Fight Night Preview 8th December 2018

Ok fight fans it’s that time of the week again fight night preview time. This week we are in the steel city of Sheffield for a packed night of boxing, all the action is live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm.

Kell Brook V Michael Zerafa

Kell Brook comes into this fight with a record of 37-2 with 26 knockouts. He has won 4 out of his last 6 fights. He’s still trying to rebuild his career after those two back to back defeats, in his last fight he knocked out Siarhei Rabchanka in the 2nd round in his first fight at Super Welterweight.

Michael Zerafa comes into this fight with a record of 25-2 with 14 knockouts. He has won all of his last 6 fights, 3 of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he knocked out Jose Agustin Feria in the 3rd round to retain his WBA Oceania title.

This is a must win fight for both men if they want to stay in the world title mix, on paper at least this should be a close fight because we’ve got two fighters with similar records going head to head. However I can only see one winner in this and that is Brook, I think he will look to make a fast start and get the knockout early. Many people saw this fight as a keep warm fight for Brook before he finally takes on Amir Khan next year. Although that fight is looking increasingly unlikely as it now looks like Khan is looking to fight Terence Crawford.

Jono Carroll V Guillaume Frenois

This fight is a final eliminator for the IBF Super Featherweight title. Jono Carroll comes into this fight looking to continue his perfect start to his professional career as he comes into this fight with a record of 16-0 with 3 knockouts. He has knocked out 2 of his last 6 opponents, in his last fight he knocked out Declan Gerghty in the 9th round to retain his IBF intercontinental title.

Guillaume Frenois comes into this fight with a record of 46-1 with 12 knockouts. He has won all of his last 6 fights, 3 of them by knockout in his last fight he knocked out Michal Dufek in the 4th round.

You have to make Carroll the favourite for this one although Frenois is more experienced, Carroll is undefeated and he’s been fighting at a much higher level. I can see Carroll winning on points or by knockout in the late rounds.

Josh Kelly V David Avanesyan

Josh Kelly will be looking to continue his perfect start to his professional career as he comes into this fight with a record of 8-0 with 6 knockouts. He has knocked out 4 of his last 6 opponents, in his last fight he knocked out Walter Fabian Castillo in the opening round. This will be his first fight where he is scheduled to do the full 12 round distance.

David Avanesyan comes into this fight with a record of 23-3-1 with 11 knockouts. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights, 2 of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he was knocked out by the undefeated Egidijus Kavaliauskas in the 6th round.

I think this could be a really interesting fight because Kelly is a fast starter but he’s never done 12 rounds before so it will be interesting to see if he can sustain his pace for the whole fight. With that been said I still think he will get the stoppage by the middle rounds.

Kid Galahad V Brayan Mairena

Kid Galahad comes into this fight with an undefeated record of 25-0 with 15 knockouts. He has knocked out 4 of his last 6 opponents. In his last fight he put in a lacklustre performance to win a unanimous decision over Toka Kahn Clary.

Brayan Mairena comes into this fight with a record of 10-4-1 with 4 knockouts. He has only won 2 out of his last 6 fights with only 1 knockout. He is currently on a 4 fight losing streak, in his last fight he lost to another British fighter In Reece Bellotti who beat him on points.

Kid Galahad has to be the favourite for this one due to Mairenas recent form. I think that Galahad will look to make a fast start to prove to himself and all the people that questioned him after his last fight that it was just a bad night at the office.

Also On The Bill:

Anthony Fowler: Will be looking to end the year on a high and keep his undefeated record but at the time of writing this preview his opponent had not been confirmed.

Hope you enjoy the fights and please comment below and let me know your predictions.

Fight Night Preview 10th November 2018

Ok fight fans it’s that time of the week again fight night preview time this week we are back in the fighting city of Manchester for a night of action that could make history. All the action will be live on Sky Sports Box Office from 6pm.

Oleksandr Usyk V Tony Bellew

This fight is the only place to start this week as history is going to be made this will be the first time ever that the undisputed title has been fought for in Briton.

Oleksandr Usyk is the undisputed champion and he comes into this massive fight with an undefeated record of 15-0 with 11 knockouts. He has knocked out 2 of his last 6 opponents, in his last fight he won a unanimous decision over Murat Gassiev to become the first man to lift the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Tony Bellew comes into this fight with a record of 30-2-1 with 20 knockouts. He has won all of his last 6 fights, 5 of those wins coming by knockout. Last time out he scored that stunning knockout in the 5th round over David Haye in their rematch.

This is the question that the whole world wants to know the answer to who’s going to win, I think it’s going to be a lot closer than many people are predicting. People seem to have forgotten that Bellew is a former world champion and ok he’s lost twice but both of those losses where to world champions. Let’s face it Bellew is becoming something of an expert at doing the impossible as nobody gave him a chance in his last two fights and he won both of them by knockout. Having said all that you still have to make Usyk the favourite for this one because he’s the champion, he’s undefeated and he carries huge knockout power. I think Usyk will come out looking to make a statement and end it quickly. Bellew’s best chance of winning could be to try and get the fight at range and look to land on the counter. One thing’s for sure whatever happens this is going to be a fight you don’t want to miss.

Anthony Crolla V Daud Yordan

Anthony Crolla comes into this fight with a record of 33-6-3 with 13 knockouts. He’s done well to rebuild his career after those two devastating back to back losses to Jorge Linage. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights, 2 of them by knockout. In his last fight he won a unanimous decision over Edson Ramirez on the undercard of Joshua V Parker back in March.

Daud Yordan comes into this fight with a record of 38-3 with 26 knockouts. He’s won all of his last 6 fights, 4 of them by knockout. In his last fight he knocked out Pavel Malikov in the 8th round to win the WBO intercontinental title

This fight is a must win fight for both men if they want to get back into the world title picture. This could be a really close fight but I think you have to make Crolla the slight favourite but only because he’s in front of his hometown crowd. I can see him coming out looking to box for the first few rounds but then I can see him going looking for the knockout in the middle to late rounds. However if he gets careless and walks into a shot from Yordan that could be the end of the fight. This is definitely a make or break fight for both men because whoever loses I don’t know where they go from here.

Ricky Burns V Scott Cardle

Ricky Burns comes into this fight with a record of 42-7-1 with 15 knockouts. He is another fighter that has done well to rebuild his career after some bad results recently. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights 3 of them by knockout. In his last fight he stopped Ivan Njegac in the 4th round.

Scott Cardle comes into this fight with a record of 23-2-1 with 7 knockouts. His recent form has not been great as he’s only won 4 out of his last 6 fights but only 1 of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he won on points over journeyman Michael Mooney.

I have to be honest and say I don’t understand this fight because both men have everything to lose and nothing to win, if Burns wins they will say that Cardle is not in his league. If Cardle wins they will say that Burns should hang up the gloves. All that been said I can only see one outcome in this one and that’s a Burns win either on points or by late stoppage.

Josh Kelly V Walter Fabian Castillo

Josh Kelly will be looking to continue his perfect start to his professional career as he comes into this fight with a perfect record of 7-0 with 5 knockouts. He’s knocked out 5 out of his last 6 opponents. In his last fight he stopped Kris Gorge in the 7th round to win the Commonwealth title. This is going to be a busy few months for him as he scheduled to fight on the Kell Brook bill in Sheffield on the 8th December.

Walter Fabian Castillo comes into this fight with a record of 13-2 with 3 knockouts. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights, 2 of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he knocked out Pablo David Battista in the 3rd round.

You have to make Kelly favourite for this one because every time Castillo takes a step up in opponent he loses. So I can see Kelly wanting to get a few rounds in his legs, before he goes looking for the knockout in the middle rounds.

David Allen V Ariel Esteban Bracomonte

David Allen has got another chance to shine on the big stage, he comes into this fight with a record of 15-4-2 with 12 knockouts. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights with 1 loss and 1 draw all of those wins came by knockout. Last time out he made a statement by knocking out Samir Nebo in the opening round. It is going to be a busy end of the year for him as he is scheduled to fight in Sheffield on the 8th December.

Ariel Esteban Bracomonte comes into this fight with a record of 8-1 with 5 knockouts. He’s won 5 out of his last 6 fights 4 of them by knockout. Last time out he knocked out Nahuel Collosi in the opening round.

Allen is the clear favourite for this one because he’s more experienced and he’s fought at a higher level. My only concern with this fight is it was added at short notice after Joe Cordina was taken off the bill because of injury. So we don’t really know what sort of shape both men are going to be in. Even so I think Allen will go looking for the knockout early.

Sam Hyde V Richard Riakporhe

Sam Hyde comes into this fight with an undefeated record of 13-0-1 with 6 knockouts. He’s knocked out 3 of his last 6 opponents. In his last fight he knocked out Dmitrij Kalinovskij in the 5th round. The only blot on his record came back in 2014 when he was held to a draw by Wayne Brooks.

Richard Riakporhe comes into this fight with a perfect professional record of 7-0 with 6 knockouts. He has knocked out all but one of his opponents. In his last fight he knocked out journeyman Elvis Dube in the 2nd round.

This is the kind of fight that boxing fans love two young undefeated fighters putting it all on the line just to get one step closer to fighting for a world title. Which is exactly what will happen for the winner of this as this fight is for the WBA intercontinental title. I think you have to make Hyde the slight favourite for this only because he’s the more experienced of the two. I can see this one going the distance or with Hyde scoring a late stoppage.

Hope you enjoy the fights and comment below and let me know your predictions, can Tony Bellew end his career on a high?

Fight Night Preview 27th October 2018

Ok fight fans it’s that time of the week again fight night preview time. This week we are in London at The Copper Box Arena for a night of championship boxing, all the action will be live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm.

John Ryder V Andrey Sirotkin

This fight is an eliminator for the WBA Super Middleweight title, John Ryder comes into this fight with a record of 26-4 with 14 knockouts. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights, but only 2 of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he knocked out Jamie Cox in the 2nd round.

Andrey Sirotkin comes into this title eliminator with a perfect professional record of 15-0 with 4 knockouts. He’s knocked out 2 of his last 6 opponents, in his last fight he won a unanimous decision over Ryan Ford to successfully defend his WBA intercontinental title.

This one could be a real 50/50 but I think you have to make Ryder a slight favourite because he’s had more fights and he’s fighting in front of his hometown crowd. I think that if Ryder can make a fast start he might get the stoppage in the middle rounds. However if Sirotkin can use his boxing skills I can see him winning it on points.

Ted Cheeseman V Asinia Byfield

This fight is for the British title, Ted Cheeseman comes into this fight with a perfect professional record of 14-0 with 9 knockouts. He’s knocked out 3 of his last 6 opponents, in his last fight he knocked out Paul Upton in the 4th round to retain his WBA international title.

Asinia Byfield comes into this title fight with a record of 14-1 with 6 knockouts. He’s won 5 out of his last 6 fights, 4 of them by knockout. Last time out he knocked out Gabor Gorbics in the 5th round to retain his Southern Area title.

This one could be another close fight because we’ve got two fighters with similar records and at similar points in their careers. However I think you have to make Cheeseman the favourite for this one because he’s fought at a higher level and he carries more power. So although it’s going to be a close fight I think Cheeseman will get the stoppage in the middle to late rounds. I think Byfield’s best chance of winning is to keep the fight at range and not let Cheeseman get on the inside because he is a big body puncher.

Ryan Doyle V Jordan Gill

This fight will be Ryan Doyle’s 1st defence of his Commonwealth title, he comes into this fight with a record of 17-2-1 with 9 knockouts. He’s won 5 out of his last 6 fights but only 2 of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he knocked out Reece Bellotti in the 5th round to win the Commonwealth title.

Jordan Gill comes into this title fight with a perfect record of 21-0 with 5 knockouts. He’s knocked out 2 of his last 6 opponents, in his last fight he stopped David Berna in the opening round to set up this title fight.

You have to make Doyle favourite for this one because he’s the defending champion and he’s fought at a higher level. However I can see this one been a fight for the boxing purist among us because this fight could go the distance, with Doyle winning it on points.

Isaac Chamberlain V Luke Watkins

This fight will be Isaac Chamberlain’s first fight back since he lost his undefeated record to his rival Lawrence Okolie. He comes into this fight with a record of 9-1 with 4 knockouts. He’s won 5 out of his last 6 fights, 4 of them by knockout. In his last fight he lost a unanimous decision to his arch rival Lawrence Okolie in a fight that I think everyone in British boxing would love to see again in the future.

Luke Watkins comes into this fight with a record of 13-1 with 9 knockouts. He’s won 5 out of his last 6 fights, 4 of them by knockout. Like Chamberlain in his last fight he also lost to Lawrence Okolie but unlike Chamberlain he was knocked out in the 3rd round.

This could be a really good fight because both men have a point to prove as they are both coming off a loss. This could be a very tight fight but I think Chamberlain might just edge it either on points or by a very late stoppage.

Hope you enjoy all the action and please comment below and let me know your predictions. Unfortunately there will be no review as I’m going to a small hall show.

Fight Night Preview 13th October 2018

Ok fight fans it’s that time of the week again fight night preview time this week we are up in Newcastle, for an action packed night of boxing. All the action will be live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm

Lewis Ritson V Francisco Patera

This fight is for the vacant European title, Lewis Ritson comes into this fight with a perfect professional record of 17-0 with 11 knockouts. He’s knocked out all of his last 6 opponents, in his last fight he knocked out an overmatched Oscar Amador in the 3rd round back in September.

Francisco Patera comes into this title fight with a record of 19-3 with 7 knockouts. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights. Last time out he won a unanimous decision over Ruben Gouveia to set up this title fight.

You have to make Ritson favourite for this he’s a power puncher to both head and body. When you take into account that he’s topping the bill in front of his hometown crowd I think he’s going to go out looking to put on a show and make a statement. So I can see him going looking for the knockout early. However Patera is a very good boxer but I think the only chance he’s got of winning is to keep the fight at range and to stay away from Ritson’s right hand.

Robbie Davis Jr V Glenn Foot

This fight is for both the British and Commonwealth titles, Robbie Davis comes into this title fight with a record of 16-1 with 12 knockouts. He’s won 5 out of his last 6 fights, 3 of them by knockout. In his last fight he got a knockout victory over Michal Syrowatka with a 12th round stoppage.

Glenn Foot comes into this fight with a record of 23-3 with 7 knockouts. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights but only 1 of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he won on points over Sam Omidi.

On paper this fight looks like your classic boxer v the puncher, if Davis can stay on the front foot and land his power punches then I can see him winning by stoppage in the middle to late rounds. However if Foot can stick to his boxing and work off the jab then I can see it going the distance with Foot winning it on points. The problem with this fight is whoever loses I’m not sure where they go from here because they’re both the wrong side of 30 so it could be a make or break fight for both men.

Joshua Buatsi V Tony Averlant

Joshua Buatsi will be looking to continue his perfect start to his professional career as he comes into this fight with a record of 7-0 with 5 knockouts. He’s knocked out 4 of his last 6 opponents. In his last fight he knocked out Andrejs Pokumeiko in the opening round to win the WBA international title.

Tony Averlant comes into this fight with a record of 26-10-2 with only 5 knockouts. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights although none of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he was stopped in the 7th round by the undefeated Anthony Yarde.

This could be a good fight for Buatsi Averlant should be able to take him a few rounds however in the end I can see him getting the knockout by the middle rounds. Although Buatsi is a very talented boxer so it would be useful to see him take a step up to someone who can give him a fight. He was a very successful amateur and he’s made the perfect start to his professional career but the opponents he’s fighting at the moment are glorified sparring sessions.

David Allen V Samir Nebo

David Allen comes into this fight with a record of 14-4-2 with 11 knockouts. He’s only won 3 of his last 6 fights with 2 losses and 1 draw, however all 3 of his wins came by knockout. In his last fight he was losing against Nick Webb before out of nowhere he produced a stunning 1 punch knockout to win the fight in the 4th round.

Samir Nebo comes into this fight with a record of 10-2-1 all of his wins have come by knockout. He has won 5 out of his last 6 fights with all of his wins coming by knockout . In his last fight he was knocked out by Tom Schwarz in the 4th round.

This is not going to be a fight of finesse it’s going to be old fashion heavyweight fight 2 big punchers and whoever lands clean first wins. If David Allen wants his career to go to the next level he’s going to need to make a statement and get rid of Nebo in style.

Simon Vallily V Craig Glover

Simon Vallily comes into this fight with a record of 13-1-1 with only 4 knockouts. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights with 2 knockouts and1 loss and 1 draw. Last time out he was held to a controversial draw in his fight with Arfan Iqbal for the English title if he’s victorious on Saturday I’m sure we will see a rematch of that one down the line.

Craig Glover comes into this fight with a record of 8-1 with 7 knockouts. He has knocked out all of his last 6 opponents. In his last fight he knocked out Kevin Williams in the opening round.

This could be a real 50/50 fight Vallily maybe the more experienced of the pair but Glover carries more power. If Glover can make a fast start then he might get the stoppage in the early rounds. If the stoppage doesn’t come then I can see Vallily boxing his way home and winning on points.

Hope you enjoy the fights and please comment below and let me know your predictions.

Fight Night Preview 22nd September 2018

Ok fight fans it’s that time of the week again fight night preview time. This week we are in the capital at Wembley Stadium for a pack night of boxing action. All the action is live on Sky Box office from 6pm.

Anthony Joshua V Alexander Povetkin

There is only one place to start this week and that is with this big world title unification fight. Anthony Joshua comes into this huge fight with a perfect professional record of 21-0 with 20 knockouts. He has knocked out all but one of his opponents in his last fight he was taken the distance by Joseph Parker on his way to winning a wide unanimous decision. However although Parker put in a brave effort I think Joshua was happy to do the full 12 rounds so that he could prove to any doubters at he can go the distance easily. Joshua is no stranger to fighting in big stadiums as his last two fights have been at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. This fight will be his third fight at Wembley having fought on the Froch Groves 2 undercard in 2014 and last year he took on the heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko to unify the devision.

Alexander Povetkin comes into this fight as the number one contender and the mandatory challenger. With a very impressive record of 34-1 with 24 knockouts. He also is no stranger to been in big fights as he is a former world champion and like Joshua an Olympic gold medalist, however I don’t think he will have experienced anything like the atmosphere on Saturday night when that first bell rings. He has won all of his last 6 fights, 3 of them by knockout. The only mark on his record came against Wladimir Klitschko when he lost a unanimous decision in their world title fight back in 2013. In his last fight he scored that stunning knockout over David Price in the 5th round on the Joshua Parker undercard, however up until he put Price on the canvas he was losing the fight.

Now we get to the question that everyone wants to know the answer too who’s going to win? To be honest I don’t think anyone knows this could be a real 50/50 fight. Although I think if Joshua can stay away from Povetkin’s left hand for the first couple of rounds I can see him coming on strong in the middle rounds. I also think we are going to see a much more aggressive Joshua than what we did in the Parker fight and he will go looking for the knockout if that happens I can’t see the fight going past the 6th round, but for as long as the fight lasts Povetkin is always going to carry a threat with his one punch knockout power.

Luke Campbell V Yvan Mendy

Luke Campbell comes into this fight with a record of 18-2 with 15 knockouts. He has won 5 out of his last 6 fights, 4 of them by knockout. In his last fight he was just looking to get his career back on Track after losing in his world title challenge against Jorge Linage, and he did that with a 5th round knockout victory over Troy James.

Yvan Mendy comes into this fight with a record of 40-4-1 with 19 knockouts. He’s won all of his last 6 fights but only 2 of them by knockout. In his last fight he knocked out Jesus Arevalo in the 8th round.

This fight has a big question behind it will it be repeat or revenge? When the pair first met back in 2015 Mendy Shocked the world when he put Campbell on the canvas in the 5th round and then went on to win a split decision. So what’s going to be different this time around well quite a few things when they first fought Campbell was a 12 fight novice and he had a lot of personal things going on out of the ring. In the 3 years since they last met Campbell has become a stronger fighter and a stronger person. I think he’s going to come out with a point to prove I’m not sure if he will get the knockout, but I think he will look to out box Mendy to prove to himself and the world that their first fight was just a bad night at the office for him.

Matt Askin V Lawrence Okolie

This fight is for the British title and it will be Matt Askin’s first defence of his title. He comes into this title fight with a record of 23-3-1 with 15 knockouts. He’s won 5 out of his last 6 fights, 4 of them by knockout the only blot in his recent form was that controversial 1st round draw when he was ruled unable to continue because of injury. In his last fight he knocked out Stephen Simmons in the 2nd round to successfully defend his title.

Lawrence Okolie comes into this title fight with a perfect professional record of 9-0 with 7 knockouts. He has knocked out 3 of his last 6 opponents. In his last fight he knocked out Luke Watkins in the 3rd round to add the Commonwealth title to his growing collection.

We all know that a fight for the Lonsdale belt brings out the best in any fighter. Although Askin is the more experienced of the two I think you have to make Okolie the favourite because he’s a powerful puncher and he’s a very big Cruiserweight. I can see him coming out looking to use his boxing skills and landing some big body shots to get the stoppage in the middle rounds.

David Price V Sergey Kuzmin

David Price comes into this make or break fight with a record of 22-5 with 18 knockouts. His career hasn’t hit the heights many people in boxing thought it would after he turned professional after winning Bronze at the 2008 Olympics. On Saturday he starts yet another comeback. He’s only won 3 out of his last 6 fights only 2 of them by knockout. Last time out he made a bright start to his fight with Alexander Povetkin before his glass jaw showed it’s face again and he was taken out in the 5th round.

Sergey Kuzmin comes into this fight with a perfect professional record of 12-0 with 9 knockouts. He’s knocked out 5 out of his last 6 opponents, with one of his fights ending in a no contest after his opponent failed a post fight drug test.

This is a very risky fight for Price to take he’s fighting to save his career and he’s going up against an undefeated fighter with one punch knockout power. If he can somehow keep the fight at range and work off the jab then he might be able to win it on points. If he decides to go toe to toe with Kuzmin then the fight will be over and so will his career.

Hope you enjoy the fights and comment below and let me know your predictions. Unfortunately there will be no Fight Night Review because I’m going to the fight and they stop you taking iPads or laptops into Wembley.