Chris Eubank Jr headlines a strong Sky Sports show this Saturday 2nd October at Wembley Arena. We preview the full undercard with a host of unbeaten prospects hoping to make their mark against some decently matched opposition.
Eubank Jr v Muratov
Chris Eubank Jr (30-2-0) faces the German Anatoli Muratov (24-2-0) in a middleweight clash which should finally earn Eubank Jr the world title shot he has been craving. Eubank Jr is ranked three by the WBC and first in line for the WBA. Win against Muratov and Eubank Jr will surely earn his shot at WBA Super champ Ryota Murata (16-2-0).
Eubank Jr has now been working with Roy Jones Jr for almost eighteen months and was last seen comfortably beating Marcus Morrison over ten rounds in May.
Muratov is a late replacement after the positive COVID-19 test produced by Sven Elbir. The German orthodox fighter is unbeaten in his last seventeen contests, all inside Germany and Turkey. There is little indication on his record that he should trouble Eubank Jr other than an impressive knockout record. The middleweight boasts seventeen stoppages in his twenty-four wins. Muratov’s last defeat came in 2014 in a German title fight and will come into the bout with a good amount of confidence.
Avanesyan v Liam Taylor
David Avanesyan (27-3-1) makes the fourth defence of his European Welterweight title against Liam Taylor (23-1-0). Avanesyan impressed last time out against Josh Kelly, stopping the fancied prospect in six rounds. The Russian is not far off a second world title shot, and is ranked highly in the WBO (6), WBA (9) and WBC (7).
Liam Taylor therefore faces the biggest challenge of his career so far but comes to Wembley Arena on a good run of form. A solid win over Darren Tetley (then 20-0-0) last August was followed by a first round stoppage in July. Taylor’s sole defeat came to Tyrone Nurse back in 2015, a loss he avenged three years later. Taylor has been sparring with Liam Smith in the build up to the contest and will see Saturday as a major opportunity to springboard his career.
The return of Riakporhe
Richard Riakporhe (11-0-0) takes on Krzysztof Twardowski (9-2-0) in his first fight in twenty months. For a full preview of Riakporhe’s return see our piece from yesterday.
Mikael Lawal v Steven Ward
Keeping half an eye on Riakporhe will be unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Mikael Lawal (13-0-0. Lawal makes a significant step up in class against Steven Ward (13-1-0) in a fight which has to be billed as a 50/50. Lawal’s most impressive win is a first round knockout of Damian Chambers (then 9-0-0) but has otherwise been largely untested so far. Ward’s has only lost to Ricards Bolotniks (18-6-1) and will count Liam Conroy as his best win so far. Both fighters will see Saturday as an opportunity to force their way to the top of the British cruiserweight mix.
Germaine Brown v Jamal Le Doux
Germaine Brown (9-0-0) will take on Jamal Le Doux (8-1-0) in a good super-middleweight clash. Brown’s last fight was an impressive win in Belarus to beat Dmitri Chudinov (then 21-6-3). Le Doux hasn’t fought in two years and will come into the contest a slight underdog. The Staffordshire based fighter will be fighting for the first time outside Kings Hall, Stoke.
Linus Udofia v Xhuljo Vrenozi
Unbeaten Middleweight Linus Udofia (16-0-0) will head to Wembley Arena in high spirits. The fight based in Luton stopped John Harding Jr for the English middeweight title. Udofia will face the active Albanian Xhuljo Vrenozi (17-3-0) who has fought for the majority of his career in Italy. Vrenozi hasn’t faced anyone of particular note and is stepping up from super-welterweight.
Udofia will know a win will continue his rise to potential British title fights in 2022.
Joe Pigford v Isaac Aryee
Joe Pigford (17-0-0) has slowly amassed an impressive record. The Southampton based fighter turned pro in 2012 and has since stopped sixteen of his seventeen opponents. Isaac Aryee (26-9-0) will represent a step up but one Pigford should negotiate. The Ghanaian superwelterweight’s previous experience in Britain comes in the form of a stoppage defeat to Jimmy Kelly. Like Pigford, Aryee has a good knockout record with twenty-four stoppages amongst his twenty-six wins.
Debut for Ebonie Jones
Ebonie Jones makes her pro debut and there are plenty of reasons to believe it could be an exciting one. Jones won sixty of sixty-five amateur contents including multiple English and British titles, as well as European U22 gold. The decorated amateur has been training more recently in Guildford but hails from Portsmouth originally. Her fight is listed as at featherweight.
Jones will take on Bec Connolly (3-10-0) in what should be a one-sided affair.