Amir Khan vs Kell Brook undercard boasts title fight and KSI coach Viddal Riley

Khan and Brook will settle their rivalry on a bumper bill in Manchester, which features a packed undercard including Natasha Jonas fighting for a world title and YouTube star Riley’s debut with the promotion

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Amir Khan and Kell Brook face off for the first time

Amir Khan and Kell Brook will headline a packed card which include Natasha Jonas’ world title tilt and YouTube star Viddal Riley’s BOXXER debut.

The British pair will meet in the ring tonight after several years of promising to settle their rivalry.

A historic event will be staged live on Sky Sports in Manchester with a bumper crowd of 20,000 expected after tickets sold out in just ten minutes.

Khan will be looking to secure the bragging rights after a catchweight of 149lbs was agreed to take the fight, but will go into the contest as the narrow underdog.

Meanwhile Brook will look to record one of the biggest victories of his career and will go into the test as the marginal favourite after fighting more recently against Terence Crawford.

We take a look at who is fighting on the card below and weigh-up the stacked pay-per-view undercard…

Kell Brook vs Amir Khan

After nearly seven months of negotiations the fight between Brook and Khan was confirmed to take place this year.

The pair have exchanged for several years over who will reign as ‘king of the north’ having competed at a similar time during their meteoric rises.

Losing is not an option for either fighter as they look to earn bragging rights, in addition to the looming possibility of retirement as they both approach their twilight years.

Khan has not fought for over two-and-a-half years but has shared the ring with the likes of Canelo Alvarez.

Brook was defeated by Crawford back in 2020 during his last outing but has also fought Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence during his prime.

The pair will meet at a catchweight of 149lbs with the pair set to bag seven-figure paydays for the domestic tilt.

Amir Khan and Kell Brook will settle their rivalry in a grudge match


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Natasha Jonas vs Chris Namus

The Merseyside star will have the opportunity to earn the WBO super-welterweight title against Chris Namus.

Jonas was originally set to face Ewa Piatkowska for the crown but she was forced to withdraw so will now take on experienced Uruguayan Namus.

It will be an opportunity at third time lucky for Jonas who has challenged for world titles on two previous occasions coming up short against Katie Taylor and Terri Harper.

Jonas made her debut under the BOXXER banner in a routine points victory over Vaida Masiokaite last November and will look to fulfil a career-long ambition by landing world glory.

Charlie Schofield vs Germaine Brown

Schofield will clash with undefeated star Brown for the British super-middleweight title on the card.

The British star has bounced back from his maiden defeat against Micky Ellison in 2019 by avenging the defeat after the coronavirus pandemic.

He has since defeated Lewis Van Poetsch and is eyeing domestic glory against one of his toughest challenges to date.

Brown has fought previously on two BOXXER hosted cards picking up victories against Jamal Le Doux and Ondrej Budera.

His fight with Budera helped him secure his title shot and he could be considered the favourite going into the clash.

Viddal Riley vs Willbeforce Shihepo

Riley will begin a new chapter in his cruiserweight career as he challenges durable Shihepo in his BOXXER debut after recently signing for the promotion.

Although known for his YouTube and rap career as an influencer, Riley has a superb amateur pedigree in boxing having won eight national championships and participated in the 2014 youth Olympics.

It will be his fifth professional outing having not fought since 2020 where he defeated Muhammad Abdullah in Las Vegas.

Riley previously competed on the card topped by Manny Pacquiao’s clash with Adrien Broner in 2019 defeating Mitchell Spangler.

The YouTube star is also known for his role in coaching fellow streaming star KSI who fought Logan Paul twice in bumper clashes.

His opponent has previously gone the distance with former world champion Arthur Abraham and will be a stern test of Riley’s credentials.

Viddal Riley will make his BOXXER debut on the undercard


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Frazer Clarke vs Jake Darnell

Clarke will make his hotly-anticipated professional debut after signing for BOXXER in a bid to become a heavyweight king.

The British star has recently won a super heavyweight bronze at the 2020 Olympics to reinforce his credentials earned from 2018 Commonwealth Games gold.

Despite turning professional late at the age of 30, Clarke is planning to make a fast-track route to domestic title contention.

He has previously worked as a security guard for big fights and is friends with Anthony Joshua.

Clarke will be looking to emulate in the footsteps of Joshua, Olympic rival Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois in making a successful switch to the blue-ribbon ranks.

The only was is up for Clarke who will look to carry inspiration from his tough journey and make a successful launch of his career.

Brad Rea vs Craig McCarthy

BOXXER prospect Rea will face Irish star Craig McCarthy as he looks to continue his rise through the domestic middleweight scene.

The rising star has recorded eleven victories in his professional career to date and comes into the contest on the back of an impressive points victory over Jez Smith.

This will be Rea’s second appearance on the Manchester stage after defeating Pavol Garaj on the undercard of Scott Quigg’s clash with Jono Carroll just before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

McCarthy will be a game contender against Rea and is looking to impress and cause a big upset on the grandest stage of his career.

Adam Azim vs Jordan Ellison

The first of the Azim brothers will look to make another statement stoppage victory against journeyman Ellison on Saturday.

Trained by Shane McGuigan, the rising star made his maiden appearance on a MTK Global card back in the final stages of 2020.

He later made his opening appearance under the BOXXER banner at Wembley Arena where he scored a second round stoppage in front of a vocal support.

Alongside his brother Hassan, Azim has made a huge impression in the McGuigan’s gym training alongside Dubois and Lawrence Okolie.

Hassan Azim vs MJ Hall

Adam’s brother Hassan equally will look to make an impression on his second appearance as a professional.

The younger sibling is keen to take his time during his rise but showed no signs of letting up in his Wembley Arena debut dismissing Ivan Njegac in the opening round.

Next he will fight journeyman Hall in his next test as he looks to record another statement victory and follow in the footsteps of his brother.

Also trained by McGuigan, Azim has reaped the benefits of working with some of the star-studded talent the gym has to offer.

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