Next weekend on BoxNation: Gonzalez v Russell Junior & McKenzie v Askin
What a weekend we've just had on BoxNation, but we're already salivating next week's action. Next Friday we have a bumper night of boxing LIVE from the iconic York Hall in Bethnal Green as Ovill McKenzie and Matty Askin do battle with the British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight titles on the line.
And on Saturday night, we're LIVE from the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, where American hot prospect Gary Russell Junior challenges WBC World Featherweight Champion, Mexican warrior Jhonny Gonzalez.
McKenzie v Askin
Reigning British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight champion Ovill McKenzie will defend his hard-earned belts against the dangerous Matty 'Assassin' Askin. 35-year-old McKenzie may have grown up in Jamaica, but he earned his boxing stripes all across the UK in the tough domestic rings of London, the Midlands, The North and in Scotland, making him a true household name.
This will be McKenzie's first defence of his British title and the second time he's defending his Commonwealth Cruiserweight crown. Will Askin upset the Upsetter or are we looking at another short night's work for McKenzie, who's won eight of his last ten wins by knockout?
Blackpool banger Askin has no illusions over the former light-heavyweight's power, but has said McKenzie can't go past four rounds and that this would be his undoing.
Askin is very confident walking into this bout and so is the reigning champion, who has claimed he wants WBO king Marco Huck in a world title fight if he beats his British rival.
Shinkwin v Horton, Romaeo and Baker on a big domestic undercard
Also featuring on this British bonanza is Miles Shinkwin and Richard Horton in a ten round tear-up for the Southern Area Light-Heavyweight Championship.
Each man has nine wins on their records and are both around 6 foot tall. But defending champion Shinkwin is still unbeaten, a fresher 26-year-old than the 33-year-old Horton who has lost twice, both by knockout.
Up-and-comer Tom Baker also features in his first title fight against Kevin Greenwood for the vacant South Area Super-Middleweight Championship in a tasty ten-round tear-up, and 6-0 rising star Romeo Romaeo faces the experienced Dan Carr.
This will be Baker and Greenwood's first ten round bout.
Gonzalez v Russell Junior
This time last year, America's Gary Russell Junior had it all. With a 24-0 unbeaten record, the Maryland fighter was billed as America's next big talent in the featherweight division.
He suffered a surprise majority decision loss with the vacant WBO World title on the line against Ukrainian amateur-star turned fast-track world title challenger Vasyl Lomachenko, however, which took away his "0" and wrecked his perfect record. It was just Lomachenko's third professional fight, compared to a then 24-0
Now the 26-year-old is on the warpath, claiming a 10-round comeback win over Christopher Martin in December to earn himself a shot at the vastly experienced WBC World Featherweight Champion, Mexico's 65-fight veteran Jhonny Gonzalez.
In Gonzalez, Russell Jr couldn't ask for a bigger contrast to the only man to previously beat him in Lomachenko. The Guadalajara banger brings a hugely impressive 57-8 record into the ring with him, and has mixed it with some of the featherweight division's best known names. In 2011, he travelled to a hostile Kobe, Japan, to upset local favourite and former WBC World Champion Hozumi Hasegawa.
More recently, in August 2013, Gonzalez was a rank outsider when he stunned fellow countryman and then unbeaten star Abner Mares, twice knocking him down en route to a breathtaking first round KO.
Gonzalez has claimed 48 of his 57 wins by way of knockout, making him one of the biggest hitting featherweights on the scene. For Russell Jr, it's a shot at redemption and a chance to win his first world title at the second time of asking.
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