Tonight, Saturday the 16th of June we have plenty of action throughout the world and domestically it all stacks up too as we can flick between action in the US, Newcastle and Paisley!
In Frisco the IBF bring welterweight action between Errol Spence Jr and Carlos Ocampo, and Spence Jr, having taken that belt from Kell Brook is expected to win and set up bigger fight. The super bantamweight title fight between Daniel Roman and Moises Flores is perhaps a little more tricky to predict and therefore I shant but it could prove to be the fight of the night.
In Newcastle Matchroom return with a huge and impressive bill. Light heavyweight Hosea Burton returns with a tick over fight against Saidou Sall, super lightweight Glenn Foot takes on Sam Omidi, and the son of Coatbridge, lightweight Ricky Burns, still chasing a rematch with Anthony Crolla will get in the ring to face Ivan Njegik. Clearly we want to know if Burns still has it but for all 3 these are fights to remind us they are still there, get another win and get confidence back in their locker rooms.
It gets tasty when the English cruiserweight title fight between Arfan Iqbal and Simon Vallily arrives. I know little of these two but if the pre fight hype is to be believed this could be a great dust up between them.
We also have the WBA continental super flyweight battle between Charlie Edwards and Anthony Nelson. This is a cracking fight and should go the distance and show some real skill on the way. Edwards is fancied but Nelson could prove to be very tricky on the night.
We then have the WBC international fight between Gavin McDonnell and Stuart Hall. Much is being made of claims that McDonnell is operating at another level now and Hall is in his last chance saloon. It reminds me a bit of the George Groves/ Martin Murray fight where Groves won, is in the final of the World Boxing Super Series and Murray nearly got another world title shot. It suggests that this might not be anybody’s last chance and could, should it be a great fight, give both fighters platforms for their future – it needs a great fight first though…
The main events are massive fights for local boys with the Commonwealth and WBA international title fight between Josh Kelly and Kris George a real test for “Pretty Boy”. Kelly is a clear favourite for a reason and I expect this to show him off again as the real deal.
The lightweight British title fight between Lewis Ritson and Paul Hyland JR is the second of the massive fights for the night. Given Ritson’s first two defences of his British title this could be over in les than 3 rounds, but he is facing a very different prospect here. This is not Joe Murray, nor is it Scott Cardle coming in with a few weeks preparation. Hyland should take Ritson deeper than ever before and we should get to see Ritson fight in a trench battle. I still expect him to win but it should be cracking fight to watch.
If all of that on the TV is not enough we are in Paisley tonight as MTK bring some great action with one of my favourite fighters to watch, super welterweight Craig Kelly against Lewis Van Poetsch with Kelly likely to win, super lightweight Calvin McCord taking on the highly experienced Kristian Laight and again will be expected to win, super lightweight Dean Sutherland faces Victor Edagha in his debut and should be 1-0 by the end of the night, whilst super welterweight John Thain returns against Chris Jenkinson – a win shall also be expected for Thain.
Bantamweight Iain Butcher was to face Jose Aguilar and flyweight Ross Murray was up for Georgi Georgiev, but they are both now without an opponent.
Meanwhile lightweight Thomas Dickson has to get past Jamie Quinn and super featherweight Monty Ogilvie faces Joe Ducker. Both should come through as expected.
The Scottish cruiserweight title will be decided between Jay MacFarlane and Ratu Latianara, and I would have gone for Latianara as I really like his style but now MacFarlane has tipped me towards him…
The WBC silver female title will be decided between Hannah Rankin and Sakka Turunen with all eyes and expectations on Rankin. Last night at York Hall we saw a couple of female boxers in the ring with one of the home girls getting stopped in the first round. Much has been made of the lack of depth in the female game but we have to be careful not to become overly arrogant on the back of Katie Taylor, Natasha Jonas etc. Rankin has a tough fight and will do well to win it.
Top of the bill is one guy we know well – Craig MacIntyre who takes on Henry Janes for the Celtic super lightweight title. MacIntyre is a massive prospect and I think this could be a fight that will not go on for too long. MacIntyre has ferocious power.
Also, tonight in Doncaster there are 9 fights, in Bournemouth there are 6 fights, whilst in Bolton no fewer than 9.
But we are not finished there… Towards the end of the week on Friday the 22nd of June in Detroit there is a feast of female boxing at middleweight as the vacant IBF and WBA titles will be fought over by Claressa Shields and Hanna Gabriels whilst on the same bill, the WBC and WBO titles are up for grabs between Christina Hammer and Tori Nelson. Shields is expected to clean up whilst Hammer could be her next opponent. This is genius unheard of, at times, in the men’s game and applause should ring out for the matchmaking.
Also, on Friday in Middleton there is a cracking night as the super middleweight title in the Central area is between Darryl Sharp and Harry Mathews whilst in Kirby-in-Ashfield there are 6 fights.
Saturday 23rd June
Yucatan – super featherweight title action for the WBC crown between Miguel Berchelt and Jonathan Viktor Barros
Glasgow – Cyclone return with bantamweight Lee MacGregor in his 4th pro fight with Goodluck Mnema and the super lightweight showdown between Josh Taylor and Viktor Postol for the WBC silver belt.
02, arena, London – Frank Warren brings heavyweight Daniel Dubois v Tom Little for the English title, light heavyweight Anthony Yarde faces Dariusz Sek for the WBO European and Intercontinental crown, middleweight Roberto Garcia steps in to face Martin Murray for the WBC silver belt and super lightweight Paul Kamanga takes on Ohara Davies for the WBC international belt.
Irlam – 7 fights