FIGHT NIGHT PREVIEW – Garcia v Murray
Tear yourself away from the football and you’ll find a tasty looking night of boxing taking place on BT Sport / Box Nation on Saturday. The Main Event sees Martin Murray challenge Roberto Garcia for the WBC Silver Middleweight Title with heavy hitters Daniel Dubois and Anthony Yarde on the under card at the 02 Arena, London.
Garcia v Murray
Murray (36 wins – 4 defeats – 1 draw) faces holder Roberto Garcia (41 wins – 3 defeats) as he tries to stay in the middleweight mix after Billy Joe Saunders’ withdrawal. Murray has the slight advantage in age, height and reach while Garcia has the better KO percentage and has never been stopped.
Murray’s only stoppage defeat came against Gennady Golovkin (no shame in that). Including GGG he’s faced a better standard of opposition than Garcia and performed admirably. Expect a 12 rounder and according to the bookies, a Martin Murray win. That’s assuming he gets the rub of the green with the judges, which he hasn’t always had in previous title fights.
Anthony Yarde v Dariusz Sek
Anthony Yarde (15 wins – 14 KOs), is already a Light Heavyweight European and Inter-Continental Title holder and he defends those belts, and his unbeaten record, against the more experienced and never-stopped Dariusz Sek (27 wins – 3 defeats).
You could question the standard of Yarde’s opposition so far but two belts in 15 fights kind of speaks for itself. When you watch the video of ‘The Beast’ you’ll see the savage power that the man possesses. Nevertheless, Sek represents a step up and as a southpaw he will pose questions that Yarde hasn’t been asked before, albeit in a likely 4th defeat.
Daniel Dubois v Tom Little
The vacant English Heavyweight Title is at stake for trash-talking Tom Little (10 wins – 5 defeats) versus unbeaten 20 year old Daniel Dubois (7 wins – 7 KOs). As you’ll see from the video he, like Yarde, has incredible power. Again you might question who he’s fought so far, but the rumours that he dropped Anthony Joshua in training just won’t go away.
Expect Little to meet the same fate as the others but you have to give him respect for even stepping in the ring with Dubois. Sometimes you see fighters, like Sefer Seferi against Tyson Fury, who get tapped on the head, go down and bank their money safe and sound. Luckily for him Fury was more interested in the fighting in the crowd than the fighting in the ring. Tom Little will not have that luxury and once he’s back on his feet he’ll know that he’s earned every penny.