21-1(12) in what was the super featherweight’s ninth pro outing.

Swifty will be making his return to the area this time around, in his 23rd outing, as he opposes Barrington Brown, 6-10-3(2), and joins a number of fighters appearing at Geordie Roar.


(Swifty Smith, above, and Nelson-Wilson, below)


Anthony Nelson, 9-0 (1) gets his dream shot as he challenges Jamie Wilson, 5-0(1) for the vacant Commonwealth super flyweight title. Nelson was due to appear on the card already but following the withdrawal of Bradley Saunders through injury he was afforded his shot at the big time.

Nelson said of his opportunity: “The bad luck which befell Bradley has opened up the door for us which is a massive opportunity and, come Saturday night, that Commonwealth title will stay here. Having the Sky cameras in town puts myself, and others, firmly in the spotlight.”

Nelson will find himself ably flanked by the Dickinson brothers and heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua as the quartet look to set Tyneside alight.

Of the Dickinson’s it is Jon-Lewis, 15-4(3) who will be in title action as he opposes undefeated Scotsman, Stephen Simmons, 11-0(5) for the WBC International Silver cruiserweight strap; Travis, 17-1(7) on the other hand also makes his international bow when he returns from injury against Spaniard Mustafa Chadlioui, 5-1-1(3).

“It’s about Chadlioui and my taking care of him.” Travis added.

“To me he looks like he can only work things on the inside whereas I will be bringing the power game with me so we’ll see how long he lasts on Saturday night really.”


(Travis, above, and Jon-Lewis, below)


Jon-Lewis said of his title shot against Simmons: “I think I will catch him (Simmons) quite easily as some of the lads he has been in the ring with have seemed out of shape. He has always been someone I have looked at as being a potential opponent and the fight has been missed for some time during the amateurs and pros.”

The heavyweight contest also sees a return from injury as undefeated London 2012 Olympic Gold medallist and WBC International champion Anthony Joshua, 10-0(10) looks at win number eleven against American Jason Gavern, 26-19-4(11), it will be the Brits biggest challenge to date.

Heavyweight Anthony Joshua said: “Jason is very good at surviving and does things to break the rounds down.

“He likes to entertain people when he is the ring but, although he will be an awkward opponent I am hopeful that this bout will have the same outcome.”


Both debutants bring excitement beyond belief, and in great abundance. Lewis Ritson has done plenty as an amateur and shone massively for Forest Hall, he will take them onto the global stage in some style and you can, for sure, expect fireworks from this class act.

The same can be attributed to Jeff Saunders, younger brother of unbeaten professional Bradley Saunders.

The South Durham ABC fighter has been trained by father Jeff Snr and, after a spell in the Armed Forces, and winning the ABA’s in style at the historic Rainton Meadows show, the Sedgefield fighter finally gets his chance in the paid ranks.

Both fighters have been afforded a challenging debut with Kristian Laight (Ritson) and Sandor Racz (Saunders) heading to Toon for the big night.

A beaming Saunders said: “This is going to be electric.”

“I am over the moon to be fighting on this show in front of more than 6,500 people. This is going to be completely different than when I was fighting in the ABA’s.

“I will be psyched up for it and take a lot of energy from the crowd but when I am in there, that’s it, it will be tunnel vision from me, the crowd will be blanked out as I focus on the job at hand.”

Wearsider Jordan King, 4-0(1) and Teessider Simon Vallily, 6-0(1) make up the regional contingent on a big night for north east boxing with the former, undefeated light heavyweight star opposing Brighton’s Iain Jackson over four rounds and the latter, an undefeated cruiserweight, will be looking to build on his recent stoppage win when he goes in over six rounds against Eastern European opposition.

Hosea Burton, 11-0(4), Charlie Flynn, 1-0, and Stephen Smith, 21-1(12) make up the remainder of the card which whets the appetite from opening to closing bell.


GEORDIE ROAR RUNNING ORDER (Subject to Change, Times Approximate)

5.25pm                 4 x 3mins Light Heavyweight Contest

HOSEA BURTON               v            LEE DUNCAN

(Manchester)                                  (Sheffield)


5.45pm                 4 x 3mins Light Welterweight Contest

LEWIS RITSON                   v            KRISTIAN LAIGHT

(Newcastle)                                     (Nuneaton)


6.05pm                 4 x 3mins Super Middleweight Contest

JORDAN KING                   v            IAIN JACKSON

(Hetton-le-Hole)                            (Brighton)


6.25pm                 6 x 3mins Cruiserweight Contest

SIMON VALLILY                 v             WLODZIMIERZ LETR

(Middlesbrough)                            (Poland)


6.50pm                 6 x 3mins Lightweight Contest

CHARLIE FLYNN                 v            ANDY HARRIS

(Newarthill)                                     (Gloucester)


7.20pm                 6 x 3mins Super Featherweight Contest

STEPHEN SMITH               v              BARRINGTON BROWN

(Liverpool)                                          (Nottingham)


LIVE on Sky Sports 2 from 8pm


10 x 3mins WBC International Silver Cruiserweight title


(Edinburgh)                                      (Newcastle)


4 x 3mins Light-Welterweight Contest

JEFF SAUNDERS              v              SANDOR RACZ

(Sedgefield)                                     (Hungary)


8 x 3mins Light-Heavyweight Contest


(Newcastle)                                   (Spain)


8 x 3mins Heavyweight Contest

ANTHONY JOSHUA          v            JASON GAVERN

(Watford)                                        (USA)


12 x 3mins Commonwealth Super Flyweight title

ANTHONY NELSON          v            JAMIE WILSON

(South Shields)                               (Dundee)



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