BARE-KNUCKLE boxing fans have welcomed the news that Ryton Sports Connexion is set to host its second fight night following the success of the venues debut fixture in January.
Over 1,400 turned out to witness Ireland’s Jimmy Sweeney be crowned the new BKB World Middleweight Champion after stopping Wales’ Christian Evans shortly into the second round.
In total, 17 bouts took place on the night and thousands of pounds was raised for charity during an interval auction.
Attended by boxing legend Frank Bruno and Coventry City midfielder Joe Cole, the event proved a hit with fans and ‘Sent To Coventry’ has now been confirmed for Saturday (May 7).
A second mouthwatering tie has been set up as former professional boxer Jamie Hearn will go toe-to-toe with the undefeated Billy ‘Big Bang’ Hawthorn.
The fight will be the first time Hearn has faced the bare-knuckle format – his current professional record stands at 11 wins and eight losses.
Stu Armstrong, head of media at UBBAD, said: “After an amazing show in January we’re delighted to confirm the booking of Ryton’s Sports Connexion for a second time.
“It will be another night of world class bare-knuckle boxing and we’ve received some fantastic feedback from the people of Coventry who loved the event and asked us to come back.
“The main fight between Billy and James will be an interesting encounter.
“Billy is known for his big punching and winning his fights by first round knockout – only time will tell.”
The night will feature 12 bouts and advanced tickets are available from www.bbadtv.com/tickets or you can call 07776 143334.