Sharp vs Kabore – ESPN+, IFL – Oct. 29 -2 PM ET
Archie Sharp-Alexis Boureima Kabore Junior Lightweight Battle to Stream LIVE on ESPN+ – Junior Middleweight prodigy Tursynbay Kulakhmet fights Juan Carlos Abreu in co-feature – Streaming action begins at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
British junior lightweight contender Archie “Sharpshooter” Sharp has designs on a world title shot, but he must keep his unbeaten record intact. Sharp, ranked No. 2 by the WBO, will defend his WBO Global belt in a 10-rounder this Friday, Oct. 29 at London’s York Hall against Alexis Boureima Kabore.
In the 10-round co-feature, Kazakh prodigy Tursynbay Kulakhmet will defend his WBC International 154-pound belt versus Dominican veteran Juan Carlos Abreu.
Sharp-Kabore and Kulakhmet-Abreu will top a bill streaming live and exclusively in the United States LIVE on ESPN+ at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
Sharp (20-0, 9 KOs) is a former WBO European belt-holder who fought on an ESPN+-streamed Michael Conlan/Carl Frampton doubleheader in August 2020, edging Jeff Ofori by a single point. He made his 2021 debut on July 10 and survived a pair of cuts to top Mexican upstart Diego Andrade Chavez via unanimous decision. Kabore (28-4, 7 KOs), from Burkina Faso, has fought the majority of his bouts in his home nation and is making his European debut against Sharp. He is a former African Union and WBC International champion at 122 pounds.
Kulakhmet (4-0, 3 KOs), a former amateur standout, won the WBC International belt in his second pro fight with a dominant decision over Macaulay McGowan. He defends that belt in his toughest test to date in Abreu (23-6-1, 21 KOs), a 10-year pro who has fought the likes of former world champion Humberto Soto, Jamal James, Jesus Soto Karass, Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, Alexander Besputin and Jaron “Boots” Ennis.
Sharp (20-0, 9 KOs) is back following his victory over Diego Andrade Chavez in July, as the WBO’s #2 ranked fighter looks to move one step closer to a world title shot.
Standing in his way is Kabore (28-4, 7 KOs), who has previously gone the distance with former world champion Rey Vargas, and held the WBC International super-bantamweight title.
Elsewhere on next month’s bill, Kazakh sensation Tursynbay Kulakhmet (4-0, 3 KOs) makes another defence of his WBC International super-welterweight title, taking on knockout specialist Juan Carlos Abreu (23-6-1, 21 KOs).
Kulakhmet has risen through the ranks at a rapid speed since making his debut last year, but now jumps up in competition once again to meet Abreu, who has faced Jaron Ennis and Egidijus Kavaliauskas in his career.
Unbeaten star Shabaz Masoud (8-0, 2 KOs) will have his hardest challenge yet, going up against former British and Commonwealth title challenger James Beech Jnr (13-2, 2 KOs).
Dublin hotshot Pierce O’Leary (7-0, 3 KOs) also makes his highly-anticipated return, while undefeated fighters collide in a great domestic battle, as Jordan Reynolds (2-0) meets Randal Barlow (2-0).
Former Southern Area champion Sam Gilley (11-1, 5 KOs) squares off with Daniel Lartey (14-4-1, 12 KOs), and hard-hitting cruiserweight Will Hamilton (2-0, 1 KO) takes on Ivo Zednicek, plus three exciting debutants will enter the professional ranks on the card too, with ‘Sugar Shy’ Shiloh Defreitas, Joe Giles and Lerone Harrison each competing.
MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton said: “We’re delighted to be back with a bang with yet another stacked MTK Fight Night in October. Over the past year it’s been clear that we pride ourselves on making competitive cards full of 50-50 fights, and that will be the same again for this show.
“It’s a great privilege to have Archie Sharp headlining the event in what will be a tough test against Alexis Boureima Kabore. Archie has world title ambitions, and this fight gives him the chance to show everybody that he belongs at that level.
“We have some of the very best undefeated rising stars in action too, including Tursynbay Kulakhmet, Shabaz Masoud and Pierce O’Leary, plus two undefeated fighters putting it all on the line early in their careers as Jordan Reynolds faces Randal Barlow.
“Sam Gilley, William Hamilton, Joe Giles, Sugar Shy and Lerone Harrison are on the bill too, with the remaining opponents for those fights set to be announced shortly, so this looks certain to be yet another can’t miss MTK Fight Night event.”
IFL TV BROADCAST BEGINS 5:30PM BST
Fight #1 – Super-Featherweight, 4 Rounds
LERONE HARRISON (9st 7lbs 9oz) vs. SIMAS VOLOSINAS (9st 4lbs)
Fight #2 – Bantamweight, 6 Rounds
SEAN MCGOLDRICK (8st 8lbs 3oz) vs. STEPHEN JACKSON (8st 8lbs 5oz)
Fight #3 – Cruiserweight, 6 Rounds
WILL HAMILTON (13st 12lbs 8oz) vs. IVO ZEDNICEK (14st 6oz)
Live Float – Super-Middleweight, 4 Rounds
JOE GILES (12st 1lb 6oz) vs. PAVOL GARAJ (11st 12lbs 4oz)
ESPN+ BROADCAST BEGINS 7:00PM BST / 2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT
Fight #4 – Super-Lightweight, 8 Rounds
PIERCE O’LEARY (10st 1lb 9oz) vs. SIAR OZGUL (10st 2lb 2oz)
Fight #5 – Super-Lightweight, 6 Rounds
‘SUGAR SHY’ SHILOH DEFREITAS (10st 5lbs 8oz) vs. FONZ ALEXANDER (10st 8lbs 4oz)
Fight #6 – Super-Welterweight, 6 Rounds
SAM GILLEY (11st 3lbs 8oz) vs. DANIEL LARTEY (11st 7lbs 4oz)
Fight #7 – Super-Welterweight, 6 Rounds
JORDAN REYNOLDS (11st 3lbs) vs. RODOLFO PATERNO (10st 11lbs 6oz)
Fight #8 – WBC International Super-Welterweight Title, 10 Rounds
TURSYNBAY KULAKHMET (10st 13lbs 7oz) vs. JUAN CARLOS ABREU (10st 13lbs 5oz)
Fight #9 – WBO Global Super-Featherweight Title, 10 Rounds
ARCHIE SHARP (9st 3lbs 6oz) vs. ALEXIS BOUREIMA KABORE (9st 3lbs 4oz)