Let’s start with Frank Warren’s bill last night in Belfast where super flyweight Jamie Conlan got up off the floor to beat Yader Cardoza in a split decision for the WBC international title. Conlan keeps up the momentum for a world title eliminator that I am quite sure, Warren will want in Belfast. Also on the bill former Olympian Paddy Barnes got a decent points with over Adrian Dimas Garzon.
Tonight, Saturday the 11th of March, our attention turns to the Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh where we have Scottish light heavyweight title action between Brian Forsyth and Rhys Pagan which shall be expected to go Forsyth’s way but the boy from Sanquhar, Pagan could cause a few hearts to beat faster and I expect it to be close.
Light heavyweight Tommy Philbin returns with a fight against Chris Dutton. Both are undefeated so this could be a tricky one for Philbin.
Much fancied welterweight Lewis Benson is back in the ring and he is up against Marek Laskowski in a keep busy fight whilst cruiserweight Rutu Latianara has Florians Strupits and both Benson and Latianara should get past with some effort to spare.
Super featherweight Stephen Tiffney faces Ricky Starkey with Starkey another tricky customer as he has fought twice and won twice. This could be another fight that causes concern for the home team so another big up for MTK for doing that and making it an exciting bill.
Iain Trotter and Monty Ogilvie make their debuts with Daniel Borisov and Anton Horvatic the opposition. The Falkirk youngster, Ogilvie is well fancied so eyes shall be on him tonight though both should show off and get through. Finally, cruiserweight Ian Tims is added to the bill though no announcement of an opponent.
Elsewhere, around the country in Nottingham there are 9 fights, in York Hall we have 14 fights, in Newcastle 8 fights, in Preston also 8 fights whilst down in Southampton there are 3 fights.
In the good old USA, we have, at the MGM National Harbour, Maryland, Gary Russell Jr. up against Oscar Escandon for the WBC featherweight crown and Jermell Charlo fighting Charles Hatley for the WBC light-middleweight belt. In what will be of interest to quite a few British boxers I reckon we shall have a Russell/Charlo double.
In Germany at the Freidrich Ebert-Halle in Rhineland-Pfalz Jack Culcay takes on the highly impressive Demetrius Andrade for the WBA light-middleweight championship. Andrade early for me…
Next Friday, the 17th of March, we have in York Hall 8 fights, in Manchester 6 fights and in Brentwood 13 fights.
Saturday 18th March
York Hall – 13 fights; York – 5 fights; and Buxton – 6 fights.
In Madison Square Garden, New York, USA, Gennady Golovkin v Daniel Jacobs for the WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight belts whilst Roman Gonzalez takes on Wisaksil Wangek for the WBC super-flyweight title.
Friday 24th March
Meadowbank – Commonwealth title action between super lightweights Josh Taylor and Warren Joubert; middleweight Conrad Cummings v Gogi Knezevic; super lightweight Jason Easton takes on Zoltan Szabo; middleweight Connor Law is back in the ring against Francis Tchoffo; and middleweight Iain Trotter and super featherweight Ronnie Clark are on the bill.
Glasgow – we have super lightweight Jordan McRory, heavyweight Gary Cornish, super welterweight Gary Murray, super lightweight James Thompson and super lightweight Ahmed Ibrahim.
Sheffield – Commonwealth cruiserweight battle between Sam Sheedy and Abolaji Rasheed.
Wigan – 13 fights; and Manchester – 1 fight