After the excitement of Madison Square Gardens and the rest, it is all very quiet for British boxers this weekend and we only have, this evening, Saturday the 8th of June, in York Hall 14 fights, in Darlington 2 fights and in Liverpool 13 fights.
Whilst we believe that boxing is bigger in the UK than anywhere else, we are, for another weekend, looking to foreign shores for the big fights. There can be little bigger than a Gennady Golovkin fight. Unfortunately, it is not the trilogy and he does not have Canelo in the other corner but Steve Rolls. Few, if any give Rolls a chance but they are the same people who thought fat Mexicans were pointless in the heavyweight division…
We also have in South Africa, Kevin Lerena and Vasil Ducar facing off for the IBO cruiserweight title. It’s a lesser belt but me which shall be keenly fought over. With the World Boxing Super Series re-running the cruiserweights but without the big belts on the table, this might be one of those fights that starts to show the emergence of new contenders… or just a damp squib…
In Reno, there is the WBO featherweight battle between Oscar Valdez and Jason Sanchez, and all joking aside the picking of the better known name after last weekend, is suddenly a very risky business.
The return of fallen European champion, and someone many of us thought would be fighting for world honours soon, Spanish super welterweight Kerman Lejarraga begins with a WBC Latino belt fight with Luis Solis in Bilbao. Lejarraga lost his European title to David Avanesyan last time out in a shock loss and this may be the type of route favoured by title holders at this level.
On Friday the 14th June in Cherbourg, the week ends with Estelle Mossely facing London based Lucy Wildheart for the IBO female lightweight title. Last weekend all the other lightweight titles were decided in the female division… Is one of these fighters the next contender…
Saturday 15th June
Las Vegas – Heavyweight Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz in the 3rd heavyweight fight that might prove a point
Riga – World Boxing Super Series is back with the cruiserweight semi finals and Mairis Breidis faces Krzysztof Glowacki for the interim WBO title and the WBC diamond belt whilst Yuniel Dorticos and Andrew Tabiti face each other in the other semi final.
Leeds – we have Frank Warren bringing super featherweight Commonwealth title action between Zelfa Barrett and Leon Woodstock, super welterweight Commonwealth title action between James Metcalf and Jason Welborn and the IBF featherweight fight between champion Josh Warrington and challenger Kid Galahad.
Paisley – Live on BBC Scotland shall be the IBO world title fight between Hannah Rankin and Sarah Curran which tops a bill that also has, on the undercard, light weight Calvin McCord, super featherweight Jordan McCrory, the debut of heavyweight Kaseem Saleem, super middleweight Trigger Wood, super lightweight Sean McKiddie, lightweight Gary Ducie, welterweight Thomas Dickson, the debut of super middleweight Ian O’Connor and the super lightweight battle between Ahmed Ibrahim and unbeaten Martin Taylor.
Stoke – 7 fights
Bournemouth – 5 fights
Livingston – BIBA return with the WBU world championship fight between Lee McAllister and Justice Addy
Sunday 16th June
Manchester – super lightweight Stephen Smith is on the bill
Friday 21st June
York Hall – Matchroom are back in the UK with welterweight Connor Benn against Jussi Koivula for the WBA continental title, light heavyweight Craig Richards faces Andre Sterling and super welterweight Ted Cheeseman returns for a British title fight.
Belfast – super light weight Tyrone McKenna faces Darragh Foley for the WBC international belt
Stoke – 5 fights
Huyton – 3 fights
California – super featherweight title action between Andrew Cancio and Alberto Machedo for the WBA belt.