Tonight, Saturday the 18th of August outside in Windsor Park, Belfast Frank Warren gives the people exactly what they want with a huge night of boxing that will divide as many, believe me, as will unite them. There are three massive events tonight that include an interim world title, a world title and the prospect of one of the biggest world title fights being announced in the ring. Hutzpah and bling away…
Before we get to the three-ring circus we have middleweight Conrad Cummings taking on Nicky Jenman in a keep busy fight then cruiserweight Steve Collins Jr faces Steven Ward in a contest where your name means nothing and people are backing Ward – could be tasty.
Middleweight Luke Keeler is on the bill but still, this morning no opponent on Bioxrec…
Then things get more tasty… and potentially nasty…
Let us dispense easily with the non-title fight. It is the heavyweight return of the heavyweight Tyson Fury against the warm up act for Deontay Wilder, Francesco Pianeta. Wilder has arrived and been at the weigh in and the hotel to make his Bombzquad noises. The main event of the fight tonight has begun to be lost and if Pianeta pulls it off tonight this could be THE biggest story in boxing in 2018. He won’t though – will he? I don’t think he is just here to take a fall but even a bad Tyson Fury should take him out. Fury though – not one for over promotion is he? – has promised a heavyweight Sugar Ray Robinson. Fury will win but the dichotomy is that he needs to get rounds but look good. This is a delicate balance as he needs a 12 round fight but he needs to show the world he is levels way above Pianeta. That will only happen if he takes him out early on. What Tyson Fury will turn up? What Tyson Fury performance will we get? How will he balance that out? If he had Peter Fury in his corner I would be confident he would do it with ease… Peter is not there…
We then have a the massive ask and the brilliant opportunity for the most decorated amateur boxer in Irish fight history, flyweight Paddy Barnes who takes on Cristopher Rosales for the WBC title. Make no mistake this is a massive ask but one that I am sure Barnes has prepared for. Rosales is experienced but so too is Barnes and I expect the fight of the night with Barnes just managing it but I would not be surprised if he just falls short. Rosales is no mug and Barnes has plenty of time – this is only his 6th pro fight!
Top of the bill is for the interim WBO featherweight title clash between Carl Frampton and Luke Jackson. This is a huge ask for the Australian fighter who is also not just here to make up the numbers and make the home guy look good but that is what we expect. I think this goes the distance and Frampton looks good.
Meanwhile in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Friday night we have a full night of boxing with welterweight Aidan Quinn, middleweight Trigger Wood, super middleweights Tommy Philbin, Kieran Smith and David Brophy fighting on a card that has confirmed fights between lightweight Stephen Ormond and George Ashie and at super lightweight between Chris Jenkins and Darragh Foley.
It also has the IBF European title fight on Boxrec between Ronnie Clark and David Oliver Joyce that is off as Clark is injured and down to fight for the British title later in the year but it this fight is still on the site.
Saturday 25th August 2018
Arizona – lightweight WBO action between Raymundo Beltran and Jose Pedraza and at bantamweight between Isaac Dogboe and Hidenori Otake
Manchester – 8 fights