There’s limited boxing action this week, as the wheels of the sport turn tenuously after the COVID-19 hiatus.
Top Rank have another midweek show inside the “Bubble” as we see the first world title up for grabs since the shutdown.
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The biggest news of the week centred on the return of British boxing.
A 118-day hiatus was ended on Friday night as Brad Foster successfully defended his 122-pound British and Commonwealth titles inside the BT Sport Studios, East London.
The judges scorecards read 116-113, 117-111, 117-111 to “The Blade,” who stretches his record to 13-0-2.
“This was one of my goals coming into boxing, and now I’ve done it,” Foster told the BT Sport cameras following the 13th win of his career, and becoming the youngest fighter since Nicky Booth in 2002 to claim the Lonsdale belt outright.
“I didn’t feel like I woke up until the seventh round. I didn’t think I was very good. I’m a bit tired, I didn’t feel the best in there, but I got the win and took these belts home, and that’s the main thing.”
Queensbury Promotions return on July 25 as Joe Joyce looks to underline his threat in the heavyweight division.
2016 Olympian Mikaela Mayer returns to action this week, looking to stretch her professional record to 13-0.
The 30-year-old was due to fight on the opening Top Rank show following the hiatus, but following complications with a COVID-19 test, the bout was postponed.
A month later and Mayer gets her opportunity to display her skills in front of the world.
Helen Joseph stands in Mayer’s way to pick up another victory en route to a world title shot in the super-featherweight division.
The WBO super-featherweight title is on the line inside the “Bubble” this week, as 34-year-old “Semper Fi” defends his crown against veteran Jonathan Oquendo.
Oquendo is 31-6 throughout a solid career and will be looking to upset the odds and grab a world title as boxing continues its own Project Restart.
Herring is a tall, rangy southpaw with a 21-2 record dating back to turning pro following the 2012 Olympics.
Herring often operates best in a fight when he can pump out his jab at ease and control the tempo.
With the physical advantages he’ll have over Oquendo, we’re expecting a fairly comfortable night’s work for the American.
Oquendo should be kept at a distance throughout the contest, unable to get to work on the inside against the likeable champion.
I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw a complete shutout here.