Having had the excitement of boxing back at the Albert Hall last night and in Peterborough last weekend we are back across the pond, to the USA for some massive fights and some big names that have struggled overnight to make the weight to defend their belts!
Tonight, Saturday the 9th of March in MGM Las Vegas the WBC welterweight title fight between Shawn Porter and Yordenis Ugas happens with Porter the heavy favourite. He needed 2 hours to make weight and that included getting a haircut! He didn’t lose the belt on the scales and now should be fully focused on Ugas who is not fancied at all.
Over in Verona, New York there was further weight based drama but not for the WBA light heavyweight title fight between Dimitry Bivol and Joe Smith Jr. They got on and under the scales without issue and Bivol looks the man most likely.
It was in the WBO super lightweight title fight between Maurice Hooker and Mikkel Les Pierre where Hooker was as much as 5 pounds over the limit, was made to come back and get himself under the super lightweight limit, which he did, but did not look good doing it. There are concerns now that he might not be in the right shape to retain his belt; Les Pierre will have gained a lot of confidence from it so expect many words on the outcome.
On the same bill, we have the return of Callum Johnson who is fighting Sean Monaghan with a huge amount at stake. No matter how good Johnson looked in losing a world title fight, this needs to be flawless if not faultless. Johnson is in the condition of his life and we shall see what flooring Beterbiev, last time out, though he lost, has done to his confidence!
Over in Kortijk, Belgium there is the WBC lightweight fight between Delfine Persoon and Melissa St Vil. I know neither so will have a guess at a Persoon win!
In Brentwood there is a WBC international silver contest at welterweight between Michael McKinson and Ryan Kelly which looks like a decent fight. On the same bill we have super welterweight Harley Benn back facing Geiboord Omier.
In York Hall there are 18 fights, including 3 for southern area titles, whilst in Merthyr Tydfil there is the Celtic light heavyweight title fight between Nathan Thorley and Paddy McDonagh amongst 10 contests. In Watford there are 11 fights, in Worksop 7 fights, in Irlam 6 fights, in Hull 4 fights, in Bradford 2 fights, in Coventry 7 fights, in Bolton 6 fights and in Colchester BIBA are back with no fewer than 5.
Later in the week on Friday the 15th of March in Manchester the WBO European featherweight contest is between David Oliver Joyce and Stephen Tiffney. This is a cracker and could go either way but probably now that I have said it, won’t…
In Sheffield there is Commonwealth super flyweight action between Tommy Frank and Luke Wilton and I quite fancy Wilton for this…
Up north and at home for me, on the same night, at the Radisson Blu, Glasgow the St Andrews Club are back with the Celtic title action at welterweight between Martin Harkin and Ally Black. I think Harkin will be hard to beat.
Just to show how busy things are we have, in Birmingham 8 fights, in Middleton 5 fights and in Norwich no fewer than 5 fights!
But that is only half of the story for Friday – back to the USA…
In Philadelphia, Matchroom bring lightweight Joe John Nevin against Andres Giguero, welterweight Daniyar Yeleussinov v Silverio Ortiz and Luke Campbell is back. Nevin should shine, Yeleussinov really needs to and Campbell just needs a win.
There are then two unbelievably cracking fights.
The IBF super featherweight title is on the line between Tevin Farmer and Jono Carroll. It would be a massive shock if Carroll pulled it off but, you never know…
The absolute headline is the IBF, WBA, WBO lightweight unification battle between Katie Taylor and Rose Volante. It may not be a walk over BUT Taylor is a massive favourite for a reason – her performances thus far…
That makes one hell of a week…
Saturday 16th March
Texas – welterweight Errol Spence Jr v Mickey Garcia for the IBF title
Oldham – English bantamweight title fight between Marc Leach and a man well known to Scottish fight fans, Thomas Essomba
Nottingham – English title fight between Ekow Essuman and Tyrone Nurse
Bedford – 16 fights
York Hall – 16 fights
Houghton-le-Spring – 11 fights
Sunday 17th March
Bracknell – IBO intercontinental female lightweight title fight between Lucy Wildheart and Anissa Benyoub.
Emirates Arena, Glasgow – super featherweight Nathanial Collins, super featherweight action between Craig Morgan and Jose Aguilar, super bantamweight action for debutant Jack Turner v Elvis Guillen, super bantamweight Reece McFadden v Stefan Nicolae, super lightweight Callen McAuley is back, so too is super middleweight David Brophy with a new trainer, super lightweight Lewis Benson returns against Zoltan Szabo, super welterweight Michael McGurk faces Konrad Stempkowski, bantamweight Scott Allen defends his Celtic title against Iain Butcher and the top of the bill is the WBC international silver title fight between Kieran Smith and Adam Harper.