Two of British boxing’s most talented young fighters have agreed to meet in a sizzling super bantamweight title eliminator.
Probellum stars Jack Bateson and Shabaz Masoud will put their unbeaten records on the line with the winner landing a shot at the British champion Liam Davies.
Fight fans have grown weary of prospects avoiding each other but Bateson and Masoud have bucked the trend and refused to back down from the challenge after the British Boxing Board of Control ordered them to meet.
A date and venue for the clash between Leeds hero Bateson and Stoke favourite Masoud will be revealed in due course, but Probellum can confirm the fight will take place in 2022.
Bateson (17-0, 4KOs) earned a spot in the world rankings with a classy win over Diego Alberto Ruiz in June, while Masoud (10-0, 3KOs) delivered a statement of intent by stopping former world title challenger Yoann Boyeaux in two rounds, earlier in the year.
Bateson and Masoud have already engaged in a war of words over social media and the run-up to this showdown promises to be explosive.
Sam Jones, Head of Talent Relations at Probellum, said: “All credit to both Jack and Shabaz because fights as good as this one, so often don’t get made until further along in their careers.
“But both guys desperately wanted this fight, and I am delighted we have reached an agreement for it to happen.
“This has all the makings of a classic domestic scrap because we have two unbeaten and talented fighters, with big followings from Leeds and Stoke. I cannot wait for the build-up as it’s going to be electric.”
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