This week we have a packed boxing schedule with some important fights which will effect next years boxing in a significant way.
The first card I’m interested in is Richard Riakporhe vs Jack Massey for the vacant British Cruiser weight title. This is a good match up and on paper at least should lead to a knockout. Riakporhe is building a good resume at domestic level and I expect him to use his experience in the big fights to win here likely by knockout. Jack Massey isn’t a bad fighter at all but he’s never faced a fighter as good as Riakporhe and hasn’t been all that active. I will say he has an alright jab which he uses vs journeymen whether he’ll have the confidence to throw it against Riakporhe we will see. I think if he does Riakporhe will counter when he throws it and finish the fight but its a good fight and i’m glad both took the fight. Also on this card Luther Clay fights Freddy Kiwitt for a minor WBO ranking belt. Clay is coming off a good win in Italy and I think he can continue his recent success here by beating Kiwitt on points in a competitive fight. I think Clay could be one of the best Welterweight fighters domestically and I’d like to see Eddie Hearn sign him if he wins.
Kieron Conway fights Craig O’Brian over 10 rounds while he waits for the opportunity to fight the bigger names next year. Conway should win on points here though O’Brian isn’t a bad fighter and I’m glad Conway is building his resume rather than fighting journeymen while he waits. Craig Richards fights Chad Sugden over 8 rounds in a fight I really wasn’t expecting. Richards is mandatory to the British Light Heavy title so I presume this is a tickover fight for him. Sugden has a good record of 11-1 but it looks likes he’s taken the fight at short notice. I expect Richards to get the KO here.
The rest of the fights are journeymen vs prospects which will feature Shannon Courtenay in her 5th fight, Donte Dixon in his second fight and Franklin Ignatius , Malik Kareem, Ibrahim Nadim in their professional debuts. Out of these I’d watch Ignatius as he seems like he could be in some entertaining fights in the heavyweight division.
The Next card that i’m highlighting comes out of Germany and for this one i’m only bothered about one fight. That fight is Christian Hammer vs Saul Farah. Hammer is coming off of a points loss to Luis Ortiz while Saul Farah has been fighting in Bolivia. Hammer will win by KO here before I imagine taking on a prospect like Tony Yoka or Daniel Dubois. Saul Farah is entertaining because he appears all the time on the schedule and you never know who he’ll be fighting.
The next card comes from Australia where Billy Dib (yes he’s still fighting… somehow) takes on the untested Van Thao Tran. This fight could end up in a big upset if Dib isn’t careful and Tran adjusts to the weight properly. Billy Dib is washed up now and thats why hes bringing Tran up from Bantamweight to fight him at super featherweight. I personally hope Tran wins because I don’t want to watch Billy Dib fight on the world stage again which he likely won’t even if he wins this. On the undercard 2016 Olympian Daniel Lewis fights Rivo Kundimang over 10 rounds. Lewis is being moved at a relatively quick pace which is nice to see considering his Olympic pedigree however this fight shouldn’t be as competitive as a few of his previous fights considering his opponent is coming from super light weight to fight at super welterweight. Daniel Lewis can use his size advantage to win by early KO here.
A card from Russia which i’m interested in is headlined by Denis Lebedev vs Thabiso Mchuno. Lebedev is a former world champion however he is 40 now so i’m not sure if he has plans to have one last run or whether this is a farewell fight for him. Mchuno has been in with Names such as Usyk but shouldn’t have enough to beat Lebedev and win the vacant WBC Silver cruiser weight title. Elsewhere on the card Aidos Yerbossynuly fights Omar Garcia over 10 rounds for his WBA International super middle weight title. Aidos is a good fighter and should win by KO here to continue his run towards a world title sometimes in the next 18 months. Him vs Bektemir next year after one fight each could perhaps be made as an eliminator for a title though I doubt the fight gets made.
Moving over to Thailand Apichet Petchmanee fights Ari Agustian over 10 rounds in a non title fight. Apichet was expected to do big things when he turned pro but after not looking so great in his last few fights the hype has died down. If he wants to continue towards a title he needs to win here and most likely by KO especially as just two fights ago Agustian was fighting at Featherweight and he’s now at lightweight. If Ari Agustian wins he makes a name for himself and can be in big fights in the future so its an extremely important fight for both men.
The biggest card in the UK this week is headlined by Daniel Dubois vs Kyotaro Fujimoto. A few ranking belts are on the line which Dubois will look to win to advance himself up the sanctioning body rankings. This shouldn’t be very competitive and I think Dubois should beat Fujimoto within 3 rounds. Dubois is one of the best heavyweight prospects while Fujimoto has won a split decision vs a career super welterweight. He’s also not been that active while Dubois has and is giving up every advantage coming into this fight including height, reach and weight. Dubois has had a good year and as long as he’s active I don’t mind him fighting this level of opponent while he’s still at an early stage of his career.
On the undercard Liam Williams fights Alantez Fox in a WBO Middleweight weight world title eliminator. Liam Williams is a favourite here however I think with the right game plan the 6,4 Fox can use his height and reach to win a decision. I think the likely result is that fox wins some early rounds before Williams works him out and stops him late.
Sunny Edwards fights Marcel Braithwaite for the vacant British Super Fly weight title on this card over 12 rounds. Edwards is a top prospect at the weight who I think will win in dominant fashion here. He doesn’t have much power so I think he’ll either win wide on points or by a late corner stoppage. Braithwaite isn’t a bad fighter and he should get credit for taking the fight where others haven’t but he shouldn’t be anywhere near the level of Sunny Edwards considering he’s gone life and death with two journeymen even if they are half decent fighters. The rest of the undercard is full of prospects vs journeymen with lucien Reid , Tommy Fury and James Branch making an appearance.
Over in America Tony Harrison fights Jermell Charlo for the second time for the WBC Super welter weight world title. Their first fight was controversial with people split on whether Harrison or Charlo won. Both men believe they won and they have real bad blood between them. Harrison defied the odds and became a world champion in their last fight but he’ll have to do it again here as Jermell Charlo is the favourite in the bookmakers. I think Charlo will regain his world title by either a close points decision or a late stoppage. He seems very focused and has been more active while Harrison has been recovering from injury.
On the undercard Efe Ajagba takes on Iago Kiladze over 10 rounds in the heavyweight division. Ajagba is another heavyweight prospect which you don’t want to miss. He has real power and while he fights quite upright hes only 25 so he can get much better. He should be able to KO Kiladze within 4 or 5 rounds after having had a bit of a tougher time last fight when he went the distance with a fellow Olympian.
The last card that I’ll be previewing is Daniel Jacobs vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. They fight over 12 rounds for no title as this is Jacob’s first fight at super middleweight. Jacobs has had huge fights vs Canelo , GGG at middleweight and now wants to have more big fights at super middleweight where he won’t have to strain to make the weight. Chavez has been picked because he’s the son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez and is still a big name in boxing circles. Jr is no where near as good or as dedicated as his dad and I think this will be very one sided which may lead to Chavez being pulled out by his corner.
On the undercard Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar fights Cristofer Rosales for the vacant WBC fly weight world title over 12 rounds. Aguilar fought for this title back in August where he dropped the champion Charlie Edwards before hitting him while he was down on a knee meaning he couldn’t continue. The fight was declared a no contest and Edwards vacated the belt because of issues making weight. If Aguilar hadn’t have hit Edwards while he was down he would already be a world champion but in the heat of the moment i can understand how it happens. Rosales has actually held this title before and so this is his opportunity to become a two time champion. He ended up getting out boxed by Edwards to lose his title but he has the chance to redeem himself here. I think Aguilar will win in a close fight as I think he’s a real quality fighter and could become a big deal in the lower divisions.
Maurice Hooker returns vs Ureil Perez after losing his super lightweight title last time out. He should be able to box to a decision here however Perez has good power so if he can land on Hooker clean he can come away with the biggest win of his career. If Hooker chooses to stay at super light weight then I think this is a real possibility in this fight.
Liam Smith continues his journey to becoming a world champion again by facing Roberto Garcia over 10 rounds. This wouldn’t be a bad fight but Garcia has had less than a weeks notice and also at 39 doesn’t have as much left in the tank as he used too. Liam Smith will win a points decision or late stoppage here.
Daniyar Yeleussinov takes on Alan Sanchez over 10 rounds in a welterweight contest. Yeleussinov is a gold medalist and will be looking to achieve the same levels of success in the pro ranks. He looked good last time out after not performing as expected in a few fights. I personally think that the better the competition is the better he will look. Sanchez is the best fighter he’s faced to date but I think he’ll perform well and knock him out within 5 rounds. When fighters come to win he’ll have more opportunities to hit them and look good which is what I predict will happen here. Josh Kelly fights Wiston Campos in a come back fight after drawing vs Ray Robinson in his last fight. He should win by early KO here. Gabriel Rosado fights Humberto Gutierrez Ochoa over 10 rounds in a fight thats only happening because they needed Rosado to be ready to fight Jacobs in case something happened with Chavez Jr which has happened in the past. Rosado should be able to pull of his first win since 2017 here which will be nice as he’s been fed to the wolves for most of his career. Saying that it has meant hes been in more big fights than fighters like him would normally have. Reshat Mati and Raymond Ford both fight Journeymen on the undercard as they look to progress with the early parts of their careers.
Theres so much boxing this week going on and unfortunately over half of it will be hard to find live footage of. I’m glad I was able to do a full preview of the weeks boxing even if it did take me several hours. I think the fights I’m most looking forward to are Aguilar vs Rosales and watching Dubois because whoever hes against hes entertaining. As always I hope all the boxers get home safely and that you all enjoy the boxing this week I’ll be back here with another preview next week but until then enjoy!