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Big D Back In Bethnal Green!

(May 31st) Big David Adeleye is back in the ring on Friday June 9 in a first defence of his WBO European heavyweight title when he takes on the big-hitting Serbian Emir Ahmatovic at York Hall.


Also in title action, live on BT Sport, is undefeated lightweight Mark Chamberlain (12-0, 8 KOs), who makes a second defence of his IBF European title against the champion of Italy Marvin Demollari (12-4, 2).


The WBC International Silver super lightweight champion, Henry Turner (10-0, 3), is all set for a domestic war against Tom Farrell (21-6, 5) in what will be a second defence of his belt.


Unbeaten heavy Adeleye (11-0, 10), who is closing in on a shot at the British title, takes on the Germany-based Ahmatovic (12-1, 9) with a sole reverse coming against forthcoming IBF mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic in December 2021.


In his last fight, the man known as ‘Atomic’ seized the WBC Mediterranean title with a second round blitz of the then 11-1 Hueseyin Akdemir in Germany.


Waterlooville southpaw Chamberlain is blazing a trail in the lightweight ranks, with the 24-year-old coming into the fight off the back of a destructive fifth round defeat of the tough Italian Vairo Lenti in February.


Demollari, 28, became national champion in late 2022 with a decision win over the 13-0 Daniel Spada, before making a successful defence against the 11-1 Francesco Santacroce in May.


The skilful Showman Turner, just 22, is on a run of three stoppage wins out of four and was last in action in February with a statement victory over Zeus de Armas at York Hall.


His experienced opponent Farrell, 33, from Liverpool, was also last in action in Bethnal Green, where he dropped a decision against Harlem Eubank, having previously taken part in the Boxxer super lightweight tournament, where he was edged out in the final against Cori Gibbs, having defeated Ben Fields and Kane Gardner to reach the last two.


Also back on a busy York Hall card is the brilliant teenage super featherweight Royston Barney-Smith (5-0, 3), who will take on the redoubtable Christian Lopez Flores over six rounds. The 19-year-old’s last three fights have resulted in first round stoppages.


The eye-catching light heavyweight star of the future Ezra Taylor (5-0, 4) from Nottingham goes up against Khalid Graidia, who recently took Karol Itauma the full eight rounds and rising super welterweight Carl Fail (8-0, 2) from Northampton takes on Frank Madsen, with both fights taking place over eight rounds.


In six round action is Carl’s twin brother Ben Fail (2-0, 1), also at super welterweight, along with exciting Thetford cruiserweight Tommy Fletcher (4-0, 3) and Reading super welterweight Joshua Frankham (7-0, 2).


Tickets for the show at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday, 9 June are available (click here).

Young Stars Set To Shine At York Hall, June 9th!

(May 5th) David Adeleye along with Mark Chamberlain and Henry Turner will be making title defences when Queensberry return to York Hall on Friday June 9, live on BT Sport.


Ladbroke Grove heavyweight star Adeleye, 11-0 (10 KOs), will be looking to build on his already burgeoning reputation when he defends the WBO European title he won so impressively via a second round stoppage of the previously unbeaten Dmytro Bezus, also in Bethnal Green back in February.


On the same card, Chamberlain (12-0, 8) demolished the Italian Vairo Lenti with a fifth round KO to retain his IBF European lightweight title in what was a first defence for the Waterlooville 24-year-old. Super-skilled super lightweight Turner (10-0, 3) from Wycombe will make a second defence of his WBC International Silver title and the 22-year-old will be seeking a third straight stoppage victory on the night.


Blue Chip super featherweight prospect Royston Barney-Smith, fresh from being main sparring partner for now world champion Joe Cordina, will have his sixth professional fight and his first six rounder. The 19-year-old from Petersfield will come into the fight off the back of three first round stoppages.


Also on the card and fighting over eight rounds is Northampton super welterweight Carl Fail (8-0, 2), and Nottingham light heavyweight Ezra Taylor (5-0, 4).


Reading super welterweight Josh Frankham (7-0, 2), Thetford cruiserweight Tommy Fletcher (4-0, 3), and Carl Fail’s twin brother Ben (2-0, 1), also feature in six round action.


“This is another fantastic opportunity for our young stars to shine,” said promoter Frank Warren. The three title holders – David Adeleye, Mark Chamberlain and Henry Turner – have barely put a foot or a fist wrong and their development continues apace. All three are on the brink of being part of major fights and the experience gained on nights like this is invaluable to them.


“Royston Barney-Smith is now showing what he is, which is probably the finest young talent in British boxing. There is nothing he cannot achieve in this sport if he carries on applying himself fully to improving fight on fight.


“I have also been highly impressed with what I have seen from the twins, Carl and Ben Fail, so far and my only issue is telling them apart from each other! Ezra Taylor is also gaining rave reviews and is really starting to catch the eye at light heavyweight. Much the same can be said of our big-hitting cruiserweight Tommy Fletcher, who I am looking forward to seeing back in action, along with our promising welterweight Joshua Frankham.”


About Frank Warren

In an era spanning over 35 years, Hall of Fame boxing Promoter and Manager Frank Warren has worked with some of the biggest fighters in boxing history. Hamed, Bruno, Tyson, Calzaghe, Benn, Collins, Eubank, Khan and Hatton are some of the iconic names he has promoted during his career.



In 2011 Frank launched the innovative direct to consumer TV model, BoxNation as part of a vision that saw the sports TV market evolving from the traditional reliance on major satellite and cable broadcasters.


Since then BoxNation has gone from strength to strength becoming the UK’s fastest growing independent subscription broadcaster in the process and showcasing the biggest fights from at home and abroad, along the way.


Through Queensberry Promotions and BoxNation, the future of British boxing has never looked in such great shape.


About BT Sport

BT Sport is a group of pay television sports channels provided by BT Consumer; a division of BT Group in the United Kingdom and Ireland that was launched on 1 August 2013. The channels are based at the former International Broadcast Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

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