Tonight, Saturday the 15th of June in the city that could keep him and then probably never notice he was there, Las Vegas the number one heavyweight in the world, Tyson Fury takes on Tom Schwarz in the 3rd heavyweight fight of the last few weeks and months that set out to prove a point. Deontay Wilder proved again he could punch, Anthony Joshua proved he was fallible, but what shall we learn from this? Most people think, not a lot. They expect Fury to do a number, look good enough and build a reputation. It has been skilfully managed out of the ring, now we need devastation inside of it. Fury though is NOT a boxing performer in the way that Wilder is. His style is an amazing blend of boxing skill, deft footwork and a big mouth. Tonight, in Vegas, two out of three would not be bad…
Also, tonight in Riga we have the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) back with the cruiserweight semi finals as 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. Breidis is heavily fancied whilst the other fight has not attracted the same interest – after Usyk what would attract much interest in the cruiserweights? This has not been a competition, this time round, that has lit up the cruiserweight division. It could be argued that three of these WBSS competitions, at this time, was greedy. But here we are and two great fights should happen. What is interesting is that Tabiti, of the four, is getting increasing attention and there are quite a few who reckon he could prove a serious handful and might just pull off a shock…
Domestically though, all eyes are firmly focused on Leeds where we have Frank Warren bringing super featherweight Commonwealth title action between Zelfa Barrett and Leon Woodstock where Barrett is expected to get his career firmly back on track though this looks like a very tough test.
We also have super welterweight Commonwealth title action between James Metcalf and Jason Welborn in what is another very tasty contest. Metcalf may shade this but Welborn is a handful.
But the top of the bill is the IBF featherweight fight between champion Josh Warrington and challenger Kid Galahad. This has plenty of background and loads of needle. Galahad has tried to get under Warrington’s skin and has managed to get quite a measured and disciplined response, so that hasn’t worked… Warrington believes it is simply not Galahad’s time whilst Galahad and trainer Dominic Ingle are completely focussed on getting the job done. Most think this is a stepping stone for Warrington but I, for one, am not so sure it’s such an easy task. The stone may be as slippery as Galahad can be and cause Warrington a bit of a headache. Might go the distance and might be tight but I do think Warrington wins.
Also, tonight, and in Paisley we have live on BBC Scotland the IBO world title fight between Hannah Rankin and Sarah Curran which tops a big bill. Rankin winning would be huge for women’s boxing and the future of Scottish women’s boxing. I just hope we get better commentary on this one as it could be a cracker. Delfine Persoon and Katie Taylor showed how it should be done – this could show us how a tartan flavour would be developed to answer it…
On the undercard we have a number of fights which on Boxrec show no opponents but we have lightweight 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. All home fighters shall be expected to have their hands raised at the end of their scheduled fights but the Ibrahim/Taylor scrap should be a very good aperitif for the main event.
The action in Scotland continues to Livingston where BIBA return with the WBU world championship fight between Lee McAllister and Justice Addy. McAllister is back to a decent weight for the fight and expectations are high that he shall become a world champion once again.
Also, tonight, in Stoke there are 6 fights and in Bournemouth we have 5 fights.
Tomorrow night, Sunday the 16th of June in Manchester super lightweight Stephen Smith is on the bill in a 5 fight card that marks his return to action in a very quiet and unassuming way. No opponent named so this will be a keep busy fight for him.
Later on in the week, on Friday the 21st of June in York Hall Matchroom are back in the UK with welterweight Connor Benn against Jussi Koivula for the WBA continental title. There is a lot of talk of Benn facing some serious domestic action and there is little doubt that he needs to sort his style out and come out with a very decent performance here.
There is also light heavyweight Craig Richards facing Andre Sterling and Richards will be heavily fancied whilst bantamweight Shannon Courtenay is back in action.
We also have super welterweight Ted Cheeseman returning for a British title fight against Kieron Conway to try and get the momentum back after his loss. It’s a tough fight but at this level few can keep up with him and a decent win is expected.
Over in Belfast super lightweight Tyrone McKenna faces Darragh Foley for the WBC international belt and the WBO European light heavyweight belt is on the line between Steven Ward and Liam Conroy. It will be expected that McKenna and Ward will triumph but hopefully a couple of decent fights break out.
We also have in Stoke 4 fights and in Huyton 3 fights.
Across the water and in California there is super featherweight title action between Andrew Cancio and Alberto Machedo for the WBA belt. It’s not a fight that people will be queueing up to watch but I reckon will be value for money – mine is on Machedo.
Saturday 22nd June
Cantabria, Spain – EBU super welterweight title fight between Sergio Garcia and Siarhei Rabchanka
Glasgow – super middleweight Boris Crighton, featherweight Craig Morgan, bantamweight Jack Turner, featherweight Joe Ham, welterweight Craig MacIntyre, light heavyweight Tommy Philbin, flyweight Reece McFadden, super lightweight Lewis Benson, former world title challenger, flyweight Muhammad Waseem, super welterweight Kieran Smith and the Commonwealth bantamweight title fight, at last, between Scott Allan and Lee McGregor
Doncaster – 7 fights including light heavyweight Bob Ajisafe
York Hall – 21 fightsincluding super welterweight Ashley Theophane v Faheem Khan
Southampton – 5 fights
Worksop – 5 fights
Clacton- on Sea – BIBA bring WBL and EBL light heavyweight action between Andy Hojdys and Dmitrijs Ocsjannikovs with the WBU, WBF and PBC title at super middleweight between Tommy Jacobs and Nathan Decastro.
Friday 28th June 2019
York Hall – 10 fights including, super lightweight Siar Ozgul v Anthony Yigit, lightweight Chantelle Cameron returns against Arisha Basheel, super lightweight Ohara Davies against Migual Vazquez and the British title is between Ryan Walsh and Lewis Paulin at featherweight.