Four BCB Fighters Take Centre Stage On Sky In August

Four BCB Promotions fighters will take centre stage as Eddie Hearn and Matchroom present Fight Camp– an unrivalled summer of elite boxing based at the Matchroom HQ in Brentwood, Essex with the first three weeks shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US – and the final week shown live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The unique and ground-breaking outdoor setting overlooking the city of London will play host to huge World Title clashes, British and Commonwealth Title showdowns, Heavyweight wars and countless other Title fights as Matchroom bring top tier boxing back to the screens of fights fans across the UK and US. 

Jason Welborn, Adam Harper, Rachel Ball and Kane Baker all feature and will be in action for Fight Camp 2 & 3 on the 7thand 14th August.

On Friday, 7th August, Liverpool Super-Welterweight Anthony Fowler (12-1, 9 KOs) is Adam Harper’s (9-1) opponent as the Tewkesbury Tornado makes his ring return after a two-year sabbatical from the sport.

Harper lifted the English Super Welterweight strap in his last fight, against the previously unbeaten Bird, and is a former Midlands Area Champion to boot.

Oldham Lightweight prospect Aqib Fiaz (5-0) steps up against Birmingham’s former Midlands Area Champion Kane Baker (13-6). Baker was due to challenge for the English Title before lockdown and still has his eyes firmly set on national honours.

Those two fights feature on a bumper night that is topped by Terri Harper’s (10-0, 5 KOs) defence of her WBC and IBO Super-Featherweight World Titles against British rival Natasha Jonas (9-1, 7 KOs) headlines supported by Bournemouth’s Chris Billam-Smith (10-1, 9 KOs) defending his Commonwealth Title against undefeated Cardiff man Nathan Thorley (14-0, 6 KOs), on the huge Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua 2 show in Saudi Arabia. Leeds Featherweight prospect Hopey Price (2-0) fights on UK soil again following his win also on that huge Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua 2 show.

A week later and it is Jason Welborn (24-8 7KOs) who tops the bill as he takes on Felix Cash (12-0, 8 KOs) for the latter’s Commonwealth Middleweight Title on Friday August 14.

The Black Country former British Champion, who challenged for the World Title just two fights ago and is hoping to get back in the mix with a win over Cash.

Walsall’s Rachel Ball (5-1) will give Watford Super-Bantamweight Shannon Courtenay (5-0, 2 KOs) her toughest test to date as she looks to make waves in the super bantamweight division.

Recent Matchroom signing Zelfa Barrett (23-1, 14 KOs) meets Ireland’s undefeated Eric Donovan (12-0, 7 KOs) over ten rounds, Northampton Super-Welterweight Kieron Conway (14-1-1, 3 KOs) takes on Rotherham’s Navid Mansouri (20-3-2, 6 KOs), and hard-hitting Super-Middleweight menace John Docherty (8-0, 6 KOs) looks for his second win of the year. 

BCB’s Head of Boxing, Errol Johnson, said:

“We are really grateful to Eddie Hearn and his Matchroom Team for their help and support. To have four of our boxers in huge fights live on Sky is a massive opportunity for them, and our BCB stable.

“We’ve been saying to our fighters throughout lockdown ‘stay fit, stay ready’. Thankfully they have and look at the opportunities that have now presented themselves. We’ll be going there to cause a few upsets and to show that Black Country boxing is on the rise.”

Fight Camp opens with a bang on Saturday August 1 as Sam Eggington (28-6, 17 KOs) puts his IBF International Super-Welterweight title on the line against Ted Cheeseman (15-2-1, 9 KOs) in a guaranteed barnburner, Belfast’s big-hitting James Tennyson (26-3, 22 KOs) takes on Cardiff’s Gavin Gwynne (12-1, 2 KOs) for the vacant British Lightweight title, Chatteris talent Jordan Gill (24-1, 7 KOs) meets Watford’s Reece Bellotti (14-3, 12 KOs) in an electric Featherweight battle, fast-rising Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (8-0, 7 KOs) steps up to take on Middlesbrough’s Simon Vallily (17-2-1, 7 KOs) for the vacant English belt and gifted Sheffield Super-Lightweight Dalton Smith (5-0, 4 KOs) squares off with Liverpool’s Nathan Bennett (9-1, 2 KOs). 

The four-show series concludes with an unmissable night of blockbuster action on Saturday August 22, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office, as Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) defends his WBC Interim Heavyweight World Title against Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KOs) and Irish legend Katie Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs) defends her Undisputed Lightweight World Titles. There’s more Heavyweight action on offer as Martin Bakole (15-1, 12 KOs) returns to the ring against Russia’s Sergey Kuzmin (15-1, 11 KOs) and Luther Clay (13-1, 5 KOs) defends his WBO Global Welterweight Title against Chris Kongo (11-0, 6 KOs). 

Adam Smith, Sky Sports Head of Boxing Development, said: 

“Eddie Hearn has supplied a sizzling summer schedule in August, starting with three Sky Sports shows packed with British talent. Sam Eggington against Ted Cheeseman should be a classic clash, while the exciting trio of Jordan Gill, Fabio Wardley and Dalton Smith will be eager to impress.

“Terri Harper has already endeared herself to fight fans with her remarkable success story, but Natasha Jonas is a genuine threat as we return to Matchroom HQ with a high-class World Title fight. Anthony Fowler and Chris Billam-Smith have big ambitions and cannot afford slip-ups on the same bill. 

“Felix Cash defends his Commonwealth belt against the dangerous Jason Welborn on our third action-packed show. We’ll get another chance to see Shannon Courtenay in action – she is a rising talent with an entertaining style – and it’s a perfect platform for Kieron Conway and Zelfa Barrett to showcase their skills.

“Fight Camp ends with fireworks as Dillian Whyte risks his World Title ambitions against the big-hitting Alexander Povetkin, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Katie Taylor can cement her status as one of the sport’s finest fighters when she returns to action on another fantastic bill. We’re back with a red-hot line-up of live boxing!”

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