Frank Warren has partnered with the BBC for exclusive radio rights to Tyson Fury’s highly-anticpated comeback fight against Sefer Seferi at the Manchester Arena on June 9.
Former WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF Heavyweight World Champion Fury will end an exile of over two-and-a-half years when he fights at the Manchester Arena for the first time in his career.
Fellow Mancunian Terry Flanagan bids to become the city’s first ever two-weight World Champion when he takes on unbeaten American Maurice Hooker for the Vacant WBO Super-Lightweight crown.
The BBC’s multi-event deal with Warren got underway with memorable coverage of Carl Frampton’s brilliant performance against four-weight World Champion and Filipino legend Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena in Belfast last month.
‘The Jackal’ earned the WBO interim Featherweight belt with a classy win over Donaire in front of an electric sell-out crowd and set up his dream summer Windsor Park fight in doing so.
Frampton and his trainer Jamie Moore then swapped the canvas for the radio mic alongside Mike Costello to provide commentary for Josh Warrington’s historic World Title win over long-standing rival Lee Selby at Elland Road last week.
Warrington stunned the boxing World by becoming the first man from Leeds to win a World Title in front of over 20,000 fans at the home of his beloved Leeds United.
And now Costello and his team turn their attention to the Manchester Arena as Fury looks to begin his rise back to the very top of the Heavyweight division.
Frank Warren: “I’m delighted to partner with the BBC for exclusive radio commentary on one of the most eagerly-anticipated comeback fights of all time. This is even more brilliant news for fight fans following the success of our first two events with the BBC. We’ve already delivered two memorable nights and on June 9 I’m predicting even more fireworks when the big man finally gets himself back in the ring and under the lights.”
Ben Gallop, Head of BBC Radio and Digital Sport, said: “Tyson Fury’s comeback fight promises to be a fantastic occasion. We’re delighted to have added his homecoming bout in Manchester in June, as well as his second fight, to our multi-event deal with Frank Warren. With exclusive commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website, boxing fans won’t miss a moment of the action.”
The full lineup of matchups are set for the inaugural Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) fight card that will feature 12 bouts Saturday, June 2 live on pay-per-view from Cheyenne Ice & Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The first legal, regulated and sanctioned bare knuckle event in the United States since 1889, "BKFC: The Beginning," will air throughout the United States and Canada on pay-per-view through MultiVision Media, Inc., on FITE-TV app and fite.tv on all major television and streaming distribution outlets for $29.99 in 4K. The event can be ordered at www.bareknuckle.tv/bkfc1.
The pay-per-view telecast will feature former boxing world champion Antonio Tarver providing color commentary.
Headlining the card is former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez taking on Pennsylvania's Lewis "The Beast" Rumsey in five rounds of heavyweight action, while Lineal Bare Knuckle Boxing Heavyweight World Champion Bobby Gunn battles Brazil's Marcelo Tavares in a seven-round attraction.
A five-round women's showdown between "Rowdy" Bec Rawlings and Alma Garcia will also be featured on the groundbreaking pay-per-view event. A former UFC fighter, Rawlings recorded two wins in UFC among her seven professional MMA victories. The 29-year-old from Brisbane, Australia enters the ring looking to bring her signature aggressive style into bare knuckle boxing. She will take on Garcia, a professional boxer with seven fights under her belt and fighting out of Denver, Colorado.
Held under the auspices and control of the Wyoming Combative Sports Commission, headed by Chairman Bryan Pedersen, the card features only established professional fighters who have competed in boxing, MMA, kickboxing or Muay Thai.
BKFC heavyweight tournament action will feature Arizona's Eric "The American Soldier" Prindle battling Missouri's Sam Shewmaker, Las Vegas-native Maurice "The Gorilla" Jackson against Hawaii's Dale Sopi and Chicago's Arnold "Bomaye" Adams competing against California's DJ "Da Protégé" Linderman in a series of five-round quarter final matchups.
Additional fights on the stacked night of bare knuckle boxing include Virginia's Reggie Barnett versus Pennsylvania's Travis Thompson in a five-round 135-pound fight, Texas-native Johnny "Brutal" Bedford in a 137-pound, five-round matchup against Wyoming's Nick "Garfield" Mamalis and a 155-pound showdown between Phoenix's Estevan "El Terrible" Payan and Washington's Omar "Gallo Fino" Avelar scheduled for five rounds.
Rounding out the night of fights are a pair of 145-pound fights as San Diego's Joey Beltran meets California's Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez in a five-round bout and Winnipeg's Desmond Johnson taking on New Mexico-native Austin Ward in a five-round affair,plus Canada's Brandon Cheverfield against Indiana's Jorge Gonzales in a five-round 165-pound attraction..
BCB Promotions are delighted to announce the signing of undefeated super bantamweight prospect, James Beech Junior, on a three-year management deal.
The 21 year-old (6-0) from Walsall joins BCB from MTK Birmingham and follows in his father’s footsteps in signing for Errol Johnson.
Beech Senior enjoyed 31 professional outings under Johnson between 1999 and 2008 and Junior is delighted to continue the family tradition.
“I always knew I’d end up signing with BCB,” he explained. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at MTK and they have gotten me to 6-0 in a relatively short space of time. I’d like to thank everyone at MTK for their support but this is the next chapter for me.
“BCB are growing all the time. They’ve come on massively over the last year or so and I’m really excited by what the future holds.
“My dad and Errol go back a long way and he’s really pleased that I’m following in his footsteps.”
The graduate of Pleck Boxing Club, who he represented on 80 occasions, will continue to train out of Great Wyrley Boxing Club under Pete Hickenbottom but will visit BCB HQ for regular sparring and fitness sessions with trainers Paul Mann and Ben Wilkes.
“I’m looking forward to working with James,” added Wilkes, pictured with Beech. “He’s a lovely lad with a bright future. He’ll do the vast majority of his work with Pete but we’ll have him over for sparring and I’m sure we can help push him on to the next level.”