Sherdog’s Weekend Boxing Preview

By: Mike Sloan
Mar 6, 2020

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WHAT: Adam Kownacki vs. Robert Helenius
WHEN: March 7
WHERE: Brooklyn, New York
HOW TO WATCH: Fox, 8 p.m. ET
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Kownacki (20-0, 15 KOs) has established himself as one of the most promising young contenders in the heavyweight division. After the usual first few years of feasting on hopelessly overmatched opposition, “Babyface” has taken a few huge steps in his still-blossoming career. Kownacki has toppled a solid trio in Chris Arreola, Gerald Washington and Charles Martin, all of whom have either captured a world title or challenged for one. The Brooklyn, New York-based Pole will fight Helenius (29-3, 18 KOs), a solid Finn who should not pose too much of a problem. Helenius was knocked out by Washington in 2019, and most expect Kownacki to do the same. This is basically a showcase fight for Kownacki in what amounts to a WBA title eliminator.

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WHAT: Scott Quigg vs. Jono Carroll
WHEN: March 7
WHERE: Manchester, England
HOW TO WATCH: Dazn, 2 p.m. ET
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Quigg (35-2-2, 26 KOs), a former WBA super bantamweight champion, looks to continue his rise through the featherweight ranks against Carroll. Quigg fell short in his bid for the WBO 126-pound strap against Oscar Valdez two years ago and has only fought one since. Quigg and Carroll (17-1-1, 3 KOs) were supposed to lock horns in November, but the former withdrew due to injury. Quigg enters as the favorite, as he has taken much better competition, and Carroll, a former world title challenger in his own right, just does not pack much of a punch.

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WHAT: Danny Dignum vs. Alfredo Meli
WHEN: March 7
WHERE: Brentwood, England
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: This matchup features two promising contenders looking to climb the middleweight ladder. Dignum (12-0, 6 KOs) in front of his hometown friends and fans will fight Melo (17-0-1, 5 KOs) in what appears to be a tossup. Neither man has taken on a world-class opponent yet, so this is the perfect showdown between two undefeated prospects trying to make names for themselves.
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