At today’s official weigh-in at Stratford’s Copper Box Arena in London, unbeaten Heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury and New Orleans-based opponent Fred Kassi both hit the weight on the scales ahead of their Vacant WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight title showdown.
Manchester’s Fury, 19-0 10 KO’s, and ‘Big’ Fred Kassi, 18-4-1 10 KO’s, headline tomorrow night’s (Saturday 30th April) mouth-watering night of action at the Copper Box Arena, exclusively live on BoxNation. Fury, looking to bag himself his first professional title, hit the scales at 16 stone 7lbs while big-hitting Kassi weighed in at 16 stone 9lbs.
The chief supporting bout also weighed in with British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight champion Liam Walsh challenger Troy James who finally go head-to-head with both titles on the line. Unbeaten Cromer star Walsh, 19-0 13 KO’s, came in at 9 stone 3lbs while Coventry’s ‘Terrifying’ Troy hit the scales at 9 stone 3lbs.
Also weighing in at the Copper Box was Liam Walsh’s twin brother Ryan, who makes the second defence of his British title against Belfast ace James Tennyson. Graham Everett-trained Walsh came in at 8 stone 13lbs with Tennyson also weighing 8 stone 13lbs.
Commonwealth Super-Flyweight Champion Anthony Nelson defends his title against Belfast’s unbeaten Jamie Conlan. Nelson came in at 8 stone 2lbs while challenger Conlan came in at 8 stone 2lbs.
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury came face-to-face with his latest opponent ‘Big’ Fred Kassi at today’s press conference at the Savoy Hotel in London. Fury, 19-0 10 KO’s, is gunning for another knockout win on his quest to join cousin Tyson at the very top of the world heavyweight scene.
Exciting heavyweight destroyer Fury is expecting a tough challenge in the experienced Kassi, 18-4-1 10 KO’s, and knows he will have to be at his explosive best if he is to bag the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight title.
“I’m just happy that I’ve got such a great team in my corner. I’ve learnt a lot form sharing a training camp with my cousin Tyson. I’m only 21 and I’ve already come up against some decent opponents. Kassi is another step up for me. I want these type of fights on my way to the top, “said Fury.
Hard-hitting Kassi has a fearsome reputation with ten knockout wins in 19 career victories; nine of them coming inside two rounds. The New Orleans-based bruiser is capable of mixing things up and is promising to upset the odds against the Mancunian prospect.
Cromer star Liam Walsh finally takes on Coventry’s Troy James in Saturday’s chief-support. The slick southpaw knows he will have to overcome hungry challenger James before setting his eyes on a world title showdown with Manchester star Terry Flanagan.
Walsh said: “I’ve been unlucky with hand injuries but I’m still a very young 29; there’s no rush. I know I’ve got to get past Troy before I get a shot at a final eliminator but he has my full attention and my full respect. He doesn’t get the respect he deserves and I’m expecting a great fight.”
‘Terrifying Troy’, a warhorse unbeaten in three and a half years, has vowed to prize the British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight titles from Walsh. The pair have been scheduled to fight on numerous occasions but injuries on both sides has prevented a meeting until now.
History-making Ryan Walsh makes the second defence of his British Featherweight title against Belfast ace James Tennyson. After making an impressive first defence against Scotland’s Darren Traynor at York Hall in January Ryan is looking forward to fighting on the same show as his twin brother.
“To be fighting in a title fight on the same show as Liam is special. We’ve both promised each other that we’re going to win and that’s exactly what we’ll do. I worked hard to get this British title and there’s no way I’m giving it up,” said Walsh.
Red-hot Belfast featherweight contender Tennyson is already making waves in his division and will be looking to claim Walsh’s British title before pushing on towards his dream of a world title.
Tennyson said: “Every box has been ticked. I just need to go in there and execute my game plan on Saturday night. It’s important to win on Saturday night, if I win there’s no need to come over to England anymore, there’s some big arenas over in Belfast that I’d love to pack out.”
Ovill McKenzie withdrew from the card due to an injury with his Vacant EBU European Cruiserweight Championship title showdown against Dmytro Kucher now scheduled for June 10th at a venue to be confirmed.
Fight # 1 – 16:00 hrs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Heavyweight Contest
NATHAN GORMAN vs. HRVOJE KISICEK
Fight # 2
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Lightweight Contest
BEN SMITH vs. FONZ ALEXANDER
Fight # 3
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Welterweight Contest
TONY BANGE vs. TEODOR STEFANOV
Fight # 4
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Featherweight Contest
LEWIS PETTITT vs. TIBOR NODARI
Fight # 5
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Middleweight Contest
BARNEY JOE JONES vs. DEAN GILLEN
Fight # 6 – 18:00 hrs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Lightweight Contest
SANJEEV SAHOTA vs. NIKITA GULTJAJEVS
Fight # 7 – 18:20 hrs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Middleweight Contest
VIJENDER SINGH vs. MATIOUZE ROYER
Fight # 8
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Featherweight Contest
BOY JONES JNR vs. ARON SZIAGYI
Fight # 9
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest
JOE PIGFORD vs. MIKE BYLES
Fight # 10
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
ANTHONY YARDE vs. TZVETOZAR ILIEV
Fight # 11
THE BRITISH FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute @ 126 lbs
RYAN WALSH vs. JAMES TENNYSON
Fight # 12
THE COMMONWEALTH SUPER-FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 115 lbs
ANTHONY NELSON vs. JAMIE CONLAN
Fight # 13
THE VACANT WBO INTERCONTINENTAL HEAVYWEGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
HUGHIE FURY vs. FRED KASSI
Fight # 14
THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 130 lbs
LIAM WALSH vs. TROY JAMES
Fight # 15 – FLOATER
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Featherweight Contest
D.P CARR vs. QASIM HUSSAIN