Weekend Forecast, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th, October.

Friday, 4th

Toowoomba, Australia

After a string of impressive victories, which includes eight straight wins, five knockouts and an Australian title, Jack Asis will fight Japan’s Hirohito Fukuhara for the WBC Asia Council Continental Super Featherweight title. Asis, originally from the Philippines has rejuvenated his career with his relocation to Toowoomba. His record stands at 29W (15kos) 18L 4D while Fukuhara, who will be having his first fight outside of Japan has a resume that shows 16W (8kos) 8L 8D.

Other Toowoomba fighter Braydon Smith will face the toughest test of his professional career when he takes on Gabriel Altarejos of the Philippines for the WBC Youth Silver Featherweight title. 22 year old Smith is undefeated with 6W (5kos) while 21 year old Altarejos holds a record of 12W (4kos) 2L 1D.

This undercard will also feature three state title fights. Queensland Light Welterweight champion Mark Ramirez will be having a rematch with Darren Askew. The pair fought a four round battle in June with Askew dropping Ramirez in the 1st round and going on and score a unanimous points decision. This time Ramirez’s state title will be on the line as he looks to get one back on Askew and keep the belt around his waist. A Lightweight contest between Kyle Teer and Kane Cassells will also be fought with the Queensland title up for grabs. The Queensland Featherweight title will also be up for the taking when Will Young and Matthew Seden do battle.

Saturday, 5th  

Moscow, Russia

The heavyweight division in boxing was once one of the most talked about and prominent sporting competitions in the world. It seems previous years have seen a decline in the amount of matches which really exite boxing fans. This weekend however there is a matchup which has alarm bells ringing. Ukrainian superstar Wladimir Klitschko 60W (51kos) 3L, will head to enemy territory to put his IBF,WBO, IBO and WBA Super world titles on the line. His opponent, undefeated Russian Alexander Potvetkin 26W (18kos) 0L.

Wladimir along with his brother Vitali have dominated the heavyweight division for years in a fashion which I believe has lead to the loss of interest around the heavyweight division. Although the stern test which lies in Potvetkin, who attempts to do what nobody has done for almost a decade and beat Klitschko, has strung some attention.

The undercard to this fight will see undefeated Polish Cruiserweight, Mateusz Masternak 30W (22kos) put his European Title on the line when he takes on Russian, nicknamed Pretty Boy, Grigory Drozd 36w(25kos) 1L.

Another heavyweight matchup will take place when Ruslan Chagaev does battle with Jovo Puda. Chagaev is a former world champion whose record stands at 31W (20kos) and only 2 losses, both ironically coming at the hands of the two men fighting the main event. While Puda’s record is similar with 30W (17kos) 3L.

London, England

Originally programmed for the David Haye v Tyson Fury undercard, Scott Quigg v Yoandris Salinas has moved to this date after Haye suffered a cut and the fight with Fury was rescheduled. Both men are undefeated, Quigg 26W (19kos) 1D, Yoandris 20W (13kos) 1D, and will contest for the WBA World Super Bantamweight  title. Quigg has won the Interim version of this title but hopes to claim the real thing when he takes on his Cuban opponent.

On the stacked undercard British and Commomwealth Featherweight champion Lee Selby, 16W (6kos) 1L who is one of the United Kingdom’s hottest boxing prospects will put his titles on the line against Ryan Walsh 16W (8kos) 1D. The Welsh fighter says this will be his final domestic fight before looking at bouts overseas in order to capture a world title. Selby has said he is confident that with another three or four bouts under his belt, he can capture one of the world titles at 126lbs.

Former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell 34W (24kos) 2L will also feature against Mexican Marco Lopez 23W (14kos) 2L for the IBF Inter Continental Lightweight title. Mitchell, who has fought much better opposition than Lopez hopes that a victory will place him back in the mix for the big fights and possibly another world title shot in the near future.

The highly anticipated professional debut of 2012 Olympic Super Heavyweight gold medallist Anthony Joshua will finally happen on this undercard. The 23 year old will have a tough test in undefeated Italian Emanuele Leo 8W (3kos).

Other 2012 gold medallist Luke Campbell will be having his second professional fight after destroying his opponent in the first round of his debut in July. His opponent will be Neil Hepper 5W 2L and this bout will be contested at Lightweight.

Cruiserweights Wadi Camacho 10W (6kos) 1L and Tony Conquest  11W (5kos) 1L will square off in a British Title eliminator. While Prizefighter winner Larry Ekundayo 6W (2kos) will battle Glenn Foot 11W (6kos) in a Welterweight Title eliminator. BBBofC Light Welterweight champion Danny Conner 10W 6L 1D and Tony Owen 14W (2kos) 2L will also clash.

Orlando, Florida, USA

After back to back losses, former three division world champion Miguel Cotto will be looking to get back in the winner’s circle when he squares off with Delvin Rodriguez. Cotto 37W (30kos) 4L is hoping a victory can prove he is still able to mix it with the top tier fighters of the division, while Rodriguez 28W (16kos) 6L 3D has plans on upsetting this and with a victory of his own showing he too is able to compete with top calibre superstars. It is highly possible doors will open for the winner to get a shot at a 154lbs title, so both men have a lot to fight for.

A battle of undefeated lightweights will also take place on this card. American Terence Crawford 21W (16kos) will go against Russia’s Andrey Klimov 16W (8kos). Crawford is a highly regarded prospect, ranked #1 by the WBO he is expected to have a world title belt around his waist very soon. Klimov, ranked #12 by the WBO has an enormous task ahead of him but will have plans and on derailing Crawford’s campaign.


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