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Ben Whittaker joins Usyk vs Joshua card

Ben Whittaker joins Usyk vs Joshua card

Fresh from his incredible debut, rising British boxing superstar Ben Whittaker returns to the ring for his second fight this weekend as he faces a former foe in Saudi Arabia.

The Team GB Olympic silver medallist had everybody talking when he began his professional career in blistering fashion in Bournemouth just three weeks ago.

In a dazzling display, ‘B£NZO’ – who is also known as ‘The Surgeon’ – showed why many believe he is destined for world title glory as he blasted away Greg O’Neill with a devastating second-round stoppage.

Trained by SugarHill Steward, the 25-year-old matched his impressive in-ring prowess with an entertaining combination of bravado and showboating to immediately get fight fans excited about him.

And they won’t have to wait long for his next outing with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics hero now confirmed for a fight at the state-of-the-art King Abdullah Sports City Arena, Jeddah on Saturday’s Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard.

Birmingham light-heavyweight Whittaker, 25, will go toe-to-toe with unbeaten Croatian boxer Peter Nosic (6-0, 3 KOs) in a six-round contest as part of an action-packed undercard, before the main card airs live and exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office

Nosic, 23, boasts a 50% knockout record since turning pro back in June 2021.

Nosic and Whittaker are no strangers. On his amateur debut in 2015, the Croatian was stopped inside round two by the Brit – and Whittaker will be determined to repeat that feat in Jeddah.

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FRAZER CLARKE MAKES QUICK RETURN TO RING

FRAZER CLARKE MAKES QUICK RETURN TO RING

Fresh off his stunning stoppage win in Bournemouth last month, Burton battler Frazer ‘Big Fraze’ Clarke (2-0, 2 KO’s) is making a quick return to the ring for more heavyweight havoc. 

The massive Midlander has been added to the line-up for the BOXXER event taking place Saturday, 3rd September at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports.

Clarke, who captained the Team GB boxing squad at the 2020 Olympic Games and won a bronze medal for his country, will be making his third professional outing when he enters the ring in Liverpool.

Last month, he stopped twenty-fight Argentinian veteran Ariel Esteban Bracamonte in the final seconds of the second round, unleashing a combination which showcased his trademark mixture of ferocious power and technical boxing ability.

“I’m so excited to be fighting again so soon, especially in Liverpool which is one of my favourite fight cities in the world,” said Frazer Clarke.

“Liverpool is full of great characters and fighters. And it is a city which I have very fond memories in, notably when I won my ABA title there. 

”I’m looking forward to bringing an exciting performance to the city on what is a great show which has some great fights on the card.”

Ben Shalom, BOXXER Founder and CEO, said: “We’re massively excited about ‘Big Fraze’s’ future with us at BOXXER. There are so many big fight nights to look forward to. For now, it’s important to see him back in action as we build upon that journey. But it was clear for all to see in Bournemouth just how devastating he can be, with his impressive knockout victory over Esetaban Bracamonte. Frazer will fire another warning to the heavyweight division when he fights on what is an unmissable card in Liverpool on 3rd September.”

BOXXER: Liverpool sees the homecoming of former WBO world light-middleweight champion Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith  (31-3-1, 18 KOs), who recently signed an exclusive promotional agreement with BOXXER. He kicks off his campaign for a second world title in a clash with heavy-handed Hassan Mwakinyo (20-2, 14 KO’s).

Clarke’s fellow Olympian Tasha Jonas – who made history for Britain and her home city of Liverpool when she became the first British female to box at the Olympics – is gunning to add the WBC world title to her collection. WBO champion Jonas (11-2-1, 8 KOs) faces Sweden’s unbeaten defending WBC world champion Patricia Berghult (15-0, 3 KOs).

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SHIELDS vs MARSHALL – 10th September 2022, The O2 London

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MAYER VS BAUMGARDNER

Sat 10 Sep 22, The O2 London

THE MOST ANTICIPATED WOMEN’S FIGHT OF ALL TIME

Undisputed world Middleweight Championship on the line when Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall square off at the O2, London on 10th September

ABOUT

It’s finally here – the biggest fight in the history of women’s boxing.

On Saturday, 10th September, the eyes of the world will be on London and The O2 when bitter rivals Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields collide.

The co-main event of this historic card is an unmissable bout, presented in association with Top Rank, which will see WBO and IBF world champion Mikaela Mayer and WBC champion Alycia Baumgardner face off in a unification bout in the 130-pound division.

And also featuring on an action-packed undercard, Team GB heroes Lauren Price, Karriss Artingstall and Caroline Dubois will all look to light up the capital as they take to the ring.

Ten years in the making, the titanic showdown between bitter rivals Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields has drawn global attention and is one of the biggest sporting events of the year.

Legacy and the Undisputed World Middleweight Championship are on the line: defeat is unthinkable, but there can be only one winner.

A decade-long rivalry which began in the amateur ranks and has grown more intense with each passing year will finally be settled in front of tens of thousands of fans in the arena and millions more watching around the world.

This historic event, the biggest in the history of women’s professional boxing, will take the women’s side of the sport to new levels and ranks alongside any of the great championship showdowns in history.

VENUE, TIMES & TRAVEL

The​ O2 
Peninsula Square
London
SE10 0DX

DOORS: 16:30PM
FIRST BOUT: 17:00PM
MAIN CARD: 20:00PM

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Undercard announced for historic all-female fight card

Undercard announced for historic all-female fight card

Olympic gold medalist and Welsh wonder, Lauren Price, has been confirmed on the card for Shields v Marshall on Saturday 10 September.Stylish southpaw Price opened her professional career with an impressive points victory over Valgerdur Gudstensdottir at Wembley back in June and will be hoping for another victory when she faces Hungary’s Timea Belik in only her second professional bout.Price’s partner and fellow Olympian Karriss Artingstall and lightweight superstar Caroline Dubois have also been confirmed with the Olympic trio hoping to continue their winning runs in front of a huge crowd at London’s O2 Arena.Ebonie Jones, April Hunter, Georgia O’Connor, Shannon Ryan, Ginny Fuchs and Sarah Leigmann will also fight on what is now a stacked card full of highly rated female boxing talent joining headline fights Mikaela Mayer v Alycia Baumgardner and, of course, Claressa Shields v Savannah Marshall.

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TWO MAJOR HOMECOMINGS INCLUDING HUGE WORLD TITLE FIGHT AS NATASHA JONAS AND LIAM SMITH LIGHT UP LIVERPOOL ON 3RD SEPTEMBER

TWO MAJOR HOMECOMINGS INCLUDING HUGE WORLD TITLE FIGHT AS NATASHA JONAS AND LIAM SMITH LIGHT UP LIVERPOOL ON 3RD SEPTEMBER

Liverpool’s own WBO super-welterweight champion Natasha Jonas will fight WBC holder Patricia Berghult for the unified world titles on a night of homecomings and world-class professional boxing, presented by BOXXER and Sky Sports at the M&S Bank Arena.

Fellow Merseyside favourite Liam Smith returns to the world title trail as he makes his debut under the BOXXER banner.
The former world champion is currently on a win streak which will take him into the reckoning for another world title shot – if he can get past dangerous power-puncher Hassan Mwakinyo, who is heading to Liverpool intent on silencing the home crowd and shattering Smith’s dreams.

These unmissable homecomings top a stacked card featuring some of the most anticipated bouts of the year.

‘Super’ Dan Azeez defends his British Light-Heavyweight Championship against former champion Shakan Pitters and Adam ‘The Assassin’ Azim continues his rise in a mammoth night of top-tier boxing.

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BILLAM-SMITH BATTERS HIS WAY TO VICTORY DURING BLISTERING BATTLE IN BOURNEMOUTH

BATTLE ON THE BEACH

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Sat 30 Jul 22, Bournemouth International Centre

BILLAM-SMITH BATTERS HIS WAY TO VICTORY DURING BLISTERING BATTLE IN BOURNEMOUTH

Billam-Smith And Chamberlain Went To War In Crowd-Pleasing Cruiserweight Championship Clash On the South Coast

Bournemouth, England – 30th July 2022 – An electrified Bournemouth crowd cheered their hometown hero Chris Billam-Smith to victory in a brutal twelve-round war with Isaac Chamberlain for European and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Championships. 

All three judges scored the contest 117-111 in favour of Chris Billam-Smith, giving him the unanimous decision victory in one of the most intense contests fought on British soil in recent years.

Both men threw hell for leather from the first bell to the last, with the second round especially action packed, both men inflicting visible damage on the other across the three minutes. Alternating between long-range bombs and close-range firefights, neither man willingly took a backwards step from start to finish.

The fight looked likely to end at any given moment, with advantage passing back and forth and one fighter dominating only to see the other come surging back. Isaac Chamberlain also managed to consistently find openings in Billam-Smith’s defense and looked the more energetic fighter of the pair in the Championship rounds.

Chris Billam-Smith has now more than earned his place at the top of the domestic Cruiserweight division and put himself into world title contention. He looks set for even greater glory in the years to come, and he can now confidently claim to have the whole of Bournemouth behind him.

Results

Joe Pigford bt Raphael King TKO Rd 3 – 1:49

Knockout artist Joe Pigford claimed another ferocious stoppage victory after overwhelming a skilled and powerful opponent in Raphael King.

Pigford landed a crunching bodyshot that forced his opponent to seize up, and then bullied him into the corner of the ring, and continued to batter his body while also mixing in some shots to the head, forcing the referee to end the fight and giving Pigford the 19th stoppage victory of his flawless 20 fight career.

This fight was an eliminator for the Commonwealth Championship and should stand Pigford in good stead to get the big fights he’s been craving for years.

Ben Whittaker bt Greg O’Neill KO Rd 2 – 0:21

‘The Surgeon’ Ben Whittaker delivered a stunning performance in one of the most highly anticipated professional debuts in British boxing history.

The Olympic Silver Medalist landed a perfect right hook to the temple in the second round that left O’Neill out cold on the ring floor. The first round was fiery as both men had moments of frustration in the clinch, while Whittaker sprinkled in some showboating as well.

Whittaker looked set for superstardom as a professional before this fight, and this scintillating knockout has only made this seem even more certain.

Frazer Clarke bt Ariel Esteban Bracamonte KO Rd 2 – 2:57

A brutal left hook sent Bracamonte tumbling to the canvas and granted Frazer Clarke victory, maintaining his 100% finish rate, right at the death of the second round of their fight.

Clarke was landing forceful punches throughout the two rounds of the fight, but Bracamonte took them well, and did fire back with jabs and straight rights towards Clarke at times.

Clarke showed impressive intelligence to set up the fight-ending left hook by throwing them to the body throughout the fight, then suddenly switching to the head, and landing perfectly as a result. Clarke came into this fight after some time out of the ring for surgery to his right hand, and will be keen to keep active from now.

Hassan Azim bt Jacob Quinn PTS – 59-55

The Hitman Adam Azim won every round but one on the referee’s scorecard in an impressive victory that took him to 4-0 in his young professional career. Azim came out at a blistering pace and scored a knockdown 14 seconds into the first round before throwing everything he had at Quinn, who somehow survived the first round’s onslaught.

The fight slowed into a more methodical pace from then on, with Azim handling Quinn’s evasive style effectively and peppering his body from short and long range across the five remaining rounds. Hassan Azim remains one of the most exciting prospects in British boxing and will have learned a huge amount from these six rounds.

Caroline Dubois bt Happy Daudi TKO Rd 3 – 0:46

Young Olympian Caroline Dubois took her record to 3-0 with a savage performance over an experienced opponent in Happy Daudi. Dubois was landing with barrages of shots from both hands across the three rounds of the fight, with Daudi showing great heart not to be stopped, despite being knocked down in the second round.

Dubois finally overwhelmed Daudi’s defenses in the third round and forced the referee to step in and end the fight. Caroline Dubois looks set to become one of the biggest stars in women’s boxing at only 21 years old.

Lee Cutler bt Meshack Mwankemwa PTS 6/6 – 58-56

Lee Cutler took a solid decision victory on the referee’s scorecard in an exciting fight in front of a vocal hometown crowd. Cutler boxed smartly in the first round, picking his opportunities to throw powerful hooks and do damage to his opponent well, and range-finding with his jab smartly.

The Bournemouth native picked up the pace in the second round, consistently landing powerful shots to the head and body. Cutler continued to find success in the third and fourth rounds, despite Mwankemwa showing tremendous heart and tenacity to keep coming forward and battle with Cutler.

The final two rounds of fight continued in a similar fashion, with both men landing shots, and Mwankemwa advancing, but Cutler consistently doing more damage, and being more successful on his way to victory.

Mikael Lawal bt Crispulo Javier Andino KO Rd 2 – 1:25

Mikael Lawal walked away with another stoppage victory on his undefeated record tonight after a deadly left hook to the body caused Javier Andino to slowly crumple to his knees and not stand up again until after the referee’s 10-count.

This came after a measured round and a half of jabbing and range finding from Lawal where he showed strong boxing intelligence. Lawal is now keen to take on Deion Jumah in a fight that’s been ordered to be for the British title.

Stevie McKenna bt Facundo Alberto Rojas KO Rd 2 – 2:59

Exciting welterweight Stevie ‘Hitman’ McKenna made a huge statement with a devastating 2nd round stoppage of a tough opponent that had never been stopped in his career before this fight. McKenna scored a knockdown in the 1st round after a thudding left hook to the body, and wore Rojas down across the second round, forcing the referee to wave the fight off after the Argentinian was able to return to his feet from another knockdown late in the round.

‘On the Inside’ with Johnny Nelson

‘On the Inside’ with Johnny Nelson

Boxing insider Johnny Nelson and bet365’s trading professional Ian Vickers have been dissecting BOXXER’s ‘Battle on the Beach’ card, offering expert analysis and betting tips on Saturday night’s headline bout.

Chris Billam-Smith vs Isaac Chamberlain (European and Commonwealth title bout)

Johnny’s Inside View:

Starting with the main event, of course. This to me is a great trade fight if anything. It’s for the European and Commonwealth title, let’s not forget, so there is a lot at stake for both men. They both come into this fight with one blotch on their records. Chris Billam-Smith is here in his hometown of Bournemouth. He’s wanted this forever and a day down here and he finally has it.

But what an opponent to pick in Isaac Chamberlain, who has only been beaten by Lawrence Okolie in his professional career – and that was six fights ago. He’s had to go back and lick his wounds, and maybe hasn’t been as active as he would have liked since then with four fights being cancelled on him.

Chris though, let’s not forget, trains alongside Lawrence Okolie, the WBO champion. He has had activity, he has had consistency and looks in great shape, may I add. What are his strengths? Well, he is very strong, he is very fit and very determined. What are Isaac’s strengths? He has great hand-eye-foot coordination and very good speed, but I don’t think he is as strong as Chris Billam-Smith.

In saying that, this fight can go two ways. Isaac Chamberlain is easily talked into having an absolute tear-up, standing toe-to-toe with somebody. If he does that, then eventually he is going to come a cropper. To do that in this fight would be wrong. What he needs to do is do what he does best, show good hands, good footwork and use his hand speed. Chris Billam-Smith’s team will ask him to step up the fight from seven rounds on, wear him down, deny Isaac Chamberlain any time to breathe and look to take the win on points.

Isaac Chamberlain is taking a big risk in taking this fight alone, so in my head he must see something in his opponent to suggest this is a safe bet to take. Plus, it’s for the marbles as well – the Commonwealth and European titles. I think it goes the distance and I am going to go with what I know! I am very familiar with Isaac Chamberlain, and I think he will steal a points victory. I don’t see a stoppage, but I do see an amazing fight because these two fighters want it, and this is a huge moment in each of their careers.

The Trader’s Tip:

I agree with Johnny, this is going to be a real fight – a very tight fight. I’ve watched a lot of Isaac Chamberlain and he is a very difficult fighter to pin down, and is more than capable of spoiling Chris Billam-Smith’s work. However, Chris is the more aggressive fighter of the two and that, for me, is likely to play heavily in his favour if we go the distance to the judges’ scorecards.

This is a very tight one to call – Chris is the odds-on favourite, but I do like Isaac too. The big contributing factor for me is Isaac’s run of opponents leading into this fight. If they had been of a better quality, I’d be edging in his favour, but as things stand, Chris Billam-Smith ‘By Decision or Technical Decision’ at 13/10 would be my pick! If you fancy being brave, the same fighter by virtue of Majority Decision (16/1) in our ‘Method of Victory’ market could prove to be a smart call.

Johnny knows his stuff though, and an Isaac Chamberlain victory by virtue of ‘Decision or Technical Decision’ at odds of 7/2 is very, very appealing.

*All quoted odds, courtesy of bet365, were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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LIAM SMITH vs HASSAN MWAKINYO – 3rd September 2022, M&S Bank Arena Liverpool

FIGHT NIGHT LIVERPOOL

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MWAKINYO

Sat 3 Sep 22, M&S Bank Arena Liverpool

TWO MAJOR HOMECOMINGS INCLUDING HUGE WORLD TITLE FIGHT AS NATASHA JONAS AND LIAM SMITH LIGHT UP LIVERPOOL ON 3RD SEPTEMBER

Liverpool’s own WBO super-welterweight champion Natasha Jonas will fight WBC holder Patricia Berghult for the unified world titles on a night of homecomings and world-class professional boxing, presented by BOXXER and Sky Sports at the M&S Bank Arena.

Fellow Merseyside favourite Liam Smith returns to the world title trail as he makes his debut under the BOXXER banner.
The former world champion is currently on a win streak which will take him into the reckoning for another world title shot – if he can get past dangerous power-puncher Hassan Mwakinyo, who is heading to Liverpool intent on silencing the home crowd and shattering Smith’s dreams.

These unmissable homecomings top a stacked card featuring some of the most anticipated bouts of the year.

‘Super’ Dan Azeez defends his British Light-Heavyweight Championship against former champion Shakan Pitters and Adam ‘The Assassin’ Azim continues his rise in a mammoth night of top-tier boxing.

Fresh off his stunning stoppage win over Esteban Bracamonte in Bournemouth last month, Burton battler Frazer ‘Big Fraze’ Clarke (2-0, 2 KO’s) is making a quick return to the ring for more heavyweight havoc. 

Clarke, who captained the Team GB boxing squad at the 2020 Olympic Games and won a bronze medal for his country, will be making his third professional outing when he enters the ring in Liverpool.

BOXXER AND MBC GROUP ANNOUNCE BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP TO AIR BOXXER EVENTS LIVE ACROSS MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

BOXXER AND MBC GROUP ANNOUNCE BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP TO AIR BOXXER EVENTS LIVE ACROSS MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Exclusive MENA Rights Deal Includes LIVE BOXXER Events Plus Full Suite Of Shoulder Programming

LONDON, UK (July 8 2022)

BOXXER, the UK’s next-generation boxing promotion, is pleased to announce the signing of a new media rights partnership with media conglomerate MBC GROUP, to bring LIVE BOXXER programming to 25 territories across the Middle East and North Africa.

MBC GROUP is the largest and leading media company in the MENA region and the partnership will see BOXXER events air LIVE and exclusively to subscribers of MBC’s premium SVOD service Shahid VIP, the world’s leading Arabic streaming platform.

Alongside LIVE event broadcasts, the deal also includes pre- and post-event coverage and a range of shoulder programming, giving millions of viewers in MENA a new level of access to top-tier international boxing while enabling the new generation of elite British boxers to showcase their skills to a region with a rapidly-growing combat sports fanbase.

BOXXER shows 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 four-year deal in 2021.

BOXXER is home to a world-class stable of fighters which includes world champions and Olympic gold medallists, along with the unique BOXXER Series tournament events which bring together Britain’s brightest prospects for one-night, eight-man tournaments.

Commenting on the partnership, BOXXER’s founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership with MBC GROUP and bring our events and fighters to viewers throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Our international growth is very exciting and the innovative Shahid VIP platform is the perfect home for BOXXER in the region.”  

Tareq Al Ibrahim, Director of Content, Shahid VIP: “We’re thrilled to become the home for BOXXER in the MENA region. This partnership is the latest as part of our mission to bring more premium and exclusive sports content and offerings to Shahid VIP’s ever-growing catalogue. BOXXER is a recognisable brand that offers top-tier boxing that we look forward to showcasing to our audiences, plus introducing the sport to future generations as well.”

BOXXER’s next event takes place on July 30 in Bournemouth, headlined by Chris Billam-Smith v Isaac Chamberlain in a highly-competitive cruiserweight clash for the European and Commonwealth championship, which will see the winner firmly within shot of a world title. Also on this stellar card will be the much-anticipated professional debut of Olympic silver medallist and amateur standout, Ben Whittaker; and fellow Olympians Frazer Clarke and Caroline Dubois.

About MBC GROUP

MBC GROUP is the largest and leading  media company in the Middle East & North Africa region that enriches people’s lives through information, interaction and entertainment.

MBC GROUP includes over 17 leading TV channels; MBC STUDIOS which produces the region’s most compelling premium content for cinema, television and on-demand platforms. MBC GROUP also includes two FM radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music) and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music).

Furthermore, part of MBC GROUP is Shahid and its premium subscription-based service Shahid VIP, the world’s leading Arabic streaming platform, home to highly-rated original productions from the Arab world, a wide range of exclusive movies and premieres, as well as the top-watched LIVE Arab TV channels.

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SHIELDS vs MARSHALL – 10th September 2022, The O2 London

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Sat 10 Sep 22, The O2 London

THE MOST ANTICIPATED WOMEN’S FIGHT OF ALL TIME

UNDISPUTED WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE WHEN CLARESSA SHIELDS AND SAVANNAH MARSHALL SQUARE OFF AT THE O2, LONDON ON 10TH SEPTEMBER

It’s finally here – the biggest fight in the history of women’s boxing.

On Saturday, 10th September, the eyes of the world will be on London and The O2 when bitter rivals Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields collide.

The co-main event of this historic card is an unmissable bout, presented in association with Top Rank, which will see WBO and IBF world champion Mikaela Mayer and WBC champion Alycia Baumgardner face off in a unification bout in the 130-pound division.

And also featuring on an action-packed undercard, Team GB heroes Lauren Price, Karriss Artingstall and Caroline Dubois will all look to light up the capital as they take to the ring.

Ten years in the making, the titanic showdown between bitter rivals Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields has drawn global attention and is one of the biggest sporting events of the year.

Legacy and the Undisputed World Middleweight Championship are on the line: defeat is unthinkable, but there can be only one winner.

A decade-long rivalry which began in the amateur ranks and has grown more intense with each passing year will finally be settled in front of tens of thousands of fans in the arena and millions more watching around the world.

This historic event, the biggest in the history of women’s professional boxing, will take the women’s side of the sport to new levels and ranks alongside any of the great championship showdowns in history.