Sometimes it is easy to see why Eddie Hearn gets so excited. In Liverpool tonight he has, on paper, delivered an absolute cracker.
So, let the records show that on Saturday, the 30th of September in Liverpool heavyweight Derrick Chisora showed his mojo was truly back with a scrap against Robert Filipovic that sets him up nicely for his European title fight in Monaco later this year.
Let us see the best of lightweight Natasha Jonas who should smash her way past Bojana Libiszewska. Then we can enjoy cruiserweight Craig Glover, who should see his way through Forenc Zsalek.
With those three contests out of the way, we get onto genuine 50/50 fights. Firstly super welterweight Anthony Fowler has a tough task against Jay Byrne but should have enough to do it.
Super lightweight Tom Farrell then faces the man who needs redemption in the Scouser’s favourite mate, Ohara Davies for the WBA international belt. Davies left us all underwhelmed with his capitulation to Josh Taylor last time out and he knows that nothing less than a convincing win is needed. Farrell is a genius match up for him and will push him. If Davies loses there are not many places left for him to go, never mind hide but if he wins, he returns to the super lightweight scene and could get a decent early 2018 fight. I cannot see this being anything other than a big fight with a decisive result – possibly early. Who gets it? Dunno…
Lightweight Sean Dodds then faces former Olympic GB captain, Thomas Stalker for the Commonwealth title; Birkenhead v Liverpool in a tight contest that has bragging rights and a pathway to glory as reward. For me it is a head and heart thing, heart says Dodds, Stalker is in my head. It depends on whether it’s a fight or a boxing skills match. The former, means Dodds, the latter, should be Stalker.
The much hyped and anticipated bantamweight clash between Paul Butler and Stuart Hall in an IBF eliminator is top of the bill for those boxing fans who are resident, south of our border. It is a great clash and this rematch promises much and hopefully will deliver even more. I have the younger Butler winning but Hall looks so fresh and determined that it is hard to see it going all the one way. I just don’t know who I fancy for this.
Finally, I have no such qualms about the super middleweight fight for the British and Commonwealth titles between Rocky Fielding and David Brophy. Fielding is the big favourite but Brophy has proven in going over to Australia and winning the Commonwealth belt he is comfortable in going away and bringing belt back. So, it’s Brophy for me but a tough contest that is our top of our bill, north of the border.
On the same night there is a great fright in Hartlepool, at the second time of asking, where super bantamweight Abigail Medina faces Martin Ward for the EBU belt. I shall continue to fly the flag for the UK and go for the home guy, Ward…
Also in Walsall there are 7 fights, in Southend 6 fights and in Stoke no fewer, than 5 fights
The one fight I really want to see is in Latvia, Riga tonight where the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight second quarter final for the WBC title between Mairis Breidis and Mike Perez is happening. Now I reckon the surprise package in all this is Perez. I have a sneaking suspicion he might go all the way to the final so I am tipping him to win tonight. I am very much on a limb with this and can find no one to agree with me – not for the first time!
If David Brophy fighting for the British and Commonwealth title this weekend is a tremendous advert for how healthy Scottish boxing is just now then we can all see the next generation of Scottish boxing on Friday the 6th of October at Meadowbank along with a record breaking attempt at heavyweight by Inverness’s Gary Cornish.
On Friday we shall see middleweight Connor Law, flyweight Paddy Barnes, the debut of Aidan McGlynn, welterweight Lewis Benson, super lightweight Thomas Dickson, and super featherweight Monty Ogilvie. At present they are all without opponents but rest assured the matchmakers shall be working overtime this week!
On the bill we also have some good title action as welterweight Paddy Gallagher faces Gary Murray for the Celtic title and you can take your pick as to which one is the more likely.
We also have featherweight Stephen Tiffney v Troy James and Tiffney is on a roll that should continue whilst super middleweight Tommy Phillbin is up against Sanquhar’s Rhys Pagan for the Celtic title. I like Pagan and he comes from close to my neck of the woods so will favour him though I do think Phillbin may have too much for him.
It was going to be cruiserweight Matty Askin defending his British title against Stephen Simmons but now Simmons faces Simon Barclay and will surely not be sorely tested.
Finally, we have heavyweight Gary Cornish in the ring and hopefully by the end, in the record books against Sam Sexton for the British title. I really fancy Cornish for this and Sexton, though a man with a long pedigree is not in the same category as most British elite heavyweights. Heavyweights promise bang and for a huge buck – Cornish by the middle rounds to become the very first Scottish heavyweight crowned as British champion.
Also on Friday and in Barnsley there are 9 fights whilst in Belfast there are 7 fights and in Bristol a sure fire 7 contests.
Saturday the 7th October
Stuttgart – Supermiddleweight WBA title fight as part of the World Boxing Super Series, the quarter final between Chris Eubank Jr and Avril Yilorim
Manchester – super bantamweight Joe Ham, lightweight contest between Charlie Flynn and Liam Richards, light heavyweight Hosea Burton, featherweight contest between Gavin McDonnell and Jay Carney, lightweight Scott Cardle, welterweight Connor Benn v Nathan Clarke, British lightweight title fight between Robbie Barrett and Lewis Ritson, EBU title action between Sam Eggington and Mohamed Mimoune and the lightweight clash between Anthony Crolla and Ricky Burns.
York Hall – flyweight Andrew Selby v Maximino Flores, the Commonwealth title fight between Robin Dupre and Luke Watkins, lightweight Chantelle Cameron.
Manchester – 9 fights
Brentwood – 16 fights
Maidstone – 10 fights
Meadowbank – super lightweight Thomas Dickson
Friday the 13th October
Sheffield – middleweight Sam Sheedy v Liam Cameron for the Commonwealth belt.
York Hall – Matchroom and the next generation with super middleweight Craig Richards, super welterweight Ted Cheeseman, middleweight Felix Cash, lightweight Natasha Jonas, cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, Commonwealth featherweight fight between Jason Cunningham and Reece Bellotti and the British belt between super flyweight fight between Charlie Edwards and Matthew Chanda.
Derby – 7 fights