By Ian Aldous: This Saturday night, two undefeated middleweights headline an MTK fight night live from the Brentwood Centre. Danny Dignum (12-0) fights in front of his home fans and defends his WBO European title against Belfast’s, Alfredo Meli (17-0-1). The fight also doubles as an eliminator for the British 160lbs championship.
Much is expected of amateur standout, Dignum. During his time in the unpaid code, he chalked up victories over current British super-middleweight champion, Lerrone Richards and former British super-middleweight champion, Zach Parker. The twenty-seven-year-old is already ranked as high as no.10 with the WBO.
Meli will be looking to upset the local fans and not only take the WBO European title from Dignum but also his World ranking. A win for either boxer gets them a step closer to the current WBO 160lbs king, Demetrius Andrade.
The measuring stick to pick a winner lies in common opponent, Conrad Cummings. Meli drew with the Northern Irishman back in 2015, whilst Dignum stopped him in the fifth round last year. The winner will almost certainly earn a big fight later this year.
Also featuring in competitive bouts on the undercard:
Sam Gilley (10-0) battles Curtis Felix Jnr. (10-1) for the vacant Southern Area welterweight title.
Shaquille Day (13-0) vs. Kaisee Benjamin (9-1-1).
You can watch all the action live in the U.S. on ESPN+ and worldwide on IFL TV.
In addition to Saturday’s show, MTK Global presents Rotunda Rumble III taking place at The Rotunda at Caesars Bluewaters, Dubai on Friday night.
On the card will be reigning WBC International super-flyweight titleholder Aliu Bamidele Lasisi, former world champion TJ Doheny, Irishmen Steve Collins Jr. and Dubai-based Rohan Date, Aussie star Cesar Mateo Tapia, promising Indian welterweight Faizan Anwar and many more.
The event is presented by D4G Promotions in association with MTK Global, and will be live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and worldwide on IFL TV.