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Tonight, Saturday the 22nd October in Birmingham we have another Matchroom card with Sam Eggington facing Frankie Gavin but it shall not be for the WBC international welterweight title. Gavin did not manage, despite being naked, to make the weight and claims that the British Boxing Board of Control warned him not to try and make the reduction so quickly as he had been far too big the day or so before. Eggington weighed in if you pardon the pun, and called Gavin a disgrace. There are plenty of others who have the same view as making the weight is a massive part of fight week. It could have allowed Eggington to walk away with his money and the belt but he decided to fight. Good on him as this is a massive fight for Birmingham. There are supporters amongst pundits on both sides and I am going for Gavin but Eggington will be a stiff test. If Gavin does win it is still a real question on his way forward and at what weight.
The super bantamweight action between Gamal Yafai and Sean Davies for the Commonwealth title has been lost due to a freak ankle injury to Gamal so his brother, Yal has stepped in. Yal will face an unknown opponent at present whilst Paul Economides has stepped in to face Sean Davies for the WBC international bantamweight title. It’s a Yafai/Davies double for me.
The second grudge match of the evening is between the middleweight twinkle toes of Anthony Ogogo and the man who is unimpressed by any dancing, Craig Cunningham. It is for the vacant WBC international title and I reckon the man with the best footwork shall take it….
There are two English championships on the line tonight with the lightweight title being fought between Marcus Ffrench and Robbie Barrett whilst the flyweight title shall be settled between Don Broadhurst and Louis Norman. I have to confess I know little about any of the 4 of them so probably would go for whoever goes into the blue corner on each occasion!
Finally, super welterweight Brian Rose is also on the card against Stilivan Kostov – Rose win looks likely.
In Bolton, unbeaten super middleweight Jamie Cox should triumph against Martin Fidel Rios to take the vacant WBO inter-continental title; bantamweight Paul Butler faces Alexis Ruiz and should come through whilst super middleweight Luke Blackledge has a keep busy fight against Josef Obeslo – Blackledge to win.
On the same night in Torquay we have 3 fights and in Manchester there are 6 fights.
Tomorrow night, Sunday the 23rd October in Whitwick we have 14 fights whilst the following night again, Monday the 24th October there is a Frank Warren bill at the Hilton in Mayfair with 3 fights on the card.
In Maidstone there is the return of heavyweight Tom Dallas whilst in Liverpool we have 4 fights in Fleet Street.Next Saturday, the 29th October in York Hall there are no fewer than 11 fights whilst in Plymouth we can look forward to 7. In London, Relentless promotions brings us 6 to the English capital whilst Meadowbank in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh is buzzing with MGM’s latest crop. We have light heavyweight Brian Forsyth, light heavyweight Tommy Philbin, cruiserweight Ratu Latianara, lightweights Stephen Tiffney, the debut of Jamie McGinnis and Thomas Dickson, welterweight Lewis Benson, middleweight Troy Williamson and the second debut of the night in Ahmed Ibrahim.
November is upon us then with the Friday night, the 4th, being the night 7 fights are scheduled in Dudley.