‘LET BATTLE COMMENCE’ TEN UK EVENT SERIES BEGINS 18TH JULY LIVE & EXCLUSIVE ON FITE TV

10 LIVE EVENT SERIES FROM THE UK BEGINS 18TH JULY LIVE & EXCLUSIVE ON FITE TV 

With a distinct lack of live boxing events, due to the global COVID-19 Pandemic, the British & Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) today announced a series of Ten Professional Boxing Events under the ‘Let Battle Commence’ banner, which will be broadcast live and exclusive on FITE TV starting on the 18th July 2020.

Initially the events, promoted by Six Time and Five Division World Champion Lee McAllister, will take place behind closed doors at the Northern Hotel in Aberdeen. Each of the first three events is restricted to five contests and a maximum of six rounds per contest in order to comply with the United Kingdom Government’s Guidelines.

Once the restrictions on spectators are lifted the series will feature more contests, as well as Championships and go on the road, with events taking place in London, Liverpool, Barrow-in-Furness and Derby before returning to Aberdeen for the final of the series on December 5th.

Each of the events will feature established Champion(s) heading the card, supported by equally matched contests between up and coming prospects, with at least one being a female contest and each event will also feature a debut contest in order to introduce up and coming future prospects to the world stage.

The first event, which takes place on Saturday 18th July 2020, is headlined by former longtime World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Featherweight King Scott Harrison versus Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Champion Paul Peers.

Main support sees Orkney based ten time Kickboxing World Champion Caitlin Foran making her Professional Boxing Debut against York’s Carly Mackenzie.

One of the most eagerly awaited contests on the show pits Stoke’s unbeaten Nathan Russo (3-0-0, all via KO) versus Nicaraguan Wilmer Gonzalez (21-18-1, 14 wins by KO).

Someone’s ‘0’ has to go when Perth’s Adam Stewart (1-0-0) faces Liverpool’s Steve Sunners  (4-0-0) in a six rounder

The final fight on the card sees Aberdeen’s Liam Allan making his professional debut against Southend’s Daniel Ballard.

The second event, on the 1st August 2020, is headlined by World Boxing Union (WBU) & Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Champion Nathan Beattie in action against a yet to be named opponent.

Main support sees Worksop’s Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Silver Champion Nicola Hopewell versus York’s Tasha Boyes in a non-championship contest.

Exciting unbeaten prospect Lewis Mulberry (3-0-0) takes on tough Nicaraguan Johnson Tellez in his first six rounder.

Denny’s Kevin Traynor (2-0-0) will have to be right on his game on the 1st August as he faces Patras, Greece’s Paris Stavropoulos (2-1-0).

Final fight on the card sees Aberdeen Heavyweight Craig Dick making his professional debut, against UK based Lithuanian Tomas Vaicickas (1-2-0).

The third event in the series, which takes place on Saturday 15th August 2020, sees the main man, Lee McAllister, himself headlining, against a yet to be named opponent.

The main support features a rematch between Leeds’ unbeaten Jack Jones (4-0-0) against Colchester’s Dean Porter (2-2-0), last time the two faced each other, back in April 2019, it was an all action Battle Royale.  

Sheffield’s stand-out Teenage England Amateur Pathway Squad Star Hollie Towl will make her professional debut, against Switzerland’s World Boxing Council (WBC) Muay Thai World Champion Natacha De Almeida, who will also be making her professional boxing debut.

Liverpool’s Scott McIntyre, who was due to box Gary Wilson on the 18th July, until Wilson was forced to withdraw with an injury, will be in action against either Wilson if he is fully recovered or against a yet to be named opponent.

The final fight on the card sees Kenny Allan (1-0-0) against Chadwell Heath’s Jordan Smith.

It is anticipated that from September the Government guidelines will allow longer fights, possibly even Championship contests, as well as an increase in the number of contests per event, as such the cards for events from 5th September will be announced closer to the dates.

The dates for the rest of the series are: 

5th September 2020 – Featuring the professional debut of sensational England Pathway Squad Star Eleanor Coulson

19th September 2020 – headlined by World Boxing Foundation (WBF) European Champion Navid Iran versus Sandy Robb.

3rd October 2020 – Card to be Announced 

17th October 2020 – Card to be Announced

7th November 2020 – Card to be Announced

21st November 2020 – Card to be Announced

5th December 2020 – Card to be Announced

Harrison versus Peers, the first in the series, 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. 

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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 versus 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. 

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I’m Elated To Be Fighting Scott Harrison, The Test For Me Is Finally Here Says Paul Peers

 

Earlier this week promoter Lee Mcallister announced that Orkney based Paul Peers would be challenging former longtime World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Featherweight World Champion Scott Harrison, on the first of a proposed fortnightly ‘Behind Closed Doors’ series of boxing events for TV, as the current COVID-19 lockdown regulations in the United Kingdom are relaxed.

Peers, whose record stands at seven wins and four losses, had a bit of a checkered start to his career, losing four of his first six fights, the turning point in his career came in September 2018, when he challenged then unbeaten Craig Kennerdale for the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) English title.

The fight was an all out war, one that Peers won by the closest of margins – Judges scorecards read: Adrian Thorne 78-78, Mark Wakefield 78-76, James Ancliff 78-77 and was rightly voted the 2018 ‘Fight of the Year’ at the British & Irish Boxing Authority Year End Awards.

Since that victory Peers has been on a winning streak, that has also seen him add further Championship belts to his collection. In April 2019 Peers stopped Grigoris Dunecs in the first round to secure the World Boxing League (WBL) and European Boxing League (EBL) European crowns.

Five months later Peers stopped Nicaraguan Pablo Narvaez in the third round of a non-championship contest, and just two months later went the distance and secured a solid points victory over Tanzanian hard man Amos Mwamakula, again in a non-championship contest.

Then in March this year Peers secured the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Crown with a fourth round stoppage victory over Nicaragua’s Milton Arauz.

Speaking from his home in Orkney, Peers enthusiastically spoke about the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with the former longtime WBO Featherweight King Scott Harrison.

“Well what can I say, I’m elated to be fighting Scott Harrison, the test for me is finally here, it’s a fight that could not have come at a better time.

“I have asked for the best and hardest fights since turning pro, I’ve never wanted to fight journeymen, for me it always has to be someone with a winning record, as I believe I can box and fight. 

“Since turning pro I have had some of the best experiences sparring with some of the top pros out there at my weight.

“A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to get flown over to Tenerife to prepare Liam Walsh to defend his titles against Joe Murray and I was there for eight weeks training and sparring with the Walsh brothers. 

“To live, train and breathe boxing with them has taught me a lot and I honestly believe I spent time with them for a reason, now I say this because Liam Walsh is the last person to beat Scott. 

“It’s not a coincidence I believe, I spent three camps with them, and it seems just for this very moment. 

‘I have dedicated my life to boxing, I am thirty three in September and I believe now I am in the prime of my boxing career.

“Stopping three of my last four opponents is good but nothing prepares you for the type of fight Scott is going to bring to me. 

“I am ready for this test physically and mentally.”

Peers then went on to speak about his opponent Scott Harrison;

“I have had a lot of people say to me Scott’s finished as he’s over 40 years old, but my reply is always the same…

“When boxing is taken away from you, especially when you live and breathe it, it’s heart breaking and mentally very tough. NOW Scott’s been out for seven years, for whatever the reason may have been doesn’t matter at all. 

“If he’s hungry and if he’s as passionate as he says he is, which I think he is, that says to me he’s dangerous. 

“As they say a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter. Now I have found it hard to stay positive during lockdown but in the back of my mind I knew something would come along, it always does and lucky for me it has and I have that fire back and this is my opportunity to shine. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that’s made this fight possible, Gianluca Di Caro (BIBA Vice President), you already know how much I appreciate you and as for Lee McAllister (Promoter) I just could never praise him enough, the man is working magic for me and I’m so very grateful for what he’s doing for me. 

“Finally I’d like to thank all my sponsors;  Steven Logie, Stewart Henderson, Kevin Casey, Magnus Flett, Thorfin Craigie, Liam Roberston, Danny Baine, Steve Norris, and  Paul Bentley. They have all supported me over the last 2 years and without them I wouldn’t be here and getting this fantastic opportunity to share the ring with Scott.”

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 whilst no date can be announced at this time, it is anticipated that there will be an announcement on Thursday this week by the Scottish Government, regarding lockdown restrictions being reduced, and 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 organisation.

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 sanitiser 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 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 265 on Freeview/YouView.

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Scott Harrison Returns to Headline UK’s First Post Lockdown ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Event

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 gonna 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 whilst 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, and 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 organisation.

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 sanitiser 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 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.

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