British boxing returns tomorrow with a contest that could set the tone for a brilliant Summer schedule, as Brad Foster defends his British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight titles against James Beech Jr.
The two undefeated talents will meet at the BT Sport Studio, topping a five-fight bill that also features WBO European super welterweight champion Hamzah Sheeraz, powerful lightweight Mark Chamberlain and heavyweight prospect, David Adeleye.
Lichfield’s Foster will be looking to continue the momentum he built up prior to the lockdown when he convincingly dispatched of Lucien Reid in February.
Having won the Lonsdale belt in impressive fashion against the more experienced Josh Wale, Foster followed up a stoppage win over Ashley Lane by battling to a draw with Reid, a blemish he avenged emphatically just a few months later.
At just 22 and in spite of having no amateur experience, Foster has risen through the professional ranks at an exponential rate and Friday marks a key opportunity for him to showcase the skills that saw him capture the British and Commonwealth titles, to an expansive television audience.
That being said, Beech Jr represents a significant challenge for the champion, bringing an impressive 12 consecutive victories in the professional ranks to the table.
Having operated at featherweight and super-featherweight, the Midlands’ fighter now moves down to a weight he says is more natural for him to challenge for Foster’s super-bantamweight titles.
Whilst Foster has seen the 12th round on three occasions, Beech Jr went the 10 round distance for the first time last December, edging out Luke Jones in an engaging tussle. However, with Foster a notoriously fast starter, the challenger will be hoping he can weather an early storm and have success in the later rounds.
The chief support is another fascinating battle as 21-year old Hamzah Sheeraz looks to record his 11th consecutive win against Dundee’s Paul Kean, who has won 12 of 13 in the paid ranks.
Portsmouth puncher Mark Chamberlain will be hoping to increase his fanbase when he collides with Stu Greener. Whilst the show opens with heavyweight prospects Dorin Krasmaru and David Adeleye both looking to get wins against Phil Williams and Matt Gordon respectively.