the roller-coaster of October rolls forward with more World Boxing Super Series quarter finals, more worldwide challenges and more action on these shores.
We begin in the east tonight, Saturday the 13th of October, in Ekaterinburg with the World Boxing Super Series continuing as the WBO bantamweight barn stormer between Zolani Tete and Mikhail Aloyan hits town. Tete is a massive hitter and a huge prospect for the final and him v Inoue is mouth watering. Ryan Burnett may have plenty to say about that but for now, Tete should blast Aloyan out the way first.
The other WBSS fight is a rerun of the cruiserweight competition, but without any titles on the line and we have an IBF eliminator between Ruslan Fayfer and Andrew Tabiti. I know literally nothing about these two so hope it is just a very decent fight.
On the same bill we have the IBF intercontinental super welterweight fight between Magomad Kurbanov and Howard Cospolite and the super middleweight WBA intercontinental fight between Vladimir Shishkin and Nadjib Mohammedi. It is a decent bill and I have been critical a little of the WBSS not having a good set of support acts for their main event – no faults here though! Kurbanov and Shishkin will probably triumph – I think – but quite fancy Mohammedi to provide a stiff contest if not sneak it.
In Omaha the welterweight sensation that is Terence Crawford is back in the ring against Jose Benavidez Jr for the WBO crown and I just cannot see past Crawford who should make easy work of the fight – should do…
In Newcastle tonight there is a serious set of contests brought by Matchroom to the sleepy giant of a city that explodes each time they have a home town favourite – and boy what a favourite they have in for his European chance at home, in front of an adoring, passionate and incredible support tonight!
Before the main event we have light heavyweight Hosea Burton taking on Saidou Sall, super bantamweight Thomas Patrick Ward facing Tom Tran, super welterweight Anthony Fowler up against Gabor Gorbics, whilst the highly entertaining heavyweight Dave Allen has probably the toughest of the three tasks against Samir Nebo. This is a group of 3 fights that should be decent but entertaining home wins for Burton, Ward and Allen but you never know with Allen… you never know…
Light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi fights for the WBA international belt against Tony Averlant and Buatsi will be expected to cruise through this but I do not think it is very straightforward.
Cruiserweight Simon Vallily takes on Craig Glover in what might be seen as a tick over contest bit is a really tough fight that could be the brutal scrap of the night.
The British and Commonwealth titles are on the line between Glenn Foot and Robbie Davies Jr which is the aperitif for the main event and both fighters have a more than decent chance of taking the belt. I quite fancy Davies Jr for this.
The main event is the EBU European title fight between the local hero, Lewis Ritson and Francesco Patera. Ritson is well fancied, Ritson is the real deal, Ritson is one of the most exciting fighters to come out the UK, never mind the North East. This could be quick, it could be long, it won’t be boring. Ritson has shown no signs of weakness up until now but few people have time to exploit any – another legendary night with an amazing performance awaits.
Down in York Hall tonight Cyclone are in residence with heavyweight Martin Bakole Ilunga against Michael Hunter for the IBO continental title and the hype around the adopted Scot is real – a big fight early in 2019 for Anthony Joshua’s sparring partner awaits – Hunter should not last long.
Chantelle Cameron is up against Dahaina Santana for the IBO belt and the quiet way that Cameron has avoided some of the hype around other female prospects, has been I think, good for her. I think she has a real chance to take this minor world title but send out a statement to the non boxing fanatic that we have a real cracker on our hands – those in the know, already know…
Finally, Lee MacGregor takes on Thomas Essomba for the Commonwealth bantamweight crown and MacGregor is a handful who should get through this with a very decent and great performance – I know a Celtic champion who would fancy the winner…
Whilst a couple of Scots have gone down south to get belts we do have some action up here and in Paisley where Sam Kynoch is back with another monster bill as super lightweight Adele Craw, bantamweight Stephen Boyle, and flyweight Neil McCubbin all make their debuts.
We have returns to the ring of middleweight Trigger Wood, super lightweight Martin Taylor, middleweight Aston Brown, super lightweight Aidan McGlynn, and featherweight Monty Ogilvie. At present I have no idea who their opponents are – hope they do!
Lightweight Calvin McCord does know he is taking on Jamie Quinn, lightweight Andrew MacKay also knows he has to take on Thomas Dickson and for the Scottish title, Craig MacIntyre was due to take on Marek Laskowski at super lightweight, but that fight is now off according to Kynoch as MacIntyre has been ill.
Finally, in Tottenham, London there are 9 fights.
Saturday 20th October
Boston – middleweight title action for the interim WBO title between Demetrius Andrade and Walter Kautondokwa, IBF featherweight title action between Kevin Farmer and James Tennyson, IBF/WBA unification between Katie Taylor and Cindy Serrano at lightweight, IBF eliminator at featherweight between Toka Kahn Cleary and Kid Galahad.
Orlando, Florida – bantamweight IBF title fight between Emmanuel Rodriguez and Jason Maloney in a WBSS quarter final and the cruiserweights continue with Yunier Dorticos v Mateusz Masternak.
Brentwood – Queensberry and Frank Warren bring us welterweight Bradley Skeete against Fernando Valencia, British welterweight battel between Gary Corcoran and Johnny Garton and the light heavyweight fight between Anthony Yarde and Walter Gabriel Sequira
Nottingham – 12 fights
Bristol – 9 fights
Stoke-on-Trent – 5 fights
Southampton – 5 fights including the return at welterweight of Harlem Eubank
Friday the 26th October
York Hall – super flyweight WBO European action between Sunny Edwards and Ryan Farrag, WBC international silver title fight between welterweight Michael McKinson and Sammy McNess and the WBA international super bantamweight fight involving Neslan Machado.
Hull – 4 fights
Middleton – 5 fights
Donald is now on a short break and will be back in two weeks!!! Happy fechting till then!!!