The Box Off is a new innovative boxing tournament that will pit teams of fighters from London, Birmingham, Leeds, and Manchester against each other.
All boxers competing in the tournament will be matched up in semi-final bouts and the winners of each fight will get the chance to claim The Box Off championship later this year.
Each team consists of five fighters, one from each weight class, and they’ll square off in four-round semi-final bouts before the winners compete in six-round finals.
The fighters who make the final will earn four points for their team, and those who win the entire competition with gain a further six points.
At the end of the tournament, the points will be tallied and the that team has the most will be crowned The Box Off 2023 champions.
The Box Off: Team captains
Ring legend Ricky Hatton is the most high-profile name involved with the competition and he will be tasked with looking after the group of fighters representing Manchester.
Former cruiserweight king Johnny Nelson is also involved, he’ll coach the team from Leeds. TV personality Tom Skinner will help those from London and rapper Jaykae is tasked with leading the Birmingham group.
Local pride will be on the line when The Box Off makes its debut.
The Box Off: Date and how to follow
The Box Off will make its debut in Manchester on September 16.
It will take place at Telford International Centre and fights will start at 5:30pm.
If you can’t make it to the venue, the show will be streamed live on Boxing Social’s YouTube channel.
The Box Off: What’s been said
The Box Off co-founder Razi Hassan recently spoke with talkSPORT.com to explain how his new innovative boxing tournament works.
He said: “Essentially, it’s the ultimate shootout. It’s a city-based competition. We’ve got four cities in season one. London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.
“The idea is that those four teams will go up against each other in two sets of semifinals.
“20 fighters, 10 fights. The winners of the London-Birmingham fights progress into the final and the winners of the Leeds-Manchester fights progress into the final.
“That is then a separate show, which the date and venue are yet to be announced. That is where the finalists will come together and compete for ‘The Box Off Championship.’”
“The goal is to give unknown fighters a much-needed opportunity in the sport and provide entertainment for paying customers.
“It’s founded on the principle of unearthing underprivileged or underrepresented talent,” Hassan added.
“Most importantly, bringing people like that together in the format will deliver entertainment. That’s really what it’s all about… We are confident The Box Off shows will deliver entertainment and will be value for money.
Hatton is excited about getting a chance to give back to the sport by managing a group of fighters from his home city.
“It gives an opportunity to fighters,” he told talkSPORT.com.
“I mean, these lads and ladies have not come from the Olympics, they’ve not come from the World Championships, they’ve not come from anything.
“And because of that they are not likely to get a contract off SKY, BT, or anyone like that. It gives them an opportunity to springboard their career and get them noticed.
“A contract might come from it, a bit more sponsorship might come from it, more money, and more opportunities. I just think it’s a great cause for them that aren’t as fortunate as the elite.
“You never know, we might unearth one for the future.”
The Box Off: Upcoming fights
Ben Thomas vs Darryl Sharp
Robbie Chapman vs Jackson Osagie
Bree Wright vs Sarah Worsfold
Darryl Tapfuma vs Samuel Pikire
Liam Gaynor vs Levi Smith
Tanya Ledger vs Sylwia Doligala
Michael Likalu vs Kataiba Jimenez
Rhys Woods vs Jake Goodwin