The Road Back to Glory
First Bell: 7pm
THE ROAD BACK TO GLORY
Topping the bill will be Liverpool’s Tom Farrell (FAZZA), with an undercard of local fighters including Luke Willis; Lloyd Campbell; Nathan Bennett; Marcel Braithwaite; Nathan Quarless; Mike Gerrard, and Gary Austin. Also appearing will be Warrington’s Mike McKay, and Lee Quinn from Wales.
The VIP Promotions chief has taken the unusual step of matching two debutants - Gary Austin and Mike Gerrard – on the card, in what should be an exciting dust-up. With both hailing from Liverpool, local pride is at stake, and with a scheduled fight between the pair aborted a while back, they will both be giving it everything not to end up in the losing corner on fight night.
“I actually think it is great that these two lads are prepared to do this but it is not something I would normally have asked,” said Steve, who manages upcoming world title challengers Terry Flanagan and Josh Warrington. “Apparently, they should have boxed before in a white-collar bout, but it didn’t happen. John Smith, the trainer of Gary, phoned and asked if the match could be made and even though I thought it was a mad idea, I asked Mike and he said ‘yes’ straight away.
“I’m not bothered; my motto is I’ll fight anyone, anywhere and anytime,” said Gary, 29, who has given up work as a painter and decorator to concentrate on his pro boxing career. “I was supposed to have that white-collar fight with him, but I hurt my ankle and couldn’t do it. He likes to brawl though; he likes to come on top. So, it should be a good clash because we’re similar fighters.
“Personally, I’m a natural fighter, and good at adapting to what’s in front of me. I’ve got good head movement, and I hit hard,” continued the 29-year-old, former Northwest Junior Champion. “I can’t wait for the fight, and I want to go as far as I can in the sport. I want a belt at the end of my career. In my head, I believe I can get the area and British titles down the line, but I want the world title.”
“He’s just a body, isn’t he?” answered Mike, 33, about facing another debutant in his first pro contest. “At the end of the day, if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be fighting, would I? I suppose I could have got a journeyman, but a body’s a body, isn’t it?
“I can switch hit. I’m unorthodox, but with a nice style,” continued the former ABA Senior Finalist, who faced the likes of Derry Matthews and Carl Frampton in the unpaid code. “I can mix it all up; I can stand and have a scrap if someone’s out boxing me, but if I’ve got someone’s number I’ll take my time and work the power punches. I’m not sure what to expect from him, it’s all on the day. It’s going to be exciting though, and I can’t wait to get in there.”
Tickets for this event are sold on a general admission basis.
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
For all car journeys it's best to follow the white on brown tourist route signs for the Waterfront. These signs are visible on the major routes into the city. Echo Arena is situated on the Kings Dock directly adjacent to the south side of the Albert Dock. Upon arrival, the Kings Dock entrance is clearly sign posted.
From the North...
Leave the M6 at junction 26 and follow signs for M58 Liverpool. Follow to end of M58 and then take signs for A59 Liverpool. Continue to follow Liverpool City Centre until picking up signs for the Waterfront.
From the South...
Leave the M6 at junction 21A and take the M62 to Liverpool. At the end of the M62 follow signs for Liverpool City Centre along Edge Lane, picking up and following signs for Waterfront.
Most Liverpool city centre bound buses will call at either Queen Square bus station (a 15-minute walk) or Liverpool ONE Bus Station, which is only a five minute walk to Echo Arena.
The CityLink Route C4 bus links Queen Square bus station, James Street rail station and Liverpool ONE Bus Station to the venue. CityLink Route C4 operates every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays, between 7am – 8pm, with a maximum fare of £1 per journey. Merseytravel prepaid tickets, National Concessionary bus passes and Arriva day tickets are all valid on this service.
For up-to-date information on all bus, train and ferry services, call Traveline Merseyside on 0871 200 22 33, open 8am – 8pm, 364 days a year or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk
From the south...
Virgin Trains operates hourly, direct services from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street (with a journey time of just over two hours). Other long-distance rail services also operate into Liverpool Lime Street station.
Echo Arena is a 20-minute walk from Lime Street or a short taxi ride. You can also transfer at Lime Street onto the underground Wirral Line trains to James Street station (10 minute walk) or catch the CityLink Route C4 (7am – 8pm) directly to the venue. If travelling from outside Merseyside, you can catch an underground train to James Street station from Lime Street station, inclusive of the cost of your ticket.
Flying into Liverpool John Lennon Airport...
A taxi from the airport to the city centre will take approximately 20 minutes or the express bus service Route 500 will take approximately 25 minutes, dropping you off within a five minute walk of Echo Arena, while Manchester’s international airport is just 45 minutes away by car.
- Merseytravel (rail, ferry and bus timetables)
- Liverpool John Lennon Airport
- Manchester Airport
- Visit Liverpool (Tourism website)
- Virgin Trains (mainline services from Liverpool Lime Street)
Frequently Asked Questions
This event is in The Auditorium Liverpool. This is a standard seating layout for The Auditorium Liverpool for guidance only, as each event layout is unique, so please refer to the individual plan provided when booking your tickets online as the actual layout may differ from this image. The entrance to the venue can be seen here.