THE ROCKY 2

Brighton Butcher and Manhattan Mauler get it on in Stoke and Brixton...

Fatboy Slimand Armand Van Helden pit their DJ skills against one another in a specially constructed boxing ring at Stoke Trentham Gardens (April 16) and London Brixton Academy (17).

Both will perform solo sets before going head-to-head for the Heavyweight DJ Championship Of The World.

The bouts, which are being billed as ‘A Date With Destiny’, are in celebration of the third anniversary of the Big Beat Boutique club, set up by Norman Cook, Gareth Hansome and Damian Harris of Skint Records.

Support will come from Boutique residents Jon Carter of Monkey Mafia, and Lo-Fidelity Allstars.

Cook told NME: “I kiss the stage that Armand walks on and can die a happy man to have shared a pair of turntables with him.

“Who would have thought that, after starting the Big Beat Boutique in a Scout hut three years ago, we would now be taking over Brixton?

“It’s going to be an apeshit weekend. Let’s hope there are no losers and I’ll do my best to keep it clean, Harry. No biting. No scratching!”

The event will be broadcast live on radio and TV, with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Fight promoter Gareth Hansome said: “It has taken months of negotiations to get them both in the ring. It’s the perfect anniversary for the Big Beat Boutique. Slim has wonderful jaw action whereas Van Helden has better shorts. It really is the meeting of the mothers.”

Tickets for the bouts are available from nme.com‘s 24-hour ticketline on 0870 121 0125 or click here to go to our online gig guide and ticket service.

Eugenia Williams will not be among the judges.