UB7 - ‘The super-middleweights’
BBN have provided viewers with all the details needed to tune in and watch the next instalment of Ultimate Boxxer - a fast-paced knockout tournament that promises unmissable action.
The four-man tournament takes place on Tuesday, November 10 - the same day in history that Larry Holmes defended his WBC heavyweight title to Alfredo Evangelista via KO7 (1978).
The tournament takes place behind closed doors at the BT Sports Studios in Stratford, London.
Semi-finals: 3x3 minutes super-middleweight rounds.
Final: 5x3 minutes super-middleweight rounds.
The Golden Robe will be bestowed upon the winner of the four-man tournament, which will earn the winner a long-term contract with BOXXER.
UB1: Drew Brown, Welterweight
UB2: Shakan Pitters, Light-heavyweight
UB3: Derrick Osaze, Middleweight
UB4: Mikael Lawal Cruiserweight
UB5: Steven Donnelly,Super-welterweight
UB6: Nick Webb, Heavyweight
The event begins at 8pm, and ring walks for the start of the tournament are expected from around 9pm UK time, but that will depend on the undercard results.
Coverage for Ultimate Boxxer 7 will be broadcast live on BT Sport (Sky Channel Channel 413) from 8pm.
The show will also be simulcast live on free-to-view ITV4 (Sky Channel 120).
To watch online, click here: https://www.bt.com/sport/watch
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You can keep up with action using this hashtag on Twitter: #TuesdayNightFightNight
BBN will be providing LIVE updates on the night HERE
Free to view for BT Sport and Freeview TV subscribers.
Zak Chelli (7-1-1, 3KOs)
Harry Woods (4-0)
Mike McGoldrick (6-0, 2KOs)
Vladimir Georgiev (4-0) *(Replaced Ben Ridings (3-0) after testing positive for COVID-19)
There's two previous Ultimate Boxxer winners appearing on the undercard, both testing themselves against Area title contenders.
UB4 cruiserweight winner Mikael Lawal (12-0, 7KOs) tackles Southern Area title contender Ossie Jervier (6-13, 5KOs); and UB3 champ Derrick Osaze (10-0, 2KOs) gets his toughest test against Central Area title contender John Telford (11-2-1, 2KOs).
*UPDATE: Derric Osaze vs John Telford is now off.
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Full fight preview HERE
Everything you ever need to know about Ultimate Boxxer 7 can be found HERE
BOXXER founder Ben Shalom: “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. I’m thrilled with the new four-man tournament format which, following regular consolation with the BBBofC, has been approved and allows us the flexibility to use in conjunction with our eight-man format. 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’re confident it will keep viewers gripped all around a really competitive four man, one night tournament.”
Tim Rickson, BBN Editor: “My first thoughts were to favour Zak Chelli, as he has appeared on some big boxing shows against high calibre opponents, and should be favourite to win the tournament.
However, late addition Harry Woods is unbeaten in four fights and trains out of one of the most talented gyms in the country at the Everton Red Triangle, alongside another six unbeaten professionals, as well as Olympians and amateur champions. His trainer Paul Stevenson will come equipped with the perfect game plan and preparation to win this tournament.
It all depends how they line up on the night, but I'm still sticking with Chelli to win just because of his experience and the high level he has performed at, but Harry Woods is my outside bet, as he'll be grabbing this opportunity with both hands.”
Read the full article HERE
Zak Chelli: Joint youngest in the tournament at 22, but has crammed in plenty of ring experience in just three and half years of with nine fights, plus a Southern Area title. He’s pulled off a few shocks previously by beating unbeaten prospect Umar Sadiq and dropping top contender Kody Davies. He’s the bookies favourite off the back of his highly questionable draw with Jack Cullen at Matchroom’s Fight camp last time out as the away fighter. He’s hungry for the win and then onto a rematch with Cullen.
Ben Ridings: The up-and-coming 22-year-old from Bury turned pro in 2018 and is undefeated in his three fights with 12 rounds in the bags. 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 youngest competitor and is an outsider, but will rely on his youth and desire to overcome his rivals’ age and experience.
*UPDATE: Ridings removed from competition after failing COVID-19 test
Harry Woods: From Maghull, Liverpool, 25-year-old Woods was an England amateur representative, with 26 wins from 32 bouts. He is part of the UK's most talented gym at the Everton Red Triangle under coach Paul Stevenson, who also trains and manages seven other unbeaten prospects, three of which are signed to Frank Warren's promotions. Despite his last fight being in February and with no prospect of fighting again this year, Woods stayed fit and ready regardless and it has paid off for him now that he has become a last-minute addition to the tournament. It's almost written in the stars for him to win this and he has a very good chance of doing so.
Mike McGoldrick: McGoldrick is unbeaten in six and looks like a top talent, but his ambitions aren't set very hight, stating that he wants to win the Central Area title and anything beyond that is a bonus. His father was an amateur boxer for a long time, so it was natural for him to follow suit, and he first started boxing aged 10. Despite starting so early, he didn't have a huge amount of bouts and and claims to have won half, lost half.It's a great platform for the Johnny Rowe-trained super-middleweight who spars with Liam Conroy regularly.
Vladimir Georgiev: Bulgarian-born 29-year-old Georgiev steps into the competition right at the very last knockings, with less than 24 hours notice! From Weston-super-Mare, the 168-pounder has won all four fights but has given away a lot of rounds in the process, just squeezing past Jan Ardon (2-5) 39-38 in his last contest in March.
Full fight preview HERE
Betting Odds Supplied by Star Sports
Winner of SF1 vs Winner of SF2
5x3 Super-middleweight contest
UB7 Semi-final 2:
Harry Woods vs Mike McGoldrick
3x3 Super-middleweight contest
UB7 Semi-final 1:
Zak Chelli vs Vladimir Georgiev
3x3 Super-middleweight contest
Michael Lawal vs Ossie Jervier
6x3 Cruiserweight contest
Florian Marku vs Muma Mweemba
6x3 Welterweight contest
CANCELLED: Derrick Osaze vs John Telford
6x3 Middleweight contest