It’s the battle of pay per views tonight Saturday the 22nd of December as we have Matchroom in London v Queensberry in Manchester.
The UK paying public are spoilt for choice OR they are livid because they cannot see both!
It’s nuts or it is the health of the British boxing scene – depending on your view, what it is, is two cracking cards.
Let’s deal with the card that was announced first… Manchester is calling…
In Manchester, the undercard is stacked as flyweight Paddy Barnes, climbs back in the ring to take on Isaac Quaye whilst at light heavyweight Billy Joe Saunders returns against Charles Adamu. It is really hard to see past a Barnes and Saunders double act and we can be assured that better fights await both. Given the issues faced by Saunders this year, fighting at light heavyweight is an interesting tale I am sure…
Featherweight Michael Conlan faces Jason Cunningham, in a real tough contest and though Conlan is a big favourite this is the beginning of real tests for the popular Irishman.
The ever green and ever sparkling middleweight Martin Murray is back against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, and like Barnes, this a real contest for Murray – N’Jikam has only 3 losses on a 39 fight career…
Light heavyweight Tommy Fury makes his debut up against Jergenijs Andrejevs and given his pedigree this is a debut that many shall watch, including his brother Tyson, in absolute expectation. He was quite rightly played down his name, but we hope will play up his part tonight as we expect it to be a very impressive debut.
Heavyweight Nathan Gorman takes on Ravan Cojanu, as he looks to get his name in the frame for bigger contests and we should see Gorman come through well enough whilst the British middleweight title fight between Mark Heffron and Liam Williams is highly anticipated and might be the fight of the night. People are favouring one of the two of them like me, but cannot decide quite which one – it is a genuine contest.
The headline act is an absolute cracker as we finally get the IBF featherweight showdown between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton. Like many people I started in one place, changed my mind and ended up in the opposite camp. I then altered my thinking, got confused hoped for a draw and changed my mind.
I am a huge Frampton fan, but Warrington has improved immeasurably. Will father time call it on Frampton? Will the upstart with the mad following get his chance for bigger glory? That’s the fascinating thing about this sport – we only know after the final bell or the referee calls it… let the first bell sound!
While all that is happening in the north, down south in the O2, London part two of this battle of the broadcasters and pay per view sees Matchroom weigh in with heavyweight David Price in his next comeback against Tom Little, whilst heavyweight Carlos Takam takes on Senad Goshi. If both come through would they meet up next? Little is a really credible opponent for Price and we all hope Price gets to a level he deserves but this could be a mighty ask whilst Takam, following his loss to Chisora needs absolutely no slip ups.
We also have light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi facing Reynold Quillen for the WBA international belt in what is a massive and correct step up. Chris Eubank Jr used his win against Quillen to show the world he was truly operating at a world level – will Buatsi catapult himself in similar fashion? Will Quillen prove at the bigger weight more of a challenge to young pups wanting to make it?
We then have a world title as the WBC world title fight between Cristofer Rosales and Charlie Edwards sees Edwards fight for a world title for the second time. It’s a tough one to call and almost as tough as the British featherweight title fight between Ryan Walsh and Reece Belotti as people are unable to separate these two and I am much the same. I just hope it’s a cracker.
We are, however, promised a cracker in the rematch between heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora. I am not so sure. Whyte needs the win for his world title ambitions, Chisora needs the win to stay at this level. It makes commercial sense for this rematch, but it is a mad choice for a world title contender.
Chisora could win.
I just hope the biggest winners are the British public who have sold out the arena for tonight and that I have got this wrong and it continues where it left off two years ago.
Over the pond in New York the battling Charlo brothers are both in action as super welterweight Jermell Charlo takes on Tony Harrison for the WBC title and Jermall Charlo faces Matvey Korobov for the interim WBC middleweight title – Charlo doubles all round!
Finally, in Walsall there are a decent 5 fights for locals to enjoy!
And as 2018 comes to an end – that’s all folks. I will be back in the New Year but form all of us here to all of you there – have a Merry Christmas and we can look forward to a fighting fit New Year and 2019!