We have a lot of boxing that we can watch this week though surprisingly not many world titles are at stake considering how much boxing is taking place.
The first card i’m looking at takes place on Friday 6th March 2020 in Dubai headlined by Aliu Bamidele Lasisi versus Norbelto Jimenez. Lasisi is someone that MTK (the promoters of this show) are clearly investing in and its shown here as they’ve brought in Jimenez who just challenged for a world title. I think this is a relatively 50/50 fight because I don’t believe Lasisi is a great prospect and if Jimenez is allowed to get confident in this fight he could cause some problems. I like it as a good step up fight though and it also suggests to me at least that they want Lasisi to get a title shot this year or early next year at the latest.
Nurtas Azhbenov takes a step up in class when he fights Jr Magboo who has only lost to good fighters. Azhbenov should win relatively comfortably here as long as he takes it seriously and if he wants to be regarded as good prospect then he’ll want to win by KO.
Also on the under card TJ Doheny former super bantamweight world champion fights Ionut Baluta in what could be an entertaining 8 rounder. Baluta is coming off an upset win in the UK and will want to pull off another one in Dubai. As long as Doheny hasn’t faded extremely fast he should be able to win here and carry on his journey back to the top. The only other notable fight on this card is Zhan Kossobutskiy versus Abraham Tabul a heavyweight fight over 8 rounds. Zhan is 12-0 with 11 knockouts and could be an interesting addition to the heavyweight mix if he gets the right backing. He should win by KO here and hopefully in his next fight he takes a step up in opponent versus someone like Wach or Jonathan Rice.
On Saturday in Australia Demsey McKean fights Jonathon Rice over 10 rounds in a good step up for the heavyweight prospect. McKean looks to be Australia’s best heavyweight prospect and a win here would draw international attention as Rice is a known gatekeeper in the heavyweight division. I think this fight will be competitive and I could see an upset happening but i’m leaning towards McKean by decision here.
Moving over to Russia on Saturday Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov fights Tomas Rojas over 12 rounds for Yaqubov’s WBC international super featherweight title. This should be a routine defence of a sanctioning body ranking belt here as Yaqubov is levels above Rojas at this point in their respective careers. Rojas is normally quite durable to if Yaqubov could stop him it would be a good statement.
Mark Urvanov fights Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu in a competitive 50/50 which should have great action. Urvanov is fun to watch and this should be a good test for both too see if they can make it too the next level in their pro careers. I’m not sure who wins this one but I can’t wait to watch it. Magomed Kurbanov fights Ismail lliev over 10 rounds in what should be another competitive bout. Kurbanov had quite a bit of hype around him but hasn’t been performing to match that hype and so I think his promoters are putting him in fights where he’ll learn win or lose which I think is a good sign for his career.
My favourite Cruiserweight prospect Evgeny Tishchenko fights Marcos Antonio Aumada over 10 rounds in a defense of his WBO inter continental title. Tishchenko should win comfortably here and i’m happy with how hes being matched so early on in his career.
Also on Saturday in Mexico Luis Alberto Hernandez Ramos fights Placido Ramirez over 10 rounds for a WBC super light weight ranking belt. Hernandez seems to be a big puncher and I expect him to win by KO here as well.
On the under card Oscar Duarte fights Andres Garcia and William Zepeda fights Brayam Rico in good 10 round fights.
In Poland Ewa Brodnicka fights Djemilla Gontaruk over 10 rounds for her female WBO Super featherweight world title. Brodnicka will likely win on points here though it could be a controversial decision as some thought Brodnicka lost her last fight but still got the decision.
On an MTK show in the UK Danny Dignum fights Alfredo Meli over 10 rounds for Dignums WBO European middleweight title. Dignum should win as while hes not great hes a better fighter than Meli who I thought lost his last fight. If MTK can somehow manage to get Dignum a title shot like they did Luke Keeler then I’d be very impressed as I don’t think hes even european level.
Moving over to Manchester and the biggest UK card of the week Scott Quigg fights Jono Carroll in a good 12 round fight where Hearn the promoter of the event thinks the winner will get a title shot. I’m not so sure as all the super featherweight champions are busy and a win over each other won’t put these two ahead of a lot of other contenders in the division. Its a good fight but also perhaps shouldn’t headline a UK fight night on Sky and it shows that the focus really is on Dazn in America now for Hearn.
Zach Parker fights Rohan Murdock for what is effectively a mandatory shot at Billy Joe Saunders. Both of these fighters are relatively inactive so its hard to know who has the advantage. I’ll go with Parker because its happening in the UK and Murdock is having to travel from Australia. Hughie Fury fights Pavel Sour in what has the potential to be the worst heavyweight 10 round fight of all time. Sour won’t come to win and is relatively old while Hughie doesn’t like committing to punches and could easily sit on the back foot and win an ugly boring 10 round decision here.
The last card this week features yet more heavyweights this time in America. Adam Kownacki fights Robert Helenius in what is being billed as an eliminator but is really just a stay busy fight for Kownacki while the division deals with fights that have to happen. As long as he keeps winning he should get a title shot in the next 12 months as the heavyweight scene settles down again.
Frank Sanchez fights Joey Dawejko over 10 rounds in a fight where if he wants to be a contender he needs to win and win in dominant fashion. Dawejko is a gatekeeper that Sanchez should be able to overcome. Dawejko’s biggest claim to fame is that he KO’d Anthony Joshua in sparring before the first Andy Ruiz Jr fight.
Also on the under card 2016 Olympian Efe Ajagba fights former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu. Ajagba should win by KO here as while Cojanu is a former title challenger hes not that good and was chosen as an easy defence. Robert Alfonso another Cuban heavyweight fights Carlos Negron in a hard fight as Alfonso hasn’t looked great in his pro career and I don’t think he’ll make it to the top though we could see him in good fights like this one.
As always I hope all the boxers make it home safely and that you enjoy all the boxing this week. I also hope you all stay safe from the current Corona Virus as it is currently spreading quite quickly around the world. I’ll be back with my usual preview of the weeks boxing next Thursday so until then enjoy the fights!!