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Next week's Heavyweight action


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This weekend the attention on the Heavyweight division is focused on the Dereck Chisora/Malik Scott bout, but next week sees the attention split several ways.

 

In Australia "Clash of the Titans" sees Britain's Richard Towers face the hard hitting and exciting Lucas Browne. Neither guy looks like a future world champion but it's going to be two unbeaten fighters fighting for a chance at a Commonwealth title fighter. With just 5 decision wins between them in 30 contests it's hard to imagine this going the distance.

 

Japanese fans get an historic bout on a show dubbed "Kamikaze 2" as the Japanese Heavyweight title is on the line for the first time in over 50 years (and just the second time ever). The combatants are for the title are the once beaten Kyotaro Fujimoto (a former K1 champion who holds a win over Chancy Welliver) and former world title contender Okello Peter (who despite being born in Uganda has based his career in Japan).

 

It's also worth noting that "Kamikaze 2" features a second bout in the Heavyweight division as Rio Hidaka looks to bounce back from his sole defeat. Hidaka will face domestic rival Masataka Takehara who has won just once in the last 4 years (though has lost to Browne, Magomed Abdusalamov, Johann Duhaupas and Vincent Thompson).

 

Just 2 days after both of those bouts the attention turns to Macau as unbeaten fighters collide in a bout that has genuinely split boxing fans. On one hand you have the in shape American Joe Hanks who physically looks the real deal though has yet to impress me in the ring, on the other hand you have the grossly out of shape Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr a fighter who looks like Chris Arreola's baby faced brother but has the fastest hands and most stunning combinations in the division. This has the makings of a bout that will project a fighter in to the world rankings.

 

In Germany on the same day Cuban disappointment Odlanier Solis takes on Turkish born German Yakup Saglam. Saglam started his career 27-0 though has lost 2 of his last 4 bouts including a stoppage to Manuel Charr so it's hard to imagine the rotund Cuban having many problems with Saglam.

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Re: Next week's Heavyweight action

 

Alot of interesting bouts and its good to see these type of fights in the division. The division as a whole looks like it is waking up and brighter days are ahead.

 

Lucas Browne vs Richard Towers, I favour the Aussie and its a fight likely to end in a KO.

 

I'm picking Hanks over Ruiz but its the first significant test for Hanks and it'll be interesting to see, if he comes thru or flops.

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