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Callum Simpson to challenge Zak Chelli for British and Commonwealth titles at Barnsley's Oakwell stadium live on Sky Sports

Zak Chelli will put his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight championships on the line when he travels to his challenger's hometown to fight Callum Simpson at Barnsley Football Club's Oakwell stadium on August 3 live on Sky Sports

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Callum Simpson landed a knockout victory over super middle-weight opponent Dulla Mbabe at The O2 arena

Zak Chelli will defend his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles against Callum Simpson on August 3 at the Oakwell Stadium in Barnsley live on Sky Sports.

Chelli is putting his titles on the line in his opponent's hometown against mandatory challenger Simpson.

It will be Chelli's first defence of the belts he won in his unanimous points victory over Jack Cullen at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool in January.

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Simpson stopped Mbabe in round four

The Fulham fighter will be looking to solidify his position at the top of a highly-competitive domestic division when he makes the long journey north to South Yorkshire where he will take on the unbeaten Simpson.

Simpson, 27, has earned his shot at Chelli's belts with a series of impressive performances, most recently scoring a fourth-round knockout win over Tanzania's Dulla Mbabe at The O2 arena in March to remain on course for his mandatory challenge.

Simpson is predicting another knockout performance when he challenges for British and Commonwealth glory in front of his fans at Oakwell Stadium, the home of his beloved Barnsley FC.

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Zak Chelli's post-fight interview in January was all about his father and trainer stealing the limelight

"It's a dream come true to fight in front of my home fans in Barnsley," he said.

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"I'm going to win the British and Commonwealth titles in style. Expect a knockout. This is the fight I've been asking for. It's a chance to prove myself and make my hometown proud.

"I need everyone in Barnsley and beyond to get behind me and really make Oakwell a fortress."

But Chelli warned: "Winning the British and Commonwealth titles was the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. This is just the beginning for me.

"Simpson is too scared to challenge me for my titles in London so I'll show him what a real fighter is and fight him on his home turf.

"On August 3 my hand will be raised and the belts will remain round my waist."

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Callum Simpson knocked out Celso Neves in sensational fashion in the third round of their super-middleweight clash.

BOXXER founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “We’re delighted to be working with Barnsley FC to bring an unmissable night of championship boxing to Oakwell Stadium on Saturday, August 3 with British and Commonwealth champion Zak Chelli defending his belts against local star Callum Simpson.

"From winning the Ultimate BOXXER tournament to claiming impressive wins over Germaine Brown, Anthony Sims Jr and Jack Cullen, Zak Chelli has proven himself as a top operator and will be coming to Barnsley full of confidence.

"Callum Simpson is the latest star to emerge from Yorkshire, which has a rich history of producing boxing champions. He will have the backing of the Barnsley faithful as he fights at his home stadium. Expect fireworks as the two fighters go toe-to-toe at Oakwell.”

The stadium will be set for a capacity of 7,000.

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Speaking on the Toe2Toe podcast Simpson says he would be interested in fighting light-heavyweight Ben Whittaker

The club's chief executive Jon Flatman said: "Barnsley FC are proud to host Callum Simpson and fulfil his lifelong ambition to fight at Oakwell.

"The stadium has to always be at the centre of what the community wants and needs. We know the people in this town want to see Callum claim the British title at this iconic venue.

"We are excited to see the people of Barnsley turn out in force.

"Callum has the full support of the club behind him and we know this fight will put the town, the club and the people of Barnsley firmly on the map.

"We are a place of possibilities and we want everyone to have the opportunity to fulfil their dreams."

Limited tickets: How to get them

The event will have a strictly limited seating capacity with only 7,000 East Stand seats available.

Tickets, which are priced from £30, are expected to sell out fast. Barnsley season ticket holders will get priority access from noon on Tuesday June 18 before a BOXXER exclusive pre-sale from noon on Wednesday June 19. The general sale will begin at noon on Thursday June 20.

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