Tonight, Saturday the 1st of December, you would be forgiven for thinking that there is really only one fight in any town, at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles for the WBC heavyweight title where we have Deontay Wilder against Tyson Fury. More of that later…
The undercard has the IBF/WBA/IBO title fight at super welterweight between Jarrett Hurd and the UK’s Jason Welborn. Not a bad supporting act and there are plenty who give Welborn little chance but it’s an opportunity for him to shine and perhaps get another shot on the back of it… should he be unsuccessful…
There are also heavyweight battles between Chris Arreola and Maurenzo Smith, Luis Ortiz and Travis Kaufmann and Joe Joyce facing Joe Hanks. Makes for a very heavy show and we shall all be keeping a close eye on Joyce whilst the other two fights look tough ones. Arreola and Ortiz may be the names we recognise but I would not be surprised if we saw arms raised on the morning of Sunday that is not what we would be expecting.
As for the main event…
There seems to be a simple formula – Wilder by knockout or Fury on points…
If Wilder was to win, I think it will have to be by knockout. If Wilder hits anyone, they hit the canvass. Fury has hit the floor before, got up and won. Will be manage to rise from the floor if he goes down? It’s the great imponderable but he will have to duck and slide for12rounds if he does.
If Fury wins, then he most likely wins by out boxing Wilder. I think that Fury could get a stoppage, but it is unlikely – Fury does not have the power that he needs – in my humble opinion.
In terms of the story to be told a Fury win would be the biggest news.
A Wilder win would be a bit boring and not set any heather alight.
Bizarrely I think that a Joshua/Wilder fight for 2019 – especially in April – is more likely if Wilder loses than wins. If he wins, stadiums in 2019 during the summer might not be big enough and we get again the whole negotiation saga…
If your subscription or money belt won’t stretch then domestically tonight in York Hall we have 16 fights, in Birmingham there are 6 fights, in Hull some 4 fights, in Stoke no fewer than 4 fights, whilst there are another 4 fights in London and finally in Wigan a further 4 fights – rest assured these shall be just as hotly contested as any in the USA…
Tomorrow night, on Sunday the 2nd of December and in Leeds there are a further 8 fights – probably covered in tinsel whilst later in the week on Friday the 7th of December in Belfast we have the return of light heavyweight Steve Collins Jr up against Pawel Strykowski and the WBO European title fight between Conrad Cummings and Brian Rose at middleweight. Collins Jr will be expected to win and I just love Rose as a fighter so hope he can add another belt to his brilliant career.
Saturday 8th December
Madison Square Gardens, New York – the WBA/WBO title fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Jose Pedraza that is being watched by Anthony Crolla, super bantamweight action between Isaac Dogboe and Emanuel Navarrete for the WBO belt
Carson, Texas – welterweight Cecilia Braekhaus faces Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes for the IBF,IBO, WBA,WBC and WBO belts whilst middleweight Claressa Shields faces Femke Hermans for the IBF, WBA and WBC belts
Glasgow – it is the long-awaited return of lightweight Scott Harrison against Tadie Annan for the PBC International belt which tops a bill that includes lightweight Sugar Lefkosia in his debut against Chris Wong, super lightweight Leon Roberts facing Michael Kelly, the PBC British cruiserweight title fight between Sandy Robb and Paddy Kelly and the WBU supermiddleweight fight between Nathan Decastro and Daniel Adjei Sowah.
Sheffield – Matchroom are back in the UK with featherweight Kid Galahad, super bantamweight Qais Ashfaq against Jay Carney, super welterweight Josh Kelly against former world titlist David Avanesyan, super featherweight Jono Carroll against Guillamme Frenois in a final IBF eliminator and the top of the bill clash between super welterweight Kell Brook and Michael Zerefa.
Bolton – 11 fights
Walsall – 10 fights
Sunday 9th December
Birmingham – 5 fights
Liverpool – 4 fights
Friday 14th December
York Hall – welterweight IBF European title action between Larry Ekundayo and Louis Greene alongside super lightweight IBF European title action between Darragh Foley and Akeen Ennis Brown.