This evening, Saturday the 11th of November and all eyes turn to Ingliston in Edinburgh as we welcome the return of a very special boxer to Scotland.
The undercard is however just as cracking as Cyclone Promotions have put together some intriguing match ups. We begin with bantamweight Lee McGregor making his debut, also cruiserweight Chris Billam Smith fighting Jan Hrazdira, then Iain Trotter taking on Leopold Krzeszewski. Of course, we expect wins for McGregor, Smith and Trotter but again they have a real opportunity, off camera but on a big bill to make very clear statements.
We then see a guy we know well – super welterweight Craig MacIntyre who is back against Michal Vosyka and middleweight Aston Brown will take on Martin Kabrhel. McIntyre should show off a little and start to make a name for himself. Being seen by the likes of the McGuigans could make his future career look that bit much brighter and again a statement would be very good whilst Brown shall be expected to do the business too. Another super welterweight, Michael McGurk faces Filip Rzadek with McGurk expected to come through before the main events.
Let us begin with heavyweight Martin Bakole Ilunga who is up against Ali Baghouz for the IBO continental title. Ilunga is part of the Billy Nelson stable of fighters that have had to deal with their share of disappointment of late but some decent sparring should allow him to elbow his way into the mix for bigger and better fights for 2018 so I expect Ilunga to triumph. Now he is a very impressive heavyweight, so this could be quick!
Lightweight Chantelle Cameron joins an ever-impressive list of women boxers in the professional ranks and will face Edith Ramos for the IBO Inter-Continental Title. Cameron may not have the profile of others, but she has the ability and I expect it could go a few rounds before Cameron wins
Former Billy Nelson trainee, super lightweight Jason Easton goes in against Josef Zahradnik for the IBO intercontinental belt and this will be yet another opportunity to see the careful stepping up of a very exciting fighter who could be going all the way. His trajectory may be in the slip stream of others but there are plenty to rate him very highly and having seen him in the flesh a couple of times, I am one of them.
That slipstream is the sensation that is super lightweight Josh Taylor. He takes on former world title holder, the Mexican Miguel Vazquez for the WBC Silver Super Lightweight Title. Make no mistake this is a massive ask for the Prestonpans man. There is a gulf on paper between these two, but you do not win or lose a fight on paper cuts. This might be a step too far or it could be a triumph that announces Taylor on a world map. I have a feeling it shall be the latter as there are few who doubt he shall win.
Also, tonight and on rival stations we have, in Newcastle the super welterweight rematch between Liam Smith and Liam Williams heading a very decent bill thanks to Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions.
Before that we another heavyweight, under the radar in Nathan Gorman who takes on Mohamed Soltby and Gorman should show off his skills here. There is more super lightweight action for the evening as Josh Leather takes on Glenn Foot for the IBF East/West Europe super lightweight title. I have to go for Leather here though Foot has never been easy to get past.
There is then super bantamweight Thomas Patrick Ward up against Sean Davis for the British title and this is quite a tricky one, I think, to split; so, I won’t.
The main event being that super welterweight rematch between Liam Smith and Liam Williams is similarly tricky and my fondness for the Smith brothers makes me lean towards that Liam as opposed to the other Liam but would not be surprised if the other Liam won it by split decision. Fact is this is a cracking contest that I cannot wait to see – bet you Liam wins…
Also, tonight, in California, and in the small hours of the morning we have action between Artur Beterbiev and Enrico Koelling for the IBF light heavyweight title – hope they tuned into Monaco last week…
Now, having delivered Cardiff and then Monaco we are in New York with Matchroom for a fantastic bill which has 3 very tidy and highly anticipated fights. We start with Connor Benn and his American debut at welterweight against Brandon Saludo. Benn is ahead, in terms of career timing, of his dad and this is just a massive opportunity for the young man – both hands are at the ready to take it!
Heavyweight Jarrel Big Baby Miller gets a step up in challenge as he faces German whacker Mariusz Wach. Given where we are at the moment with heavyweights he cannot afford a slip up. We are about to find out if he is real or talk.
Top of the bill is the fascinating middleweight contest between the new and improved Daniel Jacobs and Luis Arias. There has been a bit of verbal about this fight and I expect Jacobs to win – how? Who knows… But this is, on paper, scintillating.
Elsewhere tonight and in Notts County’s ground we have 7 fights.
On Monday night, the 13th of November and in Mayfair, London super flyweight Matthew Chanda is in against Jay Harris for the British title. I can’t work out who I think shall get this but shall go for Chanda just now… Might change my mind later…
Finally, this week and on Friday the 17th of November there are 5 fights in Sheffield.
Saturday the 18th November
Belfast – flyweight Paddy Barnes in for the WBO European title; super middleweights Darryl Williams and Lennox Clarke for the English title; super flyweights Jerwin Ancajas and Jamie Conlan for the IBF title; bantamweight sensation Zolani Tete v Siboniso Gonya for the WBO title; and the return of the Jackal with Carl Frampton v Horacio Garcia.
Stoke-on-Trent – 6 fights
Manchester – 9 fights
Weston-Super-Mare – 7 fights
Villa Park – 7 fights
Airdrie – BIBA even with cruiserweights Paddy Reilly and Aleksanders Roldugins, Ben McGivern and Eduards Gerasimovs; super middleweight Gary Wilson v Eduards Belas; super lightweight Barrie McCrorie v Igors Dubovs; lightweight Jamie McGinnis v Vladislavs Davidiatis
Thursday 23rd November
Glasgow – Scott Allan v Ukashir Farooq for the Scottish bantamweight title and bantamweight Jamie Wilson in support.
Friday 24th November
Tolworth – super featherweight Kallia Kourini in for the GBU/IBF women’s title
Leeds United – 5 fights