- Liam Smith and Chris Eubank Jr Were Supposed To Rematch This Saturday, July 1
- Smith Pulled Out Twice With Injury, Eubank Moves Focus Towards Conor Benn Fight
- Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs Savannah Marshall Steps In To Top Manchester Bill, Live On Sky Sports
Undisputed Super Middleweight champion Franchon Crews-Dezurn defends her four titles against the former world middleweight titleist Savannah Marshall in a transatlantic title tilt this Saturday, July 1 at the AO Arena in Manchester, England live on Sky Sports in the UK.
Crews-Dezurn decisioned Elin Cedoroos on the historic Katie Taylor-Amanda Serrano undercard at a sold-out Madison Square Garden last April to unify the four titles. Marshall is coming off her first career defeat, a convincing points loss at the hands of Claressa Shields and hopes to earn a rematch.
Liam Smith and Chris Eubank Jr were supposed to headline this card on June 17 and then July 1 but Smith withdrew with injury both times.
It appears the fight will not be rescheduled at all with Eubank shifting focus towards a far more lucrative bout with Conor Benn, tentatively planned for Sept 23 in the UAE or preferably a Sep date at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London subject to the conclusion of Benn’s case with UKAD.
Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs Savannah Marshall Undercard
Mark Jeffers (15-0, 4 KOs) replaces the injured Mark Heffron in a Commonwealth Silver title clash with Zak Chelli (13-1-1, 6 KOs).
Heffron had been due to defend his Commonwealth Championship against Chelli but was forced to withdraw due to an injury sustained in training.
Trainer Michael Jennings is confident of his fighter’s ability to step in on short notice and upset the surging Chelli, who carries career-best form into the bout as he comes off his dominant win over former WBA Intercontinental champion Anthony ‘The Magician’ Sims Jr in February.
One of the best prospects in British boxing, Callum Simpson (11-0, 9 KOs), steps up to the next level against the game Boris Crighton (11-3, 7 KOs).
Simpson has quickly established himself as a vicious puncher and one of the most underrated operators domestically whilst Crighton has shot to notoriety taking a late-notice fight with Lyndon Arthur in March.
This is Crighton’s fifth outing in under seven months, all competitive fights with him being 2-2 against the opposition who have a record of 50-2-1. Simpson will have a durable, active fighter in front of him, coming to win and we should find out a little bit more about the Barnsley 26-year-old.
Ben Whittaker (3-0, 2 KOs), who won a silver medal for Great Britain at the 2020 Olympic Games, takes on Vladimir Belujsky (13-6, 9 KOs) over eight rounds at light heavyweight.
Whittaker is one of the country’s hottest prospects but injuries have slowed down his progression. He hopes to continue the momentum he began in May with another inside-the-distance win.
Natasha Jonas (13-2-1, 8 KOs) faces three-time world title challenger Kandi Wyatt (11-4, 3 KOs) for the vacant IBF World Welterweight Championship.
Wyatt was stopped by Jessica McCaskill in 2021 in her last title challenge. Jonas chose not to participate in the much-anticipated undisputed bout with Terri Harper and move down in weight from 154 pounds.
Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs Savannah Marshall UK Start Time, TV Channel, And Tickets
The preliminary action is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm BST (1:30 pm ET, 10:30 am PT) (subject to change) on the Sky Sports Boxing YouTube channel with the main card a little while later at 7 pm BST (2 pm ET, 11 am PT) live on Sky Sports Action in the UK.
Main Event Ring Walks will occur at approximately 10:00 pm BST (5:00 pm ET, 3:00 pm PT). Stay tuned to NoSmokeSport.com for more details about the running order, undercard and fight week updates as they happen. Ticket Link
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Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs Savannah Marshall – Undisputed Super Middleweight Title – Sat, July 1– AO Arena, Manchester, UK – Live On Sky Sports
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