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TICKETS SOLD OUT IN UNDER 48 HOURS FOR CHELLI VS SIMPSON

TICKETS SOLD OUT IN UNDER 48 HOURS FOR CHELLI VS SIMPSON

  • Tickets sold out in under 48 hours for Battle Lines: Zak Chelli vs Callum  Simpson on Saturday, August 3rd at Oakwell Stadium in Barnsley
  • Fans rush to secure seats to witness local star Simpson challenge Chelli for British and Commonwealth Super Middleweight Titles
  • Hospitality packages are still available here, or Barnsley Football club, enquiries via: commercial@barnsleyfc.co.uk
  • Fans who have missed out can join waiting list to be notified of any further ticket releases and/or returns
  • All the action will be available to watch live and exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA

BARNSLEY, UK (June 21, 2024) – Tickets have sold out in under 48 hours for Battle Lines: Zak Chelli vs Callum Simpson on Saturday, August 3rd at Oakwell Stadium, the home of Barnsley F.C.  

Following a priority window for Barnsley F.C season ticket holders and an exclusive BOXXER pre-sale yesterday, the final remaining tickets went on general sale yesterday at 12:00pm. 

As fans rushed to secure their seats to witness local star Callum Simpson challenge Zak Chelli for the British and Commonwealth Super Middleweight Titles, tickets have sold out in record time with just hospitality packages now available and Barnsley Football club, enquiries via: commercial@barnsleyfc.co.uk

Fans who have missed out on purchasing their tickets for a historic night of boxing at Oakwell can join BOXXER’s waiting list to be notified of any further ticket releases and/or returns. 

All the action will also be available to watch live and exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA. 

BOXXER Founder & CEO Ben Shalom said: “The response to this event has been incredible. The sold out East Stand will be rocking as local lad Callum Simpson takes on defending champion Zak Chelli. This shows that Barnsley really do get behind their own. Fans and fighters can expect a red hot atmosphere inside Oakwell on Saturday, August 3rd.”

Barnsley F.C. Chief Executive Jon Flatman said: We knew that the community would get behind Callum and the ticket sales show that this has certainly been the case. We would encourage anyone wanting to come along on 3 August to join the waiting list and I’d personally like to thank all those who have already purchased for their incredible support.”

Battle Lines: Chelli vs Simpson will kick-off the 2024/25 season for Barnsley F.C. with local star Callum Simpson challenging Londoner Zak Chelli for his British and Commonwealth Titles at Oakwell Stadium on Saturday, August 3rd, one week before the new season begins. 

This event is presented in association with official partners bet365, HELL Energy and That Prize Guy. 

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The Opening Round: Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe 2

The Opening Round: Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe 2

Bet £10 on Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe 2 this weekend and get £30 in Free Bets – New Customers only. T&Cs apply.

 

By Mark Mothershaw

This Saturday night will provide the answers to so many questions.

Who has improved more since their first bout five years ago? Is Chris Billam-Smith on the decline, as has been suggested by Richard Riakporhe? And who is British boxing’s current cruiserweight king?

Dependent upon who you speak to, you’ll hear plenty of contrasting opinions ahead of fight night.

Even fellow professionals, trainers and pundits can’t call the outcome. But, at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park, we will all soon receive the clarity we crave.

Make no mistake about it, unlike so many bouts in this day and age, this is a true pick-em’ fight.

There will be many who feel Riakporhe’s undoubted power will come to the fore to help dethrone the current WBO champion, and beat him for a second time, whilst those of a CBS persuasion will take heart from the fact that their man has defied the bookmakers’ odds on so many previous occasions.

Billam-Smith isn’t adverse to being the underdog; in fact, it’s a role he has proven to have relished in the past – just ask Lawrence Okolie!

But then, on that momentous occasion on home soil last summer, he had the backing of a vociferous Bournemouth crowd.

This time around, his feet will be set firmly on enemy territory, and he’s likely to have to dig deeper than ever before to depart South London with his title still in-tow.

The 33-year-old will take to the ring as the 7/4 outsider, with Riakporhe, who let’s not forget has only fought twice in the past two years, installed as the bet365 4/9 pre-fight favourite.

In boxing terms, those odds aren’t dramatically wide, but still, they do represent a clear indication of who is expected to be holding their arms aloft under the bright lights of Selhurst Park late Saturday night.

But, how does bet365’s resident boxing expert Rob Tebbutt envisage the fight playing out this weekend?

“I expect both men to come forward and let their big shots go,” he told bet365’s Sports & Betting News site.

“We all know about Richard Riakporhe’s punching power, but let’s not forget that Chris Billam-Smith sent Lawrence Okolie to the canvas on three occasions as well as stopping Mateusz Masternak inside the distance in his last outing.

“Personally, I really like the play of ‘Fight To Go The Distance – No’ at 11/10 this weekend, given how this bout is likely to play out.

“As I have touched upon, Riakporhe boasts real lights out power in his right hand, and also packs a punch – just as all cruiserweights do – so there’s every chance we see this fight reach its conclusion before the scheduled 12 round distance.

“In terms of the fight itself, and the winner, I have this one down as a real 50/50 scrap, and far closer than the bookmakers have priced it up at, and because of that, I just feel the value is with Chris Billam-Smith at almost 7/4 to successfully defend his world title.”

Billam-Smith v Riakporhe 2 tops the bill in the big smoke on Saturday – an occasion that will also see the return of one of the most hyped boxers on the planet right now, Ben Whittaker.

‘The Surgeon’ will tackle the unbeaten Nigerian Ezra Arenyeka after he famously hijacked Whittaker’s pre-fight press conference earlier this year, demanding an opportunity against the light-heavyweight prospect.

Whittaker subsequently granted him his wish, and many will be expecting the Midlander to serve up his own form of punishment when the pair lock-horns as part of the undercard.

“Ben Whittaker is one of the most highly touted prospects in world boxing right now, and we have seen him going vital for his in-ring antics in recent months, and I am expecting more of the same on Saturday night,” Tebbutt explained in his pre-fight betting preview.

“This will be Whittaker’s first 10-rounder, but I expect the fight to play out in almost identical fashion to how all of his previous professional bouts have to date, with another dominant performance.

“Given the fact that this is being played out over 10 rounds I am anticipating Ben Whittaker taking his time a little bit, and slowly break Ezra Arenyeka down during those middle rounds.

I feel he will take a good look at Arenyeka early on, maybe give fans a bit of showboating before going through the gears and closing the show between rounds five and six, at 7/2, or seven and eight, at 4/1.”

Elsewhere on the stacked BOXXER card, Isaac Chamberlain and Jack Massey will collide with European and Commonwealth cruiserweight honours on the line in the intriguing, and unpredictable, bet365 Wildcard bout.

Like the bout at the top of the bill, this is another keenly contested matchup between two domestic dance partners,” Rob Tebbutt said.

“Isaac Chamberlain has been there, seen it and done it in and around domestic, fringe European level, and we have seen Jack Massey give Joseph Parker a run for his money up at heavyweight last year.

“This is a really tough fight to call, especially with so much on the line for the two men. But I am just leaning towards that battle-hardened experience of Isaac Chamberlain to pull him through the fight.

“We saw him go hell for leather against Chris Billam-Smith two years ago, and we have seen him up at the top levels domestically too. For me, this is a fight that will go the distance, so whilst it may be a short play at 1/3, I do feel that it is a safe play.

“In terms of the fight winner, well as I have said, I will be backing Chamberlain to prevail via decision (6/5) – utilising his experience to see the job through.”

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 the aforementioned fights.

The bet365 Sports & Betting News site houses plenty of pre-fight content, including 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 both Billam-Smith and Riakporhe.

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. 

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HOW TO WATCH GAME ON: BLOCKBUSTER BILLAM-SMITH VS RIAKPORHE EVENT TO AIR IN OVER 150 COUNTRIES GLOBALLY

HOW TO WATCH GAME ON: BLOCKBUSTER BILLAM-SMITH VS RIAKPORHE EVENT TO AIR IN OVER 150 COUNTRIES GLOBALLY

London, England (12 June, 2024) – BOXXER today announced that this Saturday’s blockbuster event in London, headlined by Chris Billam-Smith vs Richard Riakporhe for the WBO Cruiserweight World Championship, will air live in more than 150 countries, delivering another night of world-class boxing to fight fans around the globe.. 

BOXXER’s Game On event will take place at Selhurst Park, the home stadium of Premier League football club Crystal Palace, in south London; and air LIVE and exclusively on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action in the UK & Ireland. US fight fans can watch the action LIVE and exclusively on NBC’s Peacock; and FIGHT SPORTS holds exclusive rights in over 30 countries around the world.

Defending champion Chris ‘The Gentleman’ Billam-Smith and challenger Riakporhe, a diehard fan of Crystal Palace fighting on home turf, will face off in a truly 50/50 contest with genuine bad blood between the pair, who first fought in 2019 at a much earlier stage of their careers, with Riakporhe winning a controversial split decision. 

Since then, both fighters’ careers have progressed significantly – with Billam-Smith (19-1) not losing since and going on to pick up a number of titles before winning the world championship against the previously undefeated Lawrence Okolie last year, in an unforgettable night at The Vitality Stadium, the home of Premier League team AFC Bournemouth.

Riakporhe remains undefeated and has established himself as the most dangerous knockout artist in the division, boasting a 17-0 record with 13 explosive KOs. 

In front of thousands of fans and an electric atmosphere this Saturday, the winner will be able to put the rivalry to bed before targeting major unification fights in the division. 

A stacked undercard includes elite light-heavyweight prospect and viral star Ben Whittaker; Isaac Chamberlain vs Jack Massey in a domestic clash for the European Cruiserweight Championship; light-heavyweight contender Dan Azeez, and more.

BOXXER founder and CEO, Ben Shalom, said: “The main event on Saturday has all the makings for a classic, between two explosive and come-forward fighters, in a 50/50 and career-defining match-up. Our success in securing coverage with tier-one broadcast platforms internationally is testament to both the quality of the show and BOXXER’s growing international footprint. We’re delighted fans around the world will be able to tune in to this blockbuster summer stadium showdown.” 

The full list of broadcast partners for Game On is below:

Sky (United Kingdom, Ireland)

NBC/Peacock (USA)

ESPN (Latin America, Caribbean)

StarTimes (Sub-Saharan Africa)

SABC (South Africa)

Fight Sports (Japan, Fiji/Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Vietnam, France, Nordics, Baltics, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Ex-Yugoslavia, MENA, Albania, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Caribbean, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde)

Canal+ (Poland)

BeTV (Belgium, Luxembourg) 

Saran Sport (Turkey)

SportPlus (Kazakhstan)

AMC (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia)

TrillerTV (Rest of World)

This event is presented in association with official partners bet365, HELL Energy, Integritas Property Group and That Prize Guy. 

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CHAMBERLAIN VS MASSEY CONFIRMED FOR VACANT EUROPEAN & COMMONWEALTH CRUISERWEIGHT TITLES IN BET365 WILDCARD CONTEST AFTER CIESLAK VACATES FOLLOWING INJURY

CHAMBERLAIN VS MASSEY CONFIRMED FOR VACANT EUROPEAN & COMMONWEALTH CRUISERWEIGHT TITLES IN BET365 WILDCARD CONTEST AFTER CIESLAK VACATES FOLLOWING INJURY

  • Isaac Chamberlain will face Jack Massey for the vacant European and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Titles in a bet365 Wildcard contest on Saturday, June 15th at Selhurst Park 
  • Chamberlain was scheduled to face Michal Cieslak for the European Title but the Pole has been forced to withdraw with injury and has vacated his EBU belt 
  • Cruiserweight rivals Chamberlain and Massey will now clash as part of BOXXER’s stacked summer stadium show at the home of Crystal Palace F.C
  • The epic all-British WBO World Cruiserweight Title clash between Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe tops the bill in South London
  • All the action is available to watch live and exclusive on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA

Isaac Chamberlain will now face Jack Massey for the vacant European and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Titles in a bet365 Wildcard contest on Saturday, June 15th at South London’s Selhurst Park stadium, live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA.  

Chamberlain was set to challenge Michal Cieslak for the EBU belt, but the Pole has been forced to withdraw from their scheduled contest due to injury and has chosen to vacate his European title giving Chesire’s Massey a golden opportunity to step in and fight Chamberlain for the vacant strap.

Chamberlain and Massey will now square off as part of a historic night of boxing at Selhurst Park to celebrate the stadium’s centenary year. 

Chamberlain (16-2, 8 KOs) was named mandatory challenger for the European crown following a dominant points victory over London rival Mikael Lawal for the British and Commonwealth Titles at York Hall in October 2023.

Massey (21-2, 12 KOs), the former IBO World Cruiserweight Champion, gets his shot at European glory having stopped Steve Eloundou inside a round last time out at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool in January.

BOXXER CEO and founder Ben Shalom said: “We now have another cruiserweight battle of Britain confirmed for our historic event at Selhurst Park as Isaac Chamberlain and Jack Massey clash for the European and Commonwealth Titles. We’d like to wish Michal Cieslak a speedy recovery. He’s been a great champion and we’re sure he will be back and in more big fights soon. This is a massive fight for both men with huge rewards for the winner and a very big addition to June 15th.”

Fans attending the huge GAME ON! show will be part of history as boxing returns to Selhurst Park in its centenary year. 

The epic Chris Billam-Smith vs Richard Riakporhe clash tops a huge bill in South London and kick-offs a huge summer of world-class sport with a blockbuster night of world championship boxing and celebrations. 

Ben Whittaker faces undefeated rival and press conference crasher Ezra Arenyeka for the WBA Gold Light Heavyweight belt, London Light Heavyweight star Dan Azeez returns to action alongside top bantamweight prospect Francesca Hennessy. 

A percentage of every ticket sold will be donated to the Palace For Life Foundation, the official charity of Crystal Palace F.C, which has been working with the community for over 25 years, helping young people grow through the power of sport, inspiring them to find a better path in life and to lead a healthier life.

Thisevent is presented in association with official partners bet365, Integritas Property Group and HELL Energy. 

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The Opening Round: Jessica McCaskill v Lauren Price

The Opening Round: Jessica McCaskill v Lauren Price

Bet £10 on Jessica McCaskill v Lauren Price and get £30 in Free Bets – New Customers only. T&Cs apply.

Former undisputed queen Jessica McCaskill has understandably been installed as the strong favourite for the vast majority of her professional fights to date.

But in Lauren Price, the American pound-for-pound star will be coming up against a truly generational talent, and somebody who will be hell bent on justifying her 1/5 odds.

The Welsh wonder has made a mockery of any doubters who questioned whether she could make a seamless transition onto the professional scene a couple of years ago.

Regarded as one of Britain’s most esteemed amateur fighters, Price has been there and seen it all, and conquered pretty much everything in her path, culminating in that stunning Gold medal success at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Those who worked with her at such close quarters during her medal-laden amateur career had bore witness to the birth, and nurturing, of a future World Champion.

This weekend, on her Cardiff homecoming, Price has the opportunity to fulfil her lifelong dream.

But don’t be fooled by McCaskill’s somewhat outlandish 7/2 pre-fight hopes because she has proven to be one of the most formidable fighters within the female boxing code.

A two-weight world champion, the Missouri native has unparalleled longevity in the sport and boasts invaluable experience, having shared the ring with the likes of Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron – two British greats that Price is determined to emulate.

McCaskill will step inside the ropes this weekend as the defending WBA, IBO and Ring Magazine welterweight champion, and her intent to head back Stateside with her prized possessions still intact is clear.

However, Price’s lofty ambitions have, to date, been backed up with faultless performances across her six professional bouts to date.

The clear expectancy – given her short odds – is that the 29-year-old will serve-up the goods once more on Saturday night when she steps up in levels to tackle the gritty, determined and durable McCaskill.

But will the fight pan out as many expect?

“This is a fight that I favour Lauren Price prevailing in – I just feel that she will be too technically gifted on the night,” bet365’s resident boxing expert Rob Tebbutt told their Sports & betting News site in the build-up to fight night.

“We saw Sandy Ryan very unfortunate not to beat McCaskill last time out, having to settle for a draw, and I feel there are comparisons in style between her and Price.

“Price, as we all know, is the seasoned Olympian, who, as a southpaw, can box extremely well on the outside, flick her jab and move her feet exceptionally well against an opponent in McCaskill, who boasts a very agricultural style.

“I am expecting Price to not only outbox McCaskill this weekend on the outside, but to also stand and hold her own on the inside as well.

“Do I expect her to stop McCaskill inside the distance? No I don’t, so the play for me is to back the Welsh sensation to capture her first ever world title ‘By Decision or Technical Decision’ at 2/7.

“If you fancy a little bit more bang for your buck however, then the 8/15 on offer for Price to win via a ‘Unanimous Decision’ also looks a solid shout given she has yet to lose a solitary round across her six pro fights to date.”

McCaskill v Price tops the bill in Cardiff this weekend on a night that will also see the return of heavyweight contender Hughie Fury, with the former World Title challenger marking his comeback against Patrick Korte.

Fury, the cousin of heavyweight great Tyson Fury – who is gearing up for next weekend’s colossal Undisputed showdown with Oleksandr Usyk – will be eager to push himself back into the title picture having endured a challenging couple of injury-hit years.

However, he will be after a statement success upon his in-ring return, with the BOOSTED price of 13/8 for a stoppage victory inside the opening two rounds carrying plenty of appeal with bet365 punters.

Elsewhere on the stacked BOXXER card, the unbeaten Welshman Rhys Edwards will square off with Thomas Ward in an enthralling pick em’ bout with the WBA ‘intercontinental’ featherweight title on the line.

Edwards is the 8/15 favourite to extend his winning record to 16-0 against 6/4 shot Ward, who has previously held the British featherweight title, and won 34 of his 36 professional fights.

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 the aforementioned fights.

The bet365 Sports & Betting News site houses plenty of pre-fight content, including 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 both McCaskill and Price.

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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BOXXER SIGNS UP HELL ENERGY AS OFFICIAL ENERGY DRINK PARTNER

BOXXER SIGNS UP HELL ENERGY AS OFFICIAL ENERGY DRINK PARTNER

London, England (7th May 2024)BOXXER and HELL ENERGY, one of the world’s fastest-growing energy drinks brands, are delighted to announce a new major partnership.

HELL ENERGY is one of the fastest growing FMCG brands in the world, as proven by its explosive export expansion and growing global popularity. The energy drink brand was crafted in 2006 and by 2010, it had become the market leader in Hungary. It has become a key player internationally, with an export market of more than 60 countries. In addition to Hungary, among others, it is the market leader in Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus. It has also recently launched in the UK.

HELL ENERGY is a unique player in the energy drink sector, the only one in the world in the beverage sector that is able to claim to have a market-leading, established brand in several countries, its own ultramodern filling factory and aluminium beverage can factory, giving it an unparalleled strategic position globally.  

With A-List celebrity ambassadors and former sponsorship of Williams Racing Formula 1 team, HELL ENERGY has an illustrious history of unique and powerful brand marketing campaigns. Most recently, the brand launched its HELL Boxing Kings concept, an innovative series of boxing competitions taking place across 10 European countries, with winners to be crowned in 4 weight classes and a huge $1 million total prize fund.

 The partnership will see HELL branding positioned across all BOXXER’s pre-promotional activity in the lead-up to its forthcoming events, including press conferences, open workouts and weigh-ins. Extensive in-arena exposure on fight night will include HELL branding on the ring canvas, toblerones, ropes, and branding on venue screens/LED; and mentions by the MC during each live broadcast.

HELL product will be positioned across press conferences and in fighter changing rooms on show night – with exciting experiential brand activations to be announced soon, along with a host of unique social and digital content campaigns featuring key BOXXER talent.

BOXXER shows air LIVE and exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, after the leading UK sports broadcaster signed a four-year deal with BOXXER in 2021. A rapidly-growing international footprint sees BOXXER shows now air on tier-one broadcast platforms in 150+ territories globally, including NBC in the USA and many of HELL’s key markets across Europe.  The next-generation promotion is home to a world-class stable of fighters including Joshua Buatsi, Chris Billam-Smith, Ben Whittaker, Savannah Marshall, Caroline Dubois, Richard Riakporhe, Adam Azim and many more.

 The partnership will commence with BOXXER’s next event this Saturday 11th May in Cardiff, Wales, as Jessica McCaskill (USA) and Lauren Price (UK) clash for the unified WBA, IBO & Ring Magazine Welterweight World Championship. A fascinating match-up sees the highly-experienced, former undisputed world champion McCaskill take on home favourite Price – who has raced to 6-0 as a professional, having won Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European gold as an amateur. In the UK & Ireland, the event will be simulcast on Sky Sports and BBC Wales.

BOXXER’s founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “We’re delighted to welcome HELL ENERGY as BOXXER’s Official Energy Drink Partner. They are a truly global brand and their exciting growth trajectory since 2006 speaks to our own aggressive growth in recent years, and our ambitions in the sport. HELL’s existing footprint in boxing, innovative marketing strategy and emphasis on sustainability, made the alignment clear for all to see from our very first conversations, and we’re looking forward to kicking things off with a huge night in Cardiff.”  

Commenting on the partnership, Adrienne Popovics, Marketing Director at HELL ENERGY, said: “The partnership between BOXXER and ourselves comes at a fantastic time for HELL ENERGY, as we begin to broaden our horizons further and expand our stockists in the UK market. BOXXER’s mission and values align so perfectly with our own, so this partnership feels like a really natural fit, and we’re excited to work closely with them as we expand the reach of our products much further afield.”

To find out more about HELL and their full range of products, visit https://www.hellenergy.com/gb/

And for more detail on the sustainable nature of HELL’s products and operations, see https://www.hellenergy.com/sustainability/en/

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BOXXER AND BETV EXTEND BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP IN BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

BOXXER AND BETV EXTEND BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP IN BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

LONDON, UK (5th April 2024) 

BOXXER is delighted to announce the extension of its media rights partnership with BeTV in Belgium and Luxembourg, allowing fans across the territories to continue watching BOXXER events exclusively on the pay television operator’s platforms. 

BeTV, formerly Canal+ Belgique, was launched in 2004 by Daniel Weekers and is headquartered in Brussels. BeTV’s diverse and premium programming offering includes the very latest and best in world cinema, exclusive series, documentaries, and world-class LIVE sport. LIVE broadcasts of BOXXER shows will air on BeTV’s VOOsport World channels, in the French language. 

BOXXER shows air LIVE and exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, and NBC Sports in the USA; and the promotion is home to a world-class stable of fighters including Joshua Buatsi, Richard Riakporhe, Chris Billam-Smith, Natasha Jonas, Ben Whittaker, Adam Azim, Caroline Dubois, and many more. 

Commenting on the extension, BOXXER Founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “We’re delighted to renew our partnership with BeTV in Belgium and Luxembourg. As our run of shows so far this year has demonstrated, this is set to be our biggest and best year yet at BOXXER, and we’re looking forward to building on our collaboration with BeTV, who are perfectly positioned in the market to showcase our shows and fighters to audiences across the region. The BeTV talent team know the sport inside out and they are a pleasure to work with.” 

Chistian Loiseau, Director at BeTV said: “BeTV is delighted to continue its collaboration with BOXXER, enabling us to offer our subscribers the best in premium boxing events throughout the year. The quality of the programs we broadcast is our priority towards our subscribers, and BOXXER is a major partner in the achievement of this objective. We look forward to continuing our partnership with them.”

BOXXER’s next show will take place on 11th May in Cardiff, Wales, as Jessica McCaskill (USA) and Lauren Price (UK) clash for the unified WBA, IBO & Ring Magazine Welterweight World Championship. A fascinating match-up sees the highly-experienced, former undisputed world champion McCaskill take on home favourite Price – who has raced to 6-0 as a professional, having won Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European gold as an amateur. 

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LAUREN PRICE MBE’S WORLD TITLE FIGHT FREE AND AVAILABLE TO ALL IN WALES FOLLOWING RIGHTS DEAL BETWEEN BOXXER, SKY SPORTS AND BBC WALES

LAUREN PRICE MBE’S WORLD TITLE FIGHT FREE AND AVAILABLE TO ALL IN WALES FOLLOWING RIGHTS DEAL BETWEEN BOXXER, SKY SPORTS AND BBC WALES

  • Lauren Price MBE’s World Title fight against American champion Jessica McCaskill will be free and available to all in Wales following rights deal between BOXXER, Sky Sports and BBC Wales
  • Price challenges McCaskill for the WBA, IBO and Ring Magazine World Welterweight Titles as part of a huge night of boxing in the Welsh capital on Saturday, May 11th at the Utilita Arena Cardiff
  • Viewers in Wales will be able to watch all the action live and free-to-air on BBC Wales as part of a simulcast agreement with Sky Sports, who will broadcast the event live throughout the UK and Ireland

CARDIFF, UK (April 4, 2024) – Lauren Price MBE’s World Welterweight Title fight against Jessica McCaskill will be free and available to all viewers in Wales following a rights deal between BOXXER, Sky Sports and BBC Wales.

Price challenges American champion McCaskill for the WBA, IBO and Ring Magazine World Welterweight Titles on Saturday, May 11th at the Utilita Arena Cardiff as part of a huge night of boxing in the Welsh capital.

Viewers in Wales will now be able to watch all the action live and free-to-air on BBC Wales as part of a simulcast agreement with Sky Sports, the UK’s biggest live sport platform, who will be broadcasting throughout the UK and Ireland.

History maker Price, the first Welsh boxer to win Olympic gold, has the chance to write her name in the record books again by becoming the country’s first female world champion.

The 29-year-old from Ystrad Mynach is yet to lose a round in the professional ranks but will face her toughest career test when she attempts to dethrone current welterweight ruler McCaskill.

McCaskill is a two-weight world champion, who unified the WBA and WBC World Super Lightweight Titles before moving up in weight to end Cecilia Brækhus’ decade long reign at the top of the welterweight division.

Lauren Price MBE said: “I think it’s incredible to have the support and backing of BBC Wales and Sky Sports together. When I boxed over in Tokyo for the Olympic Games, the pinnacle of my amateur career, it was covered by BBC, now at the pinnacle of my professional career, they’ll be covering my world title fight too, which is brilliant. I’d like to just say a huge thank you to BOXXER, Sky Sports and BBC Wales for coming together and backing me during my journey to become world champion.”

Carolyn Hitt, BBC Wales’ Head of Sport said: “Wales has a long and proud boxing history and Lauren is already an icon, achieving every accolade – including Olympic gold – as an amateur. Now as a professional, she can hopefully make history again in Cardiff in May. We are extremely proud to be able to bring viewers in Wales the opportunity to witness this huge fight free-to-air, in partnership with BOXXER and Sky Sports.”

 

Ben Shalom, Founder and CEO of BOXXER, said: “We’re delighted that together with Sky Sports we are able to partner with BBC Wales for this historic event. Lauren Price is already a star in the sport and one of the most talented and decorated athletes Wales has ever produced. At BOXXER we are committed to growing boxing to new audiences and making it more accessible. We’re excited that everyone in Wales will now have the opportunity to watch Lauren’s crowning moment.” 

Rob Selmes, Sky Sports Director of Rights, said: “Sky Sports are committed to bringing the biggest sporting moments to sports fans and understand the connection that people feel towards their homegrown talent. That’s why we’re pleased to join forces with BOXXER and BBC Wales to make sure that people in Wales can get behind Lauren Price MBE in her landmark World Title fight against Jessica McCaskill and witness potential history in the making for their local girl.”

Lauren Price MBE challenges Jesica McCaskill for the WBA, IBO and Ring Magazine World Welterweight Titles on Saturday, May 11th at the Utilita Arena Cardiff. All the action is available to watch live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, and live and free-to-air on BBC Wales in Wales.

This event is presented in association with official partners bet365, Everlast and Integritas Property Group.

 

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WARDLEY AND CLARKE’S EPIC HEAVYWEIGHT CLASH ATTRACTS MASSIVE TELEVISION AUDIENCE ON SKY SPORTS

WARDLEY AND CLARKE’S EPIC HEAVYWEIGHT CLASH ATTRACTS MASSIVE TELEVISION AUDIENCE ON SKY SPORTS

LONDON, UK (April 2, 2024) – Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke’s epic heavyweight clash recorded a massive television audience on Sky Sports this Easter Sunday making it one of the platform’s highest rating boxing events in the past decade.   

Billed as ‘Bad Blood’, the unbeaten heavyweight rivals could not be separated on the night as they put everything on the line in a thrilling twelve round contest that is already being described as one of the greatest British heavyweight fights of all time.

The BOXXER promoted event, live from London’s O2 Arena, attracted a peak audience of 746,000 for the main event with an average audience of 438,000 tuning in across the four hour broadcast and a reach of over 1.7million. 

These impressive figures make Wardley and Clarke’s battle for the British and Commonwealth Titles the fifth most watched boxing event on Sky Sports in the last 10 years behind only Eubank-Williams, Shields-Marshall, Khan-Vargas and Taylor-Catterall, and the biggest audience for a heavyweight fight. 

Fans were treated to first-class shoulder programming from Sky Sports in the build up to the event including a tense face-off hosted by Johnny Nelson in ‘The Gloves Are Off’ and a look behind the scenes into each fighters’ training camp in ‘Behind The Ropes’. 

Adding to the excitement on the night, a stacked undercard featured a series of mouth-watering clashes that saw Chris Kongo overcome welterweight rival Florian Marku, Viddal Riley retain his English Cruiserweight Title against Mikael Lawal, Ben Whittaker drop and dominate Leon Wilings, Callum Simspon score a showreel knockout win over Dulla Mbabe, and Alen Babic stop Steve Robinson

Ben Shalom, BOXXER Founder and CEO, said: “What we witnessed on Sunday was one of the greatest British heavyweight fights of all time. At BOXXER we are committed to growing the sport to new audiences and giving our fighters the biggest possible platform to perform. The numbers are incredible. It shows the huge potential and appetite for boxing in the UK and Ireland. We’ve had an amazing start to the year and we look forward to delivering more massive nights with unmissable action in 2024.”

Rob Selmes, Sky Sports Director of Rights, said: “It was great to see such a thrilling fight for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, immense bravery from both fighters and huge numbers tuning in to watch. A compelling card was part of a fantastic weekend of live sport on Sky Sports, with millions of sports fans enjoying our coverage and being taken closer to all the action.”

Having already delivered a series of spectacular events in 2024  including Jonas-Mayer, Buatsi-Azeez and Wardley-Clarke, the BOXXER and Sky Sports schedule continues on Saturday, May 11th with Lauren Price challenging Jessica McCaskill for Welterweight World Titles in Cardiff

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The Opening Round: Fabio Wardley v Frazer Clarke

The Opening Round: Fabio Wardley v Frazer Clarke

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Ipswich’s Fabio Wardley will defend his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against countryman Frazer Clarke in a blockbuster ‘Bad Blood’ showdown at London’s O2 Arena on Easter Sunday.

A domestic dust-up long in the making, the unbeaten Wardley and Clarke appear primed to face the biggest test of their respective professional careers in front of a bumper crowd in the capital.

Wardley acquired the British heavyweight strap after knocking out Nathan Gorman in the third round of their Wembley Arena bout back in November 2022, and has since defended the belt on two occasions, including a clinical TKO victory over fellow compatriot David Adeleye in the Saudi Kingdom in October.

Rising through the ranks of white-collar boxing, 29-year-old Wardley continues to improve as a professional and boasts an intimidating record of 16 knockouts from his 17 bouts to date.

In Clarke, Wardley will face a boxer with an admirable amateur record with ‘Big Fraze’ having claimed gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia before picking up a bronze medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 32-year-old is yet to be seriously tested as a professional, however, disposing of all of his eight challengers with relative ease, stopping six of those well inside the scheduled distance.  

Their contrasting boxing backgrounds is just one factor which makes this such an enthralling match-up, with both men adamant they are the superior fighter in the entertaining lead-up to this headline bout.

The reigning champion Wardley enters the fight as the 4/9 favourite, with Clarke a dangerous underdog at a price of 7/4.

Whichever way this contest goes, there’s bound to be fireworks.

bet365’s boxing expert Rob Tebbutt has had his say on this mouth-watering British heavyweight title fight…

“This is a terrific fight and one that’s been talked about for a long time now. The rivalry has been building, slowly but surely, and finally Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke will settle their differences on Easter Sunday,” he told bet365’s Sports & Betting News site.

“In Wardley we have someone who is more experienced as a professional and he’s 17-0 with 16 knockouts, whereas Clarke is only 8-0. The professional experience does lie with Wardley but you cannot discount the sizeable amateur pedigree of Clarke.

“So where does the money go this weekend? I do feel this fight will end inside the distance, I cannot see it going to the final bell.

“It’s going to be down to whether Wardley’s explosive punching power early in the fight is enough to stop Clarke from settling into that rhythm behind the jab. You have to remember that Clarke is the more schooled boxer, the more fundamentally sound of the two but the punching power does lie with Wardley.

“This is a fight with a lot of intangibles; there will be a lot of questions asked and answered. It is a 50/50 fight, and I’ve been seesawing from one side to the other since the bout was announced.

“But for me, Clarke being 7/4 to win the fight is the value play and it’s my pick for this weekend’s contest.”

Wardley v Clarke is the headline fight of what is a stacked BOXXER card which also includes an intriguing grudge match in the welterweight division between Albanian Florian Marku (8/11) and Britain’s Chris Kongo (11/10).

Another fight which has been long anticipated, Tebbutt is backing London-born Kongo to pull off an upset in an entertaining contest.

“I do like the slight underdog in this bout and I do fancy Kongo to just be a little too slick and well-schooled for Marku, keeping him on the end of the jab for as long as he possibly can.

“I like the well-schooled, fundamental boxing skills of Kongo to emerge victorious by Decision, which you can get at 9/4 on Sunday.”

Easter Sunday’s BOXXER offering will also showcase a special bet365 wildcard fight as Tottenham’s Viddal Riley defends his English title against former British champion Mikael Lawal.

Already a bona-fide social media star, the unbeaten Riley’s credentials in professional boxing will come firmly under the microscope when he takes on a very capable opponent in the form of fellow Londoner Lawal.

“Riley has a massive profile and is a big talent as a well-schooled amateur, but this very much does represent his first tough test as a professional fighter,” said bet365’s boxing expert Tebbutt.

“Lawal did pick up the British title against David Jamieson, but he relinquished it shortly thereafter against Isaac Chamberlain, pretty much losing every round in the process.

“I do like the youth, freshness and skillset of Riley over Lawal, but I don’t see a stoppage coming in this fight, with my preference for Riley to win this bout by Decision, which is priced up at 6/5.”

bet365 are also offering Bet Boosts across all of Sunday 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 the aforementioned fights.

The bet365 Sports & Betting News site houses plenty of pre-fight content, including 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 both Wardley and Clarke.

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 James Wilson

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