Paul Butler goes in with Joseph Agbeko


Huge title photographs beckon Jay Harris and Paul Butler in the event that they win at Bolton, writes Matt Bozeat

SWANSEA’s Jay Harris might quickly be battling for an additional main title when he takes on Ricardo Sandoval in a closing eliminator for the IBF flyweight title held by Sunny Edwards.

The struggle was initially scheduled for six weeks earlier than it was postponed. It’s now set for the Bolton Whites Resort on Friday night (June twenty fifth) and is being promoted by Lee Eaton of MTK International.

Harris’ fist shot on a big belt got here final February when he challenged Mexican puncher Julio Cesar Martinez for the WBC sling in Texas. The concern was that the Welshman can be overwhelmed, however regardless of being lower off from physique photographs early and within the tenth, he by no means let the champion dominate and was spirited to the final bell.

Harris gained 4, 5 and two rounds on the scorecards with out ever harming Martinez together with his crisp mixture punching. Because the boxing saying goes, Harris “misplaced effectively”. He had the satisfaction of being the primary Martinez to finish the total 12 laps.

The 30-year-old has boxed as soon as since then and outperformed Liverpool’s Marcel Braithwaite in 10 rounds final October.

Subsequent up is Sandoval, a 22-year-old from California who has been interrupted 5 occasions in a row. He is gained all 9 since Alonso Ceja, then 4-0, overtook him by a majority in 4 rounds, however he hasn’t had all the pieces his manner.

Brent Venegas, 3-0, dumped ‘El Nino’ ​​and pushed him to a cut up over six whereas Sandoval needed to recuperate from two knockdowns to cease the 12-1-1 Marco Sustaita in 5. Apparently, Sandoval is in the midst of a studying curve.

He confirmed a cooler head through the seventh spherical interruption of Filipino goalkeeper Raymond Tabugon (22-11-1), who was seen as a promotion on his final look final February. Sandoval dropped it within the second with a fast left hook counter and proceeded to deal a blow. That was the longest path that Sandoval has are available in his skilled profession. It additionally means he is been out of the ring for 16 months.

He’s strong, clumsy and, above all, appears to be like for conspicuous singles together with his management hand.

No query about it, Sandoval is an thrilling prospect, however is he prepared for Harris? We do not imagine The Welshman can win both by a late cease or on factors.

Additionally in Bolton, Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler and veteran Joseph Agbeko compete for the WBO bantamweight title held by Filipino blast John Riel Casimero. Butler and Agbeko (38-5) are each former IBF champions at 118 kilos.

Now 44, Agbeko had two belted spells (2007-2009 and 2010-2011) whereas Butler vacated 25 days after Stuart Corridor was dethroned in a cut up vote in June 2015 to drop again to £ 115. There he was overwhelmed effectively on eight factors by South African left-hander Zolani Tete within the battle for the IBF title, and Butler was additionally dropped twice and boxed out by Puerto Rican boxer-puncher Emmanuel Rodriguez for the vacant IBF championship at 118 kilos after heavy weight.

Everybody else the Joe Gallagher-trained butler confronted in his 32-2 profession he was in a position to unpack, together with his final six opponents.
Agbeko is in a profitable streak of 9 fights that has spanned eight years since he was overtaken by Cuban southpaw Guillermo Rigondeaux within the battle for the world tremendous bantamweight title.

The latest opposition was much less demanding on Agbeko, who was imagined to field Child Galahad in London 4 years in the past earlier than falling unwell on the day of the struggle. Agbeko is actually previous his prime whereas Butler is at his finish, and we assume the youthful man is simply too recent and beats him on factors.

Had the outcomes gone like this, Hosea Burton (25-2) and Liam Conroy (18-6-1) would have confronted one another within the Golden Contract closing. As a substitute, they meet up in an actual crossbreed struggle at 175 kilos on Friday night time that has what it takes to be an excellent struggle.

The 6ft 4ins Burton, British champion for 10 months in 2016 and now 32 years previous, had a protracted beginner apprenticeship, gained the ABAs in 2009 and is a disciplined lengthy distance boxer who does his finest job early on.

In distinction, Conroy is a fighter with ardour and heavy fingers, who was weak early on and robust late on.

On the Golden Contract final September, Cumbria’s Conroy was overwhelmed in 4 rounds by 2016 Olympic champion Serge Michel (10-1), 4 days after Burton was overwhelmed by Ricards Bolotniks (16-5: 1) in Latvia.

The scorecards have been ridiculous, with two judges getting 98-90 and the third 100-90. For me, Bolotniks shadowed it after Burton made two standing counts in ninth place.

We see Burton overcome a wobble or two to win this British title eliminator on factors over 10 rounds.

The judgment Three top quality matchups crown this busy card.



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