Olympic Park Copper Box to host Frank Warren boxing

The Copper Box Arena at the Olympic Park
Image caption Billy Joe Saunders and John Ryder are to fight for the British middleweight title in Stratford

A deal has been agreed for six professional boxing promotions to be held at London's Olympic Park.

The Copper Box Arena, which hosted handball during the 2012 Games, will hold its first bouts on 21 September.

Billy Joe Saunders and John Ryder will meet for the British middleweight title with tickets expected to be priced between £40 and £120.

Promoter Frank Warren said the deal struck with the venue should see fights staged every two months.

He said the 7,500 seat venue in Stratford was "a superb setting for boxing".

Warren added: "You have got Wembley which is 12,500 (capacity) and you have got nothing else down from that. This is half that capacity and a fabulous arena."

Dennis Hone from London Legacy Development Corporation said: "Boxing belongs in east London and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will provide a powerful backdrop for the sport's heavy-hitters."

Previously it was announced that British Basketball League side London Lions would play their home matches at the Copper Box from August and badminton's London Grand Prix would be held there in October.

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