BOXXER ANNOUNCE A NEW 4 MAN KNOCKOUT COMPETITION WITH A STACKED UNDERCARD
BOXXER is thrilled to announce its return with UB7. From behind closed doors a pioneering one-night, knockout competition will be supported by a truly stacked undercard.
On Tuesday 10th November, LIVE from the BT Sport studio in Stratford, BOXXER will promote a special Tuesday Fight Night.
UB7 will be presented around a four-man competition format – the first ever sanctioned by the BBBofC. This will comprise of a three-round semi-final and for the first time, in UB, a five-round final to really test the fighters. The winner claiming the Golden Robe and the lion’s share of the prize money
In addition to UB7 being broadcast LIVE with partner BT Sport, the show will also be simulcast live on ITV4 which is available on free-to-air across the UK, bringing the action to as many fans as possible.
BOXXER is delighted to return with a four-man 168-pound square-off with the following line-up:
Zak Chelli (7-1-1, 3 KO’s) At twenty-two he has already crammed in plenty of ring experience in just three and half years of pro action. The Southern area champion has nine fights and 52 rounds under his belt. Not to be taken lightly, Zak has pulled off a few shocks previously by beating undefeated prospect Umar Sadiq and dropping contender Kody Davies. He’s the bookies favourite off the back of his highly questionable draw with Jack Cullen at Matchroom’s Fight Camp. He’s hungry for the win and then onto a rematch with Cullen.
Diego Costa (7-0-0, 5 KO’s) Regarded as the most avoided man in the division. The Boy from Brazil brings sizzle and salsa when he fights! From Recife, but fighting out of Fallowfield, Manchester, Costa is the puncher in the pack with five KO’s in seven fights to earn his nickname ‘Dynamite’.
Charlie Schofield (15-1-0, 1 KO) At 6ft 3in, Schofield is the tallest boxer in the line-up and has been dubbed the ‘Manchester Giant’. The friendly 27-year-old has accumulated the most ring experience with 87 rounds in 16 fights, including an English title challenge in his last fight. He’ll be looking to impose his size, fitness and ring craft to secure victory.
Ben Ridings (3-0-0) The up-and-coming twenty-two-year-old from Bury turned pro in 2018 and is undefeated in his three fights with twelve rounds boxed. Being an unknown quantity means he’s got nothing to lose and is confident of pulling off the biggest shock on the night. Ridings is the outsider but has the grit and determination to overcome his rivals’ age and experience.
To support the super-middleweight shoot-out in UB7, an action-packed undercard has been formed and one of the highlights is the exciting and intriguing professional debut of reality star and UB presenter Jack Fincham. He leaves the showbiz world behind to enter the gritty contrasting environment of professional boxing. To start his journey, he has teamed up with world champion trainer Ben Davison, who previously pushed Tyson Fury to his World Title glory.
Far away from his victory on the 2018 series of ITV hit show Love Island, Fincham now steps between the ropes. The former amateur has decent experience with 26 fights but the step up to the pro rankings, in the light-heavyweight division will be the biggest fight of his life.
Also featuring on the card are two previous UB winners who have now signed long term promotional contracts with BOXXER, as they continue their careers towards championship honours with BOXXER in their corner.
UB3 Middleweight winner Derrick Osaze (10-0-0, 2 KOs) is the first boxer to sign a multi-fight deal with BOXXER and is on the cusp of challenging for titles. Known as ‘The Punching Preacher’ because of his dual role as an junior pastor for his local church and his work with troubled youths, Osaze believes he can become a real force in the competitive 160 pound division.
UB4 Cruiserweight winner Mikael Lawal (12-0-0, 7 KOs) is also on the cusp of challenging for the British title and the hard-hitting 25-year-old talent from Shepherd’s Bush has put his rivals firmly on notice. With BOXXER’s backing he believes he can finally realise his dream of becoming a champion. It’s a long way from his days as a homeless 13-year-old living on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria, and begging for scraps of food to survive. Lawal has been nominated for an Eliminator contest for the British Title against Luke Watkins next so he’ll be going all out for victory on UB7.
The power-punching, London-based, Albanian sensation Florian ‘TNT’ Marku (6-0-0, 4 KO’s) will again appear on the undercard. Marku featured on UB6 and impressed with his commanding victory over Nathan Bendon to take his unbeaten record to six fights and has already been linked to future fights with rivals Josh Kelly and Connor Benn.
BOXXER founder Ben Shalom, the youngest licensed promoter by the BBBofC, is excited with the new developments for UB7 and the future.
He said… “Whilst it’s been a challenging period for everyone, I’m delighted that we have used the time to identify opportunities and to make and implement significant changes for UB7 and beyond.”
“Alongside our broadcaster partner BT Sports we’re delighted that the show will be simulcast live on free-to-air ITV4 which will allow even more viewers across the UK,”
“We want people to watch our shows without knowing who is going to win, true 50-50 fights and are really proud of the card we have put together. We’re confident it will keep viewers gripped all around a really competitive four-man, one night tournament.”
Ben added… “The Jack Fincham signing raised a few eyebrows, however, I can assure you he’s serious, Ben Davison has agreed to train him, which is a huge opportunity for him.”
“The year so far has presented challenges, but we’re really pleased that we can deliver UB7 for the fans on November 10 and we intend on going forward into 2021 with further exciting developments.”