Wednesday, June 10, 2009

British Scene Preview: Ajose Olusegun vs Nigel Wright

Matt Chudley previews this Friday night's Sky Sports show featuring the rematch between Ajose Olusegun and Nigel Wright.

In their previous meeting 14 months ago, Olusegun successfully defended his 140 pound Commonwealth title for the first time. On this occasion, the vacant British crown will also be at stake.

Check out our recap of the show: Weekend Recap

Friday June 12

Ajose Olusegun vs Nigel Wright

By Matt Chudley

Following the pullout of Motherwell's oft-injured Barry Morrison, this Friday’s Sky Sports card is headlined by a not so appealing rematch between Ajose Olusegun and Nigel Wright.

Despite an unbeaten record, the talented Olusegun has found himself treading water during the past few years of his career. Hampered by his slick but not always entertaining style and resultant lack of a following, he poses an unattractive proposition in terms of risk/reward for many a top 140lber.

Hailing from Nigeria originally, the 29 year old fighter’s options have also been limited by not being able to compete for the British and European titles. Now, having recently received British citizenship through residency, he finds himself able to take the traditional British career path by fighting for the Lonsdale belt. Should he be successful, a high rating from the European Boxing Union will follow.

In their first meeting, Wright enjoyed the backing of his hometown crown, and surprised Olusegun early with a fired up effort, before eventually being outclassed. Considering Wright will be hard pressed to repeat that performance, while Olusegun wasn’t at his best that night, it's very difficult to see the County Durham fighter reversing that result.

Also 29 years old, this will be Wright’s second chance to claim the British title. He fell short in his previous attempt, dropping a 12 round decision to Lenny Daws for the vacant belt three years ago.

On the under-card…

17-0 Polish light-middleweight prospect Grzegorz Proska takes on former British title challenger Jamie Coyle, while featherweight Paul Truscott, in his first bout since losing his Commonwealth title to John Simpson, takes on 20-12 Russian Andrey Kostin.

Also on the under-card is the highly anticipated pro-debut of Belfast's Carl Frampton, who goes against 0-1 Hungarian Sandor Szinavel over 4 rounds. The highly touted 22 year old turns pro under the management of Hall of Famer and fellow Ulsterman Barry McGuigan, who has labeled his charge as a future World Champion.

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