Traditionally we head towards the summer as the end of the boxing season, but more and more big fights are becoming summer sensations. June can therefore be the calm before the storm, but we have a couple of evening’s entertainments tonight, Saturday the 23rd of June which demonstrate before a pugilistic storm, often there is a boxing hurricane…
In Yucatan, Mexico, world honours this weekend shall be fought over in the super featherweight division for the WBC crown between Miguel Berchelt and Jonathan Viktor Barros. The number of British fighters in this red hot division who shall be looking in their Sunday supplements to find out how either got on is too numerous to mention but let’s just say the rustling of paper would befit its own earthquake.
Up here in Glasgow, Cyclone return with bantamweight Lee MacGregor in his 4th pro fight with Goodluck Mnema and this wee guy with a big future shall be expected to make another very bold statement. We also have the return of Chantelle Cameron at lightweight who faces the twice former world titlist, Natalia Vanesa Del Valle Aguirre. This is a massive test for Cameron and she is another that Cyclone thinks has a massive future so this could be a fascinating contest. The women’s divisions are beginning to hot up and we are seeing the old guard starting to really fight back against these Olympic style superstars that have parachuted into their boxing rings.
Featherweight Gary Rae faces Johnson Tellez and once again we expect great things from Rae whilst the heavyweight Martin Bakole takes on DL Jones. Another prospect of which much is expected, Bakole is fighting in Scotland whilst a possible future opponent, Daniel Dubois, is down in London fighting for a title. We don’t have a great tradition in heavyweights in Scotland and importing one from the Congo and basing him in Airdrie might just be the solution…
Swing bouts that we might see include the debut of featherweight Eftychia Kathopouli and light heavyweight Tommy Philbin in against Dominik Landgraf.
Top of the bill and on everyone’s lips is the mouth-watering fight and the super lightweight showdown between Josh Taylor and Viktor Postol for the WBC silver belt. Postol has been out of the ring for a while and if that ring rust is not off, Taylor could make light work of this. If Postol brings his A game, we shall certainly see the risk Taylor has taken on and if he is worthy of all the hype around him. It’s a bold move and a cracking fight with Scotland’s latest boxing star starting to make real waves. The reward for either fighter is in a world title fight. Taylor bringing that to the SECC would be just dandy.
Whilst we are salivating in Glasgow at the 02 Arena in London Frank Warren brings heavyweight action and talking points with Daniel Dubois facing Tom Little for the English title. Much is expected of Dubois and that means, in the heavyweight division, knockouts. Little is nobody’s mug and is talking up the fight. I can’t wait for the first bell and to see if Dubois really is the real deal.
On the same bill we have some cracking fights too with light heavyweight Anthony Yarde facing Dariusz Sek for the WBO European and Intercontinental crown. Yarde needs to collect this to keep on moving towards the world title of which he is capable whilst middleweight Roberto Garcia steps in to face Martin Murray for the WBC silver belt. It got a bit tasty at the weigh in and this is Murray keeping busy after Billy Joe Saunders let him down. Garcia is capable of derailing Murray and it is a very dangerous fight and at the end of the night could be fight of the night as Murray does not back down.
On the undercard it is the return of the mouth from the south that has gone very demure and quiet these days – Mr Ohara Davies. It would be easy to crow as super lightweight Paul Kamanga takes on Ohara Davies for the WBC international belt and compare where Davies is with his former foe Josh Taylor. Davies is on a rebuilding job and hopefully can get to where his ability shines through, without the talking. This is one fight I am really looking forward to and hope that Davies can start to build again into the very exciting fighter we know he is.
Finally, tonight he has the fists, and will now travel as Dave Allen is in France to face the man that beat Joe Joyce in the Olympic final in Rio, Tony Yoka. This is an incredible fight for Allen but he needs to fight and he needs, clearly, to eat. Will he win it? I think probably not but he is a face and a name in the heavyweight game that proves we have depth in the division – so come home safe… and win if ye can!
Saturday 30th June
Oklahoma – super middleweight action for the WBO belt between Gilberto Ramirez and Roamer Alexis Angulo
Belfast – Queensberry Promotions bring us a night of action with super flyweight Sunny Edwards, welterweights Lewis Benson and Johnny Coyle, super bantamweights Joe Ham and Tyrone McCullough for the Celtic belt, welterweight and former world titlist Gary Corcoran facing Paddy Gallagher, super lightweights Tyrone McKenna and Jack Catterall facing off and the IBF intercontinental super feat weight contest between Jono Carrol and Declan Geraghty
Villa Park – the return of super welterweight Sam Eggington on a 10 fight bill
Colchester – BIBA bill with the WBF international super welterweight fight between Tommy Jacobs and Bilal Mohammad and the PBF international lightweight scrap between Iain Weaver and Emmanuel Addo
Worksop – 6 fights
York Hall – 14 fights
Wigan – 4 fights
Sunday 1st July
Sunderland – 9 fights
Friday 6th July
Fresno – WBC super lightweight fight between Jose Carlos Ramirez and Danny O’Connor
Kazakhstan – WBA cruiserweight tile fight between Beibut Shumenov and Hizni Altunkaya
Walthamstow – middleweight Harley Benn fights on an 8 fight bill