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With the death of Mike Towell fresh in our inboxes, tonight the boxing action still continues in Scotland as we head to Bellahouston, live on Box Nation for an MGM show that certainly promises some absolute fire crackers. Nothing has been more prescient than the last 24 hours to remind us that this is a dangerous sport and they all know the risks they take as they climb into that ring.
Tonight we have one debut – that of Kalam Leather, alongside bouts for super lightweight Josh Leather who faces Gyory Mizsei and lightweight Declan Geraghty and as I go to press I have no idea who 2 of them may be facing!
There is also much anticipation for the MGM debut of heavyweight Martin Bakole Ilunga and again we have no opponent but I can promise you he shall deliver a cracking fight. All 4 with or without opponents at the stage of me penning this shall, I have no doubt, be expected to come out and deliver a decent showing and points – at the very least – wins.
We then move up the undercard with the new super featherweight Jordan McCrory. McCrory comes down from lightweight so this is an intriguing move for him. Opponent to come…
Lightweight Stephen Ormond has Hungarian Zoltan Szabo with a 12 fight record boasting only 1 defeat in the opposite corner tonight. It’s a dangerous fight on paper but anyone who has faced the might of WBO champion Terry Flanagan, though he was unsuccessful when he challenged him for the WBO European title, will feel he should dispose of Szabo in the rounds available.
Welterweight “Kid Carmel” – Lewis Benson has his 7th pro contest as he faces Dean Byrne and we shall surely see win number 8! Super lightweight and Falkirk native Steven Beattie has a massive ask against another un beaten fighter in Edinburgh’s Lee Redpath. Beattie is a fighter whilst Redpath boxes and which style wins is what we are all asking. Very close to call and for me it may well be Redpath by a whisker.
Super middleweight David Brophy is back after the loss to George Groves. He will be facing Swindon’s Kelvin Young and nobody expects any danger for Scotland’s leading super middleweight.
As we go up the card it gets more serious and Edinburgh’s John Thain faces Liverpool’s Nathan Brough in a British title eliminator which the home crowd shall pack in for and we all hope it’s a Scottish win – it’s likely to be close.
The top of the bill is cruiserweight Stephen Simmons who takes on the German Lars Buchholz. Simmons was due to go and take on Oleksandr Usyk earlier this year so Simmons is a well known name on the circuit. For me I reckon we are talking a MASSIVE step up for Simmons and if he gets through this should be challenging for big belts in 2017. Buchholz is a big puncher so Simmons has to be ready and box his way to a win. I am going for points win over the ten rounds for Simmons.
In Neubrandenburg, Germany the light heavyweight fight for the WBA title is between Juergen Braehmar and Nathan Cleverly. This is a fight that ought to have happened 5 years ago and now Cleverly gets his chance against the aging champion. Cleverly gets him at just the right time and I reckon we shall have a British world champion at the end of the night… but I said that about Brook, Crolla and Smith…
On the undercard Ohara Davies, who was supposed to be up in Scotland towards the end of this week at the SECC is instead taking on Chaquib Fadi and Davies will win without too much trouble and continue his assault on the super lightweight crowns. We also have David Price facing journeyman Ivica Parkovic. This is another keep busy fight for the big guy and he should come through without fault.
In New Zealand Joseph Parker faces Alexander Dimitrenko and nobody expects an upset…. Guess what happens when you think that…
We also have 16 fights in York Hall, 2 fights in Denaby Main, 9 fights in Stoke, lightweight Joe Murray in action in Buxton in a 6 fight card and middleweight Darry Sharp in action in Manchester against fellow journey man Danny Little – I like these match ups and expect Sharp to win whilst Murray should be fine in Buxton.
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. Make no mistake this is a tough gig for Ricky. The rewards may well be Adrian Broner and $1 Million contracts but he has to get through this at home first. Relikh fancies his chances and Hatton has been talking him up. His inexperience will cost him though but Burns, and us all, should expect an uncomfortable night.
We also have the British heavyweight contest between Dillian Whyte and Ian Lewison. This has exploded into life before the fight and I expect it to be a very close affair. Whilst everyone expects Whyte to take it with some ease I reckon it will be a tough ask and expect points to be involved – the ones not available in Tesco, Ian.
There is the British title fight between Scott Cardle and Kevin Hooper at lightweight and Cardle should make a successful defence.
Other home fighters include super bantamweight Joe Ham, super featherweight Lewis Paulin who faces Adrian Fuzesi, super bantamweight Scott McCormack up against Luke Flash, welterweight Stewart Burt, flyweight Ross Murray and middleweight Kieran Smith. There is no doubt that all home boxers on such a big bill shall be expected to win. I have interviewed Kieran and I have no doubt his arm shall be raised at the end of his fight – as for the rest there should be no issue and expect Ham and Paulin to make impacts.
In Liverpool we have 9 fights.
Saturday 8th October
In Harrow we have super featherweight Liam Walsh up against Andrey Klimov, in Ashington lightweight Lewis Ritson is back, in Belfast, Ronnie “The Shark” Clark takes on Reynaldo Cajina and in Falkirk super lightweight James Thomson is in action. Also in Stoke there are 7 contests, Tylorstown there are 15 fights and in Birmingham 4.
Thursday 13th October
MGM Scotland are back with Marc Kerr in a super welterweight contest against Chris Jenkinson, super flyweight Adam MacKenzie is in action as is light heavyweight Mohamad Babazadeh along with Ahmed Ibrahim making his debut in Glasgow.