BOXXER promote on the M&S Financial institution Area in Liverpool this Saturday evening, and in the principle occasion, Liam Smith goals to maintain on monitor to turn out to be a two-time world champion, as he tackles Hassan Mwakinyo over a scheduled twelve rounds at tremendous welterweight.
Sky Sports activities televise Smith vs Mwakinyo dwell within the UK.
Smith (31-3-1, 18 KOs) grew to become WBO champion in October 2015, stopping John Thompson in seven rounds, and defended twice earlier than being knocked out by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez within the ninth spherical in September 2016.
Again-to-back thrilling wins over Liam Williams laid the foundations for one more title shot, however the Liverpudlian discovered Jaimie Munguia too good because the Mexican took a factors win in July 2018.
Three comeback victories left ‘Beefy’ on the right track for one more crack at world honours, and he was unlucky to be on the unsuitable finish of a factors loss to Magomed Kurbanov away in Russia.
Since then, the 34-year-old has gained twice, stopping Anthony Fowler in eight final October, and halting Jessie Vargas in ten in New York in April.
Mwakinyo (20-2, 14 KOs) is subsequent up, and the 27-year-old is on a ten-fight profitable streak.
He’s greatest identified for being a close to full unknown in September 2018, designed to be a stepping stone for a struggle towards Brandon Rios.
The Tanzania native didn’t learn the script, and ruined Eggington in two rounds.
The ‘Twister’ hasn’t been seen on these shores since, preventing in Tanzania and Kenya, and he was final out in September final 12 months, stopping pale former world champion Julius Indongo in 4.
Prediction: Smith can have a watch on world stage, however shall be skilled sufficient right here to take care of the specter of Mwakinyo. I count on Smith to dominate, and pressure a stoppage round midway.
Jonas in unification conflict
There’s a world title unification motion on the undercard, as WBO tremendous welterweight champion, Natasha Jonas and WBC champion Patricia Berghult meet.
After a draw with Terri Harper for world tremendous featherweight gold in August 2020, and an in depth factors loss to Katie Taylor for the undisputed light-weight title in Might final 12 months, Jonas (11-2-1, 8 KOs) lastly grew to become world champion in February, stopping Chris Namus in two rounds.
Sweden’s Berghult (15-0, 3 KOs) gained her title in November final 12 months, outscoring Olivia Belcakem for the vacant belt.
Prediction: Jonas can proceed her Indian summer season with a factors win right here.
Azeez defends British crown
Dan Azeez defends his British gentle heavyweight title for the primary time, as he faces former champion Shakan Pitters.
Azeez (16-0, 11 KOs) gained the vacant belt by stopping Hosea Burton, and outscored Mason Cartwright in his final struggle in a non-title match.
Pitters (17-1, 6 KOs) misplaced his Lonsdale Belt to Craig Richards in a thriller and stopped Cartwright in his final outing.
Prediction: The decide is for Azeez to retain late in a cracker.
Adam Azim (5-0, 4 KOs) is an enormous expertise, and the tremendous light-weight ought to placed on one other present in an early win towards Michel Daniel Cabral (5-4, 1 KOs).
Frazer Clarke (2-0, 2 KOs) seems on the invoice, and the heavyweight who struck bronze on the Tokyo Olympics ought to take care of Pencho Tsvetkov (7-0, 5 KOs) contained in the six spherical distance.
Diego Costa (8-0, 5 KOs) was because of meet John Docherty, however their struggle once more fell by, so he as a substitute faces Musa Moyo (4-0) in a brilliant middleweight six rounder that he can tackle the playing cards.
At middleweight, Paddy Lacey (6-0, 1 KO) ought to outscore Seamus Devlin (1-37-1) over 4 rounds, and at light-weight, Frankie Stringer (1-0) can do the identical towards Karl Sampson (1-10).
Tal Singh makes his debut, and the minimumweight can take a 4 spherical factors win towards Matias Hamunyela (2-1), whereas one other debutant in welterweight Clark Smith ought to care for Petar Alexandrov (4-20, 2 KOs).