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Let us begin with a couple of fights that happened last night, Friday the 9th September in the USA. In Pennsylvania the WBA middleweight title fight saw Daniel Jacobs walk through Sergio Mora with a 7th round stoppage and immediately target a certain Mr Golovkin. In Reading, Richard Commey meanwhile lost his first ever contest in a split decision to Robert Easter Jr for the IBF lightweight title.
Tonight though – what a night! And it’s not even late September…
In London, England, at the O2 Arena, Kell Brook finally faces Gennady Golovkin for the WBA, WBC, and IBF middleweight belts. This does not need hyped as all it requires now is what people think is going to happen. The middleweight Kell Brook looks confident, GGG looks drawn. There have been rumours that GGG has not trained as hard as he would normally and he is ill. There is a reckoning in the ring tonight, about 10pm, and I reckon 1 of 2 things may happen. My head says Golovkin within 6 rounds, but my heart says Brook with a controversial points win. No matter what happens this will be a fascinating fight. I don’t expect an explosive contest but I do think we shall have plenty to talk about afterwards…
The undercard is PACKED
Lee Haskins meets Stuart Hall for the second time and now for the IBF bantamweight title in a grudge match that is genuinely filled with disdain and disgust. I think Haskins will take it though Hall is my heart choice for the win. It’s another massive fight and one I think we shall, again, be talking about for a long while to come… Fight of the night contender?
Jonriel Casimero is up against Charlie Edwards with the IBF flyweight crown on the line and Edwards is a massive underdog as this is a world title fight in Edwards’ 9th pro fight and Casimero is a great fighter. If Edwards loses he shall learn a massive amount but if he wins there shall be plenty of shock waves throughout his division. I fancy Edwards might cause a few eyebrows to raise but think he might just fall short.
Callum Smith defends his WBC silver super middleweight belt against Norbert Nemesapati and I expect this shall be broadcast far and wide in the USA to show just how powerful this Smith brother is – I reckon an early stoppage.
Martin J Ward squares up to Andy Townend with the vacant British super-featherweight title the prize and I fancy Ward for this but Townend will be no pushover.
Finally, we have super bantamweight Kid Galahad likely to power through Emiliano Sakvini, Connor Benn heavy favourite to beat Joe Ducker who is on his 3rd pro fight, super bantamweight Gavin McDonnell with the task of disposing of Robin Zamora whilst super middleweight Paul Smith faces Daniel Regi – McDonnell, Galahad and Smith wins.
Once again Matchroom have served up an absolute cracking night of boxing – live on Sky Box Office…
This Thursday the 15th we have a 5 fight card in the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow for MGM Scotland as light heavyweight Timmy Philbin, cruiserweight Dean Marner, flyweight Ross Murray, super welterweight Paul Kean and featherweight Marco McCullough all feature. There are still no announced opponents for each of them but this is the start of the Scottish season that promises much for our boxers so pay attention!
Friday the 16th has 3 fights in Dunston including the journeyman Qasim Hussein up against Mark White and in Barnsley of the 6 fights we also have Fonz Alexander fighting Jayce Dixon. In Bournemouth there are 7 contests.
The Scottish season continues with Prospect Boxing who have super lightweight JP McGuinness against Alex Bazza, super featherweight action between Leon Roberts and Youssef Al Hamidi, super lightweight Jason Easton v James Gorman and super welterweight Derek Skinner fighting Casey Blair in Whitburn. We expect there shall be wins for all 4 Scottish boxers.
In Osaka, Japan we have Shinsuke Yamanaka v Anselmo Moreno for the WBC bantamweight championship and Hugo Ruiz v Hozumi Hasegawa for the WBC super-bantamweight title. Another two home wins, even if they are in Japan!
Saturday the 17th September sees this roller coaster of a month go further up as we are in Las Vegas for the WBO light middleweight clash between Liam Smith and Saul Canelo Alvarez. In Gdansk, Poland we also have a WBO title fight as cruiserweights Krzyzsztof Glowacki and Oleksandr Usyk square off. In the UK we have 4 fights in Blackpool and massive bills in York Hall with 15 contests and Manchester with 13.
Friday the 23rd September, in Corby there are 4 fights scheduled.