In two weeks time we have another event costing us £16.95 to see a ‘stacked card’ which is headlined by Anthony Joshua, defending his IBF Heavyweight Title for the second time against Eric Molina. The card had potential to have Wladimir Klitschko instead, and in turn the under card would be jam packed with brain busters and cracking fights, the event has now been finalized and this is what we are left with.
We have undefeated Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz taking on Dave Allen, a young chap aged 24 that recently lost on points to Dillian Whyte and ballooned up in weight, with Ortiz coming in at a 1/100 favourite? So that’s a dead certain and apparently the purse Allen is taking to go in the ring and risk his life is absolutely appalling. We then have Hosea Burton defending his British Light Heavyweight title against a nearly-man in Frank Buglioni , the second time this fight has been scheduled to happen. Again a Matchroom fighter coming in the favourite at 1/3.
We then have the closest and most appealing fight on the night, Luis Concepion comes over to defend his WBA Super Flyweight title against undefeated and very talented Khalid Yafai. This is probably the main fight most of us are excited for just because its the only fight which has the potential to go either way, again however Yafai coming in the slight favourite. Following that we then have Scott Quigg making his return against Jose Cayetano who’s biggest achievement is winning an NABF title? This will be Quigg’s first time back in the ring since loosing on points to Carl Frampton on another, yet reasonably pay per view worthy fight, coming in the favourite by 1/33.
Then we have a bright prospect and British Super Middleweight champion Callum Smith defending his belt against challenger Luke Blackledge. Blackledge’s only stoppage defeat came at the hands of Rocky Fielding, a guy Smith knocked out in the first round. Smith enters that fight at a 1/100 favourite. Following that, and chief support of the night, we see Dillian Whyte in his first defence of his British Heavyweight title against Dereck Chisora, two men who are European level at best. Whyte coming in the favourite at 2/5.
Finally we have Anthony Joshua defend his title against a man that has been knocked out three times in his career, and best career win coming against a 40 year old over the hill Tomasz Adamek. Joshua coming in a 1/33 favourite. Also somewhere on the bill Katie Taylor will be slotted there facing someone who went the distance with someone she just knocked out in three rounds.
So taking all of that into account, I’m struggling to understand what fight exactly in there warrants pay per view. The two closest and most entertaining fights, Hearn has said would be a Saturday night fight night main event. It begs the question, is an event pay per view, or is a fight pay per view or even is it the fighter who’s pay per view. If we are paying the money for the event as a whole, then the event needs to be stacked with close fights and less names. If we are paying for one particular fight on the card, then that should be a 50/50 super fight with not much on the undercard. Either way, we are yet to have either.
So with every Matchroom fighter coming into the fight as the bookies favourite, if you were to include every one of their fighters in an accumulator on the night and stuck a fiver on it, you would get £15. Lovely