There is a running theme throughout boxing and it is one of redemption. A fighter gets everyone excited, steps in a ring and it all goes to hell in a hand cart. People begin to think there are reasons as to why that fighter should give up as there is something not right and a clamour starts to get him out the business before he gets seriously hurt. On the other side of that argument are the supporters claiming it was just an off day.
Through the night, tonight, we shall on Saturday the 7th of April in Las Vegas have super middleweight Caleb Truax defending his IBF belt against James DeGale and we shall see who is right in the next chapter of the career of the first Briton to win Olympic Gold and THEN secure a world title. There are quite a few, George Groves amongst them, who think DeGale has over achieved and should be giving it up but Chunky is in the States with the dice in his hand – what kind of roll shall he be dealing?
On the same bill we have super welterweight title action between Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd for the IBF, IBO and WBA super belts. This has gone a little under the radar though Lara is a dangerous fighter and one worth watching. This, with the number of belts on the line should be a cracking contest and light up the division; fingers crossed.
Over here and in Paisley we have an MTK bill with Inverness lightweight Andrew MacKay, as he prepares for a big fight in June though there seem to be a lack of opponent out there as yet – don’t turn up with yer gloves then!
19 year old super lightweight Callen McAuley is in against Lee Hallet, who has come all the way north to make his professional debut, hoping for a win. McAuley, a southpaw will be ensuring that aint happening I am sure.
Dundee’s middleweight Paul Kean is facing Lewis Van Poetsch and this should be a tickover fight for the Dundonian.
Lightweight Thomas Dickson is up against Naheem Chaudhry, and will be seeing this as a stepping stone fight as he looks beyond the lagoon centre to some better prospects.
Super featherweight Monty Ogilvie is now in against the Slovakian super lightweight champion, Ivan Godor. There are plenty who really rate Ogilvie and we should see this as a decent test of their opinions. Last time here, Godor won…
Dropping to light flyweight Ross Murray takes on Gary Reeve and Murray is looking to get back on the radar in a tough contest.
We do know that super welterweight Hannah Rankin will not be fighting for the Commonwealth title as her opponent has had VISA issues – 16th June cannot came quick enough now.
Now apparently top of the bill is super lightweight Craig MacIntyre facing Innocent Anyanwu, and MacIntyre is well known to us and should make it 9-0. MacIntyre is the real deal but needs fights and to be busy so it is great to see him back on a bill.
We also have Boxrec quoting fights for heavyweight Jay McFarlane, welterweight Stefan Sanderson in against Victor Edagha and super middleweight Tommy Philbin fighting Anthony Fox, but no evidence on the Instagram that any of them weighed in…
On the same night and in Stoke-on Trent, we have 5 fights, in Ebbw Vale there are 7 fights whilst in Dudley you can catch 6 fights.
Later in the week, on Friday the 13th, in Doncaster there are a further 8 fights and in Birmingham, 4.
Saturday the 14th April;
Leicester – Super featherweight action for the British title between Sam Bowen and Maxi Hughes
Cardiff – EBU female super flyweight fight between Ashley Brace and Xebia Jorneac.
Belfast – 3 fights
York Hall – 17 fights
Airdrie – BIBA bring 3 contests to Lanarkshire
Thursday the 19th April
Glasgow – the Scottish lightweight title fight between Ahmed Ibrahim and Ryan Collins
Friday the 20th April
Leeds – 8 fights