Hall Of Fame ring MC Buffer returns to the UK for another evening of world class boxing featuring IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook against domestic foe Frankie Gavin, London favourite Kevin Mitchell challenging Jorge Linares for the WBC lightweight title and Lee Selby taking on IBF featherweight king Evgeny Gradovich.
Buffer was in Sheffield in March when Brook made the first defence of his crown where he destroyed mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan inside four rounds. ??
???I can’t believe Kell is back in the ring in just two months since his KO victory over Jo Jo Dan in Sheffield,??? said Buffer. ???In this day and age of ring politics and twice a year fighting title holders that just doesn’t happen often enough.
???It shows that he’s completely serious about being a fighting champion whose ultimate goal is to unify the welterweight titles and be known as the undisputed champion. If he continues at this pace he can claim the crown of ‘The People’s Champ’ by taking on any and all challengers.
???This time around though, he faces stiff competition from Frankie Gavin. The Birmingham man was also on the Sheffield card back in March and he too, doesn’t want to sit around, collecting dust, so he’s more than happy to have a chance at a world championship. He has 22 victories in 23 fights with over half of those wins by KO. I can’t wait to see this bout.
???As a fan, I’m blown away by the card Matchroom Boxing has put together. In addition to the Brook vs Gavin fight we have two other significant world title fights on hand. Undefeated IBF featherweight champ, Evgeny Gradovich will take on the very tough Welshman Lee Selby, who since losing a four rounder on points at the beginning of his pro career, has racked up 16 straight wins with eight KOs.
???WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares puts his title on the line against Londoner Kevin ???The Hammer??? Mitchell. This fight, in my opinion, won’t go the distance as both guys can bang.
???Mitchell has gotten his grove back since losing to Ricky Burns and with six straight wins and five KOs, he’s determined to land his first world title.
“Linares, whose career totals are 38 and three with 25 inside the distance, didn’t travel thousands of miles to leave his belt in the UK. I’ve been at ringside for both of these fighters and it should be war.???
The London card will also see a Olympic heavyweight hero Anthony Joshua MBE taking on Kevin ???Kingpin??? Johnson ??? in one of seven title fights on the monster bill.
???Looking at the line-up leading up to the three world championships and three British title fights, I found out that undefeated heavyweight Anthony Joshua MBE is fighting the granite chinned Kevin ???Kingpin??? Johnson on this card and I’m really intrigued with this contest.
???Joshua is 12 and 0, all early KOs. Johnson has six losses on his resume, but he has never been stopped ??? ever ??? and he’s gone twelve with monster punchers Tyson Fury and Vitali Klitschko. Neither of whom could put him away.
???Don’t forget, Johnson does have 29 wins with 14 KOs. What will happen if Joshua has to go past the third or fourth round with the veteran from Atlanta, Georgia makes this a must see heavyweight bout. ??Man, this fight has my attention!???
World title bouts for Selby, Brook, Gavin and Mitchell are part of a massive night of boxing at The O2, along with Joshua???s bout with Johnson.
There???s a trio of great all-British title bouts with John Ryder and Nick Blackwell clashing for the vacant British middleweight crown, Scotty Cardle and Craig Evans meeting for the vacant British lightweight belt and Dave Ryan defending his Commonwealth light welterweight title against John Wayne Hibbert.
Former light heavyweight world champion Nathan Cleverly also returns to action while super bantamweight??Lucien Reid makes his pro debut.