Undercard news for Garcia v Thurman / Haye v Bellew

WBN 28/02/2017

The undercards for Saturday’s massive night of action are all but complete as a host of contenders take to arenas in New York and London respectively.

In Brooklyn, welterweight world title holders Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman put their undefeated records on the line in a bid to be called the best 147 pounder on the planet.

Garcia or Thurman will take over the mantle from Floyd Mayweather Jr, and walk out of the Barclays Center with two coveted championships.

In the co-feature, Erickson Lubin and Jorge Cota face-off to move a step closer to a WBC super-welterweight title shot at Jermell Charlo, whilst women’s favorite Heather Hardy competes in a ten-rounder against Edina Kiss.

An eye-catching clash between Polish light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara and ex-world ruler Chad Dawson bolsters the bill, whilst undefeated Mario Barrios and Sergey Lipinets hope to extend their rise up the rankings.

Rounding off the event are Ricky Lopez in a match-up against Pablo Cruz, Thomas Velasquez in a six-rounder and Richardson Hitchins making his super-lightweight pro debut opposite 1-0 Mario Perez.


Card for Barclays Center, New York, USA

12 – WBC/WBA Welterweight titles
Danny Garcia 33-0 v
Keith Thurman 27-0

12 – WBC Super Welterweight title eliminator
Erickson Lubin 17-0 v
Jorge Cota 25-1

10 – Light Heavyweight
Andrzej Fonfara 28-4 v
Chad Dawson 34-4

10×2 – Featherweight
Heather Hardy 18-0 v
Edina Kiss 13-2

8 – Super Lightweight
Mario Barrios 17-0 v
Yardley Suarez 20-6

8 – Welterweight
Sergey Lipinets 11-0 v
Clarence Booth 14-2

Across the Atlantic in London, the Sky Box Office Pay-Per-View line-up for David Haye and Tony Bellew‘s massive heavyweight contest sees two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi head back to the UK once more.

The Italian-American battles Sam Eggington as Malignaggi aims to prove he can still push towards a world title chance.

Ohara Davies and Derry Mathews participate in a second grudge match on the card, whilst IBF featherweight ruler Lee Selby competes in a non-title bout.

Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor‘s opponent has been announced, along with foes for Ted Cheeseman and Craig Glover.

Heavyweight Dave Allen has been belatedly added to the card following his easy victory last week.

O2 Arena, London, UK bill

12 – Heavyweight
David Haye 28-2 v
Tony Bellew 28-2-1

12 – Welterweight
Sam Eggington 19-3 v
Paul Malignaggi 36-7

12 – Super Lightweight
Ohara Davies 14-0 v
Derry Mathews 38-11-2

10 – Featherweight
Lee Selby 23-1 v
Andoni Gago 16-2-2

10 – Super Welterweight
Ted Cheeseman 7-0 v
Jack Sellars 5-0-1

6×2 – Lightweight
Katie Taylor 2-0 v
Monica Gentili 6-6

6 – Heavyweight
David Allen 10-2-1 v

4 – Cruiserweight
Craig Glover 2-0 v
Jake Bonallie 0-0