Dignum vs Sirotkin – IFL TV, ESPN – April 17
Saturday’s Dignum-Sirotkin card will stream live from England at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
Danny Dignum will defend his WBO European middleweight title against dangerous Russian Andrey Sirotkin on a massive #MTKFightNight on Saturday 17 April. The action-packed event will take place at the University of Bolton Stadium in Bolton, England, and will be broadcast live on IFL TV.
Undefeated Dignum (13-0, 7 KOs) is ranked #5 in the world by the WBO, and last competed in March 2020 when he stopped Alfredo Meli.
He now turns his attention to Sirotkin (19-1, 7 KOs), who is ranked #13 in the world by the WBC and holds wins over the likes of Ryan Ford and Ricardo Mayorga.
Elsewhere on the card, Dan Azeez (12-0, 8 KOs) makes his highly-anticipated return, defending his English light-heavyweight title against Ricky Summers (17-2-1, 6 KOs), while Joe Ham (16-2, 6 KOs) and Jack Bateson (12-0, 3 KOs) collide in a great battle over eight rounds.
Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin (14-0, 4 KOs) is back for the first time since November 2019, squaring off with former WBO Youth champion Shaun Cooper (10-2) in a six-round clash, and Lewie Edmondson (4-0, 1 KO) returns to action.
Paul Ryan’s professional debut against Kyle Hughes (2-2) will now take place on this card too, plus Paul McCullagh (1-0) meets Anthony Woolery (2-3), and Inder Bassi (2-1) goes up against MJ Hall.
MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton said: “We’re ecstatic to announce this huge event for next month, and it’s an incredible main event between Danny Dignum and Andrey Sirotkin.
“There aren’t many fighters out there who would choose to face someone as tough as Sirotkin, but Danny is keen to prove to everybody just how talented he is and send out a big statement to the rest of the middleweight division.
“It’s a packed card, with Dan Azeez defending his English title against Ricky Summers, Joe Ham taking on Jack Bateson, plus the likes of John Joe Nevin, Lewie Edmondson, Paul Ryan, Paul McCullagh and Inder Bassi all in action, so we can’t wait.”
Andrey Sirotkin: This is a chance at redemption!
Andrey Sirotkin plans on gaining revenge for his previous trip to England – as he prepares to face Danny Dignum for the WBO European middleweight title on Saturday’s massive #MTKFightNight.
Sirotkin (19-1, 7 KOs) challenges Dignum (13-0, 7 KOs) for his title at the University of Bolton Stadium this weekend, live on IFL TV.
The last time Sirotkin fought in England, he came up short against former world title challenger John Ryder, but the Russian has vowed that it will be a different story against Dignum.
Sirotkin said: “I am very excited and glad this fight is here. Everything has gone according to plan in training and I have listened to everything my coaches have had to say.
“I don’t know much about Danny Dignum. I watched a couple of my fights, but I will learn in battle. I am coming to get the victory in England.
“He has a high WBO ranking and that is why I have taken this fight. I want to climb the rankings and a win here helps me get closer to a title fight.
“I see this as a chance to get redemption from the last fight I had in England. I need England to remember me for a victory and I will get it on Saturday.”
Elsewhere on Saturday’s card, Dan Azeez puts his English light-heavyweight belt on the line against Ricky Summers, Joe Ham collides with Jack Bateson, Lewie Edmondson takes on Luke Blackledge, Paul Ryan makes his professional debut against Kyle Hughes, Fearghus Quinn clashes with Jan Ardon, Paul McCullagh meets Anthony Woolery, and Carl Fail goes up against Kristaps Zulgis.
IFL TV BROADCAST BEGINS 6:30PM BST
Light-Heavyweight, 4 Rounds
PAUL MCCULLAGH (177.1lbs) vs. ANTONY WOOLERY (179.1lbs)
ESPN+ BROADCAST BEGINS 7:00PM BST / 2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT
Middleweight, 4 Rounds
PAUL RYAN (157.14lbs) vs. KYLE HUGHES (159.5lbs)
Super-Welterweight, 6 Rounds
CARL FAIL (156.10lbs) vs. KRISTAPS ZULGIS (156lbs)
Super-Middleweight, 6 Rounds
LEWIE EDMONDSON (171.4lbs) vs. LUKE BLACKLEDGE (171.7lbs)
Super-Bantamweight, 8 Rounds
JOE HAM (124.13lbs) vs. JACK BATESON (123.9lbs)
English Light-Heavyweight Title, 10 Rounds
DAN AZEEZ (174.8lbs) vs. RICKY SUMMERS (174.2lbs)
WBO European Middleweight Title, 10 Rounds
DANNY DIGNUM (158.3lbs) vs. ANDREY SIROTKIN (159.8lbs)