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December 12th, The Wait Is Almost Over

One day, two huge fighting events, It’s almost time.

Words: Jack Everitt, Subeditor: Ena Bilobrk

Joshua – Whyte

Top of the bill on the O2 show ‘Bad Intentions’ is the heavyweight domestic rivalry we’ve all been waiting for. The Olympic golden boy Anthony Joshua faces boxings bad boy Dillian Whyte. Joshua has yet to be tested in the pro ranks and Whyte is expected to give him his toughest test to date.

The war of words began a long time ago, these two do not like each other. When two men of their sizes collide, someone has to fall. It would still be considered a big shock for Dillian Whyte to come out on top. But a win in the amateurs against Joshua will give him plenty of confidence going into this fight.

Eubank Jnr – Spike O’Sullivan

The chief support on the O2 bill has the potential to overshadow the main event. Another huge grudge match that has been brewing for years. With two exciting, big hitting middleweights, this fight cannot fail to live up to expectations. If you thought Chris Eubank was an exciting fighter, Junior could go on to eclipse his father.

A strong, confident young fighter with an excellent chin, is aiming straight for the top. O’Sullivan is not to be overlooked though. The Irishman has become a knockout specialist in his previous fights and has shown he is not afraid to travel, with several wins coming in America.

An interesting side plot to this fight is the involvement of the Collins family in O’Sullivan’s corner. Many will remember the fights between Eubank Senior and Steve Collins. Gary O’Sullivan is trained by Pascal Collins (son of Steve Collins), the camp says they have the blueprint to defeat the Eubanks. All that’s left to say is that this fight will be explosive. This fight is VOL sports fight of the night.

McGregor – Aldo

A packed three days of UFC in Vegas culminates in the fight the whole world has been waiting for. The outspoken Irishman Conor McGregor takes on UFC pound for pound king Jose Aldo. McGregor’s rise has been unprecedented, he has the support of a nation and so far has backed up his bold claims.

But Jose Aldo is a completely different animal. The super champion from Brazil has dominated the featherweight division for over 10 years and it is hard to see anyone stopping him. Aldo’s advancing years may play a role in the outcome of this fight as well as inactivity, he has been out of the octagon for almost a year, having pulled out of the scheduled July fight due to injury.

Fight week is certain to contain many more memorable McGregor moments. Can he continue to deliver on his promises? or will the trash talk catch up with him? For UK viewers you’ll need to have plenty of energy drink, as the main event is not expected into the octagon until 5 am.

Stay tuned for the next episode of the ‘Have you heard’ radio show, where there will be an extended look at all the fights taking place on December 12th.