Thursday, 6 June 2013

DeGale-Bozic Undercard Preview

James DeGale (15-1, 10 KO's) returns to the ring this weekend, defending his WBC silver super-middleweight title against tough Croation Stjepan Bozic (26-6, 17 KO's). The show takes place at the Glow Arena at Bluewater, Kent and will be televised live on Channel 5. Like all Mick Hennesy cards this show features his young, up and coming pro's that look guaranteed for big things in the future. James McKnight previews it here:

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Chris Eubank Jr-Tyan Booth - Middleweight bout 

After six months of inactivity, British middleweight, Chris Eubank Jr, returns to action on June 8. He takes on Nottingham's, Tyan Booth, on the James DeGale-Stjepan Bozic undercard at Glow, Bluewater, Kent. 

Eubank Jr (9-0-0, 4 KO's), hasn't fought since December 8, 2012. The reason behind this may be down to issues with Channel 5 and/or his promoter, Mick Hennessy, but I'd rather not speculate. His fans were getting impatient due to his inactivity and because they were kept in the dark on what was going on. They'll be delighted that they'll finally get to see the prospect back in the ring this weekend. 

The 23-year-old's team will be aiming to keep him busy again with the intention of getting Eubank Jr in line for a shot at a domestic title. The British middleweight scene is thriving at the minute, with the likes of John Ryder and Billy Joe Saunders surely on Eubank Jr's radar. 

Eubank Jr has a swagger and an air of confidence about him, but many feel that he takes after his Father in terms of his in ring habits. This gets on some people's nerves, but to others it's just one of those things. Many hope Eubank Jr becomes his own Man and develops his own style. I think this will certainly happen. It's fair to say that Eubank Jr hasn't been really tested yet since turning pro, and with the fact that he's been out for six months, many feel that Tyan Booth has been selected for him to look good against. This remians to be seen, but I think that Booth is a good test for Eubank Jr. 

Booth (11-9-2, 2 KO's), is 30 years of age and hails from Nottingham, England. In comparison to Eubank Jr he is older and more experienced, and he's fought for several titles in the past. Booth has challenged for a Midlands Area welterweight title, British Masters middleweight title, Midlands Area light-middleweight title, European middlweight title and an English middleweight title. Unfortunately, Booth came up short in each of his attempts to win one of those titles. However, Booth has plenty of rounds under his belt and he's only been beaten once inside the distance. He's fought some tough opposition too and I believe he'll be confident of his chances against Eubank Jr. 

Kid Galahad-Isaac Nettey - Super Bantamweight bout

Kid Galahad (13-0-0, 6 KO's), makes his first appearance since December when he takes on Ghana's, Isaac Nettey.

Galahad, 23, is the current WBC International super-bantamweight champion and he's aiming to put on a show this weekend in Kent. The Doha-born pro is out to prove that he's the best super-bantamweight in Britain and he feels he's getting stronger and better with each fight. But, at the minute, he's behind Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton in the rankings. I'm sure Galahad would relish the opportunity to face those two in the near future. 

Nettey (21-8-1, 11 KO's), has only ever fought outside of Ghana once in his career, and that was back in May 2009 when he fought Rendall Munroe for the vacant Commonwealth super-bantamweight title. Nettey, though, was soundly beaten over 12 rounds. 

Hughie Fury-TBA - Heavyweight bout

Hughie Fury will make his fourth appearance as a pro this weekend in Kent, but as yet an opponent has not been named. 

Fury (4-0-0, 3 KO's), is only 18 years of age and there's alot of interest surrounding him. The 2012 Youth World Gold medalist has already impressed many people since turning pro. He has shown intelligence, skill and power, and he's only going to get better. Plus, he's going to fill out more into his body and gain more muscle. 

Hughie's Father, Peter, is intent on keeping him as busy as possible. This will be Hughie's fifth fight in just three months and there's still six months left in the year. This is great to hear and fans alike are delighted with this. Hughie has a bright future for sure. 

Peter McDonagh (18-28-0, 2 KO's), Sammy Cantwell (1-0-0, 0 KO's), Dani Davis (4-0-0, 1 KO), Eli Green (1-0-0, 0 KO's), Leo D'Erlanger (3-0-1, 0 KO's), and Muheeb Fazeldin (2-0-0, 0 KO's), also feature on the DeGale-Bozic undercard. 

This show is live on channel 5 from 9:30pm. 

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