London ace ‘2 Slick’ targets return to World 147 pound scene this year

London, England – (January 3, 2022) Former WBO Global Welterweight Champion Chris ‘2 Slick’ Kongo kicks off 2022 with a bang announcing that he has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with BOXXER and aims to get back into World title contention this year.

The Bermondsey star is thrilled to join the burgeoning BOXXER stable and is now under new trainer Ben Davison, who also guides Undisputed World Super-Lightweight Champion Josh Taylor amongst many others talents, as he plots a big year ahead.

All-action Kongo (12-1, 7 KO’s), who is managed and guided by Dillian Whyte, joins BOXXER alongside another new exciting signing today, London heavyweight Jeamie TKV, who will also be trained by Davison.

For Kongo, he’s just raring to get back into the ring and is looking forward to having his fights broadcast on Sky Sports.  He said, “It’s great to have teamed up with BOXXER by signing a new promotional deal with them as they’re doing amazing things and to be back on a fantastic TV platform like Sky Sports,”

“I have a new promoter to push me and get me to where I want to be at world level and to challenge for a world title and of course a new trainer in Ben who will ensure that I get back to the top,”

“I really can’t wait to get back in the ring now.  The important thing for me this year is to get back to fighting, keep active and climb back up the world rankings.”

BOXXER CEO and Founder Ben Shalom said, “As one of the first signings to BOXXER in 2022, we welcome Chris Kongo to the team and look forward to working with him this year.  It’s a big year for him where we’ll work hard to return him to the world class mix and push on from there.  The domestic and world 147 pound division is full of quality fighters and champions. Kongo can really get himself back on the scene with some good victories this year and into the top ten World rankings.”

A former Team GB member with over 70 victories in the amateurs, Kongo turned pro in August 2016 with a first round KO over Jason Nesbitt and quickly rose through the ranks to challenge for his first title against Luther Clay in August 2020.  A head-turning ninth round stoppage of Clay from a punishing left hook delivered Kongo the WBO Global belt and a world ranking.

However, then out of action until March 2021, Kongo suffered a setback when he lost the title on points to the awkward Michael McKinson in his first defence but is ready and hungry to regain his world title contention position.  

He said, “There will be a time he will have to come back and see me.  There was nothing in the fight, if I had the chance again I’d beat him. I only had one fight in nearly two years when I fought McKinson, he was still active and had the experience.”

Setback and hardship isn’t new to Kongo.  As a 16 year old growing up in Bermondsey he was involved in gang culture and was stabbed.  It was a turning point for Kongo and he turned his back on that life and focused on his boxing career and he now wants to inspire and encourage other youngsters who are in that position now.

He added, “It made me think what I wanted to do with my life and where I was going and boxing was what I definitely wanted to do.  With the life I was leading it could have gone one way or the other.  I’m so grateful to have chosen the right path and I know what I achieve through boxing.  This year I want to go back into the community and show kids that they can get out and achieve great things with their lives.  If I can do it, so can they.”

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BOXXER and bet365 Announce Official Betting Partnership for Khan vs. Brook

BOXXER and bet365 Announce Official Betting Partnership for Khan vs. Brook

LONDON, UK (16 December 2021) 

BOXXER is delighted to announce bet365 as the Official Betting Partner of Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook on February 19th 2022, airing LIVE and exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK & Ireland. 

Khan and Brook will face off in a blockbuster pay-per-view event that has been years in the making, in one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in world boxing. The iconic AO Arena in Manchester will play host to the most significant all-British clash in recent history and the biggest fight of the year, as two stars of the sport and former world champions go head-to-head on the greatest stage. A stacked undercard to support the 50/50 main event – tickets for which sold out in a matter of minutes – is set to be announced soon. 

Since the company’s inception in 2000 by Denise Coates CBE, bet365 has become a global operation offering an unparalleled online betting experience to more than 63 million customers in more than 20 languages. 

bet365 is renowned for its innovation of award-winning and industry-leading betting products, having pioneered In-Play betting as it continues to break new ground in software innovation. This includes live streaming of 600,000 events per year on its digital platforms and is complemented by its offerings in Casino, Poker, Games, and Bingo.

As part of the partnership, bet365 branding will appear prominently across all pre-promotional activity, including press conferences, open workouts and weigh-ins; culminating in extensive in-arena exposure on February 19th, with 360-degree branding across the ring corners, ropes and toblerones; and the venue’s screens, banners and boards. 

As BOXXER’s Official Betting Partner, bet365’s odds will be promoted on BOXXER’s platforms in the build-up to fight night, with in-play optimisations exclusive to BOXXER. bet365 will feature across BOXXER’s social content, including logo integration into digital content series, association with BOXXER’s performance prizes and exclusive content capture with talent. 

Commenting on the partnership, BOXXER’s founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “We’ve been working with bet365 since our launch with Sky Sports in October, and we’re delighted to be taking our partnership to the biggest event in British boxing. They are leaders in their space and we’re looking forward to an iconic night together.”

A spokesperson at bet365 said: “What a start to 2022 for bet365 and BOXXER! First we have Eubank Jr vs. Williams in Cardiff on January 29th and then comes Judgement Day on February 19th. We are thrilled that the extension to our current partnership with BOXXER will launch with the most anticipated grudge match in recent boxing history, Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook. The eyes of the boxing world will be fixed upon Manchester and we’re delighted that the bet365 brand will sit proudly beside our partners at BOXXER.”

Download the bet365 app here, for the latest odds on BOXXER’s events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unprecedented Rush For Tickets Writes Khan vs Brook Into History 

Two Months Before The Fighters Will Enter The Ring

The Biggest Domestic Clash In British Boxing Today 

Will Air Live And Exclusively On Sky Box Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Amir Khan vs Kell Brook to headline Manchester AO Arena on Saturday, February 19

Amir Khan vs Kell Brook to headline Manchester AO Arena on Saturday, February 19

The decade-long rivalry between Amir Khan and Kell Brook will come to an explosive conclusion in the new year when the two welterweights headline a BOXXER event at Manchester AO Arena on Saturday, February 19.

Following years of heated exchanges between the two, thousands of fans will pack the arena and the eyes of the world will be on both boxers when they enter the ring for a legacy-defining showdown to finally settle their issue.

Tickets for this landmark moment in British boxing will first be made available to fans via an exclusive priority pre-sale.

To register for the pre-sale and get first access to tickets, click here

“Khan and Brook are icons of the sport in Britain and this will be an iconic encounter. Their rivalry has simmered for years, they are still by far the best welterweights in the country and this is the biggest fight in British boxing right now outside of Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury. We’re delighted to be able to deliver this legacy-defining clash,” said Ben Shalom, BOXXER’s founder and CEO.

Tickets for BOXXER: KHAN vs BROOK are expected to sell out quickly – fans hoping to attend the arena event are advised to register for the pre-sale to ensure first access to tickets and avoid disappointment.


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Sky Sports Boxing New Year Begins With Blockbuster All-British Battle Between Bitter Middleweight Rivals


All Purchased Tickets Remain Valid For Rescheduled Date, Sold-Out Arena Awaits Spectacular Showdown


Cardiff, Wales – (Friday, November 26) – The highly-anticipated domestic clash between Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams has been rescheduled to Saturday 29th January at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, kicking off a huge year of live boxing on Sky Sports.


Originally scheduled for December 11, the bout – presented by BOXXER and Sky Sports Boxing, in association with Wasserman Boxing – moves to the new year as a result of Williams suffering a recurrence of the shoulder injury sustained during his world title fight against Demetrius Andrade in April.


Following a series of scans and consultations with medical experts, Williams has been advised that the flare-up can be treated without surgery and that the bout can take place at the end of January.


Tensions between the two rivals were already running high, following years of heated invective around their mutual claim to being the #1 middleweight in the UK. The added build-up time is expected to take those tensions to new heights and set the stage for an explosive showdown in the Welsh capital.


“We were absolutely gutted to hear of Liam’s injury and so we are equally delighted to get this fight back on, in a matter of weeks, to ensure Liam’s 100% fitness. The bitterness and mind-games towards each other has only intensified during this period, and by the time they get into the ring it will be at boiling point. I’m glad the fans will get the chance to see the fight that they desperately wanted,”

said Ben Shalom, Founder and CEO, BOXXER.


“This was going to be the biggest domestic fight of 2021. Now it’s going to be the biggest domestic fight of 2022 and it’s starting the Sky Sports Boxing new year with a bang. It’s a great card from top to bottom and we can’t wait to feel the atmosphere in the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on fight night. It’s going to be electric.”


“We’ve got to wait a few more weeks for Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams, an unexpected twist in a heated rivalry which has just become even more intense. There was real tension as Eubank and Williams filmed ‘The Gloves Are Off’ in Sky Studios recently, so you can expect a classic British battle when they finally share the ring,” said Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports.


“We’re planning a blockbuster schedule which will be stronger than ever at the start of 2022, with Josh Taylor also defending his undisputed world titles in February – and there are more exciting announcements to come very soon!”


Kalle Sauerland, Head of Global Boxing at Wasserman remarked, “We were obviously disappointed to hear of Liam Williams’ injury but thankfully we will only have to wait a few more weeks to witness this blockbuster clash. Chris Eubank Jr vs. Liam Williams is the biggest fight in British boxing right now.


” There is genuine bad blood between them, and their rivalry is only going to intensify as we get closer to fight night. This is the match up everyone has been waiting to see. The atmosphere in Cardiff is going to be incredible when these two warriors finally meet in the centre of the ring to settle their differences.”


*Tickets purchased that have the original fight date of 11 December 2021 will be still be valid for the rescheduled date of 29 January 2022. For a full refund please go to your original point of purchase.*


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‘Miss GB’ Brings Veteran Olympian Presence To A Card Stacked With New Generation Of Future British Boxing Greats

Fellow Olympian Caroline Dubois Forced To Withdraw Due To Illness; Professional Debut Will Be Rescheduled For Future BOXXER Card


London, England (November 17, 2021) Former Team GB member Natasha ‘Miss GB’ Jonas (9-2, 7 KO’s) will make her BOXXER debut at SSE Arena, Wembley, London this coming Saturday, November 20.

Jonas, who made history as the first female boxer to represent Britain at an Olympic Games, was recently announced last week as the newest addition to BOXER’s world-class stable of female fighters alongside such standouts as Savannah Marshall, Claressa Shields and Ebonie Jones.

Olympic heroine Caroline Dubois had also been due to appear on this Saturday’s card and had been the subject of huge media interest ahead of what would have been her professional debut. She has been forced to withdraw due to illness and will be rescheduled to a future BOXXER event.

Jonas, the former WBA International Super-Featherweight Champion, is looking to go on a world title run in 2022 as she prepares for her own debut under the BOXXER banner on Saturday. Her opponent will be announced at a press conference taking place at BoxPark Wembley tomorrow. 

Jonas has been a pioneer in women’s boxing since her first steps onto the amateur circuit. Originally set to be a professional football player, Jonas switched to boxing when she sustained a knee injury while studying at a US university on a football scholarship and quickly proved her potential.

Her amateur career saw her win five national ABA championships and make history twice, first as the first-ever female boxer to compete for Team GB and then, three years later, as the first female boxer to represent Britain at an Olympic Games when she boxed at the 2012 Olympics.

During that Olympics, Jonas progressed to the quarter-finals with ease before running into Irish standout Katie Taylor – the eventual gold medallist – and losing a points decision, sparking a rivalry which continues to this day. 

Jonas’ ferocious fighting style and 77% stoppage rate made her a firm fan favourite in the professional ranks, where she has twice challenged for world titles. In 2020 she was denied victory over WBC and IBO champion Terri Harper by way of a controversial draw decision and earlier this year she took undisputed world lightweight champion Taylor the distance. 

“I want to be challenging for world titles next year and next weekend’s fight is the first step on that journey. I’m really happy to be signed to BOXXER and Sky Sports and make my first appearance so quickly. The best is yet to come!” said Jonas.

Ben Shalom, BOXXER Founder and CEO, said “Natasha Jonas has made a significant impact for women’s boxing in this country and has achieved such huge things for her sport, her city and her country. We are very proud to announce this signing here in Liverpool today and we look forward to working together to make her list of achievements even longer.”

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High Profile UK Middleweights Promise Instant Classic When They Enter The Ring For British Boxing’s Biggest Fight Of The Year

Long-Awaited Showdown Headlines BOXXER Fight Night: Cardiff In Association With Wasserman Boxing At Motorpoint Arena, Airs Live And Exclusively To Sky Sports Subscribers

Boxxer Card Also Features UK Debut Of Two-Time Olympic Gold Medallist Claressa ‘GWOAT’ Shields in world title defence

Cardiff, Wales (November 11, 2021) The long-running rivalry between Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams will be settled in explosive fashion on Saturday, December 11 in a highly-anticipated showdown promoted by BOXXER and Wasserman Boxing at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, live and exclusive on Sky Sports.

Eubank (31-2, 23 KO’s) and Williams (23-3, 18 KO’s) both lay claim to being the #1 middleweight in the UK and have traded verbal jabs numerous times in recent years. Now Eubank is taking the fight to Williams’ doorstep as he heads to the Welsh capital city of Cardiff to face the Welshman on home soil. 

With both fighters known for having all-action styles and a proven pedigree for finishing fights inside the distance, their December 11 meeting promises to be one of the most electrifying British boxing contests of the year in a fiery England-Wales showdown.

“Liam Williams has been saying a lot to try to catch my attention and bait me into fighting him,” said Eubank Jr. “It’s now got to the point where everyone is asking me to shut him up, and on December 11, I’m going to give the people what they want. 

“As I’ve said, I’m only involved in big fights from now on and this is the fight people want to see. They want to see if Williams can back up what he’s been saying – which he won’t. I’m on a mission towards World Titles and Liam Williams is someone I’ve got to go through to get there. I’m looking forward to shutting him up.”

Williams said, “I’m very excited to get the fight made. It’s been coming for a long time. I can’t wait to shut his mouth once and for all. There’s nothing like a big domestic showdown to get the juices flowing. A lot of people have been calling for this fight for a long time. I personally think it’s the biggest all-British fight outside of AJ and Fury. 

“I’m really excited and just counting down the days. I’ve not been that impressed with Chris’ recent performances. People are talking about how he’s brought Roy Jones in to improve him but if I’m being totally honest I don’t think he’s improved one bit. A win in this fight and possibly even a stoppage over Eubank and my name is going to be well and truly out there and in the mix for world titles.”

“This fight has everything and has been what all the fans have been asking for. It’s an amazing way to end the year for Boxxer on Sky Sports and bringing this type of fight as part of a normal Sky Sports subscription is a very proud moment,” said Ben Shalom, BOXXER founder and CEO

“They genuinely dislike each other, they both come forward non-stop and Eubank is heading into the dragon’s den to settle their issue on Williams’ home soil. I’ll be amazed if this doesn’t turn out to be British boxing’s fight of the year. A stacked card will sit underneath – Cardiff is in for a very special night.

“We’re also extremely excited to have concluded a multi-fight deal with Claressa Shields and her promoter Dmitriy Salita. She’s widely considered the most feared female in boxing and British fans will have their first chance to see her in action live on December 11 as she takes on the dangerous and undefeated Ema Kozin in a unified world title fight.”

Adam Smith, Sky Sports Head of Boxing Development, remarked, “We’re delighted to deliver a pre-Christmas cracker as Chris Eubank Jr collides with Liam Williams in a huge British battle on December 11, live on Sky Sports.

“Chris Eubank Jr’s world title ambitions will be severely tested by Williams, the fiery Welshman, who dragged WBO champion Demetrius Andrade into a punishing dogfight earlier this year.

“With their heated feud ready to boil over, Williams will relish the chance to inflict a crushing defeat. Is Eubank Jr ready for the biggest names in the world? We’ll soon find out as Sky Sports serves up a festive treat!”

“This is the fight that everyone has been talking about,” said Wasserman Boxing promoter Kalle Sauerland. “The public demand has been overwhelming. On December 11, Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams are finally going to meet in the centre of the ring to settle their differences once and for all. This is without a doubt the biggest fight in British boxing right now.”

The Wasserman Boxing-promoted Eubank fought in Newcastle last month, stopping German challenger Wanik Awdijan with a body shot in the fifth round of their contest. It was Eubank’s second fight and win of the year, following his dominant win over Marcus Morrison in May.

Williams last fought in April this year, when he rode a seven-fight streak of stoppage wins into a world title challenge against WBO Middleweight Champion Demetrius Andrade in Florida. Williams brought the fight to the undefeated defending champion and forced Andrade to dig deep to retain his title by way of judges’ decision.

Also confirmed for the December 11 card is two-time Olympic gold medallist Claressa Shields, making her first appearance in the BOXXER ring as part of a seven-figure deal struck between BOXXER, Sky Sports and her management at Salita Promotions.

Shields will be defending her WBAWBCIBF, and The Ring World Middleweight Championships against undefeated WBF World Middleweight Champion Ema Kozin (21-0-1, 11 KO’s), with the 22-year-old Slovenian, who has stopped three of her last five opponents, making a third defence of her own world championship.

WBO Women’s World Middleweight Champion Savannah “The Silent Assassin” Marshall will next compete on BOXXER’s first card of the new year, scheduled for February 2022, as she rehabilitates a hand injury sustained in her second-round stoppage of the previously undefeated Lolita Muzeya last month.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public tomorrow, Friday November 12 and the two fighters will be present at a press conference in London next week, with details of the conference date and time to be announced shortly.


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London, England(November 9, 2021) – Cruiserweight prospect Viddal Riley (4-0, 2 KO’s) has signed an exclusive long-term promotional agreement with BOXXER and Sky Sports Boxing.

A former Team GB member who represented Britain at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics and still undefeated as a professional, Riley has an enormous following thanks to his second career as a digital content producer and social media influencer.  

Between his YouTube, Twitter and Instagram channels, over two million fans have followed Riley’s journey from amateur standout to professional prospect and will now watch him take his career to the next level on Sky Sports.

Riley started boxing at the age of 6 and went 41-8 with 19 wins by KO during an amateur career which featured a European Junior Silver Medal and a win over Daniel Dubois as well as the 2014 Youth Olympics appearance. 

He is also known as the trainer of YouTube sensation and super-influencer KSI, having trained him for both of his bouts with Logan Paul as well as his showdown with domestic rival Joe Weller. 

“Been a long time people, but I’m back! Pleased to announce that I’ve inked a deal with BOXXER to fight exclusively on Sky Sports. Can’t wait to lace up my gloves – stay tuned for updates!” said Riley today. 

“We’re extremely excited to announce the signing of one of the most highly-rated  prospects in British boxing and we are looking forward to being part of his incredible journey,” said Ben Shalom, founder and CEO, BOXXER. 

“The sky’s the limit for Viddal – he has a huge following, an infectious personality and, most importantly, the ability to go to the top of the sport.” 

“Viddal Riley is another hugely exciting addition to the growing BOXXER stable – and we cannot wait to see him back in action, live on Sky Sports,” said Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports.

“We’ve recently welcomed Viddal onto the Sky Sports team in his new role as a social media presenter as we continue our dynamic new generation of boxing events. Now it’s time for Viddal to resume his unbeaten boxing career and we cannot wait to follow that enthralling journey on Sky Sports.”

News of Riley’s debut under the BOXXER banner will be announced in the near future and will be a personal landmark for the rising star, being his first time fighting professionally in his home country. Riley’s professional bouts to date have taken place in the USA, Dubai and Mexico.

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Undefeated Gibbs Wins Three Fights In One Night, Secures Tournament Victory And Grand Prize Live On Sky Sports

Liverpool, England (November 6, 2021) – Cori Gibbs entered the BOXXER Series Liverpool: Super-Lightweight Tournament as the only undefeated fighter in the line-up. 

Three fights and three wins later, he retained that undefeated status and left the ring with an enhanced reputation and a large winner’s cheque after besting Tom Farrell (20-5, 5 KO’s), Lee Appleyard (18-7-1, 5 KO’s) and Sean Dodd (17-6-1, 3 KO’s) in back-to-back fights, live on Sky Sports.

“I was confident going into it but it’s a different feeling to win it. I pulled it off and I’m just happy,” beamed an ecstatic Gibbs – now 16-0, 3 KO’s – after winning the hard-fought tournament final match against Farrell. 

Gibbs’ journey started with a quarter-final win over former Commonwealth lightweight champion Dodd. Fighting in his home city, Dodd had the crowd behind him and the career pedigree to make him, on paper, the toughest possible opponent for anyone’s first fight of the tournament.

It was a close fight in which both boxers showed their quality, putting on probably the most technical match of the tournament. Gibbs outfoxed Dodd early but was put in trouble later in the fight but ultimately did enough to get the nod from the judges. 

In the semi-final he played matador with Appleyard, avoiding damage from the heavy-handed Yorkshireman while racking up points of his own, before meeting Farrell in the tournament’s grand final for an epic showdown which did justice to both boxers and the sense of occasion.

Starting in southpaw stances and switch-hitting at will throughout the fight, the pair showcased their boxing intellects as well as their physical prowess. Feints, distractions and switch-hitting alternated with furiously intense exchanges throughout. 

Gibbs had the better of it early but Farrell came back strongly at the end of the first round. By the second his face was a mask of blood, testament to the warrior spirit which had him battling ferociously until the end. 

Both fighters raised their arms in victory when the final bell sounded, but the decision went to the still-undefeated Gibbs. 

Prior to the final, Farrell had faced Kane Gardner (12-2, 6 KO’s), who put the pressure on his opponent early and soon opened up some cuts which ran freely in the colour of the Liverpool man’s home city. 

Manchester man Gardner led the attack but Farrell scored well with counters and it looked like the judges would be in for another tough decision until Farrell landed a beautiful left cross counter from his southpaw stance in the middle of the third round. 

The blow put Gardner down. He easily beat the referee’s count but then had a frantic final minute as he fought moving backwards to clear his head while Farrell went looking for a finish. He didn’t find it, but he did secure a win on the scorecards.

Farrell’s earlier encounter with Ben Fields (10-11, 2 KO’s) in the second quarter-final match of the evening was a classic example of boxer versus brawler. Farrell stayed on the back foot for most of the fight, boxing clever and picking his shots as Fields came forward relentlessly. 

With an unorthodox style, what Fields lacks in finesse he makes up for in aggression. Powerful shots were coming at Farrell from all sides throughout the contest, with him finding gaps to land counters in return. 

The fight was close – although Fields was perhaps lucky not to be docked a point after frequent warnings for clinching and for punches to the back of the head – but the split-decision in Farrell’s favour was all he needed to send him forward to the semi-finals.

Regional rivals Appleyard and Levi Kinsiona (8-2, 1 KO) had exchanged words in the run-up to their quarter-final match, the two Yorkshire boxers knowing each other well from the sparring circuit in their home county and looking to secure bragging rights for their respective hometowns of Rotheram and Sheffield. 

“You will be light work!” Kinsiona told Appleyard at the weigh-ins, in what turned out to be a highly inaccurate prediction.

When Appleyard landed some big shots early in the first round, Kinsiona’s vision of an easy three rounds was shattered. Having entered the ring intent on boxing his way to a clear win and taking minimal damage along the way, he was forced instead to get in the trenches. 

Advantage passed back and forth throughout the contest, with one seemingly on the verge of scoring a decisive fight-ending blow only to suddenly eat a huge counter and be forced to defend as his opponent rallied back into control. 

After three furious rounds, Appleyard’s success in forcing Kinsionia out of his gameplan were rewarded with a split-decision victory and passage to the semi-finals. 

Gardner and Nathan Bennett (9-3, 2 KO’s) set the tone when they entered the ring for the first bout of the evening, the two long-time rivals clicking immediately into top gear and throwing everything with bad intentions. 

Bennett pressed forwards in the first round and had Gardner boxing off the back foot for a time, but the Mancunian weathered the early storm and gradually took control of the fight. He had Bennett on the defensive and badly rocked just before the final bell ended the bout.

BOXXER Series Liverpool – Super-Lightweight Tournament: Results


Cori Gibbs def. Tom Farrell, Split-Decision, R3 3:00 (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)


Tom Farrell def. Kane Gardner, Unanimous Decision R3 3:00 (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)

Cori Gibbs def. Lee Appleyard, Unanimous Decision, R3 3:00 (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)


Cori Gibbs def. Sean Dodd, Split-Decision, R3 3:00 (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Tom Farrell def. Ben Fields, Split-Decision, R3 3:00 (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)

Lee Appleyard def. Levi Kinsiona, Split-Decision, R3 3:00 (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Kane Gardner def. Nathan Bennett, Unanimous Decision, R3 3:00 (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

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