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