Darren Surtees added to Golden Contract tournament
Unbeaten knockout specialist Darren Surtees enters the #GoldenContract quietly optimistic.
The County Durham star has blasted his way to 12-0, 8 KOs to seal a spot in the tournament that has captured the imagination of the global boxing public; broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom Boxing and on ESPN+ in the US in association with Top Rank.
Although he expects to be an outsider with bookmakers, Surtees seems confident he can stun the likes of Zhankosh Turarov, Ohara Davies, Tyrone McKenna, Mohamed Mimoune, Anthony Yigit, Logan Yoon and Lewis Benson.
Surtees said: “I believe the Kazakh, Turarov will be a favourite and perhaps Ohara Davies too, whereas I’ll probably be one of the underdogs.
“I’ve seen Davies and Tyrone McKenna have already started insulting each other. All that stuff is just hype to me but if that’s the way they want it then fine. Why not?
“I’m just more of a silent operator and I’m hoping I get picked by someone at the draw. If I have to pick, I’d like to fight McKenna but anyone will do, to be honest.
“I’m confident and my preparation has been going well. I’m just going about my business and I’m enjoying all the challenges my coach Dave Binns is putting me through.”
The hotly-anticipated draw for the quarter-finals will take place on November 19 with the fights taking place at York Hall on November 22.
Lewis Benson added to Golden Contract tournament for Nov.22
Lewis Benson will now take part in the super-lightweight edition of the #GoldenContract tournament at York Hall on November 22.
Lewis Benson has been drafted in for a life-changing opportunity (No Repro Fee)
Benson (12-2, 2 KOs) will be one of eight elite 140lb stars competing in the tournament, live on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom Boxing, and on ESPN+ in the US in association with Top Rank.
The Scot is elevated to the tournament proper following the withdrawal of Akeem Ennis Brown, who will now bid for the British & Commonwealth super-lightweight titles with full details of the match-up to be confirmed in due course.
Benson, who has already fought out a classic with another #GoldenContract entrant in Tyrone McKenna, is excited about his opportunity and is ready to burst onto the world scene by being the last man standing.
He said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to get this opportunity. In the back of my head I always thought there’s a good chance of me going in the tournament in case somebody pulls out for any reason, so I’m absolutely buzzing.
“I’ve been training hard getting my fitness up and I can’t wait. I watched the featherweight tournament and it was unbelievable. I was really impressed with Leigh Wood and Ryan Walsh, they were the standouts for me, and now I can’t wait to compete in it myself.
“Everybody in the tournament is a good fighter. You have some of the best boys in Britain and then some really good European fighters too, so it’s a cracking line-up.
“Fighting on Sky Sports and ESPN+ is great too, it means everybody will be tuning in so I can’t wait to show them what I’m all about.”
MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan said: “This is a huge, potentially life-changing chance for Lewis, who we all know has a high boxing IQ and is a tough proposition for anybody in this tournament.
“We’ve already seen Lewis and Tyrone put on a great war for people last year and their rivalry is another intriguing storyline for the #GoldenContract – as if there weren’t enough already…”
The super-lightweight edition of the tournament follows the extremely successful featherweight quarter-finals that took place earlier this month and includes Benson, McKenna, Ohara Davies, Zhankosh Turarov, Darren Surtees, Anthony Yigit, Mohamed Mimoune and Logan Yoon.
The winner of each tournament will land a two-year, five-fight deal with a major promoter that guarantees six-figure purses for every fight along with global exposure.
To add to the excitement, fighters will not know their opponents until fight week, at the start of which the highly anticipated draws will be made, while knockout bonuses are also on offer.