A hectic boxing weekend takes place over the next couple of days and Tony Bellew, SportPesa’s Global Ambassador, is here to provide you with his opinion as he places his expert eye over a number of intriguing fights.
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There are quite a few interesting fights on this weekend, but the one fight that stands out for me is the heavyweight clash this Friday night between Michael Hunter and Sergey Kuzmin. Both these guys are solid heavyweight contenders just outside the top ten so whoever wins is likely to make a decent dent in the rankings and work themselves into a position where they can land themselves a big fight next year.
Both fighters are guys I’ve watched a bit of in the last few years although it is Hunter that I’m more familiar with. His win over Martin Bakole last year was a shock to many, but he was a world class cruiserweight so the only question surrounding him in that fight was would he be able to step up. He answered that emphatically with something of a boxing lesson and he deserved to get the stoppage in the end.
In Kuzmin, he’s facing a fighter who came to Britain last year with a monster’s reputation, but I’m yet to see where that has come from so far. Him and David Price was turning into a nice little fight before the latter had to withdraw with injury, but there were many saying that he was going to walk in there and blast Pricey out. That never looked like happening. The main guys in the division aren’t going to lose sleep over either guy, but at this point, I’ll go with Hunter to win this on points in an entertaining battle.
Elsewhere on that card in New York, we get a closer look at a young man who has a brilliant future. I know Eddie Hearn very well and he’s so excited to have Devin Haney, and this is a great opportunity for him to make his mark on the lightweight division when he takes on Zaur Abdullaev. Haney’s reputation is well known in American gyms and he’s passed every single test handed to him so far as a professional. He’s only 20, but he’s fighting like a boxer who’s 10 years older. This is chance to make a statement and I think he’ll do so with a second half stoppage.
On Saturday night, Las Vegas will belong to Tyson Fury as he’ll look to entertain against Otto Wallin. It’s not the fight we all want Fury to be a part of, but if the Deontay Wilder fight is next then I suppose it’s not bad as a keep busy fight. Wallin was a decent amateur and his professional career has been okay up to now, but Fury is levels above anything he’s ever encountered. I get the feeling fury will want to look impressive ahead of a potential Wilder rematch so expect him to stop Wallin before halfway.