Boxing: Fight Week Preview
By Gary Kittilsen
Boxing fans are treated with three more major fight cards this Saturday. Following up yet another spectacular weekend of prizefighting that we enjoyed this past weekend, there are two more fight cards in the US and a sneaky good card in England.
The action kicks off in Bolton, England as the undefeated, slick, southpaw, Danny Dignum of Essex puts his unbeaten record on the line against the 19-1 Andrey Sirotkin.
Sirotkin has run off four consecutive victories since losing to John Ryder back in October of 2018. Two of these wins come by way of stoppage including his last bout where he stopped Grant Dennis back in October of 2020.
Dignum, who is 13-0 is taking a giant step up in competition. He last fought 13-months ago and stopped Alfredo Meli in a battle of unbeaten prospects via ninth-round TKO after a series of vicious body shots forced Meli’s corner to throw in the towel.
The card also features an interesting light heavyweight scrap between undefeated “Super” Dan Azeez taking on Ricky Summers in a solid test.
Summers has just two losses, one against Andre Sterling and the other to the “Wise Guy” Frank Buglioni all the way back in 2017. He also has previously fought Lawrence Osueke to a draw in 2019. Azeez outpointed Osueke back in 2019 and stopped Sterling last September. Super-bantamweight prospect Jack Bateson, also returns and battles Joe Ham in an eight-round affair
The boxing then moves to Florida, USA, as WBO middleweight world champion Demetrius Andrade defends his title against Liam Williams.
Andrade, who is often criticised for inactivity and level of competition, returns to the ring for the first time in 15-months. Andrade who sports a perfect 29-0 record last fought back in January of 2020 and stopped Luke Keeler in nine rounds.
Williams marks a massive challenge he has scored seven victories in a row, all by knockout, since he lost to Liam Smith in back-to-back fights in 2017. Williams has secured stoppage victories over impressive competition such as Mark Heffron, Alantez Fox, and most recently against Andrew Robinson whom he destroyed in one round back in October of 2020.
The undercard features the return of undefeated Ecuadorian super-middleweight Carlos Gongora, who scored a highly impressive 12th round stoppage of Ali Akhmedov back in December of 2020. He takes on battle-tested Christopher Pearson of Selma, Texas who scored an equally impressive upset of his own by outpointing Yamaguchi Falcao nearly two years ago.
In another interesting bout, Otha Jones III who is coming off a surprise draw against Kevin Montiel Mendoza returns against an incredibly tough and hard-hitting opponent in Jorge Castaneda of Laredo, Texas. Castaneda sports a 13-1 (11) record and is a highly-touted prospect himself. He has ran-off four consecutive victories since his lone defeat to Randy Moreno back in 2018.
The weekend’s final card takes place in Los Angeles, California, as former 154-pound world champion Tony “The Tiger” Harrison of Detriot, Michigan returns to the ring for the first time since losing his belt to Jermell Charlo back in December of 2019. He takes on the game Bryant Perella who moves up to 154 after fading late and losing via 10th round knockout in a fight he was ahead in.
It was long rumoured that Perella had trouble making the 147-pound limit.
The co-main event features one of PBC’s premier prospects. Unbeaten 22-year old “El Relampago” Omar Juarez of Brownsville, Texas takes the biggest test of his young career as he takes on rugged Argentinian veteran Elias Araujo (21-2) in a 10-round 140-pound scrap. Hotshot prospect and New Jersey native Vito Mielnicki also returns and takes on Philadelphia journeymen James Martin in an eight-round contest.