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Hughes vs Davies/ Smith vs Egginton: Card Preview

by Dominic Hadi

Once again the M&S Bank Arena (formerly Echo Arena), Liverpool hosts an exciting night of fights as Liam Smith makes his Matchroom debut in front of his home crowd. Dom Hadi breaks down the bulk of the card, but check out George Storr’s look at the intriguing David Price versus Kash Ali clash.

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Ged Carroll vs Des Newton – Super-Lightweight

Kicking off this card we have undefeated local boy Ged Carroll (9-0) square off against Devonshire’s Des Newton (7-2). This marks the fourth time Carroll fights at the M&S Bank Arena, the last time being nearly two years ago earning a points victory over Josh Thorne (1-8-1). Still very young in his professional career the 27-year-old Carroll will be confident in going 10-0 on home soil this Saturday, facing a fighter in Newton who is on a two-fight losing streak having dropped decisions to Henry Janes (10-22-2) and Luke Willis (7-0) respectively.

Tom Hart vs Przemyslaw Binienda – Light-Heavyweight

Next up is debutant Tom Hart, looking to kick off his pro career with a bang in front of his fellow Liverpudlians.  Having just turned twenty four last week he has taken his time before going pro, but this should have given him the opportunity to work on his game before taking the leap. In his first outing, he faces Polish fighter Przemyslaw Binienda (2-23). This will mark Binienda’s 26th fight as a professional, the active fighter started in 2016.

Paul Butler vs Fadhili Majiha – Super-Bantamweight

Paul Butler (27-2) kicks off 2019 off the back of a strong finish last year where he defeated Yoan Boyeaux (41-6) on points in November. He faces Tanzanian Fadhili Majiha (23-12-4). Majiha is making a quick turnaround, from one Matchroom show to another- most recently dropping a decision to Qais Ashfaq (5-0) on the March 2nd Peterborough show. Butler is expected to win and win impressively on Saturday against the Tanzanian fighter.

Natasha Jonas vs Feriche Mashauri – Lightweight

In the only women’s bout on the night we see local scrapper Natasha Jonas (6-1) looking to rebound from her first professional loss in a new weight class. Jonas is looking to try her luck at Lightweight after losing her WBA International Super-Featherweight title to Viviane Obenauf last August in her inaugural defence of the belt. Jonas took that time off to re-group and re-evaluate her goals, leading to a move up in weight divisions in front of her home Liverpool crowd on Saturday. She will be facing Feriche Mashauri (7-2) who is fresh off a February KO victory against debutant Neema Charles (0-1) in Mashauri’s home county of Tanzania.

Craig Glover vs Vaclav Pejsar – Cruiserweight

Making his fourth appearance in his local stomping ground, natural finisher Craig Glover (9-1) will be looking to extend his finishing record to eight on the spin this weekend. Since his lone pro loss to Jake Bonallie back in March 2017, Glover has finished every fight early and is ready to show he’s here to make a name for himself in the domestic Cruiserweight scene. Hoping to spoil the party is Czech native Vaclav Pejsar (13-7). Although he may not have the best record, Pejsar is a man who is hard to finish but is no stranger to putting his opponent away with eleven of his thirteen victories coming by way of knockout. This fight has early finish written all over it.

Philip Bowes (C) vs Tom Farrell – Commonwealth Super-Lightweight Title

For the first title fight of the night, we have a classic north/ south battle in the Super-Lightweight division. Current Commonwealth Champion Philip Bowes (19-3) picked the strap with a second round TKO victory over Benson Nyilawila (10-2) back in February in London’s York Hall. Following this impressive showing, Team Southpaw Jab’s Bowes is willing to go into enemy territory by facing Scouser Tom Farrell (16-1); confident in the belief he will travel back down the country with the belt by the weekends close. His opponent may be the one who is feeling the pressure even though he is the challenger in this battle. Farrell will have a lot of support, but a lot of expectation to dethrone the Leytonstone lad in a sold-out arena. Farrell will be hoping the pressure isn’t too much and he puts on the performance of his career to ensure the rainbow belt stays in Liverpool.

Anthony Fowler vs Scott Fitzgerald – Vacant WBA International Super-Welterweight Title

On Saturday night we will not only have a new WBA International Champion, but we will also see a long time sizzling rivalry come to boil. Initially teammates for Team GB at the Commonwealth Games, both Anthony Fowler (9-0) and Scott Fitzgerald (12-0) have been calling for this fight since turning professional. At first, what seemed like competitive banter between friends quickly spiralled into a fierce rivalry. The winner of this fight will absolutely go on to bigger and better things in 2019 with Fowler already guaranteed a shot a Ted Cheeseman’s British title in the summer, should he come out victorious in the M&S Bank arena and remain undefeated.

Joe Hughes (European Champion) vs Robbie Davies Jr. (British Champion) – Super-Lightweight

In the final title fight of the evening, two champions put their belts on the line in a winner takes all battle. Joe Hughes (17-3-1) rebounded from a December 2017 decision loss to Anthony Yigit by winning his last two bouts – capturing the vacant European Title in November last year against Andrea Scarpa (23-5) to set up this very interesting domestic battle against Robbie Davies Jr. (17-1). Davies Jr. has also won his last two bouts following his first career set back losing via TKO to dangerous Polish fighter Michal Syrowatka (20-2) in July of 2017. Davies Jr won the rematch in March the following year earning a TKO victory himself as well getting his WBA Continental crown back. In his next bout, we saw him pick up both the Commonwealth belt and the British Title that he puts up against Hughes on Saturday in the hopes of earning yet another title in his phenomenal career.

Liam Smith vs Sam Eggington – Super Welterweight

See Dom’s piece on the Smith brothers’ Liverpool legacy here

Finally, we come to the main event of the evening. Making his debut under the Matchroom banner since splitting with long time promoter Frank Warren, Smith (26-2-1)  will look to rebound from his most recent fight, losing a unanimous decision to Jaime Munguia (32-0) for the WBO Super-Welterweight title in July of last year. Since then Smith has stated he needs a change and the beginning of this journey with Matchroom starts in his hometown taking on the always game Sam Eggington (24-5). Eggington knows he is the underdog in this fight, but he is in no way a walk over and will be trying to push Smith into dangerous territory hoping to cause the upset this Saturday in what’s to be an explosive main event.

Matchroom Boxing: Smith vs Eggington takes place on Saturday 30th March at the M&S Bank (Formerly Echo) Arena, Liverpool.

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