Ricky Burns v Terence Crawford
WBO Lightweight World title
WBO lightweight world champion Ricky Burns (36 – 2 – 1 (11 KOs) met his unbeaten challenger Terence Crawford (22 – 0 – 16 KOs) for the first time at the final press conference today for Saturday night’s huge ‘Man of Steel’ show at the SECC, Glasgow live on Sky Sports UK and on US channel AWE both fighters commentating they have had dream camps.
Burns retained his title in controversial circumstances in September after his bout with Mexican Raymundo Beltran was scored a draw. The Coatbridge man fought on in the SECC despite suffering a broken jaw in the second round of the contest.
Terence Crawford who is coming off the back of impressive victories over Andrey Klimov, Alejandro Sanabria and Bredis Prescott. The challengers recent form has propelled him right into championship contention, Matchroom promoter and Burns manager Eddie Hearn describes this fight as the best fight in the lightweight division currently.
on a stacked Matchroom card and now a 10,000 sold out SECC arena we look at the undercard….
Anthony Joshua MBE v Hector Avila
Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua in his fith professional outing looks to make it five Ko’s out of five will take on Hecto Alfredo Avila (22-15 – 1 – 11 KO’s) who went nine rounds previously with the UK’s Derek Chisora, this will be another step up for Matchrooms golden boy.
John Murray v John Simpson
Simpson (25-10, 11 KOs) last out in November at two weeks notice to help save a Matchroom card at the Ice Arena in Hull, was stopped only the second time in his career by Tommy Coyle in the seventh round for the vacant IBF international lightweight belt.
This time Simpson has had a 10 week camp to prepare for what he admits will be a hard night against former world lightweight title challenger John Murray (32-2, 19 KOs) a fight Simpson says will be toe to toe as both men don’t take a step back.
John Murray. A former British and European champion, Murray is looking to rebuild after a a sustained period out of the sport. Since his one-sided loss, to Brandon Rios, at Madison Square Garden in 2011 the 29 year old has seen just four rounds of action in a win against the unheralded Michael Escobar last November. A positive that Simpson is taking ahead of their fight on Saturday night.
Scotty Cardle v Paul Appleby
Appleby (19-5, 11 KOs) hopes that 2014 will be his year. With the ‘rust’ shaken off he is now hoping to be -Britain’s best at 135lbs. The Scottish South Queensferry boxer is confident of overcoming the obstacle presented by Scotty Cardle of gallaghers gym (13-0, 2 KOs).
Appleby led on to say “I’d like to fight Anthony Crolla because to be honest I think he’s a bit over rated. Once I beat Cardle I’d like to fight Crolla right after or whenever because I think I’m too big for him. He’s a good little boxer. I just think he’s a bit over rated.
David Brophy v Jamie Amble
David Brophy (10 – 0 – 0 – 1 Draw) another Scottish hopeful at middleweight was originally fighting for the Celtic title however this will now not be the case.
So far, Brophy has made his name as a middleweight but seems increasingly likely to make his mark on the sport as a super middleweight.
“I can make middleweight. I made 11st 10lbs no problem for catchweight fights against Gary Boulden and things like that but 11st 6lbs this time is maybe a bit of a push,” Brophy said ahead of his fight We’ve got a new strength and conditioning coach so we stepped that up and obviously put a bit on. I feel good and healthy. When I was 11st 10lb there wasn’t much to me so maybe the extra 4lbs would be too much. If I had a good enough period of time I think I could make middleweight no problem.
Anthony Ogogo v Greg O’Neil
Lowestoft’s Ogogo (4-0, 2 KOs) since turning pro after the 2012 London Games, winning all four of his pro bouts. In his most recent fight, the exciting 25-year-old won a shutout six round decision over 31-fight veteran Dan Blackwell on Dec. 14.
Greg O’Neill (3-1), 22-year-old, won his first three pro bouts before a loss to 7-0 Lewis Taylor in an International Masters (Bronze) Middleweight Title fight last March. On Saturday, he gets the opportunity to get back in the winning ways.
Michael Roberts v Romain Peker
local talent Roberts is at the stage of evolving from prospect to champion. Super-featherweight Michael Roberts at (13-0, 1 KO) has served his pro apprenticeship and his bout with Frenchman Romain Peker (5 – 7 – 2)could be his last before competing for titles later this year.
Also on the card earlier in the evening is more rising stars…..
Martin J. Ward v Craig Woodruff
Ryan Smith v Ibrar Riyaz
Ryan Collins v Mariusz Bak
Scott Allan v Francis Croes
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