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Monte Carlo Card Preview

by Paul Duckworth

Monte Carlo hosts its annual boxing event this weekend in what promises to be an interesting card should the scheduled matches not be disrupted like the AJ/ Takam Cardiff card. The bill includes two World title encounters, one of which is the rematch for the WBA Bantamweight title between UK's own Jamie McDonnell and Orlando Solis. Dereck Chisora challenges the undefeated German Agit Kabayel for the European Heavyweight belt and Bury born Scott Quigg faces Oleg Yefimovych in a WBA Featherweight final eliminator.

WBA LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
Dmitry Bivol (Holder), 11-0 (9), vs Trent Broadhurst, 21-1 (12)

Russian knockout artist Dmitry Bivol who boasts a 82% KO ratio faces Australian Trent Broadhurst (57% KO ratio). Bivol, currently the interim champion, is expected to be elevated to "regular" status should he be victorious, due to Badou Jack vacating recently. The winner of this contest is likely to be ordered to face Sullivan Barrera who is regarded as mandatory challenger. Rugged Broadhurst is facing one of the best up and coming light heavyweights in the world and therefore will need to rely on his experience to thwart Bivol's dominant rise. Broadhurst is an opponent who will look to bring the fight to Bivol so expect fireworks in Monte Carlo.

Prediction: Bivol to come out on top with another knockout.

WBA BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE
Jamie McDonnell (Holder), 29-2-1 (13), vs Orlando Solis, 25-5-1 (11)

This is a rematch between these two, after meeting last November, coincidently at the same venue. Last time out McDonnell started slow and he surely will look to rectify this. Jamie again will have a height advantage and is widely considered to be a big bantamweight for this division, with his trainer David Coldwell speaking previously of his desire for the Doncaster native to move up weight classes. Solis will be hoping that this is one fight to many for Jamie and look to pile on the pressure from the opening bell.

Prediction: Another tight encounter that is difficult to call. Although McDonnell with his skills and experience boxing abroad is the pick to be victorious via another points decision.

EUROPEAN HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
Agit Kabayel (Holder), 16-0 (12), vs Dereck Chisora, 27-7 (19)

Kabayel has begun life in the paid ranks with impressive performances, his current record highlighting a 75% knockout ratio. Chisora, the more experienced boxer is an enigma, when focused he is a tough opponent although questions over his ability to perform consistently have plagued his career. If Del Boy wants his rematch with Dillian Whyte then he must prove that the hunger remains by putting in a good performance against Kabayel; ideally walking away with the European strap. Fitness may play a part in this one.

Prediction: Although I find Chisora entertaining I am unsure which version will show up on the night. I can see Kabayel taking the fight to Del Boy and a possible win for the unbeaten champion

WBA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE FINAL ELIMINATOR
Scott Quigg, 33-1-2 (24) vs Oleg Yefimovych 29-2-1 (16)

Scott Quigg makes only his second appearance in the Featherweight division following his step up from Super Bantamweight and under the tutelage of Freddie Roach after he split with Joe Gallagher. Quigg seems to have been rather low key for a fairly sustained period, I personally would like to see him far more active in 2018 but first he must conquer Yefimovych who is regarded as a capable opponent with a respectable record.

Quigg carries speed and power that is up there with the elite of the division, it will be interesting to note what effect Freddie Roach has had on his man and if he has added astute improvements to an already capable fighter. In a stacked division of quality fighters now is the perfect time for Quigg to showcase his skills and remind the doubters just why he is a former world champion. It has been suggested that the winner will fight Santa Cruz and a match between Quigg and Santa Cruz would bring excitement and I personally feel Quigg would be better suited than Frampton and with his power has the potential to seriously cause Santa Cruz problems.

Prediction: Quigg will win this via a knockout in the mid rounds although will be without his trainer Freddie Roach who will be in George St Pierres corner in the UFC

Posted: 3rd Nov 2017

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