Joshua makes Midlands debut on May 9th #Resurrection

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JOSHUA TO MAKE MIDLANDS DEBUT ON MAY 9

Olympic Heavyweight star lands in the second city – Eggington title shot – Rose and Smith return

Anthony Joshua MBE will face Rafael Zumbano Love in his Midlands debut at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on May 9, live on Sky Sports.

Joshua returned to action in Newcastle on April 4 with a third round stoppage win over American Jason Gavern, and the Olympic Heavyweight gold medal hero will be looking to sharpen his tools in explosive fashion in Birmingham before facing Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson on May 30. Love will provide a stiff test for Joshua, with the durable 6ft 4in challenger going the distance with Shannon Briggs for the NABA heavyweight title in June 2014 and landed the WBC Latino belt and vacant South American title with a first round KO on Saturday.

Joshua’s clash with the former Brazilian Heavyweight champion joins a star-studded line-up with all-action Stourbridge youngster Sam Eggington’s first major title shot as he faces Joseph Lamptey for the vacant Commonwealth Welterweight title vacated by Frankie Gavin.

Birmingham’s Kal Yafai faces Rey Megrino for the WBC silver flyweight title, Blackpool favourite Brian Rose is looking to make quick progress as he moves up to Middleweight and there is a welcome return to action for Liverpool’s Super Middleweight star Callum Smith.

World-rated Middleweight Matthew Macklin boxes in Birmingham for the first time in almost five years as he targets a World title shot, with a shot fellow Irishman Andy Lee on the top of his wish-list and Kal’s unbeaten brother Gamal will continue his rise in the pro ranks.

It’s a huge night of boxing on Sky Sports with the coverage of our big fight night in the second city joined by two massive fights from Hidalgo, Texas as WBA Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell meets WBO king Tomoki Kameda and former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns tackles unbeaten former Lightweight World champion Omar Figueroa.

“I’m excited to bring Anthony to the Midlands in our first show there for over 13 years,” said Hearn. “It’s a big night for a number of Midlanders as Kal Yafai takes a huge stride towards a World title shot, Matthew Macklin returns to the ring chasing a World title shot later this year and Sam Eggington looks to continue his March in the 147lbs division. There is the long awaited return of Callum Smith from injury and Brian Rose begins his campaign in the Middleweight division.”

 

Tickets are on sale for May 9 now priced £40, £60 and £100 from www.barclaycardarena.co.uk and VIP tickets priced at £150 exclusively available from www.matchroomboxing.com

@eggington_sam intends to take Singleton apart

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EGGINGTON: SHAYNE WILL FEEL THE PAIN IN HULL

Sam vows to take Singleton apart in March to land big Birmingham fight

Sam Eggington says he will rip the WBC International Silver Welterweight title from Shayne ‘The Pain’ Singleton at the Ice Arena in Hull on March 7, live on Sky Sports, and then wants a big title fight in Birmingham on May 9.

The Stourbridge talent meets the unbeaten champion in a clash that is sure to provide fireworks with the stakes high for both men. Singleton claimed the title in April with a comfortable win over Laszlo Fazekas in his hometown of Colne, but is most famous for a controversial win over Curtis Woodhouse to claim the English Light Welterweight title from the former footballer in March 2013.

Eggington landed a fantastic win over Denton Vassell in a great tear-up in his last major outing in September and the 21 year old is building a reputation as one of the most exciting fighters in the country. After signing a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing in October, Eggington’s future became even brighter with Hearn announcing he’d be a big part of Matchroom’s return to Birmingham alongside fellow Second City stars Frankie Gavin, Matthew Macklin and Kal and Gamal Yafai, and the Jon Pegg-trained fighter knows that he needs a big win in Hull to land a showcase fight in Birmingham to announce himself to the fight fans in the city.

“This is a massive fight for me,” said Eggington. “Shayne has a title that can open doors for me if I can take it off him. He’s unbeaten but I am very confident that I’ll take his belt. It’s great to have the two fights mapped out for me, if I can beat Shayne then I am sure that the fight in Birmingham on May 9 will be a big one and that’s a massive incentive. I want to put on a great show in Birmingham because that’s my first big hometown show so I want to really impress the fans.

“I like boxing in different cities and in big arenas, I’ve had a couple of fights at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester and at the 3Arena in Dublin, but to box at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham in front of a packed crowd of local fight fans will be brilliant. To do that though, I have to put in a great performance in next Saturday and that is all I am focused on right now, beating Shayne and doing it in style.”

Eggington’s clash with Singleton is part of a big night of boxing in Hull as hometown favourite Tommy Coyle meets former British Lightweight champion Martin Gethin and Luke Campbell MBE returns to the bill ahead of a potential summer showdown with Coyle.

World-rated Super Middleweight Rocky Fielding returns to action following his hand injury, Newcastle’s Light Welterweight star Bradley Saunders warms-up for his Commonwealth title challenge, Birmingham’s young Featherweight blaster Gamal Yafai is in action alongside a quintet of local talents Tom Knight, Nathon Smith, Charlie Payton, Connor Seymour and Ryan Fuller.

Tickets are on sale now priced £40 and £60 are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and atwww.matchroomboxing.com