In a great coup for fight fans, Fightzone are delighted to announce an agreement with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) which will see this Friday’s (May 5th) show from the Rotherham Magna Centre aired live on BBC iPlayer and on the BBC Sport app and website.
The event is topped by a highly-anticipated showdown between two of the UK’s best little fighters as British Flyweight Champion Tommy Frank defends his Lonsdale Belt against Welshman Jay Harris.
The British Title always seems to bring the best out of fighters and this contest between Frank and Harris has all the hallmarks of a classic domestic dust-up. Sheffield’s ‘Super’ Tommy won the belt in 2019, and will be the underdog as he heads into this second defence of his title.
Harris is a former European and Commonwealth ruler and has fought for the world title previously, losing in America in 2020 to top Mexican, Julio Cesar Martinez. With two KO defeats in his last four outings though, the 32-year-old knows this is a must-win fight as he attempts to do something his dad, Peter, did in 1988 and claim British honours.
The show will also be a memorable occasion for Warwickshire’s Tori-Ellis Willetts who will make her professional debut. A star amateur – Tori is a former Team Great Britain (GB) member and Elite ABA and Tri Nations Champion – the 27-year-old has signed for Fight Academy and is a welcome addition to women’s boxing alongside stablemate, and former world champion, Hannah Rankin.
Also appearing on the show will be hard-hitting lightweight Keanen ‘The Wolf’ Wainwright. Big things are expected of the Sheffield banger, who has five KOs from eight wins, and the 25-year-old will be looking to making another spectacular statement as he looks to rise through the rankings and stake a claim for British Title recognition.
Jordan Barker is another fighter getting the chance to showcase her talents on the card. With five wins from seven bouts, the Newcastle native will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after a loss in her last contest, with a victory in Rotherham set to push her back to the forefront of the UK female fight scene.
Fightzone and Fight Academy’s Dennis Hobson, stated: “I’m absolutely delighted to be able to continue our relationship with the BBC. This partnership is fantastic news for boxing fans, and brilliant national exposure for the fighters on the show.
“The fight between Tommy Frank against Jay Harris has been postponed twice previously, so to finally get it over the line and on the BBC … it couldn’t be any better. British Title fights are always great occasions and this match is guaranteed excitement.”