The Golden Contract featherweight tournament quarterfinals start on Friday at the York Hall in East London. The new eight-man elimination tournament will air live on ESPN+ at 3 p.m. ET.
After a draw on Tuesday, four fighters — Leigh Wood, Jazza Dickens, Hairon Socarras and Tyrone McCullagh (in that order) — earned the right to pick their opponents from the remaining pool of four.
All the fights in the tournament quarterfinals will be 10-round battles.
Wood, of England, will face Ireland’s David Oliver Joyce.
Wood (22-1, 12 KOs) has won 11 consecutive fights (eight by stoppage) since a TKO loss to Gavin McDonnell in 2014.
Joyce (11-0, 8 KOs) already has fought twice this year, a seventh-round TKO victory over Stephen Tiffney in April and a unanimous decision against Breilor Teran in July.
Dickens, of Liverpool, will meet Ecuador’s Carlos Ramos.
Dickens (27-3, 11 KOs), is 5-0 in his past five fights, including four victories by stoppage. In July, Dickens dropped Nathaniel May twice en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Ramos (11-1, 7 KOs), who now lives in Spain, has won two fights in a row since losing to Irvin Gonzalez a year ago. In his most recent fight in June, Ramos outpointed Razaq Najib for a unanimous-decision victory.
Socarras, of Cuba, elected England’s Ryan Walsh as his opponent. Walsh starts as the favorite to win the tournament.
Socarras 22-0-3, 14 KOs), who’s based in Miami, scored a fifth-round TKO of Jesus Martinez in May.
Walsh (24-2-2, 11) is 3-1-1 in his past fight fights, including a split-decision victory over Lewis Paulin in June.
The final battle will be between Northern Ireland’s Tyrone McCullagh and England’s Razaq Najib, after original opponent, Carlos Araujo, of Mexico, “fell ill” on Thursday and had to withdraw, according to the fight promoter MTK.
McCullagh (13-0, 6 KOs) defeated Alvaro Rodriguez by unanimous decision in May to win the WBO European junior featherweight title.
Najib (11-3, 2 KOs) who was scheduled to fight Jacob Robinson on the undercard, has won five of his last six fight, including a points victory over Joe Beeden on Sept. 21.
Where can I watch the Golden Contract featherweight tournament quarterfinals on Friday?
The Golden Contract fight card broadcast on ESPN+ will begin at 3 p.m. ET on Friday.
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