Having seen massive favourite, Aleksandr Usyk, falter slightly last week we have the treat tonight, Saturday the 3rd of February in Sochi, Russia of World Boxing Super Series Semi Final 2 between Murat Gassiev and Yanier Dorticos. There are plenty of opinions out there as to who is likely to win this and Gassiev seems to be the firm favourite, but this is a tournament that has come alive with last week’s fight. It was an absolute classic and one now that makes us all check in our assumptions and wait for the facts to emerge. Like last weekend, this is one I am really looking forward to.
Domestically Matchroom have their first big Sky bill of 2018 and it’s an absolute cracker. At the O2 Arena, London we have super flyweight Charlie Edwards, facing Ricky Little in a fight that should keep things ticking for Edwards as he gets ready for bigger battles to come.
We have the middleweight Felix Cash, facing James Magenimana and again Cash should (cliché alert) cash out with a win. We also have a super middleweight clash between Danny Dignum and it was to be our own Rhys Pagan, but Pagan has been replaced by Darryl Sharp. Regular readers will know I have a soft spot for Sharp so hope he gives a decent account of himself here.
There is the light heavyweight contest between Joseph Buatsi and Jordan Joseph, which shall be expected to progress Buatsi towards something more meaningful whilst bantamweight Paul Butler is back and is up against Jefferson Vargas. This Vargas is unlikely to give as much of a problem as his namesake.
Reece Belotti faces Ben Jones for the Commonwealth title at featherweight and this is a brilliant fight. I don’t know who I fancy the most to take the title but I fancy a ringside seat to watch it.
We then have an absolute genius of a battle for the WBA international super welterweight title between Ted Cheeseman and Carson Jones. Jones may be on the slide, but his pedigree cannot be questioned and anyone banking on that slide including a messy performance tonight needs their brains checking. He will be there to do more than make up the numbers and Cheeseman will prove if he has a big future or simply a future tonight. Very dangerous fight for him and could be the contest of the night.
Mind you it shall have to go some to beat the grudge match at cruiserweight between Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain for the WBA continental title. People are talking Okolie early or Chamberlain on points. The banger gets him out early, but the boxer keeps him in until he cannot last any more. I have a funny feeling it shall be very different but again a cracking contest and what a way to end a night and start the year!
In Belfast tonight Dundee’s super featherweight Ronnie “The Shark” Clark faces Dean Evans and we shall all be in Jaws’ corner once again…
Domestically we also have, in Birmingham 3 fights and on Friday the 9th of February in Plymouth 7 fights.
Saturday 26th February
Texas – super lightweight contests between Sergey Lipinets and Mikey Garcia and Rances Barthelemy and Kiryl Relikh
Walsall – 4 fights
Belfast – 6 fights
Denaby Main – 4 fights
Friday 16th February
York Hall – Hayemaker present heavyweight Joe Joyce v Rudolf Jozic
Bury – 7 fights