Joe Joyce keeps busy on July 2 at Wembley: Cunningham-Tete on Card

JASON CUNNINGHAM will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on South African superstar Zolani Tete at the OVO Arena, Wembley on July 2, with world heavyweight contender Joe Joyce also featuring on a card packed with must-win fights, It’s High Stakes, live on BT Sport.

Callum Johnson (20-1, 14 KOs) faces Igor Mikhalkin (24-3, 11 KOs) for the WBO light heavyweight world title in a fight between two punchers where neither will give an inch.

Meanwhile, destructive lightweight Sam Noakes (9-0, 9 KOs) defends his WBC International Silver title against Spaniard Marc Vidal (13-2-5, 5 KOs) as the Maidstone man aims for 10 stoppages. in so many fights.

Stoke favorite Nathan Heaney (15-0, 6 KOs) will fight in London for the first time in front of a crowd, making a defense of his IBO International middleweight championship.

Tickets for High Stakes at OVO Arena, Wembley on Saturday 2nd July will go on sale next week. Fans are encouraged to sign up for ticket alerts at frankwarren.com to receive a pre-sale email.

Cunningham, 31-6 (7 KOs), demolished previously undefeated French challenger Terry Le Couviour at Telford in mid-April in what was the second defense of his EBU belt. The Renaissance Man of British boxing will attempt to join the elite by taking on the formidable force of ‘Last Born’ Tete, 29-4 (22 KOs), who has been a regular and exciting feature on UK fight cards.

The two-weight world champion last held a world title at bantamweight with the WBO championship belt previously in his possession. Prior to this, he held the IBF super flyweight title, won by defeating Paul Butler in Liverpool in 2015.

A shock loss to John Riel Casimero in Birmingham in late 2019 prompted a switch to super bantamweight and Tete returned to the ring in typical fashion with a first-round knockout in Johannesburg in December.

The Commonwealth and IBF International super bantamweight championships will be on the line for a clash that has the potential to be a FOTY candidate.

Joe Joyce (13-0, 12 KOs) will step back into the ring against an established heavyweight contender as he heads into a September clash with Joseph Parker in what will be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle with the WBO. . . Following an injury layoff, the Juggernaut will return to the scene of his last fight, a sixth-round knockout of Carlos Takam in July of last year.

A bout of coronavirus denied Callum Johnson a world title shot against Joe Smith jr in January. After recovering, he will face former world title challenger Mikhalkin for WBO honors.

The German-based fighter was defeated by Sergey Kovalev in 2018 at Madison Square Garden, having previously won and defended the IBO world light heavyweight title as well as the EBU European title.

Sam Noakes is looking for a perfect 10 against Marc Vidal as he currently has 9 wins and 9 KO’s. Vidal, 33, has previously fought former world champion Kiko Martinez twice, a points loss and a technical draw, and is a former European champion and European Union champion at featherweight.

Nathan Heaney is taking his Stoke City show on the road after overcoming the adversity of a first-round knockdown last time out against Diego Ramirez before winning handily on the cards.

Wycombe super lightweight Henry Turner (7-0, 1 KO) will fight over six rounds, and Thetford cruiserweight Tommy Fletcher will make his professional debut at OVO Arena. The Norfolk Nightmare will take his bow in a four round fight having recently signed Frank Warren and Queensberry.

“The stakes are high for all the Queensberry boxers in action on July 2 at Wembley Arena, live on BT Sport. Jason Cunningham vs Zolani Tete is as even a pairing as boxing can get and so can Say regarding Callum Johnson vs. Igor Mikhalkin: I’m forecasting fan-friendly action in both fights in matchups that will put the winners in the mix with the best in their respective divisions.

“I am looking forward to seeing heavyweight giant Joe Joyce back in action as well. Joes had a frustrating moment since his demolition job on Carlo Takam last year. He hasn’t been as active as we have or would have liked due to a wrist injury and the delay in his matchup with Joseph Parker. We found out last week that Parker’s training schedule scuttled our plans for them to meet on July 2, but it was important to us and Joe that he keep fighting after such a long layoff due to injury.

“The carrot for Joyce is a win on July 2 that will set up a massive showdown with Parker in September. However, she needs to keep her focus and deliver on July 2, as the big opportunities are now there for the Olympic silver medalist to seize.

“I am excited to give Jason Cunningham a great fight and a great test against Zolani Tete. Zolani has been with Queensberry for a long time and we know that he is a first class operator. Jason didn’t hesitate to accept the fight because he has a lot of confidence and he is an undefeated super bantamweight fighter.

“This is a fight between two top-tier and experienced fighters who will bring out the best in each other and provide a delight for the audience to watch. It’s a fight I can’t wait to see.”

“The light heavyweight scene is all the rage right now and Callum Johnson will be looking to remind people why he thinks he is the best dog in the division. It was a shame his opportunity to test him against Joe Smith jr fell through due to a Covid issue. -19 in January, but his moment will return and winning the WBC silver title against the tough Igor Mikhalkin would put him back in the mix.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing two of our crowd favourites, Sam Noakes and Nathan Heaney, perform at Wembley.

“In addition to seeing the long-awaited debut of giant Tommy Fletcher, it promises to be an exciting night of action not to be missed.”

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