Joshua-Johnson, Mitchell-Linares, & Gradovich-Selby on May 30th in London, UK
Two World title fights and Heavyweight test kick-off May 30 blockbuster
Kevin Mitchell and Lee Selby will fight for World titles at The O2 on May 30, with Anthony Joshua MBE taking on Kevin Johnson on a massive night for British boxing.
Popular Londoner Mitchell take on three-weight World Champion Jorge Linares for the Venezuelan’s WBC Lightweight crown following his standout performance at the same venue in January, with a punch-perfect eight-round stoppage win over Daniel Estrada to land the shot at Linares, who knocked out Javier Prieto in December in Tokyo to land the vacant crown.
Slick Welsh stylist Selby tackles IBF World Featherweight king Evgeny Gradovich in the Russian’s fifth defence of his title, with Selby also returning to the scene of his last win, a dominant nine-round stoppage of Australian Joel Brunker.
Heavyweight sensation Joshua faces ‘Kingpin’ Johnson in their rescheduled encounter as the Olympic gold medal hero returns to action in Newcastle on April 4 ahead of this crunch clash with the former World title challenger.
The show marks a year since Carl Froch knocked out George Groves on a spectacular occasion at Wembley Stadium that Joshua and Mitchell also appeared on, and promoter Eddie Hearn is promising another memorable night in London – with more great fights to be added soon.
“This is a huge night for British boxing and today’s announcement is just the beginning,” said Hearn. “I’m delighted to deliver shots for Kevin and Lee in the UK and they have every chance of becoming World champions on May 30. Linares is an incredible fighter, a three-weight World ruler, but Kevin has been exceptional with us and I truly believe he is going to do it. Lee has been virtually punch-perfect over the last few years but now it’s his moment against one of the best fighters in the division in Gradovich. Kevin is a big step for Anthony Joshua and signifies his first real challenge in the pro ranks, he brings personality and attitude as well as plenty of ring craft – I’m buzzing for this show already and fans can expect plenty of other major announcements for the card.”
Tickets are set to go on sale at the end of next week – a further announcement on prices and on-sale dates will be made soon.
Light Heavyweight Contender Medzhid “B-52” Bektemirov Now Rated WBA #10
HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 19, 2015) – Gary Shaw Productions and Savarese Promotions’ undefeated Light-Heavyweight bomber, Medzhidm “B-52” Bektemirov (15-0, 12 KOs), is now ranked #10 by the WBA.
A fighter who has power in both hands, B-52 is eager to continue his climb up the WBA rankings with more explosive performances. His mission is to knock everyone out.
“I’m very thankful to my promoters Gary Shaw and Lou Savarese for getting me rated in the WBA,” said Bektemirov. “I’ve worked very hard to get to this position and I don’t plan on slowing down. I want to be known as the man who likes to drop bombs on my opponents. For these reasons I’m known as B-52. I’m ready wreck the Light-Heavyweight division and knock everyone out.”
“Gilberto Mendoza Sr. and Jr. and the rest of the WBA ratings committee are to be applauded for recognizing the talent of B-52,” said Gary Shaw. “He has all the talent, work ethic and desire to become the next great Russian champion. Lou and I are working diligently on his next fight and were hoping he’ll be back in the ring very soon.”
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, B-52 reminds me of Mike Tyson,” Lou Savarese stated. “Coming from a guy who fought Tyson, I know raw power when I see it, and Bektemirov can punch with both hands. His knockouts are brutal and everyone who’s seen him fight, knows he’s special. This is the begging of a great run and I couldn’t be happier that he’s ranked with the WBA.”