AT a London press conference today, Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren and his new broadcast partner BT Sport announced initial details of the first four events to be broadcast on both BT Sport and BoxNation.
Taking place at London’s iconic BT Tower, the press conference was hosted by BT Sport presenter Paul Dempsey alongside Mr Warren, as the pair unveiled details of the upcoming schedule which would signify the broadcasters first steps into live boxing.
Warren announced that the first event to be shown on both BT Sport and BoxNation will take place at Manchester Arena on Saturday April 8 and would feature a blockbuster card headlined by Terry Flanagan’s WBO world lightweight championship defence against Russia’s Petr Petrov.
Also to be featured on the card will be the eagerly awaited domestic showdown between former WBO super-welterweight champion Liam Smith and long-time rival Liam Williams.
The biggest news of the day was the unveiling of Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams as Warren’s latest signing to join his ‘New Era’ on BT Sport. During her unveiling it was announced that she would make her pro-debut on the April 8 Manchester card.
The next event of Warren’s opening BT Sport schedule, will take place at the Leicester Arena where newly crowned British middleweight champion Tommy Langford will make the first defence of his belt against Birmingham rival Craig Cunningham on Saturday April 22.
Ranked at number two in the World by the WBO, undefeated Langford outpointed Sam Sheedy to claim the Lord Lonsdale belt in November whilst Cunningham is coming off the back of a career best stoppage win against London 2012 medallist Anthony Ogogo.
Also on the card Tyrone Nurse will make the third defence of his British super-lightweight title against Malmesbury’s Joe Hughes whilst Indian superstar Vijender Singh will fight in the city which boasts a huge British Indian population against Leicester’s own English super-middleweight champion Jahmane Smyle.
The next card announced by Warren will take place at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday May 6. Mr Warren mentioned the card is set to have some further additions but will feature Bradley Skeete’s mandatory British welterweight title defence against Shayne Singleton.
Also on the bill, British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh will make the third defence of his title. The all-action Cromer fighter stopped Scotsman Darren Traynor in his first defence before halting highly-rated Belfast man James Tennyson in his second defence of the title at the Copper Box Arena last April. Whilst the talented Mitchell Smith will be given the chance to avenge his shock loss against George Jupp.
The BT Sport cameras will then travel to Leeds’ First Direct Arena the following weekend on Saturday May 13 where local hero Josh Warrington will top the bill in front of his famously huge support against Marco McCullough.
The undefeated WBC International featherweight champion Warrington is already the flag-bearer for boxing in his city and is now aiming to cement his place for a world title challenge later in the year.
Also on the card, women’s boxing’s biggest star Nicola Adams OBE will make a hero’s return to her hometown where she will fight as a professional for a second time as she aims to fast-track towards a professional world title.
Details of exciting further card additions to all four events and other high quality schedule additions will be announced at regional press conferences in the coming weeks, alongside ticket details for each event.