The date for the UK’s first ever drive-in boxing show, headlined by Sheffield pair Tommy Frank and Kyle Yousaf fighting for the British Flyweight Title, has now been rescheduled to Friday, December 11.
The Sheffield Arena show was due to take place on November 20 but, with the announcement of a month-long, second national lockdown, that original date has been scuppered.
Not to be outdone, promoter Dennis Hobson and partner Steve Crump have been working away behind the scenes, battling to make sure the show goes ahead. Still to be broadcast live on Eurosport, and with a chief support that pits another Sheffield duo – Kane Salvin and Sufyaan Ahmed – for the Central Area Super Featherweight Title, Hobson says that he is determined to get this card over the line for the sake of his stable of fighters, and for fight fans eager to see the show.
“Obviously the lockdown news was a blow, and meant that the November 20th date for the show was impossible to go ahead,” explained Hobson. “My thoughts are though that the lockdown won’t hopefully continue past the scheduled month and that, even if there are restrictions after that, they won’t be a threat to the show.
“So, myself and Steve Crump have managed to get a new date of December 11. Obviously, the safety of the fighters and public is absolutely paramount, and we’ve employed a health and safety company in that respect to make sure everything is managed properly.
‘I HAVE TOMMY FRANK’S NUMBER’
Despite the date for the biggest fight of his life being moved, Kyle Yousaf says he is still on track to become British Flyweight Champion.
In a battle of the unbeatens, the Sheffield man was due to face local rival Tommy Frank, 13-0 (3), on November 20 at Sheffield Arena on the UK’s first ever drive-in boxing show. But, with the UK enduring its second national lockdown, that date has fallen by the wayside.
The rearranged date of December 11 means a three-week delay to the action but Yousaf, 16-0 (7), remains totally focused and confident. The ‘Golden Kid’ knows it won’t be a walkover against Commonwealth Super Flyweight king, ‘Super’ Tommy Frank, but predicts he will have too much in his locker for his, 13-0 (3), opponent.
“I was focused on the original date,” explained the 27-year-old. “So when I found out it had changed, I had to get back on it because, although it’s a few weeks later, I still have a job to do. Of course, I would have liked it to be on the original date but as long as we’ve got a new date, then my job is boxing. It is what it is, I’ve still got a fight and a job to do.
“The date change hasn’t really affected my training. I’m still training hard and it’s been a long camp, but I’ve got great experience in my corner with [trainer] Grant Smith. I’ve got a good team behind me and we know what we’re doing. We know when to peak.
“Confidence isn’t the word! I have confidence in my skills, in what I can do. I know how good I am as a boxer. I’m not trying to hype myself up but with the team I’ve got, I’ve got the confidence. Not that I can easily beat Tommy Frank, but I know I’ve got his number and I’m the better fighter. That British Title will be mine on December 11.”
“It’s unbelievably hard for promoters to put shows on in the current climate but we’ve put so much work into this show, as have all the fighters on the card, and it just proves that we’re determined to still make history by putting on the UK’s first-ever drive-in boxing show.
“It’s still going to be a smashing show, with a headliner and chief support that are genuine 50-50 fights, between local rivals, and I’m pleased for the fans and fighters that we’re still able to go ahead.”
Dennis Hobson Promotions presents an evening of boxing at Sheffield Arena on December 11, headlined by Tommy Frank and Kyle Yousaf contesting the vacant British Flyweight Title. Chief support sees Kane Salvin and Sufyaan Ahmed fight for the Central Area Super Featherweight belt. Also appearing will be Sheffield’s Perry Howe, Keanen Wainwright, Razaq Najib and Nathan Owen, Belfast’s Cathy McAleer, and Rotherham’s Kash Ali.
The action will be broadcast live by Eurosport.
For ticket information, call 0114 243 4443.