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Brandon Daord VS Ashley Lane

EXCITING Liverpool prospect Brandon Daord will face Ashley Lane for the vacant English Super-Flyweight championship on VIP Boxing and Trinity Entertainment’s Card at Eventim Liverpool on Saturday 4th March.

Daord is one of Britain’s most avoided boxers and willing to take on all-comers at Flyweight or Super-Flyweight.

He is relieved that former Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight champion, Lane has stepped up. Southpaw Daord who has won all eight professional contests joined the VIP Team in 2021 and his performances have lived up to expectations.

Although he can make the eight stone Flyweight limit, Daord intends to make an impact at Super-Flyweight.

If he triumphs, Daord hopes to challenge the winner of Quaise Khademi v Ijaz Ahmed who will meet for the British and Commonwealth Super-Flyweight titles.

Daord, 25, said: “It wasn’t until I tried to get sparring for this fight that I realised how many people want nothing to do with me.

“This fight gets my foot in the door and I hope that becoming English champion gets me a British title shot.

“As soon as this fight is over I will be ticking over and waiting for whoever is the British champion.”

Lane beat Michael Ramabeletsa to become Commonwealth 122lb champion in 2017, but has jumped down two weights in his quest for a second major crown.

Daord added: “Ashley likes to come and fight, but he won’t be able to come and just walk in against me. I feel I punch harder than anyone he has faced in his career.

“I don’t chat rubbish, but if I hit him flush on the chin he won’t get up at all.”

Lane, 32, will be having his 29th professional fight when he boxes Daord and believes his experience will be crucial.

The Bristol boxer who is trained by former World champion Lee Haskins says: “I have been following Brandon on Instagram and had a feeling this fight would happen.

“I have seen what Brandon is like - fast, flashy and cocky. But, I have spent the last eight years sparring with Lee Haskins and Lee Selby.

“I’ve boxed Brad Foster, Jason Cunningham, Ryan Farrag, Josh Wale and Kal Yafai. I’m not fussed about Brandon. He is a good kid, but it is nothing I haven’t seen before.”

VIP Boxing chief Steve Wood is convinced it is English glory now and tomorrow the World for Daord.

Wood who has steered Terry Flanagan and Josh Warrington to World title glory says: “I am convinced Brandon is a future World champion.

“If he comes through the English title fight against Ashley I will push for a British title final eliminator or a straight shot at the winner of Khademi and Ahmed.

“Brandon will continue improving and in 2024 I believe he will be challenging and winning a World title against and Super-Flyweight or Flyweight, including Sunny Edwards.”

A second ten rounder on the bill is Liverpool’s Jake Barton colliding with Leon Willings in a Central Area Light-Heavyweight title eliminator.

VIP Boxing’s first Liverpool show of 2023 sees Super-Welterweight Bryan Collins meet Nicaraguan Berman Sanchez in a six round rematch and trying to avenge last year’s draw.

In a special six round Featherweight attraction Charlotte Powell meets Becca Connolly. Other boxers on the bill include Ethan Brown, Ben Burnham, Ryan Dickens, Joe Kavanagh,

Nathan Quarless and Matthew Rennie who faces Greek star Efstathios Antonas.

All boxing fans can attend the day before weigh-in at Hooters, New Zealand House, 18 Water St, Liverpool, L2 8TD. Start time 3pm on Friday March 3.

Tickets for the big night of action are available from all boxers, and 01942 874241.

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