Well, what a year it’s been for boxing so far, back in April; we had Joshua and Klitschko go at it in a classic. We also had the retirement of Klitschko. We also saw a huge upset for Manny Pacquiao losing to Jeff Horn last month, next month we will see Golovkin and Canelo get it on, but in what will be the biggest fight of the year and most probably biggest event of the year takes place this Saturday night. Here is the main card breakdown.
(Vacant USBA Cruiserweight Championship) Andrew Tabiti vs Steve Cunningham: We start off the main card with the current NABF cruiserweight champion taking on a former champion. Tabiti is 14 – 0 – 0 with 12 KO’s to his name however this will be one of his more testing bouts as he steps into the ring with former 2 time IBF cruiserweight champion, Cunningham. Cunningham is 41 while Tabiti is 27. Experience is definitely on the side of Cunningham having fought the likes of Tyson Fury and Tomasz Adamek just to name a few. Tabiti is on a roll right now becoming NABF champion back in May of last year and successfully defended against Quantis Graves in February earlier this year. This is the first of a stacked main card.
(WBA Light Heavyweight Championship) Nathan Cleverly(c) vs Badou Jack: Despite all the hype the main event is attracting; for straight up boxing fans, this is the one to watch; don’t be surprised if this is the best fight of the night. Cleverly is making his first title defence since winning the belt in October last year it also marks the light heavyweight debut of Jack. The Swede will be looking for a straight win as his last fight was ruled a majority draw against James Degale and before that was awarded a win after a DQ which was initially ruled majority draw against Lucian Bute. Whereas Cleverly looks to get another winning streak going. The winner of this fight could potentially face undefeated Dmitry Bivol and if they get past him they could face the current pound for pound no.1 Andre Ward. A lot is riding on this one.
(IBF Super Featherweight Championship) Gervonta Davis(c) vs Francisco Fonseca: Another interesting fight which was changed at the last minute. Davis considers Mayweather his mentor was rumoured to fight Roman Martinez however Martinez couldn’t make the weight in time so instead Fonseca was put into the picture. Currently Davis is 18 – 0 – 0 with 17 KO’s while Fonseca is 19 – 0 – 1 with 13 KO’s, Fonseca has more experience but he is no.7 by IBF but currently has an opportunity to change that here.
(Main Event) (Light Middleweight) Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Conor McGregor: Well, a lot of people didn’t think this would happen but it is finally taking place. A lot of people have billed this not as a boxing match but more of an event. Regardless, financially this is the biggest fight of all time. Mayweather stands to make $100 million while McGregor could earn $80 million, crazy money! That been said fight wise a lot of people are writing off McGregor for a few valid reasons, one he is not a boxer and has never had a boxing match, plus he’s fighting the greatest defensive boxer of all time and a lot of people would argue the greatest pound for pound boxer ever. However, he is bigger in stature, a Southpaw, he has youth on his side and also has never lost in MMA standing up. Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying McGregor is going to win or it’s going to be easy for him, it’s going to be the biggest challenge he’s ever faced. Mayweather has been hit maybe 8 or 9 times in 49 fights, the odds are completely against McGregor but he has a lot of support and people’s views are polarised about who’s going to win and who’s going to lose. If McGregor does catch him with his left hand then who knows; while Mayweather looks to make it 50 – 0 – 0 to cap off a great career.
That’s our breakdown, you can watch the fight this Saturday on Sky Sports box office which will set you back 20 quid. If I were you I would watch it in a bar as the atmosphere would be a lot better. Let us know your thoughts below, on Facebook and Twitter; and check back at whoatv.com for news and updates throughout the week on this monster clash.