Tonight, and overnight the year continues with the focus on America and at the MGM, Los Angeles there is the WBA welterweight showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Adrian “The Problem” Broner. A fitting headliner but the usual antics of Mr Broner threaten, as they always do, to overshadow what will be a very interesting fight. We will find out if Pacquiao still has it and whether a 4-weight world champion like Broner can still get away with his usual potty mouth…. We are all rooting for Manny…
We also have the vacant WBC bantamweight title fight between Rau’shee Warren and Nordine Qubaal. At one point I thought Warren was going to sweep up this division, but it simply has not happened. Tonight, should show us how much desire remains in the tank.
Finally, the WBC silver light heavyweight title fight happens to involve Badou Jack and Marcus Browne. Jack’s name has been much on people’s lips due to the DeGale fight announcement and like Warren this could be a fascinating fight as this makes 3 fighters on the bill looking for some kind of direction or redemption; Jack may well be the most likely to find it.
Domestically we have to wait until Thursday the 24th of January with only 1 fight slated on the bill right now in London whilst later in the week, on Friday the 25th of January we have two Burns Night bills in Scotland.
In the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow Kynoch boxing is presenting flyweight Neil McCubbin against Gary Neeve, middleweight Hannah Rankin back in Scotland to face Eva Bajic whilst the top of the bill was going to be the Scottish welterweight clash between Stefan Sanderson and Craig Kelly. Sanderson has pulled out due to an injury and the fight will now happen in March with Dundee’s Paul Kean replacing Sanderson.
Over in Bellshill, and on the same night, Paul Graham presents super middleweight John McCallum against Casey Blair, super lightweight Tony Nellins, lightweight Barrie McRorie against Dean Jones, cruiserweight David Jamieson and the super lightweight battle between Eddie Doyle and Michael Mooney.
It should come as no surprise that we all expect home wins all round in both Burns Night battle grounds.
Saturday 26th January – New York – WBA welterweight title action between Keith Thurman and Jesusita Lopez
Houston – Super welterweight fight for the WBO title between Jaime Munguia and Takeshi Inoue and the WBA featherweight title fight between Jesus M Roja and Can Xu
Thursday 31st January
Glasgow – St Andrew’s Club with a couple of Celtic title fights – Martin Harkin v Tony Dixon for the welterweight title and Ryan Collins v Ahmed Ibrahim for the lightweight belt.