Lewis Crocker vs. Deniz Ilbay Welterweight Showdown This
Friday On ESPN+
One of Europe’s top welterweights returns this Friday, March
12, as #MTKFightNight is back with Lewis “The Croc” Crocker
making the first defense of his WBO European belt in a
10-rounder against German contender Deniz Ilbay at
University of Bolton Stadium in Bolton, England.
In the co-feature, Irish fan-favorite Gary Cully will battle
Kazakhstan’s Viktor Kotochigov in a 10-rounder for the
vacant WBO European lightweight title.
Crocker-Ilbay, Cully-Kotochigov and undercard bouts will
stream live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+
starting at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
Crocker (12-0, 7 KOs) captured the WBO European belt last
August with a dominating seventh-round stoppage over Louis
Greene, a former British Southern Area champion. The Belfast
native takes another step up against Ilbay (22-2, 10 KOs),
who is 7-1 in his last eight bouts. He last fought in
December 2019 and notched a first-round stoppage over Milos
Cully (11-0, 5 KOs), from Naas, Ireland, went 2-0 in 2020,
including a first-round stoppage over Joe Fitzpatrick to
capture the Irish lightweight title. He returned last August
and survived a fifth-round knockdown to edge Craig Woodruff
via decision. Kotochigov (12-1, 5 KOs), a former WBC
International lightweight champion, seeks to rebound from
last October’s upset loss to Maxi Hughes.
In other streaming action:
Former Commonwealth featherweight champion Isaac Lowe
(20-0-3, 6 KOs) makes his first ring appearance since the
Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury II undercard and will face Ed
Harrison (2-5) in a six-round junior lightweight bout. Lowe
is ranked as a top-10 featherweight by two of the major
Former British amateur star Jordan Reynolds will make his
highly anticipated professional debut in a six-round
middleweight bout versus the durable Robbie Chapman (6-6).
In an eight-round welterweight tilt, Bolton native Sahir
Iqbal (8-0, 1 KO) will fight an opponent to be named.
The ESPN+ stream is scheduled to begin with the pro debut of
Carl Fail, who will clash with the unbeaten Jordan Dujon
(4-0) in a six-rounder at junior middleweight.