Saturday night time on the Motorpoint Enviornment in Nottingham sees modern-day Cinderella man Maxi Hughes on the high of the invoice, because the IBO light-weight champion squares off in a Yorkshire derby in opposition to former IBF world champion Child Galahad, who’s transferring up two weight lessons after a devastating lack of his featherweight world title final day out.
DAZN televise Hughes vs Galahad reside, and Eddie Hearn promotes.
The invoice ought to have been headlined by a possible explosive title defence for hometown hero Leigh Wooden, however the WBA featherweight champion was pressured out of a harmful project in opposition to Mauricio Lara because of harm.
Hughes (25-5-2, KO5) is having fun with an actual Indian summer time to his profession after a number of failed home title makes an attempt at varied weights.
His inventory began to unexpectedly rise once more in August 2020, when he upset Jono Carroll in an outstanding resolution win, and backed that up with victory in Dubai on the playing cards in opposition to the beforehand unbeaten Viktor Kotochigov.
The vacant British title lastly adopted with an eighth spherical stoppage of Paul Hyland Jr in March final 12 months, after which got here the vacant IBO title at light-weight, with one other spectacular win, this time unanimously in opposition to Jovanni Straffon in Leeds.
The 32-year-old was final seen in March, taking a wide decision win against Ryan Walsh.
Conversely, Galahad (28-2, 17 KOs) is on the rebuild. After dropping narrowly in a scrappy problem for Josh Warrington’s IBF featherweight title in June 2019, the Sheffield man took the identical vacant title within the Matchroom again backyard, as he pressured Jazza Dickens to retire after eleven rounds.
That was anticipated to be the launchpad for the product of the Ingle Gymnasium, however his first defence was a nightmare, as Kiko Martinez flattened him within the sixth spherical.
Prediction: Galahad is a tough, switch-hitting buyer, and Hughes could properly discover his kryptonite on this one. I favour Galahad to take a transparent factors win.
Rankin defends in opposition to Harper
The undercard sees extra world title motion, and Terri Harper makes an attempt to develop into a two-weight world champion, however steps up a number of weights to deal with WBA and IBO tremendous welterweight champion, Hannah Rankin.
Rankin (12-5, 3 KOs) received the 2 vacant belts in November final 12 months, outscoring Maria Lindberg, and defended with a bruising final spherical stoppage of Alejandra Ayala in Might.
Harper (12-1-1, 6 KOs) appeared on the right track for giant fights at tremendous featherweight after reigning as WBC and IBO queen, however her world got here crashing down in a surprising fourth spherical loss to Alycia Baumgardner final November.
‘Belter’ did return in March, taking the vacant WBA Intercontinental light-weight title with a factors win in opposition to Yamila Belen Abellaneda.
Prediction: My intestine feeling is that it is a massive step-up for Harper, not by way of class, however in measurement. Rankin is used to those weights, and is sturdy, having solely been stopped by Savannah Marshall. I favour Rankin to win a good contest on the playing cards.
The vacant IBO Continental welterweight title is up for grabs, and Cyrus Pattinson (4-0, 2 KOs) has a scheduled ten rounder for the primary time, the place he can take a factors win in opposition to Frenchman Jorick Luisetto (12-4, 3 KOs).
Solomon Dacres (4-0, 1 KO) has his second contest of 2022, and the heavyweight takes on Dominic Akinlade (9-3-1, 4 KOs) over a scheduled ten.
I favour Dacres to win by stoppage in opposition to Akinlade, who took Nathan Gorman the total ten in 2017, however hasn’t fought since 2020, and was halted inside a spherical in opposition to Martin Bakole after going through Gorman.
Cheavon Clarke (2-0, 2 KOs) can be in motion, and the Kent based mostly cruiserweight will be the primary man to halt Argentina’s Marcos Nicolas Karalitzky (7-5-2, 2 KOs).
Light-weight Rhiannon Dixon (5-0) and tremendous welterweight, Junaid Bostan (2-0, 2 KOs) are additionally set to function in opposition to opponents to be confirmed.