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'GIVE TRIO A CHANCE'.

PAT Cowdell has called on the British Boxing Board of Control to give 'three great welterweights' the chance to keep boxing alive in Brum.

Cowdell has a talented trio of fighters - Christian Brady, Malcolm Melvin and Jimmy Vincent - ready and waiting for title shots.

But when every welterweight belt is up for grabs, Cowdell's crew are constantly snubbed by the BBBC. And he's warned unless something changes fast, Midlands boxing will carry on its steady slide into obscurity.

'I have three fighters who could all be realistic champions, and I mean good champions, none of this WBO rubbish,' Cowdell blasted.

'Christian is good enough to fight for the British crown and both Malcolm and Jimmy are European class.

'I spend hours on the phone to other promoters to try and fix up fights but no one wants to know. Unless the Board steps in nothing is ever going to change.

'My fighters will become disillusioned with the state of things and boxing lovers in the Midlands have no local heroes to back.'

Cowdell's last show was in May when Brady won the Midlands Area crown.

But he hasn't laid on one of his boxing feasts at the Tower Ballroom in Edgbaston, along with Ron Gray, for almost two years.

'I love putting on the shows because boxing is my life but the last one cost me money,' he said.

'If Ron or I don't put on shows and take a hit financially, what's going to happen to boxing in Birmingham? It's going to suffer.

'The BBBC should give the Midlands' talented boxers a chance and there needs to be a fairer distribution of the money pumped into boxing by Sky.

PAT Cowdell has called on the British Boxing Board of Control to give 'three great welterweights' the chance to keep boxing alive in Brum.

Cowdell has a talented trio of fighters - Christian Brady, Malcolm Melvin and Jimmy Vincent - ready and waiting for title shots.

But when every welterweight belt is up for grabs, Cowdell's crew are constantly snubbed by the BBBC. And he's warned that, unless something changes fast, Midlands boxing will carry on its steady slide into obscurity.

'I have three fighters who could all be realistic champions, and I mean good champions, none of this WBO rubbish,' Cowdell blasted.

'Christian is good enough to fight for the British crown and both Malcolm and Jimmy are European class.

'I spend hours on the phone to other promoters to try to fix up fights but no-one wants to know. Unless the Board steps in nothing is ever going to change.

'My fighters will become disillusioned with the state of things and boxing lovers in the Midlands have no local heroes to back.'

Cowdell's last show was in May when Brady won the Midlands Area crown.

But he hasn't laid on one of his boxing feasts at the Tower Ballroom in Edgbaston, along with Ron Gray, for almost two years.

'I love putting on the shows because boxing is my life but the last one cost me money,' he said.

'If Ron or I don't put on shows and take a hit financially, what's going to happen to boxing in Birmingham? It's going to suffer.

'The BBBC should give the Midlands' talented boxers a chance and there needs to be a fairer distribution of the money pumped into boxing by Sky.'
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2001
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