This weekend is huge one for boxing with top talent all over the globe returning to show their skills. We have the debut of an Olympic icon, a pound for pound star and some hopeful prospects.
On Friday we have some solid cards on UK soil, and across the pond as Sky Sports are in action with their first segment of The NXTGEN series, showing off their young prospects and hot talent and Top Rank showcasing their new protegé in Michael Conlan.
The Madison Square Garden is in for a busy weekend as it hosts events on both Friday and Saturday. On Friday it holds the debut of Olympic and amateur star Michael Conlan as he hopes to replicate his success into the paid ranks.
Conlan was snatched up by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing after a controversial decision saw him exit the 2016 Olympics unexpectedly. The young Irishman then famously put his middle fingers up to the judges when the results were announced, and it sparked some serious exposure from promoters.
His older brother Jamie Conlan was in action this weekend as he scraped a close victory against Yader Cardozo on Boxnation this Saturday. Jamie came off from the canvas to secure a very close victory and continue his unbeaten record.
Former amateur world champion and recent debut professional prospect Ray Moylette makes his second fight in the pro game as Kaz Evans’ Assassin Promotions venture into Boston, Massachusetts on the undercard of Spike O’Sullivan’s ring return.
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This Friday at the York Hall live on Sky Sports we have Matchroom’s latest feature as they look to give their young talent a platform to show their skills and showcase their craft. The series will be called the NXTGEN and it will be also available live on Sky Sports’ Facebook page.
It hasn’t been revealed how many segments of this series there will be, or how long it will go on for but its a very good outlet for Matchroom’s young prospects to get a run out seeing as they are part of a very busy stable.
The bill features Danny Dignum, Jake Ball’s return to the ring after being devastatingly knocked out in the first round by JJ McDonagh. Felix Cash, Paul Hyland Jr and Ben Hall are also in action.
Southern Area cruiserweight champion Isaac Chamberlain is back in action since winning the title from Wadi Camacho in a thrilling fight, coming back from a dislocated shoulder to become the new champion.
Alan Higgins defends his Southern Area super middleweight title against highly rated Craig Richards in a ten round contest and the bill is topped by undefeated Reece Bellotti.
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On Saturday at Madison Square Garden we have an undefeated pound for pound star, the Kazakh IBF, WBC, WBA & IBO Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin return to the ring for the first time this year to defend his world honors against WBA Regular champion Danny Jacobs.
Any fight that Golovkin is in you can expect to be exciting. The unified champion brings entertainment time and time again but this is by far the toughest test he will face in his career.
Facing a man known as ‘The Miracle Man’ Danny Jacobs is another devastating puncher. Golovkin’s record stands at 36-0 (33ko’s) and Jacobs record is 32-1 (29ko’s). Between these two fighters they have a collected record of 69 fights, 68 wins and 62 of them by knockout.
There is absolutely no chance this fight is going the distance as both men are coming to take each others head off. The training camps of both men have been well documented recently and both fighters have prepared immaculately.
Jacobs is known as ‘The Miracle Man’ because of a fight he had outside the boxing ring. He battled a bone crushing cancer that was said to end his life and even though he was told he would survive, he was never able to box again.
Despite this, Jacobs had returned to the ring and has knocked out all 14 opponents since, picking up a world title on the way. You could argue it was the best thing that’s happened to his career as the drive he now has to capture super stardom is even higher.
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Chief support to this we have the best boxer on the planet returning to the ring. The four weight world champion Roman Gonzalez 46-0 (38ko’s) is back as he faces hard-hitting Thai fighter Wisaksil Wangek, known as Srisaket.
Gonzalez hasn’t been in action since facing Carlos Cuadras last September in a very close and tough fight for the undefeated Nicarguan. Critics stated that’s the closest that Gonzalez has been to loosing in his professional career and he faced serious hurdles.
His opponent Sisraket will be no pushover. The 30-year-old Thai fighter has a record of 41-4-1 (38ko’s) and is a very hard hitter. In his last 41 fights, he has only lost once and that was a technical decision against Carlos Cuadras, so he is obviously a man who brings a threat.
Carlos Cuadras is also on the undercard of this aswell as Ryan Martin & the return of Andy Lee.