After much anticipation, this afternoon on Sky Sports News, Eddie Hearn revealed the fight schedule for Matchroom’s Fight Camp, which will be hosted at the promoter’s back garden.
Four stacked weeks of action elevate what is already a scintillating schedule for August, as British boxing makes its long-awaited return following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The schedule culminates in spectacular fashion on Saturday August 22, as Dillian Whyte looks to cement his case for a heavyweight title shot against the powerful Russian Alexander Povetkin.
As well as the heavyweight tussle, Irish legend Katie Taylor also defends her Undisputed Lightweight World Titles and Martin Bakole (15-1, 12 KOs) returns to the ring against Russia’s Sergey Kuzmin (15-1, 11 KOs), with Luther Clay (13-1, 5 KOs) also defending his WBO Global Welterweight Title against Chris Kongo. Hearn added that further fights will be announced for the Box Office card.
The overall schedule gets underway in exciting fashion on Saturday August 1 as ‘The Savage’ Sam Eggington, who is synonymous with entertaining fights, puts his IBF International Super-Welterweight title on the line against Ted Cheeseman in a guaranteed barnburner.
The opening show also sees Belfast’s big-hitting James Tennyson clash with Cardiff’s Gavin Gwynne for the vacant British Lightweight title, Chatteris talent Jordan Gill meets Watford’s Reece Bellotti (14-3, 12 KOs) in an intriguing Featherweight battle, fast-rising Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (8-0, 7 KOs) steps up to take on Middlesbrough’s Simon Vallily for the vacant English belt.
Whilst highly-touted Sheffield Super-Lightweight Dalton Smith squares off with Liverpool’s Nathan Bennett.
The historic world title clash between Terri Harper and domestic rival Natasha Jonas marks the main event of week 2 on Friday August 7 supported by Bournemouth’s Chris Billam-Smith defending his Commonwealth Title against undefeated Cardiff man Nathan Thorley.
Highly-rated Oldham Lightweight prospect Aqib Fiaz steps up against Birmingham’s former Midlands Area Champion Kane Baker and Leeds Featherweight prospect Hopey Price looks to earn his third win in the paid ranks.
Also looking to continue success for the city of Liverpool, Super-Welterweight powerhouse Anthony Fowler takes on Adam Harper.
Fowler was last out on March’s Manchester card, where he earned a routine stoppage victory, a victory for ‘The Machine’ will likely set up a huge rematch against domestic rival, Scott Fitzgerald.
After a classic contest last time out against Jack Cullen, Felix Cash tops the bills on week three against Jason Welborn. Whilst new slick Manchester fighter Zelfa Barrett marks his Matchroom debut with an intriguing battle against Ireland’s undefeated contender Eric Donovan.
The third week’s card is completed by Northampton Super-Welterweight Kieron Conway taking on Rotherham’s Navid Mansouri, Watford Super-Bantamweight Shannon Courtenay faces the toughest opponent of her career in Rachel Ball and hard-hitting Super-Middleweight menace John Docherty looks for his second win of the year.
Adam Smith, Sky Sports Head of Boxing Development, said: “Eddie Hearn has supplied a sizzling summer schedule in August, starting with three Sky Sports shows packed with British talent. Sam Eggington against Ted Cheeseman should be a classic clash, while the exciting trio of Jordan Gill, Fabio Wardley and Dalton Smith will be eager to impress.
“Terri Harper has already endeared herself to fight fans with her remarkable success story, but Natasha Jonas is a genuine threat as we return to Matchroom HQ with a high-class World Title fight. Anthony Fowler and Chris Billam-Smith have big ambitions and cannot afford slip-ups on the same bill.
“Felix Cash defends his Commonwealth belt against the dangerous Jason Welborn on our third action-packed show. We’ll get another chance to see Shannon Courtenay in action – she is a rising talent with an entertaining style – and it’s a perfect platform for Kieron Conway and Zelfa Barrett to showcase their skills.
“Fight Camp ends with fireworks as Dillian Whyte risks his World Title ambitions against the big-hitting Alexander Povetkin, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Katie Taylor can cement her status as one of the sport’s finest fighters when she returns to action on another fantastic bill. We’re back with a red-hot line-up of live boxing.”