British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh will make the sixth defense of his title in a twelve-round showdown against the unbeaten Lewis Paulin on Friday, June 28th at York Hall in London. In the ten-round co-feature, loquacious junior welterweight Ohara “Two Tanks” Davies will take on former IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez. Walsh-Paulin and Davies-Vazquez will headline a scheduled four-bout stream on ESPN+ — the multi-sport streaming service — beginning at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.
Walsh (23-2-2, 11 KOs) has held the British featherweight title since 2015, when he edged Samir Mouneimne by split decision to win the vacant belt. He is unbeaten in three bouts — all defenses of the British title — since losing a split decision in October 2016 to Dennis Ceylan for the vacant European featherweight title.
Paulin (12-0, 3 KOs), from Edinburgh, Scotland, is taking a massive step up in class, as he has only two wins against foes with winning records. He is two fights removed from winning the Scottish featherweight title via decision against then-unbeaten Stephen Tiffney.
Davies (18-2, 14 KOs) turned pro in 2014 following a brief amateur career and ran off a 15-0 start to his pro career. He stumbled in a bid for the Commonwealth title against Josh Taylor, suffering a pair of knockdowns en route to a seventh-round stoppage loss. Davies rebounded with a trio of wins before dropping a competitive decision to Jack Catterall last October.
Vazquez (41-7, 15 KOs), from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, famously lost a split decision to Canelo Alvarez in his professional debut in 2006. In August 2010, he won the vacant IBF lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Ji Hoon Kim. He would go on to defend the title six times before dropping a split decision to Mickey Bey in September 2014. He is 7-3 since losing the world title, most recently upsetting Ghislain Maduma by split decision in Maduma’s adopted hometown of Montreal.
Friday’s stream will also include a ten-round showdown featuring a pair of unbeaten 140 pounders, Daniel “Danny Darko” Egbunike (4-0, 3 KOs) against Martin McDonagh (5-0, 0 KOs). Also, former European junior welterweight champion Anthony Yigit (23-1-1, 8 KOs) will fight Siar Ozgul (15-3, 3 KOs) in an eight-rounder.