It’s a welcome return to reporting on the sweet science for me after a week away and in that time has much happened?
But let’s not dwell on the past, the future has plenty more to offer…
We have some unbelievable contests ahead, not least working out the odds on David Haye and Derrick Chisora lasting to Christmas pudding so here we go…
Tonight, Saturday the 27th of October sees 10 cards of interest that stretch from Bulgaria in the East, Madison Square Gardens in the West and Colne in between…
Starting domestically, we have some decent cards in Liverpool with 4 fights, in Walsall with 4 fights, in Villa Park with 7 contests and you can dip into South Sea to find 5 fights.
Meanwhile, in Colne, super middleweight Luke Blackledge returns to face Anthony Fox in a 6 fight card whilst at Newport, super bantamweight Ashley Lane faces Robbie Turley in a Commonwealth title fight with a further 10 fights to complete the card. Blackledge is fancied and with 14 losses between them the Commonwealth title scrap at Newport in Wales could end up being a very decent contest with Turley, on paper, having won more and lost less, likely to be the most favoured. I actually love the thought of lesser known and perhaps lesser fancied fighters getting their chance to get a belt and this is a great fight to happen in the midst of the blockbusters.
The major domestic event comes at the Copper Box Arena, in London, where Matchroom return with a tremendous line up of fighters just at the cusp of making it onto the international stage and given the Matchroom presence in America, this will look like a very well trodden path in the future.
The undercard sparkles with light heavyweight Craig Richards facing Michal Ludwiczak, featherweight Reece Bellotti in against Brayan Mairena and the thinking is these shall be fights which Richards and Bellotti should come through with few frights as both are rebuilding and working towards bigger things.
We then have a couple of crackers in the WBC international title fight at middleweight between Felix Cash and Stephen Danyo. I think this could be quite tough, but Cash is a very serious prospect in the ring. We also have the cruiserweight – thanks to verbals, banter and weigh in face offs – this is getting to be a grudge match – between Isaac Chamberlain and Luke Watkins. Watkins is promising much but will he deliver? I think Chamberlain will have too much as he too is looking way beyond this level for 2019 and he is capable of reaching it.
The real grudge match of the night is the British super welterweight title fight between the highly fancied, Ted Cheeseman and Asinia Byfield. If Cheeseman is to match his hype, then Byfield should be easy fare. Byfield has made a match of it thanks to having lots to say and I reckon this will take shape and catch fire but Cheeseman will either stop Byfield or have a wide points win; if he doesn’t there is something wrong somewhere.
The Commonwealth featherweight title fight between Ryan Doyle and Robbie Turley is another cracking fight and shows the depth of British boxing just now. Both are well capable of taking the belt and this shows that we have strength in the lower reaches as they may make this the fight of the night, principally because it is under the radar.
The fight that headlines is a WBA title eliminator at super middleweight as John Ryder gets in the ring against Andrey Sirotkin. This is one Ryder will be keen to win as it gets him a guaranteed world title shot but this is no gimme. I still think Ryder takes this but may have to dig deep and go deep to get it.
This evening we also are in Sofia, Bulgaria with two fights of interest! At middleweight Savannah Marshall goes in the ring against Yanino Orozco for the vacant WBA intercontinental title. Marshall is very fancied and favoured and with a domestic fight on Boxrec next week – let’s hope she has no injuries!!!
The headline is, of course, the IBF heavyweight eliminator between Kubrat Pulev and Hughie Fury. There is not much between these two and I reckon that Fury is being a little overlooked by people. I think he has a far from secret weapon and that is his father, the man who brought down Wladimir Klitschko, Peter Fury. I don’t think he stops him but out boxes him and the idea of a Fury/Joshua card at Wembley in April 2019 may end up being a choice rather than a certainty…
Over in the States we have two fascinating cards with the first, in the wonderful Madison Square Gardens as Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent face off for the vacant WBO title. We also have the WBA super featherweight fight between Alberto Machado and Yuandale Evans whilst top of the bill is Danny Jacobs in against Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the IBF version of their world title at middleweight. These are great fights and I reckon we should have a Hardy, Machado, Jacobs trilogy…
The World Boxing Super Series continues with two super lightweight quarter finals in New Orleans. The Ivan Baranchyk/Anthony Yigit quarter final sees Baranchyk as firm favourite but Yigit will bring some fire. If Yigit is being overlooked, then in the other quarter final between Regis Prograis and Terry Flanagan, Flanagan is quite simply being ignored! I would not be shocked if we had one, if not two shocks overnight in the quarter finals and especially Flanagan is very much looking out to make a bold statement.
We also have a couple of cards towards the end of the week as the 02 in London hosts 6 fights and in Walthamstow there is 1 fight currently scheduled.
Saturday 3rd November
Liverpool – BIBA bring 10 fights
Irlam – 5 fights
York Hall – 14 fights including Commonwealth flyweight championship fight between Jay Harris and Ross Murray
SSE Hydro, Glasgow – super featherweight Stephen Tiffney, super welterweight Michael McGurk, super welterweight Kieran Smith, super lightweight Darren Surtees v Troy James, bantamweight Paul Butler v Yoan Boyeaux, the return of super lightweight Viktor Postol v Siar Ozgul, the British title fight between Zach Parker and Darryl Williams at super middleweight and the World Boxing Super Series quarter finals at super lightweight between Josh Taylor and Ryan Martin for the WBC title and between Ryan Burnett and Nonito Donaire for the WBA and WBC Diamond belt at bantamweight.
Texas – super featherweight title action between Miguel Berchelt and Miguel Roman for the WBC title
Friday 9th November
Manchester – light heavyweight Liam Conroy, super lightweight Adam Hague v Michael Mooney, super middleweight Savannah Marshall, middleweight Jimmy “Kilrain” Kelly v Christian Hoshin Gomez and middleweight Brian Rose v Alistair Warren.