Another weekend of boxing approaches and this one looks and feels like it won’t disappoint! In Brooklyn USA, we have Jacobs Vs Dervyanchenko for the vacant IBF World Middleweight Belt and New Orleans will hold the World Boxing Super Series. While across the pond in the UK we have a jammed packed event at The Copper Box Arena in London with plenty 50/50 match ups. Finally, a Heavyweight world title Eliminator between Kubrat Pulev and Hughie Fury will also be taking place in Bulgaria. Lot’s to cover before the weekend of boxing starts and I’m really excited to see how most of these match ups could end up – no doubt few upsets are on the table!
Jacobs vs Derevyanchenko – New York, USA
After GGG had to vacate his IBF middleweight belt (very unfairly), Jacobs and Derevyanchenko will go up against each other in what should be a very competitive Middleweight battle. Jacobs who has made a remarkable turn in fortune after his cancer diagnosis has really seemed to grow and mature as boxer as he won WBA (regular) Middleweight title and challenged Golovkin in a very close and competitive 12 round defeat. Since then Jacobs has been very clear about fighting the best and with promoter Eddie Hearn signing a deal with DZAN with matchroom boxing, there could be an opportunity for Jacobs to fight new middleweight champion Andrade or the new big fish in boxing, Canelo Alvarez. This is big opportunity for Jacobs to make a statement to the rest of the division tonight and he need to produce the results against the unknown Ukrainian.
Looking at Derevyanchenko, he’s had a very impressive amateur career which has no doubt helped him in his pro career so far, climbing up the IBF rankings quickly to get the opportunity against Jacobs. He definitely looks the part (watch here) with knockout power and impressive footwork which will no doubt cause Jacobs some issues throughout the fight. I think this will go distance again at the weekend, but Jacobs experience in the pro game does it for me. Jacobs UD.
World Boxing Super Series – New Orleans, USA
The main fight which most will belooking at of course is the super lightweight (light welterweight) match-up between the American Regis Prograis and Brit Terry Flanagan. This will be Flanagan’s first fight since losing his WBO belt to Maurice Hooker in June and he will be wanting to redeem himself in what will be a very tough fight against the highly rated American. Prograis the number one seed going into the tournament will need to make a big point to live up to his hype, from what I’ve seen of him he does like to put his opponent on the back foot and imagine it will be good clash of style between him and Flanagan for the fight fans. Check him out against former world champion Julius Indongo here. Something just tells me however that it’s going to be Flanagan’s night – maybe I’ll eat my words later. Flanagan UD
In terms of the other fight with Baranchyk vs Yigit, I don’t really no much at all about either fighter so can’t really make a judgement. But from watching the WBSS pre show documentary they both look pretty determined to me to get win this weekend. Check it out at the bottom of this post.
Ryder vs Sirotkin – London, UK
I’m really looking forward to this event with plenty for 50/50 match ups where I’m expecting a few upsets. Headlining the event will be John Ryder and Andrey Sirotkin in a WBA world title eliminator. This could be last chance saloon for Ryder as he looks to finally get his opportunity for a world title shot with only the Russian Sirotkin standing in his way now. It should be an interesting match up either way to see if he can handle the pressure. Ryder KO. UK fight fans will definitely enjoy some match-ups below:
- Ted Cheeseman vs Asina Byfield – for WBA World Super-Middleweight Title
- Issac Chamberlain vs Luke Watkins – Cruiserweight Contest
- Ryan Doyle vs Jordon Gil – for Commonwealth Featherweight Championship
- Fleix Cash vs Stephen Danyo – for WBC International Silver Middleweight Championship
Pulev vs Fury – Sofia, Bulagria
To finish the fight weekend preview, we have going up against each other in a IBF heavyweight title eliminator in Bulgaria. Will definitely be an interesting fight to see what happens as no doubt the IBF will make the winner of this fight a mandatory to fight Anthony Joshua next year. I would really like to see Hughie Fury go over to Bulgaria and do a job, but it’s a huge ask and Pulev is a decent operator. Win or lose this is a huge fight for both and could land them that super fight against Joshua in 2019. Pulev UD
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