It’ bene a good week off from my duties for Talking Baws but if you were going to come back to a cracker of a weekend then this is the one to return to.
Let us begin tonight, Saturday the 28th of October in Paisley as we have an MTK card which according to Boxrec has super lightweight Shane McShane, super lightweight Sonny Upton, super flyweight Adam McKenzie, super welterweight Stefan Sanderson, welterweight John Thain, middleweight Marc Kerr, welterweight Ahmed Ibrahim, super welterweight Paul Kean, super flyweight Jordan McRory, bantamweight Iain Butcher and lightweight Calvin McCord on his debut fighting but no opponents for any of them. It is a massive bill and I have a feeling it might end up being smaller and home fighters are there for experience ad to win but there are some cracking fighters on show – Kerr, Thain and Kean but a few.
We also have 4 fights at Villa Park and 8 in Oldham.
But enough of all that – the massive road show has hit Cardiff. With over 70,000 in attendance the latest instalment of AJ on the road hits town and by God it’s a cracking night of top level boxing.
We have cruiserweight sensation Lawrence Okolie fighting Adam Williams, light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi up against Saidon Sall, lightweight Joe Cordino taking on Lesther Cantillano as the major support acts for a 5-course feast. Once again, the main issue is not whether Okolie, Buatsi or Cordino are win, of course they should, but the means of demolition is key.
The light heavyweight fight between Frank Buglioni and Craig “Spider” Richards sees late replacement, Richards taking a chance with his unbeaten record against former world titlist and British champion Buglioni. The original contest with Glenn Johnson scuppered by Johnson’s withdrawal, a potential last-minute rematch with Hosea Burton rejected as Buglioni believes he needs a full camp to face Burton, Richards has bravely stepped in – Buglioni is expected to show his world level credentials.
Dave Allen will also have to show his credentials and power as he faces his late replacement, Scott Saward, who comes in on his 4th professional fight – Allen will face Lenroy Thomas in December for the Commonwealth title that was supposed to be tonight! Allen by early stoppage is the current thinking…
There is little doubt about the credentials of Mr Dillian Whyte unless of course you are Deontay Wilder, but Whyte will get closer to the WBC champion by dealing with Robert Helenius tonight. Helenius was the guy who, in Finland, stole the European belt from Derrick Chisora and comparisons between that scrap and this are likely to be made so Whyte needs a very skilful and comprehensive win.
The WBA lightweight Women’ belt can now only be won by Katie Taylor after her opponent, Anahi Esther Sanchez failed to make the weight. After 6 professional fights, being in the ring for a world title is testimony to the expertise of Taylor and the lack of pros in the women’s game but there is little doubt this is a tough fight and one Taylor will be odds on to win and win well.
The second, of three, world title fights sees Khalid Yafai put his WBA super flyweight title on the line in his first defence against the Japanese boxer, Sho Ishida. Little is known about Ishida apart from him being undefeated, but the fact is that few expect Yafai to be overly troubled.
Finally, top of the bill sees the IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight titles up for grabs with champion Anthony Joshua facing new opponent Carlos Takam. Nobody, I can find, thinks Takam has a chance and there are many predictions about in which round he shall hit the floor. Takam is different to original IBF number 1, Kubrat Pulev but I have to say I think there is little doubt that Joshua, should he be serious about getting all the belts, should be seeing Takam out of there in less than 6 rounds.
Sunday the 29th of October in Derby sees 3 contests in a BIBA sanctioned event. BIBA has just announced sanctioning rehydration drinks during fights. This has been an issue for so long, nice to see someone doing something about it…
Friday the 3rd of November has 7 fights in Corby whilst in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow we have super lightweight Thomas Dickson, welterweight Lewis Benson and super welterweight Aidan McGlynn rostered.
Saturday 4th November
New York – heavyweight Deontay Wilder v Bermaine Stiverne for the WBC belt
Monaco – featherweight Scott Quigg v Oleg Yefimovich in a WBA eliminator, European heavyweight title fight between Agit Kabayel and Derrick Chisora, WBA bantamweight title fight rematch between champion Jamie McDonnell and Liborio Solis and the WBA light heavyweight fight between Dmitry Bivol and Trent Broadhurst.
Manchester – Central area title defence by Darry Sharp at middleweight against Mathew Ryan and super welterweight Denton Vassell is back.
Liverpool – 12 fights
Sunday 5th November
Plymouth – 7 fights
Friday 10th November
Manchester – super welterweight Mark Thompson v Emmany Kalombo for the WBC international silver title, lightweight Joe Murray in title action against Nkuleloko Venganayi for the WBC international silver belt and the WBC international middleweight fight between Craig Cunningham and Lukas Ndafoluma.
York Hall – 10 fights