Updated: Aug 7, 2019
This Saturday sees Matchroom Boxing's latest episode of their JD Nxtgen product. The bill is live on Sky Sports, from The East of England Arena in Peterborough, and is packed with top boxing prospects.
Topping the bill is Dave Coldwell trained Jordan Gill (22-0) coming off his most impressive victory to date when he stopped Ryan Doyle in seven rounds back in October 2018. Gill will be hoping to put on a show, as this is his first time topping the bill on a Matchroom card.
The 24 year old from Chatteris is a member of Dave Coldwell's ever growing stable and seems to be learning quickly on the job. He's one to keep an eye on in 2019 - if he can come through on Saturday night there may be potential Featherweight bouts with Ryan Walsh, Isaac Lowe and even Gamal Yafai.
He is up against the very durable and tough Emmanuel Dominguez (24-7-2), with the vacant WBA International title on the line. Dominguez who has only been stopped once in his seven losses proved his toughness last June as he took Toka Kahn Clary the distance. Clary known to British fans for his points defeat to Sheffields Kid Galahad in a World Title Eliminator last October.
Dominguez (L) losing on points to Toka Kahn Clary in 2018
Also on the bill is Nottingham Featherweight Leigh Wood (20-1). Wood takes on Abraham Osei Bonsu (13-3-1) for the vacant Commonwealth Featherweight Title. Like Gill, Wood will be looking to impress as he may have aspirations to take on Gill, or the others himself somewhere down the line. They are both up and coming prospects who surely want to establish themselves as Britain's nine stone number one. First though he has to get past Bonsu, who will surely be tough as all of our guests who travel from Ghana are.
Next up for me is fight of the night and one that cant disappoint. Dillian Whyte protegee Richard Riakporhe (8-0) will put his big hitting reputation on the line when he takes on fellow hard hitting Cruiserweight Tommy McCarthy (13-1). Both will meet for the WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title.
A few believe this one has come a little too early for Riakporhe as some thought he seemed slightly fortunate in his last fight coming from behind to stop Sam Hyde after Hyde had suffered a bad eye injury. However Riakporhe was growing into the fight and seemed to create his own luck as his devastating thuds where leaving their toll on Hyde.
McCarthy, who's only blemish on his record was at the hands of former British Champion Matty Askin in 2016, will be confident going into the fight as he sees this as his way of getting back into title contention. Expect this one to catch fire quickly as both don't mind holding their feet and letting shots go. The victor will surely have their sights on the upcoming British and Commonwealth clash between Lawrence Okolie and Wadi Comacho.
The stacked card also has tick over fights for the popular Anthony Sims Jnr (17-0), Kieron Conway (9-0), Qais Ashfaq (4-0), John Docherty (4-0), Joe Steed (4-0) and Bradley Smith (8-0). All in a entertaing night is expected on this Matchroom promotion.