By Kevin Davis
Before turning professional in 2015, Simpson was a heavily decorated amateur boxer. He walked into a gym at age nine and never looked back. By age 13 his skills were starting to show and by the age of 15 he was winning national boxing titles. He won PAL boxing titles and was the 2012 Olympic alternate, and only losing to Rau’shee Warren who is the former WBA Champion.
After turning pro he has had difficulty getting fights in his weight class in the midwest, so his career has taken off slowly but at 8 wins and zero loses, with three knockouts, many want to see more of Shawn Simpson because he is a ball of energy, and has never gave you a boring fight. In on October the 6th he is going to make a statement on a stellar card that will feature Matchroom boxing promoter Eddie Hearn as he premiers his DAZN World’s Collide boxing card in Chicago at the Wintrust Hotel.
World-rated Welterweight and former two-weight World champion Jessie Vargas headlines the bill as he targets World honours in a third weigh class, and Vargas’ journey to that goal starts against former World Super-Lightweight World title challenger Thomas Dulorme, the Puerto Rican looking to derail the Las Vegas man’s ambitions at 147lbs.
Two great World title battles feature in the Windy City as crunching Russian puncher Artur Beterbiev defends his IBF World Light-Heavyweight strap against Briton Callum Johnson. Beterbiev has a perfect record of 12-0 with all wins coming via KO, but Johnson is an unbeaten feared puncher himself, having destroyed British champion Frank Buglioni inside a round of their clash in London in March – his 12th KO from 17 wins, pointing to this clash being one that promises to be a ferocious shootout.
Classy WBA World Super-Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman defends his crown for the third time against Britain’s Gavin McDonnell. Roman won his title on the road in Japan in brilliant style with a stoppage win over Shun Kobo and was fantastic in both his first defence back in Japan against Ryo Matsumoto and his second against Moises Flores in California. The Californian is hunting unification clashes but will need to be at his best once again against McDonnell, the Doncaster ace having his second crack World honours having learnt so much in his majority decision loss against WBC champion Rey Vargas in February 2017 – making for a fascinating clash that could catch fire and steal the show.
Heavyweight boxing is as hot as it’s ever been right now, and Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller is right in the mix for the big fights. ‘Big Baby’ is looking to add win number 22 to his slate and force himself into the conversation at the top table, and the man in his way is Poland’s Tomasz Adamek, the former two-weight World champion who picked up and defended the Polish title in his last two fights in his homeland.
Along with these World stars, Chicago fight fans will be able to back two of their own on the night, with former World Lightweight title challenger Jessica McCaskill in action on the bill along with unbeaten Bantamweight prospect Shawn Simpson.
Tickets for October 6 go on sale at 3pm (CT) today (August 8) priced $40, $60, $100 and $200.