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5 Fights Not To Miss In The Month Of September
The month of September is full to the brim with action packed fights. A monster card from PBC stands tall among the rest which falls on the 26th of the month, featuring unifications and vacant World Titles up for grabs. Elsewhere, the pride of Scotland, Josh Taylor defends his Super Lightweight crown. Here is a list of the top five fights happening in the month of September.
1. Jermall Charlo vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko
In what will be the toughest fight of the older Charlo’s career, he contests division veteran Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the WBC Middlewight throne. 160lbs is one of the most flourishing divisions in the sport, so the ability to get a piece of the gold at the weight would be massive for either. For the challenger, Derevyanchenko, this will be his third chance at glory, the frst two both ending in very contentious decisions. The 34-year-old Ukrainian will count himself unlucky to be on the sour end of both the decisions, one to Danny Jacobs and the other to Gennady Golovkin. This fight will be the final chance at glory for the challenger and will be a potential break out fight for the older of the twins. It’s not to be missed.
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2. Josh Taylor vs Apinun Khonsong
Josh Taylor finds himself within touching distance of an Undisputed super-fight with stablemate Jose Carlos Ramirez, but first, standing in his way is the relative unknown Apinun Kongsong of Thailand. The challenger boasts an undefeated record and a quick look of Youtube will show you his breath- taking power. The level of opposition doesn’t even come close to someone of Taylor’s calibre but the Scottish King of the Super-Lightweights will need to be at the top of his game to avoid an unlikely upset. Should he get his hand raised, there's no reason The Tartan Tornado shouldn’t be in an Undisputed clash in the not-too-distant future.
3. Denzel Bentley vs Mark Heffron
Not to forget about the domestic scene, Queensbury’s Middleweight prospect Denzel Bentley is up against what will be his most talented opponent to date, Mark Heffron. Heffron, hailing from Oldham, Lancashire, fell short in his step up in competition when he was stopped by the heavy- hitting Welshman Liam Williams, so will be looking to seize the opportunity this time against the unbeaten Londoner Bentley. Battersea’s Bentley comes into the fight at 13-0 with 11 stoppages, and is heavily fancied amongst the Queensbury and BT hierachy.
4. Jermell Charlo vs Jeison Rosario
Back to the blockbuster PBC card, we’ve got a unification bout to look forward to at 154lbs. The younger of the Charlo's, Jermell, attempts to establish himself as “The Man” at 154lbs against Dominican puncher Jeison Rosario. The Unified Champ, Rosario, blitzed through unified Champ Julian Williams in January and is looking to hastily unify the division further by picking up Jermell’s WBC Crown. Charlo has made quite the home for himself at Super Welter, first winning World title
gold against Joh Jackson back in 2016, but this is his first chance at adding more gold to his collection.
5. Fedor Chudinov vs Umar Sadiq
In a fight that is too baffling and interesting to omit from the list, Ilford’s Umar Sadiq travels into the lion’s den in Russia to fight former world champion Fedor Chudinov. A matchup that has come from out of nowhere, Chudinov, who will be known by the British public for being stopped on his feet by George Groves on the undercard of Brook v Spence, faces domestic Super Middle Umar Sadiq. Sadiq put on a career-best performance in his last outing, outpointing the tricky Welshman Kody Davies over 10 rounds. But that win doesn’t help the average boxing fan in understanding how this fight came about, and what makes the event even stranger is the fact 47-year-old Danny Williams fights on the undercard, against a debutant! Worth checking out on a rare Friday night for boxing.