We’re back with the fourth installment of the most recent announcements on the Cage Warriors trilogy. We have a mega 11 fights announced for you this week, but it comes with the downfall of receiving the news that unfortunately, the upcoming trilogy will be behind closed doors.
Cage Warriors 123 – Thursday 24th June
George McManus (2-2) vs Liam Shotbolt (0-0)
George McManus makes his return to the cage after he pulled out of his clash against Oban Elliott at the Cage Warriors trilogy back in March. McManus was finished brutally in his previous bout against potential welterweight champion Ian Garry. His only win in the promotion came against Josh Plant at Cage Warriors 98.
Liam Shotbolt is making his sixth appearance in the promotion, but this time around it’s going to be his first as a professional. He’s on a two-fight win streak as an amateur. Shotbolt submitted Jack Tucker at Cage Warriors 97, Tucker will also be making his professional debut on the upcoming Cage Warriors trilogy.
Bakhtyaar Oryakhail (0-0) vs Abdul Choudhury (0-0)
Two more amateurs turn professional in June, with Bakhtyaar Oryakhail and Abdul Choudhury stepping up to the challenge after both impressing as amateurs.
Oryakhail lost his first three fights as an amateur, but in 2018, he became a different fighter. One victory led to another and he kept up the streak with six wins in a row. Choudhury has fought on Cage Warriors on two occasions as an amateur, firstly beating Connor Wilson, then losing to Liam Gittins. The pair both haven’t competed since 2019.
Manny Akpan (3-0) vs Keir Harvie (3-1)
One of the best knockouts of the whole Cage Warriors trilogy came at the hands of Manny Akpan in March. With him potentially losing the first round, Akpan bounced back in the closing minute with bombs left, right, and center to finish Welshman Ben Ellis. It was his second win in the promotion since making his debut in November 2019.
He faces a tough test in Keir Harvie, who makes his debut in the promotion. Harvie was undefeated until the latter stages of 2020, with Milah Ahady beating the Scot via unanimous decision in British promotion Celtic Gladiator. With several submission finishes between the pair throughout their amateur careers, it will be interesting to see if they look to stand and bang or take it to the ground.
Omeil Brown (1-0) vs Jack Tucker (0-0)
Omeil Brown was extremely impressive on his professional debut against Joshua Onwordi at the previous Cage Warriors trilogy. He worked his opponent throughout the first round, to eventually find the guillotine choke he was looking for.
As mentioned before, Tucker will be making his professional debut in the promotion, after 12 amateur bouts. He holds an impressive record of nine wins and three losses. Tucker has competed as an amateur on six occasions in Cage Warriors, four of those he came out victorious.
Rory Evans (3-3) vs Weslley Maia (6-4)
Rory Evans finally makes his return to the cage. He last fought in October 2019, where he came away with a rear-naked choke in the first round over Brad Evans at Cage Warriors 108. The Welshman lost three of his first four fights but bounced back with two wins on the trot, and he looks for a third in a row after his long spell out.
The Brazilian Weslley Maia will be desperate to bounce back from being defeated by Michele Martignoni in the December 2020 trilogy. Maia is a vicious striker on the feet, with five TKO/KO’s to his name. His only win in the promotion came against Adam Wilson at Cage Warriors 115.
Cage Warriors 124 – Friday 25th June
Jean N’Doye (9-2) vs Harry Hardwick (6-3)
Frenchman Jean N’Doye came away with the most staggering knockout at the Cage Warriors trilogy in March. Corrin Eaton faced a huge knee to the chops, which was impossible to handle. N’Doye walked away with the beautiful KO and made himself a contender in the featherweight division.
Another Hardwick joins the Cage Warriors roster, with Harry Hardwick competing on the same card as his brother George Hardwick, who faces Dean Trueman. Hardwick has experienced several promotions, with one win and loss in Bellator. He only fought recently in Fight Nation Championship in Zagreb, Croatia. Only in April, Hardwick came away with the first-round submission victory over Karlo Caput.
Jordan Barton (6-1-1) vs Ben Ellis (3-1)
Jordan Barton is another who returns to the cage after exploring another promotion. When he lost his undefeated record to James Hendin at Cage Warriors 111, Barton fought in Full Contact Contender only three months later. He earned himself a sixth career victory with a fourth professional knockout over Matthew Camilleri.
It was heartbreak for Ellis at the previous Cage Warriors trilogy after a strong first few minutes, he was caught with the right-hook off Akpan. The Welshman was undefeated in his eight amateur fights and his three professional bouts, which all came in Cage Warriors before he was defeated by Akpan.
Cage Warriors 125 – Saturday 26th June
Kent Kauppinen (13-6) vs Justin Moore (10-5)
Kent Kauppinen announced himself in the middleweight division with an impressive performance over Jamie Richardson at the Cage Warriors trilogy in March. Kauppinen has fought in boxing on 19 occasions, with only five wins to his name. He certainly turned people’s heads with a serious statement over Richardson, winning via unanimous decision.
Justin Moore makes his promotional debut in his 16th professional career bout against Kauppinen. Moore has explored the promotions, with two bouts being in Bellator. Unfortunately for Moore, these both ended in defeat. In his last bout, he was victorious after 37 seconds with a ground & pound finish over Gary Andrews in Supreme Fighting Championships.
Tobias Harila (9-1) vs William Gomis (6-2)
The Swede Tobias Harila looks a serious contender in the featherweight division, by making a statement with a first-round knockout over Aidan Stephen at the previous Cage Warriors trilogy. Harila boasts a seven-fight win streak, but his victory over Stephen was his debut in the promotion.
William Gomis makes his promotional debut after impressing over in France. One of his losses came in his fourth professional bout against the former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion Morgan Charriere. A heel hook was the answer to finishing Gomis, but since that date in November 2016, Gomis hasn’t been defeated. Four victories since then for the Frenchman, but ring rust may come into play with Gomis not competing since April 2019.
Ciaran Mulholland (0-2) vs Connor Wilson (1-0)
It’s been a devastating start for Ciaran Mulholland in Cage Warriors, with two losses in his only two professional fights. Nathan Fletcher submitted Mulholland on his debut, whilst Jack Maguire was the better fighter after three rounds in his second bout. A win is a must for Mulholland to prove he’s worthy of competing in the promotion.
Funnily enough, Connor Wilson’s last amateur bout came against Mulholland. Wilson was the victor, winning via unanimous decision at Cage Warriors 107 in September 2019. Since then, he had his first professional bout in February 2020 in Full Contact Contender. Wilson submitted David Adams with a triangle choke.
Leon Hill (0-1) vs Marcus Lewis (0-0)
The debut for Leon Hill didn’t go to plan, but it’s nothing to be too disheartened about. In September 2020, Onwordi earned himself a unanimous decision victory over Hill. The Irishman looks for his first professional win over a fighter who makes his debut.
Marcus Lewis has impressed as an amateur and has fought for Cage Warriors on five occasions. Lewis was the amateur lightweight champion in 2019 when he originally lost to Adam Shelley, but then beat him in a re-match only two weeks later.
Which of the current fights announced are you most looking forward to on the upcoming Cage Warriors trilogy? Let us know in the comments below.
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