This weekend most of the action is off our shores as we kick off tonight in California, USA with the man who can’t find Belfast on a map – featherweight Leo Santa Cruz who faces Chris Avalos for the WBA super title. Interestingly on the undercard is a next opponent as featherweight Abnes Mares faces Andres Gutierrez for the normal WBA title. With the WBA vowing to unite their titles then we can all guess what is next and so can Carl Frampton. In the meantime, I do think the preferred future fight of Santa Cruz and Mares is in little doubt.
Also across the pond in Barclays Centre, New York we have light middleweight action all the way as there is an IBF title fight between Jarret Hurd and Austin Trout, the WBC title clash between Jermell Charlo and Erickson Lubin and the WBA fight between Erislandy Lara and Terrell Gausha. For me Lara is the best out them all though not necessarily the most exciting but I do expect that Hurd, Charlo and Lara will win through but Hurd may have the most difficult of nights.
Domestically we have some fantastic action and in Crawley BIBA are back with a show including the highly decorated amateur Iain Weaver up against Michael Pappoe for the International Masters Bronze belt. Belts are belts of course and this will be keenly fought over.
In Walsall we have IBF Youth title action between Luke Paddock and Adam Hague with Paddock the favourite, in Wigan the return of bantamweight Haroon Khan whilst in Merthyr Tydfil there are 7 fights and in York Hall no fewer than 18.
The highlight of the evening is at Wembley where Sauerland present the World Boxing Super Series all British super middleweight quarter final between George Groves and Jamie Cox for the WBA belt.
Before that we get super middleweight action between John Ryder and Patrick Nielson and Ryder is expected to get through though not necessarily that easily.
As a supporting bill Ryder/Nielson is a great contest and any boxing match before the main event is going to be filled with some cracking contests. The problem for the Series is that the undercards they are providing are a little lacklustre. It puts a lot of strain on the main event and if it does not provide the goods, well then, the public do not want to sit and watch it. So far it has given us some tremendous headline contests BUT a night out does not start at the last night club so perhaps some thought needs to go into what is the first stop on their special night of boxing.
With this one we are really looking forward to the immensely difficult hurdle that George Groves faces. He is the massive favourite and despite Cox being undefeated it is easy to see why Groves is the favoured fighter. I have a sneaking suspicion this might be Groves’ undoing and Cox could progress. I have little to back up my reasoning and I have been very wrong before but after what Chris Eubank did last week, George Groves needs a massive response. Without it, this looks like a Eubank triumph sitting and waiting to happen in the next fight.
Later on in the week, we have, on Friday, the 20th of October, in the 02, London thanks to Hayemaker, heavyweight Joe Joyce on his debut against Iain Lewison and welterweight John O’Donnell up against Tamuka Mucha for the English welterweight title. This is a cracking end of the night couple of big fights at a domestic level and the risk for Joe Joyce is all too obvious. Is he loses then his pro career could be over before it even began, win and he gets the chance to start sweeping up the domestic scene – David Price, Gary Cornish, Sam Sexton are all decent prospects and suddenly within his grasp.
O’Donnell is well fancied for his scrap over Mucha but this could be another one that is a true 50/50 contest.
Also on Friday night at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Lee McAllister presents an evening of action and is in the main event as BIBA have sanctioned his night of 6 contests that will include super flyweight Andy Cuthbert on his debut, welterweight George McIlroy and cruiserweight Sandy Robb. At present they are without opponents but who does have a live guy in front of them is super flyweight Isaac Quaye who takes on Ekon Wilson for the PBC international silver title, Nathan Beattie facing Jackie Annan for the PBC silver international lightweight title and super welterweights Lee McAlister and Justice Addy who are in the ring to contest the PBC commonwealth and international titles. No prizes for guessing that home fighters are expected to win but once again there will be little by way of coverage as it is a BIBA event but plenty of worthwhile action to support.
We also have, in Cleethorpes – 4 fights and in Dudley 4 fights.
Saturday 21st October
New Jersey, USA – IBF cruiserweight title fight as part of the World Boxing Super Series between Murrat Gassiev and the man with few vowels in his name, Krzysztof Wludarczyk
New York, USA – super featherweight action between Jezreel Corrales and Alberto Machado for the WBA title
Belfast – Matchroom bring super welterweight Anthony Fowler, welterweight Josh Kelly, the WBA international super featherweight fight between James Tennyson and Darren Traynor and the IBF East/ West European title fight between Paul Hyland Jr and Stephen Ormond as back up to the IBF/WBA title fight at bantamweight between home boy Ryan Burnett and Hatton trained Zhanat Zhakiyanov.
Leeds – Queensberry promotions bring featherweight Josh Warrington to fight Denis Ceylan as support to the British super lightweight title fight between Tyrone Nurse and Jack Catterall.
Swansea – 11 fights
Nottingham – 1 fight
Friday the 27th October
Hull – 9 fights