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Billy Joe Saunders will defend his British and Commonwealth middleweight titles against London rival John Ryder at the London 2012 Olympic Games venue the Copper Box in London on September 21.

The fight between the two unbeaten Londoners has been a fight touted for a while and now finally we will get to see this potential classic British match-up between two quality operators.

Queensberry Promotions won the purse to stage the fight, but before then, Saunders must first face Irishman Gary O’Sullivan who is the WBO International Middleweight champion on July 20 at Wembley Arena.

Frank Warren today held a press conference in the East End to officially announce the fight and a six show partnership with Copper Box and GLL who also operate the historic boxing venue the York Hall in Bethnal Green, in the East End. The promoter now hopes to bring many of his future shows to the venue, which Warren said could be one of the leading boxing stages in Europe in the coming years.

The Copper Box Arena was once known as the Handball Arena, it was renamed because, aside from handball, it hosted modern pentathlon (fencing) during the Olympics and was the goalball venue for the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

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Press Conference video by iFilmLondon to announce New boxing venue The Copper Box and the first big fight on the bill will be Billy Joe Saunders British title defence against John Ryder which will take place at the Copper Box Arena in London on September 21. – There promises to be a action packed undercard and all will be revealed soon when Frank Warren holds a presser to announce the full card.

Official Press Release

Frank Warren and GLL Announce Six Fight Boxing Deal at Copper Box

Leading boxing promoter Frank Warren has today (10th June 2013) announced a major multi-fight agreement for the Copper Box Arena with venue operator GLL, the UK’s largest Social Enterprise.

The deal will guarantee that world class boxing will be at the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park sports offering and re-enforces East London as the spiritual home of boxing in the UK.  It comes less than one month before the North of the Park re-opens to the general public for the first time since the 2012 Games.

The 7,000 seat Copper Box Arena was known as the “box that rocks” during the London Olympics and looks set to become one of the leading indoor sporting venues in the country. The agreement will see some of the best boxers and exciting fights hosted at venue and will offer up to 42,000 Londoners the chance to enjoy the sport first hand.

Headlining the first event on Saturday 21st September will be the highly anticipated British Middleweight Title showdown between the unbeaten champion Billy Joe Saunders from Hatfield and the undefeated challenger John Ryder from Islington. Further title fights and full undercard will be announced shortly.

Commenting on the announcement, Frank Warren said: “This is a superb setting for boxing.  The Copper Box is what all the investment in the Olympics was about – legacy and giving London a fantastic arena.  I’m looking forward to bringing the big fights to this venue.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “This is a knockout deal for the Copper Box Arena adding to the stellar line up of elite sport set to take place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Last year saw spectacular boxing performances from Team GB, so it is welcome news that world class bouts are returning to east London which is underlining once again the benefits we are seeing from the 2012 Games.”

Phil Lane, Head of Sport at GLL said: “We are delighted to be working with Frank Warren Promotions and to have secured a deal which will bring World Class boxing to the Copper Box.  Agreements such as these clearly demonstrate that the Olympic Legacy is alive and well and that Londoners will see the benefits of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“GLL is a strong supporter of boxing at all levels.  Through our GLL Sport Foundation we provide financial and practical backing to Olympic medallists Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams and sponsor Repton Boxing Club, one of the oldest and most successful boys clubs in London.”

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park said: “Boxing belongs in East London and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will provide a powerful backdrop for the sport’s heavy hitters. This hugely exciting announcement builds on what we’ve already achieved and shows the Park’s true potential as a fantastic visitor destination that will leave a lasting legacy in east London.”

Ticket prices will range from £40 to £120 and will be available for sale from 10am on Tuesday 11th June 2013 at

The Copper Box Arena in Hackney Wick is the first of the permanent legacy venues to open on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (27th July 2013) and the deal for boxing has been warmly welcomed by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) who oversee all Park activity.  Boxing has been a strong Olympic sport for Great Britain and according to the latest Sport England survey is one of the fastest growing participation sports in the UK.

About the Copper Box Arena

  • The Copper Box Arena hosted the Handball and Modern Pentathlon Fencing during the Olympic Games and Goalball during the Paralympic Games. It is now being transformed into a new venue with flexible seating capacity and facilities for a wide range of indoor sports training and competitions as well as cultural and business events.
  • It will be one of the first legacy venues to re-open in July 2013 and is located in the west of the Park close to Hackney Wick station and near to the Press and Broadcast Centres.
  • The Arena will serve as a venue for a variety of indoor sports.  The highly flexible design means it will be used for all levels of sports participation, from events to high performance training to community use.

About GLL

  • GLL is a charitable social enterprise, created to manage community services and spaces. GLL oversees the management of over 100 leisure centres and 24 libraries across the UK. GLL is an employee-owned society and works in partnership with fifteen London boroughs, two city councils, four borough councils, six district councils and three associated partners, including the London Legacy Development Corporation on the operation of the Copper Box Arena and London Aquatics Centre in legacy mode.  Other charitable partners, Freedom Leisure and Halo Leisure manage further leisure facilities across the South East of England and Bridgend, South Wales on behalf of GLL.
  • GLL also operate York Hall in Bethnal Green, which has an unrivalled boxing history in London and the UK and continues to host major boxing championships.

About LLDC

  • The London Legacy Development Corporation promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding area, in particular by maximising the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will begin to open from July 2013 and will be fully open from spring 2014, it will be a whole new part of the city to enjoy and will provide jobs and homes for east London.
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