The International Centre in Telford hosts championship action this Saturday evening, and in the main event of the Frank Warren bill, the resurgent Jason Cunningham defends his European super bantamweight title for the second time against Terry Le Couviour.
BT Sport televise Cunningham vs Le Couviour, live in the UK.
Cunningham (30-6, 6 KOs) lost three out of four fights in 2017 and 2018 to Reece Bellotti, Jordan Gill and Michael Conlan, and it looked as if he was perhaps heading towards becoming a journeyman-type fighter, as he took several four round assignments before getting the call to challenge for the European title in May last year, and the formidable Gamal Yafai stood in his way.
The Doncaster man turned the form book upside down, and claimed the belt by dropping Yafai three times on the way to a deserved points win.
‘The Iceman’ then added the British and Commonwealth crowns in his last fight in October, getting the better of a scrappy affair with Brad Foster and taking a close points victory.
The 32-year-old, who vacated his Lonsdale belt, now faces continental opposition in Le Couviour (16-0, KO2), a man little known outside of his native France.
‘Le Petit Breton’ has been the twelve round distance only once, taking a majority decision win against Iuliano Gallo to win the EU strap in May 2019.
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The unbeaten 27-year-old hasn’t boxed since December 2020, where he stopped Edgari Sarkisiani in the sixth and final round.
Prediction: Cunningham is on the crest of a wave, and he can extend his Indian Summer here. Le Couviour is untested, and not much is known of him, but the Englishman can negotiate an early puzzle before winning widely enough on the scorecards.
Cain faces Gomez
Andrew Cain goes for his first professional title, and has a first scheduled ten rounder, as he contests the vacant WBC International Silver super bantamweight title against Argentina’s Pablo Ariel Gomez.
Cain (8-0, 7 KOs), who was scheduled to face Liam Davies prior to his withdrawal, has only been the distance once, and has only been extended into the sixth round once.
Prediction: Gomez (15-10-2, 1 KO) has done ten rounds four times, and twelve once, so is durable, and it looks as though Liverpool’s Cain may need to be pushed further than before here, before taking a clear points win.
Heaney takes on Ramirez
Big ticket seller Nathan Heaney (14-0, 6 KOs) makes a first defence of his IBO International middleweight title, and the Stoke-on-Trent native may need all ten rounds before taking a clear points win against Argentina’s Diego Ramirez (24-6-1, 6 KOs).
Northampton super lightweight, Ethan James (7-0) also brings a decent following, and ‘Jammy’ will need the eight round distance to take care of Ben Fields (10-11-2), a man who has never been stopped.
In six round action, all at welterweight, Owen Cooper (5-0, 2 KOs) can take a decision win over Richard Helm (1-3-1, 1 KO), and George Davey (5-0) can do the same against Serge Ambomo (7-29-2, 3 KOs).
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Nuneaton’s George Bance (2-0) may also need the distance to take the win against Des Newton (8-23, 2 KOs).
In four rounders, Macauley Owen (2-0, 1 KO) should be able to bank a points win over the durable Liam Richards (12-72, 1 KO) at super lightweight, and at flyweight, Bradley Thompson (3-0, 1 KO) can take a second early win against Francisco Rodriguez (1-5, 1 KO).