Weekend fights in Paris, London, Sochi and Texas

Weekend fights in Paris, London, Sochi and Texas

We have an action packed Weekend of boxing ahead domestically and internationally. Here are my fight breakdowns and predictions.

Paris, France

First off we have the World Series of Boxing which kick-starts Season 8 tonight, Feb 2. The British Lionhearts travel to Paris for what should be a fierce match up against the France Fighting Roosters. British Lionhearts to win 2-3.

London, England

On Saturday night we have undefeated cruiser-weights Issac Chamberlain (9-0, 4KOs) and Lawrence Okolie (7-0, 6KOs) facing each other in the main event being billed as “British Beef”.

I really can’t split these two orthodox fighters in a South vs East London rivalry. The Hackney-born East Londoner Okolie 25, has a slight height advantage with an Olympic and world series of boxing background but his opponents in the pro ranks have not been as experienced with a combined record of 39-46-1 and he has only boxed 15 rounds.

The Brixton-born South Londoner ‘Chambo’ is 23-years old and has had two more professional fights which could make the difference, his opponents have a combined record of 56-123-9 and has boxed 43 rounds.

I think it will be a good fight and a lot will depend on if Chamberlain can survive the early onslaught but if he can then I think Chamberlain will get the nod on points or maybe a late stoppage. Otherwise I think Okolie will win by a knockout or stoppage early in the fight.

If I stick my neck on the line I am going for a 5th or 6th round KO for ‘The Sauce’ in an entertaining domestic fight.

The Big Cheese..
Also on the bill is another talented youngster from Bermondsey, South-East London called Ted Cheeseman (12-0, 8KOs). The super welterweight steps up a level to fight Carson Jones (40-12-3, 30KOs). Keep a beady eye on this kid as he has looked impressive so far and has all the tools to reach the top. I expect the 22-year old to put in a great performance and look good against a tricky and experienced opponent. Cheeseman to win by UD.

Also on the card we have Reece Bellotti in a good match-up against Ben Jones plus Gamal Yafai, Joshua Buatsi, Charlie Edwards, Felix Cash, Nick Webb, Sean McGoldrick, Danny Dignum and Paul Butler.

Sochi, Russia

Moving onto the World Boxing Super Series, semi-finals we have the biggest fight of the weekend, Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18KOs) vs Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21KOs).

I cannot see this fight going the distance which is a good thing as the last thing we need is the judges getting involved. Both fighters have a combined total of 39 KO’s but it is the younger, home fighter from Russia who has fought the most rounds at 108 against Dorticos’ 61. Gassiev’s opponents have a combined record of 390-252-24 against the Cuban’s 339-216-22 who has a better KO percentage at 95%.

Gassiev impressed me when he became the first man to stop Poland’s Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-4-1, 37KOs) in the quarter-finals. Therefore I am going for the 24-year-old to win by knockout in rounds 4 or 5. But it really could go either way and it wouldn’t surprise me if Dorticos came out the victor.

Texas, USA

Lastly we have Giberto Ramirez (36-0, 24KOs) vs  Habib Ahmed (25-0-1, 17 KOs). The African champion will be fighting out of Ghana for the first time in his career and I believe he will be out of his depth against the unbeaten Mexican. I predict that Ramirez will get his first stoppage since November 2014 and look impressive while doing so. For me, this fight is just a stepping stone towards a fight in Australia against Rohan Murdock (20-1, 15 KOs) in the summer.

Enjoy the fights this Weekend!

Massive boxing and English football fan from South East London, England

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