Television: Sky Sports 2 (UK)
Time: 7:30PM GMT / 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT
Anthony Joshua debut vs. Emanuele Leo 8(3)-0
Joshua won a gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2012 London Olympics. Hence, in his debut he headlines this very packed card.
It’s hard to say how he’ll do. Olympic success doesn’t guarantee pro success. A good example of this is David Price. Despite winning bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Price got KOed twice by Tony Thompson this year. His chances now of capturing the heavyweight championship are slim.
In boxing, nothing is a guarantee.
It is certainly no guarantee that Joshua will defeat Leo either. I mean, Joshua should win this, but if everything in boxing went as planned, who would tune in?
As far as debut opponents, Leo is good. Putting Joshua in the ring with anyone better would be irresponsible for his managers. While Leo hasn’t fought anyone noteworthy, anyone who is 8-0 has some talent.
Prediction: Joshua by UD.
WBA World super bantamweight title
Scott Quigg 26(19)-0-1 vs. Yoandris Salinas 20(13)-0-1
This title on the line isn’t for the “true” WBA World title. That title is held by Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Be that as it may, this fight is one more test towards Quigg being a player at the world scene. Thus far, there’s been a rennaissance of British super bantamweights. Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg are two Brits at the world level, and Kid Galahad is moving close.
While Quigg has not fought the same level of competition Frampton has, one thing cannot be denied: his power. Quigg has a 70% KO ratio, and is practically riding a 5 fight KO streak (one fight against Rendall Munroe is a technical draw due to cuts).
Quigg is now too big for the British domestic scene, and for this reason they’re bringing in Salinas. While Quigg is the heavy favourite, Salinas should not be underestimated.
As a Cuban, Salinas comes from the same system that built Rigondeaux. He’s was a highly regarded amateur who won medal at the Pan Am Games. As a professional, he remains undefeated.
Salinas has a 62% KO ratio with 4 of his last 5 fights won by KO. He also has wins against Eliecer Lanzas, Geyci Lorenzo, and the previously undefeated Danny Aquino. Even so, Salinas’ draw against Nehomar Cermeno is somewhat concerning.
Prediction: Quigg by KO7.
British cruiserweight title eliminator
Wadi Camacho 10(6)-1 vs. Tony Conquest 10(4)-1
Both cruiserweights have world level potential but they need to finally put their losses behind him.
Camacho performed well against China Clarke, but ultimately his lack of stamina was his undoing. Clearly out of gas, and with Clarke taking full advantage, Camacho’s corner opted to retire him after Round 7.
Since that loss, he’s won 4 straight fights. He won a Prizefighter tournament back in May, and then won by TKO2 against Atilla Palko last June.
Conquest was KOed in one round by Neil Dawson. He took a tune-up fight, won convincingly, and now he’s in against his first significant opponent since then.
The winner will eventually have to take on Jon Lewis Dickinson.
Prediction: Camacho by KO4.