Ovill McKenzie will defend his British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight titles against current English champion Matty Askin on the Queensbury Boxing promoted show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on October 25th.
The fight was recently added to the show which is topped by the Ellesmere Port sensation Paul Butler, who goes for his second world title at a different weight when he faces South Africa’s IBF world super-flyweight champion Zolani Tete.
McKenzie, 34, is a former Commonwealth champion at light-heavyweight and also has a Prizefighter trophy to his name. The Derby based, Jamaican born veteran has hit great form in the twilight years of his career claiming the Commonwealth belt in April with a 5th round KO over Tony Conquest. Then in June he added the British title to his resume after stopping Jon Lewis Dickinson in the 2nd round.
Askins, 25, from Blackpool, took the English title from China Clarke in April last year via a unanimous decision over 10-rounds. He has had two fights since then, one a defence of his belt against Menay Edwards in March. He is now trained by former pro and world title challenger Michael Jennings at his Chorley gym and is in the best shape physically and mentally of his 6-year professional career.
McKenzie is chasing a world title shot and if he gets past Askin he could be a couple of fights away from realising his ambitions.
This is a 50/50 pick’em fight and should be a cracker! It can go either way but expect Askin to come of age with a patient and purposeful performance to take the titles with a close points decision. But give McKenzie an inch and he will take advantage, under estimate ‘The Upsetter’ at your peril!
Ovill McKenzie: 23-12, 12KOs
Matty Askin: 17-2, 10KOs
Latest other news from the bill and fight predictions
Liam Smith – The British light-middleweight champion will now fight for the vacant IBF Intercontinental title after original opponent Nav Mansouri pulled out of challenging Smith for his Lonsdale belt after suffering a back injury. An opponent is yet TBC.
Newley crowned British lightweight champion ‘Turbo’ Terry Flanagan will no longer be appearing on the bill, he is will appear next on November 22nd on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs Dereck Chisora at the ExCel Arena, in London.
British and Commonwealth flyweight champion Kevin Satchell will be looking to add the European flyweight title to his impressive collection when he faces EU champion ‘Gentleman’ Valery Yanchy from Belarus.
Local former GB captain Tom Stalker steps up his opposition when he clashes with Chris Jenkins in an interesting battle to see who will go on to fight for the British light-welterweight title.
There is another big fight for former British champion Derry Mathews when challenges for the WBA International lightweight title against Argentina’s Cristian Coria.
Rest of Card details and BB predictions for fights
|Super-flyweight||Zolani Tete vs Paul Butler||12 x 3||Butler – TKO 10|
|Light-middleweight||Liam Smith vs TBA||12 x 3||–|
|Cruiserweight||Ovill McKenzie vs Matty Askin||12 x 3||Askins – Points|
|Lightweight||Derry Mathews vs Cristian Rafael Coria||12 x 3||Mathews – Points|
|Flyweight||Valery Yanchy vs Kevin Satchell||12 x 3||Satchell – Points|
|Light welterweight||Thomas Stalker vs Chris Jenkins||10 x 3||Stalker – Points|
|Middleweight||Chris Eubank Jr vs Jez Wilson||8 x 3||Eubank Jr – TKO 2|
|Light-welterweight||Jack Catterall vs Michal Dufek||8 x 3||Catterall – Points|
|Welterweight||Steven Lewis vs Fonz Alexander||6 x 3||Lewis – Points|
|Lightweight||Matty Fagan vs Andy Harris||6 x 3||Fagan – Points|
|Super-featherweight||Michael Gomez Jnr vs Qasim Hussain||4 x 3||Gomez – Points|
|Light-welterweight||Michael Joynson vs Dan Carr||4 x3||Joynson – Points|
|Welterweight||Mason Cartwright vs Matt Seawright||4 x 3||Cartwright – Points|