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The undercard running order for this month’s huge heavyweight title clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko is close to being completed.
It’s already been announced that Scott Quigg will face Viorel Simion at Wembley Stadium Connected by EE as the event goes live on Sky Sports Box Office April 29th.
Quigg boxes at Featherweight for the second time having landed the WBA International title in his first fight at his new weight in December in Manchester with a ninth round stoppage.
London represents another first for Quigg as the one-time world title holder has future hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach in his corner for the first time as he takes on Simion.
The WBA have sanctioned the fight
At lightweight, Luke Campbell MBE will take on Darleys Perez, also in an eliminator for the number one position with the WBA.
Campbell defended his WBC Silver title for the second time in February with a second round demolition of Jairo Lopez in his hometown of Hull, following hot on the heels of his impressive stoppage win over Derry Mathews in October in Liverpool.
Olympians Lawrence Okolie, Joe Cordina and Josh Kelly are all given places to shine on the massive card.
The trio represented Team GB in Rio last summer before turning to the paid ranks, with Okolie the first to make his debut and in spectacular fashion in Manchester earlier this month.
Okolie has been pitted against Russ Henshaw, whilst Kelly fights Faheem Khan after making is pro bow in Glasgow on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ World Super-Lightweight title unification battle with Julius Indongo earlier this month.
Welshman Cordina steps through the ropes for the first time in Liverpool on April 22 where Martin Murray and Gabriel Rosado top the bill in a tasty Middleweight battle.
Cordina claimed the number one slot in a draw between the three former amateur stars this week and will open the show.
The seventh bout to be confirmed is Katie Taylor. The Olympic gold medallist, who has raced to 4-0 already this year, battles Nina Meinke in a WBA title eliminator as Eddie Hearn pushes for a fast-tracked championship victory.
Full card as it stands:
Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko (WBA/IBF/IBO heavyweight titles)
Scott Quigg v Viorel Simion (Featherweight)
Luke Campbell v Darleys Perez (WBA lightweight title eliminator)
Katie Taylor v Nina Meinke (WBA Lightweight title eliminator) **
Lawrence Okolie v Russ Henshaw (Cruiserweight)
Joe Cordina v TBA (Super-featherweight)
Josh Kelly v Faheem Khan (Welterweight)
6pm: Joe Cordina v TBA
Followed by: Yet to be confirmed
9.45pm – 10pm: Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko
Joshua v Klitschko will be live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK. Joshua backers Showtime pick up live coverage in the US, whilst HBO will show the bout delayed in the evening (US time).
Sky Sports Boxing Office are on air from 6pm. For how to book the fight visit here
RTL have exclusivity on Klitschko in his preferred home of Germany with coverage from 7pm CET.
Ring Walk times:
Judging by past events at Wembley Stadium, Matchroom opt to go early with the main event to help with travel and live coverage all over the world. Therefore, Joshua and Klitschko will be in the ring between 9.45pm and 10pm (1.45pm to 2pm PT / 4.45pm to 5pm ET in the US / 10.45pm to 11pm CET).
Fight week – workouts:
Joshua and Klitschko will perform public work-outs at Wembley Arena on Tuesday evening to kick-off fight week ahead of their blockbuster clash. UK fight fans can watch the fighters go through their training routines ahead of their battle at the national stadium as well as fighters on the bumper undercard.
The Team GB Rio Olympians kick-off the work out from 6pm as Okolie, Cordina and Kelly land on the biggest stage early in the pro careers.
Fight week – press conference / weigh-in
Media-only press conferences for the undercard and main event on Thursday follow the work out before Wembley Arena takes centre stage again as the host of the weight from 1pm, with doors open at midday.
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