Excitement is bubbling in the world of British boxing as a series of electrifying matchups were revealed today for the BOXXER: Breakthrough event. Scheduled for Saturday, September 30th at the iconic York Hall in London, this occasion puts a spotlight on the rising stars of the sport.
Among the highlights of the evening, Caroline Dubois will be fighting for the IBO World Lightweight Championship. Meanwhile, the thrilling battle for the English Cruiserweight Title features two unbeaten cruiserweights, Viddal Riley and Nathan Quarless. In addition, super-middleweight sensation Callum Simpson will step into the ring for an intense clash with the always fierce Germaine ‘G-Man’ Brown. Fans can watch the live action exclusively on Sky Sports.
At only 22, Caroline Dubois is challenging for the IBO lightweight world title in her eighth professional fight. The skilled Dubois will be squaring off against seasoned Mexican boxer Magali Rodriguez (22-6-4, 9 KO’s), a former WBA world title contender and current WBC title holder, known for a 40% finish rate.
Dubois has been vocal about her ambition, expressing a desire to capture a world title by 2023, aiming to set herself up for significant battles with top names like Mikaela Mayer and Katie Taylor. With five knockouts from her last seven appearances, she is now in a position to achieve the first phase of her dream.
The vacant English Cruiserweight Championship sets the stage for an intriguing North vs South duel. London’s own Viddal Riley (9-0, 6 KO’s) and Liverpool’s Nathan Quarless (12-0) will put their unblemished records at risk. Riley has been lighting up the crowd with quick stoppages, finishing his last four opponents in four rounds or less. In contrast, Quarless has showcased strategic boxing, earning twelve straight victories, and he’s headed to London with the aim to outmaneuver Riley on his turf.
The September 30th card also confirmed a match between the rising star Callum Simpson (12-0, 9 KO’s) and the tough Germaine ‘G-Man’ Brown (13-2, 4 KO’s). This super-middleweight face-off is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, as both fighters prefer to control the center of the ring and rarely shy away from a battle. Simpson, once considered an overlooked talent, has won over fans since joining BOXXER, while former English super-middleweight champion Brown aims to derail Simpson’s hype and seize his momentum.
The future of women’s boxing in the UK seems bright with Caroline Dubois, as stated by BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom, who never anticipated her rapid rise to a world title opportunity in just eight fights.
Thereis also the English Cruiserweight Championship bout between Viddal Riley and Nathan Quarless, a classic North/South rivalry. With Riley defending home soil and Quarless coming down from Liverpool to quiet the London crowd, the stakes are higher than ever.
CAROLINE DUBOIS: Experiencing a fight for the IBO world title is truly exhilarating, and I’m grateful to BOXXER for this opportunity. My aim is to show that I’m deserving of the praise I’ve received. Above all, trusting in myself and my skills is paramount.
MAGALI RODRIGUEZ: I’ve trained intensively and have squared off against various fighters. I firmly believe in my seasoned skills and strength to clinch victory in this fight.
VIDDAL RILEY: Securing the English title lends credibility to my journey. While many aspire to be a professional boxer, holding a title establishes one’s standing. Some might have denied me this respect, but this is my moment to claim it.
Yes, he has an untarnished record and knows the taste of victory. Yet, my role is to disrupt that. I recognize a driven contender in him, hungry for success.
Boxing has been my life’s passion, and my growth in it is evident. My aspirations are limitless. However, my immediate focus remains locked on this Saturday night.
NATHAN QUARLESS: Our aim is singular – to excel and emerge victorious. The anticipation for the English title is high, and I believe both of us deserve admiration for challenging such top-contender opponents for this title fight.
Weigh In Results
IBO World Lightweight Championship
- Caroline Dubois: 9st 8lbs = 134lbs
- Magali Rodriguez: 9st 9lbs = 135lbs
English Cruiserweight Championship
- Viddal Riley: 14st 3lbs = 199lbs
- Nathan Quarless: 14st 3lbs = 199lbs
WBA Continental Super Middleweight Title
- Callum Simpson: 11st 13lbs = 167lbs
- Jose De Jesus Macias: 11st 13lbs = 167lbs
- Jeamie TKV: 18st 7lbs = 259lbs
- Igor Macedo: 16st 9lbs = 233lbs
- Francesca Hennessy: 8st 9lbs = 121lbs
- Sonia Klas: 8st 7lbs = 119lbs
- Stephen McKenna: 11st = 154lbs
- Darren Tetley: 10st 12lbs = 152lbs