Weekend Forecast Saturday 26th October

Oldenburg, Germany

It’s do or die for Germanys Arthur Abraham when he defends his WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title against Italy’s Giovanni De Carolis. Abraham, 37W (28kos) 4L, the former middleweight and super middleweight world champion will need to claim a victory in order to cement his spot as mandatory challenger for the WBO belt, which he lost earlier this year.

Abraham lost the title in March to Robert Stieglitz. The pair have now fought twice with both holding a victory each. Should Abraham be successful this coming weekend it could set up for an interesting and deciding third match. He will however face a firm test in Giovanni, who holds a record of 20W (10kos) 4L and comes in determined and hungry.

Undefeated European Union middleweight champion, Marcos Nader, 17W (2kos) 1D, will look to make the first defence of his title when he battles Luis Crespo, 9W (4kos) 5L 1D.

The WBA Inter-Continental title, pride and redemption will be on the line in the next bout. 6 months ago Guido Nicolas Pitto defeated Jack Culcay in a split decision victory to take Culcay’s title away and hand him the first loss of his career. Calcuy, who now holds a record of 14W (10kos) 1L is looking to claim back his title and even the scores with Pitto, whose record is 18W (7kos) 1L.

US based Ukrainian, Anatoliy Dudchenko will challenge undefeated German light heavyweight Robert Woge, 12W (10kos) 0L, for his IBF Inter-Continental title. Woge is 12W (10kos), Dudchenko 18W (13kos) 2L.

The card will also have 8 round bouts between Tyron Zeuge, 9W (5kos) 0L and Achilles Szabo, 11W (5kos) 3. Enrico Koelling, 9W (2kos) 0L versus Gyorgy Marosi, 19W (9kos) 11L. A 4 round heavyweight clash will also feature with Otto Wallin, 2W (2kos) 0L, taking on Gabor Farkas, 6W (3kos) 28L 6D.

Tijuana, Mexico

Mexico’s IBF lightweight world champion Miguel Vasquez will attempt to make the 6th defence of his title when he takes on mandatory challenger, Ammeth Diaz of Panama.  The pair clashed last year with Vasquez scoring a shutout UD victory. Vasquez however is taking the fight very seriously saying, “This will be a tough fight every rematch is even tougher because the opponent learns from it and comes hungrier.”

 Vasquez record is 33W (13kos) and only 3L, 2 coming from Saul Alvarez and the other to Timothy Bradley. He hasn’t lost since 2008 and should he get past Diaz, 32W (23kos) 11L, he hopes to set up a possible unification bout with any other title holders in the division. Most notably Cuba’s Yuriorkis Gamboa, 23W (26kos) 0L, who just claimed the interim WBA title.

This undercard has a 10 round bout featuring Rosas up agaisnt Rosas. Daniel Rosas, 16W (11kos) 1D, will fight Juan Alberto Rosas, 38W (27kos) 7L, in what should be the toughest test of Daniel’s young career.

Hot Tip: Rosas will be victorious.  

Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Brittan’s World title hopeful Kell Brook will look to show he is more than ready for his title shot when he takes on Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko. Senchenko is a former world champion and well known in the United Kingdom for stopping their legend Ricky Hatton in his comeback fight last year.   

The undefeated Brook, 30W (20kos), who is from Sheffield said, “I want to do a demolition job on him, put on a great performance and really have fun in my hometown.”

Senchenko, 34W (23kos) 1L, proves to be a good test for Brook. A victory will assure that Brook will face the winner of Devon Alexander and Shawn Porter for the IBF welterweight crown.

Brian Rose, 24W (7kos) 1L, will clash with Javier Francisco Maciel, 27W (20kos) 2L, in a WBO light middleweight eliminator. The victor will gain an opportunity to face the winner of Vanes Martirosyan v Demetrius Andrade.

Marciel of Argentina formerly challenged for a WBO belt when he lost on points to undefeated champion Pirog at middleweight. He has since dropped down to campaign at light middleweight and had a 9 fight win streak, 8 by KO. He looks to upset Rose’s run at a world title and after the disappointment of his last defeat claim another chance for himself.

Liverpool’s Callum Smith will face the toughest test of his career when he steps up against Argentinean Ruben Acosta. Smith who has been a professional for less than a year holds a record of 8W (6kos) 0L while Acosta has been fighting for over a decade and has a record 27W (10kos) 8L 5D. This fight will be for the vacant WBC International super middleweight title.

Young undefeated middleweights will face off for the IBF Youth world title. Sheffield youngster Adam Etches, 12W (10ko), captured this title in his last outing and looks to make the first defence in front of his home crowd. His challenger will be Brazilian Alexandre Mendes, 10W (9kos).

Just last month England’s 2012 Olympic Super Heavyweight gold medallist, Anthony Joshua had his professional debut. He scored a 1st round KO over Emanuele Leo who was previously 8W 0L. Joshua will now step back into the ring for his second professional fight against veteran Paul Butlin, 14W (3kos) 19L.

Keeping the talented and highly touted Joshua active seems to be the plan from his team. After this fight he will take to the ring a following 3 times before the year’s end, which will mark 5 fights in 2 months if all goes to script.

Rounding out the card will be bouts between Sam O’maison 7W (2kos) 0L v Ashley Mayall 3W (1ko) 2L. Khalid Yafai 8W (6kos) 0L v Abigail Medina 9W (5kos) 2L 2D. Scott Jenkins 9W (4kos) 0L v Antonio Rodriguez 5W (1ko) 7L 4D. Jordan Gill 7W 0L v Arron Flinn 1W 3L.

Atlantic City, USA

He has been fighting professionally for 25 years and in less than 2 months time will celebrate his 49th birthday, but Bernard Hopkins continues to defy logic by competing at the highest level in boxing and not just competing, but winning. On Saturday The American will defend his IBF light heavyweight title against Germany’s Karo Murat whose record stands at 25W (15kos) 1L 1D.

Hopkins is the oldest world champion in history and a certain hall of famer but says he is still highly motivated and hopes to set up another super fight in the near future.  Hopkins holds all sorts of records in the boxing record books and has been in with some of the best fighters over the years, holding an astounding record of 53W (32kos) 6L 2D.

Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin, 29W (21kos) will look to make the 2nd defence of his title when taking on Gabriel Rosado, 21W (13kos) 6L.

Quillin who is nicknamed ‘Kid Chocolate’ said, “It’s one of my dreams, to be a unified champion, and I reconstructed my goals after I won the title to say that that’s the next mission that there’d be a unified champion.” Should he be successful in moving past Rosado, he has plans on challenging the number one regarded middleweight in the world, Sergio Martinez in a unification bout.

Could he be the next American heavyweight world champion? Can he dethrone the Klitschko’s? His name is Deontay Wilder. His record shows 29W with 29kos. In reality Wilder is yet to face anyone of significant value. Will his next opponent Nicolai Firtha be that test? I don’t think so. Firtha is 21W (8kos) 10L.

 Wilder obviously has power, he explains why he is yet to jump up and face a higher calibre of fighters. “A lot of guys are scared of me. They are scared of my power.” Hopefully he can get a breakthrough into the higher echelon of fighters and really test himself. It’s been too long since America has had a dominant heavyweight.   

Unbeaten middleweight Dominic Wade, 12W (9kos), will square off with hard hitting Mexican Roberto Ventura 12W (12kos) 7L. While featherweights Braulio Santos, 10W (9kos) 1L of Puerto Rico, and David Clark, 6W (4kos) 2L, do battle. Robert Easter, 7 wins all by ko, will face his toughest test to date when he faces Noel Echevarria, 11W (6kos) 1L.


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