Tonight, Saturday the 2nd of December and in Madison Square Gardens, New York the incredible career of now, light middleweight, Miguel Cotto comes to an end. Cotto has been a towering presence from Puerto Rico for so long that his final chapter should always have been against anyone he might choose. Whilst we would have wanted a super fight, because he was always super in fights, it is apposite that he gives Sadam Ali a chance to fight for the WBO title. This is a fitting bowing out at a venue well known to ring from crowds packed to applaud and support this major star of the boxing world. You have to pick Cotto to win and for once, my head and heart are in tune with each other – it is a fantastic career and we shall be sorry to see him go, principally because we were delighted to see him box.
Also on the undercard we have super bantamweight Rey Vargas up against Oscar Negrete for their WBC belt. I think Vargas, who won the belt in February against Gavin McDonnell, shall show again just how good he is.
Back home we have some decent action and in Brentwood cruiserweight Tony Conquest, and heavyweight David Price return to the ring. Price faces the tough Kamil Sokolowski and should do a decent job of it on his return. Conquest faces journeyman Remigijus Ziausys and we all expect a home win there too.
Cyclone Promotions, in Leicester lead the way with welterweight Ryan Martin facing Craig Morris for the IBO continental belt, lightweight Chantelle Cameron up against Vivianne Obenauf for the IBO world title. Cameron faces a very tough fight, but we are all sure she can do it!
Super middleweight Jahmaine Smyle is back and fighting for the IBO continental belt against Lennox Clarke; Smyle is very well fancied. So, too is cruiserweight Luke Watkins in his Commonwealth title fight with Mike Stafford.
We have super lightweight contender, Anthony Yigit facing Joe Hughes for the EBU title and Yigit is the guy they are punting so will likely have very short odds! This is a great stepping stone for either fighter and Yigit may be the fancied one but… you just never know…
Also in York Hall there are 21 fights, in Darlington 5 fights, in Wigan 8 fights and at Villa Park we have 4 fights, in Blackburn there are 5 fights and in Liverpool there is a BIBA event with welterweight Dayle Gallagher in for the PBC international Silver belt.
Saturday 9th December
Madison Square Gardens, New York – super featherweight title action between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux for the WBO title; CANNOT WAIT!
Las Vegas – super featherweights Stephen Smith and Francisco Vargas fight whilst Tevin Farmer and Kenicki Ogawa contest the IBF title.
Copper Box, London – heavyweight Daniel Dubois v Dorian Darch, welterweight Johnny Garton is in for the IBF East/West European title, middleweight Joe Mullender is in for their IBF East/West European title, light heavyweight Anthony Yarde takes on Nikola Sjekloca for the WBO European and intercontinental belts, super middleweight James DeGale defends his IBF title against Caleb Truax and featherweight Lee Selby defends his IBF title against Eduardo Ramirez.
In Bilston – 5 fights
Sunday 10th December
Aberdeen – super bantamweight Joe Ham, welterweight Stewart Burt, welterweight Aly Black and the postman, Charlie Flynn is in against Fonz Alexander.
Wednesday 13th December –
York Hall – middleweight Felix Cash takes on Greg O’Neil, super welterweight Ted Cheeseman faces Tony Dixon, welterweight Josh Kelly faces Jean Michael Hamilcaro and welterweight Connor Benn, cruiserweights Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain, super bantamweight Gamal Yafai and super featherweight Joe Cordino are all back. Light heavyweight Jake Ball takes on Miles Shinkwin for the WBA intercontinental title before we get the WBA title fight between Katie Taylor and Jessica McCaskill and the EBU title fight between Martin Joseph Ward and Juli Giner.
In Sheffield – 5 fights
Friday 10th December
Merthyr Tydfil – lightweight Gavin Gwynne v Henry James and light heavyweight Nathan Thorley against Jermaine Asare for the Welsh titles whilst bantamweights Ashley Brace and Melania Sorroche face off for the EBU female title.
In Halifax – 10 fights