If January was a desert, February was a slow burn, March is an explosion! We have some great shows on the hook for the month and some fantastic fights. Not always what the fans want to see but it begins with a couple of absolute cracking shwos in unusual places and builds the month very nicely indeed.
Let’s start with the NEXTGEN show from Matchroom on Sky tonight, Saturday the 2nd of March in Peterborough! Now Peterborough is no 02 nor Las Vegas BUT this shows the strength of the product as we have super bantamweight Qais Ashfaq taking on Fadhili Majiha in a keep busy contest that should show case this absolutely brilliant young fighter.
Wehave the American with a tremendous story and journey in light heavyweight Anthony Sims Jr who is back in our shores to face Mateo Damian Veron in a fight designed to build his fan base more than test his skill.
We then have the WBA international cruiserweight fight between Richard Riakporhe and Tommy McCarthy. Many see this as a 50/50 that could go either way. What it is, is a fantastic test of Riakporhe’s progress and we shall be hoping he wins and hoping it’s an electric fight.
We then have the Commonwealth featherweight title action between Leigh Wood and Abraham Osei Bonsu. Like many Commonwealth fights we hope for a British win as the opponent, should he not be a Brit, tends to be an unknown quantity. A Ghanaian with 3 losses on his 16 fight career, this might be his time to shine whilst Wood will be looking to keep Bonsu out the limelight with a very convincing win.
The headline WBA international featherweight contest between Jordan Gill and Emmanuel Dominguez promises so much. Gill is a very exciting prospect and the reason why this is in Peterborough. The home town boy will be hoping to buck the recent trend of highly touted British fighters getting out the domestic market and coming unstuck. Much is promised and heart and industry are now standard from his trainer, Dave Coldwell. This could be a fight of they year contest if Gill really turns up.
Closer to home and in Turnberry Kynoch boxing brings a night of boxing that is mouth watering. Since his split from MTK Global, Sam Kynoch has put together an amazing series of events and this tops them all. They aint had boxing in Turnberry before. They have it now!
We have super middleweight Trigger Woods in against Victor Edagha, whilst super welterweight Dean Sutherland takes on Ryan Toms and the likelihood is a win for both home lads – Woods and Sutherland.
The inspirational match making is heavyweight star Lucas Browne in town to take on Kamil Sokolowski. This is obviously a tick over for the former world champion as he has Dave Allen to face soon – wonder if Allen will make the journey – but it is a big name and it is a big boy coming to Turnberry.
We then have three title fights with the Celtic title at super welterweight between Jay Byrne and Stefan Sanderson, the two Scottish title fights – Paul Kean v Craig Kelly at super welterweight and Marek Laskowski v Calvin McCord at lightweight.
I have seen a couple of these fighters close up and reckon Byrne has a tough task, as does Kean and the local lad McCord would be doing some to take the title against Laskowski. The most important aspect of tonight is success as an event and you have to hand it to Kynoch, along with a recent afternoon of boxing in Glasgow he is not shy of innovation. This is apparently a sell out – you just want the main event to match the ambition here. Fingers crossed – I also hope Craig Kelly gets his old belt back cos we love the guy!
World title action is meanwhile, in New York where super welterweight Brian Carlos Castano faces Erislandy Lara for the WBA super welterweight title. A tremendous contest this, I think it ought to be a tough ask for Landy but have a sneaking suspicion, based on very little, that he might take the title.
Over in Magdeburg there is the EBU heavyweight title action between Agit Kabayel who beat Derrick Chisora in Monaco and Andriy Rudenko who didn’t beat Povetkin, Browne or Hughie Fury. Interesting match up – Kabayel for me.
Round the country tonight there is plenty going on too with, at York Hall 15 fights, in Liverpool 11 fights, in Bolton 10 fights, in Leeds 9 fights, in Nottingham 4 fights, and in Liverpool – 7 fights; spoilt for choice all over!
On Friday the 8th of March there is further blockbusting action with, in Barnsley lightweight Terri Harper v Nina Bradley for the WBC international female title and super bantamweight Josh Wale v Brad Foster for the British title. Harper and Wale sound like a dodgy legal firm but a better winning combination in Barnsley on Friday.
Finally, not to be outdone on the venue stakes by those rebellious Scots, Frank Warren is in the Royal Albert Hall witha feast including heavyweight Daniel Dubois v Razvan Bailingall, the WBO international light heavyweight fight between Anthony Yarde and Travis Reeves, welterweight British title action between Jonny Garton and Chris Jenkins and the British title fight at middleweight between Liam Williams and Joe Mullender.
There is a lot to pick from there and Dubois will be after a massive statement given what Joe Joyce was like last week. A decent showing and he could show the British public they should be backing him rather than Joyce. Yarde needs to get his name back out there and this looks like a very good fight for him. The two British title fights may not have massive headliners – yet – but they are pretty decent fights.
With NEXTGEN at the beginning of the week and this at the end, and Turnberry in between, this is the future looking pretty secure. They just need to turn up, do the business and keep the momentum going; simples…
Saturday 9th March
MGM Las Vegas – WBC welterweight title fight between Shawn Porter and Yordenis Ugas
Verona, New York – WBA light heavyweight title fight between Dimitry Bivol and Joe Smith Jr, WBO super lightweight title fight between Maurice Hooker and Mikkel Les Pierre and the return of Callum Johnson fighting Sean Monaghan
Kortijk, Belgium – the WBC lightweight fight between Delfine Persoon and Melissa St Vil
Brentwood – WBC international silver contest at welterweight between Michael McKinson and Ryan Kelly
York hall – 19 fights, including 3 for southern area titles
Merthyr Tydfil – Celtic light heavyweight title fight between Nathan Thorley and Paddy McDonagh
Watford – 14 fights
Worksop – 7 fights
Irlam – 7 fights
Walsall – The return of super middleweight Tommy Langford
Hull – 4 fights
Bradford – 2 fights
Colchester – BIBA bring 5 fights
Bolton – 7 fights
Friday 15th March
Manchester – WBO European featherweight contest between David Oliver Joyce and Stephen Tiffney
Sheffield – Commonwealth super flyweight action between Tommy Frank and Luke Wilton
Radisson Blu, Glasgow – St Andrews Club present Celtic title action at welterweight between Martin Harkin and ally Black
Birmingham – 8 fights
Middleton – 5 fights