This time last week I was dealing with a dog coming into my garden and killing my cat. I swear you could not make this up. From then on it was all hell in a hand cart and I have had a week of catching up – normal service though is back!
Tonight, we have two massive bills on the TV. Frank Warren is in Leeds with the guy, Josh Warrington, who went on a free transfer from Matchroom to the Warren stable headlining a tough night whilst Eddie Hearn is in Birmingham with a world title bill of his own, headlined by Kal Yafai.
Starting with Leeds, Warren brings some cracking contests on the undercard with cruiserweight Bob Ajisafe in against Andrejs Pokumeiko in a fight that Ajisafe should get through comfortably and he wasn’t this as springboard for better things to come.
We then have the first Leather twin, Kalam Leather, in against Youssef Al-Hamadi. I have seen Al-Hamadi box a few times and he is a hardy guy who will give Leather a true test though the first twin should triumph.
The darling of the British women’s boxing scene Nicola Adams, gets her second professional contest against Maryan Salazar who is on her 7th and she has only lost 1 of those! It makes for a very competitive fight but Adams shall be the winner, of that I am sure.
Super lightweight Tyrone Nurse, keeps busy with Andy Keates in the other corner – this should be a simple win and I would imagine is style – when is it never with Nurse?
We also have the other twin – Josh Leather, up against Phillip Sutcliff Jr for the IBF intercontinental belt. It’s a big fight for Leather but I think he will edge it.
James “Jazza” Dickens is back and fighting for the British super bantamweight title after his loss to Guilermo Rigondeaux. He will have learnt a lot from fighting such an elite fighter and we hope to see that in the ring tonight. Thomas Patrick Ward is in the other corner and Ward shall give a good account of himself and I would not be surprised if he has the game plan to cause all sorts of problems.
Finally, top of the bill is Josh Warrington against the old warhorse from Spain, Kiko Martinez. This is a massive step up for Warrington as he faces a former world champion and a guy who has been in with the best. it will be a measure of Warrington how he fares against a guy coming up weight divisions but who was beaten by Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg. The dangers are obvious for Warrington and people are wary of the fight as few think Martinez is fading. I think Warrington will prove tonight he is world class or some of the weaknesses that he has shall come to the forte. I hope it is a win and bigger things come next.
Whilst all that is going on, over in Birmingham, Eddie Hearn has an equally mouth-watering treat for us. We start with the Midland title between two unbeaten fighters in Ryan Kelly and Adam Harper. I know nothing about either of them and picked this up because it is a title fight between two guys whose records are impressive on paper – let’s see if they can manage to show enough to move up the rankings and the Sky bill…
Middleweight Olympian, Josh Kelly, gets into the ring this time – last time on the Joshua/Klitschko fight he didn’t manage it – to face Jony Vina. This should show us what a great prospect Kelly is.
Super lightweight Frankie Gavin is back. He faces Renald Garrido. Gavin made weight. Next, he has to show against a much lesser opponent that he is serious about boxing – that is all that is being asked.
Sam Eggington is back to defy predictions once again and in against a very tough Ceferino Rodriguez for the EBU welterweight title. This is a cracking con test and far too close to predict.
Super bantamweight Sean Davis is first up against a Yafai as he faces Gamal Yafai, for the WBC international belt. Being on the same bill as your brother who is fighting to defend his world title is a big pressure but Gamal is well used to pressure.
The headliner for tonight is super flyweight, WBA champion, Khalid Yafai, in against Suguru Muranaka. We know very little about this Japanese boy who has never fought outside of his native Japan but Yafai shall be well prepared and well-schooled for the contest. This should go the distance and Yafai needs to hold onto that world belt for bigger contests – El Chocolito – in the future.
In Swansea, we also have 9 fights whilst in Liverpool there are 4.
During the week, on Friday the 19th, in Glasgow, at the Crowne Plaza, MTK Global, have their next contest with 4 highly rated prospects on the bill. We have super middleweight Mohammad Babazadeh, cruiserweight Stephen Simmons, middleweight Marc Kerr, and super welterweight Paul Kean.
In Bolton, also on the Friday, we have 14 fights including super middleweight, Luke Blackledge, and the return of Haroon Khan whilst in Brentwood, we also have 9 fights scheduled.
Saturday 20th May 2017
Maryland USA – WBC featherweight title fight – Gary Russell Jr v Oscar Escandon
MSG, New York – WBC/WBO light welterweight title fight – Terence Crawford v Felix Diaz
London – Frank Warren bill – bantamweight Sunny Edwards, lightweight Mitchell Smith, British featherweight title fight between Ryan Walsh and Marco McCullough and IBF super featherweight headliner between Gervonta Davis and Liam Walsh
Ravenscraig – bantamweight Jamie Wilson defends his Scottish title whilst super lightweight Eddie Doyle also defends his, middleweight Connor Law v Bradley Pryce, lightweight Charlie Flynn, super middleweight Rhys Pagan v Jade Karam, super lightweight JP McGuiness v Leon Roberts, super lightweight Martin Taylor and the British heavyweight title fight between Gary Cornish and Sam Sexton
Southend – heavyweight action between Dominic Akinlade and Ferenc Zsalek
Newark – 4 fights
Cardiff – flyweight Andrew Selby v Cristofer Rosales and cruiserweight Craig Kennedy v Matty Askin for the British title
Houghton-le-Spring – lightweight Lewis Ritson