The relentless march towards the end of the year just got far more interesting as we get closer to the biggest cruiserweight battle in the history of the division and we are now anticipating the grudge match to end all grudge matches – Whyte/Chisora II.
Tonight, though it is mainly all about Glasgow and the World Boxing Super Series as the lights are out in force for the city and our own hero, Josh Taylor who faces his next battle royale.
On tonight, Saturday the 3rd of November, before we get to the main event we have, in Liverpool, BIBA bringing 10 fights whilst in Irlam there are 4 fights and in York Hall a 10 fight bill includes the Commonwealth flyweight championship fight between Jay Harris and Ross Murray. Harris is slightly the more experienced and that could sway me to favour him…
But the big event is in the SSE Hydro, Glasgow is where our attention is and where we do have a decent undercard that sees super featherweight Stephen Tiffney take on Arturo Lopez, super welterweight Michael McGurk faces Miguel Aguilar and the fight between super lightweight Darren Surtees and Troy James makes the stage.
We can expect that Tiffney, McGurk and Surtees shall pull through.
It then gets serious as bantamweight Paul Butler takes on Yoan Boyeaux. Butler is a true veteran, and this could be a real battle for him here. I expect him to come through but don’t think it will be easy.
We also have the return of super lightweight Viktor Postol, last seen up against Josh Taylor! I really like the look of his fight against Siar Ozgul, though I do think Postol wins hands down but bringing that to the table as part of the bill is quite inspired. Postol impressed the crowd last time and should do so again tonight.
The British title fight between Zach Parker and Darryl Williams at super middleweight is a real dust up and I fancy … one of them to win… Both of them are unbeaten and boast 17 and 16 wins apiece. There is nothing between them and it makes it a cracking entrée to the two course buffet that is the World Boxing Super Series.
We have two quarter finals on the menu tonight and the two British fighters are fancied to get through. The thing is that we expect them to manage comfortably but their opposition also expect to get into the semi-finals.
At super lightweight Josh Taylor takes on Ryan Martin for the WBC title and Martin has no doubt his name is in the semi-final mix. I have a doubt, the pundits have a doubt and the crowd should instantly doubt this as I expect Taylor to really show his intentions and progress.
I also expect a similar performance from Ryan Burnett who is up against Nonito Donaire for the WBA and WBC Diamond belt at bantamweight. Donaire has dropped two weight divisions to get this chance after losing to Carl Frampton. The usual thinking is dropping weight equals losing power; Donaire is the exception that proves the rule. He did not look great at the higher weight and getting down to a more comfortable weight might help and at 35 he needs all the help he can get. In Burnett’s corner, the Dark Lord, Adam Booth. Burnett possibly by stoppage then….
Overnight in Texas there is super featherweight title action between Miguel Berchelt and Miguel Roman for the WBC title with Berchelt promising an explosive ending of Roman’s career – possibly not but certainly a Berchelt win is highly anticipated.
Towards the end of the week and on Friday the 9th of November in Manchester we have further action with light heavyweight Liam Conroy back, super lightweight Adam Hague facing Michael Mooney, middleweight Jimmy “Kilrain” Kelly up against Christian Hoshin Gomez and the return of middleweight Brian Rose keeping busy with a fight against Alistair Warren. Home wins all the way methinks…
Saturday 10th November
Manchester – welterweight Josh Kelly, heavyweight Dave Allen, WBA international cruiserweight action between Sam Hyde and Richard Riakporme, lightweight WBA title eliminator between veterans Anthony Crolla and David Yprdan and the IBF/WBA/WBO/WBC cruiserweight title fight between Oleksandr Usyk and some fat Scouser.
Chicago – interim WBO title fight at cruiserweight – not hanging about are they… between Krzystof Glowacki and Maksim Vlasov.
Bradford – 8 fights
Worksop – 7 fights
Birmingham – 7 fights
Friday 16th November
Dunston – 5 fights
Oklahoma – Maurice Hooker defends his WBO super lightweight title against Alex Saucedo