Boxing fans are in store for another absolutely loaded weekend of the sweet science. Fight fans have four major cards one on Friday evening and three more on Saturday. Two cards in the UK and two more in the US.
The action Kicks off in London as undefeated super featherweight prospect “The Sharpshooter” Archie Sharp returns to the ring to take the biggest challenge of his promising professional career. The undefeated Sharp, 20-0 (9) battles Alexis Boureima Kabore of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, sports a 28-4 (7) record and looks to bounce back from his points loss to Manyo Plange, back in December. Kabore scored the best win of his career back in 2015 when he outpointed Fatiou Fassinou. Sharp, has fought one other time this year when he outpointed Diego Andrade Chavez back in July. Also on the card is undefeated Kazakh mega prospect Tursynbay Kulakhmet, 4-0 (3) who last fought in his native country when he stopped Aleksei Evchenko in the 10th round. Kulakhmet will step in with hard-hitting veteran Juan Carlos Abreu, 23-6-1 (21). Abreu has been in with the likes of Jamal James, Egidijus Kavaliauskas, and Humberto Soto as well as many others. He should be a solid test for the undefeated prospect.
The action stays in London the next day as the women take center stage as Chantelle Cameron and Mary McGee meet up to unify the WBC and IBF 140-pound world titles. Cameron sports a perfect 14-0 (8) record and won the WBC strap last October by outpointing Adriana dos Santos Araujo of Brazil. She has defended the title one time since when she blew away Melissa Hernandez in five quick rounds in Las Vegas back in May. Her opponent Mary McGee, of Gary, Indiana is a veteran of 30 professional bouts, has a record of 27-3 (15), and won her strap in December of 2019 when she stopped Ana Laura Esteche in 10 rounds. She has also defended her belt one time since having stopped Deanha Hobbs of Australia in nine rounds.
The undercard features the return of Craig Richards 16-2-1 (9) who came up just short in a world title shot, in his last outing, to long-time WBA Light Heavyweight Champ Dmitry Bivol. Richards battles Marek Matyja, 20-2-2(9), of Poland. Matyja has won three consecutive bouts, including his most recent, a second-round TKO over Maksym Mishchenk back in July. Also on the card is an intriguing matchup between Youssef Khoumari and Jorge Castaneda. A 10-round super featherweight affair for the WBC silver belt. Khoumari is undefeated in 14 fights 13-0-1 with a draw to Liam Dillion in November of 2019. He most recently fought Vincente Martin Rodriguez and scored an eight-round points victory. He battles Jorge Castaneda of Laredo, Texas. Who scored a dominant upset victory over then-undefeated prospect Otha Jones III on the undercard of Demetrios Andrade vs Liam Williams back in April.
The action then moves to the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garen as New York Native, Josue Vargas looked to continue his hot streak against two-time world title challenger Jose Zepeda. Zepeda came as close as you could come to winning a world title without winning one when he lost a disputed decision to Jose Carlos Ramirez in what many considered the Fight of The Year in 2019. He then won what was the 2020 fight of the year when he finally stopped Ivan Baranchyk in the fifth round in a fight that featured eight-total knockdowns. Josue Vargas emerged on the scene in 2020 when he beat Kendo Castaneda in the Top Rank bubble last summer. He has fought just once this year and moved his record to 19-1 (9) when he dominated Willie Shaw and earned a points victory. The undercard is headlined by undefeated Puerto Rican prospect Carlos Caraballo who has scored two highly impressive victories. He stopped Mike Oliver in one round back in February of 2020 and followed that up with a fourth-round stoppage of Leonardo Baez back in March.
The Weekends final card takes place in Las Vegas as Jamal James puts his version of the WBA belt on the line against the undefeated Radzhab Butaev of Russia. James captured his belt by outpointing Thomas Dulorme back in August of 2020. James has been inactive since. Butaev last fought in December of 2020 and stopped Terry Chatwood in three one-sided rounds. Butaev had previously fought for the same belt he will be fighting for tomorrow when he originally came up short to Alexander Besputin. That decision was overturned when Besputin tested positive for a banned substance. The undercard features two of the sport’s brightest prospects as welterweight Jarron Ennis takes the biggest test of his career against Thomas Dulrome. Dulorme, 25-5-1 (16) is coming off back-to-back close losses to Jamal James and Eimantas Stanionis. Also, lightweight phenome Michel Rivera who is coming off a career-best win over Jon Fernandez back in July is back in the ring to take on Jose Matias Romero, of Argentina, Romero, is coming off of his first career loss, a 12-round decision loss to Isaac Cruz back in March on the undercard of David Benavidez vs Ronald Ellis.