Tonight, Saturday the 16th of September in the Copper Box, London, Queensberry Promotions presents an intriguing night of action with some verbal sparring already in the mix and a cheeky wee 12 year old who knows where Willie Monroe Jr’s crown jewels are! If the weigh in is to signify what to expect it should be a night of absolute cracking and unexpected action.
We have heavyweight Daniel DuBois, the WBC Youth Champion, facing AJ Carter for the Southern Area Championship. Dubois is making serious waves in the heavyweight division and there are no takers for an upset here.
Super welterweight Joe Pickford faces our very own Kieran Smith for the WBO European title and if Pickford thinks he is in for a straightforward night then he needs to think again. I reckon Smith shall be right up for this and it’s a big win for the young Scot for me.
Light heavyweight Anthony Yarde then has a curious fight against Norbert Nemesapati for the WBO European and intercontinental titles. There have been some exchanges between promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren over Yarde with Yarde himself being just as vocal. At this stage in his career, if this is the type of fight that will get him to a bigger stage, especially heading towards the WBO light heavyweight champ – he is ranked 8th at the minute – then so be it. I reckon it’s a relatively easy night for him. If he stumbles though…
Finally, and top of the bill we have the WBO middleweight showdown between Billy Joe Saunders and Willie Monroe Jr. It cannot be over stated just how important this fight is for Saunders. He MUST produce. Later on, in the evening, we have the massive boxing fight between the best two boxers on the planet and Saunders has pretensions of facing, and beating both. That disappears if he is beaten in this showdown. To be fair I think he has this and could stop Munroe Jr midway through.
On the same night and in Liverpool Sauerland presents the World Boxing Super Series first super middleweight quarter final between Callum Smith and Erik Skogland as the top of their bill. Smith is the one I fancy to win the entire tournament so this ought to be a win for him. I do think he has the easier side of the draw with George Groves, Jamie Cox and Chris Eubank Jr on the other side. I am sticking by my own thoughts that it may be a Smith/Cox final so it is just down to the manner of the win tonight. I do think Smith will need the trenches and it’s by points.
Also on the bill we have super middleweight action between Zach Parker and Luke Blackledge which Parker shall be expected to win whilst the return of Martin Murray has him in against Arman Torosyan and Murray should be getting rid of people like Torosyan early on.
Also in Belfast, light heavyweight Steve Collins Jr is back in action.
We also have 8 fights in Villa Park, 7 fights in Bournemouth, and 4 BIBA fights in Liverpool.
Of course, the massive fight of the night is in Las Vegas with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faces Gennady Golovkin for the WBA, WBC and IBF super middleweight belts, which means that ALL the super middleweight belts are up for grabs in one evening. A lot has been written about this fight and it is great to have a 50/50 fight worth debating rather than a circus show from the same arena to describe. This is what we all wanted and though Golovkin is getting older, this ought to be an absolute feast for the eyes. It has already been called the fight of the decade and I hope so. I am a Canelo guy but think if it is stopped, Golovkin wins, but I think if it goes to points then Canelo gets it; and yeah it is rather sore up on this fence…
The undercard gives our own Nicola Adams the chance to make waves stateside as she takes on Alexandra Vlajk at flyweight. Clearly Adams is the favourite to win in her second professional contest but it is the manner in which she does it that will be important. She is an incredible asset to British boxing and generous with her time and never less than grinning from ear to ear. I reckon an early stoppage will send her global.
Tomorrow night, Sunday the 17th of September in Newcastle we have 11 fights whilst in Worksop there are 8 fights.
There continues to be action during the week, and on Thursday the 21st of September in Glasgow the St Andrews Club presents lightweight Andrew MacKay v Marek Lakowski and super lightweight Callen McAuley. MacKay will be expected to win whilst McAuley in his debut should find a decent opponent to give him the experience to build onto the next stage.
We also have, in Chigwell, 3 further fights.
On Friday the 22nd of September in Carshalton there are no fewer than 15 fights including super welterweight Michael McKinnon v Erick Ochieng which is a young pup v an old hand fight – McKinnon ought to get it but Ochieng is very dangerous. We also have the return of super lightweight Lenny Daws.
In Middleton, there are 5 fights including super middleweight action between Jake Haigh and Darryl Sharp. I have seen Sharp twice and though he is making his way as a journeyman he has won the Southern Area title at his weight so watch out Mr Haigh…
Saturday the 23rd of September
Manchester – bantamweight Haroon Khan, super welterweight Jimmy “Kilrain” Kelly v Stilyan Kostov for the WBO intercontinental title, bantamweight Josh Wale v Don Broadhurst for the British title, lightweight Joe Murray v Matty Fagan and the WBO heavyweight title fight between Joseph parker and Hughie Fury.
Swindon – super bantamweight Ashley Lane v Michael Ramabeletsa for the Commonwealth title
York Hall – 18 fights
Los Angeles – Jorge Linares v Luke Campbell for the Ring, WBA and WBC Diamond lightweight belts
Sunday the 24th September
Newark – 7 fights
Friday the 29th September
Manchester – 6 fights
Tolworth – 9 fights
Northampton – 6 fights