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TOURNAMENT LINE-UP CONFIRMED FOR BOXXER SERIES: COVENTRY

TOURNAMENT LINE-UP CONFIRMED FOR BOXXER SERIES: COVENTRY

Coventry, England (March 3, 2022) BOXXER, the next-generation boxing promotion, today announced the names of the eight British lightweights who will enter the BOXXER Series: Coventry at Coventry SkyDome on Saturday, April 16

Airing live and exclusively on Sky Sports, the one-night, eight-man tournament is one of the toughest tests in professional boxing and, alongside significant prize money, opens up major new career opportunities for successful participants.

BOXXER Series tournaments utilize the short-form boxing format (3 x 3-minute rounds), creating fast-paced, explosive contests as boxers seek to score definitive wins and guarantee their passage to the next stage of the tournament.

Events are planned for every major city in the UK as part of BOXXER’s commitment to grassroots boxing in Britain, with BOXXER Series events offering boxers across the country a chance to showcase their skills on the sport’s biggest platform.

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AZEEZ OUT FOR REVENGE AGAINST TINKER AT WEMBLEY ARENA

AZEEZ OUT FOR REVENGE AGAINST TINKER AT WEMBLEY ARENA

London star looking to avenge ‘pasting’ from Tinker on the pro stage with somebody’s ‘0’ going to go

London, England –  18 March 2022 – Dan Azeez will get his chance for revenge against  rival Matthew Tinker who handed him a ‘pasting’ in the amateurs when they meet again  in the pro ranks on Saturday 26th March at the OVO Arena Wembley, live on Sky Sports.

Azeez and Tinker face off in a clash of the undefeated big-hitters in their 10-Round International Light-Heavyweight showdown that features as chief support to the big London cruiserweight derby between Richard Riakporhe and Deion Jumah.

In his own words, Azeez admits he was well beaten by Tinker in their three-round fight in November 2014 for the Lord Mayor BoxCup, but now over six years on he believes it will be a completely different fight in the pros when they once again trade leather with both unbeaten records on the line.

Lewisham’s undefeated Azeez has looked sensational on his rise to a perfect 15-fight and 10 KO record and has won the Southern Area, English and British titles through the traditional route.

He made a massive statement in his last fight when he challenged for the Lonsdale belt against the former British Champion Hosea Burton last November with a punch perfect performance to halt the tough Carrington man in the seventh round.

From Scarborough, Tinker has built his unbeaten eight-fight record exclusively in the US since turning professional in November 2019.  A highly regarded amateur who won the 2014 Haringey Gold Elite, hard southpaw Tinker has proved his power Stateside with six of his eight wins coming by stoppage and six of those inside two rounds.

Azeez is relishing the rematch and promises a more defining outcome.  He said, “Tinker is my old amateur rival and he beat me so it would be great to get one back over him in the professional ranks.  He’s a good fighter with a great amateur pedigree and I believe our styles will make for a great fight.  We’re now meeting in the pros and it will be a totally different ending.”

The action packed show at the OVO Arena Wembley is headlined with the big London cruiserweight collision between Richard Riakporhe and Deion Jumah; light-heavyweight star Dan Azeez faces former amatuer rival Matthew Tinker; Olympian talent Caroline Dubois; unbeaten lightweight hot shot Adam Azim faces Conor Marsden; his undefeated brother Hassan is in welterweight action; Chris Kongo is back chasing World title contention; the pro-debut of London heavyweight star Jeamie TKV; Southampton puncher Joe Pigford; the pro-debut of Team England amateur star Jimmy Lee; Louis Greene and Harry Scarff square off for the Vacant English Welterweight title and super-flyweight prospect Shannon Ryan makes her pro-debut.

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JUMAH STEPS UP TO FACE RIAKPORHE: HIGH-STAKES ENCOUNTER HEADLINES BOXXER FIGHT NIGHT ON MARCH 26

JUMAH STEPS UP TO FACE RIAKPORHE: HIGH-STAKES ENCOUNTER HEADLINES BOXXER FIGHT NIGHT ON MARCH 26

Originally Set To Face Different Opponents, The Two London Cruiserweight Rivals Are Now On Collision Course As Riakporhe Seeks To Maintain World Title Shot Momentum, Jumah Looks For Career Breakout Opportunity, Live On Sky Sports

London, England(March 9, 2022) – A key clash for the British cruiserweight division will headline the BOXXER Fight Night taking place Saturday, March 26 at OVO Wembley Arena as Richard ‘The Midnight Train’ Riakporhe (13-0, 9 KO’s) faces rising threat Deion Jumah (14-0, 7 KO’s).

Previously scheduled to face different opponents on the March 26 card, the London cruiserweight rivals are now on collision course following the withdrawal of Fabio Turchi and Mikael Lawal due to injuries sustained in training.

Two undefeated records are on the line in this huge clash of cruiserweights in the capital city. More importantly, Riakporhe is on track for world title contention in 2022 – a win here would be a career breakout for Jumah and open the door to big opportunities. 

“The Midnight Train is on a roll and I’m not letting anything stop me in my tracks. I’m pulling into Wembley Arena once again on March 26 and I’m coming with all the smoke. This one is going to be a treat for the fans,” said Riakporhe.

“I’d actually been watching Riakporhe online a couple of weeks ago. We have all the tools needed to pick Richard apart and stop him – and this is what’s happening on the 26th. I’ve seen loads of weaknesses in him and loads of flaws,” said Jumah.

“Fans will see why I’ve been the most avoided fighter on these shores for so long. They will see that some fighters just need their opportunity. They’ll see why I’ve been saying I’m the best cruiserweight in the country for so many years. This is my time now!”

BOXXER Founder and CEO Ben Shalom said, “Richard Riakporhe has shown great progress from fight to fight and he’s on track to secure a world title shot this year. With Turchi pulling out I think it says a lot about his character that he’s willing to take on an unbeaten domestic test like Deion Jumah. It’s a great fight for the fans and it’s a challenge Riakporhe must overcome to achieve his dreams and fulfil his potential.” 

Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports, said “Richard Riakporhe is really gathering momentum as he climbs the cruiserweight ladder and now his brilliant story takes a twist. With Fabio Turchi out, in steps the undefeated and dangerous British southpaw Deion Jumah for a really intriguing fight night live on Sky Sports on March 26th.” 

Also announced for the March 26 card today is British Light-Heavyweight Champion Dan Azeez (15-0, 10 KO’s), who will make his first defence of the belt he won by stopping former champion Hosea Burton in November.

Prior to the headline and chief support bouts, Olympic medallist and Team GB captain Frazer Clarke (1-0, 1 KO) takes the next step of his professional journey and looks to pick up his second win when he faces Spanish power-puncher Gabriel Enguema (10-12, 6 KO’s).

Clarke’s fellow Olympian Caroline Dubois (1-0) will join him at Wembley for her second professional contest, having successfully entered the pro ranks with an emphatic win in Cardiff last month.  Younger sister of Daniel Dubois, Caroline won numerous plaudits as a 37-3 amateur and has the potential to become one of the faces of the women’s sport worldwide.

Lightning-fast lightweight Adam Azim (3-0, 2 KO’s) – one of the top prospects in British boxing today – faces Conor Marsden, while his brother Hassan Azim (2-0, 1 KO) – equally highly regarded – has a four-round contest in the welterweight division. 

Former WBO Global Welterweight Champion Chris ‘2 Slick’ Kongo (12-1, 7 KO’s) aims to get back into world title contention this year and signed a multi-fight promotional deal with BOXXER earlier this year in pursuit of that aim.

Trained by renowned coach Ben Davison, who counts Undisputed World Super-Lightweight Champion Josh Taylor among his stable, Kongo will be kicking off his world title campaign on this card. 

Ben Davison will also be in the corner of London heavyweight Jeamie TKV as he makes his professional debut against Luke Batstone. TKV’s highly-decorated amateur career included tenure as the Southern Area Heavyweight Champion and English Heavyweight Champion plus a silver medal at the 2019 African Games.

Southampton’s Joe Pigford (18-0, 17 KO’s) – owner of some of the heaviest hands in British boxing – seeks to add yet another stoppage win to his unbelievable record when he faces Argentina’s Guido Pitto (27-9, 8 KO’s). Pigford presently has 94% of his victories by way of KO or TKO. 

The 18-year-old Team England amateur standout Jimmy Lee – winner of eight national titles and a European gold medal – makes his professional debut in a lightweight contest against Luke Merrifield after ending his amateur career with a 94% win ratio (47-3).

A key clash in the English welterweight division sees Louis Greene (13-2, 7 KO’s) face off with Harry Scarff (10-2, 3 KO’s).

Opening the card will be Anthony Joshua’s female prospect Shannon Ryan. Joshua signed the super-flyweight to his 258 MGMT agency recently and intends to guide her to world champion status in the coming years.

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BRACE OF BOXXER SERIES TOURNAMENT EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL AND MAY

BRACE OF BOXXER SERIES TOURNAMENT EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL AND MAY

BOXXER SERIES Events Invest In Grass-Roots British Boxing To Create Career-Changing Opportunities For British Boxers Across The Country

Eight Lightweights Will Convene In Coventry SkyDome In April,  Eight Cruiserweights Set For Sheffield Arena Showdown In May

Coventry, England (March 3, 2022) – Following a triumphant launch event in November, the next two installments of the BOXXER SERIES have been announced today by BOXXER, the next-generation British boxing promotion. 

In the first BOXXER SERIES event of 2022, eight lightweights will line up at the Coventry Skydome Arena on Saturday, April 16 to battle it out for the grand prize, live on Sky Sports.

The following month, eight cruiserweights will convene in Sheffield Arena on Saturday, May 21 to contest their own one-night tournament in search of career-best prize money and breakout opportunities.

Launched in November 2021 with an event in Liverpool, the BOXXER SERIES event format features an eight-man, one-night tournament: four semi-finals, two semi-finals and a grand final.

The victorious boxer takes the lion’s share of the prize fund for one-night tournament boxing while every boxer in the tournament has the chance to put a spotlight on himself by putting on a standout performance on the nation’s biggest sports television platform.

Featuring a mix of former champions and rising stars competing under short-form boxing rules (3 x 3 minute rounds), BOXXER SERIES tournaments offer an unparalleled platform for grassroots British boxing and can send winner’s names rocketing up the rankings list.

Promising non-stop action from start to finish, BOXXER SERIES events are planned for every major city in the UK and will feature each region’s best boxing talent, rising stars and local heroes.

November’s launch event saw young Birmingham Super-Lightweight prospect win three fights in one night to emerge with his undefeated record intact, his largest-ever professional purse and a long-term promotional agreement with BOXXER and Sky Sports Boxing. The event produces career opportunities for more than just the winners, many of whom had memorable performances in Liverpool, that will lead to greater things. 

In Coventry next month, eight top British lightweights will compete to secure those same spoils for themselves – along with the chance to make their name known to every boxing fan in the country and put themselves on the radar in one of boxing’s most storied divisions.

Lightweight – one of the sport’s eight ‘Glamour Divisions’ – has been home to some of the biggest names in boxing history, including Roberto Durán, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

Then in May, the cruiserweights head to Sheffield for what is certain to be a night of explosive action. 

Cruiserweight is one of the deepest divisions in British boxing today and the Sheffield contenders will be looking for a breakout win which sets them on track to follow fellow British standouts Richard Riakporhe, Mikael Lawal and Vidal Riley into the Sky Sports limelight.

Tournament participants will be announced in the coming days.

Sign up today to access exclusive ticket presales for the April and May events. 

Registered fans will be first in line to access the best seats before tickets go on sale to the general public.

The exclusive presale begins Friday, March 11 

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 14

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SAVANNAH MARSHALL WORLD TITLE DEFENCE MOVES TO SATURDAY APRIL 2 IN NEWCASTLE

SAVANNAH MARSHALL WORLD TITLE DEFENCE MOVES TO SATURDAY APRIL 2 IN NEWCASTLE

Marshall Returns To Newcastle Utilita Arena For Defence Of WBO World Title Against Danger Girl Femke Hermans, With Showdown Against Bitter Rival Claressa Shields On The Line

Florian Marku Marches North To Kick Off His 2022 Campaign 

Towards Welterweight World Championship Contention

Nathan Gorman Returns To The Ring As He Targets Statement Win Against American Heavyweight Scott Alexander

Newcastle, England – 22 February, 2022 – Savannah “The Silent Assassin” Marshall’s defence of her WBO World Female Middleweight title against former WBO World Champion Femke Hermans has moved to Saturday 2nd April and will headline an all-action event airing live and exclusively in the UK on Sky Sports.

The show, previously scheduled for March, will be a co-promotion with Wasserman Boxing and take place at Newcastle Utilita Arena, which in October hosted Marshall’s stunning second-round stoppage of Lolita Muzeya. That win maintained Marshall’s undefeated record, extended her run of stoppage wins to seven and kept the WBO World Championship belt around her waist.

Earlier this month, Marshall was in Cardiff to watch bitter rival Claressa Shields defend her world championship titles against Ema Kozin by unanimous decision. When the American star exited the ring, she and Marshall became embroiled in a war of words, raising tensions between the two to fever pitch.

Marshall must now ensure she defeats the dangerous Hermans (12-3, 5 KO’s), the current EBU European Female Champion, to set up one of the most long-awaited showdowns in recent memory and the biggest fight in the history of women’s professional boxing.

Belgium’s Hermans is a tough and experienced operator who previously took Shields the distance when she challenged her for the unified WBA, WBC, and IBF World Female Middleweight titles in 2018 and will be hoping to secure a rematch if she can beat Marshall in Newcastle.

“I’m really happy to be going back to Newcastle Utilita Arena after the amazing reception I received there last time. Femke is a very tough girl and it’s going to be a hard night’s work but I’m really looking forward to putting on a show. I’m sorry to anyone who has been inconvenienced by the date change but I hope everyone who wants to be there can still be there. I really can’t wait,” said Marshall

Also confirmed for Newcastle is “The Albanian King” Florian Marku (10-0, 6 KO’s), competing in what will be the first bout of his new exclusive contract with BOXXER, in a key domestic encounter with former British and Commonwealth Champion Chris ‘Rock n Rolla’ Jenkins (23-4, 8 KO’s).

Marku maintained his undefeated record in November and showcased his cerebral boxing skills as he steadily outpointed Jorick Luisetto, while Jenkins is coming off an emphatic decision win over former unified super-lightweight world champion Julius Indongo in Cardiff earlier this month. The winner takes a big step closer to competing for major title honours later this year.

“I’m excited for my first fight of the year, it’s going to be the start of very big things. I love fighting in new places so I’m looking forward to entertaining the amazing Newcastle fans and showing them my brand of fighting,” said Marku.

“Chris Jenkins is a good opponent. He’s won championship belts in Britain and he’s just beaten a former unified world champion. This will be a tough fight between two warriors. This is an important year for me – I’m looking to make a big statement at the Utilita Arena and put the rest of the 147 pound division on alert.”

Jenkins added, ‘At this stage of my career, I want the biggest fights available to me.  Marku is a good fighter who also has a big following. I can’t wait.”

Having signed promotional terms with Wasserman Boxing, Nantwich Heavyweight Nathan Gorman (18-1, 12 KO’s) is back in action as he looks to kick-start his promising career with a statement win against Scott Alexander (16-4-2, 8 KO’s).

Gorman, the former WBC International Silver Champion, will return to the ring for the first time in over a year following his second round TKO win over Pavel Sour at London’s Copper Box Arena on 27th March 2021.

The 25-year-old is looking forward to a period of activity as he targets domestic titles and world rankings, starting with a tough test in the North East against 32-year-old LA-native Alexander, who has previously gone the distance with Heavyweight contenders Carlos Negron and Travis Kaufmann.

 “I’ve been out of the ring for a year so I can’t wait to get back out under the lights,” said Gorman. “It’s an exciting time for me. I’ve got a big brand backing me in Wasserman and I’m fighting on a huge platform with Sky Sports. This is a new adventure for me and I can’t wait to get started.

 “Scott Alexander is a decent opponent. He’s been in there with some good names, and he’s never been stopped. If I give a good performance and get the stoppage that will send a statement to the Heavyweight division.”

 “I’m focused, ready, and excited to fight in the UK, they have great fans and an amazing atmosphere,” said Alexander. “I’m grateful for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to showcasing my skills to the boxing world and demonstrating that I belong in there with the best in the heavyweight division.”

Ben Shalom, BOXXER founder and CEO, commented, “We can’t wait to return to the Utilita Arena on April 2 and feel the incredible atmosphere and buzz of the Newcastle fans. This is a crucial fight for Marshall – she has to beat the dangerous Femke to secure the ultimate showdown with Claressa Shields. Last time it was a really special night with Marshall’s incredible win.  When the Utilita became available we knew that we wanted Savannah to headline a big arena on a big show and we’re returning with a great card featuring Marku in his first outing on his new contract in a tough fight against Chris Jenkins and many more to be announced soon.  We’re looking forward to another massive night in Newcastle.”

Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports, said, “We are thrilled to be returning to the North East where there is such a passionate and growing  fan base for Savannah Marshall…..as she aims to successfully defend her WBO Middleweight crown against former World champion Femke Hermans.  Can Sav keep the mega match with arch rival Claressa Shields on track?!  After THE GWOAT’s excellent display and those fireworks ringside in Cardiff  – that unification is HUGE! No doubt Claressa will be back in the UK to see Savannah in April!  Add to that the hugely popular Florian Marku in a real test against Chris Jenkins and we will have a night to remember on Sky Sports in Newcastle!  Excellent to have heavyweight action on the big show – as Britain’s Nathan Gorman tackles America’s Scott Alexander. At just 25 and with 18 of 19 wins – this is a key night for Nathan!”

Kalle Sauerland, Head of Global Boxing at Wasserman, said: “Nathan Gorman is a fantastic addition to what promises to be a stacked card at the Newcastle Utilita Arena on 2nd April. Nathan is without a doubt one the most exciting British Heavyweight talents out there, and at just 25 years of age, he has a massive future ahead of him. Fighting on Sky Sports will provide him with the perfect platform to showcase his skills against a tough opponent like Scott Alexander. Expect fireworks when these two Heavyweights meet in the ring!”

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WORLD TITLE SHOT ON THE LINE FOR RIAKPORHE WHEN BOXXER RETURNS TO WEMBLEY ON MARCH 26

WORLD TITLE SHOT ON THE LINE FOR RIAKPORHE WHEN BOXXER RETURNS TO WEMBLEY ON MARCH 26

  • Riakporhe Headlines BOXXER Return To London 
  • In Pursuit Of Shot At World Cruiserweight Championship 
  • Undefeated British Contenders Mikael Lawal And Deion Juman 
  • Will Battle To Determine The Domestic Cruiserweight #1
  • Caroline Dubois Confirmed For Card,
  • Zak Chelli Kicks Off 2022 Super-Middleweight Title Campaign

London, England (February 10, 2022)Richard Riakporhe’s dream of becoming World Cruiserweight Champion takes a step closer when he headlines BOXXER Fight Night: London at the OVO Wembley Arena, London on Saturday, March 26.

Victory for Riakporhe (13-0, 9 KO’s) will put him in prime position to secure a world title shot later this year and put him within touching distance of achieving his greatest ambition.

Standing in his way is former WBC International Cruiserweight Champion Fabio Turchi (20-1, 14 KO’s). The heavy-handed Italian, who has secured 66% of his wins by way of stoppage, is also set on becoming world champion and is headed to London intent on shattering Riakporhe’s dreams in front of his home crowd.

Cruiserweight contenders are also set to collide in the chief support slot when Mikael Lawal (15-0, 9 KO’s) faces former English Cruiserweight Champion Deion Jumah (13-0, 7 KO’s) in what promises to be an explosive encounter to determine which is them can lay claim to top spot in the domestic rankings.

Having commenced her professional career with a polished shutout decision win in Cardiff this past weekend, Caroline Dubois (1-0) will have her second professional outing on this card. Younger sister of Daniel Dubois, Caroline won numerous plaudits as a 37-3 amateur and has the potential to become one of the faces of the women’s sport worldwide.

Last time super-middleweight prospect Zak Chelli (10-1-1, 5 KO’s) was in the BOXXER ring, he impressed by blasting his way through a four-man, one-night tournament. Having followed that with an emphatic TKO win in the middle of last year, Chelli brings an all-action reputation to the ring as he commences his campaign for title belts in Wembley.

Former WBO Global Welterweight Champion Chris ‘2 Slick’ Kongo (12-1, 7 KO’s) aims to get back into world title contention this year and signed a multi-fight promotional deal with BOXXER earlier this year in pursuit of that aim.

Trained by renowned coach Ben Davison, who counts Undisputed World Super-Lightweight Champion Josh Taylor among his stable, Kongo will be kicking off his world title campaign on this card. 

Ben Davison will also be in the corner of London heavyweight Jeamie TKV, another of his prospects, who is making his professional debut having signed an exclusive long-term agreement with BOXXER last month.

The Tottenham-based TKV, whose highly-decorated amateur career included tenure as the Southern Area Heavyweight Champion and English Heavyweight Champion plus a silver medal at the 2019 African Games, turned to Davison for professional training following the success Davison had as trainer of World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury.

Opening the card, 18-year-old Team England amateur standout Jimmy Lee – winner of eight national titles and a European gold medal – makes his professional debut in a lightweight contest after ending his amateur career with a 96% win ration (47-3).

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Village Hotels and BOXXER Partner Up for Khan vs. Brook and Taylor vs. Catterall

Village Hotels and BOXXER Partner Up for Khan vs. Brook and Taylor vs. Catterall

LONDON, UK (16 February 2022) 

BOXXER is pleased to announce the extension of its partnership with Village Hotels, to encompass 2 highly-anticipated events this month: Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook on February 19th in Manchester, and Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall on February 26th in Glasgow. 

Village Hotels has grown into a leading hotel brand since its establishment in 1995, with a portfolio of 32 properties around the UK. Guests can enjoy stylish bedrooms with modern technology, extensive leisure facilities and high-quality food and drink, alongside professional meeting rooms and coworking spaces. 

Kicking things off in Manchester, Amir Khan and Kell Brook will face off in a blockbuster clash and one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in world boxing, airing LIVE and exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK & Ireland. 

The sold-out AO Arena in Manchester will play host to the most significant all-British fight in recent history, with an undercard that features a world title bout for Natasha Jonas, heavyweight Frazer Clarke’s pro debut, and talented prospect Viddal Riley. 

The following week at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow, in a co-promotion with global boxing powerhouse Top Rank, undisputed super-lightweight world champion Josh Taylor faces his mandatory challenger in the unbeaten Jack Catterall. 

After winning the undisputed world titles in May last year, and now on home soil, Taylor looks to cement his position as one of the world’s best pound-for-pound boxers. Tickets for the show sold out in rapid time, and it will be broadcast LIVE on Sky Sports in the UK & Ireland – featuring an action-packed undercard made up of both BOXXER and Top Rank international talent. 

As part of the partnership, which was secured in collaboration with sport-specialist agency Matchday, Village branding will appear prominently across all pre-promotional activity, including city-centre press conferences, open workouts and weigh-ins. Village will then feature throughout the two fight nights, with 360-degree branding on the ring canvas, ropes and toblerones; and across the arenas’ screens, banners and boards. 

Commenting on the partnership, BOXXER’s founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “It’s great to be working with Village Hotels on such a high-profile couple of events. Khan vs. Brook and Taylor vs. Catterall are fights that boxing fans have been looking forward to for some time, and we’re excited to deliver these in partnership with Village.”   

Gary Davis, CEO of Village Hotels, said: “At Village Hotels you’ll find everything you need for a great stay and more. A cool Pub & Grill; a fully kitted-out Health and Wellness Club with the latest equipment, fitness classes and pool; VWorks coworking space and even a Starbucks – all under one roof.

We’re delighted to be a part of this incredible event series. It’s such a great fit for us – sport is a huge part of our offering, with live sporting events available to watch on Sky Sports in the Pub and Grill every weekend at all Village Hotels”.

Village offers hotels in all major UK cities, boasting four in and around Manchester, and one just a few minutes’ walk from the OVO Hydro in Glasgow. To explore the full range and find out more, visit www.village-hotels.com.

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Amir Khan vs Kell Brook – Public Events Schedule

Amir Khan vs Kell Brook - Public Events Schedule

The long-awaited showdown between bitter rivals Amir Khan and Kell Brook is almost upon us! 

BOXXER: Khan vs Brook takes place Saturday, February 19 at the AO Arena Manchester and airs live and exclusively in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office and in the USA on ESPN. 

Several media events are taking place in the days before the fight and some are open to the public. See below for times, details and locations. 

Wednesday – BOXXER: Khan Vs Brook Open Workouts:

Who: Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Viddal Riley, Frazer Clarke, Natasha Jonas + more

Where: ‘The Orient’ @ Trafford Centre, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 8AA 

When: Wednesday, February 16 – 12:15 until 14:45 

This event is free and open to the public.

Friday – BOXXER: Khan Vs Brook Weigh Ins

Who: Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Viddal Riley, Frazer Clarke, Natasha Jonas + more

Where: Exchange Hall, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX

When: Friday, February 18 – 12:30 until 13:30 

This event is free and open to the public.

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CHANGE FOR JONAS AS SHE NOW FIGHTS NAMUS FOR WORLD TITLE

CHANGE FOR JONAS AS SHE NOW FIGHTS NAMUS FOR WORLD TITLE

‘Miss GB’ History Maker Must Beat Former World Champion To Make Her Dream A Reality

Manchester, England 11 February 2022 – Liverpool’s Natasha ‘Miss GB’ Jonas will now face Former World Champion Chris ‘El Bombon Asesino’ Namus for the Vacant WBO Female World Super-Welterweight Championship on Saturday 19th February at the OVO Arena Manchester on the blockbuster BOXXER Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook card, live and exclusive on Sky Sports Box Office.

Jonas (10-2-1, 7 KO’s) was all set to fight Ewa Piatkowska for the crown, but the Polish fighter contracted Covid and was forced to withdraw and instead ‘Miss GB’ must now face the experienced Uruguayan Namus (25-6-0, 1 NC, 8 KO’s) in her third shot at World title glory.

Namus has been a professional since 2007 and won the IBF World Female title in October 2017 in the highlight of a 32-fight career. She holds the edge over Jonas in experience with over double the amount of fights and treble the amount of rounds than her rival.

Jonas is the first ever female boxer to compete for Team GB and Britain’s first female boxer at the London 2012 Olympics.  Her ferocious style of fighting as an amateur made her a big favourite with fans and that has transferred to the pros.

With two previous world title challenges – a highly controversial draw decision against WBC and IBO champion Terri Harper in 2020 and taking fierce rival Katie Taylor the distance last year – Jonas believes it will be third time lucky and finally fulfil her dream.

Although the change of opponent has come just over a week until fight night, Jonas isn’t phased by the late change of opponent and believes she has to stick to her own game plan to get the victory.

“Nothings changed for me,” Said Jonas.  “She’s still a tall and rangy opponent and probably more attack minded than Piatkowska from what I’ve seen. They’re very similar in stature and how they box, but it’s all about me and what I do.”

She added, “It’s a disadvantage to me that she’s a natural middleweight, but it’s an advantage for me that she’s had short notice for the fight. This fight is all about me executing my game plan more than me worrying about hers.”

Jonas vs. Namus features as chief support to one of the most highly anticipated showdowns in British boxing history between bitter rivals Khan and Brook.

The undercard is lined up with some intriguing encounters including a North v South clash between Manchester’s Charlie Schofield (17-1-0, 1 KO), who makes the first defence of his English Super-Middleweight Championship against Londoner Germaine ‘G-Man’ Brown (11-0-0, 3 KO’s). Schofield claimed the belt last June with a victory over Mickey Ellison, but Brown is looking to cause an upset in Schofield’s backyard.

Manchester favourite Brad Rea (11-0-0, 4 KO’s), who was in an incredible battle with Jez Smith last October in a 2021 Fight Of The Year Contender, returns to the ring for an eight-round contest against undefeated Irish southpaw Craig McCarthy (8-0-1, 2 KO’s) in what is a real 50-50 fight.  Both will come head-on and a firefight between the pair could be on the cards.

Olympic heavyweight hero Frazer Clarke, who captained Team GB at the 2020 Olympic Games and won a Bronze medal for Great Britain, will make his highly anticipated professional debut. Burton-on-Trent’s Clarke will by-pass the traditional four-round entry and go straight into a six-rounder.

Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Viddal Riley (4-0-0, 2 KO’s) will face the experienced and dangerous Namibian Willbeforce ‘Black Mamba’ Shihepo (25-13-0, 18 KO’s) on his BOXXER and British debut. In just his fifth fight, Riley takes a step up against Shihepo who has 38 fights under his belt with 25 wins and 18 of those have come by KO.  

In September 2016 Shihepo went nine rounds with Callum Johnson, who was 16-0 at the time, until he was stopped in the ninth round. He also extended former World Champion Arthur Abraham the full twelve rounds distance in August 2013.

Brothers Adam and Hassan Azim, two of the sport’s hottest talents, kick off their year featuring on the undercard of their idol Amir Khan. They started boxing after watching Khan’s fights and, being also of Pakistani heritage, are keen to carry the torch he lit. 

Lightweight Adam (2-0-0, 1 KO), who blew away Stu Greener at Wembley last November inside two rounds, will take on Seaham’s Jordan Ellison – who won the Northern Area Super-Lightweight title in his second from last fight – over six rounds.

While welterweight Hassan (1-0-0, 1 KO), who made an explosive pro-debut last November with a first round KO of Ivan Njegac on the same card as Adam, will face veteran MJ Hall from Liverpool over four rounds.

Also keeping the show in the family will be Amir Khan’s exciting and big-hitting cousin Abdul Khan (2-0-0) who has his third pro fight in a four-round featherweight contest against Liverpool’s Ricky Starkey.  

Finally unbeaten Keighley super-bantamweight prospect Ibrahim Nadim (5-0-0) looks to maintain his record when he takes on Oldham’s Taka Bembere in a four round contest.

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BOXXER CARDIFF FIGHT NIGHT DELIVERS RECORD IN-HOME VIEWING RECORD ON SKY SPORTS

BOXXER CARDIFF FIGHT NIGHT DELIVERS RECORD IN-HOME VIEWING RECORD ON SKY SPORTS

BOXXER’s massive Saturday Fight Night, featuring Chris Eubank Jr. v Liam Williams, Claressa Shields v Ema Kozin, Caroline Dubois and more, surpassed one million in-home viewers on Sky Sports.

Eubank Jr. defeated Williams by unanimous decision and Shields defended her World Middleweight titles against Kozin on points, whilst sensational young talent Dubois looked sparkling on her pro debut defeating Vaida Masiokaite. 

Adding more drama to the night, WBO World Female Middleweight Champion Savannah Marshall got into a heated war of words at ringside with rival Shields as they now countdown towards a mega fight later this year, but Marshall first defends her title against Femke Hermans on Saturday 12th March in Newcastle, live on Sky Sports. 

Viewing averaged at 585k throughout the night with a peak of 1.05m which eclipsed the previous record of Anthony Joshua v Gary Cornish in 2015 and Amir Khan v Samuel Vargas in 2018 to set a new record.

BOXXER’s Cardiff event kicked off a huge month of Boxing on Sky Sports with the mega clash between bitter rivals Amir Khan and Kell Brook on Saturday 19th February in Manchester, followed by the Undisputed World Super-Lightweight clash between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall on Saturday 26th February at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow.

Sky Sports Head of Boxing Development Adam Smith said: “Over 1 million people watched our big Sky Sports Fight Night in Cardiff – with more big fights to come this month. Our audience is growing, and we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come “

BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom added: “BOXXER and Sky are committed to growing the sport and making boxing accessible. We believe in the potential of the sport to grow further. We’re working hard with Sky Sports to produce Fight Nights that give huge value to our core boxing audience whilst attracting new audiences into the sport.”

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