Whitaker-Hart Signs With Matchroom
Liverpool Light-Heavyweight Steps Up Against Springer
Nov 14th On Taylor, Harper, Ball Historic Tripleheader!
(October 21st) Liverpool Light-Heavyweight talent Thomas Whittaker-Hart has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing and will face Bradford's Jermaine Springer over eight rounds on Saturday November 14, LIVE on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
Whittaker-Hart (4-0, 2 KOs), a former England and Team GB man who was planning on staying in the amateur game until the Tokyo Olympic Games, trains with Joe McNally at the Rotunda ABC in Kirkdale and has made a perfect start to life in the professional ranks.
The former English National titlist, who is managed by former WBC Cruiserweight World Champion Tony Bellew, made his pro debut on the Liam Smith vs. Sam Eggington show at the M&S Arena in March 2019, outpointing Poland's Przemyslaw Binienda.
Three wins have followed for the 25-year-old prospect who will be looking to push on under his new promotional banner, starting with a win over Springer (7-1, 1 KO) next month on an historic World Title triple-header card.
"Tony phoned me a couple of days ago to tell me that I'm signing with Matchroom," said Whittaker-Hart. "I was made up with the news! It's the best promotional umbrella to be under at the minute so I was buzzing when I found out.
"I'm looking forward to performing on the biggest platform. I'm going to showcase what I know I can really do. I'm pleased that I've got the opportunity to be able to broadcast my skills to such a big audience on Sky Sports and DAZN.
"I've made a positive start to life in the pros with four wins and two knockouts. I don't think I've showed enough of what I can really do. Now I've signed with Matchroom I can start to really push on and I know the opponents are going to get harder, that's when you'll see the best version of me.
"I don't know a lot about Springer but I've seen the odd clip of him. I know that he's a good step up for me at this stage of my career. I'm more than confident in my ability to get the job done and I'll be more than ready on November 14. It's a great show to be a part of.
"I want to keep on improving and going up the levels. I'm planning on getting to the top - that's where I want to be. I couldn't ask for much more with Tony managing me and Matchroom promoting me. Tony has helped me out a lot and he's got me into a great position. He's been there and done it so I look up to him massively."
"I’m very excited about Thomas Whittaker-Hart!" said Bellew. "He’s been out the ring 12 months but I’m confident that within these next 12 months he will be in and amongst the top 3 domestically and ready for the British Title! He’s been working hard and has been sparring with renowned World Champions and vastly experienced fighters! The best is yet to come from Thomas."
Hart vs. Springer helps shape a huge night of World Title action; Irish star Katie Taylor (16-0, 6 KOs) puts her Lightweight World Titles on the line once more against Mandatory Challenger Miriam Gutierrez (13-0, 5 KOs), Denaby’s Terri Harper (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces her first WBC Mandatory challenger in Spanish-Norwegian Katharina Thanderz (13-0, 2 KOs), Walsall’s Rachel Ball (6-1) takes on undefeated Australian Ebanie Bridges (4-0, 2 KOs) for the vacant WBA Bantamweight crown, Swindon southpaw Jamie Cox (25-2, 14 KOs) returns with a new team after two years out the ring against 'Little Lever's Meat Cleaver' Jack Cullen (18-2-1, 9 KOs) and big-punching John Docherty (9-0, 7 KOs) steps up against Jack Arnfield (25-3, 6 KOs).
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About Matchroom Boxing
After the success of snooker in the 1980s, Matchroom Sport moved into boxing with two small hall shows followed by Frank Bruno v Joe Bugner at Tottenham Hotspur’s ground – the biggest boxing event of 1987. That launched the company into the boxing big-time, a position it has maintained ever since.
Through the 1990s Matchroom Sport’s boxing roster featured many of the biggest names in the sport including Lennox Lewis, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Steve Collins and Naseem Hamed, all in world title fights and it continues to work with some of the biggest names in UK boxing including Audley Harrison, the 2000 Olympic Super-Heavyweight gold medalist.
Over the years, Matchroom Sport has built up long-standing relationships with broadcasters around the world and with the advent of the Prizefighter phenomenon, the company’s boxing division has never been in a stronger position.
From fantastic six round scraps between the sport’s journeymen, up to multi-million-dollar World Championship contests featuring the above fighters, the Pro Box series has it all. Each show is packed with the very best in boxing action in a series that encompasses almost 25 years of Matchroom Sport’s commitment to bringing the highest quality to the global television market.
Super Middleweight Double Header
Cox vs Cullen & Docherty vs Arnfield
Added to November 14th Katie Taylor,
Terri Harper, Rachel Ball World Title Triple-Header!
(October 12th) Two all-action Super-Middleweight bouts have been added to November 14's World Title triple-header undercard, LIVE on Sky Sports and DAZN.
Jamie Cox meets Jack Cullen whilst John Docherty steps up against Jack Arnfield, supporting Katie Taylor vs. Miriam Gutierrez, Terri Harper vs. Katharina Thanderz and Ebanie Bridges vs. Rachel Ball.
Swindon Southpaw Cox (25-2, 14 KOs) returns with a new team after two years out the ring.
"I've been out a while now, I'm looking forward to getting back in there. I've got a new set up with Tony Borg down in Wales which has given my boxing a new dimension which I'll show in November," said Cox.
'Little Lever's Meat Cleaver' Jack Cullen (18-2-1, 9 KOs) looks to return to winning ways following a draw with Zak Chelli at Matchroom Fight Camp.
"This is a big name in Jamie Cox, I couldn't have asked for a better opponent in the circumstances. He comes to fight and as you know I bring it as well. It'll make for a fan friendly fight for those watching I'm sure," said Cullen.
Big punching John Docherty (9-0, 7 KOs) has set his sights on domestic titles for 2021 but has Jack Arnfield to navigate first.
"Jack's experienced but I'm levels above him and I'll show that come fight night. I'll smash him to pieces," said Docherty.
Now campaigning at 168lbs, Arnfield (25-3, 6 KOs) believes the extra weight to play with will be telling in the next phase of his career.
"I was a tall Middleweight, the past 2/3 fights was a struggle but I'm feeling fit and healthier up a weight which will reflect in my punch power. I'm not overlooking 'The Doc' but I've set myself bigger goals," said Arnfield.
"Two really good Super-Middleweight fights added to our World Championship triple-header on November 14," said promoter Eddie Hearn. "It's great to see Jamie Cox back, he looks in great shape but faces a tough challenge in the always exciting Jack Cullen.
"A huge step up in class for John Docherty against two-time British Title challenger Jack Arnfield. Two 50-50 fights confirmed for what will be a great night of action live on Sky Sports and DAZN."
Taylor, Harper and Ball Star
In Historic World Title Tripleheader Blockbuster
Night for Women's Boxing On November 14th!
(October 5th) Matchroom will promote the first ever women’s World Title triple-header on Saturday November 14, with Katie Taylor, Terri Harper and Rachel Ball all starring in an historic evening of boxing shown LIVE on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
Taylor (16-0, 6 KOs) retained her Undisputed Lightweight World Title with a unanimous decision win over Delfine Persoon as their highly anticipated rematch produced another brutal battle on the final weekend of Fight Camp in August.
The Irish star puts her World Titles on the line once more against Mandatory Challenger Miriam Gutierrez (13-0, 5 KOs), the undefeated Spaniard who has held the WBA’s Interim World Title since November 2019 following her win over Keren Batiz.
“I'm delighted to be headlining another fight night on Sky Sports,” said Taylor. “When I turned professional it was a bit of step into the unknown in terms of how it all would go so to have these opportunities to headline cards is something I never take for granted.
“It's been a pretty quick turnaround from my last fight but I'm always looking towards the next challenge and I really wanted to fight again before the end of the year. The pandemic has obviously made it a very uncertain time in terms of scheduling fights so I'm really excited to have a date to focus on.
“I'm expecting a very tough fight against an undefeated challenger, but I've been back in training camp in the US for the past couple of weeks and I'm looking forward to successfully defending my titles on November 14.”
“I am very happy, eager and excited,” said Gutierrez. “I am preparing myself 100% for this fight with Katie. This is the great challenge that I have pursued in my sports career, to be able to fight for the undisputed crown.”
Denaby’s Harper (10-0-1, 5 KOs) retained her WBC and IBO Super-Featherweight World Titles with a thrilling split decision draw against Liverpool’s Natasha Jonas in an historic Fight of the Year contender at the top of the bill on Fight Camp Week 2.
‘Belter’ faces her first WBC Mandatory challenger in Spanish-Norwegian Katharina Thanderz (13-0, 2 KOs), the undefeated Interim WBC Super-Featherweight World Champion who claimed the title against Brazilian Danila Ramos after a brutal ten round battle last November.
“This is the most excited I’ve been for a fight, I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove,” said Harper. “We’ve had the opportunity in this camp to work on lots of new things, having a strength and conditioning coach join the team. I want to go out and put the wrongs right.”
“It’s an amazing feeling to know that I’m finally fighting for the World Title,” said Thanderz. “I’ve been waiting such a long time for this moment, and I just know I’ll give my everything to win the title. Harper is a young and talented fighter. I think she’s a very hard-working girl. She’s fast, she has a good technique, she has stamina, and she’s a very good fighter. It will a pleasure to share the ring with her.
“I am confident I can beat her. I have a very good feeling, and I’m working very hard in my camp to be the best version of myself. I know it will be very difficult, especially because of the circumstances of the fight, but I’m prepared to surprise and shock everyone when I get the win. I feel very good about fighting in the UK. I’ve never fought in England, so I can’t wait to have the experience of fighting in a completely new country with so many boxing fans.”
Walsall’s Ball (6-1) lands a dream World Title shot on the back of her breakout win over Shannon Courtenay on the third week of Fight Camp. The 29-year-old takes on popular undefeated Australian Ebanie Bridges (4-0, 2 KOs) for the vacant WBA Bantamweight crown.
“I’ve been craving a big fight, now I’ve got it,” said Bridges. “I’m not coming to Britain to mess around; I’m going to take this opportunity with both hands and take that belt back to Australia with me in exciting style.”
“After my last fight I’m hungrier than ever, training harder than ever and asking myself everyday how I can improve,” said Ball. “I couldn’t be more excited for this fight. We’re friends but this fight isn’t going to be pretty, it’s business.”
“This a historic moment,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “A huge night of boxing that will be headlined by not one but three women’s World Title fights. Katie Taylor has spun the game on its head since she turned pro and has paved the way for so many great female fighters. Katie faces the second Mandatory Challenger during her undisputed reign in tough undefeated Spaniard Miriam Gutierrez.
“While fresh off a Fight of the Year contender at Fight Camp, Terri Harper faces her first Mandatory Challenger in undefeated Spanish-Norwegian Katharina Thanderz and in a fairy tale story Rachel Ball has a chance to become World Champion against popular Aussie Ebanie Bridges. This is a major statement from us and our broadcast partners, don’t miss an incredible night on November 14.”
“Katie Taylor continues her epic journey as one of the world’s elite boxers on a terrific triple-header of women’s World Title action,” said Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports. “The Irish star displayed grit and determination in a punishing rematch win over Delfine Persoon in Fight Camp, and her renowned skills should also be on show against Miriam Gutierrez.
“Terri Harper battled to a thrilling draw with Natasha Jonas in one of the year’s most enthralling fights and she is back in action, defending her WBC belt versus Katharina Thanderz. Rachel Ball also receives a World Title fight after she dropped and shocked Shannon Courtenay, but she must now overcome Ebanie Bridges. Three fantastic World Title fights - all live on Sky Sports!”