This evening, Saturday the 11th of May we hit a domestic hiatus after the NXTGEN show last night in Nottingham. Once again, our world level fights are back across the pond with a very decent fight coming up in Fairfax where the super welterweight action is between Jarrett Hurd and Julian Williams for the WBA, IBF and IBO titles. It is easy to just plump for the “name” and go for Hurd and there is a reason for that – I can’t see by him…
In Tucson there is further world level action as super featherweight Miguel Berchelt faces Francisco Vargas for the WBC title and the WBO super bantamweight title is on the line between Emanuel Navarrete and Isaac Dogboe. Berchelt looks the most likely in the first fight whilst Dogboe who was on the up and up and resides in the UK, fell short on points 5 months ago against Navarrete and lost his WBO belt. Can he get it back? Fascinating thought that he should and I reckon he is likely to manage that tonight.
Over in Germany, in Magdeburg there is EBU super middleweight action between Robin Krasniqi and Stefan Haertel. Krasniqi’s losses have included to Arthur Abraham, Nathan Cleverley and Juergen Braehmer and he boasts a long track record, and he is the defending champion… Haertel has not been in with anyone of real note though he did beat Tobias Webb a few years ago… Interesting contest…
Domestically we have in Bolton 9 fights, in Doncaster 6 fights and in Brentwood super lightweight Harlem Eubank returns to take on Eligio Palacios in what should be a busy enough night as there are 11 other contests, whilst in Walsall there are 7 fights and finally in Bury we have 5 fights.
We end the week on Friday the 17th of May in Belfast with super featherweight Marco McCullough v Declan Geraghty for the IBF European belt and the WBC international strap is up between Ryan Burnett and Jelbirt Gomera. All eyes shall be on Burnett’s return to the ring but the McCullough/ Geraghty scrap is a very decent one. Let’s hope they both turn out to e noteworthy.
On the same night and in Coventry there are a further 4 fights.
Saturday 18th May
Brooklyn – Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale for the WBC heavyweight title and Gary Russell Jr v Kiko Martinez for the WBC featherweight title.
SSE Hydro, Glasgow – World Boxing Super Series Semi Finals as bantamweight sensation Naoya Inoue faces Emmanuel Rodriguez for the IBF and WBA belts and Scotland’s own Josh Taylor is up against Ivan Baranchyk for the IBF and WBC silver super lightweight titles. Lightweight Chantelle Cameron is in support.
Stevenage – heavyweight Joe Joyce faces Alexander Ustinov, light heavyweight Willy Hutchinson is in against Ondrej Budera, super bantamweight Brad Foster is opposite Ashley Lane for the British and Commonwealth titles and it’s Billy Joe Saunders v Shefat Isufi for the interim WBO crown.
Belfast – lightweight James Tennyson takes on Brayan Mairena
Bingham – 7 fights
Brechin – BIBA and Lee McAllister bring 2 debutant fights
Friday 24th May
Glasgow – Kynoch Boxing, probably the busiest Scottish boxing promoter at the minute bring us super welterweight Marc Kerr, super lightweight Aidan McGlynn, heavyweight Jay McFarlane and the WBC international silver super flyweight fight between Ross Murray and John Chuna
Walsall – 8 fights