Last weekend and in the Freidrich Ebert-Halle in Rhineland-Pfalz Jack Culcay took on the highly impressive Demetrius Andrade and made him sweat for the WBA light-middleweight championship. Like many I thought this would be Andrade in the early rounds but Culcay made him sweat and made him struggle. Andrade won it convincingly for me but it was not the overwhelming win that I had envisaged. Andrade needs to get busier as his ring rust showed whilst Culcay should be in the mix with better paydays ahead.
Whilst we have a bit of a lull in British action this weekend all eyes shall be cast over to Madison Square Garden, New York, USA, where triple GGG, Gennady Golovkin takes on Daniel Jacobs for the WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight belts. This is a massive ask for Jacobs. Many are not confident he has the chops to get past the middle rounds. I reckon he shall, but GGG may finally be vulnerable. GGG has to slow down at some point as his age MUST creep up on him; it might be the one fight against which he proves powerless. I still think he is THE pound for pound king though this might turn into a points win rather than a knockout. What is interesting is that Kell Brook exposed things about GGG – can Jacobs build on that?
Roman Gonzalez takes on Wisaksil Wangek for the WBC super-flyweight title on the same bill and for me I am backing Gonzalez – now there is the kiss of death…
On the same night, Saturday the 18th March in York Hall we have 13 fights, in York there are 5 fights, in Villa Park 7 fights whilst in Buxton we have 5 fights.
Towards the tail end of the week, on Friday the 24th March and in Meadowbank, Edinburgh Cyclone Promotions are back with Commonwealth title action between super lightweights Josh Taylor and Warren Joubert. Taylor is being talked up beyond this fight so you have to think he will take this guy out early or get the rounds in for the next phase of his career – Taylor win for me.
On the same bill middleweight Conrad Cummings faces 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. I cannot see any of the home boys struggling and Easton, Law and Clark should be really exciting fights. I have always been a massive fan of the Shark and hope, after his win in Belfast last time out it propels him into title fights again.
That is the attractions of the East, over in the West and in Glasgow we have super lightweight Jordan McRory, heavyweight Gary Cornish, super welterweight Gary Murray, super lightweight James Thompson and super lightweight Ahmed Ibrahim on an MTK promotional bill on the same Friday night.
Also on Friday in Sheffield we have 5 fights, in Wigan there are 13 fights and in Manchester no fewer than 7 fights.
Saturday 25th March
Brandenburg, Germany, Tyron Zuege v Isaac Ekpo for the WBA super middleweight title.
Manchester – Light heavyweight Hosea Burton; lightweight Katie Taylor; middleweight action for the WBC international silver belt between Marcus Morrison and Jason Welborn; super featherweight fight for the WBC international belt and British title between Martin Joseph Ward and Maxi Hughes; Brian Rose v Jack Arnfield at middleweight; and top of the bill Anthony Crolla v Jorge Linares for the WBA lightweight crown.
In Merthyr Tydfil – 9 fights; Bournemouth – 9 fights; Worksop – 7 fights
Friday 31st March
Aberdeen – super featherweight fight between Christine Frazer, a debutant and Lana Cooper, lightweight Arturs Selivanov; and the debut of bantamweight Billy Stewart.
Derby – 7 fights