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This evening, Saturday the 3rd December, in Paisley we have the WBO middleweight title fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Artur Akavov. Due to VISA issues, last weekend it did not happen in Cardiff so we have a blockbuster of a scrap in Paisley that will happen before closing time! Saunders all day long for me, despite the length of time he has been out the ring. I have absolutely no doubt he shall pull it off. There is talk after this of rematches with Eubank Jr and unifications. I think he shall be unifying things around the world before ANY domestic fighter catches him again in the ring.
Saunders tops a great bill of boxing under MGM Scotland and we also have the WBO intercontinental super lightweight fight involving the unbeaten Jack Caterall up against Diego Gonzalo Luque. Lugue’s record on paper is not the greatest and for me this is Caterall’s to lose.
Super lightweight Stephen Ormond has a very tricky fight that will add plenty to the bill against Zoltan Szabo. I think Ormond will sneak it but it might be very close. Super featherweight Jono Carroll returns to these shores and it is another tricky one against Juan Luis Gonzalez. Carroll again for me should have more than enough to win.
Super lightweight Steven Lewis, flyweight Ross Murray and lightweight Thomas Dickson have slots on the bill alongside super flyweight Iain Butcher who will make short shift of Joseafat Reyes, of that I am sure. Light heavyweight Tommy Philbin adds more firepower to the bill as he faces Kelvin Young whilst super lightweight Ahmed Ibrahim in his second pro contest should continue to show his abilities against Teodor Boyadjiev. Super welterweight Paul Kean faces the highly-experienced William Warburton, and bantamweight Paul Butler keeps busy with a scrap with Alexander Cazares which he is expected to get through.
Everything on the night should be exciting but home wins. With the decent 50/50 fights at the top of the bill this is a cracker of a night with some decent home grown opportunities thrown in for more than good measure.
Overseas and in Moscow, Russia, Denis Lebedev faces Murat Gassiev for the WBA/IBF cruiserweight titles. I would have preferred that Tony Bellew was watching this and thinking I can beat the pair of them instead of facing off with David Haye but I never get what I want – even at Christmas. Lebedev should win this but it may go the distance.On the same evening in York Hall, we have a massive 16 fight card, in Leigh there are a further 13 fights, in Southampton we have 6 fights, in Coventry 3 fights, in Bournemouth 4 fights whilst in Houghton-le-Spring the unbeaten lightweight Lewis Ritson is in against Jordan Ellison for the northern area title and everything says a Ritson win.
On Sunday, the 4th December, in Liverpool there are 6 contests whilst on Friday the 9th of December in London we have unbeaten welterweight Larry Ekundayo keeping it real against Ryan Toms in a fight he should certainly NOT lose.
Saturday the 10th December
Manchester – Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina for the IBF heavyweight title, Luis Concepicon v Kal Yafai for the WBA super-flyweight, Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora for the British heavyweight title, Callum Smith v Luke Blackledge for the British super-middleweight belt, Scott Quigg v Jose Cayetano for the WBA international featherweight crown, Luis Ortiz v Dave Allen at heavyweight, Hosea Burton v Frank Buglioni for the British light-heavyweight belt and Katie Taylor returns against Viviane Obenauf at lightweight. We also have welterweight Connor Benn against Josh Thorne.
Auckland, New Zealand – Joseph Parker v Andy Ruiz Jr for the vacant WBO heavyweight belt.
Los Angeles, Jermall Charlo v Julian Williams for the IBF light-middleweight title and Jesus Cuellar v Abner Mares for the WBA featherweight belt
Omaha, USA, Terrence Crawford v John Molina Jr for the WBC/WBO light-welterweight crowns.
In Wigan, we have 3 fights, in Portsmouth 9 fights, in Hull 5 fights and in Tewkesbury 3 fights.
Sunday the 11th December
There is a Lock Stock Promotions Bill in Glasgow whilst in Liverpool there are 6 fights.
Thursday 15th December
5 fights in Villa Park and 5 at Derby County
Friday 16th December
11 fights in Barnsley