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Dillian Whyte collides with Alexander Povetkin in finale of Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp

Dillian Whyte collides with Alexander Povetkin in the finale of the exciting Fight Camp schedule, which starts at Matchroom HQ from August 1.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has unveiled an exciting line-up of fights, starting with three action-packed Sky Sports shows from Matchroom Boxing’s Brentwood base, which will then host Whyte’s heavyweight showdown with Povetkin on August 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The opening night is topped by Sam Eggington’s IBF international super-welterweight title fight with Ted Cheeseman, while Belfast’s big-hitting James Tennyson takes on Cardiff’s Gavin Gwynne for the vacant British lightweight title. Chatteris talent Jordan Gill meets Watford’s Reece Bellotti in an electric featherweight battle, fast-rising Ipswich heavyweight Fabio Wardley steps up to take on Middlesbrough’s Simon Vallily for the vacant English belt and Sheffield’s super-lightweight Dalton Smith squares off with Liverpool’s Nathan Bennett.

Terri Harper’s defence of her WBC and IBO super-featherweight world titles against British rival Natasha Jonas headlines week two on Friday August 7, supported by Bournemouth’s Chris Billam-Smith defending his Commonwealth cruiserweight title against undefeated Cardiff’s Nathan Thorley. Liverpool super-welterweight Anthony Fowler gets his second outing of the year against Adam Harper, with Leeds featherweight prospect Hopey Price fighting on UK soil again following his win on the huge Andy Ruiz-Anthony Joshua rematch show in Saudi Arabia.

The third show features Felix Cash’s Commonwealth middleweight title clash with former world title challenger Jason Welborn on Friday August 14. Recent Matchroom signing Zelfa Barrett meets Ireland’s undefeated Eric Donovan over 10 rounds, while Northampton super-welterweight Kieron Conway takes on Rotherham’s Navid Mansouri. Watford super-bantamweight Shannon Courtenay faces the toughest opponent of her career in Rachel Ball and Oldham lightweight prospect Aqib Fiaz steps up against Birmingham’s former Midlands Area Champion Kane Baker. Explosive super-middleweight prospect John Docherty seeks his second win of the year.

Fight Camp concludes with an unmissable night of blockbuster action as Whyte defends his WBC interim world heavyweight title against Povetkin, with his WBC mandatory challenger status also at risk. Irish legend Katie Taylor defends her undisputed lightweight world titles, and there’s more heavyweight action on offer as Martin Bakole clashes with Russia’s Sergey Kuzmin. Little Lever’s Jack Cullen and Ireland’s Jason Quigley meet at middleweight and Luther Clay defends his WBO Global welterweight title against Chris Kongo.

Adam Smith, Sky Sports head of boxing development, said: “Eddie Hearn has supplied a sizzling summer schedule in August, starting with three Sky Sports shows packed with British talent. Sam Eggington against Ted Cheeseman should be a classic clash, while the exciting trio of Jordan Gill, Fabio Wardley and Dalton Smith will be eager to impress.

“Terri Harper has already endeared herself to fight fans with her remarkable success story, but Natasha Jonas is a genuine threat as we return to Matchroom HQ with a high-class world title fight. Anthony Fowler and Chris Billam-Smith have big ambitions and cannot afford slip-ups on the same bill.

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