Overnight, tonight, Saturday the 20th of April in Madison Square Gardens welterweight Amir Khan takes on Terence Crawford for the WBO title. A lot has been written about this and I shall not add much more. British fighters getting to the top of their craft has been quite interesting over the last few years; they have found that the next step – elite recognition is more difficult.
Once at the top they have fallen short against the pound for pound superstars – GGG, Canelo, Loma and so on. Khan has never been afraid to take on a challenge and this proves it yet again. The prevailing thinking appears to be that IF Khan is to do this he needs to, as Freddie Roach has advised, win every round as a new fight. This is a massive ask – again – and given Khan’s ability to switch off and get caught, people are sure he won’t manage it and are asking by how many or when he gets beat… it’s a cliché but if he does it, it could be the biggest upset of 2019 and that is why I think he is a brave guy, an honest fighter but likely to lose.
Also, in the USA in Carson we have welterweight action between Danny Garcia and Adrian Granados for the WBC silver belt. Garcia is coming back after a loss to Shawn Porter and has been an elite fighter for some time. This is designed to get Garcia back in the mix so Granados, with 6 losses on his record, is there to do enough to push but not send Garcia off the edge of world title contention.
Before all of that though we have, in the 02, London Matchroom back with some cracking fights. We start with the bantamweight Shannon Courtenay, who is facing Roz Mari Silyanova and should get her 2nd win. We have the return of the exciting welterweight Connor Benn against Josef Zahradnik with Benn placed to be exciting and win.
The big boy battles come first with heavyweight Derrick Chisora up against Senad Gashi who has dreamt of taking Chisora out. This is all great theatre but will it come true? I don’t think so. We have also got welterweight Josh Kelly in against Przemyslaw Runowjki for the WBA international strap. Kelly, like Cordina below is being given a platform to perform and we are expecting to see just that from them both.
The British lightweight title is on the line between Joe Cordina and Andy Townend, which was due last year and now has taken on the mantle of being the main support. This could end up being the fight of the night. Cordina is the up and coming and Townend is no mug. It could be very tight.
Top of the bill is the happy rivals, Dave Allen and Lucas Browne in what is a crossroads fight for both. Allen will have bigger fights to follow should he win – Price, Charr and many others have been mentioned – even Chisora, the gatekeeper. Browne was awful against Dillian Whyte and had a bizarre fight at Trump Turnberry recently where it was believed that he lost, though the record books show he won.
It makes this an Allen win on paper and he is heavily fancied though, as Eddie Hearn pointed out, this is based on popularity rather than analysis. Allen has manged to train for this – has Browne? Could Browne become a Chisora light heavyweight for the future or is he likely to get the win, take on another Brit and get closer to fighting for a version of the world title again because of all this? Time to tune in and find out…
Also, domestically tonight we have in London 10 fights and 7 in Torquay.
Later on, in the week, on Thursday the 25th of April at the Radisson Blu, Glasgow the British bantamweight title fight between Ukashir Farooq and Kyle Williams at the St Andrews Club. Farooq is a beast at the weight, and I cannot see beyond his winning.
On the same night and in York Hall in amongst 13 fights we have super lightweight Chantelle Cameron taking on Feriche Mashauri. Cameron with another win for me.
On Friday the 26th of April in Inglewood we have a massive super flyweight action for the WBC belt between Wisaksil Wangek, alias Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC title. Wangek is well fancied and there is certainly plenty of reasons as to why he is – am going for an early night for him…
Domestically we are back with BIBA at Gatwick where they have super middleweight action between Tommy Jacobs and Ishmael Tetteh for the PBC international title.
Saturday 27th April
Louisiana – WBO and WBAbantamweight title fight between Nonito Donaire and Zolani Tete and the super lightweight WBA and WBC Diamond battle between Regis Prograis and Kiryl Relikh as we get back on track, despite many adverse rumours, with the World Boxing Super Series.
Wembley – Queensberry Promotions return with heavyweight Daniel Dubois against Richard Lartey, super lightweight Jack Catterall returns, super flyweight Sunny Edwards looks to continue his unbeaten run and the WBO international and Commonwealth super middleweight title fight is between Lerrone Richards and Tommy Langford.
Oldham – the return to the ring of Luke Watkins against Ossie Jervier at cruiserweight
Maidstone – 7 fights
Swindon – 15 fights
York Hall – 5 fights
Friday 3rd May
Newcastle – WBO European title fight between Tyron McCullagh and Alvaro Rodriguez
Amir Khan, Terence Crawford, Danny Garcia, Adrian Granados, Shannon Courtenay, Derrick Chisora, Senad Gashi, Joe Cordina, Andy Townend, Josh Kelly, Przemyslaw Runowjki, Dave Allen, Ukashir Farooq, Kyle Williams, Chantelle Cameron, Wisaksil Wangek, Juan Francisco Estrada, Tommy Jacobs, Ishmael Tetteh