Donnelly vs O'Connor

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Steven Donnelly Ish O'Connor

Donnelly O'Connor

Indigo at The O2, London

On Air @ 8pm

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Sep

Ultimate Boxxer V

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.

Kingsley 'Obi' Egbunike Lenny Fuller

Egbunike Fuller

On Air @ 8pm

Super-Welterweight Tournament

KINGSLEY ‘OBI’ EGBUNIKE (London)

4-0 (1 KO)

One London boy entering the tournament with high hopes is Kingsley Egbunike, known to all as ‘Obi’. Trained by Greg Stallard and Allan Gray at Stallard’s Boxing in Surbiton, Obi has benefited from sparring with James DeGale and Chris Kongo, and has won all four of his professional fights, and is yet to drop a single round, with his one KO coming in his last fight against Kristaps Zulgis at York Hall.

LENNY FULLER (Maidstone)

6-0

Lenny ‘The Main Man’ Fuller will hope to have all of the travelling community behind him when he steps into the ring. By his own admission, he had an unsuccessful stint as an amateur, but regathered focus as he entered the professional ranks and is now ready to fight his way to glory at the Indigo at the O2, aiming to make his two young sons proud.

Kaan Hawes Joshua Ejakpovi

Hawes Ejakpovi

On Air @ 8pm

Super-Welterweight Tournament

KAAN HAWES (Witham)

5-1-1

Cricket-loving Kaan Hawes will be hoping for some Jos Buttler-style power-hitting of his own when he enters the ring to try to take home the Ultimate Boxxer V crown. He will become the first man to take part in two Ultimate Boxxer events, having previously fought at UBIII, losing to Kieron Conway. He’s backed by good friend singer-songwriter Olly Murs – they met playing Sunday League football years ago.

JOSHUA EJAKPOVI (London)

12-1 (3 KOs)

Personal trainer Joshua Ejakpovi featured in the 2016 Legend of Tarzan movie, alongside Samuel L Jackson, and he has also starred in an exhibition at London’s Tate Gallery. But boxing is where the true passion lies for ‘The Hollywood Josh’ and he will be one to watch out for when the BoxNation cameras capture the action on September 20th. He’s benefited from sparring with Billy Joe Saunders, and has also trained at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. His only professional defeat has come to fellow UBV contender Sean Robinson.

Lewis Syrett Sean Robinson

Syrett Robinson

On Air @ 8pm

Super-Welterweight Tournament

LEWIS SYRETT (Tonbridge)

6-0 (2 KOs)

Lewis Syrett also enters UBV with an undefeated 6-0 record, fighting out of Sevenoaks ABC and coached by Andy Knight and Paul Lynch. This aggressive, power-punching southpaw is chomping at the bit to get in the ring on September 20th. After his first professional fight – which he won against Aleksander Chukaleyski – he returned to his hotel for a well-earned sleep. The next day he ran the London Marathon in memory of a friend who had recently died. Syrett finished in 3 hours 50 minutes.

SEAN ROBINSON (Ruislip)

9-0-1

The current Southern Area Super-Welterweight champion comes into the tournament with an impressive record, with one of his nine wins coming against fellow UBV contender Joshua Ejakpovi. Fighting out of the Club KO gym in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, QPR fan Sean is looking forward to fighting at the Indigo in front of his girlfriend Tiffany, brother Luke and father David Smith. However, we may find Dad backstage – although he goes to all of Sean’s fights, he doesn’t watch due to nerves.