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What to look forward to this weekend

By Rory Fitzgerald

Irish eyes will be watching on in Moscow this Friday night, as Cork based-Cuban heavyweight Mike Perez takes on Alexander Povetkin for the WBC silver heavyweight title. The Russian has only one blot on his record, a UD loss to Wladimir Klitschko back in 2013 and won his last two fights by knockout. Perez boats an impressive record of 21 fights (13 by KO) and only one defeat to Bryant Jennings.

Povetkin will come into this fight a heavy favourite but Perez will definitely have something to say about that. The winner will have a shot at Deontay Wilder’s world title belt maybe sometime later in the year.

The following night in Boston, James DeGale and Andre Dirrell lock horns for the vacant IBF Super Middleweight title. The belt was vacated by Carl Froch who chose not to fight the man known as “Chunky” and therefore had to relinquish the title.

This is an intriguing match-up of two Olympic medallists. DeGale won Gold in London 2012 and is looking to become the first British Olympic Gold medallist to win a professional world title. Dirrell won the bronze medal at the Athens games in 2004, losing out to Gennady Golovkin in the semi-finals.

Both men are on somewhat of a winning streak at the moment. Dirrell has won his last 6 fights since his split decision loss to Froch way back in 2009. DeGale has been looking very impressive since his controversial (in his eyes) loss to George Groves winning his last ten fights including six by knockout.

The fight will be on at the prime time hour of 9:30pm and, it what really can be described as a 50/50 fight is surely one not to be missed.

Cork man Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan will feature on the undercard in Boston as he looks to put his name in the hat for some of the big fights in the middleweight division. He takes on big punching Melvin Betancourt from the Dominican Republic.

‘Spike’ will be hoping to impress the American public as he pursues bigger fights later in the year.

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Gennady Golovkin recorded his 20th, yes 20th straight knockout win with a 6th round KO of Willie Monroe Jr. In a very one sided bout “GGG” had Monroe down 3 times, and when the referee asked him after the last knockdown was he okay to continue, he responded, “I’m done”. Golovkin stretched his impressive record to 33 wins from 33 fights with 30 by KO.

It will be exciting times for fans of “the beast” as he claimed after his victory, “I want Canelo or Cotto now, not in the future”. Golovkin has been moved up to No.4 in Ring magazines Pound for pound list.

It was great news to hear that Anthony Crolla will be back in the ring on 18th of June in his hometown of Manchester fighting for a world title. He takes on Darleys Perez for the WBA world lightweight title.

It was back in September last year when Eddie Hearn told a packed M.E.N arena that finally, after years of hard work, Crolla would be fighting Richar Abril for the WBA world lightweight title. Two months later, “Million Dollar” was sitting in his home when he noticed two men attempting to break into his neighbour’s house. The brave Manchester man then chased the two men away from the house and as he finally got to them events turned tragic.

As Crolla was holding one of the men, the other grabbed a concrete slab and threw it at his head, also shattering his ankle as he fell. It was an act carried out by two men who could only be described as cowards. Doctors told the Manchester lightweight that he was lucky to be alive, now he’s back in the ring fighting for a world title only 7 months later.
The whole of Manchester and England will be fully behind him.

a heavy favourite but Perez will definitely have something to say about that. The winner will have a shot at Deontay Wilder’s world title belt maybe sometime later in the year.
The following night in Boston, James DeGale and Andre Dirrell lock horns for the vacant IBF Super Middleweight title. The belt was vacated by Carl Froch who chose not to fight the man known as “Chunky” and therefore had to relinquish the title.
This is an intriguing match-up of two Olympic medallists. DeGale won Gold in London 2012 and is looking to become the first British Olympic Gold medallist to win a professional world title. Dirrell won the bronze medal at the Athens games in 2004, losing out to Gennady Golovkin in the semi-finals.
Both men are on somewhat of a winning streak at the moment. Dirrell has won his last 6 fights since his split decision loss to Froch way back in 2009. DeGale has been looking very impressive since his controversial (in his eyes) loss to George Groves winning his last ten fights including six by knockout.
The fight will be on at the prime time hour of 9:30pm and, it what really can be described as a 50/50 fight is surely one not to be missed
Cork man Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan will feature on the undercard in Boston as he looks to put his name in the hat for some of the big fights in the middleweight division. He takes on big punching Melvin Betancourt from the Dominican Republic. “Spike” will be hoping to impress the American public as he pursues bigger fights later in the year.

Boxing News
Gennady Golovkin recorded his 20th, yes 20th straight knockout win with a 6th round KO of Willie Monroe Jr. In a very one sided bout “GGG” had Monroe down 3 times, and when the referee asked him after the last knockdown was he okay to continue, he responded, “I’m done”. Golovkin stretched his impressive record to 33 wins from 33 fights with 30 by KO.
It will be exciting times for fans of “the beast” as he claimed after his victory, “I want Canelo or Cotto now, not in the future”. Golovkin has been moved up to No.4 in Ring magazines Pound for pound list.
It was great news to hear that Anthony Crolla will be back in the ring on 18th of June in his hometown of Manchester fighting for a world title. He takes on Darleys Perez for the WBA world lightweight title.
It was back in September last year when Eddie Hearn told a packed M.E.N arena that finally, after years of hard work, Crolla would be fighting Richar Abril for the WBA world lightweight title. Two months later, “Million Dollar” was sitting in his home when he noticed two men attempting to break into his neighbour’s house. The brave Manchester man then chased the two men away from the house and as he finally got to them events turned tragic.
As Crolla was holding one of the men, the other grabbed a concrete slab and threw it at his head, also shattering his ankle as he fell. It was an act carried out by two men who could only be described as cowards. Doctors told the Manchester lightweight that he was lucky to be alive, now he’s back in the ring fighting for a world title only 7 months later.
The whole of Manchester and England will be fully behind him.

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