There is a big card of boxing in the UK in the finale edition of the Eddie Hearn Fight Camp on Saturday in England. It hasn’t been a financial success for DAZN and Eddie Hearn, but I give them credit for putting this production on. Boxing is a sport that needs fans at fights to make money, though. Selling big time PPV’s doesn’t work as well with no fans present.
Tickets are not cheap and promoters get plenty of people that will pay the high price tag to go watch a fight card in-person. Even some of the mid-tier cards are not on the cheap side. In other words, boxing will benefit greatly when fans are allowed back into stadiums.
Promoters aren’t going to run out elite fights during the pandemic either. They’ll save it for when fans are allowed back. Having said that, there are a couple of good looking fights today that are a must-watch for any boxing fan. I’m probably most excited for this bout between Chris Kongo and Luther Clay. This fight has been a long time coming, and finally Kongo and Clay will dance on Saturday.
For Kongo, any fight has been a long time coming because he’s been looking forward to a fight since beating Fernando Valencia on April 20, 2019. Kongo outscored Valencia in that welterweight contest for an easy win. He’s handled 11 welterweights in his career for several textbook victories. Kongo is a perfect 11-0 going into Saturday against Luther Clay.
Clay currently is in possession of the WBO global title belt, but Kongo is a worthy challenger. Clay enters Saturday with a record of 13-1 after a unanimous decision win on December 12, 2019 against Freddy Kitwitt. Give him credit for accepting this match against Kongo, because no one has wanted to face him for several months. This goes back pre-pandemic as well. Head below for our free Chris Kongo vs. Luther Clay pick for August 22, 2020.
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Chris Kongo vs. Luther Clay Prediction:
The fact that Chris Kongo hasn’t fought since last April isn’t his problem. It’s important to note that no one has wanted to fight him. A WBO global welterweight title holder running away from Kongo would not look good, so Clay couldn’t run away from the challenger in this one.
In any case, while no one has wanted to dance with Kongo, this will be the most difficult fight for him. Kongo must beat Clay here if he wants an opportunity at bigger names on the 147-pound circuit. There is no way around that.
This is going to be the best opponent that Kongo has faced in his career. His previous best win might have been against Serge Ambomo at the O2 Arena in 2018. Otherwise, no one has wanted to fight against Kongo.
While Kongo hasn’t been able to add an impressive victim to his resume thus far, the fashion in which he’s defeated the opposition has been impressive. Note that Kongo has KO’d more than half of his opponents with a KO rate of 54.44%. He’s needed just 34 rounds across 11 fights in his career.
Clay has the experience on Kongo, and has won eight straight fights since losing in 2017 against Vazir Tamoyan. In his most recent outings, Clay beat Dario Morello by UD in 10 rounds, and the same against Freddy Kiwitt in December. Both fighters have impressive records of 15-1 and 17-3, but when you dig in a bit deeper to see who they’ve fought, it makes perfect sense why they have such a good record.
Kongo hasn’t beaten any notable names yet, but that’s likely to change soon. He has the talent to beat Clay and more reputable boxers in the future. This should be an entertaining fight, with Kongo outlasting Clay late. If Clay is just going to depend on Kongo being rusty, then this probably doesn’t make it to a decision.