BARRETT V WOODSTOCK BOOKED FOR LEEDS

Explosive super featherweights Zelfa Barrett and Lyon Woodstock will fight for the vacant Commonwealth title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on June 15.

The fight represents a third big domestic showdown to be scheduled for a huge night of boxing topped by Josh Warrington making a second defence of his IBF world featherweight title against Sheffield’s Kid Galahad, with JJ Metcalf and Jason Welborn also set to fight for the Commonwealth title at super welterweight.

A match-up between Barrett and Woodstock has been much anticipated since the pair burst onto the professional scene and earned recognition for their exploits that saw them cross over from prospects to contenders.

“It’s been a long time coming, this fight,” said Barrett 21-1 (13KOs) on confirmation of the highly-anticipated encounter. “People have mentioned mine and Woodstock’s name for a while now, since we both turned pro and because we’re with Frank Warren.

“I think it was just a case of being the right time and the time is now. We’ve both been considered as hot prospects and it is a big fight that luckily is on the Josh Warrington undercard, but there is no doubt this could have been a main event fight on its own.

“It is going to be an amazing show for domestic dust-ups, what with Josh v Galahad and Metcalf v Welborn being a really good clash of styles. It is a top card.

“I believe in myself, I believe in my style and I believe in everything I do, so I believe 100 per cent that I have the beating of Woodstock, while he will believe in himself and his style, which is why he has taken the fight.

“My style will beat his, but I do rate him and he is a good fighter who does things well. He is an aggressive fighter coming forward, he can box a bit, has got a bit of power and is a respectable opponent.

“I need this kind of fight to bring the best out in me.”

Woodstock, 12-1 (5KOs), claims the confrontation will be like just another day in the office for him.

“I just see it as another fight, it is no stress or big deal, although it is a fight people have been wanting,” considered the 25-year-old known as ‘The King’. “For me it is just another body, but I won’t overlook the situation and I won’t be fazed.

“I will just go in there and do what I do. Every fight excites me, whether I am in with a journeyman or a good opponent, I just love fighting and I know I will finish where I am supposed to finish.

“This is just a stepping stone towards there, which will be a world title. There will be no loser really and it is better to have these fights now because it will hold you in good stead for later on at world level.

“It will not be the end of anyone and it would ruin anybody’s career.

“I just know I will do what I’ve gotta do to pick up the W. I know what I am going in there to do and it is going to be a good fight on the night, that’s what I know. I am not apprehensive or anything, it is just a fight.”

Promoter Frank Warren added: “This is the sort of fight the fans want to see and we are delivering them.  Where domestic showdowns are concerned, it does not get much better than we have got in Leeds with a Yorkshire derby for a world title as a main event, supported by two Commonwealth title fights involving British fighters.

“Zelfa and Lyon are both top super featherweights who have been tipped for the top. They have both suffered a setback, but that is always irrelevant in the grand scheme of things and they will be stronger for the experience.

“We’ve got the best group of super featherweights on our books and our intention is for them all to fight each other with meaningful titles at stake that will push the winners towards world title contention.

“We have already had Lyon against Archie Sharp in an excellent fight and now he will take on Zelfa in a fight that will catch the imagination of the fans. We’ve also got the British champion Sam Bowen who will consider himself top of the pecking order right now.

“This card is shaping up to becoming one of the best of the year and Leeds is definitely the place to be on June 15.”

Josh Warrington tops the bill at First Direct Arena, Leeds when he defends his IBF featherweight championship against Kid Galahad on Saturday June 15.

Jason Welborn and JJ Metcalf meet for the vacant Commonwealth super-welterweight championship.

Other fighters confirmed in action on the bill so far include Lyndon Arthur, Zelfa Barrett, Alex Dickinson, Tommy Fury, Mark Heffron, Jack McGann and Troy Williamson.

Tickets for Warrington v Galahad are available via Ticketmaster and are priced as below:

£450 – Hospitality
£300 – Floor
£200 – Floor
£150 – Floor
£100 – Floor/Tier
£75 – Tier
£50 – Tier
£40 – Tier

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HE’S BACK WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

Boxing – Tyson Fury & Sefer Seferi Weigh-In – Great Northern Amphitheatre, Manchester, Britain – June 8, 2018 Tyson Fury and Sefer Seferi during the weigh in with promoter Frank Warren (C) Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

DOORS 15.45 HRS

Fight # 1 – 16:00 HRS
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
ZAC BURTON 12st 7lbs V DOMINIK LANDGRAF 12st 9lbs 12oz

Fight # 2
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
ALEX DICKINSON V DAVE HOWE (weigh-in on the day)

Fight # 3
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
LYNDON ARTHUR 12st 8lbs 4oz V CHARLES ADAMU 12st 5lbs 1oz

Fight # 4
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Cruiserweight Contest
JORDAN THOMPSON 14st 4lbs V DMITRI KALINOVSKI 13st 12lbs 8oz

Fight # 5
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest
JACK McGANN 11st 5lbs 3oz V DWAIN GRANT 11st 6lbs

Fight # 6
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Featherweight Contest
ZELFA BARRETT 9st 6lbs 4oz V EDWIN TELLEZ 9st 5lbs 8oz

BT SPORT BROADCAST GOES LIVE AT 19:00 HRS

Fight # 7 – 19:05 HRS
10 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
NATHAN GORMAN 17st 11lbs 4oz V SEAN TURNER 18st 9lbs

Fight # 8
THE VACANT WBC INTERNATIONAL SUPER-WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
J.J METCALF 11st V AITOR NIETO 10st 13lbs 4oz

Fight # 9
THE VACANT WBC INTERNATIONAL SILVER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
MARK HEFFRON 11st 5lbs 2oz V ANDREW ROBINSON 11st 5lbs 8oz

Fight # 10
“Frank Warren, for Queensberry Promotions, sponsored by 32Red and FootAsylum and in association with RocNation Sports”
THE VACANT WBO WORLD SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
TERRY FLANAGAN 9st 13lbs 5oz V MAURICE HOOKER 9st 13lbs 4oz

Fight # 11
“Frank Warren, for Queensberry Promotions, sponsored by 32Red and FootAsylum and in association with EC Boxpromotion”
10 X 3 Minute Rounds International Heavyweight Contest
TYSON FURY 19st 10lbs 7oz V SEFER SEFERI 15st 2oz

Fight # 12
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Lightweight Contest
SAM MAXWELL 10st 1lb V KANE BAKER 10st

Fight # 13 – Follow On
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
JACK FLATLEY 11st 8lbs 4oz V TROY WILLIAMSON 11st 6lbs 8oz

Fight # 14 – Follow On
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
JACK MASSEY 14st 4lbs V IAN TIMS 14st 3lbs 10oz

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