Undefeated light-heavyweight Shakan Pitters has signed a long-term promotional deal with Mick Hennessy, ahead of his vacant British title fight against Chad Sugden on August 22. Pitters-Sugden will be broadcast live on Channel 5 in the UK.

The towering, 6ft 6ins Pitters, who trains at Birmingham’s Eastside Gym alongside Sam Eggington, is managed by Jon Pegg and trained by Paul Counihan. He rose to prominence by winning the Ultimate Boxxer 2 tournament in November 2018 before claiming the English crown in a thrilling encounter with Dec Spelman (W10) last September. 

“I’m absolutely delighted to sign with Mick Hennessy and join the Hennessy Sports stable,” said Pitters (13-0, 4 KOs).  “My career is at the next stage and I believe that Mick is the man to take me where I want to go.  His track record of spotting and developing talent into champions is second-to-none and I’m sure I can repay his faith in me by delivering championship titles.  

“I’m super excited to be fighting regularly on Channel 5 in front of an audience of million upon millions of viewers and with my fighting style and personality, I have got a fantastic platform to become a household name.

“The next leg of my journey begins on August 22 when I challenge for the British title against Sugden.  I’m not looking ahead of this fight, everything we’ve worked towards so far is on the line here and it means everything to me.”