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Boxing a natural for Olympic’s Copper Box

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The ‘box that rocks’ – the 7,000-seat Copper Box Arena which acted as the handball arena at the Olympics – is to host a series of boxing matches, beginning with Billy Joe Saunders, the unbeaten British middleweight champion. Venue operator GLL and boxing promoter Frank Warren have concluded a multi-fight agreement. Warren said:

This is a superb setting for boxing. The Copper Box is what all the investment in the Olympics was about – legacy and giving London a fantastic arena. I’m looking forward to bringing the big fights to this venue.

Dennis Hone, CEO of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, said:

This shows the Park’s true potential as a fantastic visitor destination that will leave a lasting legacy in east London.

The venue’s operator GLL already has a grassroots programme with boxing. Phil Lane, Head of Sport at GLL, said:

GLL is a strong supporter of boxing at all levels. Through our GLL Sport Foundation we provide financial and practical backing to Olympic medallists Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams and sponsor Repton Boxing Club, one of the oldest and most successful boys clubs in London.

The Copper Box Arena is the first of the permanent legacy venues to open on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (27 July 2013) and the deal for boxing has been warmly welcomed by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) who oversee all Park activity.

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Keepmoat Stadium set to host world title fight showdown

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World boxing fans are set to descend on Doncaster as the Keepmoat Stadium has been chosen to host the IBF Bantamweight world title fight in May.

Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell will be disputing the IBF Bantamweight crown against Mexican Julio Ceja on 11 May. The event will be the first time the stadium has hosted a night of international boxing.

Promoter Dennis Hobson said:

I am delighted to bringing the world title fight to the Keepmoat Stadium. Both Jamie and I have long been determined for his world title fight to take place at his home Stadium.

Ceja’s camp really wanted the fight to be staged in Mexico and we had to work really hard to bring this fight to South Yorkshire. The facilities at the Keepmoat Stadium are fantastic and Jamie is exceptionally proud to be showcasing Doncaster and the stadium to the world.

“We have been working very closely with Dennis Hobson and his team to secure the world title fight and it is another great accomplishment for the Stadium and strengthens the venues credentials as a multi-purpose facility,” said Gavin Baldwin, Chief Executive of Doncaster Rovers.

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Jamie McDonnell will fight for the IBF Bantamweight world title at Keepmoat Stadium in May.