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This weekend we are lucky to have two days on the trot, back to back filled with good quality boxing in both the UK, and America. The return of the Bronze Bomber, Twinny Gav trying to replicate his brothers success and Canada gets divided.
February 24th – York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK (BoxNation) –
On Friday live on Boxnation we see hopeful young Welshman Jay Harris extend his unbeaten record and pick up the Commonwealth Super Flyweight title as he faces the current champion, Cameroon born fighter Thomas Essomba.
Fan favourite and youngster Boy Jones Jr hopes to make his first defence of his Southern Area super featherweight title. The 20-year-old has been cooking up a storm among the youngsters of the sport, and he continues to grow his fan base as he comes through challenge after challenge.
He will be defending his title against 28 old Craig Poxton. Poxton once challenged for the English super featherweight title in 2016 but was stopped in the first round by Andy Townend.
An exciting debut will also featured on the card as son of former Super middleweight world champion and hall of fame fighter Nigel Benn will embarking on his professional career. We have young Harley Benn starting his campaign at super middleweight.
February 24th – Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (PPV / Indigo)
Over in Canada we have a huge domestic clash as two of Quebec’s best face off in a solid fight.We have undefeated 32-year-old Eleider Alvarez taking on former world title holder Lucian Bute.
Bute goes into the fight as a big underdog, however his resume can’t be taken for granted. Despite being a ripe age of 36 years old, Bute has fought an extremely tough level of opposition for most of his career and the experience and knowledge will certainly be on his side.
Despite being undefeated and the younger man by 4 years, you could argue that Alvarez’ best career win is against fringe level fighter in Isaac Chilemba, winning by a majority decision.
February 25th – Ice Arena, Hull, Yorkshire, UK (Sky)
On home soil we see Gavin McDonnell try to replicate the career of his brother as he picks up a world title in one of the lower divisions. The undefeated 30-year-old will be facing Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC super bantamweight title.
Despite McDonnell being a European champion and British champion with no career defeats, the 26-year-old Mexican will be on a different level. Vargas brings a record of 28-0 (22ko’s), huge power for a man of that weight class, making it an extremely tough fight for McDonnell.
This fight headlines an average night of boxing on Sky Sports. Chief support sees underwhelming Luke Campbell in a pointless fight, that does absolutely nothing for the progression of his career, coming in at a 1/200 odds on favourite as he faces Mexican Jairo Lopez.
Since winning the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, Campbell has yet to fulfill his full potential, and the division is getting stronger than ever now at 135lbs and we are still yet to see Campbell test himself at world level.
Tommy Coyle appears on the card also, as he takes on Rakeem Noble as Kofi Yates pulls out of the fight at short notice. Coyle is often in fun fights for the fans to watch however its unsure what challenge Noble will bring to the table.
Fan favourites Ryan Burnett and Dave Allen also feature on the card.
February 25th – Legacy Arena, Birmingham, AL, USA (PBC on FOX / Sky)
Over in the states we have an exciting night ahead as we see the return of WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, as he looks to knock over another questionable opponent in Gerald Washington.
Wilder has been out since half way through 2016 with a broken hand and torn bicep, injuries which he picked up against Chris Arreola. He was set to face Andrzej Wawrzyk until the Polish contender failed a drugs test, forcing them to draft in Washington at short notice.
Wilder has said this is the year he looks to unify the division and chase the big names out there, and he knows he can’t continue you be fighting bums and journeyman all his career as there are some serious questions that are being asked at the level of opposition he has built his reputation on.
Jarrett Hurd will be facing Tony Harrison as previously scheduled, however we have recently found out it will be for the vacant IBF Super Welterweight title as it was recently vacated by Jermall Charlo.
Dominic Breazeale also makes his return to the ring since being suffering his first professional loss, being knocked out in the 7th round by Anthony Joshua last year. He faces undefeated hot prospect Izu Ugonoh, a fighter coming from the same stable as Joseph Parker.
The card will be shown live on Sky Sports for UK viewers.
An extremely positive weekend for world boxing and a very busy schedule!