The world heavyweight title fight between Joshua and Usyk isn’t the only one worth watching on Saturday night, with a number of fascinating clashes taking place on the undercard
Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will be supported by a killer undercard on Saturday night that includes Campbell Hatton and a world title fight.
Hatton will return for his fourth professional outing at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, before the likes of Callum Smith, Florian Marku and Lawrence Okolie all grace the ring.
The fight card will kick off at 6pm, with the main event taking place around 10.10pm according to international broadcaster DAZN’s estimates.
Okolie will be the co-feature when he defends his world cruiserweight title for the first time against Dilan Prasovic, while Smith takes on Lenin Castillo in his debut at light heavyweight.
Another fascinating matchup places former kickboxing star and MMA fighter Marku against Maxim Prodan for the international welterweight title.
Overall, there will be seven fights on the night, with Joshua vs Usyk the main event.
Here’s all you need to know about the undercard fights…
Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic – WBO cruiserweight title
Okolie finally realised his dream of becoming a world champion in March when he put away Krzysztof Glowacki in just his 16th professional fight.
He immediately moved to call out the likes of Mairis Briedis for a unification bout, but unfortunately he was unable to get a quick turnaround fight against a world champion, so he will have to settle for Prasovic on Saturday night.
The unbeaten Prasovic is no joke, though, and will certainly cause Okolie problems in front of a packed out Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
However, from what we have seen in each of their careers to date, it’s hard to imagine that Okolie will be losing his title here.
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Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo
After a tough loss last December to Canelo Alvarez, Callum Smith was left asking a lot of questions about his career, which he will look to answer on Saturday.
He struggled to land a glove on the Mexican, despite going in considerably bigger, and at one point was said to be considering his career after taking his first loss.
But he has decided to give it another go, and begins his journey at the heavier weight against Lenin Castillo.
Castillo should provide him a solid test, but Smith’s world title credentials should carry him through this one in his first UK fight since November 2019.
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Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku -IBF international welterweight title
The enigmatic Albanian Florian Marku has been making headlines this fight week in what will be his first outing since February when he beat Rylan Charlton.
Marku was dragged out of the undercard press conference for getting physical during his face-off with fellow unbeaten fighter Prodan ahead of what may be the fight of the night.
It’s a really well-matched bout by Matchroom Boxing, and one that very well could see the brash Marku humbled for the first time in his career.
He had a scare when his fight with Jamie Stewart on the last Joshua card was called a draw, which was a ridiculous decision, but he could have his hands full on Saturday night.
Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov – WBA intercontinental middleweight title
The vacant WBA intercontinental middleweight belt is on the line when Christopher Ousley takes on Khasan Baysangurov this weekend.
It’s a bit of a sleeper fight between the unbeaten Ousley and his Russian opponent, whose sole loss came in his effort at Rob Brant’s world title back in February 2019.
The Russian definitely will be a tough test for the Chicago native, who will look to prove his level in this one, and you’d have to think he’ll have too much for Baysangurov
Campbell Hatton vs Izan Dura
Ricky Hatton’s son Campbell is being given another big opportunity by Eddie Hearn this weekend, opening the main card of a big Anthony Joshua PPV.
He takes on the game 2-4 Sonni Martinez, who should give him another solid test as his young professional career continues, hopefully to 4-0.
The Uruguayan journeyman decided to give boxing another go last year after going 1-3 from 2014 to 2016.
And he’s managed to go 1-1 thus far during the pandemic, so we’ll see if he can push Campbell Hatton to his limit.
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Daniel Lapin vs Pawel Martniuk
Young professional Daniel Lapin will kick off the before the bell portion of the card against journeyman Pawel Martyniulk.
It’s another solid test for the 24-year-old Lapin, who is making his UK debut having fought solely in his home country of Ukraine before this bout.
He has yet to stop any of his four opponents, although he has generally opted to take on much more experienced journeymen with dozens of fights as opposed to the likes of Martniuk.