With another relatively quiet weekend of boxing in the US, the UK comes through again for fight fans and delivers two action-packed cards to fill the boxing void.
The action kicks off on Friday in Belfast as “Irish” Mick Conlan, a former Olympic Medalist, takes on a former world champ in TJ Doheny, originally of Portlaois, Ireland but now fights out of Australia, for the vacant WBA interim featherweight title. Doheny captured the IBF super-bantamweight in 2018 when he pulled a massive upset over Ryohei Takahashi in Madison Square Garden. He held the title till 2019 when he lost it in a fight of the year candidate-type fight against Danny Roman. Doheny lost against in his last outing a UD loss to Ionut Baluta in Dubai, in an eight-round affair back in March of 2020 and has been inactive since. Conlan when on to beat Baluta in a 12-round affair back in April to improve his undefeated record to 15-0 (8).
The card also features undefeated bantamweight prospect “Lightning” Lee McGregor of Edinburgh, Scotland who puts his 10-0 (8) record on the line against Vincent Legrand 32-0 (17) of France. In what is viewed as a major step-up fight for McGregor. The Scotsman is coming off a career-best performance. A first-round destruction of Karim Guerf back in March of this year. The bout is a 12-round affair for the EBU bantamweight title.
“The Mighty” Celt Tyrone McKenna,21-2-1, also returns for the first time since his close and controversial loss to Ohara Davies last September. A fight that McKenna narrowly lost his WBC international 140-pound strap in. A strap that he captured in Belfast back in 2019 when he dropped and outclassed Darragh Foley. The Mighty Celt takes on the very formidable Jose Felix of Mexico who sports an impressive 39-4-1 record and has won two consecutive fights by second-round knockout including his most recent back in April when he took apart an overmatched Adalberto Borquez in Mexico.
The action moves over to the Matchroom headquarters in Brentwood for the second consecutive week of Fight Camp. The main event is for the vacant IBF World Featherweight title and is an intriguing rematch between Kid Galahad and Jazza Dickens. The two fought all the way back in 2013 and Galahad was able to outlast Dickens and stop him in the 10th round of a highly competitive fight. Galahad went on to fight for a world title in 2019 and was narrowly outpointed by Josh Warrington in a bout many thought Galahad deserved the nod. Following the Warrington loss, Galahad went onto score a very impressive eight-round stoppage over rugged veteran Claudio Marrero back in February of 2020 and has been inactive since. Dickens has rebounded, has won eight fights in a row captured the “Golden Contract” and moved his record to 30-3. His most recent bout was back in December, the finals of the Golden Contract, where he outpointed Ryan Walsh over 10-rounds.
The undercard features two highly touted and exciting heavyweights. Fabio Wardley puts his perfect 11-0 record on the line against knockout artist Nick Webb of Chertsey, in a 10-rounder. Wardley last fought in Gibraltar back in March where he scored a fifth-round knockout over former world title challenger Eric Molina. 7-0 (7) Alan Babic looks to extend his perfect KO streak when he steps in the ring with Mark Bennett. Bennett most recently lost to Nick Webb in December of 2019. Babic extended his knockout streak to seven when he stopped Damian Chambers in three rounds back in June on the undercard of Ritson vs Ponce. Fan-favorite Eboni Bridges also returns to the ring after her all-out slugfest loss to Shannon Courtenay back in April. She takes on a 3-9 fighter by the name of Bec Connolly.