For the third weekend running we are looking across to the good old USA for the principal action in the pugilistic world. Having had the massive heavyweight contest between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury followed by the huge presence in the boxing world that is Vasyl Lomachenko we are now looking at a hugely massive ask in the Rocky from Stocky story.
Tonight, Saturday the 15th of December in Madison Square Gardens, New York the super middleweight WBA title fight between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding tops an impressive bill.
The headline fight takes my attention first as the challenger, Canelo, will take the ring as a man trying to become a three weight world champion whilst Fielding comes in to defend a crown he won convincingly and achieved a lifelong ambition.
Forget the bruising and marks on Canelo’s face.
Forget the height difference.
Forget the weight differential.
IF Rocky does this it will be a seismic shock. To fight at Madison Square Gardens and take on Canelo which shall ensure his financial security was a no brainer. Fielding, should he make a decent fist of this, will come away with cash and credit. I cannot find many who truly believe he will win though many think he might sneak it. It’s heart v head and for me the head is always out in front here.
On the undercard we have lightweight Katie Taylor defending her IBF and WBA titles against Eva Wahlstrom. Clearly with, last weekend, Cecilia Braekhaus and Clarissa Shields defending their belts, the women’s world boxing scene is getting bigger all the time and Taylor is right up there with those two superstars. Make no mistake this is tough. Taylor, like Braekhaus and Shileds will also be unlikely to make any mistakes and she should come through this comfortably enough.
We also have super featherweight Tevin Farmer against Francisco Fonseca for the IBF belt and despite having to strip to make weight Farmer is a firm favourite. The middleweight battle between David Lemieux and Tureano Johnson should be a simple return to positive action for Lemieux – should be…
At home and in Brentwood Queensberry bring us a modest set of fights as we have the return of welterweight Bradley Skeete, and super flyweight Sunny Edwards takes on Junior Granados for the WBO European belt. Skeete in against Diego Ramirez from Argentina for the vacant WBO International welterweight title. A Skeete and Edwards double appears to be the favoured outcome…
Down in York Hall there are 15 fights including heavyweight Nick Webb in against Kamil Sokolowski to start his return to contention for bigger fights – Webb was always a fancied fighter so this should be a decent showing.
We also have in Bournemouth no fewer than 6 fights whilst later in the week on Sunday the 16th of December in Manchester light heavyweight Bob Ajisafe returns in amongst 5 contests.
Saturday 22nd December
New York – super welterweight Jermell Charlo v Tony Harrison for the WBC title, Jermall Charlo v Willie Monroe Jr for the interim WBC title
Manchester – battle of the big draws in the UK as Queensberry weigh in with flyweight Paddy Barnes, Billy Joe Saunders returns against Zoltan Sera, featherweight Michael Conlan faces Jason Cunningham, middleweight Martin Murray is back against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, light heavyweight Tommy Fury makes his debut up against Jergenijs Andrejevs, heavyweight Nathan Gorman takes on Ravan Cojanu, the British middleweight title fight is between Mark Heffron and Liam Williams whilst topping the bill is the IBF featherweight showdown between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton.
O2, London – part two of this battle sees Matchroom weigh in with heavyweight David Price in his next comeback against Tom Little, heavyweight Carlos Takam, light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi facing Reynold Quillen for the WBA international belt, the WBC world title fight between Cristofer Rosales and Charlie Edwards, the British featherweight title fight between Ryan Walsh and Reece Belotti and the top of the bill the rematch between heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora.
Walsall – 7 fights