Matchroom Boxing announce huge line-up of 25 fights until spring 2021
Matchroom Boxing released information regarding a spate of behind-closed-doors events to start the most troubling new year of all time with a bang.
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom are delighted to announce details of their upcoming UK schedule following the British Boxing Board of Control’s confirmation earlier this week. Boxing tournaments under its jurisdiction will resume in the middle of February.
All of the action will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN (U.S).
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Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte 2 is shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in all other markets, excluding the UK and Ireland.
WARRINGTON vs. LARA
Matchroom’s 2021 schedule launches with a bang on Saturday, February 13. Josh Warrington (30-0, 7 KOs) faces Mexico’s Mauricio Lara (21-2, 14 KOs) as he waits for a huge fight later in the year.
Manchester Super-Featherweight contender Zelfa Barrett (24-1, 15 KOs) defends his IBF Intercontinental Title against Spain’s former Super-Bantamweight World Champion Kiko Martinez (41-9-2, 29 KOs) in the chief support bout.
Nottingham’s Leigh Wood (23-2, 13 KOs) clashes with unbeaten Doncaster man Reece Mould (13-0, 6 KOs) for the vacant British Featherweight Title.
Fast-rising Sheffield Super-Lightweight talent Dalton Smith (6-0, 5 KOs) takes on Rotherham’s Lee Appleyard (16-5-1, 5 KOs).
Leeds Featherweight Hopey Price (3-0, 1 KO) looks to build on his win over Jonny Phillips at Fight Camp last summer.
AVANESYAN vs. KELLY
Russia’s European Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan (26-3-1, 14 KOs) makes his long-awaited Title defense against Josh Kelly (10-0-1, 6 KOs) at the top of the bill the following week on Saturday, February 20.
Undefeated Welterweights Florian Marku (7-0-1, 5 KOs) and Rylan Charlton (6-0-1, 3 KOs) meet what promises to be an explosive ten-round battle.
Liverpool Super-Welterweight Anthony Fowler (13-1, 10 KOs) returns against Spain’s Jorge Fortea (21-2-1, 7 KOs) following his win over Adam Harper at Fight Camp.
Amy Timlin (4-0-1) and Carly Skelly (3-0-1) will rematch with the vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Title on the line.
The clash comes after their split draw on the Oleksandr Usyk vs. Derek Chisora undercard last October.
Explosive Romford Heavyweight Johnny Fisher makes his highly anticipated professional debut.
POVETKIN vs. WHYTE
Alexander Povetkin’s (36-2-1, 25 KOs) blockbuster Heavyweight rematch with Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs) lands on Saturday, March 6, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in all other markets excluding the UK and Ireland.
Details of the chief support bout to be confirmed shortly.
Bermondsey’s Ted Cheeseman (16-2-1, 9 KOs) meets Liverpool’s James Metcalf (21-0, 13 KOs) for the vacant British Super-Welterweight Title.
Ipswich Heavyweight talent Fabio Wardley (10-0, 9 KOs) steps-up again against USA’s former World Title challenger Eric Molina (27-6, 19 KOs).
Manchester Super-Featherweight Campbell Hatton – son of British fight legend Ricky Hatton – makes his professional debut.
Wembley Super-Featherweight Youssef Khoumari ( 11-0-1, 4 KOs) faces Birmingham’s Kane Baker (14-7).
OKOLIE vs. GLOWACKI
Hackney Cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie (15-0, 12 KOs) attempts to become Britain’s next World Champion in just his sixteenth fight when he clashes with Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO crown on Saturday, March 20.
Northampton’s Chantelle Cameron (13-0, 7 KOs) makes the first defense of her WBC Super-Lightweight World Title against Puerto Rico’s Melissa Hernandez (23-7-3, 7 KOs).
Bournemouth’s Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion Chris Billam-Smith (11-1, 10 KOs) takes on Chelsea’s English Champion Deion Jumah (13-0, 7 KOs) for the vacant British title.
Somali-British prospect Ramla Ali (1-0) steps through the ropes for a second time as a pro.
Birmingham’s former Team GB standout Solomon Dacres makes his professional debut.
BENN vs. VARGAS
On Saturday, April 10, rising Welterweight star Conor Benn (17-0, 11 KOs) defends his WBA Continental Title against Samuel Vargas (31-6-2, 14 KOs) following his career-best performance last time out against Sebastian Formella.
‘The Destroyer’ dominated Germany’s Formella over ten rounds, impressively outfighting and outboxing the former IBO World Champion to remain undefeated in the red hot 147lbs division.
Vargas has shared the ring with current WBC and IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr, two-weight World Champion Danny Garcia, and former Unified Super-Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan.
Also on the card, Aldridge’s Rachel Ball (7-1) and Watford’s Shannon Courtenay (
Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall (9-0, 7 KOs) makes the first defense of her WBO Middleweight World Title after her emphatic win over Hannah Rankin in October.
Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Felix Cash (13-0, 9 KOs) fights for the first time since his win over Jason Welborn.
Glasgow Bantamweight Kash Farooq (14-1, 6 KOs) returns after his masterclass win over Angel Aviles.
MATCHROOM BOXING in 2021
Matchroom Sport Managing Director and Head of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn said: “Even in a pandemic, I feel like this is certainly the strongest start to a year Matchroom Boxing have had in a long time.
“It’s going to be a rough ride over the next couple of months, but with plenty of drama and excitement along the way.
“We have some thrilling main events and stacked cards that feature some of the biggest names in British boxing returning to action as we look to make a real statement in 2021.”
Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development for Sky Sports, said: “We’re thrilled with our strongest start to a New Year as we bring you more of the biggest names in British boxing.
“The hugely popular Josh Warrington kicks off our first live show on Sky Sports against Mauricio Lara, with a unification clash in touching distance.
“Josh Kelly settles his long-running rivalry with David Avanesyan, while Amy Timlin and Carly Skelly share the ring again on the same bill after battling to a draw.
“Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin delivered one of the most dramatic Heavyweight fights of last year, and we’re expecting more fireworks in their rematch/
“Campbell Hatton also making his pro debut, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
“Lawrence Okolie finally receives his World Title fight against Krzysztof Glowacki on another exciting night that features Ramla Ali’s return.
“Chantelle Cameron’s first defense of her WBC belt. It’s then Conor Benn’s turn to take center stage in a crucial showdown with Samuel Vargas.
“Boxing is back in 2021, so get ready for more epic fights on Sky Sports.”
DAZN EVP Joseph Markowski said: “From a Heavyweight rematch to championship fights to a highly anticipated pro debut, the early 2021 schedule from Matchroom Boxing certainly has a little bit of everything.
“Furthermore, we look forward to delivering these events to fans around the world on DAZN.”