There have been many weekends like this one – unbelievable, incredible and promising much – during 2018 but this one IS special.
This one ranks way up there as the 4 belt world champion at cruiserweight is up against some fat Scouse kid with ambitions of retiring and keeping the misses happy.
Tonight, Saturday the 10th of November, the division of the evening is cruiserweight!
Let us start domestically and, we have, in Bradford 8 fights, in Worksop 6 fights and in Birmingham 7 fights
Before we get to the biggest cruiserweight battle of all, let’s pause and think of the World Boxing Super Series.
It has created a platform for the monster of Aleksander Usyk who now holds all 4 major boxing belts. Whilst he is now defending each of them the Series is in Chicago with the quarter finals of the next cruiserweight championship. On the card are the interim WBO title fight between Krzystof Glowacki and Maksim Vlasov, whilst the oft quoted Mairis Briedis faces Noel Mikaelian in the other quarter final. I have to think that the better known, Glowacki and Briedis have this in hand.
In Manchester we have some cracking action all round BEFORE the main event as welterweight Josh Kelly is up against Walter Fabian Castillo and heavyweight Dave Allen, takes on Ariel Estaban Baramonte. Two decent fighters in against opponents they should take out or beat with comfort – makes for a Facebook fight night without fear?
It also sets us up for an intriguing WBA international cruiserweight fight between Sam Hyde and Richard Riakporme. As well as a funky last name, Riakporme has a great back story and whilst X Factor has technical issues on terrestrial TV, this could be the making of a storyline and man who is on his way up. I expect this to set itself off as a firecracker and don’t know who will be left at the end with the blue touch paper…
Also on display is the lightweight WBA title eliminator between veterans Anthony Crolla and David Yordan is a massive fight for the popular Mancunian and I fancy him to get through. The added value of Ricky Burns and Scott Cardle onto the bill makes this a mouth-watering night. I am a Scot. I want Burns to win. But Cardle cannot afford to lose. And both have Scottish connections…
If the last three fights are tremendous then what tops the bill is unbelievable.
Eddie Hearn says it is the best fight he has ever promoted. If Tony Bellew wins this shall be the biggest upset in British fight history apparently. Many think Usyk wins and wins by knocking Bellew out. Everyone wants Tony to win.
I thought he was in with a decent shout until this week. The respect between Usyk and Bellew has left me pondering. Bellew needs needle. It’s not there. Usyk has clowned about and been the guy to make him laugh. Wear a bandana, I will get one. Be interviewed by Sky Sports, I will sneak into the background. Talk to me at the weigh in, I shall shake your hand.
Bellew was nasty with Haye, furious with Cleverley and angry over Ilunga; has his softer side taken off his harder edge… I fear for him now… But like all of us, I hope he does it but I have gone from thinking it is a daunting task to an improbable one…
Later on in the week and on Friday the 16th of November in Dunston there are no fewer than 5 fights to view and cheer!
On the same evening in Oklahoma, Maurice Hooker defends his WBO super lightweight title, won against Terry Flanagan against Alex Saucedo. Hooker was tremendous that night and I think he might be equally tremendous on Friday…
Saturday 17th November
Kansas – Heavyweight Jarell Miller takes on Bogdan Dinu, middleweight Clarissa Shields puts the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight belts on the line against our very own Hannah Rankin
Bilbao – EBU welterweight title action between defending champion and warrior, Kerman Lejarraga and Frankie Gavin
Clacton on Sea – BIBA bring WBF super welterweight international title action between Tommy Jacobs and Xhukjo Vrenozi, cruiserweight Gareth Hogg up for the WBU international belt and the PBC international title fight between Navid Iran and Ben McGivern.
York Hall – 15 fights including cruiserweight Wadi Camacho taking on Arfan Iqbal for the Commonwealth title.
Manchester – welterweight Liam Taylor v Tyrone Nurse and light heavyweight Bob Ajisafe is in action
Neath, Wales – 10 fights
Brentwood – super welterweight Harley Benn takes on Teodor Boyadjiev
Belfast – 7 fights
Monday 19th November
Leeds – lightweight Boy Jones is in against Craig Evans for the WBO European title
Friday 23rd November
Leeds – 5 fights