It nearly started at the weigh in as one marched up to the other but here we are… Hours away from the biggest fight in the UK of 2018 … so far… tonight, Saturday the 17th of February in Manchester we are back to World Boxing Super Series action with the super middleweights, George Groves facing Chris Eubank Jr for the IBO and WBA super titles.
Before we get to the headline we have British title action at featherweight between Ryan Walsh and Isaac Lowe which could be an exciting starter. I have been highly critical in the past of the undercard for the main events with this series. When you see the way in which we get spoiled by Matchroom and Queensberry Promotions, you can see why. Oftentimes the undercard is a guarantee that people will get something out the night if the big fight falls flat; Chamberlain/Okolie outshone by Cheeseman and Jones for example…
Walsh v Lowe is a good contest. So too at middleweight is the fight between Tommy Langford and Jack Arnfield. I am not going to predict who is going to win either fight but they should not be lost in the razzmatazz of the big event.
And what an event…
I am late in getting this up on the site as I started saying it would be Groves, cos that is what I want to happen. I then think that Eubank Jr is the younger and hungrier. Then I remember there is only a year between them and Groves has fought in massive fights before, Eubank hasn’t. then I think, particularly the Badou Jack fight will have taken so much out of Groves. Then I think of the power that Groves carries and how this might beat speed, but then the speed… the speed… lacks power and then my head hurts…
I am as lost as anyone else over this. I hope it is truly a spectacle. We need it to be as the cruiserweights have been fantastic in the World Boxing Super Series and with Callum Smith on next week, this ought to be the first course of a three-course cracker; one semi, the next and then the final.
If you are not wanting to sit in and watch the action, then there are 7 fights in Birmingham and a further 2 in London thanks to BIBA
Saturday 24th February
Nuremberg, Germany – World Boxing Super Series Semi Final 2, super middleweights – Callum Smith v Jurgen Braehmar
York Hall – Warren promotion with heavyweight Nathan Gorman, heavyweight Daniel Dubois v DL Jones for the Southern Area title, IBF East/West European title fight between Zelfa Barrett and Ronnie Clark and the WBO European and intercontinental title fight between Anthony Yarde and Tony Averlant.
Doncaster – super welterweight Curtis Woodhouse faces John Wayne Hibbert
Aberdeen – Paul Graham presents welterweight Mathew Wilton, super lightweight Shaun McShane v Liall MacKenzie, super bantamweight Billy Stuart v Ricky Starkey, super featherweight Kristen Fraser v Claire Ciantar and the Scottish super lightweight championship fight between Eddie Doyle, the holder, and Darren Traynor – the local lad.
Bolton – bantamweight Haroon Khan
Portsmouth – 7 fights
Derby – 6 fights
Maidstone – 9 fights
Bradford – 7 fights on a BIBA bill
Sunday 25th February
Manchester – Matchroom and Eddie Hearn give us light heavyweight Hosea Burton, super featherweight Natasha Jonas is back, bantamweight Qais Ashfaq makes his debut, featherweight Jordan Gill faces Jason Cunningham and the British lightweight title fight between Lewis Ritson and Joe Murray.
Dunstan – 3 fights
Friday 2nd March
Manchester – super welterweight Denton Vassals v Evaldas Korsakas
York Hall – middleweight Harley Benn v Gary Cooper
Leicester – 7 fights
Frome – 3 fights
Leeds – 7 fights