by Dominic Hadi @StaredownDom
For many St Patrick’s day is an event for celebrations and all things green- the drinks included. However, for the fighters on promoter Al Siesta’s Loose Cannons show, they will be seeking both victory and progression. Headlining this exciting card are two super bantamweights with a lot of hype, one of which will have endless opportunities with an impressive showing on the 17th. That man is South Africa’s Lodumo Lamati.
Twenty-six-year-old Lamati currently sits at a 14-0-1 (9) record and for the first time in his career he steps out of his home country to take a fight and with a victory in Bracknell he could very well set himself up for a Commonwealth title eliminator in his next bout. However, he has an opponent who is no stranger to upsetting the favourite.
Romania’s Ionut Baluta 10-2 (2) last fought in April of 2018 against hot Kazakhstani Prospect Yerzhan Zalilov 11-1-1 (5), somebody clearly didn’t tell Baluta he was not supposed to have his arm raised that night. Baluta fought a tactical fight that night winning on points. On Sunday Baluta has another opportunity to upset the crowd, but this is a next level challenge in Lodumo Lamati and it looks to be an exhilarating evening.
Somebody will walk away with the vacant IBO Inter-Continental Female Lightweight Title on Sunday. Seen as the most notorious division in women’s boxing right now, 4-0 (2) Swedish sensation Lucy Wildheart (who we featured in an interview on this site only last week) is looking to continue her perfect record. Having two fights in both 2017 and 2018 respectively, Wildheart knows she needs to remain active to be seen as a contender in the 135lbs Division.
Katie Taylor Has the opportunity to strengthen her grip on the division on Friday 15th in Philadelphia, in a unification bout with Rose Volante- a timely reminder to Wildheart of the exciting challenges, and spoils, ahead.
Promoter Al Siesta believes if she continues to stay on track and remain hungry he sees no reason why she cannot reach the pinnacle and take on the Irish sensation Katie Taylor one day. On Sunday she faces 2-1 (0) fighter Anissa Benyoub, fighting for the first time out of her native France. Though not as well known as her opponent, Benyoub will no doubt want to leave the Bracknell Leisure centre as the new champ.
Additionally, we have a huge rivalry reach breaking point as 10-1 (4) Luther Clay finally gets his wish facing 4-1 (1), O’Shane Clarke. According to Siesta Clay has requested this fight several times, but the timing just wasn’t optimal. This changes on St Patrick’s Day 2019 when Bracknell’s own aims to get the win over Clarke in front of his hometown crowd.
An added bonus for the thousand-strong crowd is the return of talented Asinia Byfield 14-2 (6) to the ring. This is Byfield’s first bout since a disappointing showing against Ted Cheeseman back in October and upon his return, he comes up against a game fighter in Ryan Toms 16-17-3 (10). Toms has faced the who’s who of up and coming super welterweights in the last 12 months which include Anthony Fowler, Sam Gilley and Dean Sutherland. Though all of them ended in losses for the 37-year-old, he has a chance to earn arguably the biggest victory of his career against Byfield and that type of opportunity will no doubt motivate the southpaw slugger.
Al Siesta presents Loose Cannons, Sunday 17th March 2019 at the Bracknell Leisure Center. Doors open at 3 pm
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