A trio of exciting fights have been announced for the BOXXER: Breakthrough event, set to spotlight Britain’s cream of the crop in young boxing talent. The grand occasion is scheduled for Saturday, September 30th at the historic York Hall in London.
Caroline Dubois will step into the ring to vie for the IBO World Lightweight Championship. Alongside her, undefeated cruiserweights Viddal Riley and Nathan Quarless will go toe to toe for the English Cruiserweight Title. Rounding out this fantastic night of boxing, super-middleweight sensation Callum Simpson faces a fierce battle with the ever-aggressive Germaine ‘G-Man’ Brown. Fans can catch all the action live and exclusively on Sky Sports.
The journey of Caroline Dubois has been nothing short of spectacular. At 22, the prodigy is preparing to challenge for the IBO lightweight world title in only her eighth professional fight. Facing her is the Mexican power-puncher Magali Rodriguez, a seasoned fighter with a formidable 40% finish rate in her victories. A former WBA world title challenger and current WBC title holder, Rodriguez promises to be a tough test for the rising star Dubois.
Dubois, a Youth Olympics champion, has made no secret of her ambitions. Last year, she voiced her desire to win a world title by 2023, aiming to square off with top names like Mikaela Mayer and Katie Taylor. With five knockouts in seven matches, Dubois seems poised to achieve the first phase of her plan, having fought her way into contention.
Another highlight of the night will feature two of Britain’s best young cruiserweights, Viddal Riley and Nathan Quarless, battling for the vacant English Cruiserweight Championship. Riley, a fellow Youth Olympian to Dubois, has dazzled fans with his last four victories coming inside four rounds. Quarless has demonstrated tactical brilliance in his dozen straight wins. The clash promises a thrilling North vs South rivalry, with each fighter determined to emerge victorious on London’s soil.
Also announced for the September 30th card is the clash between the rising star Callum Simpson and the tenacious Germaine ‘G-Man’ Brown. This super-middleweight face-off between two fearless fighters, both known for controlling the center of the ring, promises to entertain the crowd.
Simpson, once considered one of the UK’s hidden gems by boxing insiders, has grabbed the spotlight since signing with BOXXER. Meanwhile, former English super-middleweight champion Brown intends to challenge Simpson’s reputation, aiming to halt his progress and steal his momentum.
BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom expressed his excitement, particularly for Caroline Dubois, calling her the future face of women’s boxing not only in the UK but on a global scale. The speed at which she has reached a world title opportunity has even surpassed his expectations.
The English Cruiserweight Championship bout between Riley and Quarless is seen as having a special spark, with its classic North/South rivalry. Riley’s outstanding performance on his home turf and Quarless’s slick style, intending to silence the London crowd, adds to the excitement.
The fight between Callum Simpson and Germaine Brown is also eagerly awaited. Both fighters have an aggressive forward-moving style, promising a battle that could become an instant classic.
CAROLINE DUBOIS: Fighting for the IBO World Title: “It’s an exhilarating feeling to be contending for the IBO world title. I’m grateful to BOXXER for this opportunity. I’m driven to demonstrate that I’m deserving of the praise I’ve received. My self-confidence and faith in my skills are paramount.”
MAGALI RODRIGUEZ: Preparation and Confidence: “My preparations have been thorough, having faced varied opponents. I possess the experience and might to secure a win in this bout.”
VIDDAL RILEY: Earning Legitimacy: “Securing the English title would bestow upon me undeniable legitimacy. While anyone can assert being a pro boxer, a title win reinforces that claim. Some have denied me this recognition, making this victory all the more essential.”
Facing an Undefeated Opponent: “He has never tasted defeat, a testament to his winning prowess. However, my mission is to disrupt his winning streak. I recognize his determination and his intent to clinch the victory.”
Dedication and Vision for the Future: “My unwavering dedication to boxing has borne fruit, evident from my growth in the sport. I have the power to steer my journey as far as my aspirations stretch. Still, my focus remains unswervingly on the impending Saturday night bout.”
NATHAN QUARLESS: Mutual Respect and the English Title: “We both aim to deliver our utmost in the ring. The English title has both of us invigorated, and our choice of opponent for this title bout speaks volumes of our dedication. Both of us have earned our stripes and deserve admiration.”
BOXXER: Breakthrough is not just about great fights; it’s about showcasing the best young talent in Britain and giving the next generation of champions a platform to shine. With these three highlighted bouts, the event is shaping up to be a thrilling night, top to bottom. York Hall, London, is the place to be on Saturday, September 30, or catch it all live in the UK and Ireland on Sky Sports.
BOXXER BREAKTHROUGH: OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN RESULTS
10 x 2 mins – vacant IBO lightweight title fight @ 135 lbs (or 9st 9lbs) Caroline Dubois (134 lbs or 9st 8lbs) vs. Magali Rodriguez (135 lbs or 9st 9lbs)
10 x 3 mins – vacant English cruiserweight title @ 200 lbs (or 14st 4lbs) Viddal Riley (199 lbs or 14st 3lbs) vs. Nathan Quarless (199 lbs or 14st 3lbs)
10 x 3 mins – vacant WBA continental super middleweight title @ 168 lbs (or 12st) Callum Simpson (167 lbs or 11st 13lbs) vs. Jose De Jesus Macias (167 lbs or 11st 13lbs)
8 x 3 mins – heavyweight fight Jeamie TKV (259 lbs or 18st 7lbs) vs. Igor Macedo (233 lbs or 16st 9lbs)
6 x 2 mins – bantamweight fight @ 121 lbs (or 8st 9 lbs) Francesca Hennessy (121 lbs or 8st 9lbs) vs. Sonia Klas (119 lbs or 8st 7lbs)
8 x 3 mins – welterweight contest @ 151.5 lbs (or 10st 13.5 lbs) Stephen McKenna (154 lbs or 11st) vs. Darren Tetley (152 lbs or 10st 12lbs)