Frank Warren announces first boxing fights in UK since coronavirus lockdown

Frank Warren has beaten rival promoter Eddie Hearn to the punch in announcing the UK's first boxing show since the country went into lockdown.

Warren will host his first card on Friday, July 10, two weeks before Hearn plans to launch his series of fights in his back garden.

The veteran promoter has initially announced three shows, the first of which will be headlined by Brad Foster's defence of his British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight titles against James Beech.

The second and third cards, which have not yet been scheduled, will feature Anthony Cacace vs Lyon Woodstock and Lerrone Richards vs Umar Saddiq.

"I am thrilled to inform the fans that the wait for live boxing to return is coming to an end," said Warren. "It has been a long haul and a trying time for everyone but we can now see the first flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.

"I am so excited to get going again after a period of unprecedented planning and detail to get to where we are. Unfortunately boxing without fans at the venue is the new, but I am sure temporary, normal and we have made it our business to bring the sport back at the earliest opportunity in line with government guidelines regarding health and safety protocols.

"Our opening show on July 10 is just for starters and we will be looking to go bigger and better as we move along in our summer season that will see us deliver at least five TV shows.

"Across these dates it is our intention to showcase highly competitive fights between hungry young domestic fighters and increase the stakes from show to show. No easy fights, just British boxing as it should be.

"I am also looking forward to seeing our unparalleled crop of brilliant young fighters step up the risk levels and really make the most of what will be huge exposure for them across the BT Sport platforms."

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