Tonight, we get back onto pay per view boxing with a heavyweight bang and we are once again on the world stage though only one world title is at stake… Just how much at stake is debatable but the undercard is where the real stories come.
Frank Buglioni, having lost to Calum Johnson and then seen Johnson get a world title shot, is seeking a decent performance and win against Emanuel Feuzeu. Anthony Fowler is back against Craig O’Brien and he will also be expected to take a win and show off.
The intrigue starts when David Allen gets into the ring against Nick Webb. The redemption of Allen has stuttered along the way and this is another late replacement job where his performance might mean a bit more than the result? Actually no it wont it’s a big fight for him and given his hints at giving it all up again on social media this could be the last time we see him in a ring as a fighter. Who wins? Who knows. It has been a bit unfair on Nick Webb as he is clearly a prospect for the future and he should have bee spared the circus and enjoyed the focus.
That circus will get bigger when the welterweight clash and rematch between Connor Benn and Cedrick Peynaud happens for the WBA continental belt. Benn won the last one, Benn ended up on his bum in the last one and a lot of people thought he lost the last one. THIS one is about making that right.
Light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi gets back into the ring with Andrejs Pukemeiko. Buatsi should show once again his development, his skill and his speed and who knows – maybe show he is ready for the next level – the division is really, really, tasty right now… With a win he can relax and have his eyes on Atlantic City next week…
That world title is then on the line between the magic hands of Katie Taylor and the latest to challenge her in Kimberley Connor for the IBF and WBA titles at lightweight. Taylor is just the biggest name in female boxing and for me is just one of the best boxers out there. I don’t think anyone thinks her titles are at stake but then again…
It’s heavyweights aplenty as first Dereck Chisora enters the fray with a massive ask against Carlos Takam for the WBA international belt. Like Allen Chisora’s story has more appendices than chapters as he is back in the ring to avenge some demons. If he beats Takam, he becomes very relevant again – I really hope so.
The headline is one of the most intriguing fights of 2018 so far. For the WBC silver and WBO international titles, Dillian Whyte faces Joseph Parker. This is an unbelievably risky fight for both of them. A loss would send them into the wilderness. A win would make April the 13th seem that bit closer. No matter who wins in the ring, Anthony Joshua wins out of it. If Deontay Wilder does not fancy Joshua in 2019, that Wembley date becomes a rematch. I think Whyte wins this early and Parker wins it on points. It looks like it will be explosive and all we can hope for is a big performance from both and they each go home healthy.
We also have in Middleton, 4 fights, Coventry 8 fights and in Norwich 6 fights.
To round off the domestic fights, in Aberdeen, BIBA bring all kind of crazy with a top of the bill that has set the tabloids ablaze. We do have other action on a packed night of boxing with heavyweight Nathan Beattie due to fight for the PBC international title, cruiserweight Sandy Robb taking on Ben McGivern for the PBC silver title, super middleweight Nathan DeCastro in the ring against Agoe Ashong for the PBC international and Commonwealth titles whilst lightweight Iain Weaver faces Emanuel Ado for the PBC Commonwealth crown.
Whilst all home boxers are favoured it is the top of the bill that intrigues. With fight records of 126 contests between them, Lee McAllister is in his second fight as a heavyweight against Danny Williams, a legend of the sport who once beat a certain Iron Mike… this is one of those fights where I don’t care who wins, I just want to see it. The way BIBA conduct their business this should be a very safe night so if you are in Aberdeen – make an effort…
Finally, in the wee small hours of Sunday morning in Los Angeles the IBF and WBC lightweight tiles are on the line between Danny Garcia and Robert Easter Jr. I have to say I have to favour Garcia and think he is going to start to clean up at lightweight in a very serious fashion.
Saturday 4th August
Atlantic City – light heavyweight title fights between Sergey Kovalav and Eleider Alvarez for the WBO title and Dmitry Bivol for the WBA crown
Cardiff – Matchroom are back again with lightweight Scott Cradle taking on Michael Mooney, super bantamweight Gamal Yafai on the bill, the welterweight clash between Daniyar Yelussinov and Gabor Gorbics, the WBA international title fight between Natasha Jonas and Viviane Obenauf at super featherweight and the headline of the lightweight Commonwealth fight between Joe Cordina and Sean Masher Dodds…