In light of the various changes of fighters due to injury, I wanted to put a together an impromptu post covering the undercard supporting the main event. On a personal level, I am disappointed to not see Callum Smith, Anthony Joshua and now Martin Murray on Saturday. We had 2 of the biggest domestic prospects and a World level boxer in Murray, big shame. Let’s get stuck in…
Quigg v SilvaChief support for the night will be WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Scott Quigg (26-0: 19 KO’s) against Diego Silva (29-2: 15 KO’s). Argentinean Silva, has lost to Fernando Montiel (who has shared the ring with Nonito Donaire) and was defeated by Diego Hernandez in 2007. Silva last year was the 1st man to beat highly rated Alex De Oliveria, knocking him out in the 11th round. For me, Quigg has to get rid of Silva early like a ropey one night stand on a Sunday morning. With the eyes of the world watching, notably the American public as it will be shown on abc cable network. It will provide some much needed exposure to the Bury native Quigg, he needs to wow the audience, at home and abroad. By getting an impressive stoppage, it will put Quigg in line for a potential unification fight in 2014 with Kiko Martinez, the IBF holder. A possible super fight with Nonito Donaire in America further down the line, this could catapult him in to the stratosphere. With Carl Frampton’s camp chasing the same fights, Quigg has the advantage of being a title holder and an ability to “pull rank” over The Jackal with opponents. The fight we all want to see in the UK is Quigg v Frampton, I have wrote many words and filled numerous column inches on that match up, so I won’t bore you much more. But… it has to and WILL happen.
Crolla v FosterAnthony “Million Dollar” Crolla (love that name by the way) faces Stephen Foster Jr for the WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title. In an all Mancunian affair, Crolla (26-4: 9 KO’s) makes a 1st defence of the recently acquired title he won from defeating Gavin Rees in the summer. Foster (31-4: 18 KO’s) has lost to Gary Buckland recently and Derry Mathews some 7 years ago. You would have to favour Crolla in this as he is also being shown on abc in the US. It is an important fight for him to end 2013on a high, as he moves towards a possible World Title match up next year. “If I keep winning then it will happen because Eddie can deliver big fights,” said Crolla. “At the minute I’m not on (WBO champion) Ricky Burns’ radar, he’s looking at fighting Ray Beltran again or maybe Terence Crawford, and I’ve got unfinished business with Gethin that can hopefully be resolved around the same time. I’ve got to work my way up to that, but if I do I don’t see why I cannot challenge Ricky or we could go down another route, that’s all up to Eddie (Hearn), I’m just going to keep concentrating on winning.” An exciting 2014 looms for Crolla if he can look good in this match up. Not renowned for his punching power, Crolla needs to convincingly outbox Foster on the night. “It’s nice to be the Inter-Continental champion; it gives you a World ranking and puts you in the shop window for some big fights, so I have to defend the title well. In the Lightweight division there are domestic fights that can almost serve as World title eliminators or propel you up the World rankings” We have Middleweight Andy Lee (30-2: 21 KO’s) making his debut on English soil having fought predominately in America and Belfast. Lee is pitting his wits against a yet unnamed opponent. In addition we have Rocky Fielding, Luke Campbell, Kal Yafai, Stephen Smith and Jamie McDonnell to complete our 10 course PPV Michelin Star Meal. A feast for fight fans, that we will all devour and saviour every mouthful. But you buy the PPV for the main event and chief support. But whilst we may not have every fighter we hoped for, with some notable absentees, it still promises to be an explosive night. Tune in next week for my review of the card and the main event. Meanwhile below is the full uncut undercard press conference video by iFL TV Have a great weekend.