20 Sep Top sweet science weekend lined up
Most boxing fans will agree that 2017 has been a great year for the sport. The sweet science has seen one exciting match-up after another as top fighters have been pitted against each other. If you thought this trend was over then think again!
StarSat is bringing two big world title fights this weekend.
The first one is the showdown for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight title on Saturday, September 23, at 21:00 on channel 241 (ST Sports Arena). New Zealand’s Joseph Parker defends his title against Hughie Fury in what could be an explosive affair.
Parker (25) and Fury (23) are part of the new wave of heavyweights that have brought excitement to the big men’s weight division.
Both fighters are undefeated and the winner will have to put on the performance of his life to have his arm raised at the end of the night.
Parker is undefeated with 23 wins (18 knockouts). Many South Africans will remember that he stopped former champion Frans Botha in 2013. He won the WBO title when he beat Andy Ruiz.
Fury comes from a fighting family and many will remember his cousin, former champion Tyson. He comes into the fight as the bigger man at 1.98m. He boasts an accomplished amateur career as he was the first British super heavyweight to win a gold medal at the Youth World Amateur Boxing Championships.
As a professional he has the perfect record in 20 fights (winning 10 by knockout).
It will be a long and exciting night for the fans of the art of pugilism.
Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares will put his World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight title on the line against Luke Campbell in the early hours of Sunday morning, 24 September.
This will be broadcast live and exclusively on channel 241 (ST Sports Arena) from 02:00.
Linares comes into this fight as the favourite having won world titles in three weight divisions. He boasts recent wins over the likes of Anthony Crolla and Kevin Mitchell.
Writing Campbell off, however, would be a mistake.
He won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2008 European Championships.
Besides the WBA title, the WBC Diamond and the Ring Magazine belts will also be on the line.