Combat Schedule: Week of October 11th

Emanuele Navarrete continues working towards a title in a second division, while rising Middleweight Charles Conwell headlines a ShoBox card on Wednesday. The Welterweight bout between Sergey Lipinets and Kudratillo Abdukakhorov has been postponed to October 24th after Uzbekistan’s Abdukakhorov had visa issues.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, October 7th
Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Showtime 9pm ET

Main Event
JuniorMiddleweight 10 Rounds
🇺🇸Charles Conwell (12-0-0, 9KO) vs 🇭🇹Wendy Toussaint (12-0-0, 5KO)

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench in the big plans Conwell had to make a run up the ladder of the Junior-Middleweight division, but the 22 year old U.S. olympian wants to pick up his second win of the year here, and hopes to close 2020 with one more fight. Conwell’s last fight was in February where he defeated Mexico’s Ramses Agaton by fifth round stoppage.

Prospect Watch
Welterweight 8 Rounds
🇺🇸Brandun Lee (19-0-0, 17KO) vs 🇺🇸Jimmy Williams (16-3-2, 5KO)

Lee’s development has been a staple of the ShoBox series. This is the third fight of 2020 for the 21 year old California native who was actually the first to fight under the current pandemic conditions. He will be looking for his 11th straight win by knockout when he takes on New Jersey native Jimmy Williams, 34, who is 0-2-1 in his last three bouts.



Friday, October 9th
The Rotunda at Caesars Bluewaters Dubai
ESPN+ 12pm ET

Main Event
WBC International Lightweight title
🇰🇿Viktor Kotochigov (12-0-0, 5KO) vs 🇬🇧Maxi Hughes (21-5-2, 4KO)

Maxi Hughes, 30, is looking to capitalize on his upset win over Jono Carroll in August. His opponent, unbeaten 27 year old Kazakh Viktor Kotochigov is coming off a third round stoppage win against Andrei Isayeu, a 40 year old who came in with 17 losses on his record and was 1-12 in his last 13 fights.


Friday, October 9th
MGM Grand, Las Vegas
ESPN, 10pm ET

Main Event
vacant WBO Featherweight Title
🇲🇽Emanuel Navarrete (32-1-0, 28KO vs 🇺🇸Ruben Villa (18-0-0, 5KO)

Navarrete was successful in his debut at Featherweight, stopping Uriel Lopez in six rounds and now finds himself fighting for a title in a second weight class. Salinas, California native Ruben Villa is looking to pull off a major upset here and some believe the 23 year old southpaw is a tougher matchup for the rugged Mexican than he has had since his first fight with the scrappy Isaac Dogboe.

Prospect Watch
Lightweight 10 Rounds
🇺🇸Joseph Adorno (14-0-1, 12KO) vs 🇺🇸Avery Sparrow (10-2-0, 3KO)

New Jersey Lightweight prospect Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno, 21, left the ring disappointed with a eight round split decision draw against tough Mexican Hector Garcia in January. The challenge remains tough this Friday as he will face off with 26 year old Philly native Avery Sparrow in a ten round bout.

Sparrow has dealt with recent setbacks of his own as a big opportunity to fight Golden Boy rising Lightweight Ryan Garcia, was derailed due to personal legal issues of Sparrow. Following that disappointment, Sparrow fell short in his fight with Puerto Rico’s Abraham Nova, losing a ten round decision (99-91, 97-93, 96-94).

***FIGHT CANCELLED***

Once again Avery Sparrow will be unable to fulfill his obligations in the ring. Sparrow officially withdrew from his 10 round lightweight bout against prospect Joseph Adorno Tuesday, and there does not appear to be a fighter on deck to replace him, so Adorno looks to be out of luck.

This marks the second time in just over a year that a situation like this has arose for Sparrow. As mentioned in the original fight outlook, Sparrow had legal issues that saw him arrested just before the weigh in for his lightweight fight against Ryan Garcia.

Needless to say Sparrow will have a tough go at getting a big opportunity from promoters in the near future.


Saturday, October 10th
BT Sports Studio, UK
BT Sport (UK) 2pm ET, US (unavailable)

Main Event
British Middleweight Title 12 Rounds
🇬🇧Liam Williams (22-2-1, 17KO) -5000 vs 🇬🇧Andrew Robinson (24-4-1, 7KO) +1400

Liam “The Machine” Williams is making the second defense of his British title against Andrew “D’Animal” Robinson.

Undercard
Heavyweight 10 Rounds

🇬🇧Nathan Gorman (16-1-0, 11KO) -900 vs 🇬🇭Richard Lartey (14-2-0, 11KO) +550

Both of the Heavyweights have been on the bad end of rising British Heavyweight Daniel Dubois, Gorman most recently being knocked out by “Dynamite” last summer, Lartey three months prior to that.

Neither of these two will find a home on any list of current top Heavyweights but could make for an entertaining fight against one another. Or not. We’ll see.

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