Matchroom Boxing USA and Murphys Boxing Promotions today officially announced a major world championship boxing event to be held at Boston’s TD Garden on October 20, 2018.
During a press conference at Boston’s Faneuil Hall, officials previewed the October event, which will feature three title bouts and a titanic main event with unbeaten WBO Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders of England facing unbeaten top contender Demetrius Andrade of Rhode Island.
The October 20th fight night is part of the DAZN Network’s stacked fall lineup of combat sports. It is being produced by Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing USA in association with Ken Casey of Murphys Boxing Promotions.
“This will be the biggest night of championship boxing that the City of Boston has seen in more than 15 years,” said Casey of Murphys Boxing Promotions – who is also a founding member of the legendary Boston band Dropkick Murphys.
“Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing have created a tremendous environment around the sport in the United Kingdom, and we’re fortunate to be working with them on this historic event that will feature a stacked bill of some of the sport’s biggest stars.”
At the top of the bill is the mouth-watering World title clash between unbeaten stars Andrade and Saunders. Andrade is a dominant figure among New England fighters and enjoys tremendous support from his native state of Rhode Island, while Saunders has held the WBO middleweight title since 2015.
Others on the bill for October 20th include Irish favorite Katie Taylor, the biggest star in women’s boxing and the WBA and IBF World Lightweight Champ – in a showdown with Brooklyn-based Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano, the Brooklyn-based WBO Featherweight Champ and one of the most exciting combat sports stars to come out of Puerto Rico. Serrano hasn’t lost a fight since 2012 and is gunning for two-weight World glory.
Also on the bill is a showdown between American boxer and IBF Super-Featherweight title holder Tevin Farmer and Irish boxer James Tennyson. Farmer landed the title with a landslide points win in Billy Dib’s Australian backyard in August, gaining redemption in the process after missing out on the crown in a controversial split decision loss against Kenichi Ogawa in Las Vegas in December. Tennyson is the reigning European and Commonwealth champion.
“This event will be massive so I’ve lined up a trio of huge talents in Billy-Joe Saunders, Katie Taylor and Tevin Farmer to defend their titles here in Boston,” said Hearn, whose Matchroom Boxing USA seeks to replicate the runaway success of Matchroom in Europe. “They’ll have some fierce competition in Andrade, Serrano and Tennyson, and these should be sensational matchups.”
The fight program also features three Murphys Boxing fighters, United States Marine Afghanistan veteran Mark ‘Bazooka’ Deluca from Whitman, Mass., Framingham firefighter Danny O’Connor (currently on leave to focus on boxing) and Niall Kennedy, a policeman from Wexford, Ireland. All three will participate in major fights to be announced.
The Murphys Boxing entries have built strong fan followings under Casey’s tutelage. Deluca is the former NABA and IBA World Champion with an impressive 21-1 record. O’Connor is a former U.S. Olympic Team Alternate and also won the WBC International Silver Championship. Kennedy is rapidly becoming a fan favorite and beat Jesse Barboz by a KO to win the Massachusetts Heavyweight Title.
The October 20th fight will also be available on DAZN, the world’s first pure sport streaming service that allows fans to watch their sport, their way, live or on-demand. After launching in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and Canada over the last two years, DAZN will launch in the U.S. this September at $9.99 per month with more than 70 fight nights planned across Matchroom Boxing, Bellator MMA and the World Boxing Super Series. The platform, available on most connected devices including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and game consoles, offers a 1-month free trial and no long-term contract.
In addition to the great world title clashes, the event will also raise funds for first responder related charities through the Boston Bruins Foundation. The event will offer special reduced individual and group tickets for all military and first responders and their families. For first responder information and tickets contact LMurphy@bostonbruins.com or Mbloom@murphysboxing.com.