With Pacquiao – Bradley 2 upon us, just about everything else qualifies for this week’s column…
4/12 – Andy Lee (31-2, 22 KO’s) vs. Frank Horta (34-12-5, 13 KO’s) – Blue Water Dokken, Esbjerg, Denmark
With a bout scheduled for May, Lee picks up an eight rounder on the Nordic Fight Night card. He’s looking for his fourth straight win when he faces the former France welterweight title holder, who’s lost his last two bouts.
4/12 – David Price (16-2, 14 KO’s) vs. Ondrej Pala (33-4, 23 KO’s) – Blue Water Dokken, Esbjerg, Denmark
Back to back knockout losses to Tony Thompson temporarily derailed Prices climb in the division. The former BBBofC and Commonwealth heavyweight title holder picked up a knockout win in January and looks to keep the momentum going Saturday night. Pala is also coming off a knockout win, but over a severely over matched opponent. He was knocked out by Dereck Chisora is the fight prior.
4/12 – Erik Skoglund (19-0, 10 KO’s) vs. Danilo D’Agata (12-1-1, 3 KO’s) – Blue Water Dokken, Esbjerg, Denmark
Defending the EBU-EU light heavyweight title, Skoglund headlines the Nordic Fight Night card. He also holds the WBC Youth World and WBO youth Intercontinental light heavyweight titles, which aren’t on the line in this contest. D’Agata is a former Italy light heavyweight champ fighting in his first 12 round bout.
4/12 – Manuel Charr (25-1, 15 KO’s) vs. Kevin Johnson 29-5-1, 14 KO’s) – Telekom Dome, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Charr really wants another shot at a Klitschko. Since Vitali stopped him in four rounds 19 months ago, he gone 4-0 with four stoppage wins and won the WBC International Silver, WBC Mediterranean, WBC CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau, and WBC Baltic heavyweight titles. Johnson, once a promising American prospect, was also beaten by Vitali but hasn’t found the same success in a comeback that Charr has. Since the failed 2009 heavyweight title bout, he racked up a 7-4 record, including a loss in the Prizefighter finals in 2012. He comes in off two decision losses.
4/12 – Eddie Chambers (37-4, 19 KO’s) vs. Moses Matovu (5-39-4) – Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, United Kingdom
Another American heavyweight hopeful in action, Eddie Chambers picks up an eight round undercard bout two weeks after scoring a sixth round stoppage of Tomas Mrazek. Matovu is obviously nothing more than a “stay busy” opponent, but he did win his last contest after a 26 fight winless streak.
4/12 – Chris Eubank Jr. (13-0, 8 KO’s) vs. Sandor Micsko (22-5-2, 16 KO’s) – Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, United Kingdom
The son of the famed 90’s super middleweight champ is also on the Copper Box under card in an eight rounder against Micsko, whose record is padded with poor opposition.
4/14 – Ronny Rios (22-0, 10 KO’s) vs. Andrew Cancio (15-2-2, 11 KO’s) – UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Rios headlines the Golden Boy card Monday night. The undefeated former NABF featherweight title holder faces Cancio, a super featherweight who’s fought as a lightweight and as high as junior middleweight.
4/14 – Julian Ramirez (10-0, 6 KO’s) vs. Carlos Rodriguez (18-13, 10 KO’s) – UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Ramirez gets the eight round co-feature on Monday’s card. The undefeated featherweight prospect faces former super bantamweight Rodriguez, who’s coming off a seventh round TKO loss.
4/16 – Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (29-1, 18 KO’s) vs. Fulgencio Zuniga (26-8-1, 23 KO’s) – Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California, USA
The former middleweight champ looks for his third straight win since taking his only loss to Peter Quillin in 2012. Zuniga won his last contest by stoppage, but lost in three prior bouts and hasn’t scored a significant win in some time.