Joyce v Palmer, Askin v Simmons double-header tonight on Channel 5

RINGSIDE 17/03/2018

Tune in tonight at 10.30pm on Channel 5 for an explosive night of boxing, featuring the hotly anticipated British Cruiserweight Title Fight: Askins v Simmons and witness heavyweight ‘The Juggernaut’ Joe Joyce squaring off against Boston’s 6ft 10” Donnie ‘Big Nasty’ Palmer

Opening the doubleheader night of boxing is Olympic silver medallist heavyweight ‘The Juggernaut’ Joe Joyce, who will be facing off against 140kg giant Boston’s, Donnie ‘Big Nasty’ Palmer in what is set to be a thrilling heavyweight clash.

This dangerous match cannot be underestimated. With strong amateur pedigree, Palmer dispatched former IBF World Heavyweight Champion Charles Martin and World Title contender Dominic Breazeale, his reputation as a tough fighter saw him brought in as Klitschko’s key sparring partner ahead of his World Title Defence against Tyson Fury.

As part of this explosive doubleheader, Matty ‘The Assassin’ Askin will also defend his British Cruiserweight Title for the first time against Scotland’s Stephen ‘Monster’ Simmons who is looking to make history in becoming the first Scot to win the British Cruiserweight Title.

The Assassin said, “I’m very much looking forward to the fight. Simmons is aggressive, he doesn’t hide but I think my style will take care of that. I won’t have to go looking for him.

“I have twice as many knock out wins as he does and only been stopped once in my career. It will make for a great fight no matter how long it lasts”

Simmons countered; “I feel strong, I’m coming into this fight following three wins in a row. I’m ready. He knows I’m ready and he knows I’m going to be coming for him.”

Making her professional debut, is a truly remarkable woman, twice World Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion Ruqsana.

“Ruqsana was born into a strict Muslim household, who struggled for years to balance her faith and culture with the fast, furious and sometimes brutal sport she fell in love with.

For five years Ruqsana kept her sporting life secret from those closest to her, going so far as to hide her trophies from her family. Inspired by the challenges faced by Muslim women wishing to take part in sport but also wishing to wear a hijab, Ruqsana designed a headscarf which conformed to the sports legislation without hindering performance, which is now retailing internationally.

Tune in for a thrilling night of boxing where fighters are stepping into the ring with egos, reputations, and titles on the line

The show will be broadcast live on Channel 5. Live coverage will start at 22.30 on Saturday 17th March.

Limited tickets are available at the door, prices start from £40.