Bull plays Euro lottery for Dome show

Woodlands fighter Ste Mac will be back in the ring at the Dome on Friday night. Picture: Trevor Price
Woodlands fighter Ste Mac will be back in the ring at the Dome on Friday night. Picture: Trevor Price

STEFY Bull admits he has taken a risk with his fighters by booking them against unknown European opponents for Friday night’s card at the Dome.

Bull constructed his event as a promoter around the theme of England versus Europe to mark the start of Euro 2012 the same night.

And with that came somewhat of a lottery in lining up opponents the boxers he trains will know little about until fight night.

Bull said: “You’re always going to get that when you’re bringing lads over from abroad.

“You know the first round of the fight is going to be seeing what they’re all about.

“But I’ve got a great deal of confidence in my lads and know they’re going to do well.

“I’m determined to put on a really good show that’ll have people wanting more and you get that through even fights.

“These lads that are coming over from abroad are no mugs, they’re not coming here for a holiday.

“You want to look after your own fighters but you also want them to progress and not just pad their record.

“Putting them in fights they’re going to have to work their socks off to win is the way to do that.

“It’s a risk, I know that, but I have enough confidence that my lads will come through and learn from it in the process.”

One fighter who will be up against an opponent with a winning record is Stuart Brookes.

The Mexborough fighter will meet unbeaten Hungarian Attila Tibor Nagy in a six three-minute round contest.

And victory for the 29-year-old on Friday night will line up a title shot in his next fight.

Brookes will face Harry Matthews for the British Masters middleweight title in September, should the 29-year-old beat Nagy who has knocked out his last two opponents.

Bull said: “This is going to be a tough one for Stuart and he certainly won’t be looking past it despite what’s on offer if he wins.

“Stuart was getting a bit disheartened and not really knowing where he was going to go.

“We had a big chat with him and mapped out where he should be heading and it starts from Friday night.

“He can go far but time isn’t on his side and he’s got to prove himself.

“If he can’t beat this kid, then he’s not going to be winning titles so there’s a lot at stake.”

Gavin McDonnell will look to bounce back from a draw last time out when he meets Slovakian featherweight Elemir Rafael.

Bull said: “Gav’s going to be looking to impress this time.

“He was a little disappointed with the draw but I thought he’d done enough to win anyway.

“He’s got some stick from (brother) Jamie about it but it’s all been banter and it’s the type of thing that’ll push him on.

“Jamie drew early in his career and look where he is now.

“We’ve sat down with Gav, talked about that last fight and identified a few things where he can improve.

“It’ll make him a better fighter, like it did with Jamie, and I think you’ll see that on Friday.”

Hatfield fighter McDonnell’s opponent Rafael has won 21 of his 80 fights but was victorious in three of his last eight.

Rossington’s Maxi Hughes is also looking to bounce back from a draw as he prepares to take on Ivan Godor.

Woodlands’ Ste Mac will meet Julis Rafael in his second professional bout, hoping to build on his debut victory.

Bull said: “Ste’s worked really hard for this one and dropped down to light middleweight.

“We’re bringing him down slowly and he’s really improving.

“It’d been a long time since he’d boxed as an amateur and last time was all about getting him in there.

“The real work started for this fight and it’s coming together really well.”

Completing the Doncaster interest on Friday night will be Connor Nixon (see left) and debutant Adam Jones.

The Denaby Main fighter is making the switch to professional forms following a 50+ fight amateur career with Tom Hill ABC.

Jones is set to face Steve Spence, the fighter gym mate Mac made his debut against.

The main event of the card will see Rotherham’s Tommy Coward face John Wayne Hibbert for the vacant British Masters welterweight crown.