UK BOXING RETURNS 18TH JULY – HARRISON VS PEERS HEADLINES FIRST EVENT LIVE ON FITE TV
Finally Live Boxing returns to TV screens, following the seemingly never ending lockdown. No surprise that America has led the way, with the current World Boxing Organization (WBO) Featherweight World Champion Shakur Stevenson against Felix Caraballo in a non-championship contest, which takes place today in Las Vegas, and beginning next month the United Kingdom will follow suit.
The first Post-Lockdown ‘Behind Closed Doors’ event in the UK is set for Saturday 18th July 2020 and will be headlined by former World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Featherweight King Scott Harrison, who will face Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Champion Paul Peers in a non-championship contest that takes place in Aberdeen and will be broadcast live and exclusive on fite.tv.
Main support sees Orkney based ten time World Kickboxing Champion Caitlin Foran making her Professional Boxing Debut against York’s Carly Mackenzie.
An intriguing battle between two big bangers, Stoke’s unbeaten Nathan Russo (3-0-0, all via KO) versus Nicaraguan Wilmer Gonzalez (21-18-1, 14 wins by KO), was recently added to the undercard
The undercard also features Perth’s unbeaten Gary Wilson (3-0-0) facing off against Liverpool’s Scott McIntyre (4-1-0) and Aberdeen’s Liam Allan making his pro debut against Southend’s Daniel Ballard.
Harrison vow Peers will take place on Saturday 18th July 2020 at the Northern Hotel in Aberdeen and whilst no spectators will present, the event will be broadcast live and exclusive on Fite TV (worldwide) as well as delayed broadcast in the UK ten days later on Sports Channel Network (SCN) Channel 265 on Freeview/YouView.
Aberdeen based Promoter and Current World Boxing Union (WBU) and Professional Boxing Council (PBC) Super Welterweight World Champion Lee McAllister announced earlier today that longtime former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Featherweight World Champion Scott Harrison is set to return to the fray and face Orkney based PBC International Champion Paul Peers on the first ‘Behind Closed Doors’ of a proposed fortnightly Boxing series for TV.
On making the announcement, McAllister said, “It’s great to finally get Scott back into the ring in a very tasty challenge in his first fight back against Paul Peers.
“They’re both signed with Assassin Boxing, so the fight was easy to make.
“Paul’s found some form of late, including winning the PBC international title and Scott’s looking to catapult himself back into the world scene, so it’s got the makings of a cracking fight.
“Both guys are willing to put everything on the line, and I, for one, am very, very excited to see this fight. I fully expect fireworks right from the opening bell; it’s definitely going to be a war!”
Harrison vs. Peers will co-headline along with a Heavyweight contest featuring Danny Williams, most famous for his 2004 knock out victory over Mike Tyson, against PBC International Champion Lee Kellett.
Main support sees Orkney based ten-time World Kickboxing Champion Caitlin Foran making her Professional Boxing Debut against York’s Carly Mackenzie.
The undercard also features Perth’s unbeaten Gary Wilson facing off against Liverpool’s Scott McIntyre and Aberdeen’s Liam Allan, making his pro debut against Southend’s Dan Ballard.
The event will take place in Aberdeen, and while no date can be announced at this time, it is anticipated that there will be an announcement next week by the Scottish Parliament, regarding lockdown restrictions being reduced. Then a date can be set for either late June or early July.
Earlier this week, the British & Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) Vice President Gianluca Di Caro issued guidelines for ‘Behind Closed Doors’ events for Live Broadcast sanctioned by the burgeoning organization.
Mr. Di Caro stated that “The series of events will take place behind closed doors and without spectators in attendance.
“There will be mandatory COVID-19 testing for all taking part or officiating the event, and rapid result testing will be undertaken at the venue.
“There will be full personal protection equipment for all involved in the event, as well as hand sanitizer, etc.
“Additionally, there will be regular temperature taking on-site for everyone taking part.
“Each boxer will be required to wear a surgical mask, which can only be removed once they have entered the ring, however, the referee must keep his mask and surgical gloves on, along with everyone’s ringside, including coaches, officials, and broadcast technicians.
“Spit buckets will be replaced with enclosed containers along with a funnel and tube, and full medical coverage, including an air ambulance, will be on site.”
The event will be broadcast live on Fite TV (worldwide) as well as delayed broadcast in the UK on Sports Channel Network (SCN) Channel 266 on Freeview/YouView.
Wardley and Vallily ePress conference tonight at 7 pm
English Heavyweight Title rivals Fabio Wardley and Simon Vallily will come together for a special ePress conference at 7pm (BST) tonight on Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel.
In partnership with StubHub, Eddie Hearn hosts the fourth edition of our ‘Rivals’ series following the first three installments with Lee Selby and George Kambosos Jr, Anthony Fowler and Ohara Davies and Terri Harper and Natasha Jonas.
Dillian Whyte’s fast-rising Heavyweight protégé Wardley (8-0, 7 KOs) is slated to contest his first professional title as he steps up to face Middlesbrough hardman Vallily (17-2-1, 7 KOs) for the vacant English Heavyweight Title once boxing resumes.
“I’m liking that Simon is saying he’s back in a good place because that means when I get the win nobody can take anything away from me,” said Wardley. “Simon is a really good contender, he’s a good fighter and he’s got a good pedigree. That’s everything that I need, I want to prove myself against someone that has got a good background.
“Simon is here to put on a good show and come and test me but ultimately I’m here for the win, I’m here to take someone out. I’m proven to knock people out, whether I break them down or whether it be a single punch. Unfortunately for Simon it’s his last chance but he’s going to be on the other end of that and I’m getting my hand raised and I’m moving on to bigger things.”
“I think that experience will play a big part,” said Vallily. “You keep on going on about the guys Fabio has sparred with, but I’ve been around the block and I’ve sparred with some of the best lads in the world – I’m not going to bang on about it.
“10oz gloves and no headguards, believe me it’s a whole different ball game. It’s going to be a big eye-opener for him. I’ve had a look at him, and you can see he’s got a bit of talent. He’s tricky, he’s fresh, he’s going to come and he’s going to be fit.
“It’s going to be a really good fight but totally disregard my professional career to this point because to be honest with you it’s been a total shambles. This is where it starts now and unfortunately for Fabio, this is my coming out party and not his. He’s not going to see the final bell. Sorry Fabio, but you’re going to sleep mate!”
Fans can tune in to Rivals at 7pm (BST) on the Matchroom Boxing YouTube channel here: Wardley vs. Vallily Rivals