It’s Saturday the 20th of May and the screaming, the shouting, the swearing and the struggle to. make weight are all over. TBE is in the UK and his boy, Gervonta Davis, is ready to do battle. It is a packed card in London for Frank Warren as he puts aside the battles for Tyson Fury and concentrates on what we know he does best – putting on a show.
On the undercard, we get highly rated bantamweight Sunny Edwards facing Gyula Dodu for what ought to be a fairly straightforward win. We also see lightweight Mitchell Smith, up against Lee Connelly and again Smith should have a relatively comfortable night.
Things hot up with the British featherweight title fight between Ryan Walsh and Marco McCullough. Coming before the main event this is the aperitif and should be a cracker. These types of fights, on before the big ones can often be damp squibs but we do not expect any of that kind of nonsense from these two.
The title fight for the night almost started at the press conference, then carried on into the weigh in but is seriously now ready for the ring as IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis and Liam Walsh face off. Davis comes with Floyd Mayweather calling him the next big thing in boxing and his performances to date have been highly impressive; less impressive was his struggle yesterday to make the weight. Walsh has a mountain to climb if he is to take the belt away from Davis with many commentators sure that Walsh shall fail about the mid rounds.
Also, part of Saturday and over in Maryland, USA there is the WBC featherweight title fight between Gary Russell Jr and Oscar Escandon whilst in Madison Square Gardens, New York we have the WBC/WBO light welterweight title fight between one of the best in Terence Crawford facing Felix Diaz. Russell Jr and Crawford are fancied for each fight and I cannot argue with any of that logic. The interesting part of the evening is what happens to Crawford after this fight – who is going to take him on at light welterweight? Our own Ricky Burns might have fancied a revenge mission down the line but that has gone with his loss – of course Felix Diaz will have something to say about it all come early morning, Sunday, UK time first.
Also on Saturday and in Southend there is heavyweight action between Dominic Akinlade and Ferenc Zsalek with Akinlade fancied to win. Domestically in Newark we also have 4 fights.
This Friday, the 26th May, in Cardiff the phenomenon that is flyweight Andrew Selby faces Cristofer Rosales whilst cruiserweight Craig Kennedy and Matty Askin are in the ring for the British title. Selby and Kennedy are the home boys and there shall be heavily fancied so I reckon that we shall see fireworks at the very least.
In Houghton-le-Spring, on the Friday lightweight Lewis Ritson returns to action to face Henry Janes and Ritson should see this through and be planning a more exciting end of 2017/ early 2018.
Saturday 27th May
Sheffield – cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie v Russ Henshaw; super featherweight Joe Cordina; middleweight Anthony Fowler on his debut; super featherweight Andy Townend v Jon Kays for the vacant Commonwealth title; super middleweight Jamie Cox v Lewis Taylor for the vacant WBA continental title; heavyweight, White Rhino, Dave Allen v Lenroy Thomas for the vacant Commonwealth title; and super middleweight “super” WBA title fight between challenger George Groves and champion Fedor Chudinov.
York Hall – 14 fights
Manchester – Central Area Championship fight at middleweight between Darry Sharp and Ben Davies in amongst 14 fights
Maidstone – featherweight Martin Millman v Jamie Speight for the Southern Area Championship among 7 fights
Brighton – heavyweight Ian Lewison returns
Middleton – 5 fights
Friday 2nd June
Brentwood – British welterweight title fight between Bradley Skeete and Shayne Singleton