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August 03, 2017

SMITH VS. SKOGLUND UNDERCARD BEGINNING TO FILL UP

Press Release: Blackpool, England's Adam Little (17-2, 5 KOs) will take on another English bloke, Darren Surtees (7-0, 5 KOs), on September 16th at the Echo Arena, Liverpool on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight quarter-final clash between Callum Smith and Erik Skoglund. The bout will be an eight rounder at junior welterweight.  “This is the opportunity I have been waiting for,” said Little. “I’ve always wanted to be part of the biggest shows. The World Boxing Super Series is absolutely fantastic for the sport of boxing; so it’s just great to be involved with it.”

Little, the former English and Central Area Welterweight Champion, has built a resume which has seen him in multiple crowd-pleasing domestic dust-ups. But now, he revealed his delighted to finally receive an opportunity to box on the biggest stage.

Despite being aware of his opponent’s punching power, Little believes he will have too much experience and skill for Surtees. However, the 26-year old also expressed his admiration for Surtees for his willingness to accept such a challenging fight at this stage of his career.

“Surtees is a very big puncher, as his record suggests. But I’m far more experienced than him and I’ve been up against a much higher level of opposition than he has. I think this fight is going to be one fight too soon for him, but he can come back and learn from it. I just want so say fair play to him for taking the fight. Not many boxers of his age and experience would be willing to step up in class like he is here.”

“I’m not stupid… I know he’ll be coming in there trying to knock me out; and I’ll be prepared for that. This fight is guaranteed to be an absolute war, and the fans are in for a real treat!”

Surtees, the 22-year old from County Durham, has been making an impression on the North East boxing scene with his recent run of knockout victories. He predicts the same result in the domestic 140-pound contest over eight rounds in Liverpool.

“I’ve got this reputation as a big puncher, but if I want to, I have the ability to outbox Little and beat him on points as well. I’m just going to demolish him in every single round. If the referee doesn’t stop the fight, I believe his corner will!”

Face value tickets are also available from www.stubhub.co.uk. 
 

WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES AT A GLANCE:

09/09/17 - Cruiserweight Quarter-Final: 
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck (WBO World) 
Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
 
16/09/17 - Super Middleweight Quarter-Final: 
Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund 
Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom 
 
30/09/17 - Cruiserweight Quarter-Final: 
Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez (WBC World) 
Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia
 
14/10/17 - Super Middleweight Quarter-Final: 
George Groves vs. Jamie Cox (WBA Super)
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom  
 
DATES TO BE TO BE CONFIRMED:
Cruiserweight Quarter-Finals: 
Murat Gassiev vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (IBF World)
Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov (WBA World)
 
Super Middleweight Quarter-Finals:
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Avni Yildirim (IBO World)
Juergen Braehmer vs. Rob Brant

Number of participants: 16 
Number of belts: 7
Number of world champions: 6
Number of former world champions: 3
Number of undefeated fighters: 9
Combined Record of participants: 423 wins, 17 losses, 294 KOs 
 
ABOUT THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES
Organised by Comosa AG, the World Boxing Super Series will kick off in September 2017, featuring the Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight elite boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals (fall 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018). This makes for seven top fights per weight class, and a total of 14 fights in Season One to be staged in premier venues around the globe. The winners of the World Boxing Super Series will rightfully receive The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.  



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