New era for Matchroom Boxing in Leeds with 2 title fights confirmed


Huge show on May 21 at first direct arena. Stephen Smith faces World title eliminator and local lad Josh Warrington will defend his Commonwealth Featherweight title in the first Matchroom Boxing show in the city.

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The 23 year old Leeds man, Josh Warrington,  defended his title in style last Saturday at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, forcing the retirement of former World title challenger Rendall Munroe after eight rounds in his first defence of the belt he won lastn November.

There’s a huge fight on the bill for Stephen Smith as he faces Fernando David Saucedo for the Argentinian’s WBC Silver Featherweight title in a crunch eliminator bout and there’s a Yorkshire derby as Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell defends his British Super Bantamweight title against Barnsley’s Josh Wale and Hull star Tommy Coyle returns to action on a night that promoter Eddie Hearn says will be the first of many big events in the city with rising star Warrington at the heart of it all.

“We’ve been lucky enough to host the Premier League Darts at the first direct arena recently with 11,000 fans who created an electric atmosphere, “I’ve been looking at bringing boxing to Leeds since the Arena opened and now with Josh Warrington on the title scene, it’s perfect timing.

“Josh can be a major flag bearer for boxing in Leeds and fans can expect a first class night of action. Stephen Smith is presented with a huge opportunity taking WBC Silver champion Fernando David Saucedo in a World title eliminator and Gavin McDonnell takes on Josh Wale in a lively Yorkshire derby. Fresh from his Fight of the Year contender, Tommy Coyle also returns to action chasing a World title shot – we are looking forward to a new era in Leeds.”

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