It’s a very interesting weekend in the fight game as there are a few contests in the US worthy of real attention from those who love the sport and a very interesting battle at home too.
Let’s begin abroad as, on Saturday the 12th of May in Madison Square Gardens, New York we have lightweight Jorge Linares against Vasyl Lomachenko. Make no mistake this is as highly regarded as Golovkin/Canelo and should be. Lomachenko, now fighting at the weight he fought at whilst an amateur, is chasing his third weight world title. Linares is slick, exciting and a tremendously experienced pugilist. This ought to ooze class, this ought to be class, this could end up a masterclass.
Also, in New York, we have Sadam Ali defending his WBO belt against replacement opponent Jaime Munguia and this has replaced the fight that Ali originally was going to have against Liam Smith. Smith pulled out due to injury though as I understand it they shall fight later should Ali win, so Ali will be looking to put this defence behind him quickly. Late replacements are not always suited to the boxer, so this could be a potential banana skin.
Also, on the undercard the WBC super bantamweight title is up for grabs with Rey Vargas facing Azat Hoivhannisyan; Vargas is expected to come through.
At home intrigue comes with a bill that is live on Spike and Channel 5 from Bolton as Hennessey bring us middleweight Savannah Marshall who is in against Ester Konecna, middleweight Reece Cartwright is back against Juan Adrian Monzon, and super welterweight Peter McDonagh is back with Peter Kramer as his opponent. Marshall, Cartwright and McDonagh should certainly not slip up.
The headline bout is Hughie Fury as the challenger for the British belt against heavyweight keeper of that belt, Sam Sexton. This is an exciting prospect fight as the world levels and depths of UK boxers have provided us with a former world title challenger taking on a domestic silverware contest as a very realistic attempt to get his name back in the world title mix. Many thought Fury beat Joe Parker and should have been fighting AJ for all the belts this year – I am afraid that I was not one of them – but there is little doubt that, at 23 years if age, Hughie Fury can not be ignored or discounted. Sexton is an experienced campaigner and losing will not hurt his career, it would really hurt Fury’s career, so he has to be sure he has made the right choices here. I have a feeling he has; great fight, great opportunity and compulsive viewing.
Also, tonight we have, in Liverpool – 11 fights, in Gloucester 6 fights and in Maidstone no fewer than 6 fights
Later in the week on Friday the 18th of May, in Glenrothes we have a 4 fight bill with Chris Ryder v Sotivi Papageorgiou, super featherweight Craig Morgan making his debut against Jamie Quinn, super middleweight John McCallum is back and middleweight Conor Law faces Yailton Neve. Of course this is a bill where all the home fighters are expected to win but as always danger lurks across every corner so it should be a very decent night of boxing in Glenrothes.
Saturday 19th May
Toronto – light heavyweight WBC action between Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack.
Elland Road, Leeds – super lightweight Ohara Davies returns to face Christopher Sebire, welterweight Darren Tetley faces Mason Cartwright for the WBO European title, super lightweight Jack Caterall is in against Mohamed Kani for the WBO intercontinental belt, super flyweight Nicola Adams is in her native Yorkshire to take on Soledad Del Valle Frias and the IBF featherweight belt is on the line between the Welsh Mayweather Lee Selby and the Yorkshire Young Turk, Josh Warrington.
York Hall – 18 fights
Villa Park – 8 fights
Watford – 11 fights
Sunday 20th May
Bedford – 7 fights
Friday 25th May
Tokyo – bantamweight world title fight for the WBA belt between Jamie McDonnell and Naoye Inoue
Glasgow – MTK Global bring super middleweight Trigger Woods on his debut, cruiserweight Jay McFarlane against Rutu Latianara for the Scottish title and the Scottish title fight between Paul Kean and Stefan Sanderson.
Norwich – 4 fights