THE BIG FIGHT IS ON

The two heavyweights of dance go head-to-head in a boxing ring...

Fatboy Slim and ARMAND VAN HELDEN are to slug it out in a boxing ring at London Brixton Academy in a title fight to see who’s the UK’s dance heavyweight champion.

But the pair will compete with their DJing skills rather than gloves at the event, which will be shown on cable and satellite pay-per-view, on a billing to rival the forthcoming fight between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.

Armand and Fatboy will battle it out for points on the decks like an old-skool hip-hop soundclash at the event which will take place in April. The exact date will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks.

As a pre-match warm-up, Fatboy Slim releases his latest single, ‘Right Here Right Now’, on April 12, the follow-up to his recent Number One ‘Praise You’.

It’s the fourth track to be taken from his number one album ‘You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby’, which has now sold more than a million copies. The video was shot last week by Hammer And Tongs.

Armand Van Helden, who had a recent number one single with ‘You Don’t Know Me’, is countering Fatboy‘s release in a prelim war of vinyl by putting out his new single ‘Flowers’ – also on April 12. His album ‘2 Future 4 U’ is released on March 22.

Among Norman Cook‘s supporters at ringside could be Hole who have been inspired by Fatboy to have their current single, ‘Malibu’, remixed. The track has been handed over to Ted Ottaviano, former leader of a US ’80s electronic band Book Of Love after Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson revealed on the Internet that watching Fatboy play at the recent Big Day Out festival in Australia he became interested in dance remixes.

He said: “I just came from a Fatboy Slim show and there’s something cool about a guy up there with just two turntables making that music. It’s not like the Prodigy or Chemical Brothers where you have these guys up there playing something. It’s just this guy with two turntables and all the kids dancing and going crazy.”