Unified super-welterweight champion Natasha Jonas (12-2-1, 8KOs) will unify again on November 12th when she takes on Marie Eve Dicaire (18-1-0, 1KO) at Manchester’s AO Arena.
The Liverpudlian Jonas stepped up to 154lbs in February when she blew Christian Namus away to pickup the vacant WBO strap before adding the WBC with a dominant performance over Patricia Berghult. The thirty-eight-year-old could now find herself in a situation where she has unified three of the four major governing body belts in under nine months, potentially setting up a huge rematch with Terri Harper who holds the fourth piece of the puzzle following their controversial draw at super-featherweight two years ago.
Canada’s Dicaire will look to bring such plans to an immediate halt in November however as she looks to assert her own authority on the super-welterweight division, having stopped Cynthia Lozano in impressive fashion last December to pickup the vacant IBF strap. The thirty-six-year-old has only lost once in her nineteen-bout career so far, the only blemish coming against pound-for-pound star Claressa Shields last year, and no doubt harbours ambition of her own to be the dominant force at 154lbs.
Newly-crowned British super-lightweight champion Dalton Smith (12-0-0, 10KOs) will look to make the first successful defence of his Lord Lonsdale belt against mandatory challenger Kaisee Benjamin (16-1-1, 6KOs) in the chief support. Smith blasted through Sam O’Maison inside six-rounds in August to claim the vacant belt and will look to reaffirm his status as one of British boxing’s brightest upcoming stars in Manchester.
An intriguing domestic middleweight contest is also slated for the card as Manchester’s Brad Rea (14-0-0, 5KOs) takes on Wordplay’s Tyler Denny (14-2-3). Rea, who is signed to Sky Sports and BOXXER, already boasts five stoppages inside the distance in his first fourteen bouts as a pro, while Denny edged past River Wilson-Bent in June to pickup the vacant English title at 160lbs.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Frazer Clarke (3-0-0, 3KOs) will step-up against Poland’s Kamil Sokolowski (11-26-3, 4KOs) at heavyweight. Clarke’s latest victory over Pencho Tsvetkov in Liverpool was subject to severe criticism due to the wide disparity in ability between the pair. The Burton man apologised to fans who had made the journey to the North-West for the performance and acknowledged that matchmaking had to be better in the future. Despite his lopsided record, Sokolowski marks a clear step-up for the thirty-one-year-old, holding a reputation as having one of the most deceiving professional records in the sport today having already claimed several scalps in his eleven victories. Clarke will no doubt be expected to emerge victorious but should at least be tested in his fourth pro outing.
Benjamin Shalom‘s BOXXER will promote the card in Manchester, while Sky Sports will broadcast. It has also been confirmed that Ricky Hatton‘s exhibition bout versus Marco Antonio Barrera, which is set to take place directly after the main event on the night in Manchester, will also be broadcast on Sky and that those with tickets to the show will be eligible to stay and witness the two boxing icons go at it on the night.