So, 2017 is about to finish off and what a way to complete it! This evening, Saturday the 16th of December sees the final world title fight of the year with a British fighter all the way over in Montreal, Canada with the WBO middleweight title fight between David Lemieux and Billy Joe Saunders.
This is a fascinating fight, mainly because we want to know if Saunders has really made the changes he said he has and has gone from being an elite fighter to being a sensational boxer. His claims to have cast aside the ways of the past, got himself supremely fit and incredibly disciplined shall be sorely tested in the ring against Lemieux. Both got stripped at the weigh in, Saunders didn’t need to, and the verbal battle has been entertaining. I think the physical contests shall be too and am really looking forward to it.
It tops a bill with other interest for us in the UK as there is also middleweight action for the WBO intercontinental title between Antoine Douglas and Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. Spike is a true character and the type of guy who seem to punch above his abilities with the luck of the green everywhere he goes but the he does have the ability to back it up. I have my fingers crossed tonight for him because he is the type of character of which we could do with having more and it’s a fascinating match up for him. Win it and 2018 becomes a cracking year ahead.
Also on the undercard is the next superstar of women’s boxing (actually scrub that – the next superstar of boxing) as super flyweight fight Nicola Adams faces the very experienced Soledad Maredo. I have to say the image flying round of them facing off in front of one of the ring girls is one of the most incongruous photographs of the year!
Of course, we are in the Saunders, Sullivan, Adams corner for each of these contests but it is in Montreal and you never know how each of the shall fare, boxing away from home. I will bet you though, not one of them shall be faulted for effort!
Also, tonight and in Paisley MTK close the year with a massive bill. You can see welterweight Aidan McGlynn matched against Lewis Van Poetsch, super lightweight Martin Taylor face Naheem Chaudry, lightweight Calvin McCord face off against Alec Bazza, the sensational super featherweight Monty Ogilvie takes on Joe Beeden, middleweight Jay MacFarlane is opposite Nathan Stevens, major talent super lightweight Lewis Benson is in a tough fight with Marcos Mojica, welterweight Anthony Upton fights Santos Medrano, bantamweight Iain Butcher takes on fellow Scot Scott MacCormack and featherweight Stephen Tiffney and Lewis Paulin square off in the headliner for the Scottish title. It’s a great bill topping a fantastic year for Scottish boxing and for MTK. There will be plenty to marvel at and the build up to the Scottish title fight shall be worth the ticket money alone as it is very close to call. My predictions? A great night out… The rest is in the gloves…
Elsewhere in the UK we have 6 fights in Oldham, 9 fights in Wigan and 2 fights in Bingham.
Tomorrow night, Sunday the 17th of December, in Manchester we have 2 fights and in Walsall there are 4.
It does not stop there for 2017 as on Tuesday the 21st of December in Birmingham there are 4 fights and then on Friday the 22nd of December in Pontypool we close the year with 7 fights.
And that is 2017 over! We shall be taking a wee break and be back in the new year with more news, reviews and stinking opinions. So, keep in touch and keep paying attention as 2018 is already shaping up to be another cracker for British AND Scottish boxing!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!