Troy Williamson & Josh KellyTo Fight For British Title
(September 17th) Troy Williamson and Josh Kelly will collide in a British title fight that fans have been craving.
Williamson puts his super welterweight crown on the line against former amateur star Kelly in December, on a massive night of boxing in Newcastle.
The British champion overcame David Benitez in Bolton this evening to rubber-stamp his showdown with Kelly, with the date and venue to be confirmed in due course.
The mouth-watering clash pits North East rivals against each other with Darlington’s Williamson defending his British belt for a second time, against Sunderland hero Kelly.
Probellum fighter Williamson is one of the most exciting fighters in British boxing after engaging in back-to-back Fight of the Year contenders and his clash with Kelly promises to be a domestic dust-up you do not want to miss.
The ‘Trojan’ is on a roll after title wins over Ted Cheeseman and Mason Cartwright while ‘Pretty Boy’ Kelly has been rebuilding his career after a punishing defeat to David Avanesyan last year.
Williamson was left deeply unimpressed with his rival’s last performance and has promised to wear down and stop the 2016 Olympian.
Troy Williamson said: “I’m so happy Josh has agreed to fight me because this is a monster of a fight for British boxing and it will be shown live to a huge television audience.
“But Josh, mark my words, you have made a huge mistake because you have never faced anyone like me, and I will grind you down and stop you.
“Your Olympic pedigree will count for nothing when the going gets tough and I drag you into deep waters.”
Richard Schaefer, President of Probellum, said: “There is no question about Troy Williamson’s status as one of Britain’s most exciting fighters because he delivers drama by the bucket load.
“And this brilliant British title fight with Josh Kelly promises to be another Fight of the Year contender to add to Troy’s collection.
“I was ringside to see Troy get up off the floor and defeat Cartwright on points at Probellum Throwdown and I know this will surpass that fight for action and entertainment.”
Jack Bateson & Shabaz Masoud
To Fight In British Title Eliminator!
(September 17th) Two of British boxing’s most talented young fighters have agreed to meet in a sizzling super bantamweight title eliminator.
Probellum stars Jack Bateson and Shabaz Masoud will put their unbeaten records on the line with the winner landing a shot at the British champion Liam Davies.
Fight fans have grown weary of prospects avoiding each other but Bateson and Masoud have bucked the trend and refused to back down from the challenge after the British Boxing Board of Control ordered them to meet.
A date and venue for the clash between Leeds hero Bateson and Stoke favourite Masoud will be revealed in due course, but Probellum can confirm the fight will take place in 2022.
Bateson (17-0, 4KOs) earned a spot in the world rankings with a classy win over Diego Alberto Ruiz in June, while Masoud (10-0, 3KOs) delivered a statement of intent by stopping former world title challenger Yoann Boyeaux in two rounds, earlier in the year.
Bateson and Masoud have already engaged in a war of words over social media and the run-up to this showdown promises to be explosive.
Sam Jones, Head of Talent Relations at Probellum, said: “All credit to both Jack and Shabaz because fights as good as this one, so often don’t get made until further along in their careers.
“But both guys desperately wanted this fight, and I am delighted we have reached an agreement for it to happen.
“This has all the makings of a classic domestic scrap because we have two unbeaten and talented fighters, with big followings from Leeds and Stoke. I cannot wait for the build-up as it’s going to be electric.”
Naoya Inoue vs Paul Butler
Inoue Braced For “Battle”
After Reading Nonito Donaire Advice!
(September 3rd) Naoya Inoue is braced for a ‘long battle’ with Paul Butler should their blockbuster bantamweight clash be confirmed.
Inoue and Butler are hoping to agree terms on a fight to become undisputed world champion at 118lbs, later this year.
The Japanese star holds the WBC, WBA and IBF titles while Probellum fighter Butler owns the WBO version, and a clash between the pair would crown a first undisputed champion at the weight, in almost half a century.
Inoue has read Nonito Donaire’s recent interview with Probellum.com in which the Filipino Flash – beaten by ‘Monster’ in June – has advised Butler to employ certain tactics against the knockout artist.
“I read a story that Donaire is advising him to move around, use his jab, utilize his speed, and lateral movement,” Inoue told The Ring.
“If Butler does that, I think it will be a long battle. A lot of people think I’m a quick KO puncher, always knocking opponents out in the early rounds, but I’m actually not a hyper-aggressive fighter, so I’m going to have to figure out how Butler will come out and how we’ll engage.”
Inoue has plans to move up a weight class, and become a four-division world champion, but insists he is not overlooking Butler.
“Butler’s strengths are his footwork, jab and lateral movement. I will need to make a solid strategy,” he added.
“Butler might not be as big of a threat as Donaire, especially power wise, to be completely honest, but I do think he’s a capable fighter, and this is a full unification fight at 118 pounds, so my motivation is still very high.”
Winning Purse Bid For
Regis Prograis vs Jose Zepeda
WBC World Title Fight Confirmed!
(August 31st) Regis Prograis world title showdown with Jose Zepeda is due to take place within the next 90 days after the winning purse bid to stage the fight was confirmed.
Los Angeles-based promoter MarvNation lodged an offer of $2.4m with the WBC today, to secure the rights to stage the vacant world super lightweight title clash.
Prograis was handed his shot at the belt earlier this month following the withdrawal of Jose Ramirez from a fight for the title vacated by Josh Taylor, and purse bids were revealed today, at the WBC headquarters in Mexico.
MarvNation submitted the winning offer and WBC president Mauricio Suliman confirmed that Prograis’ fight with Zepeda, must now take place within 90 days, although a 30-day extension could be granted in special circumstances.
The WBC asked for a deposit of $240,000 that will be given to the winner of the fight, but the remaining purse will be split 50-50 between Probellum’s Prograis and Zepeda.
In an interview with Probellum.com this month, Prograis, who was the WBA belt holder in 2019, said: “I’m ecstatic.
“I’ve waited for this opportunity for a long time. When I was a world champion, and I lost my belt, it was like I fell to the bottom of the pit, and I just clawed my way up, clawed my way up, clawed my way out.“