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Tonight it all gets packed and wonderful in the boxing world again as we are off on the world title tour to Manchester for the latest in the world title fights that has made September an exciting month. Heading the night is Anthony Crolla v Jorge Linares for the WBA, WBC ‘diamond’ and Ring Magazine world lightweight titles. Linares is a 3 weight world champion with a fantastic pedigree. This is a fight that might, on the face of it especially with Canelo and GGG in the month, seem the easiest of the 3 for the British boxer BUT make no mistake, Crolla could lose this to a much better fighter on the night. Crolla is, by far and away, one of the most improved boxers in the UK and needs all of that improvement and guile to tuck in blast and out box this fox. I think he will do it and it is not a head v heart thing this time. I think Crolla will stop him late on but if you think this is the easiest of the 3 fights this month it just goes to show HOW hard the other 2 were!
There were a couple of Commonwealth title fights but Isaac Lowe is now facing Elvis Guillen rather than Tshifhiwa Munyai in a featherweight battle. Lowe will march on and tick over. Callum Johnston will fight Wilberforce Shihepo for the Commonwealth light heavyweight belt and we all think Johnson has enough to take it.
Middleweights John Ryder and Jack Arnfield square off in a very decent fight for the WBA international title held by Ryder. This should light up the night and whilst I am going for a Ryder win – possibly by stoppage – Arnfield is a very handy fighter. It’s the type of fight you love to see on an undercard – 2 guys with great ability and a 50/50 possibility…
The light heavyweight contest sees Hosea Burton face Fernando Castaneda and Burton should triumph whilst the upward trajectory of super lightweight Connor Benn should not be halted by facing relative novice Ross Jamieson. The Benns better be careful, some lisp wristed competitor from the past might become critical…
In Germany tonight, Ovill Mcenzie takes on Marco Huck for the IBO cruiserweight title and a win for MacKenzie would be quite the shock.
In York Hall there are 17 fights, Walsall, 6 and in Solihull 6.
Sunday the 25th September has 10 fights in Newcastle before another busy week in Scotland sees the return of the St Andrews Sporting Club on Thursday the 29th September to the Radisson Blu in Glasgow with welterweight Mike Towell in a final British title eliminator, light heavyweight Grant Quigley, welterweight Sam Ball and the debut of Martin Harkin. Opponents for 3 of them have still to be announced. On the same night we have 6 fights in York Hall.
On Friday the 30th the week rounds off with 7 fights in Hull and 4 fights in Sheffield.
On Saturday the 1st October, we are in Bellahouston, live on Box Nation for John Thain v Nathan Brough, super lightweight Steven Beattie v Lee Redpath, cruiserweight Stephen Simmons, super middleweight David Brophy, Jamie Cox v Kelvin Young, welterweight Lewis Benson v Dean Byrne, lightweights Stephen Tiffney, Stephen Ormond and Jordan McCrory, heavyweight Martin Bakole Ilunga, super lightweight Josh Leather, the debut of Kalam Leather and lightweight Declan Geraghty.
In Neubrandenburg the light heavyweight fight for the WBA title is between Juergen Braehmar and Nathan Cleverly.
We also have 17 fights in York Hall, 3 fights in Denaby Main, 8 fights in Stoke, lightweight Joe Murray in action in Buxton and middleweight Darry Sharp in action in Manchester.
The week begins on the TV in Scotland and ends up in Scotland on SKY on Friday the 7th October as Matchroom brings us to the SECC and the super lightweight WBA title fight between Ricky Burns and the man from the Hatton stable, Kiryl Relikh. We also have the British heavyweight contest between Dillian Whyte and Ian Lewison. There is the British title fight between Scott Cardle and Kevin Hooper at lightweight whilst super bantamweight Joe Ham, lightweight Ohara Davies, super featherweight Lewis Paulin, super bantamweight Scott McCormack faces Luke Flash and welterweight Stewart Burt is back and will hope that THIS TIME he gets to fight!
IN Liverpool we have 9 fights.