Matchroom Fight Camp Returns With Conor Benn Headlining Opener

Conor Benn, Kid Galahad and Joshua Buatsi will all be headlining during Matchroom's three-week boxing extravaganza
15:08, 14 Jun 2021

Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing have announced the return of Fight Camp this summer with Conor Benn headlining the opening week on July 31st against experienced Mexican Adrian Granados.

Kid Galahad and ‘Jazza’ Dickens will rematch to top another stacked bill in week two, before Joshua Buatsi moves up in levels once again with a difficult fight against the in-form Ricards Bolotniks to end the three-week boxing extravaganza.

Hearn has been quick to manage expectations when it comes to Benn, with the son of the legendary Nigel Benn regularly fielding questions regarding potential bouts with the likes of Amir Khan, Kell Brook and Shawn Porter.

The 24-year-old puts his WBA Continental belt on the line against Granados as he bids to continue his upward trajectory after a stunning first-round knockout win over Samuel Vargas back in April.

“I’m confident in my ability,” Benn said. “People didn’t believe me when I said I’d knock Vargas out in one round, I don’t see this fight going past six.”

Conor Benn
Conor Benn

Granados’ recent record may not make for great reading, but he has mixed it with the likes of Porter, Danny Garcia and Adrien Broner in recent years.

Shannon Courtenay, fresh off the back of her exciting victory over Ebanie Bridges, makes the first defence of her WBA bantamweight belt, while Tommy McCarthy and Chris Billiam-Smith go to battle in a real pick ‘em fight for the British, Commonwealth and European titles.

Liverpudlian Anthony Fowler faces Roberto Garcia as he looks to build on his third-round stoppage of Jorge Fortea, while Avni Yildirim makes his comeback from his stoppage defeat to Saul Alvarez against Jack Cullen.

Campbell Hatton, son of Manchester icon Ricky, looks to make it 3-0 in his young career, while former amateur star Sandy Ryan makes her professional debut at super-lightweight.

Eight years on from their first bout, Galahad and Dickens will top the bill in week two, with the Sheffield man hoping for a repeat of the stoppage win he enjoyed back in 2013. 

Fabio Wardley looks to continue his unbeaten start to life as a professional heavyweight after beating former Anthony Joshua victim Eric Molina inside the distance last time out.

After his war of words with Benn earlier in the week, Florian Marky takes on Maxim Prodan, while KO king Alen ‘The Savage’ Babic faces Mark Bennett.

Campbell Hatton
Campbell Hatton

Popular Australian Bridges returns to the UK after her heroic display against Courtenay, with Ellie Scotney, Johnny Fisher and Aqib Fiaz all looking to make their mark at Matchroom HQ.

Fight Camp will come to an end in style with Buatsi defending his WBA International light-heavyweight title against a confident Bolotniks. The Latvian man recently won the MTK Global Golden Contract and will want to impress under the lights.

Savannah Marshall makes the second defence of her WBO middleweight world title as she continues her quest for unification bouts, with Felix Cash, Natasha Jonas, Raymond Ford and Michael McKinson all in action on the final day.

The Fight Camp announcement comes just days after Matchroom announced a five-year deal with leading sports streaming platform DAZN.

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