“The Hammer” is back and looking for his 1st title!

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Sammy McNess will challenge Reading’s Asinia Byfield for the Southern Area Super-Welterweight strap at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday 8th July, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Sammy is quickly establishing himself as a fan’s favourite and the support he received in his last fight against Zaurs Sadihovs was amazing to see.  I was lucky enough to have ringside seats and looking up at the crowds all you could see was a sea of Claret and Blue and as Sammy’s entrance became closer and closer-all you could hear were West Ham chants and choruses of “When Sammy knocks him out”.


Despite Sammy having been mucked around with his start time and not having his “Bubbles” entrance music he delivered the goods by winning on points.

Sammy is on a great card of boxing on the 8th July which includes the main event Saunders V Khurtsidze. McNess’ opponent Asinia Byfield has been mouthing off on Facebook and various other platforms about how “The Hammer” isn’t in his league and belittling Sammy’s loyal West Ham army of fans, who will be backing him at the fight.

Sammy was interviewed by Frank Warren’s website https://www.frankwarren.com/sam-mcness-targets-first-pro-title-at-copper-box-arena-on-july-8/ and said the following:

“To be challenging for my first professional title just around the corner from West Ham’s ground is great,” said McNess. “I’ve had a little look as Byfield and I don’t think he is in anywhere near my league and I’ll show that on July 8.

“He seems to have a lot to say for himself but I like to do all of my talking in the ring. Hopefully he can back up all of his talk on July 8 because he is going to look very stupid otherwise. It will be interesting seeing how he handles hundreds of mad West Ham fans.

“I was chuffed when I found out the West Ham Joint-Chairman David Sullivan and his son had ringside seats for my last fight. I’m expecting another big turnout from the West Ham boys and I’ll be sending them home happy with another win.”

Byfield, 27, beat Erick Ochieng to win the Southern Arena belt in October last year before making a successful defence of his title against John Brennan in February. Managed by Mickey Helliet, Byfield holds a record of 12-1 (4 KOs) with his sole loss coming against Arthur Hermann in April 2016.

“This fight is way too early for Sam,” said Byfield. “He definitely shouldn’t be fighting me, he could have waited and picked his opponents a little better. Sam has a good amateur background but he is going to be inexperienced at ten rounds. He is a good basic boxer but I think he is punching above his weight with me.

“I have been going at it with his fans on social media recently but none of that fazes me at all. At the end of the day it is only me and Sam stepping through the ropes. This is a huge opportunity for me to impress on TV and I won’t waste it.”

I have met Sammy a number of times now and consider him a really good mate.  You will not meet a nicer fella and a more passionate West Ham fan who deserves all the backing he can get for this fight.  We are delighted to be interviewing Sammy next week on our radio show (14th June 2017, 7PM on Phoenix 98 FM) and we will be offering anyone who buys a ticket for Sammy’s next fight the chance to win two West Ham Way Pre Match Event tickets for any event of the year, this will be drawn randomly by Sammy.  We have some great guests lined up including the one and only Billy Bonds and the winner can chose which event to attend.

Sammy is one of our own and this event should not be missed. To buy your tickets you must email Sammy directly at  TeamMcNess@gmail.com Tickets for July 8 are priced £40, £50, £100, £150 and £250. 

I look forward to seeing many of you there COYI



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