The Ultimate Boxxer 2 Preview
The Ultimate Boxxer series returns this Friday with eight hungry, yet relatively unknown light-heavyweights, all competing to win in a tournament format with all fights held over one night.
The fights will take place over three, three-minute rounds and all the bouts will be shown live on Channel 5Spike from 10pm.
Former world champions Ricky Hatton and Paulie Malignaggi have both been selected as Ultimate Boxxer ambassadors and have both been heavily involved with the event.
With the first Ultimate Boxxer tournament in Manchester proving a huge success, tournament organiser, Ben Shalom, will be hoping this O2 Arena follow-up does equally well.
The card, despite featuring mostly fairly novice boxers, is a good one and the fights should prove very competitive. Paulie Malignaggi announced the tournament draw at a press conference earlier this week.
First up in the first quarter-final event is Joel McIntyre, 17-2 (3 KOs) against Darrell Church, 7-2-1 (1 KO). Of those two McIntyre is the more likely to progress in the tournament and the 30 year old’s experience makes him my tournament favourite.
The second bout of the evening sees undefeated, but also untested, prospect Sam Horsfall, 2-0 (1 KO), take on Dec Spelman, 12-1 (7 KOs). Spelman has one of the best records of anyone on the bill and he carries reasonable power in his punches. However he has yet to face anyone of note in his pro career and though he should get past Horsfall, he is unlikely to win the whole tournament.
Birmingham prospect Shakan Pitters 7-0 (2 KOs) is an interesting addition to the bill. The talented Pitters had dreams of making it as a pro footballer, playing in the West Bromwich Albion Academy before being released, but is now firmly set on boxing stardom. Pitters is athletic, highly skilled and very tall for a light-heavy at 6 feet, 6 inches.
Yet Swindon’s Sam Smith 5-1 (1 KO) will be the first man Pitters has faced with a winning record. Pitters seems the likely winner but it could well be the fight of the night. Pitters is a bit of a wild card entry and could well upset the apple cart late in the tournament.
The last quarter-final pits Jordan Joseph, 7-2-1 (2 KOs), against late replacement Georgii Bacon. Bacon is coming off a knockout loss last time out and it’s difficult to envisage him overcoming Joseph.
Joseph holds a 2017 TKO win over fellow tournament entry Darrell Church and he will likely do well in this format. Don’t be surprised to see him in the final and he could even go one step further.
Whatever happens in the tournament, with a £50,000 pot on offer for the fighters, excitement is guaranteed and Channel 5Spike viewers are in for a treat.