Tonight, Saturday the 10th February, ITV are back in boxing big time with a pay per view bill that has caused no end of controversy throughout the boxing world. Never been placed in a sentence with the words shrinking violet, English has gone full tilt at the world he has inhabited his entire career and taken them on. I was very sniffy about the whole affair but they have put together 2 words titles and a fairly tasty bill for the viewing public. It is not, however, in my and many others’ opinions, a PPV event but it is a very good night of boxing. Firstly, of note, we have heavyweights David Price v Christian Hammer. Price is making his way back into international contention and he may be unquoted in the same rings as the likes of Joshua, Wilder and Parker but steady progress could see him in the mix soon. I reckon a quick night for the likeable Scouser and he takes this within 6 rounds.
The ever-controversial Kid Galahad nips up to featherweight to take on Joseph Agbeko and this ought to be a perfunctory, keep busy affair as he chases bigger fish including “Squiggly”. The IBF international strap belt will be settled between Adam Etches and John Ryder with this a genuine 50/50 fight. I fancy Etches to shade it but this could be the fight of the night.
Then we have the two, word title fights. Firstly, I do think that Andrew Selby shall take out Aden Diale for the WBC flyweight belt with it likely, I think to go the distance. With brother Lee, having suffered a no fight last weekend this would make Mrs Selby’s mantelpiece groan with 2 world champions in the family.
Finally, it IS a mismatch. The skills and aptitude of Chris Eubank Jr shall see him take the IBO super middleweight title from the Australian Renold Quinlan’s grasp. I expect and early knockout because if there is not one, then Junior’s world level claims shall be shallowly exposed.
On the same night and in Belfast highly popular, Scottish, super featherweight Ronnie “The Shark” Clark faces Rafael Castillo. Clark was last seen on Sky Sports in his British title fight against Martin Joseph Ward, this ought to be The Shark back to winning ways.
Also, tonight and in Birmingham we have no fewer than 5 fights
On Friday, the 10th February and in Manchester there are 10 fights including super lightweight Reece MacMillan v the journeyman and beautifully named, Fonz Alexander – more of the Fonz later…
In Ohio eyes, shall be on Rau’shee Warren defending against Zhanat Zhakiyanov for his WBA bantamweight crown. Warren is definite favourite and I would expect his star to continue to rise in this division. On the same bill, we have Robert Easter Jr v Luis Cruz for the IBF lightweight championship and it will be an early Easter present for me…
Saturday 11th February
Carshalton – Lenny Daws v Anthony Yigit for the EBU super lightweight crown.
York Hall – Heavyweights Tom Little v Tom Dallas and Dominic Akinlade v Josh Sandland
In Plymouth – 6 fights and in Solihull – 4 fights
Friday the 17th February
Delaware, USA – cruiserweights Roy Jones Jr and Bobby Gunn
Liverpool – 5 fights including Mason Cartwright v Darryl Sharp
Walsall – 4 fights