Callum Johnson will face Willbeforce Shihepo for the vacant Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title at the Manchester Arena on September 24, live on Sky Sports.
Johnson is aiming to secure a dream Commonwealth double having landed Commonwealth Games gold in Delhi in 2010 before turning pro later that year. The unbeaten 31 year old Scot now faces his first title fight in the paid ranks in his 16th outing, doing so on a huge night in Manchester on the undercard of his Joe Gallagher gym-mate Anthony Crolla’s World Lightweight unification battle with Jorge Linares.
Shihepo brings vast experience to Manchester and presents a stern test to Johnson in his first title bout with the Namibian in his eighth title fight having won half of them and taken Arthur Abraham the distance in Germany, and with 17 KOs from 23 wins, the visitor provides a dangerous examination of Johnson’s title credentials.
“This is a huge step up for Callum but now is the time to see if he is going to become the force we believe he can in the division,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “You only have to look at the level that Shihepo has mixed with to see how tough a fight this will be but we are confident that Callum will add the Commonwealth title to his Games gold medal on September 24.”
Johnson’s clash with Shihepo is part of a huge night of action as Crolla and Linares clash in a blockbuster battle for the WBA, WBC Diamond and vacant Ring Magazine Lightweight straps.
John Ryder defends his WBA International Middleweight title against Jack Arnfield, Isaac Lowe defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against Tshifhiwa Munyai, unbeaten Light-Heavyweight Hosea Burton will be in title action Conor Benn tastes his fifth night of action in the paid ranks with an appearance first at The O2 in London on September 10.
Tickets are on sale now priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 and available from the Manchester Arena at www.manchester-arena.com<http://www.manchester-arena.com/> or by calling 0844 847 8000. VIPs tickets are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com<http://www.matchroomboxing.com/> priced at £250.
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Reece Bellotti will take on Ian Bailey in an eliminator for the English Featherweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Thursday September 29.
Unbeaten Watford talent Bellotti has finished five of his six fights inside the distance and the ‘Bomber’ will be looking to make that six out of seven in his first ten round action in the paid ranks.
Bailey has challenged for the English title twice, taking Josh Warrington the distance in 2013 and doing the same with Ryan Doyle in January, and the former Southern Area champion from Slough will be looking to set up a third crack at the strap in his 34th pro outing.
A host of Matchroom Boxing’s young unbeaten talents are set for action on the bill with Surrey Light-Heavyweight Jake Ball, Wokingham Middleweight Felix Cash, Crystal Palace Middleweight Craig Richards and Birmingham Welterweight Ted Cheeseman, plus more to be added.
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets-matchroom-boxing-presents-a-night-of-championship-boxing-london-york-hall-29-9-2016/event/9656210/?gcid=chPrt-_-geoUK-_-genboxing-_-cpgyorkhallsept-_-partmatchroom priced at £40 (unreserved), £60 (floor) and £100 (ringside).
Ohara Davies will face Willie Limond on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ WBA World Super-Lightweight title defence against Kiryl Relikh at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Friday October 7, live on Sky Sports.
Unbeaten Hackney talent Davies landed the English belt in April with a KO win over Andy Keates at The O2 in London and the 24 year old known as ‘Two Tanks’ made it 10 KOs from a dozen pro outings in June.
Davies faces a real step-up in class on his first trip north of the border as he meets the decorated champion Limond, with the popular Glasgow man entering the ring in his 45th pro outing and 15th title action. The 37 year old put in a spirited challenge for the British Super-Lightweight title against Tyrone Nurse at the SSE Arena in May and will provide Davies with his sternest test yet having shared the ring with World champions Amir Khan, Anthony Crolla and Alex Arthur.
“This is a huge step up for Ohara and a real 50-50 fight,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Willie is looking to bounce back and Ohara hasn't operated anywhere near this level. The card is shaping up nicely for a huge night in Glasgow on October 7.”
Davies’ clash with Limond is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow as three-weight World champion Ricky Burns defends his WBA World Super-Lightweight title against unbeaten mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh.
Scotty Cardle defending his British Lightweight title against Kevin Hooper, Commonwealth Games gold medal favourite Charlie Flynn tackling Manchester’s Kofi Yates, outings for Flynn’s Commonwealth Games teammate Joe Ham and Brixton’s Heavyweight star Dillian Whyte, plus more to be added.
Tickets are on sale now to Matchroom Fight Pass members via the following link: http://www.stubhub.co.uk/event/9652689/?gcid=chPrt-_-geoUK-_-genboxing-_-cpgglasgowoctfightpass-_-partmatchroom&mbox=1&rS=0&abbyo=false&sliderpos=false&qtyq=false&dUpg=false&sort=price+asc with tickets priced at £40, £60 and £100, with VIP tickets priced at £200.
Tickets go on general sale at midday today (Friday September 2), with tickets in the £40-£100 bracket available from the SSE Hydro website http://www.thessehydro.com/ and on 0844 395 4000 and 0800 952 0110 (accessible). VIP tickets at £200 are exclusively available at www.matchroomboxing.com