(APR 20) Slough’s Ian Bailey is set to
face Mansfield based Latvian Pavels Senkovs at the Graham Earl, in
association with TKO Boxing Gym, promoted ‘Return of the Mac’ event at
Tattersalls Sales Rooms in Newmarket on Saturday 30th April 2011.
Bailey, who campaigns in the Super Bantamweight division, will be
looking to reverse the run of losses incurred during the 2010 season.
Saying that each fight last year were taken at very short notice and was
against high flying unbeaten prospects Ryan Walsh, Carl Frampton, Kid
Galahad and Michael Walsh.
Bailey is well known for his willingness to take on the best, even with
just a few days notice, and that he always comes with the intention to
fight for a win. So no surprise that when a prospect needs a stern test
Bailey is called upon to provide it.
For those that see Bailey’s scintillating bout against Belfast’s Carl
Frampton in June last year will understand this better than most.
Throughout the bout Bailey pushed forward and tested his highly rated
opponent, who is touted as a future World Champion by no less than
former World Featherweight Champion Barry McGuigan.
After six all action rounds the King’s Hall crowd gave both fighters a
standing ovation, not something you would normally expect from such a
Frampton’s manager and mentor Barry McGuigan also complimented Bailey’s
performance when he told the assembled media, “I thought it was
absolutely ideal. It was six hard rounds and I knew that the kid wasn’t
going to make it easy for him and that’s what he needs to do. Bailey was
strong and had a tight defense.”
The ‘Return of the Mac’ event will be Bailey’s first fight, in six, that
he has had more than just a few days to prepare for and also gives him
his first ‘house fighter’ start since he faced Sid Razak in November
‘09, which coincidentally was also at Tattersalls in Newmarket.
To prepare for the 30th April show Bailey has been regularly sparring
former European Bantamweight Champion Ian ‘Dappa’ Napa at the TKO Boxing
Gym in Canning Town, London. The quality of sparring, and the rare
opportunity to have four weeks to prepare for a full four weeks, are
having a positive effect on young Bailey as is clear when he spoke
earlier about the upcoming fight. “Yeah, looking forward to it, back in
fight training, although I’m always ready and super fit so all’s good.
Been sparring with Ian Napa, which is always good and brings up my
fitness levels. I’m not one hundred percent sharp yet, but getting
I’m looking forward to getting back to winning ways, after a bad year
last year. I made a promise to myself that this year I’m not going to
take fights at short notice just because of financial problems last year
like I did. I don’t care if that means that this year I’ll only do two
as I’m only taking fights if I get four or six weeks notice.
On short notice fights sometimes you may get one that’s close, but all
that does is make you think if I had the eight weeks notice the other
guy had I’d have won it. That’s the trouble that you end up getting a
journeyman record, I’m not a journeyman so I aint going to let that
Fighting is what I do, I love fighting and I’m going to put on a really
good show on the 30th.”
Ian Bailey versus Pavels Senkovs is the main support to ‘Phat’ Pat
McAleese versus AA Lowe, which headlines the Graham Earl, in association
with Johnny Eames’ TKO Boxing Gym, promoted ‘Return Of The Mac’ Event at
Tattersalls Sales Rooms in Newmarket, Suffolk on Saturday 30th April
Also on the show is another of Bailey’s TKO Gym mates, Cheshunt’s
exciting, unbeaten in seven, Welterweight Bobby Gladman, who takes on
the highly experienced Matt Scriven from Nottingham.
Ipswich Super Middleweight debutante Henry Bacon gets his first
professional outing against New Milton, Hampshire’s ‘Dangerous’ Danny
Further bouts are expected to be announced later this week.
Tickets for the Graham Earl, in association with TKO Boxing Gym,
Promoted ‘Return Of The Mac’ event at the Tattersalls Sales Rooms in
Newmarket on Saturday 30th April 2011 are now on sale and priced £30
(Unreserved) or £50 (Ringside).
For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or
call in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street,
Canning Town, London E16 4SA.