Michael McKinson vs. Martin Harkin on ESPN+ this Sunday, Oct.18

Coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT – Unbeaten welterweights Michael McKinson and Martin Harkin will face off in a special edition of #MTKFightNight on Sunday, Oct. 18, from Production Park Studios in Wakefield, England.

The McKinson-Harkin card streams live and exclusively on ESPN+ starting at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. It will close out a historic week of fight action on the ESPN family of networks, highlighted by Saturday’s lightweight unification battle between WBC Franchise/WBA/WBO world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and IBF kingpin Teofimo Lopez (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+, coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT).

McKinson (18-0, 2 KOs) had a step-up year in 2019, winning the vacant WBO European title over Russian veteran Evgeny Pavko and besting the previously undefeated Luis Alberto Veron by one-sided decision. He makes his 2020 debut against Scottish upstart Harkin (13-0, 5 KOs), who knocked out the then-unbeaten James Moorcroft back in January.

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“Martin Harkin is a dangerous puncher. It’s a dangerous fight for me, but I’ve proven before that I can swim with sharks,” McKinson said. “I’m excited about the challenge, and I’m very excited to fight finally.”

Harkin said, “I’m very excited to be fighting. This is a great platform to show people who I am. I’ve slipped under the radar, and I’m mostly unknown, so I’m delighted with this chance, and I’m going to grab it with both hands.

In other streaming action on ESPN+:

Commonwealth flyweight champion Jay Harris (17-1, 9 KOs) will defend his title in a 12-rounder against former English super flyweight champion Marcel Braithwaite (9-2). Harris last fought in February and dropped a unanimous decision to WBC flyweight world champion Julio Cesar Martinez in one of the best fights of 2020.

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Former IBF bantamweight world champion Paul Butler looks to extend his winning streak to six against Ryan Walker (11-2, 2 KOs) in an eight-rounder at bantamweight.

Romanian former kickboxing world champion Amansio Aaraschiv (2-0) will face veteran Scott James (6-6-1) in a four-round middleweight tilt.

In an eight-round welterweight bout, Jack “Demolition Man” Rafferty (12-0, 7 KOs) will take on Tom Hill (9-1, 2 KOs).

MTK Fight Night: McKinson vs. Harkin – Weights & Running Order


Bout 1:

Light-heavyweight, 4 Rounds

PAUL MCCULLAGH (12st 7lbs 8oz) vs. BEN THOMAS (12st 8lbs)

Bout 2:

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Bantamweight, 8 Rounds

PAUL BUTLER (8st 5lbs 9oz) vs. RYAN WALKER (8st 6lbs)

Bout 3:

Super-flyweight, 10 Rounds

JAY HARRIS (8st 2lbs 5oz) vs. MARCEL BRAITHWAITE (8st 4lbs)

Bout 4:

Welterweight, 10 Rounds

MICHAEL MCKINSON (10st 6lbs 4oz) vs. MARTIN HARKIN (10st 5lbs 9oz)