FRANK WARREN will bring British boxing back with a bang on July 10.
The Hall of Fame promoter will beat Sky Sports-backed rival Eddie Hearn to the punch by hosting Queensberry shows at the BT Sports studios in Stratford.
The first of five shows Warren has planned will be headlined by British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight champ Brad Foster defending against unbeaten James Beech.
With an undercard featuring rapidly rising prospects from his stable, including Hamzah Sheeraz, David Adeleye and Mark Chamberlain.
The fight veteran said: “I am thrilled to inform the fans that the wait for live boxing to return is coming to an end.
“It has been a long haul and a trying time for everyone but we can now see the first flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.
Our opening show on July 10 is just for starters and we will be looking to go bigger and better
“I am so excited to get going again after a period of unprecedented planning and detail to get to where we are.
“Unfortunately boxing without fans at the venue is the new, but I am sure temporary, normal and we have made it our business to bring the sport back at the earliest opportunity in line with government guidelines regarding health and safety protocols.
“Our opening show on July 10 is just for starters and we will be looking to go bigger and better as we move along in our summer season that will see us deliver at least five TV shows.”
In accordance with orders from the British Boxing Board of Control, world title fights and international contests – where a fighter must fly in – will be the last to return.
NO EASY FIGHTS
So the first three shows will all be topped by fights for the famous Lonsdale belt.
On the second show, Anthony Cacace will defend his super-featherweight crown against Lyon Woodstock.
And the third card will be topped by Lerrone Richards defending his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles against Umar Sadiq.
Warren said: “Across these dates it is our intention to showcase highly competitive fights between hungry young domestic fighters and increase the stakes from show to show. No easy fights, just British boxing as it should be.
“I am also looking forward to seeing our unparalleled crop of brilliant young fighters step up the risk levels and really make the most of what will be huge exposure for them across the BT Sport platforms.”
Jose Pedraza was supposed to face Mikkel LesPierre but the MGM Grand bout was axed after LesPierre’s manager, Jose Taveras, tested positive for the virus earlier in the morning.