|FIGHTERS ON WEIGHT BUT COVID CHANGES CARD
AT BOXXER: TUESDAY FIGHT NIGHT OFFICIAL WEIGH INS
Zak Chelli gets new opponent for Super-Middleweight Tournament
|Every fighter knows they need to expect the unexpected when they enter a BOXXER tournament, but the surprises started early for tomorrow night’s Super-Middleweight Tournament, which airs live from 8pm on BT Sports and ITV 4.
Tournament favourite Zak Chelli (7-1-1, 3 KO’s, pictured) got a new opponent just hours before today’s weigh-ins began, with Ben Ridings having tested positive for covid-19. His place will be taken by Vladimir ‘The Bulgarian Bull’ Georgiev (4-0) of Bulgaria for the first of the evening’s semi-final matches.
In the second semi-final, Harry Woods (4-0) weighed in at 12st 1lb 12oz to face will face Mike McGoldrick (6-0, 2 KO’s), who weighed in at 12st 1lb 14oz.
With both Woods and McGoldrick having joined the card last week, the tournament line-up now hosts no less than three fighters who have the chance to change their destinies live on national television this Tuesday.
Fan-favorite Florian ‘TNT’ Marku (6-0, 4 KO’s) hit the scales at 10st 6lbs 8oz and in peak condition to deliver his trademark brand of explosive aggression for a global legion of adoring fans.
Opposite him is London man Muma Mweemba (4-1, 2 KO’s), who hit the scales at 10st 6lbs 4oz. With half his wins coming by way of KO, he is no stranger to intense firefights himself – Tuesday night’s fight might be a quick one.
The card will open with Mikael Lawal (12-0, 7 KO’s), decisive fight-finisher and winner of a BOXXER eight-man cruiserweight tournament in 2019. He stepped on the scales at 14st 3lbs for his fight with two-time Southern Area Cruiserweight title challenger Ossie Jervier (6-13, 5 KO’s), who touched down at 14st 1lb.
Lawal has been steadily climbing the ranks and will go forward to a British Cruiserweight Title Eliminator fight if he wins here. He will enter the ring looking for another highlight-reel finish to extend his undefeated record.
A positive covid-19 test has also removed Derrick Osaze from the card. His bout with John Telford will be rescheduled for a future BOXXER event.
Zak Chelli 12st 1lb 10oz
Harry Woods 12st 1lb 12oz
Florian Marku 10st 6lbs 8oz
Mikael Lawal 14st 3lbs
On-air talent for the evening will feature some household names from the sports world, including former champion Paulie Malignaggi and veteran analyst Steve Bunce. They will be joined by Layla Anna Lee, Savage Dan and Will Perry.
With today’s changes, the full fight card is now as follows:
SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT FOUR-MAN TOURNAMENT
Florian Marku vs Muma Mweemba
Mikael Lawal vs Ossie Jervier