Liverpool, north-west England is the focus of attention tomorrow night (September 3rd) in the UK with the big BOXXER promotion at the M&S Bank Arena on the city’s historic waterfront.
Local hero Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith (31-3-1, 18 KO’s) hopes to build on recent momentum by beating dangerous Tanzanian Hassan Mwakinyo (20-2, 14 KO’s) in a super-welterweight contest. The Liverpudlian is a former WBO world 154lbs/11st champion, who lost his title to former pound-for-pound king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez back in 2016. Smith has subsequently rebuilt, recently switched promoters, and is now looking to secure a marquee fight and second ‘world’ title.
At 34, this is a must-win fight for Smith and if victorious there are good domestic showdowns with either the winner of Eubank Jr v Benn or other contenders on a world level.
Mwakinyo is 27 years old and now fights out of Florida, USA. He will undoubtedly come to fight but we expect Smith fighting on home territory, with his extensive experience at the highest level, to come through in a wide points decision.
Also on the bill is female WBO champion Natasha Jonas (11-2-1, 8 KO’s) who defends her super-welterweight title against Patricia Berghult (15-0, 3 KO’s). The 38 year old Jonas has elite amateur experience and with a solid pro-career behind her should have too much for the ten year younger Swedish challenger.
‘Super’ Dan Azeez (16-0, 11 KO’s) the current British light-heavyweight (12st, 7lbs/175lbs) champion and WBA world ranked #4 defends his domestic title against former champion Shakan Pitters (17-1, 6 KO’s) in an intriguing match up.
The challenger at 6′ 6″ towers over the compact Azeez and this should be a great contrast of styles with the champion forcing the pace and always coming to fight. Pitters only defeat was in losing his British title to world challenger Craig Richards so this will be a good test for Azeez before he hopefully mixes with the elite at domestic and world level. The light-heavyweight division is arguably the hottest in British boxing at the moment. Expect the champion from London, currently on an upward trajectory, to win on points in a tough attritional fight.
The, what on paper looks an entertaining card, also features Team GB Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Frazer Clarke (2-0, 2 KO’s) in another quick outing at heavyweight against Pencho Tsvetkov. ‘Big Fraze’ outweighed his opponent by 4 stone (56lbs) in today’s weigh-in so his largely unknown opponent is clearly up against it.
Slough, England’s explosive super-lightweight Adam ‘The Assassin’ Azim (5-0, 4 KO’s) also features and takes on Argentina’s Michel Cabral. Although no fighter from Argentina is to be underestimated, both British fighters should win their contests by impressive stoppage.
The BOXXER promoted show will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK from 19:00 BST.
Enjoy your fight weekend.