Frank Warren has mapped out the first five shows of his Summer schedule, which includes tune-up fights for Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce, as well as an intriguing clash between Lyndon Arthur and Dec Spelman.
The schedule, which commences with tomorrow’s card headlined between James Beech and Brad Foster, concludes on Saturday 29th of August and will all be behind closed doors.
Once the dust has settled on this Friday’s event under the lights of the BT Sport Studio, fans don’t have to wait long until the return of Queensberry Promotions as Joe Joyce’s return headlines a stacked card on Saturday 25th July.
The Juggernaut’ takes on German Heavyweight Michael Wallisch in a ten-round contest, also on the July 25th card, unbeaten prospects Denzel Bentley and Louie Lynn will return to action alongside fellow Dubois stablemate Chris Bourke, who will contest the vacant Southern Area Super-Bantamweight Championship against Ilford’s Ramez Mamood in a fascinating contest.
Rounding out the card will be new signing Ekow Essuman, who will make his Queensberry debut in a Welterweight contest against an opponent to be confirmed shortly.
The third show features arguably the most mouthwatering clash on the schedule, as powerful light heavyweight Lyndon Arthur defends his Commonwealth title against fellow banger Dec Spelman, on Friday 31st July.
That card will also see Belfast’s Caoimhin Agyarko return to Middleweight action and will also showcase the talents of Liverpool lads Nick Ball, Andrew Cain and Brad Strand.
Following a brief break in the action, boxing will recommence on at the BT Sport Studio, on Thursday 20th August, with a show headlined by a really intriguing battle for the WBO European Super-Featherweight Title clash between champion Archie Sharp and challenger Jeff Ofori.
The IBF European Super-Welterweight Championship will also be defended on that show as titleholder Troy Williamson defends against Scotland’s Michael McGurk.
Queensberry IBox prospects Dennis McCann, Sam Noakes and Henry Turner will all make up a card brimming with talent on August 20th.
The first run of Frank Warren’s huge Summer boxing series on BT will conclude with the blockbuster return of one of the heavyweight division’s hottest prospects in world boxing, Greenwich Heavyweight Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois.
Dubois will take on fellow unbeaten heavyweight in Russian-born Erik Pfeifer on Saturday 29th August, with Dubois’ WBO International Heavyweight title on the line.
Pfeifer is a two-time Olympian, having competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and he also won Bronze medals at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships.
Croydon’s Sunny Edwards will return on the same card, defending the IBF Super-Flyweight Championship against Thomas Essomba.
The undercard that night is stuffed full of mouthwatering domestic battles, as Sam Maxwell defends his WBO European Super-Lightweight Championship against former European Champion Joe Huges and Willy Hutchinson returns in Light Heavyweight action against Clitheroe’s Luke Blackledge.
Highly regarded featherweight Muhammad Ali will also make his second professional appearance on the show.
Promoted Frank Warren commented: “I’m delighted to be able to give fans more clarity as to what they can expect from the huge Summer of boxing on BT Sport.
“Everyone at Queensberry and BT have worked hard to get these shows up and running and I believe this schedule is second-to-none in the boxing world right now.
“Daniel and Joe returning is obviously huge, headline news and scheduling these fights reflect our growing confidence that Daniel and Joe will be able to finally square off on October 24th. I spoke to both teams and they both said that as it looks like we’re going to finally do this in October, they’d like tune-up fights first. Thankfully, BT liked the idea and here we are.
“Daniel hasn’t boxed since December and Joe will have been out for an over year. These fights will sharpen them up and I’m sure they will deliver knockout performances that will get fans even more excited for October. For Erik and Michael it’s a chance to cause huge upsets”
On the rest of the Summer schedule, he added: “That’s five huge dates locked in now, where Queensberry and BT will set the standard for Boxing in this new era. Fans can sit back and enjoy huge British battles and big, big names all live on BT Sport.
“As the rest of the country gets back to work, so does British boxing and I’m delighted that it’s Queensberry Promotions leading the charge.
“Originally Anthony Cacace was due to fight Lyon Woodstock on our second show, but Anthony has a slight dental issue he needs to take care of.
That fight is still signed, it’ll just happen a little later than we anticipated. Fans can still look forward to that fight later this year. The same is true for Lerrone Richards vs Umar Sadiq. That fight is signed, but Lerrone has a personal issue which means we’ll have to come back to it a little later than we’d like.
“But if you look at the fights we’re offering, I don’t think there’s a fan alive who can feel hard done by.
“Lyndon Arthur vs Dec Spelman? What a fight that is. Huge credit to Lyndon for taking the risk and should he come through victorious it makes the fight with Anthony Yarde even bigger.
“Chris Bourke vs Ramez Mamood is a fight all fans should be excited for, so too is Archie vs Jeff Ofori, Sam Maxwell against Joe Hughes, Willy Hutchinson against Luke Blackledge. There’s great fights up and down these cards.
“This run of shows is a fantastic opportunity for all these talents to step up and make a mark. The eyes of the world are on boxing as it comes out of Lockdown and my challenge to all of these is to take this huge opportunity.”