UK’s first drive-in boxing show announced for November in car park

Promoter Dennis Hobson has announced he will be staging a drive-in boxing fight night on November 20 in Sheffield.

Tommy Frank and Kyle Yousaf will compete for the vacant British flyweight title in the car park outside Sheffield Arena.

The German version took place in Dusseldorf back in July

The German version took place in Dusseldorf back in July

Due to current coronavirus restrictions, crowds are still not properly allowed back to attend sporting events.

This has hit the boxing world hard, especially on the small hall circuit.

However, Hobson’s drive-in plan appears to be a solution to this temporary problem.

A similar event took place in Germany back in July and went off without a hitch.

A ring announcer did his job as normal

A ring announcer did his job as normal

Hobson said: “I’ve been involved in boxing at all levels, and have staged shows from Rotherham to Las Vegas, but I think we could well be making history with this one.

“Obviously this pandemic has seriously affected everybody’s lives, and it’s been a very difficult time.

“The sports world has been massively hit, and that includes boxing, with a few shows going ahead with no audience and lots of restrictions.

“I’ve been looking at different ways to get my fighters back to work, and when the drive-in idea was suggested I thought it was workable.

There was not a massive crowd

There was not a massive crowd

“The fighters get back to boxing, fans can come along and watch the show live, and Eurosport will have a smashing card to broadcast.

“This fight between Tommy and Yousaf is going to be terrific.

“They’re all-action, both are unbeaten, it’s for the prestigious British title, and both lads are from Sheffield, so it has that extra spice. Neither of these kids are going to want to lose this one.

“Whoever comes out on top will obviously go onto bigger things, but the loser can definitely come again too.”

But those who went got their money’s worth

But those who went got their money’s worth

Frank added: “All I’m visualizing is the Lord Lonsdale belt.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted since turning pro, and I’m very thankful to Dennis [Hobson] and Steve [Crump] for the opportunity.

“Just to be boxing in 2020 is great, I’m a lucky man and very excited.”

Yousaf concluded: “Winning the British Title has always been one of my dreams, to be the best of British would mean so much to me.

“Of course, my ambition is to become world champion, but I’m not looking ahead or past this British title fight.

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