Karim Guerfi vs Lee McGregor – Huge Combat Preview & Predictions

Karim Guerfi is set to finally defend his European Bantamweight title against Lee McGregor, whilst Maxi Hughes faces Paul Hyland Jr on Friday in Bolton
Karim Guerfi is about to lastly defend his European Bantamweight title in opposition to Lee McGregor, while Maxi Hughes faces Paul Hyland Jr on Friday in Bolton

After a mess of postponements and re-arrangements, the invoice topper for Friday’s MTK International invoice is the highly-anticipated assembly between European Bantamweight champion Karim Guerfi and Lee McGregor on the Bolton Whites Resort.

The battle, which is able to air on IFLTV AND ESPN+ within the USA has bitten the mud on a number of events, initially as a consequence of McGregor testing optimistic for COVID-19 in November 2020.

The competition was re-scheduled for January, however then all UK boxing was halted as a consequence of rising case ranges of the an infection. Yet one more new date was set because the pair have been as a consequence of conflict in Dubai in February, however UK journey restrictions once more put paid to these plans.

So it’s hopefully fourth time fortunate this weekend, with a cracker anticipated.

Guerfi (29-4, 9 KOs) is in his third spell as European champion, having first reigned in September 2013, successful a majority choice in opposition to Stephane Jamoye.

He was knocked out by Zhanat Zhakiyanov in his first defence, however regained the belt three fights later with a 3rd spherical stoppage of Ryan Farrag in Liverpool. The Frenchman made one defence earlier than vacating, however a tilt on the IBO title resulted in a fourth spherical knockout defeat in Singapore by the hands of Michael Dasmarinas in April 2018.

After two low key wins, Guerfi made it a hat rick of European title runs, forcing his countryman, Georges Ory to retire after 9 rounds with a watch harm.

That was his final outing again in November 2019 and the 34-year-old now faces a person ten years his junior, and hungry for achievement.

Edinburgh-based McGregor (9-0, 7 KOs) has already received British and Commonwealth crowns in a nine-fight profession, and the 24-year-old now seems so as to add the European belt to his burgeoning assortment.

Knowledgeable since November 2017, ‘Lightning’ Lee received the Commonwealth crown in simply his fifth contest, knocking out Thomas Essomba within the closing spherical of an October 2018 thriller.

After one defence, McGregor met Kash Farooq in an all-Scottish battle of the unbeatens. It was an absorbing watch, and McGregor took a razor-thin cut up choice that might have gone both option to annex Farooq’s Lonsdale Belt. McGregor was final out in August 2020, stopping Ryan Walker in 5.

Prediction: McGregor is younger and on a quick monitor to success, with home titles already secured. Guerfi is one other step-up, however the Frenchman has proven fragilities in his stoppage defeats. I count on the Scot to set a white-hot tempo, and ultimately break the champion down, because the battle goes in the direction of the championship rounds.

Hyland Jr and Hughes conflict for British title

In a contest that might have simply been a headliner in its personal proper, the chief help sees the vacant British Light-weight title at stake. Paul Hyland Jr was as a consequence of face Liam Walsh for the Lonsdale Belt, however a optimistic COVID-19 check for the Cromer man sees the resurgent Maxi Hughes step in as a alternative opponent.

Hughes (22-5-2, 4 KOs) had a implausible 2020, respiration new life into his profession with upset factors wins in opposition to Jono Carroll and Viktor Kotochigov.

The 31-year-old failed twice at British title tilts at Tremendous Featherweight, however seems reborn at 135 kilos. Hyland (20-2, 7 KOs) has misplaced two of his final 4 contests, and his pair of losses have come inside a spherical in opposition to Lewis Ritson in June 2018, and final trip in June 2019, when got here up quick in a bid for the European title, stopped in six by Francesco Patera in Milan.

Maxi Hughes secured the WBC International crown with a unanimous decision win over Viktor Kotochigov in Dubai Photo Credit: MTK Global
Maxi Hughes secured the WBC Worldwide crown with a unanimous choice win over Viktor Kotochigov in Dubai Picture Credit score: MTK International

Prediction: Hughes is on the crest of a wave, and he can proceed this right here in a winnable battle in opposition to the Irishman. I really feel it will likely be an entertaining affair, however Hughes can seal a transparent factors win to finish a outstanding seven months with a Lonsdale Belt triumph.

There are many prospects on responsibility within the North West, with somebody’s ‘0’ having to go at Tremendous Middleweight. Belfast’s Padraig McCrory (11-0, 5 KOs) and London’s Southern Space champion, Germaine Brown conflict.

McCrory’s finest win is arguably his August 2019 stoppage win in opposition to Steve Collins Jr, whereas Brown (9-0, 3 KOs) is coming off an eight spherical factors win in Belarus in opposition to Dimitrii Chudinov in October 2020.

Prediction: I favour the Irishman to return by on the playing cards right here.

Shabaz Masoud (7-0, 1 KO) is one other man to control, and the Ben Davison-trained stylist takes on Louis Norman (14-8-1, 2 KOs) at Tremendous Bantamweight.

Prediction: Each aren’t famous punchers, and Masoud ought to take a dominant factors win.

At Tremendous Welterweight, Spanish-based Pole, Eryk Apresyan (7-0, 5 KOs), ought to have sufficient to take a factors win in opposition to Nathan Bendon (3-3-1, 1 KO), whereas at Welterweight, Jamie Robinson (10-4-1, 3 KOs) meets Billy Allington (8-1-2) in a crossroads conflict. I lean in the direction of Robinson over the gap.

At Light-weight, Sean Duffy (3-0, 1 KO) can halt Paul Holt (7-9, 2 KOs) inside schedule.

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