With another action-packed weekend in the boxing calendar, we look ahead to some of the best fights for fans to check out in our weekly preview-prediction article….
- Katie Taylor vs Anahi Sanchez – WBA Lightweight title –
Bray’s boxing superstar Katie Taylor 6-0 (4 ko’s) aims to complete a historic career landmark by claiming her first pro title. She has won everything in the amateurs from European, world & Olympic honors and has been tipped as the new star of women’s pro boxing.
Standing in her way is the accomplished two-weight world champ Sanchez 17-2 (9 ko’s). The Argentine is classed as one of the top pound for pound women’s boxers in the world at the moment. Expect a really tough fight here as Taylor faces possibly the toughest test of her career to date, but she seems to rise to the occasion and has looked better with every fight so far. Im expecting Taylor to show her class and eventually claim that first world title she seems destined for…
Prediction – Taylor wins by late stoppage
- Anthony Joshua vs Carols Takam – IBF & WBA Heavyweight titles
Joshua 19-0 (19 ko’s) faces a late replacement in Takam 35-3 (27 ko’s) with the withdrawal of Pulev. To be honest, neither fight was ever going to live up to the rematch with Klitschko or a potential bout with Wilder or Parker. So this is one of those fights that Joshua has to take as he bides his time for the mega-fights he craves.
To his credit, Takam is a solid opponent, a legit top 10 contender and a big puncher, and has only been stopped once in his career against Povetkin. So he deserves to be in there, but against Joshua it’s a question of how long he will last. Nobody is giving Takam much of a chance and it would be a huge upset if he claims the win.
Joshua needs to do what he does best, let his hands go and land fast, powerful combinations. Takam is one tough guy and could take a while to soften up, but Im expecting Joshua to wear him down as the fight goes on…
Prediction – Joshua wins by ko/tko – rounds 7-9
- Kal Yafai vs Sho Ishida – WBA Super Flyweight title
Popular Brummie Yafai 22-0 (14 ko’s) defends his WBA belt against the hard-hitting Ishida 24-0 (13 ko’s). Yafai has always looked destined to be a world champion and has cemented his place as one of the top fighters in the lower weight classes following his wins over Concepcion & Muranaka. He will no doubt be aiming for unification fights next year if he overcomes Ishida.
Ishida comes with a big reputation and a solid record. What might go against him is inactivity, he has only fought once in the past year so he may struggle with Yafai’s sharp punching early on. Once he settles into the fight, Ishida is known for his hard-hitting combinations, so this could make for a great scrap between two of the best in the division.
Prediction – Yafai wins on points – unanimous decision
* Some of the other fights to check out this weekend are –
- Dillian Whyte vs Robert Helenius – Heavyweight bout
- Frank Buglioni vs Craig Richards – British light-heavyweight title
- Juergen Braehmer vs Rob Brant – Super-middle bout / boxing super series