The quarter-finals of the super-lightweight #GoldenContract tournament will take place at London’s York Hall on November 22.
With the featherweight event-opener at the same venue on October 4, the 140lb hopefuls will open their campaigns there just seven weeks later – live on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom and on ESPN+ in the U.S in association with Top Rank.
140-lb fighters confirmed for tourney
Seven super-lightweights have already been confirmed for the competition in Ohara Davies, Tyrone McKenna, Zhankosh Turarov, Akeem Ennis Brown, Mohamed Mimoune, Anthony Yigit and Darren Surtees – and excitement is high.
Sky Sports Head of Boxing Adam Smith said: “We were delighted to add The Golden Contract to our live schedule last week – and the super-lightweights should provide a barnstorming show in Bethnal Green.
“Some of the fighters have already displayed their qualities on Sky Sports shows, but there are also some new faces to look out for! It’s difficult to pick a winner from this really exciting crop and we’ll undoubtedly witness a few upsets, along with plenty of drama.”
MTK Global President Bob Yalen said: “We’re delighted to announce the second date of this event in the quarter-finals for the super-lightweights. So far, the feedback to this format has been excellent and it seems to have caught the imagination not just of the UK domestic scene but the wider boxing world.
“The tournament at 140lbs seems to have a perfect blend of established names, champions, prospects and some international dangermen who are heading for London to try and propel themselves to stardom. We can’t wait.”
Arum says Golden Contract tourney winner will be force in division
Top Rank founder Bob Arum said: “The winner of the Golden Contract will establish himself as a force in the super-lightweight division.
“We are excited that the tournament will stream live on ESPN+ – giving these fighters a chance to shine in front of an American audience.”
Head of Matchroom Boxing Eddie Hearn said: “The 140lb division is red-hot both domestically and internationally and in October, Sky Sports has the best of it.
“The fighters in the Golden Contract have a great chance to gatecrash both these scenes. It’s a great line-up that’ll be full of drama.”
MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan added: “It’s going to be another great night at London’s most iconic boxing stronghold. What a group of fighters this is at 140lb – and the exciting thing is there’s still one more to be added to the mix!
“There are so many intriguing possible quarter-final match-ups here and the place will be absolutely rocking on the night as the hopefuls bid to take the first step towards that life-changing Golden Contract.”
Golden Contract reserve fight updated
The groundbreaking tournament features some of the world’s best featherweights, and will be shown live on Sky Sports in association with Matchroom Boxing, and live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.
Unbeaten Robinson (6-0, 2 KOs) has stepped in to face Najib in the reserve fight, with both men on hand to enter the tournament in the event of an injury to one of the eight featherweight fighters.
If an injury occurs, a coin toss will be conducted between Najib and Robinson to determine which fighter will enter the competition. If not, the two fighters will face each other and look to pick up a big win to further their respective careers.
Robinson has won all six of his professional contests since making his debut in 2017. His most impressive victory came back in March when he defeated Jonny Phillips on points in front of a passionate crowd at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff.
Robinson said: “This is a massive opportunity for me and I took it straight away. It has come at a good time for me especially after my fight last Friday falling through.
“I don’t know too much about my opponent but I know I’m in for a hard fight. If I get selected to enter the tournament as the reserve then they’re all great fighters too.
“I think I’ve watched most of them fight before, but like I said this is just a massive opportunity for me to show what I can do so I’m very grateful.
“I’ve never boxed at York Hall before in my career, so I can’t wait to finally get the chance to compete in this iconic venue.”
Ryan Walsh, Davey Oliver Joyce, Jazza Dickens, Tyrone McCullagh, Leigh Wood, Hairon Socarras, Carlos Ramos and Carlos Araujo are the eight featherweight stars in action as they look to go all the way and be the last man standing in the Golden Contract tournament.
Along with the featherweight tournament, there are also line-ups at super-lightweight and light-heavyweight, with the super-lightweight edition taking place at York Hall on November 22.
The winner of each tournament will land a two-year, five-fight deal with one of the world’s leading promoters that guarantees six-figure purses for every fight along with global exposure.
To add to the excitement, fighters will not know their opponents until fight week, at the start of which the highly anticipated draws will be made. All titles held will be on the line in each fight and knockout bonuses are also on offer.
Golden Contract super-lightweight reserves revealed
Londoner Sakyi (8-2, 4 KOs) and Scotland’s Benson (12-2, 2 KOs) will collide on the long-awaited bill at York Hall on November 22 – unless there’s a withdrawal that will see one of the two hopefuls enter the competition proper.
Should one of the eight confirmed entrants for the event be unable to compete, a coin toss will be held to decide whether ‘Kid Caramel’ or Sakyi is handed the life-changing opportunity.
Former amateur standout Benson has recently recorded back-to-back victories over Zoltan Szabo and Renald Garrido while Sakyi was last seen defending his Southern Area crown with a first-round demolition of Idris Hill.
As it stands, the eight fighters competing in the 140lb #GoldenContract – broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom and on ESPN+ in the US in association with Top Rank – are Ohara Davies, Tyrone McKenna, Zhankosh Turarov, Akeem Ennis Brown, Mohamed Mimoune, Darren Surtees, Anthony Yigit and Logan Yoon.
Promising London middleweight Donovan Mortlock has already been confirmed on the bill.
The first divisional quarter-finals take place on October 4 – also at York Hall – when featherweights Ryan Walsh, Jazza Dickens, Leigh Wood, Davey Oliver Joyce, Tyrone McCullagh, Carlos Araujo, Carlos Ramos and Hairon Socarras bid to progress.