Nathan Heaney will make the first defence of his British middleweight title against Brad Pauls at the top of the latest Magnificent Seven boxing bill in Birmingham on Saturday 16th March.
The contest is part of Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions Magnificent Seven card, which also features Joe Joyce, Liam Davies and Dennis McCann.
Heaney captured the Lonsdale belt with a majority-decision victory over Denzel Bentley in Manchester last November and Hitman will be looking to make a successful first defence.
Pauls is a former Southern Area middleweight champion, and the Newquay captured the English title with an eight-round stoppage victory over Mitchell Frearson last time out.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the British middleweight title fight.
The bout will take place on Saturday, 16th March 2024 as part of Queensberry Promotions Magnificent Seven card.
It’s four months since Heaney won the British middleweight title, while Pauls returns after a six-month break.
The running order of the Magnificent Seven card is yet to be released, but Heaney v Pauls is likely to be a top-of-the-bill contest.
It’s expected that the British middleweight title fight will get underway at 22:30.
The bout will take place at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham. Built as the seventh hall of the NEC complex, the venue has a capacity of 15,685.
The setting was opened in December 1980 and the arena hosted its first concert when unleashing Tom Jones to the crowd in 2009.
The Resorts World Arena has staged many boxing events in the past and British light-heavyweight Joshua Buatsi headlined a card at the Birmingham venue in May last year.
The entire Magnificent Seven card will be broadcast on TNT Sport.
Frank Warren’s promotional organisation Queensberry has a long-running deal with the channel formerly known as BT Sport.
Those who fancy an upset can back the Newquay man at 12/5. It’s an interesting contest and certainly possible to make a case for both fighters leaving with the Lonsdale belt.
Heaney holds the British middleweight belt, which he captured when outpointing Bentley last year. That title will be on the line in Birmingham.
Pauls is a former South Area champ and the Newquay Bomb won the English 160lbs strap when beating Frearson last time out.
18-0 (6 KOs)
Heaney has won all of his 18 professional bouts and six of those victories have come by stoppage.
The Hitman recorded the best triumph of his career when beating Bentley for the British title last time out and that is certainly the standout piece of form going into this contest.
That was a closely-fought contest, but the Staffordshire puncher got the verdict and the 34-year-old’s victory over Jack Flatley also reads well in the contest of this bout.
18-1 (10 KOs)
Pauls brings a solid record of 18 wins and just one defeat to the ring.
The Newquay Bomb has stopped ten of his previous 19 opponents and the 30-year-old does carry respectable punch power.
Pauls captured the English middleweight title, with a victory over the previously unbeaten Frearson last time out and a win over Ryan Kelly is pretty decent form.
The sole defeat came at the hands of Tyler Denny, but he looks a fighter on the rise and there is certainly no shame in that loss.
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