Big fights on the horizon for Babic and Bakole if they win in Poland
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Alen Babic competes for WBC world title, has Richard Riakporhe on radar if victorious & Martin Bakole looking for statement win to set up Dubois / Usyk showdowns
Some of the biggest hitters in the BOXXER stable were on deck in Poland today for open workouts ahead of this Saturday night’s event at the G2A Arena in the historic city of Rzeszów, live on Sky Sports.
Big opportunities await the winners, with Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois on the radar for Bakole and Richard Riakporhe on the radar for Babic.
With a history of strategic importance stretching back to the mediaeval era and beyond, Rzeszów has witnessed many a major battle during its long history and at the weekend will witness several more as BOXXER makes its first visit to Poland in association with regional partners Knockout Promotions.
The WBC World Bridgerweight Championship is on the line in the main event when Croatian wildman Alen ‘The Savage’ Babic (11-0, 10 KO’s) steps up to face Polish counterpart Łukasz Różański (14-0, 13 KO’s) in what is sure to be an incredible firefight – for as long as it lasts.
With a combined record of 23 knockouts from 25 wins, both fighters have a deserved reputation for finishing fights early and throwing caution to the wind in pursuit of a crowd-pleasing conclusion.
The winner will become the inaugural WBC Bridgerweight Champion and reign over a newly-created division named in honour of American schoolboy Bridger Walker, who survived severe damage while protecting his 4-year-old sister from a wild dog attack.
Created by the WBC to “bridge” the gap between cruiserweight and heavyweight, the holder of the division’s championship will open himself up to opportunities in both of those weight classes.
BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom sees potential opportunities for Babic against the likes of Richard Riakporhe, Frazer Clarke and even Lawrence Okolie – if he wins on Saturday night.
“It’s a tough fight for Babic against a home fighter but he’s a huge fan favourite that brings numbers, so if he can win this belt then that’s going to open up big opportunities for him. Holding a WBC belt opens doors for you and I think he’ll have cruiserweights and heavyweights looking for him,” he says.
"Richard Riakporhe is interested in him. Frazer Clarke, Fabio Wardley and even Lawrence Okolie could all be possible. So let’s see what happens Saturday. Whichever way it goes, it’s going to be a war and someone is getting knocked out without a doubt. I expect it to be crazy.”
Saturday night also marks the BOXXER debut of newly-signed heavyweight contender Martin Bakole (18-1 13 KO's), who has been in the headlines recently after being linked with potential marquee showdowns against Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois.
First though he must face Ukrainian slugger Igor ‘Hulk’ Shevadzutskiy (10-0 8 KO's), who is fighting just a few miles from the Ukrainian border and looking to take out a big name and open up opportunities of his own.
"If [Dubois'] fight against Usyk is not happening, after Saturday's fight the only person I will call out is Daniel Dubois because he's got the belt. I want to be No 1 for Usyk or anybody," says Bakole.
"He's No 1 regular in the WBA and I'm No 2 ranking so that is an easy fight to make so we don't need to talk too much.
"People are avoiding me now, I have been calling them out, mentioning everybody and nobody has mentioned me or responded. I'll work hard to be No 1 challenger, so no more avoiding."
Shalom said, “He's got to make a statement Saturday night, put him away in six rounds or less then look to see what happens with Usyk, Dubois, Joyce or Zhang. He also wants the Dillian Whyte fight, he wants the Anthony Joshua fight… he's ready to go!"
Also competing from the BOXXER stable on Saturday night are rising heavyweight prospect Jeamie TKV (4-0, 2 KO’s), who faces Poland’s Michał Bołoz (5-4-2 5 KO's), and an all-British showdown between Steed Woodall (17-1-1 11 KO's) and Boris Crighton (10-2 7 KO's).
Watch live on Sky Sports this Saturday, April 22:
WBC Bridgerweight World Title Fight
Łukasz Różański (14-0, 13KO) vs Alen ‘The Savage’ Babic (11-0, 10KO)
Heavyweight Bout (10 Rounds)
Martin Bakole (18-1 13KO) vs Igor Hulk Shevadzutskiy (10-0 8KO)
Heavyweight Bout (8 Rounds)
Jeamie TKV (4-0 2KO) vs Michał Bołoz (5-4-2 5KO) Polska
Light-Heavyweight Bout (8 Rounds)
Steed Woodall (17-1-1 11KO) vs Boris Crighton (10-2 7KO)
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