While there's nothing really notable on the undercard for Saturday's big heavyweight championship fight between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye, the undercard will air on Sky Box Office in the UK and other outlets. HBO and Germany's RTL are carrying just the main event, it appears. Here's a quick look at what's on the rest of the show.
Cruiserweights, 12 Rounds
Ola Afolabi (16-2-3, 7 KO) vs Terry Dunstan (24-3, 14 KO)
Afolabi, 31, is ranked No. 10 by the Bad Left Hook rankings and No. 8 by The Ring, so he's a legitimate fighter. He's also been a big part of Klitschko's training camp as he's a 6'3" black guy from England which makes him similar to Haye, I guess. In all honesty, Afolabi is an awkward guy who I could imagine having the ability to mimic fighters and being a very valuable sparring partner for that fight. Afolabi had a weird career trajectory before walloping Enzo Maccarinelli back in 2009, which garnered him a shot against WBO titlist Marco Huck nine months later, with Huck winning a close decision in Germany. Since then Afolabi's beaten a couple of mid-tier (being nice) guys and Dunstan will be another one of those. He is a former British and European cruiserweight champ, but Dunstan is also 42 years old now and has been in the pro game since 1992. I was ten years old when Terry Dunstan turned pro and people weren't yet totally sick of Mike Myers. It was a different world.
Bantamweights, 8 Rounds (Rematch)
Ashley Sexton (11-0-1, 5 KO) vs Mike Robinson (4-2-2, 0 KO)
These two had a terrific little action fight on April 30 with Sexton getting a 78-76 points win that he admitted he wasn't happy with. Ashley Sexton seems like he should be annoying -- he's a little cocky, wildly overconfident in his still extremely raw skills, and just probably isn't going to turn into a real contender. But he makes up for that by constantly fighting his ass off and being realistic about his own performances, and giving Robinson a rematch when he has no real need to do so says a lot about who he is as a fighter. I like him. He's got balls.
Also, Ashley Sexton was the guy who knocked out Usman Ahmed after that hilarious entrance that became a mini-viral video:
Also on the card: Undefeated Hungarian junior welterweight Gabor Veto (24-0, 18 KO) takes on James Kimori (15-5, 11 KO) ... Kronk junior middleweight Tony Harrison makes his pro debut against Uwe Tristchler (3-4-1, 1 KO) ... and UK middleweight Ryan Aston (1-0, 0 KO) is in action.
Missing are the usual Klitschko undercard mess regulars Johnathon Banks and Alexander Ustinov, which in Ustinov's case is definitely a good thing. Banks is actually fighting Julius Long in Flint, Michigan, that night.