You keep hearing that domestically in boxing things are buzzing but the fact is that we need the proof. The next fortnight is very real proof… we have world title action, a massive domestic fight, the next generation of boxers on display and halls up and down the country buzzing with local action.
We have a golden time to enjoy, it won’t last forever but while it is here, let’s make the most of it.
Tonight, is an amazing night of action starting in Stuttgart where we have the supermiddleweight IBO title fight as part of the World Boxing Super Series, and the quarter final between Chris Eubank Jr and Avril Yilorim. This has exploded into action. Of all the World Series fights this might not have been the one we were expecting to hit the headlines but Yilorim’s team have shouted, sworn and made themselves known in ways that are far from positive. We now expect Eubank Jr to do the business and I would not be surprised if it was a stoppage.
Our hearts though are in Manchester as the first event after what happened in that venue at the Ariane Grande concert is held. We also have two of the nicest guys in boxing having to fight. Don’t get me wrong they want to fight but you get the impression that if they didn’t have to they never would have.
First though, we have super bantamweight Joe Ham facing Ricky Starkey, a lightweight contest between Charlie Flynn and Liam Richards, and the light heavyweight Hosea Burton is up against Kristof Demendi. All of these will and should end up with wins declared for the blue corner.
The featherweight contest between Gavin McDonnell and Jay Carney, lightweight Scott Cardle against Lee Connelly and the welterweight clash between Connor Benn and Nathan Clarke should also end with wins for McDonnell, Cardle and Benn but the manner in which each of them do it is now what is important.
The British lightweight title fight between Robbie Barrett and Lewis Ritson is a real serious contest. Barrett is favourite and this is a massive step up for Ritson. I have seen Ritson a couple of times and he can fight. I really do think he shall do the business tonight and win the belt.
I also think that the EBU title defence for Sam Eggington against Mohamed Mimoune shall see Eggington defend, defend well and catapult himself towards the American dream fight he wants.
It leaves the top of the bill and the two loveliest men on this boxing planet who actually posed for a photo together before the weigh in! The lightweight clash between Anthony Crolla and Ricky Burns is a real heart and head fight. For me Burns has had a fantastic career and I think Crolla takes this on points. If Burns retires afterwards we have had a great time with him over the years and he is a hall of famer. I worry that he loses, carries on and ends up an act rather than a headliner.
Meanwhile in York Hall flyweight Andrew Selby continues his journey up against Maximino Flores, and this will be another Selby win. The Commonwealth title fight between Robin Dupre and Luke Watkins, could go either way whilst lightweight Chantelle Cameron, will face and beat Bilitis Gaucher.
We also have 9 fights elsewhere in Manchester, in Brentwood there are 17 fights and in Maidstone no fewer than 8.
The tale does not end tonight and during the week, on Friday the 13th of October and in Sheffield – middleweight Sam Sheedy takes on Liam Cameron for the Commonwealth belt. I am going to go for Sheedy… but then again…
The place to be on Friday though is likely to be where we see the next crop of fighters at the legendary York Hall with Matchroom as super lightweight and cousin Harleem Eubank, super middleweight Craig Richards, super welterweight Ted Cheeseman, middleweight Felix Cash, lightweight Natasha Jonas, and cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain all await opponents but there is no chance they shall do anything but look good on the TV!
The Commonwealth featherweight fight between Jason Cunningham and Reece Bellotti is a great fight and I just don’t know who I fancy whilst the British title fight between super flyweight fight between Charlie Edwards and Matthew Chanda will be expected to end up going the way of Edwards on points.
If you aint had enough action you can head up to Derby where there are a further 7 fights on Friday.
Saturday 14th October
California, USA – featherweight Leo Santa Cruz v Chris Avalos for the WBA title and featherweight action between Abnes Mares and Andres Gutierrez.
Barclays Centre, New York – light middleweight action all the way as IBF title fight between Jarret Hurd and Austin Trout, the WBC title clash between Jermell Charlo and Erickson Lubin and we end with the WBA fight between Erislandy Lara and Terrell Gausha.
Crawley – BIBA show with highly decorated amateur Iain Weaver up against Michael Pappoe for the International Masters Bronze belt
Wembley – Sauerland present the World Boxing Super Series all British super middleweight quarter final between George Groves and Jamie Cox for the WBA belt supported by super middleweight action between John Ryder and Patrick Nielson.
Walsall – IBF Youth title fight between Luke Paddock and Adam Hague
Merthyr Tydfil – 7 fights
York Hall – 18 fights
Wigan – the return of bantamweight Haroon Khan
Friday 20th October
02, London – Hayemaker present heavyweight Joe Joyce on his debut against Iain Lewison and welterweight John O’Donnell and the English welterweight title fight between John O’Donnell and Tamuka Mucha.
Cleethorpes – 5 fights
Dudley – 4 fights