The Queensberry Promotions event is set to deliver a crowd-pleasing, mouth-watering trio of British title fights in the Welsh capital, live on BoxNation TV. The undercard will continue the theme by providing the third instalment of the cracking Thomas Stalker v Craig Evans series.
Reigning champions Liam Williams (15-0-1), Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1), and Bradley Skeete (24-1) have all been ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control to defend their British crowns against mandatory challengers Ahmet Patterson (17-0), Tommy Langford (17-0), and Shayne Singleton (23-1), respectively. Native Welshman Liam Williams will make the second defence of his British super-welterweight title against challenger Ahmet Patterson after being ordered by the Board earlier this year. Fresh from his conclusive knockout win over Gary Corcoran (15-1) at the Ice Arena last July, Williams fights in front of his home fans once more against another London challenger, this time at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. It’s Patterson’s first outing since dazzling in his victory over Ryan Aston (18-4-2) back in January and will be looking to land the British crown after previously holding the Southern Area and English belts. Victory for either man would bring them one step closer to a dream WBO World title fight with Williams currently ranked fifth and Patterson sitting in thirteenth place in the current WBO standings. Co-headlining the packed bill, Eubank Jr. will make the second defence of his British middleweight title against obligatory contender Langford on the 42nd weekend of the year. Defending champion Eubank Jr. has made clear his intentions to win the coveted Lonsdale belt outright and must go through Langford in order to achieve his dream. The unbeaten challenger from Birmingham currently holds the Commonwealth middleweight title as well as the WBO Inter-Continental belt, which the 27-year-old has successfully defended four times. Just like Williams and Skeete, Cardiff will be the same location for the second time on the spin for Langford, who beat down Finnish national champion Timo Laine (15-7) in seven one-sided rounds last July. Born in Bideford, the West Bromwich Albion FC ambassador brings a large crowd with him from the West Midands, where he resides, and also from Devon, where he grew up. With the Baggies Bomber currently ranked second with the WBO and Eubank ninth, the fight effectively doubles up as a WBO World middleweight title eliminator. Reigning champion Billy Joe Saunders will be the overall target for the winner in the very near future. Penge puncher Bradley ‘Super’ Skeete completes the trio of British Championship contests with mandatory challenger Shayne Singleton to get past in his first defence. Skeete’s only blemish on his respectable record comes from Frankie Gavin on his first crack at the Lonsdale belt back in 2014. Singleton’s one red mark was via a fifth-round stoppage at the hands of Sam Eggington, the same man that Skeete won the British and Commonwealth titles from earlier this year. The Colne man has since won three on the spin and regained the WBC Silver International welterweight title that he previously conceded to Eggington in his solitary career defeat. Many fans will be drawing their opinions based on that statistic, but each fighter is on form and the outcome is far from conclusive. The undercard will feature the tantalising domestic dustup between reigning WBO European lightweight titlist Thomas Stalker (11-1-3) and challenger Craig Evans (15-1-2) to complete their intriguing and divisive trilogy. The rivals twice reached a stalemate in October and December last year at the Manchester Arena with the same belt on the line, vacant at the time. Neither man could quite edge the decision over the other despite claims that Stalker should have been awarded the first fight – Evans admitting he’d thought his opponent had nicked it – and the Welshman staking a strong claim to be crowned the winner in the rematch. The former Commonwealth Games gold medallist from Liverpool is finally the holder of the WBO European lightweight belt by defeating Antonio Joao Bento on his third crack at the crown at the Echo Arena in June. The third and deciding fight to complete the series should produce the same fireworks as the first two fixtures. Regardless of whether a victor can be decided, the fans are already winners here. Unbeaten in eight, super-middleweight Alex Hughes (8-0) and super-flyweight Jay Harris (8-0) each look to continue their winning runs in front of their native crowd in their respective bouts.