By Daniel Smith
On April 17th forever rising management stable MTK Global put on another card filled with domestic talent looking to progress their careers even further over in Bolton, headlined by previous GB amateur fighter Danny Dignum in arguably his biggest test to date against Andrey Sitokin.
There is also room for highly touted Light-Heavyweight contender Dan Azeez who takes on a step up in competition as he faces the seasoned pro in Ricky Summers, along with a further solid matchup in both the Super Bantamweight division as another ex GB amateur Jack Bateson takes on Joe Ham.
Also on the card is former ABA Amateur champion and 2018 European silver medallist Carl Fail who is coming off the back off a competitive debut win over an extremely game Jordan Dujon at Junior Middleweight. Three time Irish national amateur champion and 2015 World Amateur games Bronze medallist Paul Ryan makes his introduction into the professional ranks by making his debut on the card at Middleweight alongside fellow Irish Middleweight Fearghus Quinn who makes his 3rd outing as a pro, whilst Light Heavyweight Lewis Edmondson gets a run out for his 5th pro fight vs the experienced Luke Blackledge.
Danny Dignum vs Andrey Sirotkin
On the top of the bill Danny Dignum looks to capitalise on the back of 2 solid wins back-to-back against both Conrad Cummings & previously undefeated Alfredo Meli as he defends his WBO European title against 19-1 Andrey Sirotkin, whose only sole defeat has come to the hands of World Super Middleweight contender John Ryder as he was stopped within 7 rounds.
This is somewhat of a risky fight and a big step up for Dignum especially so early on in his professional career as this will be only his 14th professional contest, whilst it also may be worth mentioning that Sirotkin (who has also campaigned up at super middleweight and light heavyweight along with having a notable win over former 2 weight world champion and extremely controversial figure in Ricardo Mayorga) is undefeated since making the transition down to 160 lbs and the Russian’s size could ultimately be a factor in this fight.
Dignum, who is also ranked highly with the WBO at #5, has been extremely vocal about seeking various domestic clashes in a stacked middleweight division that currently contains fighters such as Chris Eubank Jr & Liam Williams, who have their sights fully set on world honours especially with Williams’ upcoming fight with WBO champion Demetrius Andrade, whilst on the domestic front you have British champion Denzel Bentley challenging Commonwealth champion Felix Cash towards the back end of the month and Dignum could very well be mandated to face the winner after winning a final eliminator for the British title in his last fight which could very well open up an opportunity for Dignum to further raise his profile.
Nonetheless this could prove to be a good test to assess what level Dignum is at within his career and full credit has to be given to his team for taking such a risky fight so early on in his career.
Dan Azeez vs Ricky Summers
In the UK we currently have a crop of talented fighters in the Light Heavyweight division from the likes of Callum Johnson & Anthony Yarde who have had their respective attempts at world titles,albeit both unsuccessful but giving a good account of themselves. to the highly touted Joshua Buatsi who is due to make a big step up in competition over the course of the year along with Lyndon Arthur who is well-positioned in the rankings in all major governing bodies after his win over Yarde.
Also in this division is newly crowned British Champion Craig Richards who,after picking up a devastating stoppage win over previous champion Shakkan Pitters in a highly contested bout, takes on a monumental ask as he aims to dethrone current unbeaten WBA World Champion Dmitry Bivol on May 1st.