European Heavyweight Champion Agit Kabayel, Million to One Wild Card
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
With June 1, 2019, looming on the horizon, and no challenger for World Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua yet in sight now that Jarrell Miller has been denied a boxing license for testing positive for illegal substances, the shortlist has grown shorter as Luis Ortiz has removed his name from consideration.
Anthony Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn might be looking at fighting a dark horse, an unbeaten heavyweight wild card named Agit Kabayel, 19-0 with 13 knockouts, Bochum, Germany, the current defending EBU European Heavyweight champion. Kabayel would be a million to one shot to defeat Joshua, because he is relatively unknown.
Kabayel turned pro in June 2011 with a fourth-round stoppage of Yeton Abdullah. All but one of his fights have been in Germany. He has won five consecutive European title bouts, included a November 2017 12 round majority decision win over Dereck Chisora in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
l, an unbeaten yet unknown heavyweight, is, like many of today’s heavyweights, an unknown wild card. Kabayel could be trouble for Joshua, 22-0 with 21 knockouts, Watford, United Kingdom. Andy Ruiz Jr. and Dillian Whyte are still in the running to fight Joshua. Kabayel might have the best chance because he is lightly regarded.
However, records can be deceiving in boxing. Just because he has not fought all of the top flight opposition does not mean Kabayel, a top flight heavyweight, cannot ruin Joshua’s night. Kabayel is dangerous, is considered a worldwide top 20 heavyweight. Kabayel is 6’3” and fighting between 233 and 235 pounds, and is highly underestimated in ability. What would prove interesting is if Kabayel gets offered the opportunity to fight Anthony Joshua, and if he then accepts it. Time is running short for promoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing to salvage the Garden card. An American opponent such as Andy Ruiz Jr. or Mike Hunter may not be in the cards. If hungry Kabayel gets the chance to fight Joshua, forget the big payday. the odds say the bout will end in a knockout one way or the other.
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