Saturday the 14th of April sees action throughout the country without a headline you will see in any of the dailies. In Leicester we have super featherweight action for the British title between Sam Bowen and Maxi Hughes which looks like the pick of the weekend whilst in Cardiff the EBU female super flyweight fight between Ashley Brace and Xebia Jorneac is likely to interest everyone who wants to see the women’s game start to gather momentum. It is fights like these that are the cornerstone of the fight industry and without them we may gaze at stars, but superstars will fail to appear because they need bills like these and fights like these to learn and grow.
Elsewhere tonight there is action in Belfast with 3 fights, in York Hall with a mammoth 21 fights and in Airdrie BIBA bring 3 contests to Lanarkshire. Lightweight Jamie McGinnis takes on Danny McStay on his debut, cruiserweight Ben McGivern takes on Ben Hough whilst another lightweight bout has Paul Brannen facing Danny Tinklin. BIBA continue to make contests throughout the UK and are becoming a bigger and brighter force – Airdrie will soon be followed in Scotland by Ayr so keep tuned.
Later in the week on Thursday the 19th of April, in Glasgow the St Andrew’s Club brings us the Scottish lightweight title fight between Ahmed Ibrahim and Ryan Collins. Much has been made of Ibrahim and plenty of serious faces will be expecting him to make good, so I expect a bit of a battle and a winning smile from Ibrahim at the end…
Finally, this week, on Friday the 20th of April in Leeds we have a further 8 fights to end it.
Saturday 21st April
Belfast – Queensberry Promotions brings us super featherweight action between Jono Carroll and Marco McCullough for the IBF international belt, a bantamweight barnstormer between Zolani Tete and Omar Andres Narvaez for the WBO title and top of the bill, Carl Frampton in a fascinating contest with Nonito Donaire for the interim WBO belt.
Liverpool – Rival promoters, Matchroom, have their own bantamweight sensation, Qais Ashfaq against Ricky Starkey, cruiserweight action between Craig Glover and Edinburgh’s own Ratu Latianara, Connor Benn returns at welterweight against Chris Truman, super welterweight Anthony Fowler is on the bill, super welterweight Sam Eggington is back against Ryan Toms, super featherweight Natasha Jonas faces a former opponent of Chantelle Cameron and Katie Taylor, Viviane Obenauf, Amir Khan is back at welterweight against Phil LeGreco and the Commonwealth lightweight title fights between Sean “Masher” Dodd and Tommy Coyle is a brilliant contest waiting for a bell.
Sheffield – 5 fights
Walsall – 1 fight
Weston-Super-Mare – 7 fights
Epsom Downs – BIBA bring 2 fights
Ayr – BIBA bring welterweight Sammy Hill against Prince Ofutso for the PBC international belt, middleweight George McIlroy in against Godwin Cudjoe for the PBC international title, cruiserweight Sandy Robb faces David Okai, super lightweight Nathan Beattie is in against Ilja Soudra, super flyweight contests between Dillon Zammit and Dmitrijs Paramonjka and Hamid Chougrani and Daniel Wettey and heavyweight Lee Kellet and lightweight Leon Roberts are also on the bill.