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'bet365 Wild Card' Fight Announcement: Zak Chelli v Anthony Sims Jr

BOXXER’s already stacked February 11 fight card at Wembley Arena has been bolstered by the addition of a potentially show-stealing dust-up between Zak Chelli and Anthony Sims Jr.

The two hard-hitting super-middleweights will collide in a hugely exciting ‘bet365 Wild Card’ contest on the undercard of the forthcoming event in London – a night of pulsating action that is being headlined by Adam Azim. 

English 168-pound champion Chelli (12-1-1, 6 KO’s) scored an impressive points victory success over Germaine brown on his last Wembley outing last summer, and is now stepping up to tackle the ferocious American – who boasts 20 KO’s from his 23 victories. 

Sims Jr (23-1, 20 KO’s), the cousin of boxing Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather Jr, returns to the UK for a third time and presents the former ‘BOXXER Super-Middleweight Series’ winner arguably the toughest challenge of his career to date. 

“After the disappointment of not fighting last November, it's great to be back at the OVO Arena in Wembley,” 25-year-old Chelli said. 

“This will be a really good fight for me. I'm training hard and I want to make a big impact on the division this year. I’m looking forward to taking on an experienced man from overseas in Sims Jr and stealing the show!” 
 

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Meanwhile, a number of other sterling additions have been made to a card which also includes the likes of Azim (7-0, 6 KO’s) and Caroline Dubois (5-0, 4 KO’s), with Hassan Azim also now confirmed to be making his in-ring return in the capital. 

Elder brother of Adam, the undefeated welterweight (5-0, 2 KO’s) will step back into the limelight on the back of outclassing Nestor Amukoto at Alexandra Palace late last year, to cap off a hugely successful 2022. 

Also joining the bill at Wembley is Iranian prospect Razor Ali (6-0) and Luton-based super-welterweight Jordan Reynolds (4-0, 1 KO), a fighter who holds precious memories of the iconic arena having defeated Jose Manuel Lopez Clavero in a majority points victory back in October. 

The main event of the evening will see 'The Assasin', Adam Azim, take the next step on his path to world title glory with his bout against Santos Reyes (12-0, 3 KO’s) topping a card which is being screened live on Sky Sports. 
 

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Azim has established himself as one of the sport’s hottest young prospects on the back of an electric 2022, and will be desperate to light up the OVO Arena once more after his demolition victory over Connor Marsden at the same venue last March. 

Meanwhile, ‘Sweet’ Caroline Dubois (5-0, 4KO’s) has segued seamlessly into the professional ranks on the back of a glittering amateur career, but knows she will be facing the toughest test of her career against an opponent who took WBA and IBO super-welterweight champion Terri Harper the full distance last year. 

The highly-regarded Argentinean national champion Yamila Belen Aballenda (15-5-1, 3KO’s), who has also shared the ring with unified junior middleweight champion Tasha Jonas, returns to the UK determined to derail Dubois’ lofty 2023 ambitions. 

Elsewhere, the English middleweight title will be on the line when newly crowned champion Tyler Denny (15-2-3) makes the first defence of his prized possession against the unbeaten Brad Pauls, whilst Hackney’s Vidal Riley (7-0, 4 KO’s) will look to extend his unbeaten run to eight in a cruiserweight contest against Anees Taj (7-2-0, 5 KO’s).

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