The full undercard, TV coverage, plus ring walks and live scorecards are set for one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of the year.
Carl Frampton returns to action to fulfill a boyhood dream of fighting at Windsor Park, whilst Tyson Fury bids to set up a WBC heavyweight title challenge against Deontay Wilder.
Here’s all the information at hand with the running order for Saturday night to follow.
Full confirmed Belfast card for Windsor Park:
interim WBO featherweight title
Carl Frampton v Luke Jackson
12 – WBC flyweight title
Cristofer Rosales v Paddy Barnes
10 – heavyweight
Tyson Fury v Francesco Pianeta
8 – cruiserweight
Steve Collins Jr v Steven Ward
8 – middleweight
Luke Keeler v TBA
6 – welterweight
Lewis Crocker v William Warburton
6 – super featherweight
Marco McCullough v Jordan Ellison
6 – super lightweight
Sam Maxwell v Chris Truman
6 – middleweight
Conrad Cummings v Nicky Jenman
4 – super welterweight
Steven Donnelly v Kevin McCauley
4 – lightweight
Sean McComb v Reynaldo Mora
4 – featherweight
Isaac Lowe v TBA
Paddy Barnes will start televised proceedings on Saturday August 18th when he challenges WBC World Flyweight champion Cristofer Rosales for his world championship in front of a home crowd in Belfast at the city’s national stadium, Windsor Park.
Televised coverage of the big night of boxing will begin straight after the huge Premier League local derby between Chelsea and Arsenal live on BT Sport 1. Coverage of the big fight night will begin at 7:45pm.
“This is a massive bonus for Paddy fighting straight after the Arsenal-Chelsea match, it means there will be an even bigger audience tuning in to watch him for his big world title fight.” said boxing promotor Frank Warren; who also had a message for the fans heading to Windsor Park on August 18th:
“Get yourself in the stadium nice and early, grab a drink and enjoy an excellent night of world-class boxing. Let’s hope it will stay nice and dry for everyone!”.
Amateur stand-out Barnes has two Olympic bronze and two Commonwealth Gold medals to his name and will be looking to add a professional world title to that collection on August 18th.
This will only be Barnes’ sixth outing as a professional after being fast-tracked to world title contention. In his most recent fight Barnes impressed by stopping tough Nicaraguan, Eliecer Quezada in the sixth round; a fighter who narrowly lost to upcoming opponent Rosales with a split decision just seven months before.
The WBC Flyweight king, Cristofer Rosales will be making his maiden title defence in Belfast after stopping the unbeaten Japanese fighter, Daigo Higa in Japan in which was a major upset.
The 23-year-old Nicaraguan already has thirty fights as a professional but has previously lost to two undefeated Brits in Andrew Selby and Kal Yafai. Rosales will be fighting to make it third time lucky against British opposition when he faces Barnes, along with retaining his WBC strap.
Fellow Belfast native and good friend of Barnes, Carl Frampton will be headlining the Windsor Park event when he defends his interim WBO World Featherweight title against Australia’s Luke Jackson.
Also on the BT Sport televised bill Lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury faces a step up when he tackles two-time world title challenger Francesco Pianeta.
The bill also includes a light-heavyweight clash between Belfast’s Ward and Dubliner Steve Collins Jr. Also in action is WBO European middleweight champion Luke Keeler, Cummings, KO king Lewis Crocker, Marco McCullough, Sean McComb and Steven Donnelly.
In the United States, Studio coverage of SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL from New York begins at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT with host Brian Custer and Hall of Fame analyst Steve Farhood providing pre-and post-fight analysis.
Live coverage from Belfast, which will be provided by BT Sport, will begin with the Pianeta ring walk shortly after 3:30. U.K. sportscaster John Rawling will call the action with Barry Jones providing analysis, and Ronald McIntosh conducting post-fight interviews for Fury-Pianeta.
Tyson Fury will take to the ring around 8.45pm (3.45pm ET) in the UK for a possible 9pm (4pm ET) start time, whilst Frampton is expected to head to the squared circle for 10pm (5pm ET).
WBN will be live on site with updated results as they happen, whilst Frampton v Jackson, Fury v Pianeta and Cristofer Rosales v Paddy Barnes will all be subject to scoring at the contests unfold.
Log on to the World Boxing News site from around 7.45pm (2.45pm ET) to follow all the action as it happens