Tonight, Saturday the 31st of August at the 02, London pay per view is back with a monster bill and a monster headliner. I have always said that one of the advantages that Matchroom have is the quality of their undercard and tonight is absolutely no different.
Added to the bill over the week has been the lightweight James Tennyson in against Atif Shafiq for the WBA international belt, the super featherweight Martin Joseph Ward taking on Josue Bendana and Daniele Bastieri being announced for super middleweight Savannah Marshall. There is little doubt that we expecta Tennyson, Ward, Marshall trio of wins.
Things don’t take long to get quite tasty and given the recent spate of upsets and near upsets it could be a long and good night for the fans.
We do expect that the lightweight British title action between two Welsh fighters, Joe Cordina and Gavin Gwynne, goes to Cordina, that the WBA international light heavyweight contest between Joshua Buatsi and Ryan Ford, is Buatsi’s to lose but the heavyweight action between Hughie Fury in his debut Matchroom show and Alexander Povetkin is a lot trickier to call. This should be Povetkin’s redemption and he ought to be pushing back for another world title shot. It’s a cracking fight and could go either way. Given that Povetkin fought Joshua after brutally knocking out David Price the dangers are pretty damn obvious. I struggle to know which way this will go. Fury is coming out the shadows, is very young and is a very technically able boxer. He has, in his corner the master tactician who oversaw cousin, Tyson’s beating of Wladimir Klitschko so if anyone can help Hughie to beat Povetkin, his father can.
We also have the WBC flyweight title defence for Charlie Edwards against Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar and that ought to be an Edwards win. Edwards is a supreme boxer and has great skill. I expect this to showcase that and propel unification fights on the horizon for him.
Finally, top of the bill is the monster scrap between Vasily Lomachenko and Luke Campbell for the WBC, WBA Super and WBO titles. A lot has been said and written about this fight. I believe that Lomachenko is the best boxer on the planet. I cannot see Luke Campbell managing to beat him and like many others are expecting it to finish within 6 rounds. But. Campbell is an Olympic champion. It aint going to be that easy – is it? My heart hopes not, and I hope that Campbell can pull off the monster shock and, make no mistake it would be a monster BUT Loma is the best in the business.
Over in Minneapolis we also have the WBA super welterweight contest between Erislandy Lara and Ramon Alvarez. I quite fancy Alvarez for this…
We too, have in Victoria, Australia former world title holder Jeff Horn facing Michael Zerafa for the WBA Oceania title. It’s a little bit of a comeback trail for Horn and a step down from when he fought Manny Pacquiao and beat him – will he beat Zerafa? You gotta think so…
Domestically we also have in Colne 9 fights and in Oldham 7 of them.
Later on this week on Friday the 6th of September and in Bellshill light Heavyweight Kevin Cronin faces Andy Bishop, super welterweight Dominic Donegan faces William Warburton, middleweight action is between Paul Allison and Kevin McCauley, there is a cruiserweight fight between David Jamieson and Pawel Strykowski and the female flyweight fight is between Eftychia Kathopouli and Siobhan O’Leary. Home wins all round shallbe expected and it is good to see opponents named this early in the week!!!
On the same night and in Leeds in amongst 11 fights there is the featherweight scrap between Jack Bateson and Khvicha Gigolashvili. Looks like a keep busy contest for Bateson.
Saturday 7th September
Chihuahua – super featherweight title action for the WBC FECARBOX title between Miguel Roman and Tomas Rojas
York Hall – cruiserweight Wadi Camacho makes an appearance against Deion Jumah for the English title in amongst 17 fights
Villa Park, Birmingham – 2 fights
Walsall – 5 fights
Friday 13th September
Madison Square Gardens, New York – WBO female title fight between Heather Hardy and Amanda Serrano for the featherweight title and super bantamweight WBA and IBF titles on the line between Daniel Roman and Murodjon Akhmadaliev