It will be a case of repeat or revenge on June 4 at Sheffield Arena with Charlie Schofield and Mickey Ellison fighting for the vacant English Super Middleweight Title, live on Fightzone TV.
The Lancashire pair – Schofield is from Ashton under Lyne; Ellison from Darwen – have faced each other before, with Ellison coming out on top by a single point over 10 rounds in September 2019.
This time around, the duo clash for the coveted English crown and both men are predicting victory. Ellison, 12-3 (4), has notched up two more victories and a defeat since beating Schofield, whilst his rival, 15-1 (1), hasn’t fought since – a factor that 31-year-old Ellison believes will be crucial.
“I believe I’m the favourite because I’ve been more active; I’ve had a couple of wins since and he hasn’t been out,” said Mickey. “I believe I can beat him by just applying pressure, like I did in our first fight. That fight was close but I enjoyed it more and wanted it more. He’s got to bring something different this time because I’ve improved since then and I won’t just be plodding forward in straight lines.
“It would be more than a dream come true to win the English belt – this fight is more than a world title for me, it’s like a [world title] unification fight – it means that much!”
“It was a great fight last time, and really close, a proper 50-50,” countered Schofield. “The supporters enjoyed it and so did I. It was my first 10-rounder, so I’ve learned I can cope with the distance. I’m looking forward to June 4 now and feel like I’ve developed as a fighter. We’ve got a game plan and I’ll adapt to whatever he brings on the night.
“He has been more active since that last fight than me, but I’ve also been working hard. I’ve been in the gym constantly training and sparring; it’s been like one long training camp. I don’t feel like I’ve had a year out and I’m chomping at the bit now. I’m like a caged animal ready to let loose!
“This is absolutely the biggest fight of my career. It would mean the world to me to win the English [Title], I’m excited for the fight but also about headlining on Fightzone. I really appreciate being on board and think it’s a brilliant platform for British boxing.”
Ellison versus Schofield isn’t the only ‘repeat or revenge’ title action on the card, with the chief support featuring heavyweight action as Danny Whitaker, 4-2, from Silsden, and Stockport’s Chris Healey, 8-8 (2), meet for the vacant Central Area Title. A single point was also all that divided the pair in March last year with ‘Big Dawg’ Whitaker taking the nod over four tight rounds. This time the contest is over the 10 round championship distance, with the winner potentially in the frame for a shot at English champ, Fabio Wardley.
Fight fans will also welcome the return of former British Welterweight champion, and European Title challenger, Bradley Skeete, 28-3 (13). The Londoner is on the title comeback trail after a two-year hiatus and has a new training team in tow after recently joining up with the renowned Ingle gym in Sheffield.
Also on the comeback trail is John Fewkes. The popular Sheffield fighter hasn’t donned the gloves since 2014 but believes he has more to give and will resume his 21-2-2 (2) career.
The occasion will undoubtedly be a night to remember for Gateshead’s Joe Garside; John Carpenter from Dublin, John Harker from York, and Huddersfield’s Charlie Stuart – with all four set to make their pro debuts. While Rawtenstall’s Aaron Hayden will be hoping to make it four wins in a row in a four-round super featherweight bout.