MATCHROOM Boxing and Team Sauerland will donate 96p of every ticket sold for the June 26 show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.
A host of the city’s boxing stars line-up on the night, with Heavyweight favourite and Liverpool fan David Price back in action along with Cruiserweight star and Everton supporter Tony Bellew, and the pair announced the donation at a press conference in Liverpool today (May 15).
On April 15 1989, 96 football fans lost their lives at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield at an FA Cup semi-final tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, and as the fight for justice for the family continues at inquests in Warrington, Price and Bellew showed that the sport of boxing is right behind the justice for the 96 campaign.
“It’s a great gesture and it’s something close to everyone’s heart in the city,” said Price. “It’s the first time Tony and I have boxed on a bill together, Tony’s a big blue and I’m a big red, but we get behind each other and I hope the money goes some way to helping the families who are currently going through the trauma of the inquests into the tragedy.”
“We’re reds and blues but we wanted to do this for the amazing families and show our support for their fight for justice,” said Bellew. “When it comes to football in the city we’re very divided but the city unites in boxing and we are united over justice for the 96 – we’re just doing a small part to help as much as we can.”
Price and Bellew are joined on the bill by two World-rated Super Middleweights Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding who face Christopher Rebrasse and Brian Vera respectively, while Welsh Prizefighter Middleweight champion Tom Doran fights for the first time since winning the trophy in February.
Photo: Mark Robinson