(Image by Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions)
MUCH of the historic York Hall in Bethnal Green will be covered with the tricolour of Ireland on Saturday night as the Upton brothers look to extend their records.
Fighting siblings Anthony, Pauly and Sonny have some of the most passionate supporters in the sport and it is sure to be raucous evening in the East End.
Trained by four-time world champion Ricky Hatton, the brothers are fast making names for themselves as hot prospects and aim to send their army of fans home happy by putting on stellar displays.
Oldest brother Pauly faces experienced Croat Zoran Cvek, while welterweight Sonny is in with the tough veteran Ivan Duvancic and light-welterweight Anthony squares off with Slovakia’s Lubos Priehradnik.
“Every time we get in the ring we’re doing it for our supporters,” said 25-year-old Sonny. “Our fans are the best in boxing and they come all over to see us. We’ve got people coming from Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Essex and even a few from Scotland so we’ve got to make sure we do the business in the ring.”
Pauly, 26, said: “The Upton Clan are going to take the roof off York Hall. They’re the most passionate fans you could want and you’ll be able to hear the noise they make from miles away.”
“Our dad is the one that has made our fan base so big,” revealed Anthony. “He goes around selling our tickets and gets everyone involved. It’s like a party atmosphere at our fights and Saturday is going to be a great, great night.”
Saturday’s bill is promoted by Goodwin Promotions and features 12 professional contests, including an International Masters Bronze title clash between London’s Ben Day and unbeaten Latvian Ilja Sovdra.