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Ultimate Boxxer 3 Press Release

ULTIMATE BOXXER III is returning to the capital on Friday 10th May 2019 at The Indigo at The O2, London

ULTIMATE BOXXER SIGNS BROADCAST DEAL WITH BT SPORT

  • ULTIMATE BOXXER will have a minimum of FIVE shows broadcast live in the UK and Ireland in the first year
  • Ultimate Boxxer offers new experiences for the 21st century sports fan and youth culture
  • Ambition to give more opportunities and meritocracy in the booming professional British boxing scene
  • First event under the new agreement will be ULTIMATE BOXXER III returning to the capital on Friday 10th May at The Indigo at The O2
  • High-paced boxing elimination tournament features eight boxers in the ultra-competitive Middleweight division to battle it out in the first show to become the king of their division and win a promotional contract

LONDON, UK – 18 MARCH 2019

ULTIMATE BOXXER, Britain’s first boxing entertainment brand, is delighted to announce that it has signed a broadcast deal with BT Sport, starting with its first event of the year on Friday 10th May at The Indigo at The O2.

The deal will see a minimum of five ULTIMATE BOXXER events broadcast live in the UK and Ireland in the first year that will simulcast on BT Sport, BT Sports’ YouTube channel – available to anyone to watch for free, and dedicated boxing channel BoxNation, with the second event confirmed for Friday 28th June in Manchester.

Created to provide a new boxing experience, ULTIMATE BOXXER will provide a lot of opportunities within the sport.

Eight talented fighters from around the UK battle it out in the high-paced elimination tournament in four quarter-finals of 3 x 3 minute rounds, followed by two semi-finals and one final to determine the winner who will win the large share of the prize money, a promotional deal and be catapulted up the rankings.  An opportunity to represent their country in international finals is also on the line.

The product and events are designed to engage and attract the next generation of sports fans on a more regular basis.

Following two incredible test events, ULTIMATE BOXXER returns to the capital on May 10th for an unrivalled night of action and entertainment in the ultra-competitive middleweight division.

ULTIMATE BOXXER founder Ben Shalom, said, “It’s great to get this over the line with BT Sport who share the same vision to bring something extra to the boxing industry. British boxing has never been in such a healthy position and Ultimate Boxxer will present long-term opportunities for boxers whilst giving sports fans an experience they won’t forget. I’m really looking forward to getting started on May 10th with an extremely competitive card.”

ULTIMATE BOXXER Director Paulie Malignaggi, said, “When we started this last year we wanted to give the biggest platform possible to the competing fighters. It is great that BT have bought into the ambition to keep evolving the sport and also engage digital audiences. I’m very excited to watch some amazing stories unfold on this journey and see the tournaments evolve.”

Steve Norris, head of sports commercial rights, BT Sport said “Boxing is booming and it’s a great time to be a fan, with the sport growing at an enormous pace and gaining new audiences.  Ultimate Boxxer is bringing a fresh new style to one of the oldest sports in the world and we think our viewers will love this addition to the wealth of Boxing they are already enjoying on BT Sport.”

ULTIMATE BOXXER premiered last April in the Welterweight division in a huge event at Manchester Arena. The thrilling action saw Northampton’s Drew Brown crowned the inaugural winner.  UB II followed in November at The Indigo with the spotlight on the Light-Heavyweight class and in another dramatic night, Birmingham’s Shakan Pitters claimed the top prize.

 

ULTIMATE BOXXER III

The eight middleweights who will fight it out in search of glory in UB III are:

  1. JOE HURN, Clacton, Essex, 10-0-1 (6)
    Short Colour: Yellow

Built like a brick, the big puncher from Essex is aiming to blast his way through the fights. Has struggled for opportunities despite being highly rated. This is the type of fighter Ultimate Boxxer will help.

  1. TEY-LYNN JONES, Southern Area Champion, Basildon, Essex, 11-1-0 (2)

Short Colour: Blue

Defended his Southern Area title in his last fight and has sparred successfully with likes of world champions Billy Joe Saunders, James DeGale and George Groves. Extremely confident of success and a sworn vegan.

  1. DERRICK ‘THE PUNCHING PREACHER’ OSAZE, Peckham, London, 6-0-0 (1)

Short Colour: Grey

Unbeaten in six fights, the Londoner has an unusual background. He as an ordained minister committed to a life of non-violence. He goes by the name of the “Punching Preacher”.

  1. GRANT DENNIS, Former Southern Area Champion, Chatham, Kent, 12-1-0 (2)

Short colour: White

The ‘Go Getter’, a former Southern Area Middleweight Champion needed just 48 seconds to score a stunning KO victory in his last fight out. Has been unlucky not to go further with his only loss coming in a British title fight and will be looking at this event as his chance. Coming into the competition as the oldest competitor.

  1. KEIRON CONWAY, Northampton, Northamptonshire, 10-0-0 (3)
    Short colour: Pink

Tipped as the favourite. This undefeated hot-shot has tasted the high-life after featuring on the an Amir Khan undercard. He is now ready to make his move in the division.

  1. JOSH GROOMBRIDGE, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, 7-1-0 (4)

Short Colour: Black

Big support and not to be underestimated. The dark horse who will be seeking a break through as a serious contender. He is a massive character with an enormous following and warns that he is not to be underestimated.

  1. SEAN PHILLIPS, Surrey, 6-0

Short Colour: Red

Training out of the famous Peacock gym. The young, unbeaten, 22 year old has been tipped for a bright future under the watchful eye of top trainer Martin Bowers. 

  1. KAAN HAWES, Witham, Essex, 5-0-1

Short Colour: Green

No losses on his record and relatively unknown. Learnt his trade on the white collar scene after a previous career in professional football. He is an outsider with a big fanbase…Stranger things have happened…

An action packed undercard will see the return of highly-rated and undefeated Light-Heavyweight talent and UB II winner Shakan Pitters and unbeaten super-middleweight prospect Idris Virgo who is out to prove to critics he is more than just a reality star.

 

Tickets will go on general sale at 9am on Wednesday 20th March on ticketmaster.co.uk AXS.com and ultimateboxxer.com priced at:

£30 Balcony Standing (General Admission)

£35 Floor Standing (General Admission)

£55 Upper Balcony Seats

£70 Outer Ringside

£100 Inner Ringside

£200 Kings Row (Padded Balcony seats, separate bar, VIP entrance )

For all VIP & Corporate Packages please contact www.sportandmusic.co.uk

 

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ULTIMATE BOXXER III will take place at The Indigo at The O2 on Friday 10th May. Sign up at www.ultimateboxxer.com for access to ticket pre-sale.

 

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Ultimate Boxxer 3 will be live on BT Sport

ULTIMATE BOXXER, Britain’s first boxing entertainment brand, is delighted to announce that it has signed a broadcast deal with BT Sport, starting with its first event of the year on Friday 10th May at The Indigo at The O2.

 

The deal will see a minimum of five ULTIMATE BOXXER events broadcast live in the UK and Ireland in the first year that will simulcast on BT Sport, BT Sports’ YouTube channel – available to anyone to watch for free, and dedicated boxing channel BoxNation, with the second event confirmed for Friday 28th June in Manchester.

 

Created to provide a new boxing experience, ULTIMATE BOXXER will provide a lot of opportunities within the sport.

 

Eight talented fighters from around the UK battle it out in the high-paced elimination tournament in four quarter-finals of 3 x 3 minute rounds, followed by two semi-finals and one final to determine the winner who will win the large share of the prize money, a promotional deal and be catapulted up the rankings.  An opportunity to represent their country in international finals is also on the line.

 

The product and events are designed to engage and attract the next generation of sports fans on a more regular basis.

 

Following two incredible test events, ULTIMATE BOXXER returns to the capital on May 10th for an unrivalled night of action and entertainment in the ultra-competitive middleweight division.

 

UB2: Shakan Pitters Wins UBII

Birmingham prospect Shakan Pitters was crowned the winner of Ultimate Boxxer II after defeating Scunthorpe’s Dec Spelman in the final by way of unanimous decision at the O2 Indigo in London on Friday night.

 

Full Results

 

QUARTER FINAL 1: DARRELL CHURCH VS JOEL MCINTYRE

JOEL MCINTYRE

 

QUARTER FINAL 2: DEC SPELMAN VS SAM HORSFALL

DEC SPELMAN

 

QUARTER FINAL 3: SHAKAN PITTERS VS SAM SMITH

SHAKAN PITTERS

 

QUARTER FINAL 4: GEORGII BACON VS JORDAN JOSEPH

GEORGII BACON

 

SEMI FINAL 1: DEC SPELMAN VS JOEL MCINTYRE

DEC SPELMAN

 

SEMI FINAL 2: SHAKAN PITTERS VS GEORGII BACON

SHAKAN PITTERS

 

FINAL: SHAKAN PITTERS VS DEC SPELMAN

SHAKAN PITTERS

UB2 will be Live on SportBible and 5Spike

Ultimate Boxxer II will be shown live and exclusive on FaceBook via SPORTbible from 8.15pm before going live on Freeview on Channel 5Spike from 10pm.

As the excitement builds towards Ultimate Boxxer II on Friday 2nd November at the Indigo at the O2, Ultimate Boxer are thrilled to announce that one of the world’s largest Facebook pages, SPORTbible, will broadcast the event LIVE to millions of fans.

The innovative partnership brings together Ultimate Boxer’s pioneering approach to implement leading digital brands to provide a transformed boxing experience for the next generation of boxing fans.

In addition to SPORTbible’s coverage, Ultimate Boxxer will also be broadcast LIVE in the UK on terrestrial free-to-air TV on the Freeview channel 5Spike (Freeview 31, Sky 150, Sky (5Spike +1) 250, TalkTalk 31, Freesat 141, BT TV 31, Virgin Media 154).

 

UB2: MansionBet Confirmed as Official Gambling Partner for UBII

In a continued push across the sporting industry, MansionBet announce their headline partnership of Ultimate Boxxer II.

Having sponsored a number of high profile UK boxers this year, including George Groves, Lee Selby and Dillian Whyte, their support of this thrilling event is a natural progression for the sports betting operator.

Taking place on 2nd November at the O2 Indigo in London, Ultimate Boxxer II follows the phenomenal success of their inaugural event earlier this year. The tournament sees eight highly rated British boxers in the light heavyweight division square off to achieve their career defining moment.

Additional entertainment and authority on the evening comes from boxing legends Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Anthony Crolla and BBC’s Charlie Sloth.

Shelly Suter Hadad, COO & Managing Director of Mansion, commented: We are passionately invested in supporting UK-grown talent across the sporting world, and with the growing popularity of British Boxing, we are delighted to get involved with this innovative tournament.”

Benjamin Shalom, Managing Director of Ultimate Boxxer, commented:We are really looking forward to developing Ultimate Boxxer as a strong gambling proposition. Mansion’s values and forward-thinking make them a perfect brand to develop this with us and we are really excited about the upcoming campaign.”

The partnership was brokered through leading sports creative & partnerships agency, Dark Horses; and promises to be a well-matched partnership between two rising star brands within their complimentary industries.

 

About Mansion:

Awarded ‘Online Casino Operator of the Year’ at the International Gaming Awards 2018, the Mansion Group has firmly established itself as a leading provider of online gambling and entertainment since their founding in 2003.

Mansion possess a broad portfolio of popular online casinos catering to all tastes and markets, with Casino.com acting as the flagship brand, and MansionCasino a UK top-performer. With the launch of MansionBet, the Mansion Group has diversified their product portfolio into the sports arena, leveraging the strength and brand awareness of the Mansion name across the industry.

UB2: Key Info, Times & Travel

Ultimate Boxxer II takes place at Indigo at the O2 London, on Friday 2nd November. Here’s everything you need to know:

Key Times

6.45PM: Doors Open
8.30PM: Doors Close
12.00AM: Event Finishes

THE VENUE & TRAVEL

Indigo at the O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX

By Tube

North Greenwich station is on the Jubilee Line in Zones 2 and 3.  And it’s right on the doorstep.  Get here from Central London in 20 minutes.  Or Stratford in 10 minutes.  Plan your journey at TFL. 24 hour service, trains every 10 mins.

Uber or Taxi

Book a safe, reliable ride to and from The O2 using the Uber app.  Download the Uber app from the App Store or the Google Play Store.

By Road

Use post code ‘SE10 0DX’ for route planners.  And if you need a junction, use Millennium Way or Edmund Halley Way.

Use Car Park 1.  You can pre-book your event parking here.

By Bus

The 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472 or 486 all stop at North Greenwich station.  The 188, 108, 472, 132 and 486 run 24 hours a day.

More information can be found here.

Ultimate Boxxer II will be shown live and exclusive on FaceBook via SPORTbible from 8.15pm, before going live on Freeview on Channel 5Spike from 10pm.

UB2: Love Island’s Idris Virgo on the Undercard of UB2

ITV LOVE ISLAND’S IDRIS VIRGO to make his explosive return to the ring with ULTIMATE BOXXER II, November 2nd @ Indigo O2, London

One of Boxing’s most talked about new promotions returns for the first time in the capital this November and Ultimate Boxxer announce today that star of ITV’s Love Island, Idris Virgo will make his return to the ring on the undercard, following his search for love on the show this summer.

Virgo holds a perfect 2-0 professional record (with these wins taking place at Villa Park in his hometown of Birmingham) and after a crazy whirlwind summer on Love Island, his attention has turned back to his boxing career and he’s looking to make a big statement to the boxing world, explaining:

“In Love Island I was looking for a lass, in the ring I’m looking to knock someone out!”

“It’s been 3 months since my last fight, which took place just before my time on Love Island. I can’t wait to get back into the ring and show my new fans what I’m really about.”

“I wanna thank Ultimate Boxxer for this opportunity; it really feels like the next chapter in my boxing career. Over the next few years I’m looking to take over and become world champion – so get ready for a rollercoaster ride!”

Founded on a desire to make the professional game more accessible for boxers and fans alike, Ultimate Boxxer II will be aired live on Freeview with Channel 5 Spike from 10pm and on Facebook with UNILAD from 8.45pm. Expect some very special guests and live music from BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Charlie Sloth. Boxing legends Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton and Anthony Crolla will play their part in a star studded team that also included Chris Eubank Snr last time out.

On the Idris Virgo announcement, Ultimate Boxxer’s Ben Shalom comments:

“We’re really excited about having Idris on the big show in London, in his first return since Love Island. He is serious about what he can achieve in the sport and we are looking forward to helping him on his journey”

 

For Press:

Press requests for Idris Virgo contact: [email protected]

Press requests for Ultimate Boxxer contact: [email protected]

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Watch the promo video here: https://youtu.be/YViLmjUav1s

UB2: Press Release

*RELEASE TERMS*

LONDON ANNOUNCEMENT – Light Heavyweight Division

 

Ultimate Boxxer announces its first show in the capital on the 2nd November. Live on UNILAD and 5Spike from the Indigo at the O2.

*If you wish to arrange any interviews with any of our talent, ambassadors, boxers, personalities or celebrities, please contact [email protected]

After an explosive Ultimate Boxxer debut at the Manchester Arena earlier this year, the fast-paced and hard-hitting event touches down in London on November 2nd at the O2 indigo. The second edition of the tournament sees the spotlight turn to the light heavyweight division, with eight highly rated British boxers squaring off to achieve their career changing or defining moment.

Entrants include Joel McIntyre, who will enter the tournament with an expected English title. The controversial John Mccallum; 7-time national champion at amateur level with only one loss on his pro-record coming through injury. The unbeaten 6’6” Shakan Pitters represents Birmingham and Dec Spelman returns to his biggest stage yet following his tragic fight with the late Scott Westgarth.

Other members of the final 8 consist of title challengers Jordan Joseph and Darrel Church who opted to come into the competition instead of their anticipated bout against each other. Sam Horsfall, who many would see as the wildcard, after turning professional earlier this year and quickly gaining two victories.

Fighters will compete in a three, three-minute round format all competing for their share of the £50k prize money and the second golden robe.

Love Island’s own Idris Virgo makes his return to the ring following his search for love on the reality TV show this summer. Virgo holds a perfect 2-0 record, with the Birmingham man fighting in the capital for the first time.

Founded on a desire to make the professional game more accessible for boxers and fans alike Ultimate Boxxer II will be shown on multiple platforms for all generations. Live coverage of Ultimate Boxxer II begins on Facebook with UNILAD from 8.15PM, before going live on Freeview with channel 5Spike from 10PM.

Boxing legends Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton and Anthony Crolla will play their part in a start studded team that also included Chris Eubank Snr last time out.

Alongside the boxing action, Ultimate Boxxer is defined by youth culture and entertainment. Britain’s biggest DJ Charlie Sloth returns to entertain the London crowd alongside many special guests

The eight pro light-heavyweights looking to make a major impact in the sport are:

  • Joel McIntyre (17-2)
  • John McCallum (11-1)
  • Shakan Pitters (6-0)
  • Dec Spelman (12-1)
  • Jordan Joseph (7-2-1)
  • Darrel Church (7-2-1)
  • Sam Horsfall (2-0)
  • Sam Smith (5-1)

 

Benjamin Shalom: Founder of Ultimate Boxxer

‘The first show has attracted more and more quality fighters which made our decision for places very difficult. We think we’ve chosen a card perfect for the London crowd. It has everything and it’s impossible to call who will come out on top.’

Caj Sohal, Sports Commissioner at Channel 5

‘Ultimate Boxxer performed really well as a totally unknown entity in its first show. It seems to have something for everyone, attracting a large and varied audience usually not associated with combat sports. It’s exciting to see what happens next.’

Paulie Malignaggi Former Two-Weight World Champion, and ULTIMATE BOXXER, Non-Executive Director

‘I love what this brand can do for the sport and the opportunity it can give to talented fighters. The first show blew my mind and the card looks even better for this one.’

 

**NOTES TO EDITORS**

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ULTIMATE BOXXER II will take place at Indigo at The O2 on Friday 2nd November 2018. Go to www.ultimateboxxer.com for further information.

Tickets go on Friday 31st August at 9am.

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