Who will win Hearn vs Warren boxing extravaganza? We predict the victors of all 5 make or break fights

-Credit: (Image: Matchroom Boxing via Getty Image)
-Credit: (Image: Matchroom Boxing via Getty Image)


Boxing is booming right now, and the spectacular action is set to continue with a mouth-watering night of bouts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.

As part of their new link-up with Saudi adviser and chairman of the General Entertainment Authority Turki Al-Sheikh, big-time boxing promoters Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing and Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions have selected five fighters from their respective stables to go to war with each other on what promises to be an explosive night of boxing in the Middle East.

From domestic tear grudge matches, a featherweight world championship fight and two heavyweight dust-ups, the stellar bill is likely to have fans both in Riyadh and watching at home on television on the edge of their seats as the two promoters battle it out for the bragging rights. Extra points are available for a win by knockout, while either side's selected team captain can also acquire additional points through a victory of their own.

Record Sport's two boxing nuts sat down to give their predictions ahead of an unprecedented night in the history of the sport.

Nick Ball v Raymond Ford (WBA featherweight world title)

ANTHONY EVANS: Reigning champion Ford is a rising star, but I give the edge to hard-hitting Scouser Ball, who was robbed of a world title of his own back in March. Winner - Ball

GRAEME YOUNG: Ford looked incredible down the stretch against Otabek Kholmatov and he will be too hot for Ball to handle . Winner – Ford

Willy Hutchinson v Craig Richards (light-heavyweight contest)

Hutchinson (left) steps up the levels against Richard (right) in Riyadh -Credit:Getty Images
Hutchinson (left) steps up the levels against Richard (right) in Riyadh -Credit:Getty Images

ANTHONY EVANS: He may be younger, but Scottish boxer Hutchinson is stepping up to a level he hasn't fought at before against former world title challenger Richards. Winner - Richards

GRAEME YOUNG: Craig Richards is a fighter who can rise to the occasion or his level sinks if the pressure is off. But – under the Saudi lights – expect him to deliver the goods. Winner - Richards

Hamza Sheeraz v Ammo Williams (middleweight contest)

ANTHONY EVANS: This is a real pick em fight. Both are relatively untested on the big stage but I reckon Sheeraz's knockout power could make all the difference. Winner - Sheeraz

GRAEME YOUNG: Sheeraz might be the best British prospect in recent years and he will make easy work of Ammo Williams. Warren's captain will deliver the extra points. Winner - Sheeraz

Daniel Dubois v Filip Hrgovic (heavyweight contest)

ANTHONY EVANS: Both men possess dynamite in their fists, so this is unlikely to go the distance. Dubois showed grit to get by Jarrell Miller last December but could be found out here. Winner - Hrgovic

GRAEME YOUNG: A quick disclaimer, deep down I see Hrgovic winning but there's something about Dubois' rousing win over Big Baby that has me believing. Stories of Hrgovic's brilliance are often not backed up in the squared circle. Winner - Dubois

Zhilei Zhang v Deontay Wilder (heavyweight contest)

It could be all over in the boxing ring for Zhang (left) or Wilder (right) with a defeat on Saturday -Credit:Getty Images
It could be all over in the boxing ring for Zhang (left) or Wilder (right) with a defeat on Saturday -Credit:Getty Images

ANTHONY EVANS: With the punching power on show, it could be a case of whoever lands first. Both men tire after six rounds so will be looking to get the job done early. Winner - Zhang

GRAEME YOUNG: The type of fun fight fans would never have witnessed two years ago without a belt on the line. Zhang, whisper it, might be heavier handed than the most legendary puncher of his era at this point, however, The Bronze Bomber vs Anthony Joshua needs to happen and a win for Wilder sets that up. Winner - Wilder