Forget the 90,000 at Wembley. IF British boxing is thriving then we must see increased figures at places like York Hall and up here at Meadowbank Stadium. If we can fill them then we know the sport is healthy. One of the major litmus tests is tonight, outside at Brammal Lane and boxing has passed with flying colours. 27,000 are destined to witness a night of destiny and, if he pulls it off, a remarkable achievement that ranks up there with the best. Kell Brook is coming home!
Before the main event we have sensational cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie taking on late replacement Rudolf Helesic and we expect an explosive end – like the last 2 for Okolie. We have super featherweight Joe Cordina who faces Josh Thorne and again Cordina should pull through.
We then have the debut, and much anticipated it is, of middleweight Anthony Fowler who takes on Arturs Geikins; I have no doubt that Fowler shall win.
Super featherweight Andy Townend and Jon Kays go head to head for the vacant Commonwealth title and this is a cracking fight which could take the headlines. It’s quite balanced and there are a lot of people who do not want to call it…
Super middleweight Jamie Cox finds himself up against Lewis Taylor for the vacant WBA continental title and again this is a cracking contest and the undercard could also spill out into being the main event. Finely tuned and finely balanced? Cox for me…
Then the quite sensational heavyweight and White Rhino, Dave Allen takes on Lenroy Thomas for the vacant Commonwealth title and if you have not taken up a watch on IFL TV of Allen – DO SO!!! He is an absolute sensation and I reckon, now that he is taking his career seriously this should be a night of triumph for him.
We then get into the super middleweight “super” WBA title fight between challenger George Groves and champion Fedor Chudinov. Groves is fed up with the tag of 4th title contender and you can understand why. There are plenty who think that if he fails this time, he shall have to give up trying. Of all the champions, Chudinov is the most vulnerable to a Groves attack and I reckon Groves takes this, though NOT easily.
Finally we have the 147lbs monster fight between Kell Brook and Errol Spence Jr. Both have made the weight and done so with a bit to spare. The question is what has that done to their prowess. Making weight reduces your abilities and if Brook weathers the storm of the first few rounds I am taking him to win, possibly by stoppage. If Chudinov can work him in the beginning then by round 4, if the weight has taken its toll, Brook may gas and struggle. My American publisher reckons Spence by knockout…
Tonight, in York Hall we also have 14 fights whilst in amongst the 14 scraps in Manchester we have the Central Area Championship fight at middleweight between Darryl Sharp and Ben Davies. Sharp is making a name for himself as a journey man so you should fancy Davies but stranger things…
In Maidstone, we have featherweight action between Martin Millman and Jamie Speight for the Southern Area Championship among 7 fights that are slated. Again, Speight is a 25+ journeyman so Millman should win… shouldn’t he?
In Brighton – heavyweight Ian Lewison is due to return and in Middleton there are a further 5 fights.
On Friday the 2nd of June in Brentwood we have a British welterweight title fight between Bradley Skeete and Shayne Singleton that ought to be a total cracker and I cannot wait to see who gets through it.
Saturday 3rd June
Meadowbank – light heavyweight Tommy Philbin takes on Grant Quigley in a bill that also includes middleweight Iain Trotter, cruiserweight Rata Latianara, welterweight Lewis Benson, super lightweight Thomas Dickson, super featherweight Lewis Paulin and super featherweight Monty Ogilvie.
Paisley – welterweight Sam Allen makes his debut, lightweight Gary Ducie also makes his debut against Jamie Quinn and we have super bantamweight Gary Rae, super lightweight Ryan Smith, super bantamweight Ukashir Farooq, welterweight Stewart Burt up against William Warburton, welterweight Craig McIntyre against Nathan Hardy for the British International Masters Belt, welterweight Frankie Gavin on the bill and headliner super welterweight Kieran Smith taking on Bradley Pryce for the British International Masters belt.
Friday 9th June
Dudley – 5 fights, Aston Vila’s ground in Birmingham – 7 fights.