Boxxer

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Boxxer

Boxxer, stylised as BOXXER, is a British professional boxing promotional company.

Founded by Ben Shalom, Boxxer began as Ultimate Boxxer, organising eight-man professional boxing elimination tournaments starting in April 2018 and preceding to host a total of six tournaments under the original name.[1][2] In August 2020, Ultimate Boxxer rebranded to Boxxer, and announced its first signee; the winner of the Ultimate Boxxer 3 tournament, Derrick Osaze.[3][4] The following month, and under the new branding, Boxxer announced its seventh tournament, "Boxxer Series 7", would take place in November 2020 with a new four-man elimination format.[5]

In June 2021, it was announced that Boxxer had signed a four-year deal with Sky Sports.[6][7] In September, Boxxer revealed their roster of fighters, including Hughie Fury, Savannah Marshall and Caroline Dubois, as well as co-promotional deals with Claressa Shields and Chris Eubank Jr. A co-promotional deal was also made with Bob Arum's Top Rank in regards to the world title fight between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall. Boxxer's first event on Sky Sports was a co-promotion with Wasserman Boxing, featuring Eubank Jr. on 2 October 2021.[8][9]

The most notable, high profile event associated with Boxxer was between domestic rivals Amir Khan Vs Kell Brook on 19 February 2022.

Boxxer Series

Under the name Ultimate Boxxer, the tournament originally featured eight fighters from a given weight competing in 3 x 3 minute rounds in one night, with the winner of the inaugural tournament being awarded £16,000 and a golden robe.[10][11]

Ultimate Boxxer I

The inaugural tournament was held in the welterweight division and took place on 27 April 2018 at the Manchester Arena. The quarter-finals were streamed live on UNILAD's Facebook page while the semi-finals were and final were aired on 5Spike. The competitors were Andy Kremner (9–0), Isaac Macleod (9–0), Jimmy Cooper (6–0–1), Drew Brown (7–0), Ben Eland (4–0–1), Tom Young (4–0), Kaisee Benjamin (4–0), and Sam Evans (8–0–1). Brown emerged victorious after defeating Young in the final.[11][12]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Drew BrownTKO1
 
 
Jimmy Cooper
 
Drew BrownSD
 
 
Sam Evans
 
Sam EvansUD
 
 
 
Kaisee Benjamin
 
Drew BrownUD
 
 
Tom Young
 
Tom YoungUD
 
 
Ben Eland
 
Tom YoungTKO1
 
 
Isaac Macleod
 
Isaac MacleodSD
 
 
Andy Kremner
 

Ultimate Boxxer II

The second edition was held in the light-heavyweight division and took place on 2 November 2018 at the indigo at The O2. The prize money was increased to £50,000 with the winner also getting a chance to fight in an eliminator for the British title. The competitors were Joel McIntyre (17–2), Darrell Church (7–2–1), Sam Horsfall (2–1), Dec Spelman (12–1), Shakan Pitters (7–0), Sam Smith (4–1), Jordan Joseph (7–2–1), and Georgii Bacon (1–1), who was a late replacement for John McCallum. Pitters emerged victorious after defeating Spelmen in the final.[13][14][15]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Joel McIntyreUD
 
 
Darrell Church
 
Joel McIntyre
 
 
Dec SpelmanMD
 
Dec SpelmanTKO2
 
 
 
Sam Horsfall
 
Dec Spelman
 
 
Shakan PittersUD
 
Shakan PittersUD
 
 
Sam Smith
 
Shakan PittersKO2
 
 
Georgii Bacon
 
Georgii BaconSD
 
 
Jordan Joseph
 

Ultimate Boxxer III

Ultimate Boxxer III was held in the middleweight division and took place on 2 May 2019 at the indigo at The O2. The competitors were Tey Lynn-Jones (11–1), Kaan Hawes (4–0–1), Sean Phillips (5–0–1), Grant Dennis (12–1), Kieron Conway (9–0), Josh Groombridge (7–1), Derrick Osaze (6–0) and Joe Hurn (10–0–1). Osaze emerged victorious after defeating Dennis in the final.[16][17]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Kieron ConwayUD
 
 
Kaan Hawes
 
Kieron Conway
 
 
Derrick OsazeSD
 
Derrick OsazeUD
 
 
 
Tey Lynn-Jones
 
Derrick OsazeMD
 
 
Grant Dennis
 
Sean PhillipsTKO1
 
 
Josh Groombridge
 
Sean PhillipsUD
 
 
Grant Dennis
 
Grant DennisTKO3
 
 
Joe Hurn
 

Ultimate Boxxer IV

The fourth edition was held in the cruiserweight division and took place on 19 July 2019 at the Planet ice Arena in Altrincham. The competitors were Damian Chambers (7–0), Matt Sen (5–1), Mikael Lawal (9–0), Antony Woolery (1–0), Dan Cooper (7–0–1), David Jamieson (4–0), Tony Conquest (18–3) and Rhasian Earlington (5–0). Lawal emerged victorious after defeating Chambers in the final.[18][19]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Mikael LawalMD
 
 
Antony Woolery
 
Mikael LawalSD
 
 
David Jamieson
 
David JamiesonSD
 
 
Dan Cooper
 
Mikael LawalTKO1
 
 
Damian Chambers
 
Rhasian EarlingtonKO1
 
 
Tony Conquest
 
Rhasian Earlington
 
 
Damian ChambersUD
 
Damian ChambersTKO1
 
 
Matt Sen
 

Ultimate Boxxer V

The fifth edition was held in the light-middleweight division and took place on 20 September 2019 at the indigo at The O2 in London, and was aired live on BT Sport. The competitors were Kingsley Egbunike (4–0), Lenny Fuller (6–0), Kaan Hawes (5–1–1), Joshua Ejakpovi (13–1), Lewis Syrett (6–0), Sean Robinson (9–0), Ish O'Connor (2–0) and Steven Donnelly (7–0). Donnelly emerged victorious after defeating Fuller in the final.[20][21]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Lenny FullerTKO1
 
 
Kingsley Egbunike
 
Lenny FullerUD
 
 
Joshua Ejakpovi
 
Joshua EpakjoviUD
 
 
Kaan Hawes
 
Lenny Fuller
 
 
Steven DonnellyTKO2
 
Sean RobinsonUD
 
 
Lewis Syrett
 
Sean Robinson
 
 
Steven DonnellyUD
 
Steven DonnellyTKO1
 
 
Ish O'Connor
 

Ultimate Boxxer VI

The sixth edition was held in the heavyweight division and took place on 13 December 2019 at the Planet Ice Arena in Manchester. The participants were Nick Webb (13–2), Sean Turner (12–3), Mark Bennett (5–0), Jonathan Palata (7–0), Josh Sandland (4–1–1), Jay McFarlane (10–4), Kamil Sokolowski (7–15–2) and Chris Healey (8–6). Webb emerged victorious after defeating Bennett in the final.[22][23]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
Mark BennettSD
 
 
Jay McFarlane
 
Mark BennettUD
 
 
Josh Sandland
 
Josh SandlandUD
 
 
Kamil Sokolowski
 
Mark Bennett
 
 
Nick WebbUD
 
Chris Healey
 
 
Nick WebbSD
 
Nick WebbUD
 
 
Danny Whitaker
 
Danny WhitakerUD
 
 
Jonathan Palata
 

Boxxer VII

The seventh edition of the tournament, now renamed Boxxer, employed a new four-man format. Taking place in the super-middleweight division, the event took place on 10 November 2020 at the BT Sport Studios in London. The participants were Zak Chelli (7–1–1), Harry Woods (4–0), Mike McGoldrick (6–0) and Vladimir Georgiev (4–0). Georgiev was brought in as a late replacement after Ben Ridings tested positive for COVID-19. Chelli emerged victorious after defeating McGoldrick in the final.[24][25][26]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
Mike McGoldrickUD
 
 
Harry Woods
 
Mike McGoldrick
 
 
Zak ChelliTKO2
 
Zak ChelliUD
 
 
Vladimir Georgiev
 

Current boxers

Boxer [9] Nationality Weight
Dan Azeez England English Light-heavyweight
Liam Smith England English Light-Middleweight
Adam Azim England English Lightweight
Hassan Azim England English Light-welterweight
Germaine Brown England English Super-middleweight
Nick Campbell Scotland Scottish Heavyweight
Zak Chelli England English Super-middleweight
Frazer Clarke England English Heavyweight
Caroline Dubois England English Lightweight
Chris Eubank Jr. England English Middleweight
Scott Forrest Scotland Scottish Cruiserweight
Hughie Fury England English Heavyweight
Cori Gibbs England English Lightweight
April Hunter England English Welterweight
Natasha Jonas England English Super-lightweight
Ebonie Jones England English Bantamweight
Chris Kongo England English Welterweight
Mikael Lawal England English Cruiserweight
Savannah Marshall England English Middleweight
Florian Marku Albania Albania Welterweight
Georgia O'Connor England England Light-middleweight
Joseph Parker New Zealand New Zealand Heavyweight
Joe Pigford England English Super-middleweight
Brad Rea England English Middleweight
Richard Riakporhe England English Cruiserweight
Dylan Cheema England English Lightweight
Claressa Shields United States American Light-middleweight
Viddal Riley England English Cruiserweight
Jeamie 'TVK' Tshikeva England English Heavyweight

References

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