This is a massive weekend for boxing.
Let’s be clear it is a massive weekend FOR boxing.
The venue of New Jersey plays host to one of the biggest unification fights of recent years and for female boxing, it simply does not get bigger than middleweight Clarissa Shields against Christina Hammer for the IBF, WBA, WBC AND THE WBO belts. Shields is favourite, Hammer the veteran; the winner should be the fan as this will be a fantastic fight – I won’t say who I think likely to win because most are going for Shields…
On the same evening, also in the USA, in Monterrey, we have the super middleweight Jaime Munguia against Dennis Hogan for the WBO title. I think likely that Munguia shall get through this and keep on track for a future unification fight with a certain Mr Smith.
Domestically we have 3 bills – in Stoke-on-Trent, 7 fights, Worksop, 5 fights and in Yeovil, 4 fights.
At the end of the week, on Friday the 19th April, in Liverpool, there are three very interesting contests. We have the heavyweight battel between Alex Dickenson and Dorius Darch, a middleweight return for Brian Rose taking on Nikola Matic and the lightweight Natasha Jonas gets another battle in, in her return to form against BIanka Majlath. Dickenson, Rose, Jonas for me…
Saturday 20th April
Madison Square Gardens – welterweight Amir Khan takes on Terence Crawford for the WBO title.
Carson – welterweight action between Danny Garcia and Adrian Granados for the WBC silver belt.
02, London – Matchroom are back with bantamweight Shannon Courtenay, welterweight Connor Benn fighting for the WBA continental belt, heavyweight Derrick Chisora is up against Senad Gashi, the British lightweight title is on the line between Joe Cordina and Andy Townend, whilst welterweight Josh Kelly is believed to be in against Przemyslaw Runowjki for the WBA international strap. Top of the bill is the happy rivals, Dave Allen and Lucas Browne in what is a crossroads fight for both.
London – 1 fight
Torquay – 7 fights
Thursday 25th April
Radisson Blu, Glasgow – British bantamweight title fight between Ukashir Farooq and Kyle Williams at the St Andrews Club
York Hall – in amongst 13 fights we have super lightweight Chantelle Cameron
Friday 26th April
Inglewood – Super flyweight action for the WBC belt between Wisaksil Wangek, alias Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Nakornl and Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC title
Gatwick – super middleweight action between Tommy Jacobs and Ishmael Tetteh for the PBC international fight for BIBA