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FRIDAY night s Matchroom bill at York Hall, Bethnal Green, is looking good, with two attractive light welterweight championship clashes promising exciting action. TKO Gym-based stylist Michael Grant gets the chance to get back to winning ways after suffer

FRIDAY night's Matchroom bill at York Hall, Bethnal Green, is looking good, with two attractive light welterweight championship clashes promising exciting action.

TKO Gym-based stylist Michael Grant gets the chance to get back to winning ways after suffering the first defeat of a 14-fight pro campaign, when he clashes with Liverpool's unbeaten Steve Williams for the vacant English championship.

Grant was unlucky to suffer that first setback, a cut eye stoppage defeat, when he fought former European champion Jason Cook in the opening bout of the Prizefighter light-welterweight tournament in December.

Cook, from Maesteg, Wales, who lost to eventual winner Gavin Rees in that Prizefighter competition, features in the top-of-the bill contest on the York Hall show.


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He faces Morden's tough campaigner Lenny Daws in a 12-round battle for the British light welterweight championship.

York Hall regular Daws will have the backing of his enthusiastic fan-following when he makes his return to the east London venue.

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After enjoying amateur success at several local clubs, including West Ham and Peacock, classy light welterweight Freddy Turner makes his pro debut on the bill when he meets a selected rival.

West Ham cruiserweight Paul Bowen is booked for a return on the undercard to continue one of the strangest records in boxing - he has suffered just a single defeat in 15 fights in a career spread over 14 years.

Bowen, 36, saw service at Barking and West Ham amateur clubs before his stop-start paid career which he launched back in February 1996 at York Hall, and he returns to the Bethnal Green venue on Friday.

Friday's programme also features Ben Jones, Carl Frampton and Chris Evangelou.

For show tickets, telephone Matchroom on 01277 359900.

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