By Jeff Aranow: Sam Sexton (24-3, 9 KOs) pounded out a dull 12 round unanimous decision victory last Friday night in beating the 6’7” Scottish fighter Gary Cornish (24-2, 12 KOs) to win the vacant BBBofC British heavyweight title at the Meadowbank Sports Centre, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (18-1, 14 KOs) is hoping to fight Gary Cornish (23-1, 12 KOs) for his next fight on October 7 on the undercard of the Ricky Burns v Kiryl Relikh card at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland. Whyte, 28, wanted to fight Sam Sexton for that card, but he’s not going to be available for the fight.
Cornish, 29, might not take the fight against Whyte though. If not, then Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn will need to try and dig up someone else. Cornish is not a great opponent, but you can’t blame Whyte wanting to fight him.
Whyte’s surgically repaired left shoulder doesn’t seem strong or even close to being strong since he came back from the surgery. Whyte has won his last two fights against poor opposition but he’s not using his left hand for much in his fights. He’s mostly throwing right hands and not looking very powerful.
By Real talk Ray: The undefeated heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (14-0, 14) crushed the Scottish Gary Cornish (22-1, 12) in the first round, in what seems to be another routine demolition job at the O2 Arena, in London earlier tonight. Joshua dropped the 28-year-old Cornish within the first 60 seconds, with the fight being stop and all over after 1:37 seconds of the first round.
By Scott Gilfoid: As I predicted, unbeaten heavyweight #2 WBC Anthony Joshua (14-0, 14 Kos) destroyed a badly over-matched Gary Cornish (21-1, 12 KOs) in the 1st round on Saturday night to capture the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title at the O2 Arena in London, England. Joshua knocked the stork-like Cornish down twice in the round.
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (15-0, 12 KOs) will be fighting American heavyweight Brian Minto (41-9, 26 KOs) tonight for the vacant WBC International Silver heavyweight title on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s fight against unbeaten Gary Cornish at the O2 Arena in London, England. Joshua surprised boxing fans at the final press conference when he told Whyte “You’re lucky to be fighting on my undercard.”
By Scott Gilfoid: On paper, the 6’7” Gary Cornish (21-0, 12 KOs) is little more than just the usual 3rd tier fodder opponent like the previous 13 other weak fodder opponents that British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) has padded his record with since he first turned pro in 2013 after winning a controversial gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics. But in the mind of former IBF/WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch, the 28-year-old Cornish will be a real test for the 6’6” Joshua.
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) weighed in at a career high of 249 pounds on Friday at his weigh-in for his bout this Saturday night against unbeaten Gary Cornish (21-0, 12 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK. For his part, the 6’7” Cornish also came in at a career high weight in weighing in at 256lbs.
By Gav Duthie: I have to give credit to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Promotions for creating an interesting show on Sept 12 involving Anthony Joshua 13-0 (13) and Dillian Whyte 15-0 (12) at the O2 arena in London. Joshua and Whyte are heavy favorites to win in separate bouts but are on a collision course to fight each other. Despite this there is an outside chance that Gary Cornish or Brian Minto could win their fights and spoil the party.
It is a risk from Matchroom to put Joshua in with a hungry contender and Whyte with a seasoned veteran but I feel it is the right decision. There must have been a temptation to go easy. In the press conference Whyte was at it with Joshua and their future fight is building itself. It didn’t really matter who they fought tomorrow but if either loses the Joshua-Whyte fight is over, can this actually happen?
By Scott Gilfoid: With a very real threat in Dillian Whyte (15-0, 12 KOs) looming down the road for December 12th, unbeaten #2 WBC Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) is trying not to think about that risky fight, and istead concentrate at the task at hand of facing unbeaten Gary Cornish (21-0, 12 KOs) this Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Whyte is fighting Brian Minto (41-9, 26 KOs) on the Joshua-Cornish undercard in a move to help draw interest in the Joshua-Whyte fight on December 12th. Joshua says he’s not going to overlook the 28-year-old Cornish because he doesn’t believe in looking ahead, but obviously that’s something that Joshua has been doing a lot of in talking about wanting to fight the winner of the Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko fight next year for the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles.
By Scott Gilfoid: Dillian Whyte (15-0, 12 KOs) will be battling Brian Minto, and Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) takes on Gary Cornish in heavyweight action this Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Whyte and Joshua will be meeting each other on December 12th if they win their respective fights on Saturday.
During Thursday’s final press conference, Whyte and Joshua jawed back and forth with one another about their upcoming December fight. Joshua doesn’t seem capable of taking Whyte seriously, as he sees him as little more than a speed bump that he doesn’t need to pay attention to or respect.