With the big bill topping events already covered, we take a look at the undercard of what looks like the biggest night of boxing staged in the capital in 2019.
Conor Benn vs Steve Jamoye
onor Benn will enjoy the exposure that his spot on one of boxing’s biggest nights in the UK will give him and late replacement opponent Steve Jamoye should give the 23-year-old Ilford man the perfect opportunity to shine. Jamoye (26-7-2, 5 Ko’s) is as safe an opponent as he could wish for.
Prediction: Benn to stop Jamoye inside 4 rounds.
Shannon Courtney vs Melinda Habran
Watford bantamweight Shannon Courtney continues her apprenticeship with a routine 4 rounder against Hungary’s Melinda Habran (0-1-0). Habran’s only bout ended in a wide points defeat in February. Courtney is (3-3-3, 1 Ko), so the safe money will be on Courtney.
Prediction: Courtney to win a wide points decision
Austin Williams vs Miroslav Juna
American middleweight prospect Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams (3-0-0, 3 Ko’s) has his 4th professional outing and first in the UK when he faces the Czech Republic’s Miroslav Juna (1-3-0, 1 Ko) over 4 rounds. Williams’s wins have all been in the 1st round but Juna’s 3 defeats have all been on points.
Prediction: Williams to stop Juna inside 3 rounds.
Abass Baraouvs John McDonnell
German super-welterweight Abass Baraou (7-0-0, 4 Ko’s) takes on the far more experienced John McDonnell (33-2-0) with the WBC International Super Welter Title on the line.
Baraou took on and beat former world champion Carlos Molina in only his 5th bout as a pro, so his team have very high hopes for him. McDonnell’s record is impressive but he struggled as soon as he got to British title contention, losing to Craig Watson for the 147lb title in 2011. With only one fight in the last 2 years under his belt, the Galway born, but London based McDonnell will probably struggle against the 24-year-old’s pace.Prediction: Baraou to win a wide points decision
Denis Radovan vs Luke Blackledge
Cologne, Germany’s Denis Radovan (12-0-1) faces Lancashire’s Luke Blackledge (26-8-2) in what should be a routine 8 rounder made at super-middleweight. Since Blackledge lost his unbeaten record to Erik Skoglund in Denmark back in 2013 the Lancastrian has lost to big names like Rocky Fielding and Callum Smith but also some lesser opponents.
Radovan hasn’t stood out as an outstanding prospect but should be too fresh and hungry for the 29-year-old from Darwen.
Prediction: Radovan wins a wide points decision.