From Friday we have another big weekend of action both in US and in UK with Errol Spence Jr returning against Danny Garcia, Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray and British light heavyweight contenders Yarde vs Arthur battle it out for the commonwealth title!
In this preview I’ll give my thoughts on the three big fights taking place, along with my predictions and how to watch them.
Saunders vs Murray
First up this Friday 4th will be WBO super middleweight champion Saunders defending his title against five time world title challenger Martin Murray. For most when this was announced it was quite an underwhelming match up, including myself especially after the Canelo fight fell through earlier this year.
This will be Saunders first fight since his poor performance in L.A. against Argentina’s Coceres over a year ago. Although Billy was poor on the night he still came up with goods and ended up with a KO win in the 11th round.
With this year being the way it has been with pandemic, opportunities have been limited and Saunders really had to get out and fight someone before the end of the year. Eddie Hearn has in fact managed to get a semi decent opponent in Murray in my opinion considering the circumstances.
Martin Murray on the other hand will get another shot at a world title and this really probably is his last chance to get his hands on one before he retires. He will definitely be up for this one and Saunders will need to be on top of his game and not have a display similar to last year.
Having missed out on the Canelo fight to Calum Smith, we have to hope Saunders takes this opportunity to make a statement to Golovkin, Andrade, Smith and Canelo that they will have to beat him to prove they are truly the best.
It’s been a year out ring for Saunders and it’s also been a long time for Martin Murray too, so imagine it could be a lot closer than some people think. With Saunders, you just never quite know what you are going to get, but I have a feeling this will be tougher one than most people think. MD Saunders
Where to watch
US/Canada/International you can watch the fight on DAZN here
UK – you will be able to watch the fight on Sky Sports
Spence Jr vs Garcia
The big one this weekend is definitely going to be Errol Spence Jr vs Philly’s Danny Garica with the WBC and IBF welterweight tiles on the line.
This of course will be Errol Spence Jr first fight since his win over Shawn Porter and his horrific car crash. I am to this day shocked he came out this crash alive never mind the fact he was able to box a year on from the crash.
The fact he will also be stepping in there with Danny Garcia a two weight world champion in his first first after shows that Errol is wanting to prove to the world he is just as good as before the crash.
It will be interesting to see if he is actually ok, but having looked at his open workout sessions ( see below) he appears to look as good as he’s always been, but this fight will be a different ball game altogether.
Danny Garcia on the other hand will once again be looking to prove a point, having now had defeats to Thurman and Porter. This could be his last chance to prove he is still one of the top welterweights in the division.
Garcia has tremendous KO power, and his left hook will be the weapon he will know doubt want to use on Saturday night. Spence can take a punch, it’s just whether this car crash has done more damage than what we all think.
I think we could be in for a classic match up with both fighters wanting to prove a point in this one. Garcia will definitely want to test Spence to see if this car crash has affected him in any way while Spence will be wanting to prove a point that he is in fact ok! Having watched Spence’s open workout he does look like his old self, but can see this going full 12 rounds as he makes his comeback against a dangerous opponent. UD Spence Jr
Where to watch
US and Canada – will be available on Fox Sports PPV here
International – The fight can be purchased on FITE.tv here
UK – Premier sports, you can watch here
If you want to read more about Errol Spence Jr, check out my boxing style analysis of him here.
Arthur vs Yarde
In the UK there is a brilliant British Light heavyweight match up for the Commonwealth title that could create fireworks. With Frank Warren and BT Sport’s boxing star Daniel Dubois losing to Joe Joyce, the pressure will surely be on Anthony Yarde to ease the blow of this defeat as he has been heavily promoted by the next great thing by both in the past.
In terms of Yarde, it’s been an incredibly difficult year for him as he has lost two family members to coronavirus and in most cases could really motivate him to really push through and get a good win on Saturday.
For Lyndon Arthur the Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion, he will want to take the opportunity and I’m really intrigued to see how these two come up against each other. Arthur is infact a very patient fighter using his size and reach with a snappy jab on the backfoot. With this being the case and Yarde being more of a counter puncher with his philly shell style. It could be interesting to see how these two could clash come Saturday, with one of them becoming the aggressor.
Regardless I think Yarde, experience after facing Kovalev will help him going into this fight, but I think this one really could go either way on Saturday night. A great 50/50!
Having watched them both for the last couple of years, I just have a feeling Lydon Arthur could cause Yarde enough problems with his jab, if yarde doesn’t try to get on the inside. I could see this one going right to the wire. Arthur SD
Where to watch
UK – will be able to watch on BT Sport
US, Canada, International – TBC
Thanks for reading this fight preview and enjoy watching boxing this weekend. No doubt we will have some interesting results!
I’ll leave you with pre fight documentary for Errol Spence Jr vs Danny Garcia below: