Tonight, Saturday the 11th February in the small town atmosphere of Carshalton the big time beckons for Lenny Daws who is taking on Anthony Yigit for the EBU super lightweight crown. Daws should have had the European belt round his waist the last time but for a ridiculous decision by a referee to disqualify him for a head butt that wasn’t. This is a far bigger ask and Yigit is well fancied though he has never been the 12 rounds before. I shall go for Daws because my heart hopes that the past tragedy shall be wiped out by hubris and serendipity.
In York Hall as we debate elsewhere the relative merits of David Price’s latest performance we are treated to the continued development and careers of heavyweights Tom Little and Tom Dallas who face each other whilst Dominic Akinlade faces Josh Sandland. The heavyweight scene domestically is very healthy and whilst we might dominate at world level a bit too, the undercard of that world level scene has some tasty fights. These two are likely to be two of the best fights of the evening and I reckon quick wins for Little and Akinlade are in order. It was of course, Dallas who faced Price when they were both undefeated and Price needed an opponent. Price beat Dallas that night by knocking him out and made it easier for his promoter at the time to concentrate on Price’s career as the priority as both boxers had the same management team but similar track records.
In Plymouth, we also have 6 fights and in Solihull there are 4 fights
Next Friday, the 17th of February, in Delaware, USA there is yet another laughingly absurd fight as cruiserweight Roy Jones Jr gets in the ring with a bare knuckle champion in the shape of Bobby Gunn. If Jones Jr thinks he is taking boxing to new levels, then he is both wrong and right. Boxing has always found itself in gutters but Jones Jr’s is gutter dwelling is looking increasingly desperate.
On Friday, we also, in Liverpool, have 5 fights including Mason Cartwright v Darryl Sharp. More of Darryl real soon…
Also on Friday and in Walsall there are 4 fights.
Saturday the 18th February
Belfast – 9 fights, Stoke – 10 fights, York Hall – 21 fights, Manchester – 14 fights.
Paisley – super featherweight Michael Roberts v Imre Nagy; super featherweight Jordan McRory v Ryan Moorhead; heavyweight Gary Cornish v Ravaz Karelshvili; middleweight Marc Kerr v Sam Omidi; super flyweight Ross Murray v Adam MacKenzie; super flyweight Iain Butcher; super welterweight Paul Kean; cruiserweight Dean Marner; and super lightweight Ahmed Ibrahim.
18: Cintas Centre, Ohio, USA – David Avesnyan v Lamont Peterson for the WBA welterweight title and Adrien Broner v Adrian Granados at light-welterweight.
Friday the 24th February
Birmingham – 6 fights, Middleton – 4 fights and Sheffield – 4 fights including Joel palmer v Curtis Gargano York Hall – `Thomas Essomba v Jay Harris for the Commonwealth flyweight belt