WBO European middleweight champion Danny Dignum will make the third defense of his belt in the 10-round main event against Grant Dennis this Friday, Feb. 11, at London’s York Hall.
Dignum-Dennis headlines a loaded fight card that will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. European bantamweight champion “Lightning” Lee McGregor will fight Diego Alberto Ruiz in the 10-round junior featherweight co-feature.
Dignum (13-0-1, 7 KOs) won the vacant WBO European middleweight belt in November 2019 with a fifth-round TKO over Conrad Cummings and defended it less than four months later with a ninth-round stoppage against Alfredo Meli. He hopes to get back on the winning track following last April’s draw versus Russian veteran Andrey Sirotkin. Dennis (17-3, 3 KOs), from Chatham, England, has won a pair of fights since an October 2020 TKO loss to Sirotkin.
The 25-year-old McGregor (11-0, 9 KOs) had a pair of significant wins in 2021, knocking out Karim Guerfi in one round to win the European title and then defending it with an off-the-canvas stoppage victory over Vincent Legrand. Argentina native Ruiz (23-4, 12 KOs) is best known for his ninth-round knockout defeat to Michael Conlan in front of a sold-out Belfast crowd in August 2019. He is 2-1 since the Conlan fight.
In other undercard action on ESPN+:
Super middleweight Joe Giles (1-0) will take on 148-fight journeyman legend Lewis van Poetsch in a four-rounder.
Junior middleweight Bilal Fawaz will make his professional debut in a four-rounder against Vladimir Fleischhauer (1-12), who has only been stopped once as a pro.
Southpaw junior middleweight prospect Paul Ryan (2-0, 1 KO), from Dublin, Ireland, will step up against CJ Wood (3-1-2, 1 KO) in a six-rounder.
Rising bantamweight Nina Hughes (1-0), a seven-time British amateur champion, will fight respected veteran Bec Connolly in an eight-rounder.