'Brixton Bomber' faces 'Big Joe' in his 84th bout
Big-time boxing is coming back to Belgium and back to FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Powered by Everlast on Friday, August 28, in partnership with Only O1NE Boxing Management. The popular Facebook platform will deliver a hard-hitting international $5 Pay Per View that will close out the summer months and air in the USA as a matinee, from Noon to 5pm EDT.
The main event features the big boys of boxingt, with an eight-round clash between highly-regarded heavyweight Tambwe "General Big Joe" Djeko (17-2-1, 8 KOs) and the British veteran with the distinction of having stopped Mike Tyson in 2004, Danny Williams (54-28, 41 KOs).
Djeko, 31 from Brussels, is a former IBA Intercontinental, IBO Continental and Intercontinental Cruiserweight champion currently rated among the world's Top 50 heavyweights. His sole career defeat was at the hands of Welshman Craig 'The Kid' Kennedy (17-1) when challenging for the IBF International cruiserweight championship in 2016.
Londoner Williams is now aged 47 and has been a professional puncher for 25 years. He is a former two-time British and Commonwealth champion and also held the WBO Inter-Continental title in 1998. He has won seven from his last 10 fights, five of the victories coming by way of knockout.
Following his win over 'Iron' Mike in July 2004, stopping the formidable force in the fourth round, he set up a WBC heavyweight title shot at Vitali Klitschko at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas with Miguel Cotto on the undercard. His brave attempt ended in the eighth round after being floored in the first, third, seventh and eighth rounds.
He came back less than a year later to win the Commonwealth heavyweight title by beating Audley Harrison (19-0 at the time) on a split decision at the Excel Arena in London.
The co-feature showcases Belgian countrymen Brice Bula Galo (11-1-1, 4 KOs), who currently reigns as the Belgian national welterweight champion, and the young, undefeated Jan Helin (5-0, 3 KOs). Those two will tangle over six rounds. Others highlighting the card include Swedish light heavyweight contender Oscar Ahlin (18-2, 16 KOs), former Belgian champion and two-time European super featherweight champion Faroukh Kourbanov (16-2, 3 KOs), former Belgian champion and WBO Super Middelweight World Female champion Femke Hermans (9-3, 3 KOs) and unblemished super welterweight contender Benjamin Dekeyzer (2-0, 2 KOs).
Fans will also be able to catch the pro debut of Belgian Nabil Messaoudi. Messaoudi authored an accomplished international amateur career with more than 70 fights - capturing national titles, earning spots in the European and world championships, and reaching the Olympic qualifiers.
"I would like to thank FIGHTNIGHT LIVE for this opportunity. This will be the first Belgian event behind closed doors and broadcast via Live PPV," said Yassine Maatala of Only O1NE Management. "All boxers are eager to show the extent of their talent beyond their borders."
Additional FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Summer 2020 PPV shows will be officially announced in the coming weeks as athletic commissions approve event dates.
The PPV presale is currently open and fight fans can register now to catch the all the action exclusively for only $5, at facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE and facebook.com/ONLYO1NEboxing. This event is the second of FIGHTNIGHT LIVE's new $5 PPV series, as a June 6 event live from Michocan, Mexico, delivered what was then only the second live boxing card anywhere in the time of COVID-19. The July domestic debut of $5 FNL PPV was cancelled by the Texas Boxing Commission.