Philip Bowes vs. Akeem Ennis Brown
Battle This Weds. On ESPN+
The Commonwealth super lightweight king, Philip Bowes, hopes
to add more hardware to his collection. Bowes will defend
his belt in a 12-rounder against the unbeaten Akeem Ennis
Brown this Wednesday, Sept. 2 from Production Park Studios
in Wakefield, England. The vacant British title will also be
Bowes-Ennis Brown will headline an #MTKFightNight card that
will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ beginning at 2
p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
Bowes (20-3, 3 KOs) has not fought since March 2019, when he
decisioned Tom Farrell in the first defense of his
Commonwealth title. Less than two months prior, he knocked
out Benson Nyilawila in two rounds to win the vacant belt.
Bowes and Ennis Brown were scheduled to fight March 20, but
the COVID-19 pandemic scuttled those plans. Ennis Brown
(13-0, 1 KO) is a former WBC Youth and IBF European champion
at 140 pounds, most recently notching a near-shutout
decision over the previously unbeaten Bilal Rehman in March
Said Ennis Brown, “This fight with Bowes was called off
twice. He has kept me waiting for too long and he is getting
it. He isn’t on my level and he will find that out. Nothing
will stop me from getting these titles. There haven't been
many events on since boxing resumed, so to be headlining an
MTK Global show is very exciting and I feel like I’m one of
the chosen ones.”
In other action on the card:
Dan Azeez (11-0, 7 KOs) will make the first defense of his
British light heavyweight title against former Southern Area
champion Andre Sterling (11-2, 4 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
West Belfast’s Padraig “The Hammer” McCrory (10-0, 4 KOs)
will take a step up in class against Mickey Ellison (12-2, 4
KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight tilt. McCory
knocked out Steve Collins Jr. in eight rounds last August on
the Michael Conlan-Diego Alberto Ruiz undercard.
In a six-round battle of unbeatens contracted for 150
pounds, Elliot Whale (2-0) will fight Corey McCulloch (4-0).
Harlem Eubank (9-0, 2 KOs), nephew of British boxing legend
Chris Eubank, will fight Martin McDonagh (8-1, 0 KOs) in an
eight-round welterweight contest.