Saturday 3 November 2018
Myles McDevitt – UCFB Multimedia Sports Journalism Student 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, Boxing fans have a huge amount to look forward to with an Undisputed Cruiserweight Contest between Oleksandr Usyk and Tony Bellew now only seven days away and what is surely to be one of the most hyped fights of the year as Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury lock horns for the WBC Heavyweight belt on December 1st.
This week saw the announcement of the highly anticipated rematch between heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora on December 22nd . Both have come of dramatic wins after Whyte defeated Joseph Parker in an exhilarating contest in July with Chisora providing a sensational knockout of Carlos Takam on that same card.
This rematch comes two years after an explosive build up between the two which led to a exciting fight when they came together. Both will surely want to entertain crowds again at the O2 Arena before Christmas.
However, for Boxing fans it might have caused a headache as on the same night Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton battle it out for the IBF Featherweight Championship of the world which is promoted by Frank Warren. Warrington v Farrington is on BT Sport Box Office whilst Whyte v Chisora is on Sky Sports Box Office.
Both fights will come at huge cost to Boxing fans if they want to watch both but Eddie Hearn who is behind the Whyte v Chisora fight believes that having two Pay-Per View events on the same night provides healthy competition for the sport. Hearn has admitted that his event is more of casuals fight and sees the Warrington v Frampton fight as a fans fight.
It will be interesting to see how both fights fair on PPV and it could also hinge on how strong the undercard is for both as that can be the selling point for PPV events as it has proved in the past with Whyte v Chisora being the main undercard fight before Anthony Joshua’s destruction of Eric Molina in December 2016.
And Whyte would need to win this one to guarantee himself a second shot with Joshua on April 13th at Wembley Stadium.
With both fights on December 22nd now in place, rest assured it will be an early Christmas cracker whatever event Boxing fans choose to buy.