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Fast Forward – World Wide Weekend!

Fast Forward – World Wide Weekend!

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It’s an international affair this weekend and we begin tonight, Saturday the 20th of March inMoscow with the light heavyweight title action for the WBC and IBF crowns between Artur Beterbiev and Adam Deines. There are very few people who give Deines any kind of a chance against Beterbiev and given that Beterbiev is 17 months out of the ring, the only hope he could possibly have is, that that length of time has left Beterbiev with some form of pugilistic amnesia and he forgets how good he is. I somehow doubt that will happen.

Across the pond in Texas the WBO international belt is at stake between Vergil Ortiz Jr and Maurice Hooker at welterweight. Although this is Hooker’s first contest at welter he is a former world champion having beaten Terry Flanagan for the super lightweight WBO title. Ortiz Jr comes to the ring with all tests passed. A fascinating fight ahead…

In between, DAZN and Sky Sports in association with Matchroom bring us the Wembley Arena bubble which is an exciting card sandwiched in our nightly tour…

Ellie Scotney is at featherweight up against Mailys Gangloff with Scotney, highly touted by Sky and increasingly well regarded in the fight game. This should be a decent enough win though Gangloff has a good paper record – 4 wins out of 5.

Added to the card, also at featherweight is Ramla Ali who takes on Bec Connolly and she should have the more straightforward task of getting her second professional win.

We have the return of super featherweight Joe Cordina against Faroukh Kourbanov, and few shall expect a surprise loss for Cordina as he gets his career rolling once more. Dropping down in weight this should be a decent fight as Kourbanov is a recent European challenger so we can expect something to discuss afterwards…

Super welterweight Anthony Fowler takes on Jorge Fortea for the WBA international title and it is great to see Fowler back out. His progress should be much simpler than Cordina’s considering his opponent has a lesser record on paper and does not fight outside of Spain often, but we all know how complacency has been being rewarded over the last few months…

There is also a great fight with the WBA continental cruiserweight title fight between Chris Billiam-Smith and Delon Jumah. This might not set the heather alight on paper but in the ring, it might be a little different. We want to see a classy performance from Billiam-Smith, and this might be the right platform for this to happen.

Top of the bill is the WBO cruiserweight title fight between Lawrence Okolie and Krzystof Glowacki. There is little doubt that the persona and the ability of Okolie is world class. Can he translate that into a title? The time has come and no matter whether you might think it too soon or that Okolie is rather hyped up, he is going to be facing an opportunity to become a world class cruiserweight in more than name. He is close to becoming a world champion and thoroughly deserved so we all think. He has the ability, he has the opportunity, can he close the deal? Glowacki is a tough opponent, and thanks to Boxing News, I realise he stands in the way of the very first 2016 British male Olympian trying to become a world champ. I think we may augment our world champions by one later this evening…

Later on, in the week on Thursday the 25th of March in San Juan, Puerto Rico the WBC and WBO featherweight titles are on the line between Amanda Serrano and Daniela Romina Bermudez. There is little doubt that the smart money is on Serrano and there is little to argue the wisdom of such a view…

Then on Friday the 26th of March at the Copper Box, London, super middleweight Zach Parker is back with a contest against Vaughn Alexander, designed it would appear to shake off the ring rust. There is the IBF super bantamweight international title fight between Brad Foster and Alvaro Rodriguez, the WBC international silver welterweight title fight between Danny Ball and Sam Gilley and then we have the Commonwealth and British title fight between Akeem Ennis Brown and Sam Maxwell. Home wins would be the easy prediction and to be fair, I cannot see beyond Foster, Ball and Ennis-Brown but the Brown/Maxwell contest promises much – I hope it really delivers.

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Saturday 27th March 2021

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The rematch between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin for the interim WBC world title is on! Also on the bill is the British super welterweight title fight between Ted Cheeseman and James Metcalf and the WBO Global welterweight clash between Chris Kongo and Michael McKinson.

Copper Box, London

The second night of action in a row from Queensberry Promotions at the Copper Box with super bantamweight Chris Bourke slated to fight for the WBC international title, heavyweight Nathan Gorman comes back in a tough contest with Pavel Sour, the WBC international featherweight belt is on the line between Louie Lynn and Sebastian Perez and the British and Commonwealth super middleweight crown is in the ring to be fought over by Scotland’s Willie Hutchison and Lennox Clarke.

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