Olympics Copperbox Arena will host major boxing fights

At the Copperbox announcement are, left to right, Phil Lane, head of sport at GLL, John Ryder, boxer

At the Copperbox announcement are, left to right, Phil Lane, head of sport at GLL, John Ryder, boxer, Frank Warren, promoter, Billy Joe Saunders, boxer and Peter Bundey, deputy MD at GLL. - Credit: Archant

The Copperbox, known as the “box that rocks” during the 2012 Olympics, will host a series of major boxing fights run by boxing Frank Warren.

The announcement, made yesterday, comes less than one month before the North of the Park re-opens to the general public for the first time since the 2012 Games.

The deal, which was announced by leading promoter Frank Warren with venue operator GLL, will put sports at the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and help reinforce east London as the spiritual home of boxing in the UK.

Frank Warren said: “This is a superb setting for boxing. The Copper Box is what all the investment in the Olympics was about – legacy and giving London a fantastic arena. I’m looking forward to bringing the big fights to this venue.”

Headlining the first event on September 21 will be the British Middleweight Title showdown between the unbeaten champion Billy Joe Saunders, 23, who trains at Canning Town’s Trad TKO gym, and the undefeated challenger John Ryder, 24, from Islington.


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