There are two massive boxing nights this weekend at opposite ends of the globe as up here we have Frank Buglioni defending his British title on a stacked bill at the 02, Doncaster gives us the British title fight at bantamweight between Josh Wale and Jamie Wilson, MTK Global Scotland have Scottish and Celtic title fights whilst down under Manny Pacquiao returns to fight a school teacher.
Let us start at the 02 Arena, London where welterweight Connor Benn, fresh from recovering from an injury is promising a much improved performance from him against unbeaten Mark Cole. It has been a week in which his father has taken the headlines more than him but expect those headlines to come back with a bang tonight as Benn continues to destroy whatever is put in front of him.
We also have the warring cruiserweights Isaac Chamberlain and Lawrence Okolie to look forward to. This evening they shall face other opponents but have stoked up interest in a future clash after a week of warring in the gym and trash talking on social media – again! Chamberlain is expected to take care of Ryan Crawford and Okolie of Ross Henshaw but we can expect there to be some kind of trade off over who puts in the better performance…
The light heavyweight debut of Joshua Buatsi is one of the hottest tickets around and it is widely anticipated that Buatsi is likely to climb the rankings rapidly. He first has Carlos Mena in front of him tonight and the question over these four might be who gets the earliest bath?
There is then an English title super welterweight fight between Mathew Ryan and Ted Cheeseman which will see the Cheeseman once again in our sights. I reckon this could be an absolute tear up so who knows just what might happen…
The WBC international silver featherweight action between Reece Belotti and Jamie Speight is next and Belotti is highly fancied before the main event.
The British light heavyweight title clash between Frank Buglioni and Ricky Summers has captured the imagination of fight fans as Buglioni has been a world titlist and defeat here would be unthinkable. He also won the British belt against Hosea Burton in a fight that still excites fans when they talk about it. If there was ever a case for a British level fight to headline, this is it and I cannot wait. who will win? Right now, I don’t care – I just want to see the fight!
This evening there is also action in Doncaster where super bantamweight Gavin McDonnell is making a quiet return to the ring against Simas Volosinas, there is an English super featherweight title fight between Samir Mouneimne and Razaq Najib, an English lightweight title fight between Lee Appleyard and Steve Brogan and top of the bill a British bantamweight title fight between Josh Wale and Jamie Wilson. There is plenty in there to entertain and another British title fight at the top of the bill that will be worth the entry money alone.
Up here we have, in Paisley MTK Global putting on a cracking night of boxing – how spoilt are we in the UK with 3 great bills in one evening? There is super featherweight Monty Ogilvie facing Luke Flash – Ogilvie to impress again with his third pro win. We then have super lightweight Steven Beattie up against Rhys Saunders, heavyweight Jay McFarlane continues his upward trajectory against Jone Valau, flyweight Ross Murray will face Gyula Dodu and middleweight Marc Kerr is in against Darryl Sharp. We expect home wins for Beattie, MacFarlane, Murray and Kerr. It will be of particular note just how Kerr finishes tonight.
Also, tonight cruiserweight Ratu Latianara comes in as a heavyweight to fight a guy I have always liked – Tom Dallas. Dallas was in the same stable as David Price and, in my opinion, gave up his unbeaten record to give Price a fight when Price had suffered call offs. Latianara will be expected to win BUT at heavyweight? Is this new, a keep busy fight or a problem with making weight? I don’t know but I wish I could be there to see Dallas in action!
We end the night with 2 incredible contests. The Scottish super featherweight action between Jordan McRory and Jamie McGuire certainly whets the appetite and it could steal the limelight with both keen to take the title. Top of the bill is the Celtic featherweight fight between Michael Roberts and Declan Geraghty. There will be high hopes for a McRory/Roberts double but these are cracking fights that could end up the subject of endless debates – let’s hope so…
Also in Bournemouth, we have 6 fights including middleweight MH Legg against late replacement Kevin McAuley.
Late on Saturday, going into Sunday morning, the 2nd July and in Brisbane the WBO welterweight title is on the line between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn. Pacquiao is obviously the favourite and you will find few giving elementary school teacher, Horn anything more than a puncher’s chance. Freddie Roach has admitted that if Pacquiao loses he is finished so we cannot see that happening, particularly as it has been suggested Pacquiao is looking for a Mayweather rematch! I reckon Pacquiao in an unusual stoppage.
Next Friday the 6th of July in Walsall there are 5 fights.
Saturday the 7th July
Braehead – super bantamweight Joe Ham, welterweight Ally Black, super bantamweight Gary Rae v Luis Espinosa, middleweight Aston Brown, welterweight Gary Murray lightweight action between Chantelle Cameron and Bojana Libiszewska, super lightweight IBO intercontinental title action with Jason Easton and Steve Jamoye, and top of the bill – the super lightweight Commonwealth grudge match between Josh Taylor and Ohara Davies.
Copper Box, London – heavyweight Hughie Fury, heavyweight action between Daniel Dubois and Julian Fernandez, super middleweight fight for the English belt between Darryl Williams and Jahmaine Smyle, WBO European light heavyweight fight with Richard Baranyi and Anthony Yarde, the British title defence at lightweight between Bradley Skeete and Dale Evans and the WBO intern continental title fight between Gary Corcoran and Larry Ekundayo.
York – 7 fights including super middleweight Jamie Scotter against Lewis Van Poetsch
York Hall – 15 fights, Tewkesbury – 5 fights
Sunday the 9th July
York Hall – 14 fights
Monday 10th July
Ekaterinburg, Russia – WBA cruiserweight title fight between Denis Lebedev and Mark Flanagan