Four of West Midlands top fighters will be returning to the squared circle Live on Channel 5 on the 22nd May 2021. Hennessy sports promotions will be having their first show of the year as boxing fans are allowed back into venues with social distancing rules in place. The venue for this show is the Skydome Coventry with sources telling me that ‘The Savage' Sam Eggington will be headlining and Midlands area Welterweight champ Kaisee Benjamin will be chief support. Also scheduled to fight on the show according to Boxrec are two of the Bbcolumn’s favorite fighters former British Light Heavyweight Champ Shakan Pitters and Coventry’s own and current Midlands area Middleweight champ River Wilson-Bent. I have also been informed that Birmingham's Journeyman slayer' Idris Virgo will be fighting on the show.
With the likes of Isaac Chamberlain, Michael Hennessy jr, Stephen McKenna, Alex Dimaghani, Tommy Welch and Brett McGinty also expected on the bill this is looking like a fantastic show. I have also heard rumors' that Hennessy’s hot prospect Brett McGinty (1-0) will be taking on Cogans Corner tough journeyman Josh Hodgins (0-2). Hodgins will be looking to put on a better display than he did last time out as he was stopped with a body shot in the first round.
This is set to be a fantastic show and it will be great to see fans back at venues in the Midlands. Hopefully, the Column can be there to report firsthand on the show, but if not I will be cheering on our West Midlands fighters from the comfort of my home. There are no opponents named for any of the fighters yet but you know the likes of Sam Eggington, Shakan Pitters and Kaisee Benjamin will be up against top opponents. I’m sure Matchmaker Jon Pegg will match newly crowned champ River Wilson-Bent with a worthy opponent in his home town but in my opinion ‘The Body Breaker' Idris Virgo should step up and prove that he is the 'one and only' and not the ‘one and phony’ as River called him in a recent interview.
Idris has stated that River has nothing he wants and the Midlands title does not carry any weight. But if you look at the massive points gap between Idris and River you would have to disagree. River is currently ranked 18th in Britain in the Middleweight division with 1094 points on Boxrec and has fought only 8 times while Idris is ranked 38th in Britain in the super Middleweight division with only 24 points on Boxrec after 10 fights. On paper, this is a no-contest but Virgo who has all the self-belief in the world which you do have to admire thinks he will be one of the greats, and beating the likes of River Wilson-Bent would get him there much quicker than beating another 5 journeymen. I can’t see this fight happening even if it would be an easy one to make but I live in hope.