DJ Breaks Down the Big Fight

DJ Breaks Down the Big Fight

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will finally do battle at Wembley Stadium this weekend with record numbers in attendance and millions watching around the world. To get an insight as to how this fight might pan out, we spoke to rising heavyweight star Delicious Orie. 

The Maverick Stars ambassador was recently victorious at the BoxAm tournament in Spain and continues to impress in the amateur ranks with GB Boxing.

Casting his eye over Fury’s defence of his WBC title, ‘DJ’ said: “I think it’s a great fight for British fans and British boxing. I’m a fan of both Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte.

“In terms of the outcome? I think Tyson wins, but to be honest it’s hard to predict – it’s heavyweight boxing. It could be a knockout, it could be an early stoppage, Tyson Fury could make it boring. But Tyson Fury is a little bit smarter and a lot more awkward for Dillian Whyte to handle.”

Along with continuing his stellar progress on the international amateur stage, DJ is still helping to provide opportunities for others. Along with his friend and GB teammate Conner Tudsbury, DJ spent his Easter holidays helping young amateur fighters to train like a GB boxer.

The initiative at Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club - supported by Maverick Stars Trust – was a big success with the two elite fighters giving nutrition advice, tips on strength and conditioning and boxing technique masterclasses.



Building a Stronger NHS!

Building a Stronger NHS!

A specialist construction firm has joined forces with Maverick Stars to provide free boxing sessions for NHS workers. Cheshire-based MTX Contracts - a company with expertise in healthcare building projects - is funding a Maverick Stars programme to deliver coaching to key workers.

MTX has been constructing an extension to the emergency department at Crewe's Leighton Hospital. Staff from the hospital have been taking advantage of the free boxing sessions at South Cheshire Amateur Boxing Club.

David Hartley, managing director of MTX, said: "It's essential that we give something back to the community. The Leighton programme has been a great success and it's something we want to roll out to other projects nationwide."

First Show Success for Walkden ABC

First Show Success for Walkden

Walkden ABC's first amateur show was a huge success with more than 750 people in attendance throughout the afternoon.

Held in Walkden Town Centre's Pembroke Hall, spectators filled the seating area in the hall and lined the balconies above. There were eleven skills bouts with clubs from throughout the north west taking part.

In partnership with Maverick Stars Trust, Walkden ABC opened in April 2021 and has proved immensely popular with an ever-growing stable of young boxers.

The project to open a gym in the area proved problematic for Maverick founder Charlotte Gilley and Walkden's former European champion Jamie Moore, but locals are now reaping the rewards and the future is bright.

Thanks to our friend Lee Hogan and ViP Boxing for putting together a video of the day.

Hunting for Redemption

Hunting for Redemption

April Hunter is desperate to get back in the ring with the woman who ended her perfect record. Kirsty Bavington was victorious when the pair met in October last year, and it is a defeat that still rankles the Maverick Stars ambassador.

It has been a whirlwind few months for April since that night at the Newcastle Arena. The Geordie welterweight has switched camps from trainer Joe McNally in Liverpool to the Cheshire base of Peter Fury. The move has enabled her to train alongside world champion and friend Savannah Marshall on a daily basis.

The Geordie fighter believes huge improvements have already been under Fury’s guidance, and she cannot wait to showcase her skills in a rematch with Bavington.

“I’m on another level to Kirsty Bavington and I genuinely believe that,” said April. “I’m confident in my talent. It was a blip, I’ll put it right. I’m not being cocky or arrogant, I just genuinely believe that.”

Time to Talk at Ricky’s Club

Time to Talks at Ricky's Club

A unique initiative encouraging men to get active and to talk through their issues has been launched at Elite Community boxing club in Bolton.

In partnership with Maverick Stars Trust, 'Ricky's Club' is named after Ricky Fletcher, a friend of Elite head coach Alex Matvienko, who took his own life. The sessions are available to anyone who feels they need someone to talk to or just to listen to. 

There were 5,224 suicides in the UK in 2020. "We just want to help anyone who is feeling isolated or those that maybe just need help in getting off the sofa and out of the house," Alex said. "Socialising is important, particularly as the pandemic continues to affect everyone."

The first Ricky's Club session takes place from 7.30pm, Tuesday, 21 December at Wordsworth Mill, Wordsworth St, Bolton BL1 3ND

Time to Shine

Time to Shine

Birkenhead's Chloe Watson makes her eagerly awaited debut at London's iconic York Hall on Thursday. The 21-year-old, who trains under the guidance of boxing legend Ricky Hatton and fellow coach Blain Younis, takes on Hungarian Judit Hachbold.

A talented amateur who was part of the GB Boxing programme, Chloe won the youth Commonwealth Games and a GB title before a spell travelling led her to Australia. When COVID caused global chaos, Chloe stayed and trained down under before deciding to return home and turn pro.

Chloe, who trains alongside Maverick Stars ambassador Brad Rea, said: "I'm aiming for the top and I'm going to get there whether it's a year or ten year’s time. I'm just excited to put on a good performance and show everyone what I'm all about."

The Wasserman Boxing event, streamed live on YouTube channel Boxing Social, features other emerging talent including Harvey Horn, Martin Foru and Hosea Stewart.

Fabulous Fergo

Fabulous Fergo

Steven Ferguson claimed his first senior title after a thrilling battle in the Merseyside and Cheshire Elite ABA final. On a great night of boxing at Croxteth Sports Centre, the 26-year-old Maverick Stars ambassador, who has battled back from drug and alcohol addictions, came out on top against Old Swan ABC’s George Howden.

Steven 'Fergo' Ferguson and Maverick Stars founder Charlotte Gilley

It was give and take for much of the first round until a bit right hand from Howden resulted in a standing count for 'Fergo'. The Marybone ABC fighter quickly recovered and turned things around in the second round, scoring with clinical hooks and upper cuts. The third round was another hard-fought affair, with both men having successes, but the Kirkby man came out on top via split decision.

The victory marks an incredible turnaround for Fergo who struggled with addiction issues after leaving the army. With the help of Tom Harrison House - an initiative supported by Maverick Stars - he rediscovered his love for boxing under the guidance of Derry Mathews.

Bright Future for Female Coaches

Maverick Stars Trust is supporting ten female boxing coaches to deliver bespoke activities at their respective gyms. 

The latest initiative, where each coach receives £2,500 to create a programme based on their community’s specific needs, follows on from the residential weekend which took place at the home of GB Boxing in Sheffield earlier this year. Maverick Stars also supported that project – designed to help support and upskill female boxing coaches.

The coaches who took part in the residential course and have benefited from the extra Maverick funding, are:

Kate Newton – Rathbone (London), Igne Vaitkunaite – High Wycombe (Home Counties), Naadrah Hafeez – Gladiators (Yorkshire), Kara Mikolajczyk – Mikey’s (Midlands), Claire Salisbury – Jewellery Quarter (Midlands), Donna Harvey-Arnell – Ipswich (Eastern Counties), Louise Vidor – Bright Star (Midlands), Sally Webb – Priory Park (Midlands), Kerry Norfolk – Norwich City (Eastern Counties) and Samantha Fawcett – Warrington (Merseyside and Cheshire).


Title Bid for Fergo

Title Bid for Fergo

It will be something of a dream come true for Steven Ferguson when he boxes in the Merseyside and Cheshire elite ABA final this weekend. The 26-year-old Maverick Stars ambassador is focussed on a career in the ring after overcoming drug and alcohol addictions.

'Fergo' boxed as a youngster, but after a six-year spell in the army, his life descended into chaos. With the help of Tom Harrison House - an initiative supported by Maverick Stars which assists armed forces veterans struggling with addiction - he returned to the gym under the guidance of coach Derry Mathews, has lost four-and-half stone and is set to compete in his first senior title fight at super-heavyweight.

The Kirkby man said: "I'm boxing a lad called George Howden from Old Swan ABC in the final. It's always been my dream to be a boxer. Even when my life was chaos, I always believed I'd get back to boxing one day. I just want to experience as much as possible in the ring now."

Click the link below to watch Derry and Fergo (speaking before weight loss and a haircut!!)

Heartbreak for Conner

Heartbreak for Conner

It was heartbreak for Conner Tudsbury as his World Championships dream came to an end with a narrow points defeat in his quarter-final bout against Victor Schelstrate.

The Maverick Stars ambassador dominated his Belgian opponent in the opening round, controlling the contest with his jab and using his speed and mobility to great effect against the much bigger man.  Round two was a more even affair with both men having successes, but the judges favoured Shelstrate's work to set up a grand finale.  It was all square going into the third and final round, and while little between them, Conner ended up on the wrong end of a tight split.

A disappointing end for the 21year old, but it's been a huge achievement reaching the latter stages of a tournament he wasn't oirginally selected for. Conner took the opportunity to  step up to from light-heavy to cruiserweight in order to compete at his first major tournament and in doing so, he's proved he belongs at elite world level.