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Haque vs Leblond Title Bout Set for CW 174: London

Cage Warriors – Europe’s Leading MMA Organisation – has today confirmed another huge addition to its upcoming CW 174: London card.

With the event already set to host the first of four $50,000 PrizeFighter tournaments, officials have now revealed a huge flyweight championship bout for the event.

Champion Shaj ‘Superman’ Haque will make the second defense of his 125lbs title against top contender Nicolas Leblond.

The pair will meet over five, five minute rounds at London’s indigo at The O2, on Saturday, July 20th.

Haque (16-5), one of the UK’s most experienced flyweights, finally picked up CW gold in December 2022, knocking out current Oktagon champion Sam Creasey to become MMA’s first Bangladeshi world champion.

He followed that up with a consummate points victory over former bantamweight champion Michele Martignoni in July 2023.

France’s Leblond (10-4) has established himself as one of the 125lb division’s foremost finishers in recent years.

With his only defeats in the famous yellow gloves coming at the hands of former champions Creasey and Luke Shanks, the heavy-handed Judoka is currently riding a four-fight winning-streak, including back-to-back knockouts of Michelangelo Lupoli and Scott Malone.

“July 20th marks the start of the biggest week of MMA in the UK, with two Cage Warriors events and UFC 304…” said CW President Graham Boylan.

“We’re kicking things off with a bang in London, with a $50k PrizeFighter tournament and one of the most intriguing title fights of the year.” 

“Shaj Haque is a master of his craft; patient and technical with a wealth of big-fight experience on his side.” 

“Leblond has been on a tear through the division; a devastating finisher with ruthless killer instinct…this fight answers the question of who’s the best flyweight in Europe!”

Haque vs Leblond will feature on the main card of CW 174, alongside the 135lb PrizeFighter tournament and the return of former champion James Webb in a light heavyweight bout against Yannick Bahati.

Tickets are available via CageWarriors.com, with the event also airing live on UFC Fight Pass and international broadcast partners.

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