Following up on what was an intriguing week of boxing, fight fans will be treated to yet another absolutely loaded weekend of prize fights. The action kicks off on Friday and runs through Saturday with world championship fights on both sides of the Atlantic.
The world title fights get started in London on Friday. Long-reigning IBF Flyweight champ “Babyface” Moruti Mthalane of South Africa puts his belt on the line against undefeated masterclass boxer Sunny Edwards of London, UK. Mthalane sports a record of 39-2, and captured the IBF strap back in July, of 2018, when he outpointed Muhammad Waseem, and has gone on to defend that belt three times including his most recent defense in December of 2019 when he stopped Akira Yaegashi in Japan. The challenger, Edwards, is perfect in 15 bouts and last fought in august of 2020 where he outpointed veteran Thomas Essomba over 12-rounds. A loaded undercard features the return of undefeated former Irish Olympian Mick Conlan who puts his perfect record on the line against the long and rangy veteran Ionut Baluta. Baluta Had a breakthrough year in2020, first by shocking TJ Doheny in Dubai and then by blowing out David Oliver Joyce in three rounds in London in September. The card also features a battle of unbeaten Super Welterweight prospects as Troy Williams on battles the 16-0 Kieran Smith. Smith last fought back in November of 2019 when he defeated the then-undefeated Italian prospect, Vincenzo Bevilacqua.
Two massive heavyweights collide in Manchester when Derek Chisora battles Joseph Parker in what is a must-win fight for each man. Chisora is coming off a solid showing in which he came up just short against Oleksandr Usyk in Wembley Arena back on October 31st. Joseph Parker is riding a four-fight win streak since losing to Dillian Whyte back in 2018. In his most recent outing, Parker took a wide decision over fellow New Zealander, Junior Fa, just over two months. Both men desperately need a win to stay in the heavyweight title picture. The undercard features two world titles fights. Light Heavyweight WBA champ Dmitry Bivol finally returns to the ring after an 18-month layoff and puts his belt and undefeated record on the line against Craig “Spider” Richards. Richards last boxed last December when he beat up and stopped Shakan Pitters. Undisputed lightweight women’s champ Katie Taylor puts all four of her belts on the line against Natasha Jonas, who is coming off a draw with Terri Harper back in August of 2020. The undercard also features James Tennyson, Chris Eubank Jr, Scott Fitzgerald, and Campbell Hatton
The Weekends action concludes with more heavyweight action as former unified heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz makes his much-anticipated return to the ring. Ruiz has not been in action since losing his belts in a lackluster and disappointing effort to Anthony Joshua in December of 2019. He will battle former world title challenger Chris Arreola. Arreola sports a record of 38-6-1 and is coming off of a loss to Adam Kwonacki. A fight in which Arreola set a CompuBox record for punches thrown in a heavyweight but still dropped a wide and mostly one-sided decision. For Ruiz it’s his first fight working with famed trained Eddy Reynoso. The undercard features WBA “regular” Champ Erislandy Lara who battles Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna. Additionally, in what will be a can’t miss all-action slugfest former lightweight champ Omar Figueroa Je of Weslaco Texas battles Able Ramos of Casa Grande, Arizona. Both fighters are coming off a loss to WBA welterweight champ Yordenis Ugas. Ramos was far more competitive in his scrap with Ugas than was Figueroa.