Eddie Hearn has announced five UK shows that will take place over the next four months.
To start off the year on February 13th Josh Warrington will have his first fight with Matchroom and will defend his IBF featherweight world title versus Mauricio Lara who is relatively unknown and is really being used as a tune up before Warrington heads for a unification.
On the 20th of February Josh Kelly and David Avanesyan will finally face off after over 12 months of delays. This is one of the best fights in the schedule and the winner will be primed for a massive 2021 and 2022. If Josh Kelly wins he’ll redeem himself for looking average the last few years and can expect to be in a big fight versus Conor Benn by the end of 2021.
The third show is the only PPV of the five with Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin facing off again after their explosive and dramatic first fight. The second should be intense and I can see either one winning which is always a good sign for a fight. The winner will be in a huge fight while the loser still has a lot of options in the division. I like the Ted Cheeseman versus JJ Metcalf fight on the under card as it’s a real 50/50 domestic match up and the sort of fight we should get more of.
On the 20th March Lawrence Okolie and Krzysztof Glowacki will fight for the vacant WBO Cruiserweight world title. This is a great match up between two top ten Cruiserweights where the winner can start to quickly clear out the division with Marius Briedis moving up to heavyweight. If Okolie can win a world title fight in only 16 fights it would be impressive and clearly put him ahead of his fellow 2016 Olympians from the UK who have so far been disappointing.
The last show that Hearn announced takes place on the 10th of April with Conor Benn versus Samuel Vargas headlining. I like this fight for Benn who is still developing as a fighter and doesn’t need to be rushed as while hes showing big improvements hes still only been boxing for four years. Samuel Vargas has fought a who’s who of top names though has lost to almost all of them and the highlight of his career may be knocking Amir Khan down.
I personally think considering how hard the pandemic has hit the UK that this is still a strong schedule with plenty of entertaining fights. From listening to a Hearn interview it sounds like more fights will be announced shortly as well.