Who’s Next… Hard Knocks 53
Hard Knocks 53 went down this past weekend from the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta (See full play-by-play HERE). The card featured a handful of exciting pro and amateur prospects including undefeated Heavyweight Dustin Joynson and undefeated Bantamweight Justin Basra. In this article we’ll look ahead to see what could possibly be next for some of the more impressive winners.
Keep in mind, in most cases the match-ups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumored to be taking place unless otherwise noted.
Let us know your thoughts on who should be up next for the big winners and the rest of the card and who you think would win our hypothetical match-ups.
135lbs- Noah Ali (9-3) vs. Winner of Brad Katona (4-0) vs. Austin Ryan (6-0)
Noah Ali picked up another solid win this weekend with a Unanimous Decision victory over Corey Gower in the main event of HK53. Ali has now won three straight over some tough competition and it may be time to step up to an even stiffer challenge. Rising Bantamweight prospects Brad Katona and Austin Ryan are set to put their undefeated records on the line at XFFC 13 this weekend and either man (provided Ryan, natural Flyweight would be down for another 135lb bout) would be a great barometer for where Ali stands in the overall Bantamweight landscape.
265lbs- Dustin Joynson (2-0) vs. Christian Larsen (2-0)
Dustin Joynson scored a huge head kick KO this weekend over Brazilian Chris Catala. The bout marked his first fight since his pro debut almost three years ago. The Heavyweight division is begging for new blood and if Joynson can stay active he has a good chance to make a quick climb up the rankings. A perfect next opponent for Joynson would be rookie Heavyweight Christian Larsen who himself has a pair of quick stoppage victories to kick off his career and is in a similar position and can make his own climb up the ladder if he can keep the ball rolling with another big win.
135lbs- Justin Basra (3-0) vs. Louie Sanoudakis (5-1)
Perhaps the most promising prospect on this weekend’s card was undefeated Bantamweight Justin Basra who notched his third straight victory since making his pro debut just over 6 months ago. Basra also boasts a 4-0 record on the amateur circuit with all but one of his MMA victories coming by knockout or submission. Basra can accelerate his ascent towards the top of the Bantamweight division in Canada with a win over someone like Louie Sanoudakis. This would be no easy task however as Sanoudakis sports a pretty impressive 5-1 record as a pro to go along with a 6-0 mark as an amateur. Sanoudakis lost his last outing to Kenta Takizawa in Japan for Pancrase but prior to that picked up decision victories over Owen Carr and Eric Wilson.