Tonight, Saturday the 27th of April in Louisiana the WBO and WBAbantamweight title is on the line between Nonito Donaire and the late replacement for Zolani Tete, Stephon Young in the first bantamweight semi final in the World Boxing Super Series, before it comes to sunny Glasgow for Josh Taylor. Young had been in training so the step up is an exciting opportunity though few give him much chance. It has deprived us of a great contest and the perils of such a tournament will haunt Tete, but it does mean that whoever wins might have a very decent contest awaiting them in Tete once the fights are concluded.
The super lightweight WBA and WBC Diamond battle on the same night and the other part of the semi finals of the World Boxing Super Series, is between Regis Prograis and Kiryl Relikh. I always thought Prograis would make it to the final and have nothing to make me think otherwise here.
Meanwhile in Wembley Queensberry Promotions with Frank Warren are back with heavyweight main event Daniel Dubois up against Richard Lartey. Lartey had VISA issues and nearly didn’t make it. Lartey made some bizarre claims that Warren’s team might have been behind the whole VISA episode, but he is here now and with a British title fight against newly signed for Queensberry, Joe Joyce on the horizon for Dubois, you have to think this is a tick over contest for him.
Also on the bill super lightweight Jack Catterall returns with a contest against Miroslav Serban which he shall be expected to win comfortably, super flyweight Sunny Edwards looks to continue his unbeaten run against Pedro Matus and that should also be a fairly straightforward night for the wee man whilst the WBO international and Commonwealth super middleweight title fight between Lerrone Richards and Tommy Langford looks far tastier. Langford looks the more likely of the two, but it could provide us with the most likely contest of the night that is likely to be a contest.
Domestically we also have in Oldham 7 fightsincluding super featherweight Zelfa Barrett against Edwin Tellez, in Maidstone there are 6 fights, in Swindon the return to the ring of Luke Watkins against Ossie Jervier at cruiserweight, and in York Hall, 5 fights.
BIBA also bring the WBU title fight between Nathan DeCastro and Daniel-Adjei Sowah at super middleweight.
Late in the week on Friday the 3rd of May in Newcastle we have the WBO European title fight between Tyron McCullagh and Alvaro Rodriguez in amongst a 12 fight bill with McCullagh expected to win.
Saturday 4th May
Las Vegas – IBF, WBA, WBC middleweight belts on the line for Saul Canelo Alvarez v Danny Jacobs, also John Ryder v Bilal Akkawy for the interim WBA super middleweight belt.
California – IBF super featherweight action between Jerwin Ancajas and Ryuichi Funai
Kinshasa – WBC silver cruiserweight fight between Ilunga Makabu and Mike Perez
Manchester – 10 fights including Marc Leach v Brett Fidoe for the English bantamweight tile as well as featherweight Qais Ashfaq on the card.
York Hall – 13 fights
Aberdeen – Kynoch boxing brings lightweight Andrew Smart, super welterweight Corey McCulloch and Callum Stuart on their debuts, super welterweight Paul kean, super bantamweight Billy Stuart bv Dylan McDonagh for the BUI Celtic title and welterweight Dean Sutherland v Keane McMahon for the BUI Celtic title
Liverpool – 7 fights
Birmingham – 7 fights
London – 1 fight
Friday 10th May
Nottingham – Matchroom return with welterweight Felix Cash, lightweight Fabio Wardley, super bantamweight Qais Ashfaq, featherweight Legh Wood faces Ryan Doyle for the Commonwealth title and the WBA international featherweight clash between Jordan G ill and Enrique Tinoco
02 London – 10 fights