Archie Sharp vs. Alexis Boureima Kabore Junior
Lightweight Battle This Friday On ESPN+
British junior lightweight contender Archie “Sharpshooter”
Sharp has designs on a world title shot, but he must keep
his unbeaten record intact. Sharp, ranked No. 2 by the WBO,
will defend his WBO Global belt in a 10-rounder this Friday,
Oct. 29 at London’s York Hall against Alexis Boureima Kabore.
In the 10-round co-feature, Kazakh prodigy Tursynbay
Kulakhmet will defend his WBC International 154-pound belt
versus Dominican veteran Juan Carlos Abreu.
Sharp-Kabore and Kulakhmet-Abreu will top a bill streaming
live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+ at 2 p.m.
ET/11 a.m. PT.
Sharp (20-0, 9 KOs) is a former WBO European belt-holder who
fought on an ESPN+-streamed Michael Conlan/Carl Frampton
doubleheader in August 2020, edging Jeff Ofori by a single
point. He made his 2021 debut on July 10 and survived a pair
of cuts to top Mexican upstart Diego Andrade Chavez via
unanimous decision. Kabore (28-4, 7 KOs), from Burkina Faso,
has fought the majority of his bouts in his home nation and
is making his European debut against Sharp. He is a former
African Union and WBC International champion at 122 pounds.
Kulakhmet (4-0, 3 KOs), a former amateur standout, won the
WBC International belt in his second pro fight with a
dominant decision over Macaulay McGowan. He defends that
belt in his toughest test to date in Abreu (23-6-1, 21 KOs),
a 10-year pro who has fought the likes of former world
champion Humberto Soto, Jamal James, Jesus Soto Karass,
Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, Alexander Besputin and
Jaron “Boots” Ennis.
In other streaming action on ESPN+:
Junior middleweight prospect Jordan Reynolds (2-0) looks to
make it three for three against Italy’s Rodolfo Paterno
(2-4-2, 1 KO) in a six-rounder.
Shiloh Defreitas, a Jamaican-born fighter who now resides in
England, will make his pro debut in a six-round junior
welterweight tilt against 123-fight veteran Fonz Alexander.
Former Southern Area welterweight champion Sam Gilley (11-1,
5 KOs) hopes to rebound from his first career loss against
Daniel Lartey (14-5-1, 12 KOs) in a six-rounder at junior
Dublin-born junior welterweight Pierce O’Leary (7-0, 3 KOs)
will aim for his third KO in four fights against Siar Ozgul
(15-6, 3 KOs) in an eight-rounder.