Ellis Zorro Wins
Boxxer Series Tournament!
(May 14th) The Mexican folklore hero Zorro was a master swordsman but also famous for his cunning (zorro is the Spanish word for fox), which he used to confound his adversaries before taking their wealth and distributing it to those in need.
His British namesake Ellis Zorro (14-0, 6 KO’s) brought the myth to life in Manchester, England on Saturday night, artfully fencing his way through three consecutive battles and laying claim to a £40,000 grand prize which he immediately committed towards funding speech therapy for his young daughter.
“I’ve got an autistic daughter at home who needs speech therapy so I’m probably going to use most of [the money] on that,” he said post-fight when asked what his intentions for the prize money were.
And with a new BOXXER multi-fight contract to his name, Zorro also knows what he’s aiming for next in the ring.
“I want to start fighting for titles, English or British, I know Deion Jumah and Mikael Lawal are meant to be fighting for British, I’ll take the winner. But I’m just happy to be on Sky and this platform going forward,” he said.
Zorro’s path to the final saw him draw on his ring experience to out-box the powerful Jamie Smith in a commanding performance in which he landed his jab consistently while dictating the tempo of the fight from start to finish.
He had extended his professional record to 12-0 in the opening quarter-final of the night as he out-boxed Liverpudlian Jay Farrell to set the tone early having been called out regularly by his rivals earlier in the week.
Boxxer Series winner Ellis Zorro says the fight against Ricky Reeves was the toughest of the night, however, no one was able to match his level.
Reeves, who is head of Year 10 at Parkwood Academy in Sheffield, produced one of the surprise moments and most impressive comebacks of the night when he exploded into life to knock out Sheldon McDonald in the third round of their semi-final having seemingly been behind on the judge’s cards.
He had been forced to dig deep earlier in the tournament when he edged a war with law graduate Anees Taj via majority decision after downing his man with a vicious uppercut in the final second of the first round. Taj recovered admirably in the final two rounds but could not land enough to overturn the knockdown.
“I feel like I’ve won. It’s mixed emotions,” said beaten finalist Reeves, who admitted he had to be back at work on Monday morning.
“I’d have loved to have won it, but this is a good fighter, it was a tough fight. I’ve had four amateur fights, two professional fights, I’ve come here against some good guys, I’ve got a knockdown, a knockout.
“To win some good money for my family and be on a big platform were my goals, I feel like I’ve crossed them off so I’m super proud of myself.”
Promises of a high-octane night had come to fruition in the second quarter-final when favourite Smith survived a first-round onslaught from Fay to make his power count and secure the stoppage.
McDonald then defied his limited experience with a commanding performance to advance to the semis with a unanimous decision win over Ryan Cotterell, knocking down the 22-year-old within 45 seconds of the first bell before nailing his distance and showing impressive boxing IQ to control the remainder of the contest.
BOXXER Series Manchester: Cruiserweights – Results
Ellis Zorro Unanimous Decision, R3 (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Ricky Reeves
Ricky Reeves TKO R3, 2:05 Sheldo McDonald
Elliz Zorro Unanimous Decision R3 (30-28, 29-28, 29-28) Jamie Smith
Ricky Reeves Majority Decision, R3 (29-27, 29-28, 28-28) Anees Taj
Sheldon McDonald Unanimous Decision, (30-26, 30-27, 29-27) Ryan Cotterell
Jamie Smith TKO, R2 Jack Fay
Ellis Zorro Unanimous Decision, (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Jay Farrell
Boxxer Goes Global:
New International Broadcast Partnerships
Take British Promotion Worldwide!
(May 12th) BOXXER, the UK’s next-generation boxing promotion, today announced a plethora of new broadcast agreements which will air live BOXXER programming to over 100 international territories.
Sports broadcasting giant ESPN will air BOXXER’s upcoming June 11 event, headlined by Richard Riakporhe in a cruiserweight title shot eliminator against Fabio Turchi, making the event available to 75 million households in the USA and up to 30 million households in Canada.
Agreements are also in place for this event with Mola TV in Italy, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore; Proximia TV in Spain; TV3 in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia; Canal+ in Poland; Nova in Bulgaria; SportKlub in the Balkans and many more.
The new agreements double the size of BOXXER’s global footprint, with further deals set to be announced in the near future. A full list of territories and broadcasters will be available at BOXXER.com shortly, along with a How To Watch section for worldwide fight fans to find their regional carrier.
BOXXER’s founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “BOXXER’s international growth has been significant over the past few months. We’re now able to bring our events and fighters to more fight fans than ever. Our ambition is to make the sport more accessible than ever before and these significant international partnerships help make that vision a reality.”
BOXXER shows air live and exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, after the leading UK sports broadcaster signed BOXXER as its exclusive British provider of boxing content in a landmark four-year deal in 2021.
With partnerships in place with premium broadcasters across mainland Europe, south-east Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America, BOXXER gives international fight fans a new level of access to top-tier boxing while enabling the new generation of standout British boxers to showcase their skills to viewers around the world.
The BOXXER stable includes world champions, elite contenders and Olympic medallists. Following yesterday’s announcement that silver medalist Ben Whittaker has signed an exclusive promotional agreement, BOXXER is now home to four of the six Team GB medallists from the Tokyo Olympics.
BOXXER’s next event takes place Saturday, June 11 at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London. Riakporhe and Turchi headline in a world title shot eliminator, with the card also featuring a highly-competitive welterweight clash between Chris Kongo and Sebastian Formella, the pro debut of Olympic gold medallist Lauren Price and an English Super-Middleweight Championship clash between Zak Chelli and Germaine Brown which has ‘Fight of the Year’ potential.
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