Boxing schedule 2021 February to April

If you are like me and you are suffering boxing withdraw symptoms then I have some good news for you Matchroom and Sky sports have announced their boxing schedule for the start of 2021.

It’s been a difficult start to 2021 for boxing in Britain with the Bored Of Control suspending all boxing matches until the end of January, but with this announcement is gives all boxing fans something to look forward to and it all starts next month.

February 13th Sky Sports

Josh Warrington V Mauricio Lara

Zelfa Barrett V Kiko Martinez

Leigh Wood V Reece Mould

Also on the bill Hopey Price

What a night of boxing to start the year off with not only is it Josh Warrington’s first fight back with Matchroom but he is also defending his world title. Not only that but we will see Leigh Wood go toe to toe with Reece Mould for the vacant British Flyweight title. The big fights keep coming on this bill as Zelfa Barrett will be defending his IBF Intercontinental title in what could be his biggest test against former world champion Kiko Martinez.

February 20th Sky Sports

David Avanesyan V Josh Kelly

Amy Timlin V Carly Skelly

Florian Marku V Rylan Charlton

Anthony Fowler V Jorge Fortea

Jonny Fisher V Matt Gordon

Just a week later the schedule has given us another packed night of action with Josh Kelly putting his undefeated record on the line as he challenges for the European title. Anthony Fowler will b looking to continue his successful comeback let’s face it, it’s never boring when he’s in the ring. There is also a big rematch on the card as Amy Timlin and Carly Skelly square off again for the Commonwealth title, after their first fight ended in a split decision draw.

March 6th Sky Sports Box Office

Alexander Povetkin V Dillian Whyte

Fabio Wardley V Eric Molina

Campbell Hatton’s professional debut

Youssef Khoumari V Kane Baker

Now it’s time for the big one the rematch we all want to see as Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte get it on again, if is anywhere near as good as their first encounter then we are in for a real treat. Just in case you missed it the first time around or you just want to watch it again here’s what happened when they met in fight camp:

Not only that but there is another highly rated heavyweight on the bill in the form of Fabio Wardly as he steps into the ring with former world champion Eric Molina. It’s also time to see what the next generation can do as Campbell Hatton son of boxing legend Ricky Hatton makes his long awaited professional debut.

March 20th Sky Sports

Lawrence Okolie V Krzysztof Glowacki

Chantelle Cameron V Melissa Hemandez

Chris Billam-Smith V Deion Jumah

Ramla Ali V Vanessa Caballero

Lawrence Okolie gets his first shot at a world title in just his 16th fight. On a night that is packed wall to wall with title fights as we will also see Chantelle Cameron make the first defence of her WBC title.

April 10th Sky Sports

Conor Benn V Samuel Vargas

Rachel Ball V Shannon Courtney

Savannah Marshall

Felix Cash

Kash Farooq

In my opinion this is one of the best nights on the schedule because will see Conor Benn take one step closer to a world title, and if everything goes to plan and Josh Kelly wins on 20th February we are also one step closer to seeing that big domestic fight. Although the fight I’m really excited about on this bill is the rematch between Rachel Ball and Shannon Courtney their first fight was one of the best fights of fight camp, it was also one of the biggest upsets. In case you don’t know what happened here is their first fight:

All those Shannon Courtney got back to winning ways just before Christmas I know she will be hungry for revenge, and Rachel Ball will be desperate to prove that the first fight was not just a fluke.

I think this is a well rounded schedule with something for both the hardcore boxing fans as well as the casual fan out there. As always I love to know what you think let me know which fight you are looking forward to the most?

Fight Camp:Boxing Back!

Good news for boxing fans this week as it was announced, that the sport would be returning but not as we know it. Matchroom boxing announced this week Fight Camp but what is it? In this post I will be giving you everything you need to know before the first Fight Camp on the 1st August.

How Will it Work?

Fight Camp could fast become the new normal as we look to get life back to normal. It is the brainchild of Eddie Hearn. Now I know that for some strange reason Eddie seems to get a lot of abuse from boxing fans but this is great and really the only way to restart our sport. Basically the venue will be Matchroom headquarters in the garden, yes you did read that right in the garden. However what you have to bear in mind is that Matchroom HQ is a mansion set in acres of gardens it includes a gym and a swimming pool.

fight camp

Credit: https://www.instagram.com/eddiehearn/

As you can see from the picture above it will be well spaced out keeping social distancing were it is possible.

Is it safe?

The short answer is yes there is a hotel near to Matchroom HQ that everyone involved with the weekends fights will have to stay at this will include the fighter and their corner team and the TV production teams. When someone arrives at the hotel they must use the side door and take a test for COVID-19 only then will they get their room key, and they must stay in their room until the test results are back. Once the test results are back and they are negative only then will anyone be allowed onsite. Once on site nobody can leave for any reason or make physical contact with anyone outside of the Fight Camp until the event is over.

Who will be Fighting?

For all boxing fans this is probably the most important question, on Friday afternoon Matchroom announced 4 Fight Camps starting on the 1st August and here’s how they breakdown:

Week 1 1st August:

Sam Eggington V Ted Cheeseman: IBF International Super Welterweight Title

James Tennyson V Gavin Gwynne: British Lightweight Title

Jordan Gill V Reece Bellotti

Fablo Wardley V Simon Vallily: English Heavyweight Title

Dalton Smith V Nathan Bennett

Week 2 7th August

Chris Billam-Smith V Nathan Thorley: Commonwealth Cruiserweight Title

Terri Harper V Natasha Jonas: WBC and IBO Super Featherweight Title

Anthony Fowler V Adam Harper

Week 3 14th August:

Felix Cash V Jason Welborn: Commonwealth Middleweight Title

Zelfa Barrett V Eric Donovan

Kieron Conway V Navid Mansouri

Shannon Courtenay V Rachel Ball

John Docherty against an opponent yet to be announced.

Week 4 22nd August:

Dillian Whyte V Alexander Provetkin: Interim WBC Heavyweight Title

Martin Bakole V Sergey Kuzmin

Luther Clay V Chris Kongo

Katie Taylor will defend her world titles against an opponent yet to be announced

Where can you Watch the Fights?

Now we know where and who now we need to know how you can watch these fights. All the fights will be live on Sky Sports.

All except the Whyte Provetkin fight which will be live on Sky Box Office. Now I don’t know about you but I’m not the biggest fan of pay per view at the best of times, but especially at the moment when fans can’t get to the fights I think it is totally wrong. Normally when a fight is on box office they are pack with world title fights but this one isn’t. I understand that boxing is a business and you need to make money, and this will be a good night of boxing but not enough for it to be on Box Office.

As always I love to hear what you guys think how excited are you about boxing been back? Is Fight Camp a good idea? What fight are you looking forward to the most? Please comment below and let me know your thoughts.