Ultimate Boxxer is back on BoxNation when the Super-Welterweights go to war on Friday 20th September at the Indigo, London in the fifth instalment of the series.
The one night tournament features eight fighters who will battle their way through the competition, starting in four quarter finals of 3 x 3 minute rounds, two semi-finals and one final to determine the winner who will win the largest share of the £50,000 prize money.
If anyone missed Ultimate Boxxer IV when Londoner Mikael Lawal won the cruiserweight competition last month you missed something special on an explosive night.
Ireland’s 2016 Rio Olympian Steven Donnelly will head the line-up and looks the man to beat. Also in the line-up are Joshua Ejakpovi, Kingsley Egbunike, Kaan Hawes, Lenny Fuller, Lewis Syrett, Aaron Collins and Sean Robinson.
“It speaks volumes about the attraction of Ultimate Boxxer that we have an Olympian who is now starting his professional career wanting to be involved with the tournament,” said Paulie Malignaggi, who will also be commentating on UBV when it’s screened on fight night.
Donnelly has also represented Northern Ireland in three Commonwealth Games, winning a bronze medal in both 2014 and 2018, and while Malignaggi was excited to see his name on the card, he was also intrigued by the rest of the confirmed line-up.
Malignaggi added: “I’m also really interested to see Josh Ejakpovi, ‘The Hollywood Josh’ – he is an interesting character, and I think he’s going to excite people too, and it will be good to see Kaan Hawes in action again.
“He will be the first man to fight at two UB tournaments, after competing in UBIII. It will be a great night.”
Ultimate Boxxer is proving to be an ideal platform for fighters making their way in the professional echelon of the sport.
Kieron Conway – who fought in the Middleweight tournament, losing to eventual winner Derrick Osaze, recently drew with Ted Cheeseman in a British Title challenge.
“We definitely have some success stories already, and we are thrilled to have been able to provide a platform for these guys to showcase their skills,” said Ben Shalom, Founder of UB.
“The Cruiserweights put on an incredible night of action last time out, and we are looking forward to watching what will be a very competitive Super Welterweight division in action,” he added.
Introducing the entrants for Ultimate Boxxer V - The Super-Welterweights:
STEVEN DONNELLY (Ballymena)
5-0 (1 KO)
Steven Donnelly began his boxing journey at age 13, and took to the sport quickly, winning his maiden Country Antrim Title within six weeks of first putting on a pair of gloves. He has competed in three Commonwealth Games, winning a bronze medal in both 2014 and 2018. In between that, he represented Ireland in the Rio Olympics. After a highly-impressive amateur career, he made his professional debut in August last year, beating Kevin McCauley at Windsor Park in Belfast.
ISH O'CONNOR (Ipswich)
2-0 (0 KOs)
A relative new comer to the fight game as a 24 year old, the Suffolk fighter won 17 of his 19 fights on the unlicensed circuit before joining the paid ranks. The Steve Goodwin-backed puncher comes in as a replacement for the injured Aaron Collins, ready to grasp this golden opportunity to make a name for himself, but he's got a tough quarter-final.