Boxing: Stephen Simmons signs new management deal

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Edinburgh boxer Stephen Simmons has signed a new management contract with Spanish-based professional boxing gym MGM in Puerto Banus.

The reigning WBC International Silver Cruiserweight champion has negotiated a release from his contract with promoter Alex Morrison to sign a three-year deal on the Costa Del Sol where he intends to split his time between the Capital.

Admitting he endured a frustrating 2014 with only two fights to his name, Simmons said: “It’s been in the pipeline for a while so it was just about getting released from my contract with Alex.

“I’ve been training out there a lot and they’re the best up and coming team so I’m really happy. Alex understands that I had to move on so we left on good terms. MGM will lead me in the right direction and keep me on track and ensure I’m fighting for the right titles at the right time.”

The 30-year-old, who is scheduled to fight Jon-Lewis Dickinson in Newcastle next month, added: “They will have me a lot busier than what I have been, that’s for sure. This is going to be a big year and when I come through this fight next month, there are going to be a lot of bigger and better ones. I’m hoping to have at least four fights this year and hopefully they’ll all be title fights.

“I only had two fights last year so it’s been hard going because I’m a boxer full-time and having two a year, earning wise, isn’t enough.”