Frazer Clarke takes on Dave Allen, Ben Whittaker returns in Smith-Eubank II undercard
Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist Frazer Clarke returns to action against ‘The White Rhino’ Dave Allen in the undercard of the highly-anticipated rematch between Liam Smith and Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday, September 2nd at the AO Arena, Manchester.
Sky Sports Box Office will broadcast the event in the UK.
Now 7-0, Burton’s Clarke will be aiming to continue his transition from highly-regarded amateur to successful pro as he takes on Allen in a ten round domestic heavyweight dust up.
Allen, who is undefeated in his last four contests, has brought in the expertise of sought after coaches Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis to work alongside Roger Sampson to prepare him for this fight.
Having previously shared the ring with the likes of David Price, Tony Yoka, Luis Ortiz and Dillian Whyte, and secured high-profile wins over Lucas Browne and Nick Webb, the Doncaster fan favourite will be looking to claim another sizable scalp in front of a raucous Manchester crowd.
‘The Albanian King’ Florian Marku will take on Ireland’s Dylan Moran in a ten round welterweight contest.
Marku has recovered from the hand injury he took into his memorable homecoming fight against Miguel Parra at Air Albania Stadium last year and will want to continue to showcase improvements made under coach Grant Smith.
Like Marku, Moran is fresh from his own homecoming fight having secured a stoppage win against Mauro Maximiliano Godoy at the WIT Arena in Waterford in April. The 28-year-old southpaw now has the opportunity to prove if he is ‘The Real Deal’, as his ring moniker suggests, and to boost his profile against his popular opponent.
2020 Olympic silver medallist Ben Whittaker will also make a return to the AO Arena on September 2nd and have the chance to showcase his power on the big stage once again. Trained by SugarHill Steward, the Wolverhampton wonderkid secured his fourth professional win with the eighth-round stoppage of Vladimir Belujsky on the undercard of Savannah Marshall’s undisputed clash against Franchón Crews-Dezur in Manchester in his last outing.
In another domestic clash, Oldham’s Mark Heffron will defend his British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles against Jack Cullen.
Heffron, who trains out of Manchester’s Champs Camp gym under the guidance of Joe Gallagher, was forced to pull out of a scheduled defence of his British title against Zak Chelli on July 2 due to injury. Now fully fit, the 31-year-old will defend his belts against ‘Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver’, the former WBO and IBF International Champion, who is looking to bounce back from a stoppage loss to dangerous Californian Diego Pacheco.
Ben Shalom, Boxxer’s promoter and CEO, said “we’re delighted to announce the first four additions to what promises to be an action-packed undercard. The response to Smith-Eubank II has been incredible. Manchester is going to be rocking on September 2nd. We look forward to releasing more undercard announcements soon.”
A press release by Boxxer was used in this article.