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2016 Ends with Bangs in Glasgow

2016 Ends with Bangs in Glasgow

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With the lack of action coming our way… it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas… We do end the year though with a  couple of Glasgow shows that should cheer us up in winter mode and there a few names worth watching.

I shall be going into my winter shutdown after this weekend so there shall be no more reports, previews or contentious issues until Jack Frost is full on the ground after the New Year. So on behalf of everyone at Talking Baws to all of you who have followed this wee start in boxing reporting and analysis and Talking Baws for 2016, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…

Right sloppy keech out the way, let’s get down to people hitting each other on the head.

Tonight, Saturday the 17th December in Bristol, we have 4 fights, whilst in Newcastle, there are 6.

In Ekaterinburg, Russia, Alexander Povetkin faces Bermane Stiverne for the WBC interim heavyweight title and a potential shot at Deontay Wilder. Stiverne is very dangerous and that sways me towards him stealing this on the evening – being shown on Sky 4 from 5.30pm today…

In Inglewood, California, USA, Bernard Hopkins has his final fight against Joe Smith Jr. at light-heavyweight whilst Oleksandr Usyk takes on Thabiso Mchunu for the WBO cruiserweight title. I really want Hopkins to win… and favour Usyk…

But tomorrow night, Sunday the 18th December, in Glasgow we are spoiled for choice and I am going to the Citz panto… Sam Kynoch of MGM Scotland at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, brings us cruiserweight Ranu Latianara with an opponent yet to be named, super featherweight Stephen Tiffney currently in the same boat, as is lightweight Jordan McCorry, whilst super welterweight Marc Kerr will face Chris Jenkinson, super lightweight Steven Beattie has still to have an opponent publicly named and the debut of heavyweight Jay McFarlane is again without a name attached. The name that caught my eye and I think it may be a feature of MGM bills in the future is bantamweight Kevin Satchell coming up here to fight- like the rest he has no name attached. They I still think all home boxers shall be celebrating at the end of it all…

Over at the City Hotel in Glasgow Alex Morrison meanwhile brings us super bantamweight Joe Ham in against Joseafat Reyes and Ham should go into double figures for wins on Sunday. We have welterweight Craig Kelly, who we love, up against veteran William Warburton and Kelly will win his 20th professional fight though Warburton has put a few wins together of late so this might be interesting. Super lightweight Willie Limond returns in a tune up fight before next month facing Robbie Davies Jr in a WBA continental battle in Preston. He faces Michal Vosyk and I shall be astonished if this is not an early stoppage or a lot of rounds to get rid of any ring rust. Lightweight Jamie McGuire faces Youssef Al Hamidi and McGuire is well fancied. Finally, welterweight Stuart Burt returns against Sylwester Walczak and Burt shall record another win.

In Manchester, we have 4 fights.

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