The first fight thats happening that I want to mention is on Friday at York Hall. Philip Bowes fights Akeem Ennis-Brown for the commonwealth and vacant British super light weight titles. This is a good 50/50 fight but i’m leaning towards Ennis-Brown on points because he has a very awkward style that most fighters won’t have faced.
In the second good card of the weekend Alexander Besputin fights Radzhab Butaev in a 50/50 all Russian Welterweight fight. Its for one of the WBA’s many world titles which isn’t surprising because they likely have some sort of belt ready for every fight just to grab those sanctioning fees. Besputin has fought the better competition recently and due to that I think he’ll have the slight edge in the fight. I could see either one winning though as often fighters fight to the level of their opposition so Butaev could have a career best performance.
Elsewhere on the undercard Joe Cordina fights Enrique Tinoco over 12 rounds. Cordina is a 2016 Olympian and before this fight campaigned at lightweight so him dropping down to super featherweight could be a concern depending on how he makes the weight. This will be his toughest test to date as Tinoco doesn’t get stopped very often and really comes to fight every time as shown when he took Jordan Gills unbeaten record.
Cecilia Breakhus defends her undisputed welterweight titles versus Victoria Noelia Bustos. Breakhus has been out of the ring for almost a year but should be able to defend her titles comfortably here with either a wide points victory or a late stoppage.
Zhilei Zhang fights late replacement Rudenko for a minor WBO belt. Zhang hasn’t fought for over a year and really needs to kickstart his career as hes getting old even for a heavyweight. Zhang should be able to win this fight on points as long he hasn’t massively slowed down with the year lay off. The final big fight on this card is Hughie Fury vs Pavel Sour. Hughie Fury needs to get the knockout here as Sour isn’t anywhere near his level and If he wants to achieve something in the division he needs to be dealing with guys like this quickly. Sour was ko’d by Hrgovic in a round and most recently went 10 rounds with Jermaine Franklin a prospect from the USA who hasn’t looked very good in his recent fights.
The last big card coming out of the UK is headlined by Zolani Tete versus John Riel Casimero. Tete is coming off a long lay off due to injury while Casimero fought just 3 months ago. Both will be looking to win this fight so they can get the big unification fights next year with the likes of Inoue. I think Tete will lose some early rounds then come back and win the fight on points due to a few knockdowns late.
Sam Bowen defends his British Super Featherweight title vs Anthony Cacace. Both of these fighters aren’t that well known but both can really fight. I think Bowen will likely get out boxed for parts of the fight before taking Cacace out with some brutal bodyshots.
Chris Jenkins defends his British Welterweight title versus Liam Taylor on the card. I think Jenkins likely wins on points but its also likely this fight gets stopped on a cut because Jenkins is very susceptible to them.
Lerrone Richards takes on Lennox Clarke over 12 for the vacant British super middleweight title. Richards has been inactive in his career but can really box while Clarke is a decent pro who hasn’t faced anywhere near the level of a fighter like Richards. I think Richards wins a decision or a late stoppage because he has more power than his record suggests.
Sam Maxwell fights Connor Parker over 10 rounds in a defense of his WBO european title. Maxwell is a big puncher and I think he has enough to walk through the light hitting Parker and ko him.
The last significant fight on this card is Hamzah Sheeraz vs Ryan Kelly. This is actually a decent match up for this stage of Sheeraz’s career. I think he wins it but it should be competitive early on at least. The size difference between the two is massive though so I can see Sheeraz wearing kelly down with a late stoppage.
The last big show I won’t talk about too much because while the show I just talked about is full of 50/50 match ups the last one is full of one sided ones. The only real competitive match up on this card is Carlos Adames vs Patrick Teixeira. This is an eliminator for a world title and one I think Adames wins by KO. I rate Adames quite highly and while Teixeira is a good fighter hes shown in his one defeat that he can be stopped and by a lesser fighter than Adames.
The other two notable fights on this card is Carl Frampton versus Tyler McCreary and Oscar Valdez versus Andres Gutierrez. Both should win their bouts especially Frampton who is fighting a guy that has been struggling with journeymen recently. Valdez’s fight should at least be competitive however I think Valdez will show his class and beat Gutierrez comfortably in the end.
Thanks for reading my preview of this weeks boxing and as always I hope all the fighters get home safe and we all enjoy some great fights, I’ll be back next Thursday for another big weekend of boxing.