A literally huge heavyweight showdown headlines Frank Warren’s fight card at the iconic Royal Albert Hall on March 8th as the highly touted Daniel Dubois fights his 10th professional bout against veteran Razvan Cojanu.

Also in the fight card is Anthony Yarde defending his WBO intercontinental light heavyweight title against Travis Reese. Then there is also the British Middleweight title bout between Liam Williams and Joe Mullender plus Johnny Garton making the first defense of his British Welterweight title against Welshman Chris Jenkins.

“Fighting" Daniel Dubois vs Razvan Cojanu

The 21-year old Dubois has an impressive record of 9-0 with 8 knockouts. Although untested, he is considered one of the top prospects in the heavyweight division. The Greenwich, London native stands 6-4 ¼ and has a reach of 78 inches while fighting out of the orthodox stance. This early in his career, Dubois has already won the WBC Youth Heavyweight title and British Heavyweight title.

Romanian Razvan Cojanu enters this bout with a 16-5 record with 9 knockouts to his credit. The 31 year old orthodox fighter is 6-8 tall and has a reach of 81 inches. As an amateur, Cojanu represented Romania in the European Boxing Championships where he won a bronze medal. As a pro, he’s challenged for the heavyweight title once, losing to Joseph Parker via decision.

Daniel Dubois vs Razvan Cojanu Odds

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Given his size, I project Cojanu to enter this fight weighing probably 20 pounds more than Dubois but I don’t think that Cojanu will be much of a threat for Dubois because while his size will help him absorb the power of Dubois early in the fight, he’s too slow, too passive and has limited skills. Dubois has only fought nine times as a pro but remember in his last bout, he outpointed former WBO title challenger Kevin Johnson over 10 rounds to prove that he can box if needed.

Cojanu went 12 rounds with Joseph Parker but lasted just two against Luis Ortiz. Maybe Cojanu’s size is going to make him stay in this fight longer, it’s not going to help him win. On the other hand, if this fight goes the distance, Dubois is good enough to box his way to victory. But knowing Dubois, he won’t settle for anything other than a knockout.

Cojanu looks tailor-made for Daniel Dubois’ style and he may be a set-up to make Dubois look good in his next fight ,whatever his promoters are planning. Cojanu looks durable and his size should be able to carry him in the fight, perhaps to a decision. This is going to be a one-sided fight should this go the distance.

I’m picking Daniel Dubois to beat Razvan Cojanu via stoppage.

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“Fighting" Anthony Yarde vs Travis Reeves

Anthony Yarde is the favorite in this fight and without question because the British banger is one of the top prospects in the light heavyweight division. Yarde is unbeaten in 17 bouts and has a 94% knockout rate. Although he has yet to fight top flight competition, his opponent hasn’t either.

Travis Reeves has fought 22 times but the only familiar name in his resume is Karo Murat, the German who briefly held the IBF light heavyweight title and who is the current IBO light heavyweight champion. Reeves fought Murat to the final round but eventually lost by TKO. In all, Reeves has lost three bouts and two of them have been by knockout so that has to be a concern for him going up against a heavy hitter like Yarde.

Anthony Yarde vs Travis Reeves Odds

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Based on what I’ve seen, I think Yarde has better boxing fundamentals between these two so while I think that Reeves will hesitate in going toe to toe with Yarde, his best chance to beat him is to knock him out hence I see Reeves fighting fire with fire here. That said, Reeves doesn’t have the offense and power to match Yarde. Yarde should hurt him after a game couple of rounds and I’m looking at a mid-fight stoppage in favor of the unbeaten Brit here.

I’m picking Anthony Yarde to knock out Travis Reeves in the middle rounds.

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“Fighting" Liam Williams vs Joel Mullender

Joe Mullender is giving up plenty here in terms of ability and fight IQ. He is nowhere the skill level of a Liam Williams and should be easily outboxed if the two decide to do so. But remember that Joe won the British title on sheer heart and determination. What he lacks in ability, he makes up with his big, fighting heart.

But I think it would take more than heart and even hometown advantage to beat Liam Williams. Williams was the first man to beat Gary Corcoran in 2016. And although he lost twice to rival Liam Smith, Williams was ahead on points when the first bout was stopped and appeared to have won the rematch when the judges gave Smith the decision.

Liam Williams vs Joel Mullender Odds

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Winning the British title has given Williams momentum and I think that will carry that to this fight. I expect Liam Williams to feel out Mullender early in the fight. On the other hand, Mullender will try to press the issue and take the fight to Williams but the latter is too good and even perhaps too strong for him.

I’m picking Liam Williams to win by decision or late stoppage.

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“Fighting" Johnny Garton vs Chris Jenkins

Garton is always busy, aggressive and tough and has better inside work between the two. If Garton places his inside punches well, he’s going to slow down Jenkins and probably knock him out. Garton has said that he won’t just march forward against Jenkins but will try to outbox him as well. That will be interesting to see in this fight.

Johnny Garton vs Chris Jenkins Odds

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An interesting fact here is that both fighters get easily cut so that could be a factor as well. Two of Jenkins last three bouts have ended in a technical decision due to cuts. He salvaged a draw in one bout but lost the other. But whether Jenkins gets cut or not, I’m giving the edge to Garton because of his experience and his steady inside work.

I’m picking Johnny Garton to beat Chris Jenkins via decision.

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