Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
As the old phrase goes, third time’s a charm. In the case of getting undefeated heavyweights Richard Towers and Lucas Browne in the ring together, this rings true. The pair have been scheduled to face each other on two separate occasions. An injury and visa troubles would see that the meetings did not go ahead. This time though there has been nothing to deny Australia’s Lucas Browne from travelling to Richard Towers’ home state of Yorkshire to do battle.
Browne who is ranked 15 by the WBC is an imposing figure, standing at 6ft 4 and holding an impressive record of 17W (15kos). However, the Englishmen stands at a soaring 6ft 8 and his record reads, 14W (11kos).
Towers has not competed since June 2012, but is adamant ring rust will not be an issue. “Since my last fight I’ve sparred Wladimir Klitschko for five weeks, I’ve sparred David Haye for six weeks, I’ve sparred Chisora, Pianeta and Mike Perez. I feel like I’ve picked bits up along the way and I’m ready to execute that now.”
In the time Towers was out of action, Browne fought on 4 occasions, racking up 33 rounds and even scored a victory over ageing boxing legend, James Toney.
Browne and Towers will be fighting an elimination bout with the winner getting a crack at the Commonwealth champion David Price.
Also on the card, hometown boy Tommy Coyle will be looking to impress against Scotsman John Simpson when they meet for the vacant IBF International title. Coyle is 16W (6kos) 2L, while Simpson has a record of 25W (11kos) 9L.
Another Hull fighter will be featuring when Samir Mouneimme, 12W (4kos) 1D, meets with Josh Warrington, 15W 0L. This fight will be for the Commonwealth Featherweight title.
2012 Olympic gold medallist Luke Jackson will be having his 3rd professional fight. He has been successful in both previous encounters, scoring a knockout in each. His opponent will be Lee Connelly, 2W 5L.
New York, USA
Many of boxings greatest champions have performed at Madison Square Garden and the iconic venue has long been known as the Mecca of boxing. This weekend will see boxing return to ‘The Garden’ when Gennady Golovkin and Curtis Stevens meet in a showdown for the WBA and IBO Middleweight championships.
Originally from Kazakhstan, Golovkin is fast becoming one of the most exciting fighters today with his brutal knockout power. He is on a 14 fight KO streak and quickly climbing the pound for pound rankings list. Undefeated with 27W (24kos), Golovkin is looking to make the 9th defence of his WBA title and the 7th of his IBO title.
New York born and bred challenger, Curtis Stevens, who is 25W (18kos) 3L, comes in confident and believes he has punching power Golovkin is yet to face and will cause problems for the champion. Stevens says, “I’m coming to break him down. I’m coming to take it from him. I’m coming to crush him.”
The undercard will see another world title bout. Cruiserweights Ola Afolabi of the United Kingdom will face Polish Lukasz Janik for the vacant IBO title.
Afolabi is a former interim WBO champion and comes into this fight with a record that reads 19W (9kos) 3L 4D. His last fight was a battle with WBO champion Marco Huck, which he narrowly lost. He gets another chance at claiming a world title and looks to take full advantage. Janik will be competing in his first major title fight but holds a handy record of 26W (14kos) 1L.
Undefeated heavyweights are sure to provide entertainment when hard hitting Magomed Abdusalamov and Mike Perez collide.
The Russian, Abdusalamov holds an extraordinary record of 18 victories, all by the way of knockout. He is yet to go past the 5th round. Perez of Cuba, has 19 wins with 12 Kos. The match up will be for Abdusalamov’s WBC United States title over 10 rounds.
The vacant WBC Youth world welterweight title will be up for grabs when Dusty Hernandez Harrison fights Josh Torres. Harrison is just 19 years old but has been fighting professionally since 2011 and has compiled a record of 17W (10kos) 0L. Torres, aged 23 has a record of 12W (5kos) 2L 1D.
The undercard will also see undefeated Super Featherweight Joel Diaz Jr, 12W (11kos), take on Bryne Green 7W (3kos) 6L 1D. Also Isa Akberbayev, 10W (7kos) 0L, will fight Biran Clookey, 4W (2kos) 0L 2D, over 4 rounds in the cruiserweight division.