Cyclone Promotions are delighted to announce that exciting contender Martin Bakole (11-0-0) will face former world title challenger Michael Hunter (14-1-0) as part of a huge night of action at York Hall on October 13th. The mouth-watering heavyweight showdown will be shown live and exclusive on Channel 5, and is sponsored by Voltarol.
Having notched up back-to-back first round stoppage wins under the Cyclone banner, the Airdrie-based Bakole now has the chance to prove himself against former Olympian Michael Hunter.
The super-slick Hunter pushed pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk the full distance during their competitive Cruiserweight world title showdown last year, and has remained undefeated since moving up to fight at Heavyweight following the sole loss of his pro career.
Bakole has been helping heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to prepare for his fight with Alexander Povetkin and is looking forward to the challenge.
“I am so happy to get this chance to show everyone how good I am on October 13th. Michael Hunter is a tough fighter who will come to win, and I am grateful to him for taking this fight. I am ready to prove I am one of the best heavyweights in the world with a victory, and I promise I will put on a good show for the fans at York Hall,” Bakole said.
Hunter added: “A win against Martin Bakole would be the perfect way for me to propel myself back into world title contention. There’s been lots of talk about him, but who has he fought? I fought the very best at Cruiserweight, and I believe I’m now a different animal as a heavyweight. Camp has been amazing, and no doubt about it – I’ll take care of business on October 13th.”
Also on the bill is Edinburgh’s Bantamweight starlet Lee McGregor (4-0-0), who challenges Thomas Essomba (8-4-0) for the Commonwealth Bantamweight crown in just his fifth pro outing. McGregor became the IBF Youth World Bantamweight champion last time out on the Josh Taylor vs. Viktor Postol undercard, as he wiped out African prospect Goodluck Mrema within four rounds.
Having made a flawless start to life in the professional ranks, Cruiserweight up-and-comer Chris Billam-Smith (6-0-0) takes on Dagenham’s Robin Dupre (13-1-0) in a Commonwealth Cruiserweight title eliminator on the bill.
IBO World Lightweight champion Chantelle Cameron (7-0-0) makes the third defence of her strap against former world champion Dahiana Santana (36-9-0). Northampton’s Cameron will be looking to make a statement against the vastly-experienced Santana, as she looks to catch the eye ahead of potential blockbuster unification bouts in the coming months.
Further undercard additions will be announced in the coming days, ahead of what looks to be a stellar night of top-level action at York Hall on October 13th. You can follow all of the build-up on our twitter handle – @CyclonePromo; and/or our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/CyclonePromotions
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LEE MCGREGOR: “I’m absolutely buzzing that this fight has been made. Not many fighters get to challenge for the Commonwealth title in their fifth fight, and I’m grateful to my team for having faith in me. I will leave no stone unturned in camp to make sure that the Commonwealth title is coming back to Edinburgh with me on October 13th.”
THOMAS ESSOMBA: “This is a quality fight. I’ve been following Lee’s career and believe he can go far, but I’m sparring like a possessed animal at the moment. This is a big opportunity for me, and I won’t be turning up to make up the numbers. I’m coming to win, and I know what it takes to become Commonwealth champion.”
BARRY MCGUIGAN: “What a fantastic night of action this should be for the fans. Martin Bakole vs. Michael Hunter could easily become a York Hall classic, and to see Lee McGregor challenging for the Commonwealth title so early in his career is amazing. The atmosphere at York Hall is always phenomenal, and I can’t wait for a top-quality show on October 13th.”