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Now that summer is all over we are looking forward to a very exciting few months in the boxing world. Today it has been announced that the Tyson Fury/Wladimir Klitschko rematch is free of lawyers, contract disputes and any obstacles as we head for the 29th October in Manchester for the rematch. Fury, with his usual candour hopes he loses so that he can retire. Klitschko has promised to make amends and ensure that happens. If only these two were talking we would not have to wait for the result to be announced… The IBF heavyweight belt is also up in Manchester for a fight on the 26th November as Anthony Joshua will defend but there aint no sign of an opponent – Eddie Hearn will let us in on that secret in the week beginning the 24th September apparently. On the Tyson Fury undercard, Hughie Fury will take on Andy Ruiz in his bid to get closer to a world title fight. Ruiz is number 3 for the WBO, 5 for the IBF and 7 for the WBC so is no mug and this is a cracking fight for the younger Fury.
Kell Brook, much bigger than Golovkin at the 7 day weigh in has been getting some great advice. Mathew Macklin who got knocked out in the 3rd round by Golovkin in his fight has been offering some tips. So that might be the first 2 rounds sorted… now for the rest then…
As for the Golovkin camp, GGG has taken a swipe at Froch, Canelo, Eubank JR and BJ Saunders, collectively describing them as acting like clowns. The Kazakh superstar has obviously experienced frustration at the hands and lack of pen power of a few of them but once the Brook fight is over – no matter the result – you can guarantee there shall be some harsh fists to back up his harsh words….
Things are building with Liam Smith and his fight with Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez claims Smith has a Mexican style and Smith says straight after beating Alvarez he might just offer him a rematch…
The undercard on that fateful evening got a tad busy too as no fewer than 2 Smith brothers are now on it, a McDonnell twin and a Kid called Galahad. Callum will defend his WBC silver title against Hungarian Norbert Nemesapati, whilst we await against whom his brother Paul, Gavin – he of the twins and Kid Galahad will face.
On the 24th September we get Commonwealth title action on the Anthony Crolla/ Jorges Linares undercard as Callum Johnson will face Willbeforce Shihepo for the light heavyweight title in Manchester.
Also on the 24th of September Ovill McKenzie is back as he takes on Marco Huck, the IBO title holder live on Box Nation and in Frankfurt, Germany.
MGM Scotland who have signed a deal with Box Nation shall be live on the 1st October with heavyweight Martin Bakole Ilunga on what is sure to be a headlining night of boxing. Already confirmed are Steven Ormond, Stephen Simmons, Josh Leather and Kallam Leather in his debut.
The WBA world light welterweight belt is up for its first Scottish defence in the Hydro in Glasgow on the 7th October as Ricky Burns will take on a mandatory challenger in Kiryl Relikh. The riches for Burns could include a massive clash with Adrian Broner, a fight in Las Vegas and a $1 Million purse.
On the same bill Willie Limond takes on Ohara Davies which is another cracking contest for both fighters, though Davies never knew who Limond was – he will soon though… trust me…
Back in Scotland we have some very decent action on the way next month too as Josh Taylor unbeaten in 6 takes on Dave Ryan for the Commonwealth title in Edinburgh on the 21st October, live on Channel Five.
Luke Campbell has his latest step up as he faces Derry Mathews in October – THAT is a cracking fight. It will be on the Tony Bellew undercard which is another cracking reason why Liverpool is going to be the place to be on THAT night.
Also announced, Andrew Selby, in only his 6th professional fight will face the former British, Commonwealth and European champion Kevin Satchell in a massive fight for both of these guys – both undefeated – that should see the winner in world honours in 2017 – date and venue to be announced. Tommy Coyle seems to be a very busy guy as it has been reported he will face John Wayne Hibbert later this year in what is sure to be quite a 50/50 fight.