With the top of the bill not being a title fight (besides the WBC Silver belt and a potential number one ranking slot with the WBC), many are questioning Eddie Hearn and Matchroom for making the event on pay-per-view. So aside from the main event, which is a true 50/50 fight, does the rest of the card make it worth the £19.95?
Frank Buglioni (21-3-1) vs Emmanuel Feuzeu (10-7-2):
Coming off of a devastating first-round KO to Callum Johnson on the Whyte vs Browne undercard (where he lost his British Light Heavyweight Title), ‘The wise guy’ looks to rebound and get himself back in the win column. This is a tune-up fight for Buglioni, so don’t expect too many fireworks with this one.
Anthony Fowler (6-0) vs Craig O’Brien (8-0):
Anthony ‘The machine’ Fowler takes on a fellow unbeaten prospect, Irishman Craig O’Brien in what is a step up in class for both fighters. O’Brien is a well-drilled counterpuncher, who spends a lot of time on the outside, using an effective left jab to keep his opponents chasing. Fowler, by contrast, is a powerful inside fighter with brutal body shots, who also made the Olympic team in 2016. Expect Fowler to come through, but it will be interesting to see how Fowler plans to break the Irish super-welterweight champion down.
Nick Webb (12-0) vs Dave Allen (13-4-2) – British Heavyweight Title Eliminator:
Powerhouse prospect Nick Webb will seek to get one step closer to a British title shot with a win over the ever popular Dave “The White Rhino” Allen. Webb is coming into the fight as a betting favourite (1/6 via BetFair) and has knocked 7 of his last 8 opponents out. Webb’s record, however, lacks any credible name, with only 2 of his 12 opponents having winning records. Allen, by contrast, has more experience and been in with world level opposition in Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz – albeit in losing efforts. Allen has called this fight “one last throw of the dice”, and is coming in on short notice, just 4 weeks after his schooling against 2016 super-heavyweight gold medallist Tony Yoka. This, however, has all the making of an old-school British heavyweight tear up, with two big powerful punchers laying it all on the line – this one has genuine the potential to steal the show entirely.
One last roll of the dice ? pic.twitter.com/ZihoxiAu9B
— David De La Allen (@davidthewhiter1) July 23, 2018
Conor Benn (12-0) vs Cedrick Peynaud II (6-5-3) – vacant WBA Continental Welterweight Title:
The awaited rematch between Benn and Peynaud, with the first fight going down as a small hall classic. Peynaud – an experienced striker with a 56-5 (33KO’s) kickboxing record – floored Benn for the first time in his career in the first round back in December of last year, and did so twice in that space of 90 seconds. Benn showed unbelievable heart, and a phenomenal will to win the rounds after the first. He went on to knock Peynaud down in the fifth and sixth rounds and went on to win 57-54 on the referee’s scorecard. After getting the win in the first fight, many (including Tony Bellew and Johnny Nelson) felt the fight should have been a draw, so Benn definitely has something to prove going into the rematch. With the WBA putting their Continental strap on the line as well, this fight has the potential to be a showstopper – again.
Joshua Buatsi (12-0) vs Andrejs Pokumeiko (17-14-1) – vacant WBA International Light Heavyweight Title:
Joshua Buatsi steps up to the 10 rounders for the first time in his career against durable Latvian Andrejs Pokumeiko. The fight looks all but routine for Buatsi. The Latvian has only been stopped 3 times in his 14 losses, with his last loss coming via decision against Enrico Koelling, who is now challenging for the European title. An interesting test for Buatsi, expect a UD10 for the Croydon man.
Katie Taylor (9-0) vs Kimberly Connor (13-3-2) – IBF and WBA World Lightweight Titles.
The golden girl of world boxing puts her IBF and WBA on the line against mandatory challenger, American Kimberly Connor. This should be a straightforward win for the Irishwoman, with Connor’s last loss coming against Victoria Noella Bustos, whom Taylor beat with ease in Brooklyn back in April.
Dereck Chisora (28-8) vs Carlos Takam (35-4-1) – vacant WBA International Heavyweight Title.
The unstoppable force vs the immovable object. That is the best way to break this fight down. With Del Boy, we never know what to expect, whether it’s a table being thrown, a fight of the night performance, or a lacklustre loss – who really knows. But one thing is for sure, the man comes to fight, and being as durable as he is, expect both fighters to plant their heels in the centre of the ring, and throw down for 12 rounds. Remember, Joshua struggled to get Takam out in Cardiff and took him all the way to the 10th to do so – even then the stoppage could have been called premature. Give the edge to Takam here, based purely off of past experience, but this also has the potential to be a Whyte vs Chisora throwback, and one that boxing fans everywhere should be tuning in for.
So aside from the main event, can I honestly recommend purchasing this card? Yes. 100%. If you’re a true boxing fan, this is the card for you. 50/50 fights, with many questions surrounding the fighters, and the biggest star in female boxing tips this one for me.
I can understand people wanting to potentially stay away, there are undoubtedly bigger cards coming up this year – but the potential for this card is huge, and one or more of these fights is likely to leave the crowd standing and fans at home applauding.