Eddie Hearn and his promotion are consistently delivering on the fights fans want. On July 28th Matchroom Boxing are bringing a huge night of fights to the O2 Arena.
The main event sees ‘The Body Snatcher’ Dillian Whyte face former WBO title holder, Joseph Parker. Whyte has been one of Britain’s best heavyweights for some time now. Whyte is knocking on the door of a world title. He is on the verge of international stardom but his big break has thus far eluded him.
Joseph Parker was a world champion until he lost a twelve round decision to Anthony Joshua, an opponent they have in common. Parker and Whyte are both at the very top of the division, so this is a big fight with potential contendership implications.
Kell Brook is another of Britain’s big boxing stars. He held the IBF welterweight title until a disheartening loss to Errol Spence in 2017. In his previous bout, he made a valiant losing effort against Gennady Golovkin.
Losing his shot at the middleweight belts and then his welterweight belt was hard to take for Brook. He slipped into a depression, but made a triumphant return to the ring in March. Brook looks to get back on the championship trail on this card as he faces Brandon Cook in a title eliminator.
Derek Chisora vs Carlos Takam will also go down on this card. Chisora is a well known British heavyweight. He has been in multiple heated rivalries against boxing legends. Wladimir Klitschko; David Haye and Tyson Fury to name just a few. Carlos Takam is a highly ranked heavyweight who challenged Anthony Joshua’s in 2017.
Two young rising stars are getting a big opportunity on this card. Conor Benn is working hard to get out of his legendary father’s shadow. The talented prodigy faces Cédrick Peynaud on this card. Joshua Buatsi is another rising star, fighting in the 175 pound division. Buatsi will take on Ricky Summers. Although their opponents are not big names, it is a great opportunity for these fighters to compete on such a stacked card.
Katie Taylor is the face of women’s boxing in Great Britain and Ireland. Taylor will fight Kimberley Connor on this card in a WBA and IBF championship bout. This could introduce the casual audience to Taylor, adding to her building notoriety. It is hard to understand why Hearn gets so much hate when he organises events like this.