Following up on a week the failed to give us an undisputed 154-pound world champ, the sweet science returns with a relatively quiet week of boxing. A weekend that features just one major card that takes place at the Wembley Arena, in London, England.
The event is headlined by two massive and highly skilled heavyweights as the 12-0 Joe Joyce returns to the ring for the first time since his career-best win, when he stopped the undefeated Daniel Dubois in 10 rounds. He will take on long-reigning heavyweight contender and former world title challenger Carlos Takam, originally from Douala, Cameroon, and now fighting out of Nevada, USA. Takam fought for a pair of heavyweight world titles against Anthony Joshua back in October of 2017 and fought valiantly but was eventually stopped in the 10th round. Nine months later Takam took on Derek Chisora at the 02 Arena and was stopped in the eighth round of a thrilling fight. Takam has run off four consecutive victories since the back-to-back losses including his most recent fight last year a 10-round decision over Jerry Forrest a year ago to run his record to 39-5-1 (28). Both fighters are former Olympians. Takam represented Cameroon in the 2004 Athens Games and Joyce won a silver medal for Great Britain in the 2012 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil games.
The co-main event is an intriguing scrap between surging contender Chris Jenkins of Wales who takes on an undefeated upstart in Ekow Essuman, originally from Botswana, but now fighting out of Nottingham, England. Essuman, sports a flawless 14-0 (5) and scored a career-best win over Tyrone Nurse back in March of 2019. He scored four more victories against lesser opposition since then including his most recent fight a lopsided 10-round UD victory over Cedrick Peynaud of France last September. Jenkins who has been inactive since late 2019 when he fought Liam Taylor to a four-round Technical draw, has a 22-3-3 (8) record and scored three consecutive wins prior to the technical draw with Taylor, including a one-sided UD victory over Johnny Garton to capture the 140-pound commonwealth title and he then got up off the canvas to successfully defend that strap against the game Paddy Gallagher in Belfast.
The undercard features undefeated 154-pound blue-chip prospect, Hamzah Sheeraz, who puts his 12-0 record on the line against 28-year-old Ezequiel Gurria in a major step-up fight. Gurria has a 15-1 record and has scored two consecutive victories since his lone career defeat including his last fight back just six weeks ago when he outpointed veteran Rafael Chiruta. Sheeraz last fought back in November when he stopped Guido Pitto on the Dubois/Joyce undercard. Southpaw, super-bantamweight prospect Chris Bourke will also be in action as he puts his perfect 9-0(6) record on the line against James Beech Jnr, who looks to bounce back from his lone career defeat. A points loss to Brad Foster last July.