Press Release: An official eliminator for the British super middleweight championship has been scheduled between Zach Parker (12-0, 9 KOs) and the former Commonwealth title holder Luke Blackledge (23-4-2, 8 KOs). The elimination bout, set for [only] ten rounds, will take place on September 16th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight quarter-final clash between Liverpool’s Callum Smith and Sweden’s Erik Skoglund. The current British suer middleweight champion is Rocky Fielding.
Parker, a 23-year old from Derbyshire, has been making a name for himself on the UK’s "small hall" scene with some very impressive performances but has now expressed his delight at finally receiving his chance to shine on the big stage. “I cannot thank the World Boxing Super Series enough for this opportunity that they have given me,” said Parker. “I am so grateful”.
Despite admitting that Blackledge will be his toughest career test to date, Parker believes he will be too good for his Lancashire based opponent come fight night. “Blackledge is, without doubt, the toughest opponent and biggest name that I am to face in my career so far, but this is a massive chance for me to make a serious statement. I honestly feel like I'm going to totally school him. I'm going to play with him for 3 or 4 rounds, and then I'll knock him out when he walks onto one of my shots.”
Blackledge, the 26-year old from Lancashire, dropped a British title bid to Callum SMith. Well known for being incredibly tough and always in fan-friendly fights, Blackledge also has a loss to Erik Skoglund. “This is a massive opportunity for me to box on such a big stage,” said Blackledge. “This is what boxing is all about for me - taking risky fights and making big statements. I could not be happier about getting the chance to box on this huge World Boxing Super Series event.”
“Parker has 100% underestimated me by choosing me as his opponent, and I think this is going to be one fight too soon for him. He's got a proper fight on his hands. And I'm not sure if he's got the ability to keep me off him for 10 rounds. It's going to be an absolute war!”
Tickets are on sale now via Liverpool Echo Arena
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