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Jazza Dickens vs Ryan Walsh, Davies vs McKenna on Sept. 30, LIVE on ESPN+

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Ryan-Walsh-James Dickens (featherweight) and Ohara Davies-Tyrone McKenna (super lightweight) to stream beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT

Two MTK Global Golden Contract champions will be crowned Wednesday at Production Park Studios in Yorkshire, England. The 10-round super lightweight and featherweight championship matches will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.

Here’s what’s in store when the championship combatants fight behind closed doors.

Ryan Walsh (26-2-2, 12 KOs) vs. James “Jazza” Dickens (29-3, 11 KOs)
Featherweight
Walsh has run roughshod through the featherweight bracket, toppling Hairon Socarras by ninth-round stoppage and knocking down Tyrone McCullagh twice en route to a decision victory. A former British champion, Walsh has not tasted defeat since October 2016. Dickens has won seven in a row since back-to-back losses and won a majority decision over Leigh Wood in their semifinal bout.

Ohara Davies (21-2, 16 KOs) vs. Tyrone McKenna (21-1-1, 16 KOs)
Super Lightweight
Davies entered the tournament coming off a controversial decision over former world champion Miguel Vazquez, but the former English champion has appeared revitalized. He knocked out Logan Yoon in seven rounds in his quarterfinal match and stopped Jeff Ofori in six rounds to advance to the championship. McKenna, from Belfast, bested French contender Mohamed Mimoune in the semifinals via decision.

In other action on ESPN+:

  • In a Golden Contract light heavyweight semifinal match scheduled for 10 rounds, all-action British favorite Liam Conroy (18-5-1, 9 KOs) will face 2016 German Olympian Serge Michel (10-1, 7 KOs). Conroy and Michel shared a bill last December, and each man won their respective quarterfinal bout by unanimous decision.
  • Middleweight prospect and former amateur star Ben Fail will make his professional debut in a six-rounder against Robbie Chapman (6-4).
  • In a six-round cruiserweight tilt, former WBO European light heavyweight champion Steven Ward (12-1, 4 KOs) moves up in weight to fight Jone Volau (5-5, 2 KOs).

 

Ryan Walsh knows that his upcoming fight with Jazza Dickens could make or break his career ahead of their #GoldenContract featherweight final showdown later this month.

Walsh (26-2-2, 12 KOs) and Dickens (29-3, 11 KOs) meet on a massive card on September 30, which will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports in association with Matchroom Boxing, and live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.

Walsh defeated Hairon Socarras and Tyrone McCullagh to reach the final, but he knows that the stakes are at an all-time high against Dickens.

Walsh said: “This is do or die. This is my life and everybody that knows boxing knows that this is going to be a good fight.

“The delay has meant we’ve had more time to look at Jazza, and we’ve been lucky enough to get good sparring in to mimic different aspects of him.

“Even with everything going on over the last few months, I never got out of the swing of things. I was always running in the morning or evening, and training throughout the day, so it hasn’t affected me and I’m more than ready.

“The fight deserves a crowd, and it would have been greater with a crowd, but it won’t define me one way or the other and I’m going to win.”

The #GoldenContract featherweight final takes place on the same night as the super-lightweight final, as Ohara Davies faces Tyrone McKenna, while that evening also sees a light-heavyweight semi-final between Liam Conroy and Serge Michel on the undercard.

The other light-heavyweight semi-final sees Hosea Burton travel to Latvia to take on Ricards Bolotniks on September 26, with that fight broadcast live on IFL TV.

The 29-year-old Dickens will be looking to pick up his 8th consecutive win since losing back to back fights to Thomas Patrick Ward and Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2016 ad 2017.

Dickens has looked a lot better since losing those fights in beating these fine fighters:

  • Leigh Wood
  • Carlos Ramos
  • Nathaniel May
  • Nasibu Ramadhani
  • Miguel Encarnacion
  • Pablo Narvaez
  • Barnie Arguelles

While some fighters may struggle with the prospect of fighting in front of no fans, Jazza Dickens feels some of his past fights experiencing that scenario makes him more than ready for his #GoldenContract featherweight final with Ryan Walsh.

Dickens (29-3, 11 KOs) and Walsh (26-2-2, 12 KOs) meet on a massive card on September 30, which will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports in association with Matchroom Boxing, and live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.

It’s been a rollercoaster of a career for Dickens, which has involved fighting in various venues throughout the UK, along with time spent out in the Dominican Republic and Miami, and he feels those past adventures gives him an advantage ahead of the highly-anticipated behind closed doors showdown.

Dickens said: “I travelled the world as an amateur fighting in quiet sports halls, and I boxed in the Dominican Republic in front of ten people three years ago.

“I’ve also boxed in empty arenas as a professional. I was on after the main events as the live float for the Hatton vs. Senchenko fight, and Price vs. Thompson. One hour earlier those arenas were packed.

“In one fight I got told ‘you will be paid but you won’t fight.’ I told them ‘I need to fight, get me on!’ The lights went out before the decision and people were brushing up around the ring.

“In the Dominican Republic three years ago in front of 10 people, I realised why I do it and why I love it so much. It was a real fight, a ‘straightener’ as we call it in Liverpool.

“As always I’ll fight my fight and I’ll give 100%. This is a once in a life time chance. There might be no crowd, but big money is up for grabs.”

The #GoldenContract featherweight final takes place on the same night as the super-lightweight final, as Ohara Davies faces Tyrone McKenna, while that evening also sees a light-heavyweight semi-final between Liam Conroy and Serge Michel on the undercard.

The other light-heavyweight semi-final sees Hosea Burton travel to Latvia to take on Ricards Bolotniks on September 26, with that fight broadcast live on IFL TV.


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