Nina Hughes and Bec Connolly will finally be able to get it on when they clash on the upcoming #MTKFightNight at York Hall in London on April 15th.
The two female fighters will go head to head on the undercard of the British and Commonwealth lightweight title fight between Gavin Gwynne and Luke Willis, which will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.
Hughes and Connolly were originally set to meet on February 11th, before Connolly pulled out of the fight with COVID. After some back and forth comments from each fighter on social media regarding the cancellation, they now get to settle their differences on the rescheduled date.
Hughes said:“I’m really pleased that it’s been rescheduled, and I’m just hoping it goes ahead this time. I had a hard eight-week training camp for the fight previously, so I feel like I need to put this fight to bed, come out victorious and move on to get closer to boxing for titles.
“I had a week off, got over the frustration and was straight back in the gym sparring Terri Harper for her upcoming fight so I had the motivation to get focused again.
“I’m professional, and this is business so I wouldn’t allow it to get personal no matter what the circumstances are, but fans can expect to see an explosive fight from the first bell.”
Connolly said: “I’m really pleased this fight is back on. I was already looking forward to it as it’s a decent scrap, but now I’m looking forward to it even more. I was annoyed to get COVID, and I had a really banging headache and felt sick, but it went pretty quickly.
“I’m definitely going to bring some extra fire to the fight now. I said there were no hard feelings but I’ve got the motivation to make this the best camp ever. You’ll see the best Bec Connolly there has ever been.
“I was really enjoying training because I’ve got a new coach, but I’ve got the fire in my belly for this even more now. I’m super excited, and I even turned down a fight in the interim just because I want to give this my full attention.”
Further news on the April 15th MTK Fight Night event, including more fight announcements, will be revealed in the coming days.
Nina Hughes will become the latest talented female star to join the paid ranks on Friday – and she’s relishing every moment of it ahead of this week’s action-packed #MTKFightNight event
Hughes faces experienced Claudia Ferenczi as part of a huge card at York Hall in London, which is headlined by an IBF featherweight title final eliminator between Isaac Lowe and Luis Alberto Lopez, and will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.
Hughes achieved great success as an amateur, winning four ABA national titles and becoming part of the GB Boxing set-up, and she is ready to now take the professional game by storm when she makes her debut later this week.
Hughes said:“I’m really excited to finally be making my professional debut. I’ve been training really hard and waiting patiently for this day.
“I have had some great sparring against some really good girls. Training has gone well and we have been working on a lot of things and practicing them in sparring, so it’s all coming together and I’m feeling good and ready.
“I’m really happy my debut is at York Hall. You only get one professional debut so I’m glad to be having it at such a historic venue. I boxed here a couple of times as an amateur and now I’m looking forward to boxing here as a professional.
“I don’t really know too much about my opponent, but I know she’s tricky and can try to hold a lot. My fans will see some good boxing skills from me and will see what I’ve been learning in the gym.
“I can be aggressive and fight on the front foot, or I can fight on the back foot too so you’ll see a lot of different things. Hopefully over the next year I’ll get a few more fights, and then we’ll push on to box for titles.”
Elsewhere on Friday’s card, Charlie Edwards makes his highly-anticipated return against Jacob Barreto, Jordan Reynolds faces Blaise Paka Mukia, Elliot Whale takes on Miroslav Serban, Shiloh Defritas squares off with Dario Barrosa, Carl Fail meets Juan Carlos Clavero, Inder Bassi goes up against Vasif Mamedov, and Arnold Obodai makes his professional debut.
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