Hellraiser Boxing News | Frank Flaunts The Future: Preview of Saturday's Show At The Copperbox
Adam Thorn previews and predicts The Future Is Now card at the Copperbox Arena this Saturday, July 8th. With Skeete, Yarde, Dubois and Ekundayo all featuring, it's sure to be a great night's boxing, but who will triumph in their fights?
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by Adam Thorn
Only a madman, who doesn’t like boxing, could argue Frank Warren and Queensbury promotions don’t provide a great evening’s fistic fun. While Hellraiser have a keen eye on two of our champions, Darryll Williams and Asinia Byfield - who defend their respective English and Southern Area belts, there is a literal world of boxing happening beyond them at the same venue this Saturday. Ferocious and D’Ghost’s fights are covered by Hellraiser’s excellently erudite Chris Waddams, here. There are fourteen fights at London’s wonderful Copperbox Arena and no fewer than fourteen unbeaten records (two debutants included) being placed on the line in the show billed as The Future Is Now.
Tyson’s cousin Hughie Fury is getting a run out, which is nice to see after his shot at Joseph Parker in New Zealand for the WBO heavyweight strap was scuppered by injury. The two unbeaten men now have a date set for for the aforementioned WBO belt in Manchester in September. There is so much at stake in that fight that it is unlikely Fury’s 20-0 (10) record will be under too much threat from an as yet unannounced opponent on Saturday. However his knockout percentage may well improve.
Leicester super-featherweight Leon Woodstock faces Hungary’s Norbert Kalucza in a six rounder. Leon, 9-0 (5), impressed in his last fight in his home town, rallying to batter Paul Holt into submission and become Midlands Area champion. Kalucza is a former Olympian and has been in the capital twice very recently. First fighting Boy Jones jr to the final bell but dropping the decision at the same venue in May. A week later he was back, this time at York Hall, being dropped three times by Hellraiser’s own Gelasius Taaru. Kalucza was then ruled unfit to continue in the third. Woodstock is heavy handed and quick to spot an opening, like Taaru, but the five weeks off may give Kalucza the energy needed to hold on until the end for a loss on points.
Nineteen year old Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois, 3-0 (3), is tested in only his fourth pro fight against, 15-1 (8) Mauricio Barragan, for the WBC World Youth heavyweight title. Barragan is a late replacement for Julian Fernandez, and brings considerably more experience to the bout than his predecessor. He’s also twenty nine, which seems old to be competing for a “youth” title. Barragan’s only loss was to then twenty four fight unbeaten Isidro Ranoni Prieto, by knockout in round two. Prieto went on to fight Artur Beterbiev, being stopped himself in the opening stanza. On paper, this looks like a mismatch. Or does it?
Dubois is a quietly spoken, gentle man outside of the ring, but a Golovkin-esque smiling assassin once the bell sounds, it is not a coincidence his moniker is “Dynamite”: DDD. He’s a precocious talent, and one that most probably did not come cheaply. While this will be a competitive match, he’s not going to be thrown to the wolves in his fourth outing. Other than Prieto, Barragan has not fought anyone with what might be called a dominant record. He has never been more than six rounds, and crucially, he’s fought at light heavyweight most of his career. Expect a cautious early fight until the hugely confident, rangy and powerful Dubois takes over for a knockout before the halfway point.
Anthony Yarde has proved to be something of a killer in his eleven fights thus far. In his last outing he dropped brave Chris Hobbs six times before the then Southern Area light heavy champion yielded his crown. Having only failed to knock out one opponent, Yarde is in with Hungary’s Richard Baranyi, who has an 18-1 (12) record. The prospect from Ilford is being moved along quickly by Frank Warren, who clearly rates him, and for the second fight in a row he’ll be attempting to wrestle a belt from the holder. The belt in question is the WBO European light heavyweight title, which Baranyi won two fights previously to this.
It’s hard to know what to think about Baranyi, on one hand he looked every inch the calm champion at the press conference. He also has a decent enough looking record, but scratch a little closer, much like with Mauricio Barragan, and you’ll see his record deceives. He has never fought outside of Hungary, also his only loss was a stoppage; to a fighter with a losing record. Which is fine in and of itself, but Yarde is something special. The size difference when the two men faced off was noticeable, too, with Yarde slightly taller and dripping with muscle. The feeling must surely be that Frank, as ever, knows best and this will be a good step up. Unless Yarde tires after the fourth, which he’s never been past, he can win and claim a belt and world ranking, he may even score an impressive stoppage in victory.
Chief support is a contest for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title between Gary Corcoran and Larry Ekundayo. The two have sparred in the past so don’t expect much in the way of feeling each other out. Corcoran, 16-1 (7), has a brilliant nom de guerre, “Hellraiser”, and is an aggressive, very strong competitor. Enkundayo, 12-0 (3), is a broad, bulky, stylist and Prizefighter champion. At thirty five and sparsely active over the last two years Larry has much to prove, and should be able to edge a tight decision.
The main event sees British welterweight champion Bradley Skeete go looking to become only the second person since Billy Joe Saunders in 2014 to win a Lord Lonsdale belt outright. It is a credit to Skeete that he has made winning one his priority, before moving on to world level, should he win this weekend. Having first garnered the prize in a battle with then holder Sam Eggington, now that he’s successfully defended it twice, Bradley is touching distance from his ambition. The beautiful strap was once the apple of every British fighter’s eye, but its popularity has sadly waned. For his part Evans has has a shot at the British title before, also against Eggington, which he lost by unanimous decision.
After the tragedy that befell his opponent Mike Towell following his knockout victory of him, it is touching to hear that some of his fallen foe’s fans will be travelling to support Dale in his bid to summit Britain’s welterweight division. In stark contrast to much of the rest of yesterday’s press conference at BT Sport’s beautiful studios, Skeete and Evans remained respectful of one another, which was a nice contrast to the insults thrown by others. However it is hard to see beyond Skeete in this, who seems to improve with every fight. The Penge man is tall and rangy, with increasing power, but Evans is tough and will doggedly pursue him until the final bell. When Skeete will win clearly on points, own his Lonsdale and possibly chase a fight with Jeff Horn.
Posted: 7th Jul 2017
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