Smith-Eubank II, Mayer-Bortot and additional undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
The former unified world super-featherweight titleholder Mikaela Mayer (18-1, 5 KO’s) steps back into the ring with eyes fixed on reclaiming her glory. Having lost her WBO and IBF World Super-Featherweight Championships to Alycia Baumgardner in a contentious fight last October, Mayer is determined to make her way back to the title. Her fight will be under close scrutiny from British rival Caroline Dubois, who has expressed interest in a showdown with Mayer for 2024.
Mayer’s opponent is no pushover either, as she will be facing Silvia Bortot (11-2, 3 KO’s), the former EBU European super-lightweight champion. Dubois will not only be watching this fight closely but will be right there at ringside, adding more anticipation to the possibility of a future Mayer vs. Dubois match.
In addition to Mayer’s fight, another prominent name has been added to the September 2nd card, 2020 Olympic gold medalist Lauren Price MBE (4-0, 1 KO). The celebrated Welsh boxer has her sights set on extending her perfect professional record. Recent whispers have linked Price with a potential clash against the newly-minted welterweight champion Natasha Jonas. The match in Manchester serves as a stepping stone towards that possible showdown.
The CEO of BOXXER, Ben Shalom, has expressed his excitement for these fights, recognizing Mayer as a world-class competitor and acknowledging Lauren Price’s elite status in the sport. The possibility of future matchups involving these fighters, especially with Caroline Dubois expressing her opinion on Mayer, is intriguing. A win for Mayer on September 2nd could set the stage for a 2024 square-off with Dubois.
Lauren Price’s achievements have earned her the right to be considered among the elite. Though some may argue that it’s too early for her to pursue professional titles, Price’s attitude and talent tell a different story. Her aspirations are high, and her bout in Manchester will undoubtedly be one to watch, especially with Natasha Jonas keeping an eye on the outcome.
The headline event, ‘SMITH vs EUBANK II: Repeat or Revenge,’ features rivals Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith and Chris Eubank Jr, rekindling their fierce competition. Their previous faceoff in January ended in a Smith stoppage victory after a heart-stopping four-round brawl. The rematch is slated to take place at the AO Arena Manchester and will be available not only in the UK but also exclusively in the USA on ESPN+.
This fight card is complemented by other tantalizing matches. Super-lightweight sensation Adam Azim takes on dangerous Ukrainian Aram Fanyan, while a major domestic heavyweight clash unfolds between Frazer Clarke (7-0, 5 KO’s) and David Allen (25-5-2, 18 KOs). Also in the mix is the welterweight faceoff between ‘The Albanian King’ Florian Marku (12-0-1, 7 KO’s) and Irish rival Dylan Moran (18-1, 8 KO’s), alongside British super-middleweight champion Mark Heffron (29-2-1, 23 KO’s) defending his belt against tough challenger Jack Cullen (21-4-1, 9 KO’s).
War Of Words Between Liam Smith and Chris Eubank!
The standoff between Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Smith was something else today. A video by BOXXER offers an insider view of their fiery interactions, full of raw emotions and unscripted dialogues.
Smith’s words stung, comparing Eubank’s earlier performance to “Bambi on ice”, hinting at the fourth round when the referee intervened, seeing Eubank in a daze.
However, Eubank wasn’t about to take it lying down. He retaliated, asserting that Smith’s victory was merely a fluke, emphasizing his dominance throughout the fight. The noticeable tension hinted at the rematch’s intensity.
The rematch? Scheduled for September 2nd at Manchester’s renowned AO Arena – the very place they battled before. The event will be broadcasted live on Sky Sports Box Office for those who prefer a pay-per-view experience.
But what’s drawing the crowd isn’t just the promise of an intense fight. It’s the genuine emotions and the hunger to prove a point, not just for a championship but to each other and to the world.
For Eubank Jr, this isn’t just about settling scores. This fight is personal. He’s out to show he still possesses the skills of a champion. Smith remains undeterred. He views this as his golden opportunity, a chance to further cement his reputation in the boxing world.
Their fight transcends the regular sports rivalry. It’s personal, resonating deeply with the entire boxing community.
The lead-up is thick with suspense, with neither willing to back off. Both fighters are prepped to give their all.
‘Smith vs Eubank II: Repeat or Revenge?’ takes place Saturday, September 2nd and is a pay-per-view event airing exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office, available to non-subscribers and Sky subscribers alike.