Former world title challenger and John Duddy conqueror Billy Lyell (21-8, 4 KO’s) makes his return to the ring on an NES Sports TV PPV on Friday May 7, live from Morgantown, West Virginia.
Lyell, a frequent sparring partner of middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and junior middleweight contender Harry Joe Yorgey, gained notoriety in 2009 after winning a decision over the previously unbeaten Irish middleweight John Duddy in a stunning upset in Newark, New Jersey.
Lyell followed that career best win with a 2nd round TKO over Ohio journeyman Chris Overbey and 8 round decision over Louisiana’s Chris Gray.
Those performances set Lyell up for a shot at IBF middleweight titleholder Sebastian Sylvester. Lyell took the title fight with Sylvester on less than two weeks notice and was TKO’d in the 10th round of a hard fought bout.
Lyell took the fight after original challenger Pablo Navascues had to pull out.
Lyell has also been in the ring with current junior middleweight contender Vanes Matirosyan, James Kirkland and former world champion Yory Boy Campas. He is trained by Youngstown, Ohio’s Jack Loew and currently lives in Niles.
His opponent and supporting bouts for May 7th will be announced soon.
The fight will be available both live and on demand for $8 USD (international conversion rates apply) and can be pre-ordered now by visiting www.NESportsTV.com
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