A new generation of future British boxing stars alongside midlands talent will be showcased live on Sky Sports next month when BOXXER rolls into the English heartlands for an event at Coventry SkyDome on Saturday, June 25.
Adam ‘The Assassin’ Azim (4-0, 3 KO’s), described by trainer Shane McGuigan as “the best natural talent I’ve ever worked with”, brings his spectacular skills to the ring in a World Youth Championship bout as he continues his journey from teenage prodigy to future world champion.
Azim won ten national titles as an amateur and was ranked #1 in the world at welterweight before turning professional in 2020, where he has continued to win plaudits and show every sign of living up to the potential which has industry insiders so excited by him .
Also heading to Coventry on the path to future greatness is Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medallist Karriss Artingstall. She will make her highly-anticipated professional boxing debut following a glittering amateur career which culminated in a bronze medal in the latest Olympics.
From Bunny Johnson - Britain’s first black heavyweight champion - through to Robert McCracken and Frankie Gavin, the Midlands has a long history of producing elite boxing talents who have made their mark on the sport.
Leading the region’s new generation on their own march to the top are BOXXER Series tournament winners Cori Gibbs (16-0, 3 KO’s) and Dylan Cheema (5-0, 1 KO’s).
Undefeated Birmingham battler Gibbs, who won the eight-man BOXXER Series Liverpool: Super-Lightweights tournament in November, will face the tough and wily Carlos ‘Raton’ Perez (17-6-2, 2 KO’s), the current Spanish lightweight champion
Cheema, who won last month’s BOXXER Series: Coventry tournament in spectacular fashion despite entering as an unknown underdog, is making a quick return to the ring for the first fight of his newly-signed multi-fight promotional deal with BOXXER.
Birmingham’s Sam Eggington (31-7, 18 KO’s), a two-time ‘Fight of the Year’ winner and firm crowd favourite thanks to his all-action fighting style, looks set to deliver another crowd-pleasing performance as he challenges for the IBO Super Welterweight Championship against undefeated Pole Przemyslaw Zysk (18-0, 6 KO’s)
Both fighters have a reputation for never taking a backwards step, making this another potential ‘Fight of the Year’ nominee for Eggington and an encounter likely to produce many a highlight-reel moment.
The rematch for the English Middleweight Championship between River Wilson Bent (12-0-1, 5 KO’s) and Tyler Denny (13-2-3) will be taking place on this card after their controversial and explosive first fight that ended prematurely after a clash of heads, resulting in a technical draw.
With a torrent of bad blood running through this fight and a score to settle after their first encounter, this is another of the evening’s bouts which guarantees sensational action from start to finish.
Undefeated 6’3” middleweight Shakiel Thompson (7-0, 5 KO’s) will be returning to action on this card, along with Scottish cruiserweight Scott Forrest (22-24, 4 KO’s) and Welsh super-bantamweight prospect Rhys Edwards (12-0, 4 KO’s).