Boxing cash on offer: Promoter offers £5,000 for derby day punch up

Atif Shafiq
Atif Shafiq

Promoter Stefy Bull is offering Ingle fighter Atif Shafiq a £5,000 purse to take on Barnsley’s Andy Townend.

He is fed up with “meaningless fights” and prepared to splash the cash to make the “derby” happen.

Likewise he has offered £3,000 to Hatfield’s Kyle Fox to fight Sheffield’s Anthony Tomlinson.

“Boxers are quick to call out people on social media but don’t really want to get in the ring with people they might lose to. But defeats mean nothing; look what Josh Wale has gone on to achieve.

“£5,000 is what Matchroom play for a British title eliminator so that’s not bad for Atif or anyone else. With the (BBBC) Board’s approval it would be a final lightweight eliminator, both fighters would improve their profile, hopefully on Freesport TV, and get a good pay day.

“I have made two previous offers to Atif’s people, maybe they didn’t think he was ready in the past.

Andy Townend

Andy Townend

“Atif has just come of a stoppage win over Lee Appleyard, (March) so there are no excuses for it not to happen.”

Bull wants the two to meet on Wales’ next show at Barnsley Metrodome on October 5.

As for his man Tomlinson v Fox, he said: “They have got similar unbeaten records and this could be for the central area welterweight title.”

“It’s another fight that would put bums on seats.

Kyle Fox: pic by Andy Garner

Kyle Fox: pic by Andy Garner

“Fighters like them need a proper challenge.

“These days there are boxers who have harder spars than fights.”

Bull would like to put the two together on a show partnered by Ryan Rhodes, at the Magna Centre, Rotherham, on September 28.

* Bull has also offered Derbyshire’s Conar Blackshaw a £5,000 purse to fight Sheffield’s Kyle Yousaf, hoping it would be for the vacant English flyweight title.

Anthony Tomlinson v Fonz Alexander 01/07/17

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