Fury vs Norrad – Official Weights & Quotes
Mick Hennessy on behalf of Hennessy Sports Presents International Boxing Saturday 25 May 2019 – The Victoria Warehouse, Manchester – Doors open at 5pm – Exclusively live on 5 Spike and Channel 5.
10 x 3 Rounds International Heavyweight Contest
Hughie Fury 15st 11lb 2oz vs. Chris Norrad 16st 5lb 5oz
10 x 3 Rounds International Super Featherweight Contest
Alex Dilmaghani 9st 3lb vs. Martin Parlagi 9st 3lb 2oz
6 x 2 Rounds International Super Middleweight Contest
Savannah Marshall 11st 9lb vs. Borislava Goranova 11st 5lb
6×3 Rounds Middleweight Contest
Michael Hennessy Jr 11st 9lb vs. Adam Grabiec 11st 5lb 1oz
6×3 Rounds International Super Welterweight Contest
Zdravko Popov vs. Roland Hamar
6×3 Rounds Featherweight Contest
Marcel Braithwaite 8st 6lb 3oz vs. Jake Pollard 8st 9lb 5oz
6×3 Rounds Super Lightweight Contest
Kane Gardner vs. Des Newton
4×3 Rounds Welterweight Contest
Jake James vs. Lee Hallett
4×3 Rounds Welterweight Contest
Connor Lynch vs. Dylan Draper
Hennessy Sports, Channel 5 and Infinitum, in association with VIP Promotions, are delighted to announce that former World Heavyweight title challenger Hughie Fury will make his long awaited return to the ring on Saturday 25th May at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, exclusively live on free-to-air Channel 5.
In the headline attraction the Manchester star will take on the undefeated Canadian Chris “The Natural” Norrad in a twelve round International Heavyweight contest, supported by rising star Alex Dilmaghani in an International Super-Featherweight contest and undefeated female sensation Savannah Marshall.
Fury has his first fight since his loss to Kubrat Pulev last October when he pushed the Bulgarian the full twelve rounds in Sofia – despite not been able to see out of his left eye from a cut in the second round – but lost on the judges scorecards. He will be aiming to return to the same destructive form that took him to the British title in May last year when he smashed Sam Sexton in five rounds.
This will be Fury’s first fight back in his home city of Manchester since his WBO World title challenge against Joseph Parker in September 2017 that ended controversially when many felt that Fury had beaten the New Zealander.
The 24-year-old, trained by father Peter, still has plenty of time on his side and aims to get back into World title contention, but first he must deal with Norrad from Boiestown, New Brunswick, who has amassed a perfect record of 17 wins, no losses and eight knockouts.
Fury said, “I can’t wait to get back into the ring in my home city of Manchester, I’ve missed fighting there and you can’t beat home support. It’s back to the drawing board, I know what I’ve got to do. The ambition to become World Champion is still burning fiercer than ever inside me and I believe that I will get there. It all starts again on the 25th May when I take on the unbeaten Norrad from Canada. It’s a crucial fight for me live on Channel 5 with millions watching and I know that a knockout performance will get the ball rolling again.”
Peter Fury added, “This is Hughie’s opportunity to show that he’s back and means business. We’ve been working very hard in the gym since the Pulev fight and we’re ready to go again. We need Hughie back to his best like he was against Sexton to really get his feet back on the comeback trail and banging on the door for a world title shot.”
Chief support on the card features the exciting and highly-avoided Alex Dilmaghani from Worthing, Sussex, who takes on the Czech Republic’s hardened Martin Parlagi. The 27-year-old southpaw has 18 wins and just one very early career points loss on his record and for the last five years has been plying his trade in Canada and Mexico – where he was Juan Manuel Marquez’s sparring partner for the Manny Pacquiao fights. He’s now ready to show just what he can do back on home soil as he pushes to get himself in contention for a world title opportunity.
One of the most exciting female boxers on the scene, the hard-hitting Savannah Marshall, makes her return to the ring as she edges closer to challenge for a World title. Marshall created history when in 2012 she become the first ever British female to win gold at the World Championship in China.
Also trained by Peter Fury, the 27-year-old from Hartlepool captured her first pro title last October when she defeated Yanina Orozco in Sofia to capture the Vacant WBA Intercontinental Super-Middleweight crown. Then in November she destroyed Klaudia Vigh in two rounds in Manchester to take her record to a perfect 5-0 with three knockouts.
A cracking trade fight on the card sees Skelsmerdale’s Steve Brogan defend his Central Area Lightweight Championship when he collides with Glossop rival Adam Hague.
Completing the card will be Ellesmere Port super-lightweight Matty Fagan, unbeaten Middleweight welterweight Connor Lynch and Liverpool featherweight Marcel Braithwaite.
Promoter Mick Hennessy said, “I’m delighted to partner with Channel 5, Infinitum and VIP Promotions for this show and it’s great to have Hughie back on the road towards the world title. I believe that he can be one of the very best heavyweights in the division and he has the tools, ability and youth on his side to become World Champion. He’s got an unbeaten fighter in Norrad in front of him and he’ll be coming over here up for the challenge and looking to cause an upset in defeating Hughie on his return. I’m really excited with the up-and-coming talent Alex Dilmaghani and believe that he could be a huge star and the talented and world class Savannah Marshall, is back in action and she is certainly one to watch. Finally, the show is backed up with Brogan versus Hague for the Central Area Lightweight title and Matty Fagan, Conor Lynch and Marcel Braithwaite on the undercard to make this a great night of boxing for the supporters.”
PETER FURY: “SAVANNAH MARSHALL IS THE NEXT BIG THING IN ENGLISH BOXING!”
The 29 year old super-middleweight – dubbed ‘The Silent Assassin’ due to her innate shyness – kickstarts her 2019 campaign at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on Saturday 25th May, exclusively live on free-to-air Channel 5, and fight professor Peter expects it to be the start of a year in which the massively talented Hartlepool hope finally soars to stardom.
‘Savannah’s gonna be a spectacular addition to women’s boxing,’ insists Fury who groomed both son Hughie and nephew Tyson Fury to world heavyweight title fights from his bootcamp in Bolton.
‘She doesn’t mess around. She’s spiteful in her punches, exciting, always looks to break opponents down. Believe me, she carries genuine knockout power.
‘She also has a very good work rate and is an excellent technician. For me, she ticks all the boxes, a complete fighter. I can’t fault her.’
And coach Fury is adamant that England’s first ever female amateur world champion (2012) – who also topped the podium at the 2010 European Union and 2014 Commonwealth Games meets – is blossoming both individually and professionally as she embarks on this crucial phase of her ring career.
He continues: ‘Though Savannah’s a very private girl, she’s growing as an individual and she’s now very keen to ask me questions. She’s a really good student of the game. She listens intently and is always happy to experiment with new stuff and improve further.
‘The old shyness has gone. Now she knows what she wants and where she’s going. She’ll definitely fight for a world title in the next 12 months.’
Masterblaster Marshall has cruised to five straight wins since announcing herself to the profession on the Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor ‘Money Fight’ at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas 21 months ago.
Having registered a stylish four round shut-out that night, three victims have crumbled to her combustible fists inside two rounds. And the 5ft 11 ½ in sharpshooter conceded just one round on one judge’s card when skating to the WBA Inter-Continental strap by way of a terrific 10 round decision over unbeaten Argentine Yanina Orozco over in Bulgaria last October.
Now Fury is imbedding the final finishing touches that he is adamant can catapult sweet Savannah to global glory.
‘We’ve got her a nice six-twos tune-up on May 25th then, if we can get her another four or five fights before this year’s through, she’ll be ready for any of the middleweight or super-middleweight world champions early next year at the latest. She’ll be a multi-weight world champion,’ predicts Peter.
‘I’d give her an excellent chance against Clarissa Shields. Why not? She’s beat her before (en route to her world amateur gold in 2012).
‘Trust me, Savannah’s the next big thing in English boxing!
HENNESSY SPORTS AGREES PARTNERSHIP DEAL WITH EVERLAST
Promoter Mick Hennessy is thrilled to announce that he has signed an exclusive official equipment partnership agreement with Everlast, the world’s leading manufacturer, marketer and licensor of boxing, MMA and fitness equipment.
The multi-fight agreement will commence tonight with Hennessy Sports’ show at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, headlined by heavyweight title contender Hughie Fury’s showdown with Chris Norrad, that also features super-middleweight sensation Savannah Marshall, hot super-featherweight contender Alex Dilmaghani and the pro-debut of exciting amateur standout Michael Hennessy Jr.
All the action will be exclusively live on free-to-air 5 Spike from 7-9pm before coverage switches to Channel 5 from 9-11pm.
Under the agreement, Hennessy Sports events will be branded with the iconic Everlast logo in and around the boxing ring and the fighters’ promoted exclusively under the Hennessy banner will wear the famous fight brand’s equipment and apparel.
Hennessy, CEO of Hennessy Sports, said, “I’m delighted to agree this deal with Everlast who are globally recognised as the premier boxing brand and have an unrivalled history and tradition in the sport. I’m looking forward to beginning our relationship tomorrow night in Manchester with heavyweight star Hughie in the main event, live on Channel 5.”
Luke Smith, Everlast’s Brand & Sports Marketing Manager for UK & Europe, added, “We’re very excited to be working with Mick and the team at Hennessy Sports, as well as Channel Five. Mick is planning a big 2019 and we look forward to supporting some great free-to-air nights for boxing fans whilst helping to grow the sport.”