The highway to main world title rivalry leads Chris Eubank Jr. (30-2, 22 KO’s) and German standout Sven Elbir (18-1, 14 KO’s) to London’s SSE Arena Wembley on Saturday, October 2 for a important occasion showdown which can air stay and completely on Sky Sports.
Prior to the principle occasion, explosive European Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan (27-3, 15 KO’s) comes off a stoppage win over Josh Kelly and carries his four-KO win streak right into a title defence towards British challenger Liam Taylor (23-1-1, 11 KO’s), a one-time British and Commonwealth title challenger and unbeaten since 2015.
The card additionally hosts the return of undefeated former British Cruiserweight Champion Richard Riakporhe (11-0, 8 KO’s). Having been affected person in his restoration from the hand harm sustained in his December 2019 win over Jack Massey, Riakporhe is now able to unleash his power in pursuit of a world title shot subsequent 12 months
Eubank, former British Middleweight Champion, interim WBA Middleweight World Champion and IBO Super-Middleweight World Champion, is on a quest for legacy-defining fights in 2022, together with a long-awaited showdown with all-time nice Gennady Golovkin.
Standing in the best way of that imaginative and prescient is former WBA International and IBO Continental Middleweight Champion Elbir, a ferocious power-puncher who has stopped 5 of his final six opponents inside the space.
Elbir, whose sole skilled loss got here by the use of choice towards the nonetheless unbeaten Patrick ‘Wolf’ Wojcicki, intends to shatter Eubank’s goals after they meet at Wembley and thereby blast his personal title into the world title dialog.
The struggle can be Eubank’s second with Hall of Fame legend Roy Jones Jr as his coach. The pair cemented their partnership with a dominant choice win over Marcus Morrison earlier this 12 months.
“It feels good to be again on Sky Sports and headlining one other large present at The SSE Arena, Wembley,” mentioned Eubank Jr. “I’d prefer to thank BOXXER and my promoters the Sauerland brothers at Wasserman Boxing for the chance.
“My opponent Sven Elbir is an efficient fighter but when he thinks he can stand in my approach – he’s improper, and he’ll study that the exhausting approach. 2022 goes to be an enormous 12 months for me. The middleweight division is on discover. The takeover begins on October 2.”
“I’ve quite a lot of respect for Chris Eubank Jr however as quickly as I hear the primary bell it’s time to go to struggle,” mentioned Elbir. “I’ve been getting ready for this struggle for 14 years and I’m assured I’ll win. I’m hungry and coming from the streets, and Eubank Jr will not be the identical fighter he was once.”
Avanesyan introduced the Wembley crowd to its ft when he stopped Kelly in February and goals to do the identical once more as he heads right into a fourth defence of his European title towards Manchester man Taylor.
Taylor has not misplaced a struggle since 2015 and can enter the ring pushed by the reminiscence of his 2019 British and Commonwealth welterweight title struggle, the place almost-certain victory was abruptly snatched from him after an unintentional conflict of heads ended a struggle he was successful comfortably.
Cruiserweight contender Riakporhe has lengthy been considered one of British boxing’s brightest prospects and has stayed laser-focused throughout an prolonged harm layoff which noticed him endure profitable surgical procedure on the hand harm sustained in his 2019 December win.
Having vacated the WBA Intercontinental Championship and British Cruiserweight Championship throughout his hiatus, Riakporhe is now gunning for a world title and intends to kickstart his marketing campaign with a giant win in his residence metropolis.
A shot on the British Cruiserweight Championship is on the road when London’s Mikael Lawal (13-0,7 KO’s) faces Belfast’s Stephen Ward (13-1, 4 KO’s). This closely-matched eliminator battle will ship the winner ahead for a shot at a title which has traditionally confirmed to be a gateway to the world stage.
A second eliminator bout on the cardboard sees former Southern Area Champion Germaine Brown (9-0, 3 KO’s), contemporary off a dominant abroad win over a hometown hero in Belarus, face former Midlands Area Champion Jamal Le Doux (8-1, 4 KO’s) for a shot on the British Super-Middleweight Championship.
Don’t blink when Joe Pigford (17-0, 16 KO’s) enters the ring. The Southampton super-welterweight has solely been the space as soon as in his profession – and that was in 2013. With 16 knockouts from 17 skilled victories, Pigford’s power-punching is changing into legendary – and has earned him a rising military of followers throughout the nation.
Military veteran Ebonie Jones brings some severe feminine firepower to the cardboard. The 22-year previous Portsmouth native is making her skilled debut following a distinguished newbie profession which embraced Army championships and an extended Team GB tenure throughout which she narrowly missed out on a spot with the Olympic staff.
The card additionally options undefeated former English Middleweight Champion Linus Udofia (16-0, 8 KO’s) who returns scorching off the again of a TKO win over John Harding Jr to take on London-based Albanian Xhuljo Vrenozi (17-3, 4 KO’s) over 10 rounds.
“A brand new period for Sky Sports Boxing begins on October 2 and to kick issues off correctly we’ve put collectively a card that has all the things. Showcasing one of the best of British boxing in necessary fights for his or her careers and title ambitions,” mentioned Ben Shalom, BOXXER CEO.
“Chris Eubank Jr is on the verge of giant alternatives, however that is solely his second struggle beneath Roy Jones Jr. Elbir may upset him right here and steal these alternatives away for himself. Liam Taylor hasn’t misplaced a struggle since 2015, he’s on career-best type and he is aware of he’s going to need to go to struggle with Avanesyan to take that European title off him.
“The return of Richard Riakporhe will put each cruiserweight in the world on discover – he’s now absolutely healed from his accidents and gunning for world title alternatives. There’s two large British title eliminator fights, one of many nation’s finest feminine skills and extra – each struggle on the cardboard is excellent.”
“We’re delighted to have agreed a multi-fight cope with BOXXER to convey Chris Eubank Jr to Sky Sports, which has been the house of UK boxing for the final decade. We look ahead to working collectively to ship some unforgettable nights for struggle followers. We have large plans for Chris Eubank Jr. He’s prepared for profession defining fights however first he should overcome a tricky check towards Sven Elbir on October 2,” mentioned Kalle Sauerland, Head of Global Boxing at Wasserman.
BOXXER: Eubank vs Elbir takes place Saturday, October 2 at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley and airs completely on Sky Sports.
Tickets can be found through Boxxer.com/tickets and AXS.com and are priced from £40.