Hamzah Sheeraz Tops A Stacked Night Of Action In The Capital
Hamzah Sheeraz vs Francisco Emanuel Torres for the WBC Silver Middleweight Title headlines a night of championship boxing from the Copper Box Arena, London this Saturday, July 16 live on BT Sport 1 in the UK from 6:30 pm BST.
British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles are on the line between Lennox Clarke and Mark Heffron, Nick Ball returns to the ring after a statement victory on the Fury vs Whyte undercard, Dennis McCann steps up against James Beech Jr and a whole host of young talent take centre stage including highly touted light heavyweight prospect Karol Itauma.
Hamzah Sheeraz vs Francisco Emanuel Torres – Press Conference Quotes
“Lennox against Mark will be a war and they are two fighters who, when they get in the ring, they give it their all, they really do. I think this is going to be a bit of a cracker. It is one of those fights where the winner will go on, it won’t be the end for the loser, but the winner will move on quickly. It is about making a statement on the night, they have both got great win rates and, with the experience they have got between them, this is going to be something a little bit special. It will be a real cracker.
“The boxing writers say Hamzah Sheeraz is the best young boxer of the year and now in this fight, he can move from being a prospect to another level. In Francisco he has got a tough Argentinean and they are tough guys who come to fight. I think we will get a good yardstick to see how far he’s come in his career.
For me he has done everything absolutely right, he is a credit to boxing and the sport and he is a consummate professional. He invests in himself and his future and I genuinely feel he is one of the best young prospects in the country and I hope, after this weekend, that everybody looks at him as a guy who can win a world title. I believe he is capable of doing it.”
“I am feeling great, camp has been great and I am in good spirits fighting at 160, my second fight at it and we have got a good opponent in front of us and we are ready to go. Me and my team got back in the gym after the Bradley Skeete fight and went back to basics. Then we made it happen and made it happen quite easily in my next fight against Jez Smith, but that is all past me now. I’ve got Francisco on Saturday night and I am looking forward to getting in there with somebody who will ask me a few questions and test me in certain ways.
There is nothing we are not prepared for. He can do whatever he wants, he can come forward, box on the back foot, he can fly for all I care. Me and my team have prepared to the best of my ability and done everything in my power to make sure that on Saturday night I put on a performance, not just for myself, but because of me headlining for the first time. I’ve definitely got to come and put on a show.”
“I am very happy to be here and I am very ready for this fight. I am a boxer and this is my shot at the title, so that is why I accepted the fight. I am convinced that I won the fight against Jose Benevidez that the judges scored a draw, so now we have to dance for something new. Hamzah Sheeraz is a very good fighter and I am very happy to have him as an opponent.”
“I’d like to say a massive thank you to Frank for this massive opportunity and I am really looking forward to it. I’ve said it time and time again, I think Lennox is a very good fighter and, coming from his background as an unlicensed fighter, he has done really good to win the British and Commonwealth. I rank him right up with Denzel Bentley and Liam Williams and I think he is a big, strong fighter.
He will bring the best out of me. It is definitely now or never but I feel like I am more than ready for this opportunity and on Saturday night we will see. Joe Gallagher has been working me extra hard and has got me 110% ready with big, strong sparring partners brought in. When I land I will definitely hurt him.”
“I’ve been out, unluckily, with injury but I am back now fit and ready to go. I’ve prepared very well and very hard for 12 rounds and I am looking forward to Saturday night. I am coming into this fight as a challenger to relaunch myself and get right back in there. Mark is a good, tough fighter and I believe our fight has got the makings of a fight of the year.
I’ve got the beating of him, I am fit, I’m strong and I am starving for success and want to get back on track. I am going to give it my all and I believe me at 110% smokes Mark Heffron. You are touching down there on Joe Gallagher, but he has had more coaches than anyone in boxing so there is going to be no gain there.”
Hamzah Sheeraz vs Francisco Emanuel Torres – Expected Running Order (Subject To Change), Weigh-In Results
Live From 3:30 PM
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Sean Noakes – 10 stone 6 lbs
MJ Hall – 10 stone 8lbs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Lightweight Contest
Sonny Liston Ali – 10 stone 2 lbs
Chris Adaway – 10 stone 2 lbs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Featherweight Contest
Umar Khan – 8 stone 13 lbs
Engel Gomez – 9 stone 2 lbs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Khalid Ali – 10 stone 10 lbs
Des Newton – 11 stone
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Featherweight Contest
Ryan Garner – 9 Stone 6 lbs
Christian Lopez Torres – 9 Stone 7lbs 6oz
Live On BT Sport 1 From 6:30 PM
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
Karol Itauma – 12 stone 9 lbs
Michal Gazdik – 12 stone 7 lbs
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Featherweight Contest
Masood Abdulah – 8 stone 9 lbs
Tinko Banabakov – 8 stone 12 lbs
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Lightweight Contest
Pierce O’Leary – 10 stone 1 lbs
Robin Zamora – 10 stone 1 lbs
The WBC Silver Featherweight Championship -12 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 126 lbs
Nick Ball – 8 stone 13 lbs 12 oz
Nathanael Kakololo – 8 stone 12lbs 10oz
The British, Commonwealth & IBF Intercontinental Super-middleweight Championship – 12 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 168 lbs
Lennox Clarke – 11 stone 13 lbs 10oz
Mark Heffron – 11 stone 12 lbs 12oz
The Vacant WBC International Silver Featherweight Championship
10 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 124 lbs (Max)
Dennis McCann – 8 stone 11 lbs 4oz
James Beech Jnr – 8 Stone 11 Lbs 10 oz
Sheeraz vs Torres Main Event Anytime After 10 pm
WBC Silver Middleweight Championship – 12×3 Rounds @ 160 lbs
Hamzah Sheeraz – 11 stone 5 lbs 4oz
Francisco Torres – 11 stone 5 lbs 4oz
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What Time Is Hamzah Sheeraz Fighting?
Main Event Ring Walks are expected after 10 pm
Who Is Hamzah Sheeraz Fighting?
Francisco Emanuel Torres