It’s ten years since Manchester hero Ricky Hatton’s epic victory over Kostya Tsyzu, famously winning the World title in his home town, so you’d expect British boxing promoters to put on ‘anniversary’ shows in the city, and they haven’t disappointed with three high class shows over three weeks this July…
Turbo – Velodrome, Manchester, 11 July
Terry Flanagan vs Jose Zepeda – WBO World Lightweight title
Liam Walsh vs Troy James – British & Commonwealth Super Featherweight titles
Frank Warren kicks things off on 11th July with ‘Turbo’ at the Velodrome which will see local fighter Terry Flanagan attempt to become WBO World Lightweight champion when he takes on American KO specialist Jose Zepeda for the vacant belt. Neither fighter has tasted defeat before, someone’s ‘0’ has got to go!
The Turbo bill also features Liam Walsh who will be defending his British & Commonwealth Super Featherweight titles against Troy James, and British stars Billy Joe Saunders and Jack Catterall will also be in championship title bouts.
High Stakes – Manchester Arena, 18 July
Scott Quigg vs Kiko Martinez – WBA World Super Bantamweight title
Antony Crolla vs Darleys Perez – WBA World Lightweight title
Plus two British title bouts AND Anthony Joshua MBE in his 14th professional bout
A week later, it’s the stacked Matchroom Sport card ‘High Stakes’ at Manchester Arena with two World and two British titles contested, as well as heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua MBE in action!
Scott Quigg will make the fifth defence of his WBA World Super Bantamweight title against Kiko Martinez at the Manchester Arena on July 18, on a huge night of boxing live on Sky Sports.
The Bury star now faces the sternest test of his reign in the shape of former IBF World ruler Martinez, who is no stranger to the UK and Ireland having boxed Carl Frampton twice in Belfast and dramatically knocking out Bernard Dunne in the first round of their European title clash in Dublin.
Meanwhile in the other headline bout, Anthony Crolla will make an emotional return to the ring when he challenges WBA World Lightweight champion Darleys Perez.
The Manchester man has been given the all-clear to box again by doctors following the horrific attack he suffered when bravely tackling burglars that attempted to break into his neighbour’s house in December. The injuries Crolla suffered cruelly robbed him of the chance to face Richar Abril for the World title in January, and Million Dollar will hope to emulate Ricky Hatton’s heroics to snatch the World strap on home soil.
Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua MBE will also feature on the bill, Chris Jenkins will face Tyrone Nurse for British Light Welterweight title & Sam Eggington and Glenn Foot will clash for the vacant British Welterweight title in a huge night of boxing!
Friday Night Lights – SSE Arena, 24 July
Frank Buglioni vs Fedor Chudinov – WBA World Super Middleweight title
It’s a Friday fight night the next weekend, this time at the SSE Arena (formerly Wembley Arena) when local favourite Frank Buglioni gets the chance of a lifetime as he faces WBA World Super Middleweight Champion Fedor Chudinov for the big punching Russian’s belt.
Hard-hitting Enfield ace Buglioni has knocked out 12 of his 18 opponents and will look to use his firepower to take him to his dream of lifting the WBA crown. He was involved in a thrilling fight against Lee Markham last month at the SSE Arena with the judges unable to separate them and scoring it a draw. The pair were scheduled to meet again until this life-changing opportunity came along for Buglioni.
Buglioni’s showdown against the undefeated Russian headlines a spectacular fight card that features British star Billy Joe Saunders, plus FOUR more big titles on the line with Ovill McKenzie, Mitchell Smith, Lewis Pettitt and Lee Markham all in championship action.
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