Everything you need to know about Pitters vs Sugden
Light heavyweights Shakan Pitters (13-0, 4KOs) and Chad Sugden (11-1-1, 4KOs) will clash, live on national TV, and BBN have provided all the details you need to know about the highly-anticipated championship contest:
The bout was due to take place on March 28, but was cancelled 11 days before due to spread of COVID-19, but has since been rescheduled for Saturday, August 22.
It was set to take place at the Coventry Skydome, but the event will now be staged behind closed doors in a state of the art, arena sized, purpose built production studio in Redditch.
12 three-minute championship rounds at light-heavyweight - 175lbs.
The vacant British light-heavyweight title is on the line.
UK fight fans can expect the Pitters-Sugden main event to start shortly after the broadcast begins at 10pm (GMT).
Coverage for Pitters-Sugden starts live on free-to-air Channel 5 at 10pm
You can watch online via the My5 website here: https://www.my5.tv/
You can also follow Hennessey Sports on Twitter for updates during the event: https://twitter.com/HennessySports and join the conversation at #PittersSugden and #BritishTitle
Free to view for everyone in the UK.
Presented by Hennessy Sports in association with Ladbrokes, Channel 5, Infinitum and Jon Pegg, the event is no longer ticketed.
Hennessey Sports' newest signing Isaac Chamberlain (10-1), 26 from Brixton, is back in action for the first time in almost 22 months as he takes part in an eight-round cruiserweight contest.
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Press Conference Quotes
Shakan Pitters: “I’m just getting on with the job in front of me and winning the British title. I don’t care who is in the ring on the night, they’re getting beat, simple. This is my destiny to become British Champion and nothing is going to derail me. The fight is still nearly five weeks away so there is plenty of time to readjust from Richards to Sugden. He thinks he’s seen chinks in my armour because of my height, but he’ll find out for real on the night what he’s up against.”
Chad Sugden: “It’s a dream come true. From fighting Richards at one week’s notice and getting a draw and then being constantly in the gym training over Christmas and New Year looking for the next fight, to then getting a slot on the undercard of Pitters versus Richards and to now getting a shot at the British title is the stuff dreams are made of. I’m not getting carried away with it though, the reality is I’ve got to now train like never before and make this dream real and win the British title. I’ll go into the fight the underdog and I love that because I know I can cause a huge upset.”
Craig Richards withdrew through injury so former kickboxer Chad Sugden stepped in to fill the void, as he was preparing to appear on the undercard anyway. He was looking for a good performance to be able to challenge the winner of Richards-Pitters, but he has got his chance at the Lonsdale belt sooner than expected.
In his last fight, he drew 77-77 with the aforementioned Richards when he stepped in with just 10 days notice to fight in the away corner at York Hall last December. His performance earned him plaudits from the fans and has enjoyed a very impressive year in 2019, which included a shutout points win over former Commonwealth champion Luke Blackledge.
Shakan Pitters is unbeaten thus far and has collected the English title in an epic fight with Dec Spelman, which came within a year of his Ultimate Boxxer win in 2018 when he defeated three opponents on the same night, knocking all three of them down in the process. As a professional, he hasn't put a foot wrong yet and goes into the contest as a firm favourite.
The original fight date was cancelled with just over a week to go, but the pair trained for three months in isolation and are ready to do battle once again.
Shakan Pitters looks like Thomas Hearns with his six-foot-six stature and rangey 85 inch reach. The Brummie boxer is six inches taller and a whopping 10 inches rangier than Sugden.
'2 Slick' Sugden is 25 from Nottingham. He has had 13 bouts, the same amount as Pitters, but has two less victories at 11, with one loss and one draw on his record. His sole defeat was two-time Central Area title contender Alistair Warren, who also holds a win over WBC International middleweight titlist Marcus Morrison.
Boxrec list Pitters at No.4 and Sugden at No.9. Both boxers have the exact same KO ratio at 30%.
Sugden has 65 professional rounds under his belt - 24 from last year - which is greater than Pitters' total of 48 rounds - 17 from last year - taking into account the prizefighter format of Ultimate Boxer where three of his fights were only scheduled for three rounds.
Promoter Steve Wood: "As a stand-in, this is a very good replacement and match, but I'm just edging with Pitters due to his reach advantage, awkwardness and power."
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Betting Odds Supplied by 888Sport
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