As we head into the sunshine, the bright lights of the indoor arenas begin to fade a little and I am going to be away from my typewriter for a couple of weeks. In my absence there a few great nights of boxing on the way so let’s get to them.
With most of the action over the last few weeks having been abroad let’s start with a focus on here at home in the UK first…
Tonight, Saturday the 29th of June in Bracknell there issuper middleweight WBO Youth action between Batal Cheznia and Vladimir Belusky. This is always a curious title – the Youth belts and I have never investigated fully what the criteria is to be classed a “Youth” but this should draw a crowd and be a decent fight, they usually are.
The rest of the night is more small hall than big lights but back in a very busy York Hall there are13 fights, in Merthyr Tydfil they have8 fights on offer, in Birmingham the crowd pleaser of the Midlands, Sam Eggington returns in amongst 7 contests and I cannot wait to see if he still has the hunger, whilst in Liverpool theyhave 7 fights to complete a busy night of boxing.
The big action is over the US of A and in Rhode Island, USA where Matchroom USA have a bill that includes middleweight Demetrius Andrade in against Maciej Sulecki to defend his WBO title. Most think Andrade is too much for Sulecki but those that know caution against complacency, Sulecki can fight and fight VERY well.
On the same bill British interest is at its highest with super flyweight Khalid Yafai defending his WBA title against Norbelto Jiminez. It got tasty at the weigh in and Yafai needs to win and make a statement as his last fight was not good watching.
Also, on the bill recent Matchroom recruit, heavyweight Joseph Parker takes on late replacement Alex Leapai and given the current state of the heavyweight division this is suddenly well worth a watch.
Over in Texas meanwhilethe interim WBC middleweight title fight is between Jermall Charlo and Brandon Davis and with his brother having won recently this ought to be a second win for the Charlos in June… shouldn’t it?
Tomorrow night, Sunday the 30th of June in Colne we have8 fights.
Later on in the week, on Friday the 5th of July in Southsea there are a further 8 fights including heavyweight Nick Webb whilst in Bolton light heavyweight Hosea Burton, returns in amongst 5 fights and finally in Sheffield super flyweight Tommy Frank takes on Jemsi Kibazange for the Commonwealth title, featherweight Josh Wale faces Ekow Wilson and Tyrone Nurse is back at welterweight. Home wins expected all round…
Saturday 6th July
Manchester – The ever busy Matchroom team have super welterweight Anthony Fowler taking on Brian Rose, the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles on the line between Lawrence Okolie and Jack Massey and middleweight Jack Cullen on the bill.
Doncaster – 7 fights
York Hall – 17 fights
Nottingham – 7 fights
Dunston – 8 fights
Walsall – 8 fights
Sunday 7th July
Bradford – super lightweight Jimmy First v Ibrar Riyaz in amongst 7 fights
Liverpool – MTK Global bring featherweight James Dickens v Nathanial May, super lightweight Terry Flanagan and middleweight Martin Murray against Kim Poulson.
Friday 12th June
Jedda, Saudi Arabia – Amir Khan at welterweight takes on late replacement Billy Dib, bantamweight Prince Patel faces Mitchell Banquez for the IBO title and heavyweight Hughie Fury is in against Samuel Peter
Osaka, Japan – middleweight Rob Bryant takes on Ryota Murata for the WBA title