Whyte-Browne: Under-card Action from the O2 Arena

Whyte-Browne: Under-card Action from the O2 Arena

We have exciting domestic fights, hot prospects and the return of Dereck Chisora all on the Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne under-card.

British light-heavyweight champion Frank Buglioni (21-2-1, 15KOs) will be making his third defence against Callum Johnson (16-0, 11KOs).

East-Londoner, Buglioni was a hot prospect not too long ago but since a couple of defeats he has been unfairly written off by some. Ranked at No.2 in Britain and 23 in the World, the ‘Wise Guy’ is by no means finished yet.

Since making his debut in 2011 Frankie has fought 134 rounds in 24 fights with a 63 percent knockout ratio and a combined opponent record of 300-244-16.

The 28-year-old was making good progress until a shock knockout defeat against  the unknown Siarhei Khamitski in 2013. The Enfield fighter recovered well with five wins and a draw until he was beaten a second time against Fedor Chudinov on points.

In one of the domestic fights of the year in 2016 Buglioni captured the British light-heavyweight title with a twelfth round stoppage against undefeated Hosea Burton.

Two more victories followed against two undefeated fighters in Ricky Summers and Craig Richards.

Challeneger Callum Johnson (16-0, 11KOs) is making a return to boxing after two years away from the sport due to health problems.

The 32-year-old who won gold in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow while representing Scotland has had 16 bouts, acculturated 53 rounds and has a 69 percent knockout ratio.

Although Callum’s record on paper looks good you have got to question the quality of his opponents. Other than Willbeforce Shihepo who he knocked out in nine rounds he really hasn’t faced anyone even half as good as Buglioni. A combined opponent record of 123-255-18 is a clear reflection of the sandard he was competing at before the long lay off.

Due to Callum’s inactivity I am picking Frank Buglioni to win the Lonsdale belt outright in his third defence. With that being said Johnson does have a punchers chance as he clearly does carry punching power in the light-heavyweight division.

In another intriguing domestic match-up in the lightweight division we have Lewis Ritson (14-0, 8KOs) squaring off against Scott Cardle (22-1-1, 7KOs).

Ritson is ranked at No.4 in Britain and Cardle at No.6. Sandman as Ritson is also known has had 14 bouts, fought 61 rounds and has a knockout ratio of 57 percent. The 24-year-old is the current British champion after knocking out Robbie Barret in seven. He then went on the defend his title in fantastic fashion when he destroyed Joe Murray in the first round.

His opponent and challenger is 4-years his senior and has fought 153 rounds in 24 fights with a knockout ratio of 29 percent.

Ritson will be favourite to retain his title against Scotty Cardle who lost the British title against Barrett in April last year. I can only see one winner in this fight and that is Ritson by way of knockout.

Dereck Chisora (27-8, 19KOs) returns to the ring after 3 loses in his last 5 and amid speculation of a fight with Joe Joyce. His opponent is Frenchman Zakaria Azzouzi (14-2-2, 10KOs) who should be nothing more than a lay-up fight before ‘Del Boy’ makes a decision on his next  move.

Craig ‘Spider’ Richards (10-1, 4KOs) is hoping to get back to winning ways after losing to Frank Buglioni in his last visit to the ring he takes on Croat Ivan Stupalo (12-11, 3KOs).

Super-middleweight Jamie Cox (24-1, 13KOs) also returns to the ring following a loss to World Boxing Super Series finalist George Groves. The southpaw from Swindon is taking an 6-round stay-active fight against Harry Matthews (15-25-2, 2KOs) before taking on John Ryder (25-4, 13KOs) on the Haye-Bellew under-card.

And finally on the card are three guys in the early stages of thier careers. Bermondsey boy Chris ‘2slick’ Kongo (7-0, 5KOs) is a 25-year-old 6’ foot welterweight to look out for.

Another cruiserweight from London to keep an eye on is Richard Riakporhe (5-0, 4KOs). The 28-year-old from the Aylesbury Estate off the Walworth Road will more than certainly be on a collision course with either Lawrence Okolie or Issac Chamberlain at some point.

Lastly, super-welterweight Anthony Fowler (4-0, 3KOs) is a feller that I have tipped for big things. The Liverpudlian is fighting undefeated Frenchman Kalilou Dembele (6-0-2, 2KOs) and will be back out next month on the Khan-Lo Greco card.

Enjoy the fights ladies and gents!

 

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

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