Joe Joyce Returns July 2, Callum Johnson, Jason Cunningham Also Feature

Joe Joyce

Joe Joyce, Callum Johnson, Jason Cunningham will front Frank Warren’s card on July 2 at the OVO Arena, London.

Two of the three already have opponents but following the Joe Joyce-Joseph Parker fight falling through the heavyweight contender’s next foe is still to be announced.

“The carrot for Joyce is a win on July 2 will set up a massive showdown with Parker in September,” said Warren.

Cunningham (31-6, 7 KOs) will have his run of good form tested by former two-weight world champion Zolani Tete in a double defence of his IBF International and Commonwealth super bantamweight belts. The London visit will represent the eighth time Tete (29-4, 22 KOs) has fought in the UK with six wins and just one loss to John Riel Casimero.

“I’m thrilled to deliver Jason Cunningham a massive fight and a huge test against Zolani Tete,” said Warren.

“Zolani has been with Queensbury for a long time, and we know what a top-class operator he is. Jason had no hesitation in taking the fight because his confidence is high, and he is an unbeaten fighter.”

Callum Johnson (20-1, 14 KOs) has endured another frustrating period in a career littered with them, but the light heavyweight will look to remain in the hunt for a second world title shot with a win against Igor Mikhalkin (24-3, 11 KOs). The Russian has shared the ring with Sergey Kovalev and most recently the current WBC number two contender Mathieu Bauderlique but lost on both occasions.

“Callum Johnson will be looking to remind people why he believes he is top dog in the division,” said Warren.

“It was such a shame that his chance to prove it against Joe Smith Jr fell through due to a bout of Covid-19 in January, but his time will come again and winning against the tough Igor Mikhalkin would put him right back in the mix.”

Unbeaten lightweight Sam Noakes (9-0, 9 KOs) defends his WBC International Silver trinket against Marc Vidal (13-2-5, 5 KOs). Hugely popular middleweight Nathan Heaney will send his Stoke Army down to The Big Smoke to cheer him on in a defence of his IBO International belt against an
opponent still to be announced.

Super lightweight Henry Turner (7-0, 1 KO) and debutant cruiserweight Tommy Fletcher also appear on the card.

The show will be broadcast live on BT Sport.