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BUATSI vs AZEEZ – 3 February 2024, OVO Arena Wembley

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  • Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez’s highly-anticipated WBA World Title Final Eliminator has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 3rd
  • The #1 and #2 world ranked light heavyweights will now clash at The OVO Arena, Wembley due to a lack of available dates at The O2
  • All the action will be shown live and exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA
  • Adam Azim makes first defence of European Super Lightweight Title against undefeated former champion Enock Poulsen

The WBA World Title Final Eliminator clash between #1 and #2 world ranked light heavyweights Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 3 and will be broadcast live and exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA. 

Buatsi (17-0, 3 KOs) and Azeez (20-0, 13 KOs) were set to meet on October 21st at The O2 but a back injury suffered by Azeez in his final training session forced the postponement of their all-British showdown. The rescheduled contest will now take place at The OVO Arena, Wembley due to a lack of available dates at The O2. 

Adam Azim makes the first defence of his EBU European Super Lightweight Title against undefeated former champion Enock Poulsen.

Azim (10-0, 7 KOs) dethroned Franck Petitjean in front of a capacity crowd in Wolverhampton last month to be crowned European king. A spectacular feat for the 21-year-old, who became the quickest Englishman to win the European Title, surpassing the achievements of former champions Spencer Oliver and ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed, also making him the first British-Pakistani to lift the blue and gold belt.

Poulsen (14-0, 5 KOs) is no stranger to European success himself, having also defeated Petitjean to claim the title in April 2022. The undefeated Dane, who was ringside to watch Azim’s crowning moment, believes he is the rightful holder of the belt having never lost it in the ring and is eager to recapture his title and end Azim’s meteoric rise.

Ben Whittaker will look to steal the show as he returns to action on the undercard.

Whittaker closed the year in style with a highlight reel knockout of Stiven Leonetti Dredhaj in Bournemouth. Now 5-0, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Silver medallist is aiming to kick-start the New Year with another spectacular performance when he takes on Swiss-based French fighter Khalid Graidia over eight-rounds. 

Rising featherweight star Francesca Hennessy and heavyweight hope Jeamie TKV are also confirmed for action in the capital. Hennessy, who has wowed fans with her explosive style since joining the paid ranks last year, goes in search of her third professional victory, while TKV looks to get back to winning ways having suffered his first career defeat to Igor Macedo in September 2023. 

FIGHT CARD

Order and fight card subject to change

JOSHUA BUATSI – W

WBA Final Eliminator & British & Commonwealth Championships

DAN AZEEZ

ADAM AZIM – W

EBU Euroean Super Lightweight Championship

ENOCK POULSEN

BEN WHITTAKER – W

Light Heavyweight contest

KHALID GRAIDIA

CAROLINE DUBOIS – W

IBO World Lightweight Championship

MIRANDA REYES

JEAMIE TKV – W

Heavyweight contest

KOSTIANTYN DOVBYSHCHE

FRANCESCA HENNESSY – W

BANTAMWEIGHT CONTEST

LAURA BELEN VALDEBENIT

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JONAS vs MAYER – 20 January 2024, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

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  • Two-weight World Champion Natasha Jonas will defend IBF World Title against former unified World Champion Mikaela Mayer at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on January 20th
  • Newly-crowned British Champion Jack Cullen rematches former English Champion Zak Chelli 
  • Aaron McKenna versus Linus Udofia confirmed for Jonas-Mayer undercard on January 20th at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool
  • All the action will be shown live and exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and ESPN+ in the USA

Two-weight world champion Natasha Jonas will defend her IBF World Welterweight Title against former unified world champion Mikaela Mayer in a landmark night for women’s boxing as two of the sport’s biggest stars meet in the centre of the ring on Saturday, January 20th at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and ESPN+ in the USA. 

Jonas (14-2-1, 9 KOs) will be making a first defence of the IBF crown she claimed with an emphatic stoppage win over Canadian Kandi Wyatt earlier this year,  having previously unified the WBC, WBO and IBF World Super Welterweight Titles. 

Standing in the opposite corner will be U.S. star Mayer (19-1, 5 KOs), a fellow Olympian and the former IBF and WBO World Super Featherweight Champion. The Los Angeles native was one of the stars of BOXXER’s historic women’s night last year, and after capturing the WBC interim World Lightweight Title earlier this year, Mayer will be moving up in weight once again.

Newly crowned British Champion Jack Cullen also returns to action in Liverpool defending his Lonsdale strap against former foe Zak Chelli. Cullen (22-4-1, 10 KOs) scored a memorable third-round TKO win over Mark Heffron in September to claim the British and Commonwealth titles. ‘Little Leaver’s Meat Cleaver’ will now square off against former English Champion Chelli (14-2-1, 7 KOs) in a repeat of their all-action 2020 contest that ended in a draw.

Karriss Artingstall is back in business following a destructive second-round KO win over Vanessa Bradford on October 21st at York Hall. The 2020 Olympic medallist takes on Lila dos Santos Furtado as she looks to climb the featherweight ranks. 

Mark Jeffers defends his English and Commonwealth Silver Super Middleweight Title against Germaine Brown. Jeffers claimed the English and Commonwealth Silver Titles with points win over Zak Chelli after accepting a short notice fight last year. The undefeated Chorley boxer makes his first defence against Brown, who will be aiming to recapture the English Title he held in 2022.

 Former IBO World Cruiserweight Champion Jack Massey, who took Joseph Parker the distance in a ten-round heavyweight contest in Manchester last year, returns to the ring and the 200lbs limit as he looks to kick start his 2024 with a victory in Liverpool. 

FIGHT CARD

Order and fight card subject to change

NATASHA JONAS – W

IBF World Welterweight Championship

MIKAELA MAYER

JACK CULLEN

British & Commonwealth Super Middleweight Championship

ZAK CHELLI – W

KARRISS ARTINGSTALL – W

Featherweight Contest

LILA DOS SANTOS FURTADO

STE CLARKE – W

Super Middleweight Contest

VASIF MAMEDOV

AARON MCKENNA – W

MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTEST

MICKEY ELLISON

JACK MASSEY – W

Cruiserweight contest

STEVE ELOUNDOU NTERE

MARK JEFFERS – W

English & Commonwealth Silver Super Middleweight Championship

GERMAINE BROWN

MIKIE TALLON – W

Flyweight Contest

ADAN YAHAYA

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BOXXER ANNOUNCES WHO DARES GYMS AS OFFICIAL EVENT PARTNER OF BOXXER: RETURN OF THE KING EVENT IN BOURNEMOUTH ON DECEMBER 10TH

BOXXER ANNOUNCES WHO DARES GYMS AS OFFICIAL EVENT PARTNER OF BOXXER: RETURN OF THE KING EVENT IN BOURNEMOUTH ON DECEMBER 10TH

BOXXER is proud to announce Who Dares Gyms as the official event partner for the upcoming BOXXER: RETURN OF THE KING event in Bournemouth on December 10th. 

The beachfront battle features WBO world cruiserweight champion Chris Billam-Smith defending his title against Mateusz Masternak, the world’s #5 ranked contender.

Founded by Leo Walker, a 20-year veteran of elite British military units, and Jason Carl Fox, a star of Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins, along with Bournemouth-based entrepreneur Joe Ashford Ellis, Who Dares Gyms brings military fitness expertise to the public. 

The gym’s branding will be prominently showcased across physical and digital assets created by BOXXER in the lead-up to and during the event, reaching sports fans globally.

“People talk about being ‘fighting fit’ because it’s widely understood that boxing at the top level requires the highest fitness standards of any professional sport. The same is true for the elite special forces units the Who Dares Gyms founders spent half their lives in. Ultimate fitness is a necessity in those units, so there’s a natural synergy between our two brands and what they represent,” said BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom.

Who Dares Gyms spokesman Joe Ashford Ellis said, “Being fighting fit is as much about the mind as it is the body. Our programs draw on our extensive knowledge of military training and aim to build our members’ mental strength at the same time as their physical strength. We see our values of hard work, focus and dedication shared by BOXXER’s athletes and we’re proud to be official partners for this December 10th event in Bournemouth.”

BOXXER: RETURN OF THE KING marks BOXXER’s fourth event in Bournemouth, with each prior event headlined by Billam-Smith resulting in total sell-outs. 

Billam-Smith’s last outing was at the Bournemouth AFC stadium in May and saw him become the world cruiserweight champion in front of a sold-out crowd at the home of his beloved football club.

BOXXER extends its thanks to all partners in this upcoming event including Everlast, WOW Hydrate, Bet365, Who Dares Gyms and local entrepreneur Joe Ashford Ellis, who has been a key local partner in the Bournemouth region.

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BILLAM-SMITH vs MASTERNAK – 10 December 2023, Bournemouth International Centre

RETURN OF THE KING: BILLAM-SMITH DEFENDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST MASTERNAK IN BOURNEMOUTH ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 10TH

ABOUT

  • Billam-Smith returns to Bournemouth for first defence of WBO World Cruiserweight Championship 
  • World #5-ranked Polish powerhouse Masternak rides six-fight win streak into South Coast showdown, live on Sky Sports
  • 2020 Olympic Silver Medallist Ben Whittaker makes his highly-anticipated ring return against Stiven Leonetti Dredhaj on December 10th
  • South coast stars Michael McKinson and Lewis Edmondson complete action-packed undercard for sold-out show in Bournemouth

The stage is set for another unmissable night of boxing in Bournemouth as local hero Chris Billam-Smith makes a triumphant return to defend his WBO World Cruiserweight Title against Mateusz Masternak on Sunday, December 10 live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA.

2020 Olympic Gold Medallist Lauren Price is set to face Italy’s former European Champion Silvia Bortot. Having made history earlier this year by becoming the first female to win a British title, Price (5-0, 1 KO) will be aiming to end 2023 with a statement win against Bortot (11-3-1, 3 KOs), who previously went the distance with former unified world champion Mikael Mayer. 

Fellow 2020 Olympic Medallist Ben Whittaker has an opponent set for his hugely-anticipated return to the ring. Future boxing superstar Whittaker (4-0, 3 KOs), who has been wowing crowds around the country with his flamboyant and unorthodox style, returns to the scene of his spectacular pro debut to take on Stiven Leonetti Dredhaj (11-2-1, 3 KOs). 

Having impressed on previous visits to Bournmoeuth, Michael McKinson (25-1, 4 KOs) will make the short trip from Portsmouth to take his place on the undercard. The 29-year-old southpaw stopped Lebin Morales last time out at Vitality Stadium and will be hoping a similar victory can set him up for a title run in 2024. 

Southampton light heavyweight Lewis Edmondson (7-0, 3 KOs) completes the bill as he looks to extend his unbeaten record against Dmytro Fedas (8-4-2, 5 KOs). ‘The Saint’ claimed his seventh pro win with a technical decision victory over Petar Nosic on the undercard of Billam-Smith’s world championship winning fight in May. 

Following his victory over Stanley Stannard in an official eliminator bout during BOXXER’s visit to the Vitality Stadium in May, Bournemouth’s Lee Cutler (13-1, 7 KOs) will face Obi Egbunike (8-2-1, 1 KO) for the vacant English Super Welterweight Title in a potentially show-stealing 50-50 clash. 

And fresh from her impressive debut, 18-year-old bantamweight Francesca Hennessy (1-0, 1 KO), the daughter of renowned boxing manager and promoter Mick Hennessy, can continue the perfect start to her professional career when she gets back under the bright lights in Bournemouth. 

FIGHT CARD

Order and fight card subject to change

Chris Billam-Smith – W

WBO World Cruiserweight Championship

Mateusz Masternak

Ben Whittaker – W

Light Heavyweight Contest

Stiven Leonettii Dredhaj

Lauren Price – W

Welterweight contest

Silva Bortot

Lee Cutler – W

Vacant English Super Welterweight Championship

Kingsley Egbunike

Francesca Hennessy – W

Bantamweight contest

Lucrecia Arrieta

Michael McKinson – W

Welterweight contest

Musah Lawson

Lewis Edmondson – W

Light Heavyweight Contest

Dmytro Fedas

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The Opening Round: Mikael Lawal v Isaac Chamberlain

The Opening Round: Mikael Lawal v Isaac Chamberlain

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Saturday night was supposed to thrust either of Joshua Buatsi or Dan Azeez to the brink of a light-heavyweight world title opportunity.

The build-up had been exhilarating; two bona-fide elite level operators, and close friends, colliding under the bright lights of London’s O2 Arena with one shared goal…

… an opportunity to dethrone the WBA strap-holder, and pound-for-pound star, Dmitry Bivol.

Heartbreakingly, a back injury to Azeez in his final training session has, for now, put pay to what promised to be a truly enthralling bout; and a potential fight of the year contender.

But as Ben Shalom vowed after that news broke earlier this week; ‘the show must go on’, and my word, doesn’t it just, with another blockbuster instead being propelled to the top of the bill.

The eyes of the boxing fraternity will now hone in on Bethnal Green’s iconic York Hall setting, just six miles south-east of the O2, as foes Mikael Lawal (6/4) and 8/15 betting favourite Isaac Chamberlain finally square off with the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight belts on the line.

The pair were originally due to settle their differences earlier this year before the fight was delayed, and it looked as though they would have to wait even longer after the proposed headliner between Buatsi and Azzez was pulled just a few days before fight night.

But, the loss of that bout has instead cleared the pathway for Lawal and Chamberlain themselves to headline a thankfully re-jigged card at York Hall, and it’s one that bet365’s resident Boxing expert Rob Tebbutt cannot wait for.

“So this Saturday night at York Hall we finally see Mikael Lawal and Isaac Chamberlain lock-horns for the British cruiserweight title, and I really, really like this fight!” he told their Sports & Betting News site.

“There is real bad blood here and definite animosity – we were supposed to see this fight a couple of months ago before Lawal pulled out, as you may remember. There has been a lot of to and from between them since then, and there is genuine needle here, but I think that is going to play into Chamberlain’s hands.

“He is the more experienced operator, he has fought Lawrence Okolie, Chris Billam-Smith and even Dylan Bregeon last time out too, so I will be backing him to get the job done, and get it done inside the distance at 9/4 this weekend.

“We all know about Lawal’s punch-power, but he is very inexperienced, especially when you compare him to Isaac Chamberlain, and I just wonder whether Lawal will be able to handle that bear-pit atmosphere, at the top of the bill, inside York Hall.

“Chamberlain has been there, seen it and done it all before and he knows that his career is on the line this Saturday night, which is why I am backing him ‘By Stoppage’ at 9/4.

“I also like the look of the 4/1 for him to win ‘Between Rounds 7 – 12’; he has shown he can last late in a hard fight, and he could very well take Lawal out late on, so they will be my two betting picks for the weekend.”

Watch Rob Tebbutt’s bet365 tipping video HERE

This weekend’s stacked card also includes the equally as exciting Commonwealth super-welterweight championship showdown, and a real ‘pick-em’ fight between 4/6 hopeful Louis Greene and the narrow 6/5 outsider Sam Gilley.

The talented Karriss Artingstall – a massive 1/12 favourite – also features against former world title challenger ‘Vicious’ Vanessa Bradford (7/1), whilst hot prospect Michael Hennessy Jr (2/5) will tackle Joe Laws (2/1) in another fight that promises to deliver explosiveness and excitement.

bet365 are also offering Bet Boosts across all of Saturday night’s BOXXER action, meaning you can take advantage of even BIGGER prices on the headline bout and the full undercard, including BOOSTED Bet Builders on both Lawal and Chamberlain.

The Sports & Betting News team have also put together a comprehensive All You Need To Know guide for the main event, as well as a detailed Tale of the Tape article which houses all of the vital statistics of the two fighters.

View the latest Bet Boosts and odds for the full BOXXER card and all other upcoming boxing at bet365

Bet Boosts and odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time. 

By Mark Mothershaw

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BUATSI vs AZEEZ – Ticket Info & FAQs

INJURY FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF BUATSI VS AZEEZ​

The undefeated all-British clash between #1 and #2 world ranked light heavyweights Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez has been postponed after Azeez suffered an injury in his final training session.

The friends turned rivals were set to meet this Saturday October 21 in a hugely anticipated bout at The O2 with London bragging rights and a shot at world honours on the line.

UNDERCARD GOES AHEAD THIS SATURDAY AT YORK HALL

A show will take place for the undercard fighters on Saturday 21st October, at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ. Doors from 18:30.

TICKET FAQs

Bought Buatsi v Azeez tickets via AXS or Ticketmaster?

Your Buatsi v Azeez ticket will be automatically transferred to the new date at the O2. An immediate refund will be made available as soon as we have announced the new date, which will be announced shortly. Please contact your ticket provider once this new date has been formally announced by BOXXER.

Ticket holders who wish to attend our new show at York Hall on October 21st will be given exclusive access to a priority window ahead of the general public. This will be between 4pm Wednesday 18th October & and Thursday 19th 4pm. You will be emailed a direct link to purchase a ticket for this Saturday’s York Hall event.

Bought tickets from a fighter’s link?

Your tickets will be rolled over to the new date for Buatsi v Azeez at the O2. Once formally announced, if you are unable to attend the  new date, you can contact your ticket provider to request a full refund.

You will have to purchase a new ticket for the York hall show. You will be sent a link via email at 4pm Wednesday.

Bought physical tickets from an undercard fighter?

These will be automatically rolled over to our York Hall show on Saturday. Please contact your fighter or their representative for further information and details.

Attending the show as a guest of BOXXER and/or a partner?

Tickets will remain valid for the new date for Buatsi v Azeez at the o2. Once announced, if you are unable to attend please contact your ticket provider to cancel your ticket(s)

York Hall replacement show

This show will take place for the undercard fighters on Saturday 21st October, at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ. Doors from 18:30.

BOXXER CONFIRMS BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH CHAMPIONSHIP BOUTS WILL GO AHEAD THIS SATURDAY, BUATSI VS AZEEZ BOUT TO GET NEW DATE AT THE O2

BOXXER CONFIRMS BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH CHAMPIONSHIP BOUTS WILL GO AHEAD THIS SATURDAY, BUATSI VS AZEEZ BOUT TO GET NEW DATE

  • Joshua Buatsi vs Dan Azeez to be rescheduled to new date
  • Undercard bouts – headlined by Mikael Lawal vs Isaac Chamberlain  British Cruiserweight title fight – will relocate to London’s iconic York Hall
  • Tickets purchased for Buatsi v Azeez will remain valid for new date. Customers unable to attend will be able to obtain a full refund once new date is announced.

LONDON, ENGLAND – (October 18th, 2023) – The highly-anticipated showdown between Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez will be rescheduled to a new date.

The bout between the #1 and #2 ranked light-heavyweights had been due to take place this Saturday but is now being postponed due to an injury suffered by Azeez in his final training session. 

A date for the rescheduled world title final eliminator will be announced shortly. All tickets for this Saturday’s event at The O2 will remain valid for the new date. Once announced, any customers unable to attend the new date will be able to obtain a full refund.

This Saturday’s chief support bout and undercard bouts will now relocate to the iconic York Hall in London, headlined by Mikael Lawal defending his British Cruiserweight title against bitter rival Isaac Chamberlain in one of the most keenly-anticipated domestic clashes of the year.

The Commonwealth Super Welterweight Championship is also on the line when Louis Greene defends his title against Sam Gilley in another highly-anticipated 50/50 domestic clash which will also send the winner forward for a shot at the British title.

The card will also feature Olympic bronze medallist Karriss Artingstall against former world title challenger ‘Vicious’ Vanessa Bradford as she takes an important step in her professional career, and top young prospect Michael Hennessy Jr taking on fan favourite Joe Laws in what will be a very entertaining fight. 

“We’re still bitterly disappointed about having to postpone the main event due to the injury sustained by Dan Azeez,” said BOXXER founder and CEO Ben Shalom. “It’s clear from the widespread upset and frustration, just how big of a fight this is. We’ve spoken to both teams and everyone is committed to rescheduling the world title final eliminator. We’re working on announcing a new date at The O2 as soon as possible. 

“For the remaining fights, the easiest option would have been to cancel the whole card, but that wouldn’t have been fair to the fighters or to the fans hoping to see them. I’m extremely proud of our team’s hard work in ensuring these fights get to go ahead. Not only can we look forward to a rescheduled Joshua Buatsi vs Dan Azeez at the O2 in the near future, but also four incredible fights live on Sky Sports on Saturday night in what will be a hugely atmospheric York Hall.” 

Buatsi vs Azeez ticket holders who wish to attend Saturday’s event at York Hall on will be given exclusive access to a priority window ahead of the general sale. This will be between 4pm today and 4pm tomorrow. You will be emailed a direct link to purchase your tickets. 

Tickets will be available for general sale from 4pm on Thursday October 19th at BOXXER.com 

For breaking news and further information, please visit BOXXER.com and follow the official BOXXER social media channels.

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LAWAL vs CHAMBERLAIN – 21 October 2023, York Hall, London

Mikael Lawal defends his British Cruiserweight title against bitter rival Isaac Chamberlain in one of the most keenly-anticipated domestic clashes of the year.

BUATSI AZEEZ INFO

  • Joshua Buatsi vs Dan Azeez to be rescheduled to new date at The O2, London
  • Tickets purchased for Buatsi v Azeez will remain valid for new date. Customers unable to attend will be able to obtain a full refund once new date is announced.

ABOUT

This Saturday’s chief support bout and undercard bouts will now relocate to the iconic York Hall in London, headlined by Mikael Lawal defending his British Cruiserweight title against bitter rival Isaac Chamberlain in one of the most keenly-anticipated domestic clashes of the year.

Prior to this, the Commonwealth Super Welterweight Championship is on the line when Louis Greene defends his title against Sam Gilley in another highly-anticipated 50/50 domestic clash which will also send the winner forward for a shot at the British title.

The card will also feature Olympic bronze medallist Karriss Artingstall against former world title challenger ‘Vicious’ Vanessa Bradford as she takes an important step in her professional career, and top young prospect Michael Hennessy Jr taking on fan favourite Joe Laws in what will be a very entertaining fight. 

FIGHT CARD

Order and fight card subject to change

MIKAEL LAWAL

British & Commonwealth Cruiserweight Title

ISAAC CHAMBERLAIN – W

LOUIS GREENE

Commonwealth Super Welterweight Championship & British Super Welterweight Final eliminator

SAM GILLEY – W

MICHAEL HENNESSY JR

Super Welterweight contest

JOE LAWS – W

KARRISS ARTINGSTALL – W

Featherweight contest

VANESSA BRADFORD

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INJURY FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF BUATSI VS AZEEZ

INJURY FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF BUATSI VS AZEEZ

The undefeated all-British clash between #1 and #2 world ranked light heavyweights Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez has been postponed after Azeez suffered an injury in his final training session.

The friends turned rivals were set to meet this Saturday October 21 in a hugely anticipated bout at The O2 with London bragging rights and a shot at world honours on the line.

Doctors have ruled Azeez unable to compete due to a back injury. Further details on Saturday’s event, including ticket information, and a revised date for Buatsi-Azeez will be communicated shortly. All tickets will automatically remain valid for the rescheduled main event and a full refund will be made available for anyone not able to attend.

“I’m devastated for this to happen on fight week,” said Azeez.  “It still hasn’t sunk in. I’ve never had to withdraw from a fight in my career before. I want to apologise to all the fans, especially those travelling to the fight. I am also extremely sorry to my opponent Joshua Buatsi, to my promoter and to everyone involved who has worked so hard on this date. I hope this fight can be rescheduled as soon as possible.”

“This is a big shock but everyone at BOXXER is working very hard to ensure we provide clarity for all fighters, teams and most importantly the fans as soon as we can,” said BOXXER founder and CEO Ben Shalom. “I know that Dan would do anything to be in the ring on Saturday night and for this to happen at this stage is devastating. This is a huge fight for British Boxing, but the health and safety of our fighters must come first. My heart goes out to Dan and Joshua, who have both completed tough camps, and to the fans, with more than 10,000 having made arrangements to come on Saturday. We will provide an update on the rest of the card and communicate a revised date for Buatsi-Azeez as soon as possible.”

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BOXXER AND NBC SPORTS ANNOUNCE LANDMARK MEDIA RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

BOXXER AND NBC SPORTS ANNOUNCE LANDMARK MEDIA RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

BOXXER, the fastest growing boxing promotional company in the UK, and NBC Sports have today announced a landmark media rights partnership that will bring the biggest events and brightest stars in boxing to U.S. audiences. The bouts will stream LIVE exclusively on NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock with select events airing on NBC.

Founded by the UK’s youngest licensed promoter Ben Shalom, BOXXER is a next generation professional boxing promoter focused on bringing inclusivity, innovation, and entertainment to one of the oldest sports in the world.

Home to world champions, Olympic gold medallists and some of the sport’s most exciting contenders, BOXXER have broken a host of viewership records in the UK and Ireland while delivering unmissable events featuring sold-out arenas and stadia, and boxing’s biggest names going head-to-head.

BOXXER events air live and exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, after the leading UK sports broadcaster signed BOXXER as its exclusive British provider of boxing content in a landmark deal in 2021.

The new partnership between BOXXER and NBC Sports will create a powerful extension to BOXXER’s and Sky Sports’ existing collaboration and provide trans-Atlantic distribution of Sky Sports’ world class production.

The deal will see multiple BOXXER events per year added to NBC Sports’ portfolio of premium sport programming, which includes the Olympic Games, Premier League, Sunday Night Football, Big Ten Football and Basketball, Notre Dame Football, NASCAR, golf and much more.

Together BOXXER and NBC Sports will build a boxing product for Peacock subscribers to enjoy with the ultimate goal to bring BOXXER events to the USA.

The action begins on Saturday, October 21 LIVE from The O2 in London when #1 and #2 world ranked light heavyweights Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez put a decade long friendship aside to battle for bragging rights and a shot at the WBA World Title live on Peacock.

BOXXER Founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “We’re delighted to announce this landmark partnership with NBC Sports, in what is a major moment for the company, allowing audiences across the USA to watch our stars in action throughout the year. NBC Sports reaches millions of fans every day, providing an incredible platform Stateside for BOXXER and our elite roster. We look forward to kickstarting the partnership with a huge show on 21st October, as Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez put it all on the line at The O2 in London.”

NBC Sports has brought boxing to millions of viewers across the country beginning with the first-ever live televised fight in 1939, when Lou Nova defeated Max Baer at Yankee Stadium. Over the decades to follow, NBC Sports’ coverage of the sport showcased stars including Joe Louis, “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Larry Holmes.

“We’re excited to bring boxing back to NBC Sports and, with the sport’s debut on Peacock, begin a new chapter in NBC Sports’ storied boxing history,” said Gary Quinn, Vice President, Programming & Owned Properties, NBC Sports.

ABOUT BOXXER

BOXXER is a next-generation professional boxing promotion and the exclusive provider of boxing content to Sky Sports, the UK’s biggest sports television platform. We believe in the power of boxing and the next generation. Founded by the youngest licensed boxing promoter in the UK, Ben Shalom, our focus is to bring inclusivity, innovation and entertainment to one of the oldest sports in the world.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS

NBC Sports connects people to the moments that matter most and serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. As the sports division of NBCUniversal, NBC Sports presents premier content across linear platforms NBC, USA Network, Golf Channel, as well numerous digital sites, including Peacock. NBC Sports possesses an unparalleled collection of media rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, Big Ten Conference, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, Notre Dame, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLB, Tour de France, Roland-Garros, and many more. It also consists of NBC Sports Next, a subdivision of NBC Sports and home to all NBCUniversal digital applications in sports and technology within its three groups: Youth & Recreational Sports, Golf, and Betting & Gaming.

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