The old saying goes “good things come to those who wait”, in which case Kenny Anderson is due something very special on October 20th.
The Scotsman has been the mandatory challenger for George Grove’s British super middleweight title for the best part of a year with the bout having gone to purse bids twice. Each time the fight has been scheduled, Groves has withdrawn through injury at short notice. As a result the British Boxing Board of Control stripped Groves of the belt to allow “The Widowmaker” to challenge Robin Reid for the vacant title on the Kell Brook v. Hector Saldivia undercard.
The 29-year-old has professional record of 17-1(12 KO’s) with the only defeat of his career coming against the aforementioned Groves. The Englishman climbed off the canvas that night to stop Anderson in the 6th round. What the Edinburgh native lacks in technique, style and finesse he makes up for in power. Reid must be tight defensively as Anderson has openly expressed his frustration over the delays which have denied him his shot at the title till now and he will be looking to take out that frustration on his opponent.
At the same time Anderson will need to be cautious of his rival’s power as he can be slack defensively at times which has resulted in him being floored in the past but that adds to his appeal; he is a drop or be dropped fighter.
Former WBC champion Reid will be looking to claim the Lonsdale belt for the first time in his career. The 41-year-old returned to the ring last year after over three years in retirement. The “Grim Reaper” is now a shadow of the man who stepped in the ring with (Thulani) Malinga, (Joe) Calzaghe and (Sven) Ottke, yet he still possesses enough ring savvy to cause the Scotsman problems if anything other than the best Kenny Anderson steps into the ring. Unfortunately for Reid “The Widowmaker” is likely to be in top shape and looking to make a statement.
The chief support to Brook v Saldivia will see European bantamweight champ Jamie McDonnell making a step up in opposition as he faces Vusi Malinga in an IBF title eliminator. The 26-year-old is on an 11 fight winning streak stretching back four and half years. The Doncaster man is tidy a boxer who does everything well but nothing spectacularly will be looking to establish himself amongst the best in the world at 118lbs.
South African Malinga was last in action against Leo Santa Cruz with the vacant IBF bantamweight strap on the line. The 32-year-old was simply unable to cope with the shear volume of punches thrown by the younger man and as a result lost by a wide unanimous points decision. Malinga may have always fallen short at the highest level but will still prove to be a good gauge of how good McDonnell is. This fight has the potential to steal the show with what could be a close, all action bout. Expect to see McDonnell pick up a close but unanimous decision.
The card also features a number of Matchroom Sport’s young prospects as they continue to learn their craft including; Kal Yafai vs. Scott Gladwin, Scott Carle vs. Karim Aliliche and Martin J. Ward vs. Ibar Riyaz.