Saunders, Burns, Groves and Conquest to fight on same super December bill
PUBLISHED: 18:32 01 October 2012
HATFIELD boxer Billy Joe Saunders will fight on a multi-title extravaganza featuring some of the sport’s biggest stars at the ExCeL London on Saturday, December 15.
Saunders, Ricky Burns, George Groves and Tony Conquest will defend their titles on the big end of year event in the capital, live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546), with even more title fights to be added.
Scottish star Burns, fresh from the most spectacular win of his career last month over rival Kevin Mitchell, will headline the show with the third defence of his WBO World Lightweight title against a top-ten challenger to be announced.
Chief support on the card sees the exciting and unbeaten Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves in a title defence.
The Hammersmith Southpaw, who’s only fight this year was a thrilling sixth round stoppage of Francisco Sierra in California in July, is looking forward to getting back in action after seeing fights fall through this year - including a WBO World title fight - because of injuries.
Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Saunders also aims to end the year with a perfect record when he defends his title.
Heavy-handed Saunders put on a devastating display against Jarrod Fletcher last month to hand the Australian the first loss in his career with a stunning second round stoppage.
“I can’t wait to put on another power-packed performance at the Excel and retain my Commonwealth title.
“This year I will have had four Commonwealth title fights and 2013 will be the year I win the Lonsdale belt.
“I’m in great form at the moment and I’m confident I could beat any of my rivals in the domestic division including Martin Murray, Darren Barker or Matthew Macklin,” said the Herts ace.
Fast-rising talent Tony Conquest shot to prominence this year with wins over Leon Williams and Ian Tims and will defend his WBO International Cruiserweight title on the show.
Promoter Frank Warren, said: “It’s a great show to end the year with and I’m delighted to stage it at the Excel in London.
“Ricky looked phenomenal beating Kevin Mitchell and proved why I call him the most improved fighter in the country.
“He’s got a lot of fans backing him in London when he beat Michael Katsidis and now with his win over Mitchell it will attracted even more.
“For Groves it’s an opportunity to end the year on a positive note and look forward to a bigger 2013 and a shot at the world title.
“Billy looked great in taking apart the previously unbeaten Jarrod Fletcher and showed that he’s a potential future world champion as has Tony who’s had a good year.
“I’ll be adding more title fights to the show over the next few weeks and it’s going to backed up with an action packed undercard with an array of talented young fighters.”
Tickets, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100, £150 and £200, are available from Eventim at www.eventim.co.uk or 0844 249 1000.
The show will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com