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Matchroom’s March Madness Starts This Weekend with NXTGEN Show

By Dominic Hadi @staredowndom

As we approach the month of March, we also approach Matchroom’s six show bonanza which includes the likes of Russian Hammer Dmitry Bivol- stepping in to the enemy territory of Veron, New York on March 9th as he squares off against Resident New Yorker Joe Smith Jr. Bivol is defending his WBA Light Heavyweight title for the ninth time against the game American.

March also sees the Irish taking over Philadelphia. Jono Carroll looks to shock the world on the 15th, he has a chance to take the IBF Super Featherweight strap home to the emerald isle when he faces Tevin Farmer in a very exciting bout. Fan favourite Katie Taylor is also planning to add (another) belt to her collection as she faces Rose Volante for the WBO Female Lightweight title while putting her IBF & WBA straps on the line.

The first stop in this stacked month, though, is somewhere not known for its boxing history, but a place that will host some of the brightest stars in boxing this Saturday. The East of England Arena, in Peterborough.

Headlining the event is Cambridgeshire local  22-0 (6) Jordan Gill, fresh off his Commonwealth Featherweight Title victory over Ryan Doyle back in October last year. He sets out to capture more gold, with the WBA International Featherweight strap up for grabs. That successful outing in the Copper Box was enough for Eddie Hearn to believe he has a big enough to star to headline in uncharted waters for the Essex based promotional outfit. Having a local face as well as some additional Cambridgeshire up and comers in the form of Joe steed and  Bradley Smith, the East of England Arena will be buzzing while cheering on the local scrappers. It is set to be an electrifying night.

Gill will by no means have an easy night taking on Mexican work horse Emmanuel Dominguez. The 27-7-2 (16) fighter may not have the best record, but he is always game, having only ever being beaten early once in his professional career. To some, Gill’s former opponent Ryan Doyle looks likes the bigger challenge, however with the added pressures of headlining the card and being the local hero there is no doubt the David Coldwell trained man will be fully focused on the task at hand.

The Peterborough fans will also have the opportunity to witness a hungry knock out artist looking to impress, as undefeated American Anthony Sims Jr comes across the pond to continue his incredible record of seventeen wins, with sixteen knockouts, ten of which were inside round one. He faces Argentinian Mateo Damian Veron who currently sits on a 2-21-3 (8) record in this light heavyweight match up. Additionally two London boys will be slugging it out as 8-0 (7)  Richard Riakporke faces his toughest challenge to date in 13-1 (6) Tommy McCarthy for the WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Title.

With a lot of big fights lined up in the busy month it would be easy to miss this card, but there is a reason this NXTGEN show is up first and that is to set the precedent for a blockbuster few weeks. Many fights not to be missed in March!

Dominic also writes about MMA

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