THE FIGHT DIARY’S THOUGHTS AND PREDICTIONS – THIS WEEKEND!

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We will be looking ahead to this weekends action and giving an insight into how we think the drama will unfold. This is a great weekend for boxing with action on both UK soil and across the pond over in the U.S! 

BT Sport customers will now reap the rewards of Boxnation’s lucrative deal with the telecoms giant as Frank Warren’s channel of champions makes its debut on BT’s platform this weekend.

They kick their partnership off with an almighty bang as we have a stacked card of boxing, live from 5.30pm UK time all the way through till midnight. All eyes will be on the MEN Arena this Saturday as we see the best domestic clash of 2017!

Headlining the show is Manchester’s own Terry Flanagan. The current undefeated WBO Lightweight champion defends his belt once again against tricky challenger Petr Petrov in what is expected to be a routine defence for the Mancunian.

Petrov is a tough fighter and will not be giving Flanagan an easy night, however the undefeated Brit brings heaps of boxing ability and talent and should cruise to a comfortable points decision as he sets up a unification bout with one of the other 135lbs title holders.

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Chief support on the bill, and likely to steal the show is a mouth-watering domestic clash as we see Liam Smith and Liam Williams battle it out for the interim WBO light middleweight title.

This will be an absolute cracker and one that the boxing fans are getting excited for. Liam Smith is a former world champion but suffered his first defeat last year to Canelo Alvarez, loosing his title over in America.

Liam Williams is a hungry undefeated prospect that received the young fighter of the year award for 2016, although being only 24 will not stop him from being considered the younger or weaker man in this bout.

The pair have been respectful in the build up to this event, however as fight night draws closer they have been involved in a verbal spar on social media as Williams took to criticize Smith’s trainer when he refused to pull young prospect Marcus Morrison from an unholy beating last month.

This has all the ingredients to be the fight of the year and certainly one most fans are excited about more than others. Liam Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher will be under a lot of pressure as he has been on the end of some poor game plans and tactics the last 12 months. An absolute must see for all boxing fans!

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We will see Saturday’s event split into two sectors starting from 5:30pm – 8:00pm UK time and the second sector from 8:30pm – midnight. Terry Flanagan v Petr Petrov and Smith v Williams will all be part of the second sector.

They will be accompanied by Frank Warren’s latest protegé as 20-year-old heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois makes his debut. Reportedly chased by promoters all over the globe, the young Brit put pen to paper with Boxnation in hope of becoming the latest star in British boxing.

He will be making his debut against David Howe who we saw in action on the undercard of David Haye v Tony Bellew last month. Howe was stopped in the second round by Dave Allen but showed he had knowledge of the ring and was happy to fight off the jab.

Howe has been preparing for this fight by sparring Dave Allen, however the training Dubois has had cannot be matched. Dubois has been sparring in the camp of former heavyweight king, Tyson Fury with both himself and his cousin Hughie Fury.

Daniel Dubois is speculated to be the real deal and a tender age of 20, there is plenty of time to build him into a superstar. We really hope Frank Warren promotes him in the right way and we may have the next champion on our hands!

Also making their professional debut on the second sector of this bill is 2x Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams as she turns over from the amateur game to the pro ranks. Adams was a national success when representing her country in the amateur games and is expected to be just a dominant in the pro game.

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The earlier section of the bill still features some big names. There is some great domestic clashes aswell as final eliminator bouts.

Zolani Tete faces Arthur Villanueva, Jack Catterall v Martin Gethin, Jimmy Kelly v Rick Godding, Zelfa Barrett and Paul Butler also feature on the card. This really is the start we were all hoping for from Frank Warren and it’s become a very succesful card!

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Over in America we have Vasyl Lomachenko fighting Jason Sosa, Oleksandr Usyk v Michael Hunter, Oleksandr Gvozdyk v Yunieski Gonzalez will also feature.

Both events will be live on Boxnation this Saturday!

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