Saturday: Yarde-Sequeira to Highlight Afternoon of Boxing on ESPN+
One of the heaviest hitters in the light heavyweight division, Anthony Yarde, will play the role of headliner on Saturday when he defends the WBO Intercontinental title against Walter Gabriel Sequeira at the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, England. Yarde-Sequeira highlights a stacked card of boxing that will stream live in the United States beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN + — the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN.
“I could fight for a world title and win it, but it is about getting to that stage and staying there,” Yarde said. “I had 12 amateur fights and just 16 professional fights, so I am inexperienced. I want 10 years in boxing and I have been professional for three years, so with seven years left, there is no rush.”
In one of the co-feature bouts, former world title challenger Gary Corcoran (18-2, 8 KOs) will battle Johnny Garton (22-1-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant British welterweight title. Corcoran, who fought then-champion Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight title in December of last year (losing via 11th-round TKO), rebounded with a fifth-round knockout over Victor Ray Ankrah on June 30. Garton, meanwhile, is unbeaten in his last 12 fights.
Popular British middleweight “Smokin” Joe Mullender (10-2, 4 KOs) will return to action after nearly one year away from the ring.
In a super middleweight fight, a pair of unbeatens will match up when Umar Sadiq (3-0, 1 KO) faces Zak Chelli (4-0, 2 KOs). And, in a special heavyweight attraction, Nathan Gorman (13-0, 11 KOs), will look to extend his knockout streak to five in an eight-round clash versus Kamil Sokolowski (5-12-2, 2 KOs).
Yarde (16-0, 15 KOs) has not gone the distance since his second pro fight and has 10 knockouts in the first or second round during his 14-bout knockout streak. A native of the Hackney borough of London, Yarde captured the WBO European light heavyweight crown in July 2017 with a first-round TKO against Richard Baranyi. He has a pair of seventh-round knockout wins in 2018, and in June, he became the first man to stop Dariusz Sek as a pro. Sequeira (21-4, 15 KOs) is riding a four-bout winning streak and has only been knocked out once as a professional.
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BRENTWOOD RUNNING ORDER AND WEIGHTS
The following are the weights and the running order for the Brentwood Centre on Saturday night. The show is live on BT Sport 3 from 7:30pm, then crosses over to BT Sport 1 at 8.45pm. Remaining tickets are available to purchase on the door.
(Subject to change. Timings approximate)
Fight #1- 17:00hrs
6×3 Minute Rounds International Middleweight Contest
Caoimhin Agyarko 11st 10lbs vs Ladislav Nemeth 11st 6 1/2lbs
Fight #2- 17:25hrs
8×3 Minute Rounds International Featherweight Contest
Lucien Reid 8st 13lbs vs Rafael Castillo 9st
Fight #3- 18:05hrs
6×3 Minute Rounds International Lightweight Contest
Boy Jones Jr 9st 8lbs vs Lesther Cantillano 9st 9lbs
Fight #4- 18:35hrs
8×3 Minute Rounds International Welterweight Contest
Bradley Skeete 10st 8 1/2lbs vs Fernando Valencia 10st 6lbs
Fight #5- 19:15hrs
6×3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest
Hamzah Sheeraz vs Zygimantas Butkevicius (weigh in on the day)
BT SPORT 3 HD BROADCAST COMMENCES @19:30HRS
Fight #6- 19:35hrs
8X3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
Nathan Gorman 18st 3lbs vs Kamil Sokolowski 16st 8 1/2lbs
Fight #7- 20:15hrs
8×3 Minute Rounds Super-Middleweight Contest
Umar Sadiq 11st 13lbs vs Zak Chelli 16st 8lbs
BT SPORT 1 HD BROADCAST COMMENCES @20:45HRS
Fight #8- 20:50hrs
THE VACANT BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12×3 Minute Rounds @147lbs
Johnny Garton 10st 6lbs vs Gary Corcoran 10st 6lbs
Fight #9- 21:50hrs
10×3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
Joe Mullender 11st 6lbs vs Ben Capps
Fight #10- 22-40hrs
THE WBO INTERCONTINENTAL LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10×3 Minute Rounds @175lbs
Anthony Yarde 12st 5 1/2lbs vs Walter Gabriel Sequeira 12st 6 1/4lbs
Fight #11- Floater
4×3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
James Branch Jnr vs Kent Kauppienan (weigh in on the day)
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