Spearheading it is a clash for the British and Commonwealth Titles at Super Lightweight. The British Title currently lies vacant, with Jack Catterall relinquishing shortly after beating Tyrone Nurse last year. Glenn Foot (23-3, KO7), the current Commonwealth Champion, meets talented Liverpudlian, Robbie Davies Junior (16-1, KO12), who was fast rising until a setback last July, later avenged.
This is seen by many as a coming out fight for Davies, who impressed on the way to compiling a fifteen fight unbeaten record, before running into the unheralded Pole, Michal Syrowatka at Wembley Arena last year. It was a big stage on the undercard of the Chris Eubank Junior v Arthur Abraham bill, and after having Syrowatka on the canvas in the ninth round in a torrid war where he was badly hurt himself in round six, Davies would be forgiven for thinking he was on the way to a hard fought victory, but in a absolute war, heavy underdog Syrowatka brutally knocked Davies out in the final round, first heavily flooring the Kirkby man, and then, after the referee somehow allowed the fight to proceed, he was finished off only when the towel was thrown in. Davies was stretchered out of the ring.
Commendably, Davies sought an immediate rematch, and turned the tables on the Pole in style back in March in Liverpool. Syrowatka was floored in rounds three and four, before being floored and stopped in the twelfth and final round, earning him his place back among the domestic elite. Sunderland’s Glenn foot is a tough, come forward fighter, and came to prominence back in January 2013, winning a Welterweight version of Prizefighter in Wolverhampton, taking the unbeaten records of Steven Pearce, Chad Gaynor and Dale Evans in the process.
Six fights later came a challenge for the British and Commonwealth belts at Welterweight against Sam Eggington. The fight would go to the cards after eight, after Foot sustained a cut eye. He was well behind though and dropped a wide points technical decision. Foot would go five unbeaten, picking up the English Title at Super Lightweight before dropping it by majority decision in a shock loss to Akeem Ennis Brown in July 2017. Foot has been busy since. After a four round comeback win, he dropped a nip and tuck decision to Josh Leather, dropping Leather in the second, but deducted two points during the fight for infringements. Foot redeemed himself immediately, and breathed new life into his career by stopping the unbeaten Jason Easton, in an away assignment in Glasgow, lifting the Commonwealth Title with an eleventh round stoppage win. He ticked over in June with a four round shutout win over Sam Omidi.
I feel Davies’ defeat to Syrowatka has only served to fuel his fire, and I think he will impress in stopping foot towards the back end of the fight, possibly by investing to the body. I think Foot may run out of ideas and Davies will take over by halfway.
Joshua Buatsi (7-0, KO5) continues his education when he meets experienced campaigner, Tony Averlant (26-10-2, KO5) over ten rounds at Light Heavyweight. The WBA International Title is the prize. Frenchman Averlant has been in with decent operators, and last time out in February, he retired in seven rounds against Anthony Yarde. He’s a spoiling type of fighter, so Buatsi may need to go the long route in this one, and I fancy a shutout points win for the former Olympian.
The ever popular “Doncaster De La Hoya” Dave Allen (14-4-2, KO11) is rewarded for his impressive monster knockout of Nick Webb in July with an appearance on the card. Samir Nebo (10-2-1, KO10) is unknown, but the German is a knock out or be knocked out type fighter. I expect Allen to beat the 37 year old inside the distance.
There are also run outs on the bill for Anthony Fowler, Hosea Burton, and Thomas Patrick Ward.