There aint nothing quiet about this weekend as there are some serious wars on their way. We begin with the overseas and in the USA with BOMB SQUAAAAD!
This evening, and in the small hours for most of us, Saturday the 3rd of March shall show us in Brooklyn, whether WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is finally getting tested as he goes in against much maligned, for good reason, and avoided Luis Ortiz. Few think Wilder will falter and a massive fight with Anthony Joshua is but a negotiation over a cup of tea away. I reckon there are a few more twists and turns to come and Ortiz may have a hand in those – this is really going to be interesting as quite a few people are beginning to see this is no walkover…
There are a couple of interesting fights on the undercard with the super middleweight battle between Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui for the interim IBF belt. Uzcategui says he needs to knock Dirrell out to win and I cannot argue with that assessment but it should be a decent aperitif for the main event.
Tucked down on the undercard is also the former IBF heavyweight champion, Charles Martin who faces Curtis Harper. Martin has been rebuilding his career though his profile has diminished significantly since losing his title to Joshua. This should be the next stop on the road to somewhere near the top for Martin.
Also, in the USA, and in the iconic Madison Square Gardens, there are not one but two light heavyweight title fights on the menu. We have the return of the original Beast from the East as the WBO title shall be settled between Sergey Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin. That’s a great fight and Kovalev goes in as the clear favourite.
We also have WBA title action between Dmitry Bivol and Sullivan Barrera. When British viewers saw Bivol fight in a Monaco card they were rightly mightily impressed. This has cracker written all over it and I cannot wait to see the footage as there are quite a few who think Barrera has a real chance here. Like the Wilder fight though we shall all be in our beds whilst they are knocking lumps out of each other!
Over here and in Glasgow, at the SSE Hydro, weather permitting, we have some crackers of our own as super middleweight Iain Trotter goes in against Marc Kerr – expect a stoater of a showing between these two.
Then we have super bantamweight Joe Ham keeping busy with a fight against Norbert Eszenyi. The rise and rise of the mailman is going to be sorely tested with lightweight Charlie Flynn facing Ryan Collins for the Scottish title; I think the mail might get stuck in the snow tonight…
Lightweight Chantelle Cameron continues her progression with a fight against Myriam Dellial which she should get through whilst super lightweight Jason Easton has a very tough ask against Glenn Foot. This is a massive test for Easton though I think he will carry it.
Finally, top of the bill is the WBC silver title fight between Josh Taylor and the late replacement for Humberto Soto, Winston Campos. They say this is a tougher test, but I do not know. At the first press conference Campos looked as though he was leaning in for a wee peck on the cheek and nearly ended up with a Glasgow kiss in return – that may be the extent, in my opinion, of his threat to Taylor who headlines at the Hydro… Nice ring to that…
In Sheffield though we have more fireworks as we see the return of Kell Brook against Siarhei Rabchenko in a very tough fight for the man filled with home town Steel. Brook wants to fight for world honours again and many think he is capable of it. The issue is going to be his heart as two eye socket breakages may have taken their toll – we shall see tonight and I reckon Brook shall shine through it all.
We also have featherweight action with Kid Galahad fighting Irving Berry and this ought to be another very good contest with Galahad expected but Berry likely to be awkward.
Then we have the cliché of redemption repeat as the massive Commonwealth title rematch and last chance saloon for Dave Allen arrives as he faces Lenroy Thomas for a second time. This is a great match and we can see how Allen has prepared – he HAS prepared and is lighter than he has ever been as a heavyweight. This for me does not go the distance and Allen takes the crown – at long last!!!
Finally, we have a supporting contest that could headline in its own right as the WBC title is on the line between Gamal Yafai and Gavin McDonnell. This is inspired, and it is the one fight I am truly looking forward to. I can’t pick between them but it shows a wise head facing a young pretender and every cliché you could imagine in the head of a boxing writer flows through these scheduled 12 rounds. No matter what you predict, I think it shall still be full of surprises.
In the rest of the domestic scene tonight we have in York Hall 17 fights including Harlem Eubank v Angel Emilov, in King’s Cross, London there are 12 fights, in Brentwood in amongst 12 fights we have the welterweight Larry Ekundayo up against Adam Grabiec, in Swindon 4 fights and finally in Walsall no fewer than 4.
Later on, in the week, on Friday the 9th of Marchand in Bournemouth there are 5 fights, in Cleethorpes also 5 fights whilst in Northampton you can catch 6 fights
Saturday 10th March
Carson – WBO title fight at super featherweight between Scott Quigg and Oscar Valdez
Texas – super lightweight action between Sergey Lipinets and Mikey Garcia for the IBF and Rances Barthelemy and Kiryl Relikh for the WBA titles
York Hall – 17 fights
Liverpool – 10 fights including super lightweight Tom Farrell
Houghton – le – Spring – 9 fights including super bantamweight Thomas Patrick Ward
Worksop – 10 fights including light heavyweight Darren Snow, 5-20-1 against Scott Hillman, 0-25
Coventry – 8 fights
Friday 16th March
Barnsley – 7 fights
Bristol – super bantamweight Commonwealth title fight between Ashley Lane and Emmanuel Quartey
Liverpool – 5 fights