Real View intro: Hello ladies and gentlemen, this week was a lot more sedate in some regards with only one fight, but we also announced the next BBU PPV, taking place this Wednesday, with a whopping four title fights headlining an interesting undercard.
As ever we urge you to go look up the fights from this past week before reading these posts, we don't want you ruining the fights for yourself.
This week we will be focusing on the following stories: *Flyweight: Heidi Range vs Mimi Keene* *BBU JMDD title fight preview* *BBU bantamweight title fight preview* And *BBU lightweight title fight preview *
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Part 1: Heidi Range vs Mimi Keene This was a classic veteran looking to keep on the road with a much needed win, the opposite corner was a youngster wanting to use her new found fame through her show on Netflix to become a future champion, did Heidi or Mimi come out on top last night?
As the fight kicked off it was Mimi who flew out the gates like a cheetah, smashing back Heidi with beautifully crisp jabs, Heidi didn't have the mobility to stop Mimi hustling her around the ring, the first two rounds were for the most part one way traffic.
Heidi changed the script somewhat in the third round, getting more in closer to the youngster, trying to match her intensity by wrapping her up, Mimi needing to use her footwork to get out of trouble and get her rhythm again to finish the round off.
In the fourth Heidi tried it again but Mimi learned from her experience of the third, landing an cruel looking uppercut that took some of the wind out of her sails, another sending her down for a count of eight, while the Sugarbabes alumni tried to fight on, more punishing punches were landed and Mimi got the knockout victory with a right hook on the temple of Range to end the fight.
It looks like now the likes of Samia Ghadie and Roxanne Pallett are sniffing around a money fight with Mimi, maybe wanting to make a statement by beating one of the young guns coming for their spot, Mimi certainly seems to have found her mojo, the BBU is growing in young talent.
Part 2: BBU JMDD title fight preview The BBU PPV is this Wednesday and of our four amazing title fights on the card, the main event will see a clash between the former BBU JMDD champion Tamara Ecclestone and the as of last month newly crowned champion Hailey Clauson, who has certainly not went easily for her first title defence.
Tamara is a polarizing figure to say the least, you either respect her skills or you dislike the way she acts with her attitude, she certainly has been a winner in the ring, not many women can claim to have beaten Kate Upton three times in their career, she also arguably is a queen of mind games, riling up her rivals before fights, could that play a part against Hailey?
In the champions side of the equation, Hailey just defeated Kate Upton to win the title, she was ironically becoming the forgotten woman in some ways, winning fight after fight but no champion seemed to look her way, the question was always can she live under the pressure to win a title, now it will be can she retain the title she has worked so hard for.
Style wise they are similar, both like to slug it out on the inside, I'd argue Tamara is the better technique wise but Hailey is physically the better in fitness and strength, the referee will need to watch closely for Tamara's let's say "tricks" in the ring, whether it be with a low blow or roughing opponent's up with dirty boxing like rabbit punches.
If you are a betting person this is possibly too close to call, both have plenty of reasons why they might win, if you forced me to choose I would go Hailey, I think with the momentum behind her and her physical advantages I believe she has that she will wear down the older fighter, prove she is a deserving champion and move onto the next big test of her reign.
Part 3: BBU Bantamweight title fight preview Another interesting bout on the PPV will see Harumi Nemoto return to the BBU, she has been boxing in the FCBA the last year, now she wants to be the one to beat the seemingly unconquerable BBU bantamweight champion Sophia Thomalla, who goes into the fight with a record of twelve wins with zero losses.
Harumi will look to calm upon her JMD experience, close in on her mobile opponent, look to bully her around and maybe even throw in a few punches around the jugs of her opponent, throw off her game, she isn't the most mobile as she is more a power puncher.
While Sophia is a good technique fighter, I have said it before but for those who don't know, as a junior Sophia had kick boxing bouts, it has shown that she has a natural at fighting, showing a good mix of speed and power, great footwork and a sniper like accuracy when she gets her rhythm going.
Funnily enough if Sophia has shown a weakness, it is to inside power punchers, Maisie Smith ruffled a few of Sophia's feathers, if Harumi can wear done the champion then the upset is on, problem is I think Sophia is too quick for the challenger to shut her down, she is too flat footed to close that distance down, so I am going another win for the Queen of the bantamweight division, of course anything can happen and one punch could change the title over.
Final Part: BBU lightweight title fight preview Of all the fights on the card this maybe ironically should be seen as the bout of the night, yet possible won't be talked as much by fans as it should be, not often do you get a national champion in the BBU challenging for the BBU main title, the Italian lightweight champion Valentina Fradegrada wants to complete her rise to the top with a win over the BBU lightweight champion Holly Peers, the main thing is this should be a war.
Valentina is coming into the fight undefeated in six fights, she has mainly stuck to fighting her fellow Italians like Elisabetta Gregoraci, Frederica Nargi and Elisabetta Canalis, when you look at the talent there it has become a hard school to be the top of that field.
Meanwhile Holly has become a Cinderella story to some, she didn't exactly thrive early in her career, but has grew as a fighter over the past two years, defeating Miranda Kerr to win the title, she has made her first defence two months ago against Yasmin Verheijen with a solid win, whatever has clicked mentality has seen her win her last four fights.
Both are pressure fighters in two different methods, Valentina likes to press forwards with combos, Holly likes to come to the inside to land hooks and uppercuts, both have proven to be tough, so this may come down to experience, Holly has proven she can step out her comfort zone and fight opponent's from anywhere, arguably Valentina hasn't seen many styles in her career, so odds are that Holly should overcome Valentina, that is by a thin razors edge.
That's all we have time for folks, thank you so much for taking the time to read these posts, we hope you enjoyed them, we will be back next Sunday morning for the next edition of the Real View.