Joe Joyce back in action on March 16 in Birmingham

01/18/2024 - No comments

The Magnificent Seven are saddling up for a return. This showdown, brimming with championship fights, is hitting the Resorts World Arena on March 16, lighting up the night on TNT Sports. Got a hankering for a ticket? They’re up for grabs right now at theticketfactory.com and ticketmaster.co.uk.

Nathan Heaney, the undefeated British middleweight champion (18-0, 6 KOs), is gearing up for his first title defense since he snatched the Lonsdale belt from Denzel Bentley last November. He’s facing off against English champion Brad Pauls (18-1, 10) in what’s shaping up to be a sizzler of a fight.

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Liam Davies (15-0, 7), holding titles left, right, and center – British, WBC International, and European – is eyeing the IBO world super bantamweight crown. He’s squaring off against the reigning champ, Mexico’s Erik Robles Ayala (15-1, 9).

Next, Dennis McCann (14-0-1, 8), the Commonwealth champ, is throwing down with WBO European kingpin Brad Strand (11-0, 3). They’re duking it out for the vacant WBO Intercontinental strap in what’s billed as a cracking domestic clash.

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The welterweights aren’t left out, with Eithan James (12-0) putting his WBO European title on the line and vying for the vacant English belt against Owen Cooper (9-0, 3), the Midlands Area champ.

Over in the heavyweight division, Soloman Dacres (8-0, 2) is back to defend his English title, opponent yet to be announced.

Then there’s the Juggernaut, Joe Joyce (15-2, 14), hopping back on the heavyweight train. He’s set for a 10-rounder against former IBF European champ Kash Ali (21-2, 12).

And don’t forget about Zach Parker (23-1, 17), the ex-WBO International super middleweight titleholder. He’s facing off with former WBA world champ Tyron Zeuge (27-1-1, 15).

Frank Warren, the promoter, can’t hide his excitement. “This card’s depth and quality are off the charts, packed with even-money fights,” he says. “After the success of November’s Magnificent Seven, bringing it back to Birmingham, where it all started in 2010, was a no-brainer. This one’s even juicier.

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“Seven big title fights in one night? That’s a boxing banquet fans can gorge on. Our young stars are stepping up big time.

“Nathan Heaney’s British title defense against Brad Pauls is special, and if things go as planned, we’ll see him fighting at Stoke City’s home later this year.

“Liam Davies is ready to mix it up with Erik Robles Ayala for the world title. A win there and he’s right in the thick of it.

“Then we’ve got four absolute barn burners: Dennis McCann vs. Brad Strand, Eithan James vs. Owen Cooper, Soloman Dacres defending his title, and the heavyweight return of Joe Joyce, who’s eyeing a big comeback. Plus, Zach Parker’s looking to claw his way back to the top against Tyron Zeuge.