Dan Azees-Rocky Fielding to fight for secondary title

‘Super’ Dan Azeez will fight Rocky Fielding for the vacant Commonwealth light-heavyweight championship title when they battle on the beach at the Bournemouth International Center on Saturday, December 17th

In the fight before Christmas, hometown hero Chris Billam-Smith takes on international challenger Armend Xhoxhaj as he looks to take a step closer towards a cruiserweight world title shot in 2023.

But there promises to be a storm by the sea for the chief support as British light heavyweight champion Azeez and Liverpudlian Fielding collide.

Azeez (17-0, 11 KOs) displayed his class of him in September when he outshone Shakan Pitters on Merseyside.

But the Londoner faces arguably the toughest test of his career to date as he looks to protect his flawless record against experienced world-level campaigner Fielding (30-2-0, 17 KOs) – whose only-ever defeats have come against Canelo Alvarez and Callum Smith.

Joining Azeez and Fielding on the bill is lightweight star Cori Gibbs, who faces Irish fighter Victor Rabei.

The Birmingham fighter, 29, is unbeaten with an impressive record of 17-0 (3 KOs).

Steven 'Drago' Robinson (5-1-0, 3 KOs) will look to upset the undefeated 'Glasgow Warrior' Nick Campbell (5-0, KOs) when the hard-hitting heavyweights meet on the undercard.

Campbell sparred with BOXXER's Joseph Parker at Tyson Fury's gym in Morecambe before the former world champion's fight with Joe Joyce in September.

The Scot will out to make a name for himself with a big performance in Bournemouth.

Rising Portsmouth welterweight Michael McKinson (22-1-0, 2 KOs) returns to action for the first time since his August defeat in Texas by Vergil Ortiz Jr

. And local favorites Lee Cutler (11-1-0, 7 KOs) and Mace Ruegg (7-0) will be on hand to spread some early festive cheer as they look to close out 2022 with respective victories in front of their home fans.

Plus, Bournemouth will witness the debut of Hull super-welterweight Harvey Lambert.

Lambert, 24, enjoyed a dazzling amateur career winning as a member of the Team GB Podium Squad and was an Elite ABA champion and Tri Nation Champion too. Lambert is keen to emulate the success of fellow-Hull native Luke Campbell and go on to enjoy an illustrious professional career – and he'll be determined to start well with a winning debut.

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