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BOXING - World's youngest boxing promoter to stage 'Bragging Rights' in Coventry next weekend

Coventry Editorial 17th Feb, 2024 Updated: 19th Feb, 2024   0

COVENTRY’S Charlie Herdman, thought to be the world’s youngest boxing promoter at just 17-years-old, is staging ‘Bragging Rights’ at the city’s Sports Connexion Arena next Saturday (February 24).

The ‘Bragging Rights’ card will feature 20 bouts with gold medallists, kickboxing champions and unlicensed amateur champions all taking to the ring via Herdman’s company Champions Boxing League.

And Herdman is looking forward to watching the action unfold in his home city with the card headlined by Josh Tidman’s fight against Jay Mali.

Herdman said: “It’s an appropriate title as the main event is the six-round 12-minute contest between Josh Tidman and Jay Mali, Britain’s best 61kg unlicensed boxers both of whom are tough talented and courageous.

“I deliver excellence, so attendees feel like it’s a major professional show. LED screens, lighting rigs, broadcast TV deals, fireworks all creating an amazing atmosphere like at the O2.

“Bouts are equally matched for genuine audience entertainment which anyone can watch via my channel Leapfrog TV.”

Main event fighter Tidman, who turns 21 in May, said: “I can’t thank this beautiful sport of boxing enough for the massive improvements it’s made to my life as I’ve entered adulthood.

“I’ve boxed seriously for three years coached by my dad Neil and Conor Robson at Bulkington Boxing Club and have built up a credible record of 17 wins and two draws in 21 fights.

“My ambition is to give up bricklaying and become a professional boxer maybe emulating Ricky Hatton who it’s said snatched souls with body shots, but firstly I need to beat my opponent the undefeated highly rated Jay Mali.”

Herdman himself is a competent boxer with ‘The Hitman’ undefeated in six bouts following a debut win at a charity event for Parkinson’s in 2018 after his grandfather’s death.

Herdman added: “I admire Prince Naseem, such an entertaining fighter. I look up to promoter Eddie Hearn. I’d love to emulate his Matchroom Boxing.

“His use of social media to generate hype and produce genuinely enthralling events is amazing. But I’m not doing too badly for now.”

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