Advertisement
Advertisement

Groves, DeGale Doubleheader Heads To The Echo Arena

Frank Warren's show planned for the ExCeL London on Friday December 9 - joint-headlined by James DeGale and George Groves in separate championship fights - has been switched to the Liverpool Echo Arena on the same date.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, ExCeL were unable to stage the event due to their Olympic test event commitment and, with no other London venue available, Ian Congdon from the Liverpool Echo Arena jumped at the chance to stage another international boxing event at the city's premier venue.

Last month Liverpool star Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly fought a tremendous battle for the WBO World Light-Heavyweight title at the venue in one of the best fights seen in recent years, and in July John Murray and Kevin Mitchell were also involved in a thrilling fight at the same venue.

DeGale will take on tough Spaniard Jose Guerrero in the first defence of his WBO Intercontinental Super-Middleweight title, while his great rival Groves will defend his Commonwealth title against a challenger to be confirmed.

The top quality card will also feature Olympian Billy Joe Saunders in a 10-round international contest, backed up with Merseyside's best talent including: former British and Commonwealth Featherweight Champion Stephen Smith; his younger brother, unbeaten, welterweight Liam Smith; big-punching light-middleweight talent Joe Selkirk, plus hugely popular Ellesmere Port super-flyweight Paul Butler as well as Commonwealth Games Champion Callum Johnson.

Promoter Frank Warren said, "I'm grateful that Ian Congdon and his team at the Liverpool Echo Arena stepped in to stage the event.

"With the great fights we've had recently at the arena with Cleverly v Bellew and Murray v Mitchell, plus cracking title fights with Paul Smith in the past, Liverpool has now become the hotbed of British boxing.

"The fans are fantastic and really love their boxing and come out and support the shows so I'm delighted that James and George plus all the local lads will feature on the card."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 11-16-2011

Disappointed in the choice for DeGale's opponent. He last fight was tough and he got stunned in it but it was a good learning experience. Theres no point going back to fighting bums like this now.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Lucas Matthysse To Return in Early 2017, Says Golden Boy Prez Photos: Perrella-Ugas, Karl-Quezada on Weight For PBC on FS1 Adam Balski Knocks Out Valery Brudov in The Fifth Chocolatito Not Pleased With Offer For Inoue, Prefers Cuadras Lewkowicz Sends Warning Message To Today's Boxers Ricardo Mayorga is Back, Plans Ring Return For December Luis Ortiz To Klitschko: I'll Replace Fury, Whoop Your Ass on 10/29 Ohara Davies is Off Burns-Relikh, Returns Saturday in Germany Hearn Keeps Everyone in Suspense on Joshua vs. Klitschko, Parker Mikey Garcia Still Waiting For a Date, Hopes For Zlaticanin Shot Video: Abregu Suffers KO Loss, Opponent Attacked Afterwards! Abregu Knocked Out By Journeyman, Post-Fight Brawl Erupts Javier Fortuna Will Go After Pedraza or Sosa vs. Smith Winner Cleverly Eager To Fight: I Want To Rip That Title Off Braehmer Pacquiao-Vargas Broadcast Team - Bradley, Smith, Kenny, More Billy Joe Saunders Return Moved To October 22 in Cardiff Juanma Vows: I'll Go For The Kill, Won't Stop Until I KO Vazquez! Golovkin-Saunders: Warren Will Try To Make The Fight Happen Ward: What Will Kovalev Do When Being the Krusher Doesn’t Work? Hopkins: Canelo-Golovkin WILL Happen, This Ain't May-Pac! Crolla: I'll Be Back Better To Beat Jorge Linares in Rematch Marlon Tapales vs. Arthur Villanueva is No Problem, Says Salud Video: Eddie Hearn on Joshua vs. Klitschko, Fury, DeGale vs. Jack Luis Concepcion-Kal Yafai Eyed For November 26 In Manchester Hearn: My Gut Says Joshua-Parker Next, Klitschko Next Year Frankie Gavin Gives High Praise To Nathan McIntosh Gonzalez: Canelo is NOT The Best - Until He Beats Golovkin! Freddie Roach, Cooper on Trump-Clinton as Championship Fight "Fighting Words” - Dead October: Hell Hath No (Tyson) Fury Malignaggi Pleads: Golovkin-Jacobs Has To Be Made Right Now! Flash Elorde's Grandsons Pick Up Decision Wins in Manila 'Don King Way' Not Moving To Street Where He Killed a Man Michael Conlan Already Eyes Future Carl Frampton Clash Joseph Parker Learning From David Tua's Mistakes as Shot Nears Mike Tyson Says His Ring Career is Unknown To Today's Youth Andre Ward: I've Always Felt Like The Underdog Hearn: I Think Tyson Fury Will NEVER Fight Again, He'll Be Stripped Orlando Salido-Takashi Miura Getting Closer For December 17 Yuriorkis Gamboa Ready, Wants a Crack at Jose Pedraza Oleksandr Usyk To Make Return on Golovkin's Card, Dec. 10?
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement