After making a clean sweep on last week’s predictions on a night when there were victories for Dereck Chisora, Dave Allen, and Terrence Crawford, SportPesa’s Global Ambassador, Tony Bellew, is back with a number of selections for this weekend’s action.
“It seems like every single week there’s a big boxing event taking place and it really is a wonderful time for fighters and fans because the sport is going through a real hot period right now. This weekend, the attention turns to the World Boxing Super Series tournament and we are at the semi-final stage with some brilliant fights as a number of quality boxers chase that defining moment in the sport when they know they are the best.
“I was really looking forward to the fight between Zolani Tete and Nonito Donaire, but now that Tete has withdrawn at the last minute due to injury we’re left with Donaire taking on Stephon Young, which is something of an anti-climax. I’ve had a look at Young and although this is a massive opportunity for him, I just don’t think he’s ready for a fight of this size at this stage of his career. It’d be some story if he stepped in last minute and got the win but boxing rarely does fairy tales and I think Donaire will know too much.
“Up at 140lbs, Regis Prograis is fast becoming one of the best fighters in the world and he should have far too much for Kiryl Relikh in their semi-final. Prograis is on course to fight Josh Taylor if both win their fights and if that is the bout that makes the final then boxing fans are in for a massive treat with that one. There’s quite a buzz about Prograis and I think he’ll get through to the final with relative ease on Saturday night.
“Over on this side of the Atlantic, Daniel Dubois continues his ring education. I’ve heard good things about Dubois from people who know the sport inside out and I’m looking forward to watching his progress. There’re a few rumours at the moment that Dubois might be in line to fight Joe Joyce this summer so he’ll want to look good in this one. He’ll be facing a last-minute opponent after the withdrawal of Joseph Lartey, but with Joyce to come in a few months, Dubois will want to look the part.”