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Fast Forward – Spain to Knuckles and Teeth Bared

Fast Forward – Spain to Knuckles and Teeth Bared

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FAST FORWARD

Tonight, Saturday the 22nd of June in Cantabria, Spain we have the EBU super welterweight title fight between Sergio Garcia and Siarhei Rabchanka pits the person who took down Ted Cheeseman back in action against a tough opponent. Whilst Cheeseman, last night could only manage a draw that is not a result any will predict for Garcia tonight. Whilst Garcia had been highly impressive in that fight with Cheeseman this will test whether that was a fluke or the beginning of a serious player at world level. Rabchanka is a serious opponent and we know him because of his two fights with Bradley Pryce and his loss to Kell Brook but Garcia must surely come out on top?

The big show tonight is up at home in Glasgow where we have super middleweight Boris Crighton, andlight heavyweight Tommy Philbin slatedto appear, featherweight Craig Morgan expected to deal with Elvis Guillen, bantamweight Jack Turner expected to do a similar job on Misael Zeledon, welterweight and one of my favourite prospects Craig MacIntyre taking on Chris Adaway and this could go short with MacIntyre’s heavy hands and flyweight Reece McFadden facing Joel Sanchez in what should be another home win.

We then have the continued comeback and rehabilitation of super lightweight Lewis Benson taking on Renald Garrido in a decent fight whilst former world title challenger, flyweight Muhammad Waseem, takes in John Chuna on another very good and decent contest.

The return to action of super welterweight Kieran “Chopper” Smith is always welcome and here he defends his WBC international title against Ivan Montero. Smith might have lost a little bit of momentum, but this guy can bang, box and better anyone sent in against him. It would be great to see an early night, but it would be good for another win on his record and onto bigger and better things.

Top of the bill is the Commonwealth bantamweight title fight, at last, between Scott Allan and Lee McGregor. There has been a lot of verbal exchanges between these two, not least because a fight between them once made, was cancelled because of Allan being ill. McGregor’s camp, at the time threw a few accusations at the Motherwell boxer and now they get to find some form of square ring justice. I have a soft spot for Allan, not just because of the work he does in his home town but because of the personality and the humble response he has had to take on after losing twice to Kash Farooq. It’s a really tough ask for him to win against a man with the dodgiest moustache in the country as McGregor is a real prospect who believes he is the best in the UK right now. Tonight, we shall see. If Allan wins, it makes him once again a guy to beat and the Celtic champion certainly looked determined at the press conference and weigh in.

Meanwhile and elsewhere we have in Doncaster 7 fights, in York Hall 21 fightsincluding super welterweight Ashley Theophane v Faheem Khan in what should be a perfunctory win for the experienced Brit from abroad and in Southampton 5 fights whilst in Worksop there are 5.

We also have in Clacton on Sea BIBA bringing more alphabetic boxing with the  WBL and EBL light heavyweight action between Andy Hojdys and Dmitrijs Ocsjannikovs and the WBU, WBF and PBC title at super middleweight between Tommy Jacobs and Nathan Decastro.

During the week on Friday the 28th of June in York Hall we have 10 fights including, super lightweight Siar Ozgul v Anthony Yigit with Yigit clearly ticking over and expected to win, lightweight Chantelle Cameron returns against Arisha Basheel and will no doubt show what she can do with another win, whilst the mouth from the south, super lightweight Ohara Davies is in against Migual Vazquez. Davies was a true prospect and well fancied until his fight with Josh Taylor. Since then it has really been a rocky road and now, he needs to make a decision over how serious he takes the business by really taking care of business. I wouldn’t want to be Vazquez…

The headline is the British title fight between Ryan Walsh and Lewis Paulin at featherweight. This is a great domestic fight and I reckon could be quite a battle – no idea who is likely to win but…

And finally …

The bareknuckle fight that some people have been waiting for between Pauli Malignaggi and Artem Lobov is tonight. As a side show it is a fascinating contest. I have to say Lobov had the best line, “This is getting cringy…”

FUTURE HISTORY

Saturday 29th June

Bracknell – super middleweight WBO Youth action between Batal Cheznia and Vladimir Belusky

Rhode Island, USA – middleweight Demetrius Andrade v Maciej Sulecki for the WBO title, super flyweight Khalid Yafai defends his WBA title against Norbelto Jiminez and heavyweight Joseph parker takes on Alex Leapai

Texas – the interim WBC middleweight title fight between Jermall Charlo and Brandon Davis

York Hall – 14 fights

Havant – 5 fights

Merthyr Tydfil – 8 fights

York – featherweight Samir Mouneimne is back in amongst 7 fights

Manchester – 2 fights

Birmingham – Sam Eggington returns in amongst 9 contests

Liverpool – 3 fights

Sunday 30th June

Colne – 8 fights

Friday 5th July

Southsea – 8 fights

Bolton – 5 fights

Sheffield – super flyweight Tommy Frank v Jemsi Kibazange for the Commonwealth title, featherweight Josh Wale faces Ekow Wilson and Tyrone Nurse is back at welterweight


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