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Martin Bakole Signs Promotional Deal With Matchroom Boxing

Martin Bakole has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and will make his Sky Sports and DAZN debut when he clashes with Ecuador’s Ytalo Perea at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool on the August 2 JD NXTGEN show.

Bakole, trained by Scotland’s most successful coach Billy Nelson, boasts 9 big KO’s from 12 career wins, with his sole career loss coming in a surprise upset against America’s Michael Hunter at York Hall in October 2018.

The Africa-born Airdrie resident bounced back from his Hunter disappointment by defeating former World title challenger Mariusz Wach in impressive fashion in April, stopping the Pole in eight rounds on away territory, and is now looking to climb the Heavyweight ladder and challenge for titles.

“I’m delighted to be teaming up with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing stable,” said Bakole. “Matchroom have a lot of the leading Heavyweights on their roster such as Joshua, Whyte, Parker, Hrgovic and now Usyk, and it won’t be long before my name is mentioned alongside theirs.

“I’m very grateful to Eddie and Matchroom for giving me the opportunity to fight live on Sky Sports and DAZN for the first time in my career. August 2 is a great show to be a part of and fighting in Liverpool as a pro is another first for me, so I’m very excited to get going.

“I’ve been sparring with Daniel Dubois in London ahead of his British title fight and I’m feeling strong and motivated for my Matchroom debut. I’m working hard towards facing someone in the top 15 in the World in the next couple of months. The Heavyweight scene is wide open at the moment and I want to make my mark in the division, starting on August 2.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “I’m delighted to welcome Martin to the team and I’m excited for him to be in the Heavyweight mix. We’ve seen him in camp with AJ over the last few years and I really believe he can compete at the higher level. After his run out in Liverpool we will be looking for all the top names come the end of the year”

Tickets for Bakole vs. Perea priced £40, £60 and £120 (VIP) are available to purchase now from the Exhibition Centre Liverpool ( (Phone: 0344 8000 400), StubHub ( and Matchroom Boxing (


The Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation has now awarded over £1,000,000 in donations in the three years since it was founded.

The Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation was created to centralise the benevolent efforts of Matchroom Sport, the global sports promotion company headed by Barry Hearn, and its subsidiaries – the Professional Darts Corporation, World Snooker and the PGA EuroPro Tour.

Matchroom Sport promotes in excess of 100 events per year and part of the Foundation’s funding comes from a contribution equivalent to £1 for every ticket sold for these events.

A wide range of charitable causes have received donations from the Foundation since it was established in July 2016. These have included Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, who received £250,000 over three years to help cover the costs of two nurses, Haven House, who were awarded £200,000 towards the building of the Matchroom Suite, a dedicated building for fundraisers, and Saint Francis Hospice, who were pledged £220,000 to support patients with therapies and programmes of care. Many other charities have also benefited from donations from the Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation.

Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn commented: “I am very proud of the work that Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation has done over the past three years and extremely grateful to the Trustees of the Foundation for their hard work and enthusiasm.

“As a company Matchroom Sport have been one of the success stories in our industry over the past four decades and it is personally satisfying to see our Foundation put something back and help those in need.”

To find out more about the Foundation and the causes it has supported, please visit

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