Birmingham Talent Will See Career Flourish As He Sets Sights On Titles

First Fight Under New Deal Will Be On The Undercard Of The Eubank Jr.-Williams Blockbuster

London, England – (December 14, 2021) BOXXER Series Super Lightweight Champion Cori Gibbs has signed an exclusive long-term promotional agreement with BOXXER following his sensational victory last month at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

The Birmingham ace shot to prominence with three defining victories in one night – defeating two Merseyside fighters on home ground – to be crowned champion and picking up a share of the massive £100,000 prize money – the largest in UK boxing one-night tournament history.

Gibbs, 28, was the bookies’ favourite coming into the tournament with the only unbeaten record and his sublime southpaw skills overcame experienced rivals in former Commonwealth Champion Sean Dodds in the opening quarter-final, then former English Champion Lee Appleyard in the semis and former WBA International Champion Tom Farrell in the grand final.

Despite building an impressive 13-0 record prior to entering the BOXXER Series, Gibbs was relatively unknown outside of the boxing scene, but came into the tournament with a tremendous amateur pedigree. 

He won 55 of his 58 bouts and was a member of the Team GB squad representing England and captured four national titles, including the coveted senior Four Nations trophy, a GB title and two-time winner of the Haringey Cup.

Boxing talent runs in the Gibbs family with his younger brother Tion, 26, who is undefeated in the pros with eight wins and is the current Midlands Area Lightweight Champion.

The Boxxer series provides ambitious and determined boxers like Gibbs with a golden opportunity to showcase their skills to a wider audience and punch their way out of obscurity into the bright lights.  

Now with an unbeaten record of 16-0 and an enhanced profile, Gibbs will also see his position in the British rankings elevated as he pursues a shot at the prestigious British title before moving on internationally. 

And the first fight of the new deal will see him featured in BOXXER’s first marquee event of 2022 on the undercard of the huge British blockbuster showdown between British superstar Chris Eubank Jr. against Welsh firebrand Liam Williams on Saturday 29th January at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff.

Gibbs said, ”Competing for BOXXER was such a great experience, it was a no-brainer for me when I was offered a long-term deal. If you’re a British boxer, this is where you want to be. I’m looking forward to winning my first professional title live on Sky Sports next year.”

Jon Pegg, Gibbs’ manager, enthused, ”I’m very happy that Cori has signed a long-term promotional agreement with BOXXER and Sky Sports. They want to take him from prospect to champion and the platform is second to none.”

BOXXER Founder and CEO, Ben Shalom, said, “I’m delighted to welcome Cori to the ever expanding BOXXER stable and look forward to providing him with more career defining opportunities. He’s been on our radar for a while, he’s a special talent with all the attributes needed to succeed. The BOXXER Series was developed for boxers like Cori who are need of an opportunity to explode onto the scene.  He saw his opportunity and he took it, and he’s now been rewarded with a long-term contract and his career will sky-rocket from here.” 

Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports, added, “I was hugely impressed by Cori Gibbs as he showcased stylish skills, amidst the chaos, while winning a hugely entertaining BOXXER Series show.

“I’d heard about Cori’s reputation and he really cemented that, looking the part in three frenetic tournament fights in Liverpool.

“He emerged with the winner’s cheque but also caught the eye of promoter Ben Shalom – and it just shows how the BOXXER Series can transform a fighter’s career in one night!

“Cori is another fantastic addition to a BOXXER stable, which goes from strength to strength, and he’ll now be guided towards titles as his exciting journey continues on Sky Sports.”

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February 19 Clash At Manchester AO Arena Smashes Box Office Records, Four-Minute Presale Sellout Sets New Benchmark

Unprecedented Rush For Tickets Writes Khan vs Brook Into History 

Two Months Before The Fighters Will Enter The Ring

The Biggest Domestic Clash In British Boxing Today 

Will Air Live And Exclusively On Sky Box Office

Manchester, England(December 13, 2021) – Two months out from the night both boxers will enter the ring to settle one of the bitterest rivalries in British sport, 

the February 19 clash between Amir ‘King’ Khan (34-5, 21 KO’s) and Kell ‘Special K’ Brook (39-3, 27 KO’s) has already written itself into the record books.

Tickets for the event have sold out in just ten minutes, making Khan vs Brook at the Manchester AO Arena one of the fastest-selling events not only in British boxing history but in British sporting history as a whole. 

A clue to the unprecedented level of demand came when fans signed up for last week’s presale at a ratio of six fans for every one ticket available. When Friday’s presale opened, it sold out in just four minutes. 

The speed of the presale sellout was echoed on Monday when a final batch of tickets went on sale to the general public, with the event officially being declared a sell-out just six minutes after the public sale began. 

Following the lightning-fast sellout and value of the ticket inventory sold, BOXXER – which took over as the Sky Sports Boxing promoter just three months ago – now lays claim to records for biggest box office take for an indoor UK sports event and fastest sell-out for UK boxing event.

“We knew we could sell the arena out a few times over but the demand for tickets has been mind-blowing. The arena told us this event is ‘bigger than Bieber’,”said Ben Shalom, BOXXER’s founder and CEO.

“The level of national interest in this fight is just off the scale – it’s the biggest British battle in decades. We’re looking forward to an electric night on February 19 for what will be an iconic and legacy-defining fight in front of a sold-out arena and televised live and exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office.”

The rivalry between Khan and Brook dates back to their teenage years, when the 17-year-old Khan won an Olympic silver medal after being selected ahead of Brook for the Team GB squad which went to the 2004 Olympic Games.

Khan’s professional accomplishments include tenure as the unified light-welterweight world champion and Commonwealth lightweight champion, while Brook is the former British welterweight champion and former IBF world welterweight champion. 

With tensions between the two remaining high ever since their amateur days, British boxing fans have long had a showdown under professional rules on their wishlist. As the two top welterweights in the UK, February’s encounter will not only settle their rivalry but will also determine which of them is the best welterweight in the country.

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