Lawrence Okolie v Nikodem Jezewski – WBO international cruiserweight title
Hackney’s very own rising star, Okolie, comes into this one still undefeated in the professional game. His original opponent, Krzysztof Glowacki pulled out of this fight last week as a consequence of testing positive for Covid-19. His replacement goes by the name of Nikodem Jezewski, another man from Poland with the same aim as Okolie, as he holds a clean slate of 19 victories with no reply. As Jezewski is ranked just outside the Top 15 of the WBO there will unfortunately be no title at stake, however, make no mistake, this will be one of the fights of the night for sure as it is pipped to go down to the wire.
OUR PREDICTION – Okolie by Round 3 KO. Sky Bet – 8/1
Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – Unified heavyweight titles
On Saturday night we see the return of the unified, two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, as he returns against Bulgarian mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, who will fight on British soil for the first time since knocking out Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in September 2018. Pulev will be no push over for the Brit, who looks to defend his world titles, boasting an extensive amateur background like Joshua. He has only been defeated once in the professional ranks, falling short to former champion, Wladimir Klitschko. His challenger, Joshua, who is fighting in his home country, will be looking to put on a show for the 1,000 brits who have been given the green light to indulge in the fight live in the SSE Wembley Arena, each paying between £100 and £1000 to do so. AJ, is coming off of a rebounding win, avenging his only loss by Andy Ruiz Jr as he has it all on the line once again, defending his super IBF and WBO titles.
OUR PREDICTION: Anthony Joshua by KO/TKO round 4. Sky bet – 10/1
Figueiredo v Moreno
Into the early hours of the morning, we also have UFC 256 as we witness the quickest ever turnaround for two fighters going into a title fight after both men won their respected fights with ease in the first round at UFC 255 just last month. Men’s flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo is set to defend his title against the young and promising, Brandon Moreno. Brazilian champion, Figueiredo, is 3-0 this year and comes into this fight after an impressive first round submission against Alex Perez at UFC 255. Meanwhile the much younger, Moreno, fighting out of Mexico is coming off of a first round ko at that same event.
OUR PREDICTION: Figueiredo by submission, round 2. Sky bet – 12/1
Tony Ferguson v Charles Oliveira
In the co-main event of UFC 256, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, fans will see the return of “el cucuy”, Tony Ferguson as he takes on the ‘Brazilian submission specialist’ Charles Oliveira. After telling his fans he is raring to go, Ferguson, is coming off a 5th round ko loss to former title challenger Justin Gaethje and will be looking to propel himself back into title contention with a win here. The dangerous Brazilian Jiujitsu expert, Oliveira, is on an 8 fight win streak since his move up to lightweight and this looks like it could be the fight of the night.
OUR PREDICTION: Tony Ferguson by ko, round 3. Sky bet – 12/1