Tonight, Saturday the 18th February in Paisley, Mack the Knife Global make their “debut” in Scotland with super featherweight Michael Roberts up against Imre Nagy; super featherweight Jordan McRory faces Ryan Moorhead; heavyweight Gary Cornish returns against Ravaz Karelshvili; super flyweight Ross Murray was facing Adam MacKenzie but is now awaiting news of an opponent; super flyweight Iain Butcher will face Gyula Dodu; super welterweight Paul Kean has Casey Blair to get past; and super lightweight Ahmed Ibrahim takes on James Gorman.
We can hope that the home fighters gain some experience and that all the fights push them to limits for the fans to enjoy. I do expect though, wins for each of the Scottish lads and it is very good to see “the Highlander” Gary Cornish back out and on the trail of a British title. This should be a wee warm up under new trainer Billy Nelson, before he heads to take on Same Sexton for that belt.
Meanwhile and elsewhere in the country in Stoke we have 10 fights, York Hall – 21 fights and in Manchester – 13 fights.
In the Cintas Centre, Ohio, USA David Avesnyan takes on Lamont Peterson for the WBA welterweight title and Adrien Broner faces Adrian Granados at light-welterweight. On paper, it should be Avesnyan and Broner but fights aint fought on no paper… I reckon Peterson causes Avesnyan some trouble and Broner gets through.
Next Friday the 24th February in the UK we have action in Birmingham with 6 fights, in Middleton with 4 fights and in Sheffield with 4 fights including Joel Palmer v Curtis Gargano. I have seen Gargano fight twice, both losses, as indeed Gargano is yet to win a professional fight. Is it likely for this amiable showman to win on Friday? Doubtful…
Also on Friday and in York Hall http://gty.im/149573651 will face Jay Harris for the Commonwealth flyweight belt. Both fighters have 9 fights each under their belts, Harris being the undefeated fighter but I reckon that Essomba might prove the tricky opponent that Harris has yet to face and nick the belt. It has been a year of surprises that could continue and whilst there are no, massively big UK based fights this week coming and this may be the biggest of a wee bunch, I have to think the hex continues…
Saturday 25th February
Hull – Gavin McDonnell v Ray Vargas for the WBC super-bantamweight belt; Luke Campbell v Jairo Lopez for the WBA silver lightweight belt; super lightweight Tommy Coyle; and heavyweight David Allen v Lukasz Rusiewicz
In Birmingham – 4 fights, Bedworth – 3 fights; and in Maidstone – 8 fights
Friday 3rd March
Motherwell – super lightweight Eddie Doyle v Lee Redpath for the Scottish title; middleweight Rhys Pagan; super lightweight Stephen Carroll v William Warburton; super lightweight JP McGuinness v James Gorman; super featherweight Leon Roberts v Jamie Quinn; and lightweight Giuseppe Daprato v Alec Bazza
Paisley – super welterweight Kieran Smith and bantamweight Scott Allan
Glasgow – welterweight Stewart Burt; super featherweight Lewis Paulin; super featherweight Jamie McGuire; lightweight Ryan Smith; and super lightweight Ally Black.
Leeds – 13 fights