It’s a prospect-heavy show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green this Friday night, as unbeaten heavyweight hope, David Adeleye headlines in a scheduled ten round heavyweight meeting with Dmytro Bezus, a Ukrainian also yet to taste defeat. The vacant WBO European bauble is the prize for the winner.
Frank Warren promotes Adeleye vs Bezus, and BT Sport televise live in the UK.
Adeleye (10-0, 9 KOs) has been making steady enough progress, and he has been largely untested apart from an April 2021 points win over six against Kamil Sokolowski, where he looked fortunate to get the nod.
That is the only time that the Londoner has gone the distance, and since that learning fight, he has won early four times on the spin.
There were two appearances in 2022, a fourth round retirement win over Chris Healey in April on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s victory over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium, followed by a second round stoppage of Elvis Garcia in his last outing in November.
Bezus (10-0, 5 KOs) is based in Riga, and has fought all of his professional contests in either Latvia or his native Ukraine.
There were three appearances last year for the 33-year-old, recording two stoppage wins and a points victory.
Bezus was last out in October, stopping Lukas Wacker in the fourth round of a scheduled six in Lativia.
Prediction: Adeleye should be looking to capture domestic titles at least in 2023, and this contest is a decent one for him to build a ranking. I don’t see Bezus causing too many problems for the home fighter, and the 26-year-old can get the job done before the halfway mark here.
Chamberlain clashes with Lenti
The co-main event sees hot prospect Mark Chamberlain in action, as he defends his IBF European lightweight title for the first time against Italy’s Vaito Lenti.
Chamberlain (11-0, 7 KOs) won the title last July, clearly outscoring Marc Vidal, winning every round, and he is looking to make further strides in 2023.
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Lenti (10-4-1, 1 KO) is durable and has only lost over the distance in four defeats.
The Italian is on a run of three straight wins, two over a ten round duration.
Prediction: Chamberlain should defend here, but may need the cards against the stubborn visitor.
Bourke back against Martinez
Chris Bourke (10-1, 6 KOs) returns to the ring after suffering a first professional defeat last March, and he moves down to bantamweight after losing a British title fight at super bantamweight to Marc Leach.
Prediction: Bourke should have too much for Darwin Martinez (7-9-2, 6 KOs) and can record a points win.
Turner tackles De Armas
Henry Turner (9-0, 2 KOs) makes a first defence of his WBC International Silver super lightweight title, as he takes on Spaniard Zeus de Armas (15-2-1, 4 KOs).
Turner took the vacant title in November 2022, knocking out Jorge Abel Bermudez in two rounds, while Armas has been stopped in each of his two defeats.
Prediction: Turner can retain inside schedule.
At super welterweight, Carl Fail (7-0, 2 KOs) will likely need the scorecards to see off the teak-tough Serge Ambomo (9-39-3, 4 KOs) in their scheduled six rounder, and at featherweight, Adan Mohamed (7-0, 2 KOs) can remain unbeaten with a points win over Francisco Rodriguez (1-9, 1 KO) in a fight also set for six.
Royston Barney-Smith (4-0, 2 KOs) continues his education, and the super featherweight may well need the four round duration to take the win against Lesther Lara (17-15-2, 7 KOs).
In a four rounder at cruiserweight, Aloys Junior (2-1, 2 KOs) can take an early win against Jiri Krejci (1-3-2).