JASON CUNNINGHAM will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he goes up against South African superstar Zolani Tete at the OVO Arena, Wembley on July 2, with world heavyweight challenger Joe Joyce also performing on a buffer card filled with inevitable victory fights, it is. High Stakes, live on BT Sport.
Callum Johnson (20-1, 14 KOs) faces Igor Mikhalkin (24-3, 11 KOs) for the WBO World Welterweight title in a fight between two fists where no man will want to 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 to make it 10 stops in as many attacks .
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 will go on sale next Saturday, July 2nd, fans are advised to sign up for Ticket Alerts at frankwarren.com to receive an email before the sale.
Cunningham, 31-6 (7 KOs), knocked down the previously unbeaten French challenger Terry Le Couviour at Telford in mid-April in what was the second defense of his EBU zone. The British Renaissance Boxing Man will offer to join the elite by taking on the enormous strength of ‘Last Born’ Tete, 29-4 (22 KOs), which has been a regular and exciting feature on UK battle cards.
The two-time world champion last held a world title at bantamweight with the WBO champion belt previously in his possession. Prior to that he held the IBF super flyweight title, won by defeating Paul Butler at Liverpool back in 2015.
A shocking defeat against John Riel Casimero in Birmingham in late 2019 prompted a move to superb weight and Tete returned to the ring typically with a first-round stop in Johannesburg in December.
The Commonwealth and IBF International super-heavyweight championships will be on the line for a clash, which has the potential to be a FOTY candidate.
Joe Joyce (13-0, 12 KOs) will return to the ring against an established heavyweight challenger as he closes in a September clash with Joseph Parker in what will be a No.1 and No.2 fight with the WBO. . After being sacked due to injury, the Juggernaut will return to the scene of their last fight, Carlos Takam’s sixth-round stoppage in July last year.
Coronavirus attack denied Callum Johnson world championship shot against Joe Smith jr in January. After recovery, he will go against former world champion 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 Welterweight title, as well as the EBU European title.
Sam Noakes is looking for a perfect 10 against Marc Vidal as he currently sits on 9 wins and 9 KOs. Vidal, 33, has previously battled former world champion Kiko Martinez on two occasions – a points defeat and a technical draw – and is a former European champion and European Union champion in featherweight.
Nathan Heaney takes his Stoke City show on the road after overcoming the misfortune of a first round knockout the last time against Diego Ramírez before winning comfortably on the cards.
Wycombe super-lightweight Henry Turner (7-0, 1 KO) fighting over six rounds, and Thetford cruiserweight Tommy Fletcher will make his professional debut at the OVO Arena. The Norfolk Nightmare will make its bow in a four-round by signing recently with Frank Warren and Queensberry.
“Interest is high for all Queensberry boxers in action on July 2 at Wembley Arena, Live on BT Sport. Jason Cunningham vs Zolani Tete is about as equal as matchmaking can be in Boxing and the same can be said about Callum Johnson vs. Igor Michalkin I predict a kind action from fans through both fights in matchups that will get the winners in the mix with the best in their respective sections.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing Heavyweight Joe Joece in action as well. Joes has had a frustrating time since his demolition work on Carlo Takam last year. He was not as active as we or he would have liked because of a wrist injury and the postponement of his conflict with Joseph Parker. We found out last week that Parker’s training schedule had thwarted our plans to meet on July 2, but it was important to us and Joe that he was still struggling after such a long layoff with injury.
“The carrot for Joyce’s victory on July 2 will set up a massive conflict with Parker in September. He must keep his focus, however, and deliver on July 2 because the great opportunities are now to be taken for the Olympic Silver medalist.
“I’m thrilled to give Jason Cunningham a massive fight and a huge test against Zolani Tete. Zolani has been with Queensberry for a long time, and we know what a high-class operator he is. he is an undefeated fighter at an excellent bantamweight.
“This is a battle between two top drawers and experienced activists who will bring out the best in each other and provide a treat for the viewing audience. It’s a battle I can’t wait to see.
“The light heavyweight scene is hot right now and Callum Johnson will try to remind people why he thinks he’s the best dog in the division. It was such a shame that his chance to prove it against Joe Smith jr failed because of that. January, but his time would come again and winning the WBC Silver title against the tough Igor Mikhalkin would put him back in the mix.
“I look forward to seeing two of our fans at Sam Noakes and Nathan Heaney perform at Wembley.
“Aside from seeing the long-awaited debut of giant Tommy Fletcher, it promises to be an exciting night of action not to be missed.”