By Gav Duthie: The boxing fraternity remains to be feeling a bit deflated following the collapse of Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury, delaying doubtlessly one of many greatest fights in heavyweight historical past.
Regardless of this, we needs to be excited concerning the depth of expertise within the division and the dangers that many high boxers and prospects are taking on the subsequent few months to see who a few of the finest rising abilities is perhaps.
Gone are the times once we needed to endure Wladimir Klitschko rematching fighters he had already soundly overwhelmed or common blown up cruiserweights. Now we have some unbelievable fighters and nice bouts to sit up for.
On high of the Fury-Wilder trilogy and Joshua-Usyk, we even have a rematch between Robert Helenius and Adam Kownacki, unbeaten prospects Efe Ajagba and Frank Sanchez, and final however not least Olympic gold medalist Tony Yoka and Croatian Peter Milas, once more each undefeated.
An enormous undercard
Maybe promoters missing a bit little bit of confidence within the numbers Fury-Wilder 3, a powerful heavyweight undercard is going down to spice up the occasion. It is vitally uncommon that two undefeated prospects would meet for just about nothing on the road aside from respect.
Efe Ajagba 15-0 (12) v Frank Sanchez 18-0 (13)
Nigerian Ajagba and the Cuban Sanchez are ranked twenty second and twenty ninth in Boxrec, respectively. Each males have been receiving rave critiques to date and are thought-about averted fighters within the division.
Apart from a knockdown in opposition to Iago Kiladze for Ajagba, each males have discovered all their bouts comparatively snug to date, however neither man has fought anybody with anyplace close to the expertise of the opposite so far.
They’ve a shared opponent in Brian Howard, who they each dispatched with relative ease. Boxrec has Ajagba rated #22 with Sanchez @#29, though the betting odds favor Sanchez at 4/7 and Ajagba 6/4.
For what it’s price, I fancy Ajagba. Regardless of Sanchez Cuban heritage, he isn’t a slick defensive fighter like many are. The truth is, it’s extra Ajagba that’s the boxer/puncher.
He has a unbelievable jab/cross mixture however is usually a little open to the left hook. Sanchez is extraordinarily robust and all the time on the lookout for the knockout. This may very well be the battle of the evening on the Fury-Wilder undercard.
Robert Helenius 30-3 (19) v Adam Kownacki 20-1 (15)
Kownacki comes into this battle as an odds-on 1/3 favourite regardless of being knocked out by the towering Fin final yr. It was an incredible battle whereas it lasted, however a scarcity of head motion or guard meant that Kownacki stored strolling onto photographs regardless of having success early. Helenius ended the battle in spherical 4.
Boxrec has Helenius ranked #20 with Kownack at #21. It was a giant upset, and the percentages replicate that, however Helenius will consider in his capability to do it once more. I believe Kownacki ought to have the ability to avenge this defeat with a barely higher protection and his excessive work price.
Again in Europe
Tony Yoka 10-0 (8) v Peter Milas 15-0 (11)
One other undefeated contest. Tony Yoka has the pedigree as an Olympic gold medalist, and a profitable heavyweight boxer in France is a rarity. Yoka is already a celeb there however is unquestionably completely satisfied to check himself.
Milas has had a very good skilled profession so far with a stoppage win over Kevin Johnson which is troublesome to do, and a victory over ex title challenger Francesco Pianeta as nicely. Yoka has been wanting actually strong in his final two fights, so he ought to win, given the actual fact Milas has not made it to the ring throughout Covid restrictions in any respect.
By the yr’s finish, we might even see Joshua-Fury or maybe Wilder-Usyk it will likely be nice to observe it unfold however preserve an eye fixed out for the subsequent massive factor as a result of it could be coming before you assume.