Real View Intro: Hello ladies and gentlemen; I hope the past week has been great for you all. We finish the week off with our usual brand of wit (wit may not be included in the box). With last year us discussing the past twelve months in the BBU. We get our crystal ball out to see what we think the future of each division will be.
Of course we can't guess potential debuts. People like Bianca Atzei coming out of nowhere to be a top contender in just one year for example. We will do our best though to discuss what we feel about each division and where they could go, including fighters that need a big statement year.
Part 1: Year ahead in the.. flyweight division So we start off with the most packed division in the BBU for talent, (though bantamweight will probably argue that point!) With the future looking interesting for the division. What could the next twelve months hold?
First we have to talk about the decline of Michelle Keegan. Who has struggled the last two years to get a win. Can she regroup over the next twelve months to become somewhat the force that she once was? Well of course without being a fly on the wall it is hard to say. Of course gossip columns are saying that she isn't as dedicated to the sport now as she once was. If true then that is a massive shame as she is one of the greatest fighters the BBU has produced since it's formation.
On to title aspirations. Of course we have our proud champion Jorgie Porter. Someone who has clawed her way to the top over the past decade. Jorgie has shown her skills are still there with the added bonus now of experience. Making her a real hard to beat fighter. It will take something to beat her.
But in such a packed division, there are plenty who could very well be the one to rip the belt off her. Starting with the up and coming class of fighters. It's remarkable to think Bianca Atzei has only had one full year now in the BBU, yet the Italian beauty has went into the sport with all the drive of any rookie in the history of the organisation. She has proven to be tough as they come. As we have said though that might prove a disadvantage as she tends to lead head first in fights and takes damage to win bouts.
We also have women from Australia who are coming up the rankings. The two Herbert twins could make their presence known in the division. You will hear me talk more about then in the bantamweight part of the show but both can fight at either weight. Along with the Perkins twins.
Then there is the roster of former champions still going strong. From Holly Hagan of course wanting her title back. To the Spanish slugger Ivana Baquero. The skillful Diana Korkunova and the Polish phenomenon Ewelina Lisowska. All of them have held the title over the past two years. None have wilted away.
We should also mention when talking Michelle Keegan. We dubbed a few years ago that her, Cheryl Cole, Samia Ghadie and Jenna Louise Coleman were the dynasty four. The four flyweights that the BBU built as the pillars of the organisation. In 2023 what do they still have in the tank to be elite fighters and has the torch already been taken off all four by the new breed that were inspired to be them or to beat them?
Part 2: Year ahead in the.. bantamweight division We can only start by first praising the undefeated bantamweight champion Sophia Thomalla. Who has torn into the division like a kid at a wrapped gift on Christmas day. She has shown a multitude of ways to beat opponents. Ranging from knockout power to skillful boxing. Is 2023 the year when the code to defeating Thomalla is cracked?
Well we still have plenty of challengers who will hope to find out if they are the one. Starting with maybe a champion versus champion superfight. The ACB bantamweight champion Elisha Herbert is still only 23 years old. Has a good solid boxing technique, has proven her toughness and holds a record of 8-3 (8KOs), of course that doesn't look anything special on paper. But she has beaten the likes of Lily Collins, Una Healy and defeated Olympia Valance to get the title.
If not Elisha then how about a former challenger? While Maisie Smith has lost another fight since losing to Sophia. She is still looking strong when she fights. Not letting her first ever loss get her too far down. With raw power to match anyone in the division. It'll be a question of can she return back into the title fray.
If not her then maybe someone starting there journey off in impressive style, Polish fighter Paula Turnala has looked impressive in her early career. Maybe later in the year she will be ready for a title shot if she can keep improving at the rate she is and hold onto her unbeaten record.
Beyond the title we also have to watch what people like Charlotte Church do, in fact this could be a big year for the Lioness Club concerning their bantamweight fighters! With Charlotte losing both her titles last year. She hasn't fought since dropping the JMD title. While Doda seems interested in being a manager for her fellow Polish fighters. Then there is Lottie Moss. Is this the year where she finally becomes the stables ace in this division? She has all the tools. It's just been a question of if she can use them all to win the major fights that come her way.
Part 3: Year ahead in the.. lightweight division We finished 2022 with Holly Peers on top of the division. Shocking the world by beating Miranda Kerr to take the title. She has proven that upset tag needs taken off as she is the real deal. What will this year hold for the English rose?
The lightweight division is arguably the quickest growing division when you see the new fighters coming into it. Will the likes of AJ Odudu, Shannon Singh, Alessia Uva and Ivana Knoll get more action this year in a packed for bodies now division. With the old guard surely looking backwards wondering if the new blood will take their positions.
Some of the older guard like Miranda Kerr arguably need a massive year to reaffirm there status as the top of the mountain to over come fighters. Add the likes of Hayley Atwell and Elisabetta Gregoraci to that list of fighters needing to build momentum.
On the title challenger front. Well there's two super fights on paper for Holly title wise. The bigger name in ACB lightweight champion Holly Valance could be a money maker with an arguably easier opponent. While the FCBA lightweight champion Lily James is undefeated in nineteen fights total. Including two fights in the BBU.
While of course on our home front there is the likes of Tamara Ecclestone could throw her name in the hat for a linear title shot after her JMDD run. We already know that the BBU Italian lightweight champion Valentina Fradegrada is the next in line. So we might start of 2023 with a big bang.
Part 4: Year ahead in the.. Welterweight division The Welterweight division is arguably the one in need of an injection of new blood. With some of the older fighters let's say getting closer to retirement then their primes. As has been shown before in the division by the likes of Bethany Lily April coming in and winning the JMDD title in only a few months. A solid prospect could run riot in the division if guided smartly.
At the top of the mountain sits Josephine Skriver. Who was potential realised for many with his strong physique and boxing skills. Finishing last year off with a defence of the title against Mathilde Gohler in a nation grudge fight. She has already defeated the ACB Welterweight champion Jesinta Campbell. Could she try to get a shot at the FCBA champion?
Well the biggest threat to her reign comes from the BBU in our eyes. That being the undisputed JMDD champion Hailey Clauson. The barrier at the moment concerning that bout is that Hailey is currently in America trying to win the Diamond Boxing Tournament. So a fight right now seems remote, if Hailey wins that tournament then she'd surely have the pick of world champions to challenge with her impressive record over the last two years making her arguably the best Welterweight in the world right now!
So it will be interesting to see who challenges the champion now. There is possible Nicola Mimnagh as a challenger after her little run at the end of last year. While maybe Bethany Lily April puts herself forwards for a title shot. This year I think will be more of a dog fight for potential challengers to prove they deserve to be in the title fights going forwards.
That's all we have time for folks, thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to read these posts. I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, we will be back next Sunday morning with the next edition of the Real View!