Harlem Eubank will have a new opponent in the opposite corner when he fights again next weekend.
The undefeated nephew of British boxing legend Chris Eubank Snr and cousin of Chris Eubank Jr (14-0, 6 KOs) is back in action on July 30.
Eubank was initially set to face Liverpool’s Tom Farrell at the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle, exclusively live on Channel 5, as part of a Wasserman Boxing-promoted card.
But after Farrell withdrew from the contest, citing a positive COVID-19 test, Mexico’s Eliot Chavez (11-4-1, 6 KOs) has been brought in to provide the latest test for Eubank.
Chavez is 27 and has boxed outside of Mexico just once. He is going into the fight on the back of a win but lost as recently as February when he travelled to Kazakhstan and was taken out in the final of eight rounds by once-defeated 31-year-old Bekman Soylybayev.
Can @HarlemEubank score another HUGE KO in Newcastle next week? 💥
— Wasserman Boxing (@WassermanBoxing) July 23, 2022
Josh Kelly, who represented Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics and has previously held Commonwealth and WBA International welterweight titles, tops the bill after last month’s impressive showing against Peter Kramer at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
𝗚𝗢𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗧𝗛𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗛 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗚𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗦 💥
Josh Kelly is back in Newcastle July 30th against dangerous Argentinian Lucas Bastida for the WBO International Super Welterweight Title 📈
— Wasserman Boxing (@WassermanBoxing) July 19, 2022
The man who is now up at super-welterweight will vie for the vacant WBO International title against top Argentinian contender Lucas Bastida (18-1-1, 10 KOs).
‘El Tornado’, the current South American middleweight champion, will be coming to spoil the party and catapult himself into world title contention and has warned Kelly that he won’t be coming to roll over.
Speaking about coming to the UK, Bastida said:
“This is my first fight abroad and I’m excited to travel to the UK and get to test myself against someone like Josh Kelly.”
“I’ll go to the UK in the best condition I’ve been in. I know I have strong hands, I just need to be patient and wait for my moment.”
Pat McCormack, the Olympic silver medallist from the Tokyo Games, fights for the second time as a pro on the card, while there is a long-awaited return for former unpaid star Lisa Whiteside as she looks to get her career back on track following injuries and the birth of her son.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist (3-0, 1 KO) meets Serbia’s Jasmina Nad (11-24-5, 4 KOs) in a flyweight bout and will be joined on the card by local female Jordan Barker-Porter as well as heavyweight prospects Hosea Stewart and Franklin Ignatius. The two undefeated punchers square off to see who will take their first loss and there is an outing for Darlington’s Ben Marksby, six-foot seven-inch Steve Robinson and 22-year-old Spennymoor man Kai Richmond in what will be just his second pro fight.