The undercard for Lee Haskins’ first World title defence is stacked with cracking contests on what is set to be an electric night at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff on May 14. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday, April 4, on www.ticketmaster.co.uk or call 0844 844 0444 and are priced at £30, £40 and for VIP ringside £100.
Cardiff’s undefeated Craig ‘The Kid’ Kennedy boxes for his first title when he takes on Belgium’s dangerous Joel ‘Big Joe’ Tambwe Djeko for the vacant IBF International Cruiserweight Championship. While former GB and Wales amateur star Andrew ‘Superstar’ Selby faces off against Leicestershire’s Louis Norman in a domestic barnburner that looks set to be sanctioned for the vacant (BBBofC) British Flyweight crown. Also appearing on the bill is Scotland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Josh Taylor, who will aim to continue his ascent of the British Super Lightweight rankings when he goes for his fifth straight knockout victory since turning pro last year with Cyclone Promotions.
Cardiff’s popular Craig Kennedy, 14 – 0, faces the toughest test of his professional career to date when he takes on 6 foot 6 inch Belgian Joel Tambwe Djeko, 9 – 1 – 1, for the vacant IBF International Cruiserweight title at the state of the art Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff Bay on Saturday May 14.
The exciting Kennedy, one of the most avoided cruiserweights in Europe, is in against another man who has been swerved by many of the continents top cruiserweights. ‘Big Joe’ Tambwe Djeko is full of confidence ahead of their IBF International title clash.
Former 2012 Olympian Andrew Selby, 4 – 0, boxes Leicestershire’s former English Flyweight Champion Louis Norman, 11 – 1 – 1, in a bout that looks set to be sanctioned for the vacant British Flyweight title after Selby’s mandated co-challenger Charlie Edwards pulled out of the running for the vacant British crown.
The undercard for Haskins vs Morales will screened live on the free to air Spike on May 14 before the main event goes live on Channel 5.
Barry McGuigan: “The Haskins vs Morales undercard on May 14 at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff is shaping up to be an action-packed evening of boxing. The super talented former 2012 Olympian Andrew Selby is in an excellent fight against former English champ Louis Norman, in a bout that looks set to be for the vacant British flyweight title. Cardiff’s undefeated Craig Kennedy boxes for his first title, facing off against dangerous Belgian contender Joel Tambwe Djeko for the vacant IBF International cruiserweight title. This stacked bill in Cardiff will also feature one of British boxing’s most exciting emerging talents, Edinburgh’s undefeated former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Josh Taylor. The fans at the Ice Arena Wales and the viewers on Channel 5 and Spike are in for a real treat on May 14.”
Craig Kennedy: “I’m delighted to be boxing for my first title at home in Cardiff at this great new arena (Ice Arena Wales). Cardiff has been missing nights like this, big world title shows, so it’s brilliant to be on a bill like this. The fans have got to get behind nights like these and I’m hoping its going to be a great atmosphere in the arena on May 14. My opponent is big and strong and he seems confident but I know that I’m going to do the business on fight night.”
Joel Tambwe Djeko: “I know that Kennedy is a good prospect and they expect big things of him but I am going to give him a boxing lesson when we fight and then I will knock him out. I live for boxing and I will be taking the belt back to Brussels with me. They call him ‘The Kid’, well I am a man, a very dangerous man who is going to be crowned the new IBF International cruiserweight champion on May 14.”
Andrew Selby: “It’s fantastic to be on a big show like this. I’ve always wanted to win a British title and hopefully on May 14 I will be crowned the new champion. I want to win this title in front of my home fans, then I want to go on and become world champion.”
When asked by a member of his opponent’s team what punch he would throw first in the fight Selby quipped, “I’m so fast you won’t even see it!”
Louis Norman: “I’m ready for this fight. It’s been a longtime coming for me, a fight of this stature, but I’m ready to take this opportunity. I respect Andrew Selby, he’s a talented boxer and it will be a privilege to share a ring with him but it’s my time!”