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Boxing: Rising star Ryan Clark tops the bill with Martin Concepcion title fight

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

  • Ryan Clark will battle it out with Martin Concepcion for the Midlands Area super- middleweight title

  • Carl Greaves has pulled together a host of local talent for his show in North Hykeham in March

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Carl Greaves is promising an explosive night of action when professional boxing returns to the Lincoln area in March.

Three titles will be up for grabs when the North Kesteven Sports Centre hosts the Greaves-promoted show on Saturday, March 2.

All three title bouts will feature county fighters with Lincoln's rising star Ryan Clark topping the bill.

The 'Sweet Sensation' – on a high after winning his last three contests – will battle the highly-rated Martin Concepcion for the Midlands Area super-middleweight title.

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Another Lincoln fighter, the unbeaten Steve Swinburn, will face Steve Spence for the British Masters light-middleweight belt.

And Sleaford's Amir Unworth will look to return to winning ways when he fights Chris Truman for the International Masters light-welterweight strap.

Greaves is anticipating a thrilling night after branding all three title showdowns "50/50 fights".

"It's going to be a cracking show," declared Greaves.

"It's not often you have three title fights on a show like this, and involving three local lads.

"I've been looking to put a show on in Lincoln for a while, but we were turned down by other, bigger venues in the city.

"But I'm pleased to have the show in North Hykeham. I've held shows there before and it's good little venue.

"So it's set to be a great night. I just hope local people appreciate it and come out and support it."

Greaves believes the resurgent Clark has enough to topple Concepcion, but is predicting a close and fascinating contest.

Concepcion, nicknamed 'The Immaculate', is no stranger to Lincoln fight fans having triumphed in two classic encounters with the city's Kevin Hammond.

"Ryan is looking good. He's training well and he's punching hard," said Greaves.

"Martin is an experienced fighter who has fought at a good level.

"But I don't think it will necessarily be the toughest fight of his career because Ryan has been in with some good fighters.

"Ryan is up and coming and on a high while we may have seen the best of Martin.

"Hopefully, with home advantage, Ryan will have too much for him."

Swinburn is a newcomer to Greaves' stable after switching from Dennis Hobson's Sheffield-based outfit.

In his first fight with the Newark promoter, 'Stone Cold' will aim to wrench the British Masters light-middleweight title from another Greaves-promoted fighter in Spence.

That will come fresh from being a reserve at Sky Sports' Prizefighter – The Welterweights earlier this month.

"I don't train either fighter so there will be no conflict of interests," insisted Greaves.

"I'm pleased to have Steve on board. I sat down with him and his trainer, Dave Walker, recently and they didn't feel they were being looked after.

"He wasn't fighting enough and the fights he did have were in Sheffield.

"I'm not one to blow my own trumpet, but in just five minutes with me, I've got him a spot on Prizefighter and a title fight in his home town.

"It will be another close fight. Steve Spence has had a journeyman's career, but did terrifically well to win the title.

"Steve is another young fighter on the way up and he may just have the edge, but it will be another close fight."

Unsworth will return to action for the first time since his thrilling defeat to Grimsby's Kevin Hooper when he tackles Truman for the British Masters light-welterweight crown.

"Amir has had a few defeats and I would have preferred him to come back against an easier opponent," confessed Greaves.

"But Amir picked this fight himself. That's the kind of fighter he is.

"He's been in with some very good fighters and Truman is certainly that.

"In terms of styles, this has the potential to be the fight of the night."

Tickets, priced £30-£50, are available now.

Visit www.carlgreavespromotions.co.uk for more information.

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