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Brad Foster looking to impress as headliner for British boxing’s first show back

Foster returns to the ring on Friday in a BT Sport studio.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Brad Foster is the headline attraction for British boxing’s first televised show back since the COVID-19 lockdowns began in March, as he’ll be defending his British and Commonwealth junior featherweight titles against James Beech Jr this Friday, July 10.

The fight will take place inside a BT Sport studio, with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions running cards from there for at least a bit. The 22-year-old Foster (12-0-2, 5 KO), a former kickboxer, is aiming to impress, and knows that the serious boxing fans will be tuned in:

“A lot of eyes will be on me and that’s why I’m going in there to shine, to impress. People haven’t watched boxing for ages so they will be tuning in on Friday night. A lot of people are staying in at the moment and there’s not much else to watch on Friday. People will want to watch it, so it might well be my largest audience.”

Foster says he’s struggled a bit to replicate his normal preparation for a fight, as surely most all boxers have, but feels he’s had good sparring and isn’t expecting a letdown.

Beech (12-0, 2 KO) is a 23-year-old who really hasn’t fought anyone and is also coming down in weight for the bout. Like much of what we’ve seen from the Top Rank Summer Series, Foster-Beech isn’t on paper about making some serious test for Foster defending his domestic belts, but just about getting some fights going again.

As an update from our side in terms of coverage, Queensberry cards always air on ESPN+ here, but it really doesn’t seem like this one is going to be on, which is a shame.

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