CW88 is the biggest Cage Warriors card of the year. However, before the leading World Title bouts and main-card fights between some of Europe’s finest athletes, there’s a stacked undercard filled with the hottest talent on the circuit.
Some of these names have been involved in some of the best undercard fights of the last few years, and some could be waiting to explode into International stardom with a win on October 28th. Here are 5 ones to watch on the night.
Josh McManus made his Cage Warriors debut in June and made it count. In just one round, McManus was able to pick his opponent apart with strikes and force the submission in front of a Cage Warriors crowd who instantly took note of the Welterweight’s potential. Now, with just a week and a half to go before he fights again at CW88, we can’t wait to see if he can impress us again with a similar performance. Re-watch the fight below.
Coming up against McManus is Mick Stanton, who fights in his home city at CW88. Stanton is a renowned striker who has never lost in Liverpool, so comes into this bout as the fan favourite. As many of our Liverpudlian fighters have stated, it’s going to take something special to come to their territory and steal a victory away from them. Stanton is looking to making an impression after his first pro career loss due to TKO by injury, and vows to “put this kid away inside two rounds.” We can’t wait.
Not one of Jack Grant’s victories have gone the distance. His 12 wins are split between 6 submissions and 6 KO/TKOs, so it’s safe to say that you should tune in to his CW88 bout against Perry Goodwin if you’re a fan of finishes. Grant has already picked up 3 wins in 2017, so it will close off his year in truly impressive fashion if his hand gets raised in Liverpool. This is one not to sleep on – don’t miss it.
Elliott Jenkins comes as a late addition to our CW88 card after he stepped in for teammate Adam Ventre, who suffered an injury this month. Jenkins’ last fight didn’t leave the first round, so this is another fight we’ll be giving our full attention. His last performance at the Cage Warriors Academy saw him take his opponent down, sink in an arm triangle and then expertly take his back to finish off the job with over two minutes left on the clock. Jenkins looked slick, but he has a tough fight ahead of him against a more experienced opponent in Mahmod Faour. Whatever happens, Jenkins will have a home city crowd behind him.
It’s England vs Scotland when Sam Spencer takes on Paul McBain at CW88. Spencer makes his Cage Warriors debut after a successful run of impressive performances over the last three years, and looks to put the division on notice with another victory over the undefeated McBain. His dominant TKO win over Dylan Sheehan in April got our attention, and we’re excited to see whether he can further his streak in the Cage Warriors octagon. It should be an awesome fight, and we’ve no doubt these guys will bring their countrymen with them as they take to our main card.
To add to this list, we’re pleased to announce a number of new amateur bouts for the night, including appearances by promising prospects Adam Cullen and JJ Jones.
New and updated card below.
CAGE WARRIORS 88: CONFIRMED BOUTS
Chris Fishgold vs Alexander Jacobsen (lightweight title)
Lee Chadwick vs Victor Cheng (middleweight title)
Martin Stapleton vs Søren Bak (lightweight)
Molly McCann vs Priscila de Souza (flyweight)
Elliot Jenkins vs Mahmod Faour (lightweight)
James Duckett vs Jack Della (welterweight)
Mick Stanton vs Josh McManus (welterweight)
Jack Grant vs Perry Goodwin (lightweight)
Antonio Sheldon vs Callum Ghagan (lightweight)
Sam Spencer vs Paull McBain (featherweight)
CAGE WARRIORS ACADEMY AMATEUR UNDERCARD
Liam Gittins vs Abdul Choudhury (flyweight)
George Smith vs Amadeusz Arczewski (middleweight)
John Carney vs Chris Green (lightweight)
Chris Nicol vs. JJ Jones (catchweight 130 lbs)
Tom Clarke vs. Adam Cullen (welterweight)
Ryhs Mchugh vs. Nathan Fletcher (catchweight 138 lbs)
Tickets for Cage Warriors 88 are limited but still available from the Echo Arena website.