Tonight, Saturday the 18th of November and in Belfast the much anticipated, long awaited and once postponed return of the Jackal arrives. Before we get to the main event we do have some fantastic undercard action which should whet the appetite somewhat.
We have flyweight Paddy Barnes in for the WBO intercontinental title against Eliecer Quezan; Barnes is supremely confident and so am I to be fair!
We then have a massive ask at super flyweights as Jerwin Ancajas meets Jamie Conlan for the IBF title. Their division is rich just now and Jamie getting a world title chance before brother Michael will spur his brother on. The first Conlan to bring home a world title would certainly be a treasured event and I just think that Conlan, with home advantage has a great chance, should do it but Ancajas is a slick and tricky customer.
We then have that bantamweight sensation Zolani Tete in against Siboniso Gonya and Tete is defending his WBO title. Tete is avoided and underrated outside of the sport; this should show you why he is avoided but should never be underestimated…
Finally, top of the bill action is the return of the Jackal as Carl Frampton takes on Horacio Garcia. No title may be at stake but Frampton, having split from the McGuigans and the farce of his previous attempt to “come home” behind him, has a lot to prove. I have little doubt that this shall be explosive and possibly even over within the distance. It needs to be a big statement and Frampton, once the prodigal son of the McGuigans, may not have nuns in his corner this fight but the whole of his community there. This ought to be straightforward but exciting nonetheless.
Also, tonight, locally, in Airdrie, BIBA are back with cruiserweights Paddy Reilly fighting Aleksanders Roldugins, Ben McGivern and Eduards Gerasimovs facing off, also at cruiserweight; super middleweight Gary Wilson against Eduards Belas, super lightweight Barrie McCrorie facing Igors Dubovs and the lightweight Jamie McGinnis taking on Vladislavs Davidiatis. The East European names may suggest easy nights, until you get in the ring with them though home boxers shall be expected to come away with their wins.
Domestically and around the country we have, in Stoke-on-Trent 6 fights, in Manchester 7 fights, in Weston-Super-Mare 7 fights and in Villa Park no fewer than another 7 fights.
Less certain on Thursday the 23rd November, this week and in Glasgow we have the rematch between Scott Allan and the man who beat him last time out, Ukashir Farooq for Allan’s Scottish bantamweight title. It is also a British title eliminator and I have to say Allan boxed poorly the last time and I expect a very different approach from the Motherwell supporter this time round. It might go the distance, it might be finished early, what it won’t be is boring! I shall be sitting in the Titletaker’s corner for this one and hope to see his name up in a big place for his assault on the British title next. Support is another bantamweight, Jamie Wilson who is currently without an opponent – wonder if the former East Europeans could fit a bantamweight in one of their suitcases for the week…
On Friday the 24th of November and in Tolworth the super featherweight Kallia Kourini is up for the GBU/IBF women’s title but with no opponent whilst in support is lightweight John Joe Nevin who also has no opponent named.
On the same night and at Leeds United there are a further 5 fights
Saturday 25th November
Madison Square Gardens, New York – light heavyweight showdown between Sergey Kovalev and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy for the WBO title
Aberdeen – super bantamweight Billy Stuart v Kerstin Brown, bantamweight Kristen Fraser v Claire Ciantar, super middleweight Chris Ryder v Zygimantas Butkevicius, super lightweight Liall MacKenzie and super featherweight Darren Traynor.
Portsmouth – welterweight action between Michael McKinson and Colin Lynes for the WBC international silver belt and the WBC international super lightweight fight between Paul Kamanga and Christopher Sebire.
Doncaster- lightweight English title fight between Lee Appleyard and Marcus Ffrench
Chorley – light heavyweight Liam Conroy v Chris Hobbs for the English title
York Hall – 15 fights
Nottingham – 7 fights
Bilston – 5 fights
Thursday 30th November
Chigwell – super middleweights Harley Benn
Friday 1st December
Middlesbrough – welterweight Chris Wood v Will Cairns for the International masters bronze title fight in a BIBA sanctioned event
York hall – middleweight Elliott Mathews v Grant Dennis for the English title
Bristol City – 7 fights
Birmingham – 7 fights