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You know, whenever I say it is a quiet week, fight wise somebody has to open their mouths and let rip. This week there has been quite a few of them from Wladimir Klitschko to Terry Flanagan to Leo Santa Cruz… it takes attention away from the work being done up and down the country and this weekend we have some hard working fighters in to earn their corn.
On Friday the 17th of June and in Leeds we have the IBF Youth middleweight title fight between Reece Cartwright and Henri Kekaleinan. With another youth title fight to come, this all seems like the young have their weekend and I reckon, on paper that Cartwright has no worries about holding on to his unbeaten record; I did say on paper…
The following night, Saturday the 18th June and in Preston there is the WBC Youth silver light heavyweight title fight with Liam Conroy facing Ferenc Albert. This is another relatively straight forward fight for the home fighter if we were settling it with paper cuts but fights aint decided on paper – still fancy Conroy though.
In Manchester there are 5 fights to complete the cards for that weekend.
Over in Chicago it is the WBA bantamweight title rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’shee Warren. Both thought they won the last fight and both want to avenge that draw. This ought to be a massive war between the two and whilst I favour Warren slightly over Payano, I do think it shall make headlines.
Finally this week we have a lightweight contest in York Hall that has a massive puncher, according to his recent sparring partner, Ricky Burns, in Ohara Davies fighting. No word as yet as to who he shall be fighting…
Friday the 24Th June
In Middleton we have 5 contests, whilst in Birmingham there are 6. We also have a St Andrews bill at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow where heavyweight Gary Cornish is back and the Scottish lightweight title shall be decided between Andrew McKay and Ryan Collins.
Saturday the 25th June
It’s a big night here and down south as we have an Eddie Hearn bill in London and an MGM Scotland bill in Bellahouston, Glasgow. The London bill is getting very busy with middleweight Anthony Ogogu, super flyweight Khalid Yafai, super lightweight Connor Benn and heavyweight Dillian Whyte on the card. The main events are the British middleweight title fight between Chris Eubank Jr and Tom Doran, the WBC silver super lightweight fight between John Wayne Hibbert and Andre Scarpa, the IBF heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale with the WBA international super middleweight title eliminator between Martin Murray and George Groves having whetted everybody’s appetite.
In Glasgow we have super featherweight Michael Roberts, flyweight Adam McKenzie, bantamweight Jamie Wilson, flyweight Ross Murray, super featherweight Thomas Dickson, lightweight Steven Beattie, super lightweight Shaun McShane, welterweight Michael McGurk and cruiserweight Ratu Lamanara making his debut. We also have welterweight action between Gary Murray and Nathan Hardy, a middleweight contest between Marc Kerr and Lewis Van Poetsch and the light heavyweight clash between Tommy Philbin and Chris Nixon.
In Gateshead there are another 10 fights whilst in New York, Keith Thurman faces Shawn Porter for the WBA welterweight title.