Television: TV 10 (Sweden), 3+ (Denmark), ViaSat Sport (Norway)
Time: 9:45PM ET / 6:45PM PT / 1:45AM GMT
Vacant EBU-EU (European Union) light heavyweight title
Erik Skoglund 17(9)-0 vs. Lolenga Mock 31(12)-13-1
As a prospect, Skoglund is coming along great. I thought the match against Luke Blackledge was going to be close — and it was — but Skoglund pulled out the win.
Skoglund is a fun fighter to watch. He loves to come forward, throw large volume, and beat up his opponents near the ropes. He’s a proponent of the “hit and be hit” school of boxing. I don’t know how long he’ll last, but while he’s active he’ll be fun to watch.
Mock is 41-years-old. Even though he’s getting up there in age, Mock is usually a stiff test for many aspirational fighters. Over the past few years, he’s defeated Patrick Dobroschi, Lorenzo Di Giacomo, Giovanni De Carolis, and the previously undefeated Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye. Most impressively, his match-up with Gabriel Campillo was close — although he ultmately lost that one.
While Mock’s record doesn’t look pretty, most of his losses came early in his career. Recent losses came against great opposition.
Prediction: Skoglund by UD.
Torben Keller 8(2)-0-1 vs. Bradley Pryce 34(18)-13
Keller is another prospect who’s stepping up in class. Previous to this fight, he’s fought nobody of note. As late as last year, he drew to a journeyman who was 2-1-1.
So it’s impressive that he’s taking on Pryce. Obviously, Pryce is not a world beater but he’s got a pulse. Though he’s 3-3 in his last 6 fights, Pryce has faced better opposition than Keller and won.
Pryce’s notable wins have come over Michael Lomax (twice!), Patrick Mendy, Danny Butler, Ted Bami, and Neil Sinclair.
As for who beat Pryce recently? Rich Godding, Chris Eubank Jr., Billy Joe Saunders, and Sergey Rabchenko. Collectively, they have a record of 54-0.
Is Keller any good? We’ll see.
Prediction: Keller by UD.