If miracles should happen, they should happen with the Miracle Man – so goes the Matchroom story this weekend as they are, on Saturday the 4th of May in amongst the bright lights of Las Vegas as the IBF, WBA and the WBC middleweight belts are on the line with the dust up between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Danny Jacobs.
Jacobs goes into this as an underdog though his fight against cancer is held up as the miracle he has already proved, will he have enough to derail the Canelo juggernaut? It’s a fascinating fight, one that is absolutely right for the boxing world, but it is in the American market.
We need Matchroom matching better fights in the UK – Brooke/Khan is too late, Joshua/anyone called Fury or Wilder or Whyte etc was on the money. This, however, is exactly the kind of fight needed to maintain the money in the promoter’s pockets and keep it all high profile in the biggest boxing market. You do, if you are a UK punter, need to get up early to view it live but it should be an absolute barnstormer. If anyone right now can do the unlikely, I do think Jacobs has the skills…
On the undercard we do have interest in a British fighter as John Ryder will take on Bilal Akkawy for the interim WBA super middleweight belt. Ryder deserves his shot, and, unlike British fighters in the last few weeks who have made the journey over to the US, this is a little less daunting and we hope Ryder does it. He aint a name like Khan and more of a Rocky Fielding, but Akkawy is no top boxer in comparison so Ryder has a very decent chance.
Still in the USA but in California there is IBF super featherweight action between Jerwin Ancajas and Ryuichi Funai – slightly overshadowed by the Vegas card and especially now that Canelo and Jacobs had a wee aperitif at the weigh in – this should be a very good fight. I think Ancajas has the edge but anything under the radar has the ability to surprise…
In African and in the magical and historically important, in terms of boxing history, city of Kinshasa has the WBC silver cruiserweight fight between former Tony Bellew opponent, Ilunga Makabu and former Prize fighter contestant Mike Perez. Who knows how this goes, but it has all the hallmarks of a great fight…
At home we do have some action that looks pretty tasty in Manchester with 10 fights including Marc Leach v Brett Fidoe for the English bantamweight title. Fidoe has 57 fights to his name with 49 of them being defeats so you have to imagine they may have been short of an opponent. It is clear what he may have been brought in to do but expect someone who may be tricky enough to pull off a shock.
We also have featherweight Qais Ashfaq on the card taking on Stefan Sashev. Ashfaq may be back later on this week so this is clearly a keep busy exercise.
In Aberdeen tonight Kynoch boxing bring us lightweight Andrew Smart, super welterweight Corey McCulloch and Callum Stuart on their debuts, whilst super welterweight Paul Kean, is also fighting. Right now, no opponents but that is not unusual…
There is also super bantamweight action with Billy Stuart taking on Dylan McDonagh for the BUI Celtic title and welterweight Dean Sutherland facing Keane McMahon for the BUI Celtic title. Stuart and Sutherland will be expected to continue their journeys.
Elsewhere we have in York Hall 13 fights, in Liverpool 8 fights, in Birmingham there are 6 fights whilst a solo show is in London.
Action returns on Friday the 10th of May in Nottingham where Matchroom return with welterweight Felix Cash, lightweight Fabio Wardley, and super bantamweight Qais Ashfaq on the bill but without other corner fighters.
Back on the female market we have a WBC international female lightweight contests between Terri Harper and Claudia Andrea Lopez. Harper is slightly new to me and probably to most so we will think it is likely she will come through tis under Matchroom guidance.
We also have featherweight Leigh Wood facing Ryan Doyle for the Commonwealth title and the WBA international featherweight clash between Jordan Gill and Enrique Tinoco. This is clearly all about Gill’s progress and it has been impressive thus far. He is being carefully built up whilst the Wood/ Doyle fight might be the fight of the undercard to keep real fans happy.
Also, at the 02 in London there are a further 10 fights on the night
Saturday 11th May
Fairfax – super welterweight action between Jarrett Hurd and Julian Williams for the WBA, IBF, IBO titles
Tucson – 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
Magdeburg – EBU super middleweight action between Robin Krasniqi and Stefan Haertel
Bolton – 9 fights
Doncaster – 6 fights
Brentwood – super lightweight Harlem Eubank returns
Walsall – 7 fights
Bury – 5 fights
Friday 17th May
Belfast – 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
Coventry – 4 fights