Saturday’s MTK Global show sees York Hall play host to some big names and an appealing selection of bouts. Liam Walsh is an undoubted highlight as he takes on ever-game Yorkshireman, Maxi Hughes, for the vacant WBO European Lightweight title.
Walsh spent two years out of the ring between 2017 and 2019. He returned to stop Reynaldo Cajina in May and is looking to go one better this weekend. Hughes will present more of a challenge, certainly, and is renowned for his game determination. Former world title challenger, Walsh, will be a heavy favourite though and I expect to see his hand raised.
28-year-old Northampton boxer, Chantelle Cameron, takes on an experienced foe in Argentina’s Anahi Ester Sanchez. She’s stepping up to Super-Lightweight and told promoters MTK that she feels “a lot more powerful at this weight”.
Her Argentine opponent has taken on Katie Taylor and Jessica McCaskill, losing to both on unanimous decisions. She represents a step up in opposition for Cameron and, with the weight consideration in mind, this could be a real test for her. Fans are set to learn a lot.
Cameron told MTK she’d love to box Katie Taylor in future, after the Irish star took another victory at the weekend: “Katie is obviously the dream fight in the future. It’s the fight I want and I feel like I’m capable of winning. She’s got all of the belts so I want to be undisputed champion. After watching the Delfine Persoon fight I know I can beat Katie, I genuinely believe I can beat her.
“Sanchez is in my way and if I don’t get past her then I’ll have to start at the bottom again. I want to beat her comfortably and prove I’m the best. I’d like a stoppage. Sanchez hasn’t been stopped by Katie or Jessica McCaskill, so if it’s there I’m taking it.”
Sanchez is currently the mandatory challenger for the WBC Super-Lightweight title, so a victory would see Cameron pull off a hugely important career leapfrog.
In another European title bout, Danny Dignum takes on Conrad Cummings. This appetising middleweight bout pits Dignum’s unbeaten record against Cummings’ guile and experience.
Cummings lost out to Luke Keeler, in a fight for the same WBO Middleweight European Title, earlier this year. Stylistically, he may be more able to cope with Dignum than he was with Keeler, who has defeated him twice in his pro career.
Cummings’ experience could see him win the day, but the Northern Irishman will have a tough task on his hands in Dignum. The Essex man is going into his first bout against an opponent with a winning record, so his performance is a hard one to predict, but he’s shown power in his career so far, stopping five of his 11 opponents.
Michael McKinson takes on Luis Alberto Veron, who is something of an unknown quantity, having never boxed outside of Argentina before. McKinson hasn’t put a foot wrong so far though and will be expected to take the win.
In another exciting title fight, Daniel Egbunike and Billy Allington contest the vacant Southern Area Super-Lightweight Title. Allington has had twice as many fights as a pro, but it’s Egbunike who has taken on the tougher opponents thus far. This one is balanced on a knife edge and could be a characteristically watchable area title fight. Here’s hoping…
Elsewhere on the card Michael Elliott takes on fellow novice pro Nathan Bendon, following a pull out from Josh Adewale. Former soldier, Elliott, will likely be the better prepared of the two as a result.
Elliott vs Adewale was a match up that had small hall fans excited, let’s hope it gets re-made for some point in the future.
Dan Azeez is set for another tick over bout, following his Southern Area title win over Charlie Duffield. Azeez is also pencilled in to face Dec Spelman in December and that’s a fantastic light heavyweight clash on paper.
Azeez isn’t likely to be taking on anything too challenging if he appears on Saturday night (currently his opponent is TBA,) but he’s an exciting prospect and worth watching even on a tick-over night.
Looking further down the card, there is some heavyweight action to take in. George Fox makes his third professional appearance against Pole, Artur Kubiak, who is also scheduled to take on Kash Ali at the end of the month. Fox is yet to get a stoppage and will be hoping to set that right here but Kubiak is yet to be stopped in his five outings.
Novice welterweight Alex Bellingham looks to move to 3-0 against winless Carl Turney.
Unbeaten Jack Martin goes into his second pro bout against Hull-based Lithuanian journeyman, Zygimantas Butkevicius.
Frank Arnold takes on experienced Nicaraguan, Jose Aguilar, at lightweight.
Aaron Prospere makes his debut at super light, taking on evergreen Blackburn journeyman, Naheem Chaudhry.