Tonight, Saturday the 23rd of March in Canada we have the super welterweight IBF female title action between Marie Eve Dicaire and Lina Tejada whilst in Kenya there is the super bantamweight WBC female title action between Fatima Zarika and Catherine Phiri. Such is the focus on women’s boxing there are more and more title fights that are beginning to appear on the radar, and I have to start by saying I do not really know any of the four of the world title contenders but here they are.
Over in the UK in the Copper Box, London Matchroom give us some fantastic action with the debut of Shannon Courtenay who will face Cristina Busuioc. Courtenay is a study in terms of her story and the next chapter will be public knowledge tonight – I expect a good win from her and with three women’s boxing matches starting this column it is easy to see where future growth can be expected to underpin the sport in the next few years. We also have middleweight Jason Quigley, in against Mathias Eklund who should give him no trouble.
Trouble has been mentioned more than once in the last fight for the new super lightweight Lewis Ritson. Trouble making weight, trouble stepping up and trouble matching him were clichés after his first professional loss but now at the right weight things should start to move on – he faces German Argentino Benitez and the hope is that the last fight was a blip and this is a return to devastating form and he wins, no trouble.
We also have the Commonwealth and British cruiserweight fight between Lawrence Okolie and Wadi Camacho. This is a cracking fight and much hyped – not that it really needs it domestically. Camacho has his hands full here and the smart money is on an Okolie early finish. I think Camacho should be more durable than that, but I cannot see past Okolie.
The British light heavyweight title fight between Joshua Buatsi and Liam Conroy is another cracker and Buatsi is expected to do great things. Conroy will do well, to do well against Buatsi. I certainly expect this to be yet another example of Buatsi ready to move on – I just hope he gets some rounds in to keep him active and experienced for what comes next for him.
The top of the bill is the WBC flyweight fight and first defence for Charlie Edwards against Angel Moreno. Edwards has grown into this title and having the back story of his mum has made him a media darling. He could become a boxing darling as this fight looks tricky but a great platform for him to go and get bigger fights and more world titles. Not many expect an upset.
Up in Leicester Frank Warren competes with the London bill with another great Queensberry night. We have light heavyweight Tommy Fury in his second professional fight with Maksims Ogurcovs and we expect the Furys in force to progress with some flair and ease.
We have the return of light heavyweight Willy Hutchinson who will face Daniel Borisov and again we expect the home fighter to triumph. We also have the WBO European super lightweight fight between Sam Maxwell and Kelvin Dotel, with Maxwell the favourite.
The heavyweight return of Nathan Gorman up against late replacement Kevin Johnson will invite comparisons with Daniel Dubois though it has to be remembered that Gorman trained for another fighter, but an impressive fight tonight makes a match with Dubois more likely.
The top of the bill is the British title action between Sam Bowen and Jordan McCrory. McCrory managed to use his press conference to get his view of recently departed Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers over to the assembled crowd and we are hoping he gets his point across to Bowen and takes the belt back home to his Celtic supporting roots.
Tonight we also have in Doncaster 5 fights, in Manchester 3 fights, and in York Hall 6 fights.
Later in the week on Friday the 29th of March in Belfast there is the WBO European action between Conrad Cummings and Luke Keeler at middleweight and everyone expects a Cummings win. There is also the cruiserweight battle between Steve Collins Jr and Arturs Kulikauskis with Collins expected to tick over successfully.
In Birmingham bantamweight Brett Fidoe is in Midlands area title action, in amongst another 8 fights and it is great to see a journeyman get a chance at a belt.
Also, on the same night we have in Dunstan 6 fights.
Saturday 23rd March
Bilbao – EBU welterweight action between Kerman Lejarraga and David Avanesyan
Pennsylvania – light heavyweight WBC title fight between Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Doudou Ngumbu
Liverpool – Matchroom again with super bantamweight Paul Butler, cruiserweight Craig Glover, being tutored by Tony Bellew, the heavyweight clash between David Price and Kash Ali, Commonwealth title action at super lightweight between Phillip Bowes and Tom Farrell, super welterweight Anthony Fowler returns to take on Scott Fitzgerald in a bit of a grudge match, the British and European title fight between Joe Hughes and Robbie Davies Jr and the tope of the bill super welterweight clash between Liam Smith and Sam Eggington.
Stoke -on-Trent – 10 fights
Rotherham – 8 fights
Blackburn – 12 fights
Southampton – 5 fights
Peterhead – BIBA bring us 5 fights