Tonight, Saturday the 24th of August in the east, in Chelyabinsk, Russia the light Heavyweight WBO title action between Sergey Kovalev and Anthony Yarde has arrived. Given the likelihood that Yarde has bitten off far more than he can chew and the fact that most pundits and boxing folk don’t like the cut of Yarde’s trainer’s jib, we can expect this shall be one of the most commented upon Twitter storms afterwards. But beware. The man who said that Kosta Tszyu was ready to be beat just before he fought Ricky Hatton and was derided has said he sees that Kovalev is ready for the taking… It’s all about timing and Frank Warren should know, he has several t shirts in his locker… That aside I think The Beast from The East wins this.
We also have WBC international cruiserweight action between Aleksai Papin and Ilunga Makabu which will be expected to go to the home fighter… and yet…
Whilst Warren is out in Russia, Eddie Hearn and Matchroom return to Sonora, Mexico where they have WBC super flyweight title action between Juan Francisco Estrada and Dewayne Beamon, the WBC international heavyweight contest between Filip Hrgovic and Mario Heredia and a super lightweight fight involving Shakram Giyasov and Darlys Perez which is now for the WBA international title. It could be argued, and often is, that some of Matchroom’s matchmaking has been a tough ask for his fighters and there have been some big losses. It could be argued, and it often is, that Matchroom have delivered competitive fights that have shown how they match people who should be matched and not chose easy options. What will not be argued is that these three fights look tasty and should give a decent spectacle to those who turn up and tune in…
Over in Mexico we also have Jono Carroll at super featherweight fighting Eleazor Valenzuela and super welterweight Liam Smith in against Mario Alberto Lozano. The two Matchroom fighters are getting an experience and should also return with a win each.
In Cairo, Egypt tonight Prince Patel returns to face Iddi Kayumba for the African Boxing Union title at bantamweight. Patel, last time out was really disappointing and lost, this time round he really needs to make amends.
Domestically in Barrow-in-Furness BIBA through Lee McAllister, bring him at middleweight fighting for the PBC International and Commonwealth titles against Justice Addy and the same titles at heavyweight – the PBC International and Commonwealth ones – for Lee Kellett and Isaac Paakwesi Ankrah. Should be wins for both McAllister and Kellet whilst there are 3 other fights on the card.
Also, tonight, up in Aberdeen slated to don the gloves are bantamweight Kirsten Fraser, super bantamweight Billy Stuart as well as super lightweight Andrew Smart. They are all without opponents, but welterweight Callum Stuart has one in Kevin McCauley. The smart money shall be on all the home fighters.
Saturday 31st August
02, London – Matchroom bill that includes lightweight British title action between two Welsh fighters, Joe Cordina and Gavin Gwynne, the WBA international light heavyweight contest between Joshua Buatsi and Ryan Ford, heavyweight action between Hughie Fury in his debut Matchroom show and Alexander Povetkin – on his third! – the WBC flyweight title defence for Charlie Edwards against Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar and the top of the bill is the monster scrap between Vasily Lomachenko and Luke Campbell for the WBC, WBA Super and WBO titles.
Minneapolis – The WBA super welterweight contest between Erislandy Lara and Ramon Alvarez.
Victoria, Australia – Former world title holder Jeff Horn faces Michael Zerafa for the WBA Oceania title.
Colne – 9 fights
Oldham – 7 fights
Friday 6th September
Bellshill – Light Heavyweight Kevin Cronin faces Andy Bishop, super welterweight Dominic Donegan faces William Warburton, middleweight action is between Paul Allison and Kevin McCauley, cruiserweight fight between David Jamieson and Pawel Strykowski and the flyweight fight between Eftychia Kathopouli and Siobhan O’Leary.
Leeds – 11 fights including featherweight Jack Bateson v Khvicha Gigolashvili.