It’s slim pickings this weekend for championship action though a few smaller halls have incredible bills on them and are well worth a visit.
Tonight, Saturday the 7th of September in Chihuahua Mexico we have super featherweight title action for the WBC FECARBOX title between Miguel Roman and Tomas Rojas. Although for a lesser title this could be quite an explosive affair as both of them have 30 defeats between them – it’s a slow day at the office. This caught my eye because we are constantly being told of how British boxing gives very little to the guys on the edge and here are two fighters, unafraid of losing, veterans of the sport – 74 fights v 69 fights and there is a belt on the line. Of course, I have no idea who is going to win – that’s part of the fun of it all!
At home, in York Hall cruiserweight Wadi Camacho makes an appearance against Deion Jumah for the English title in amongst 15 fights. Camacho can be claimed to be many things, boring aint one of them so the headline act should be a quality one.
Also, tonight in Villa Park, Birmingham there are6 fights and in Walsall also 6fights, whilst the British and Irish Boxing Association (BIBA) bring WBU title action to Bradford. We have the super flyweight contest between Tasif Khan and Luis Alberto Rios – who has a 25-5-1 record, the super welterweight title between Sule Olagbade and Fouad El Massodi – who has a 17-11 record and the middleweight title between King Davidson and Fernando Castaneda – who has a 26-13-1 record. On paper this does not look very competitive though each of the home fighters have decent enough records. Given recent issues with championship fights being cancelled due to problems getting fighters on planes and VISAs for BIBA, I just hope this turns out to be a great night of real competitive boxing.
At the end of the week, on Friday the 13th of September things get really hot in Madison Square Gardens, New York as we get the WBO female title fight is between Heather Hardy and Amanda Serrano for the featherweight title. Hardy is the epitome of a great sports person, sleeping on couches and struggling to make ends meet whilst still a world champion! It is that Rocky style hunger that may get her through this and I really hope so.
Also, on the card is the return of the heavyweight Michael Hunter as he takes on Sergey Kuzmin for the WBA intercontinental title. I like Hunter and his humility and the quest he is on to remember his father’s career so hope he gets through this.
On the same card that night is the interim lightweight title fight between Devin Haney and Zaur Abdullaev. Haney goes in as my favourite to take the interim title. Abdullaev may be unbeaten but he has only half the experience of his opponent.
Domestically that Friday we have 6 fights in Walsall and9 fights in Swansea.
Saturday 14th September
York Hall – super flyweight IBF international action between Sunny Edwards and Rossendo Hugo Guarneros whilst the British super bantamweight title will be settled between Brad Foster and Lucien Reid.
Trump Turnberry – super bantamweight Arran McGarvie makes his debut against Luke Fash, flyweight Neil McCubbin, middleweight Trigger Wood as well as super welterweight Paul Kean against Ohio Kain Iremiren whilst topping the bill is the Scottish lightweight title action between Calvin McCord and Thomas Dickson.
Colchester – BIBA bring 6 fights
Carson – WBO super welterweight title action between Jaime Munguai and Patrick Allotey
Las Vegas – super bantamweight Emanuel Navarrete and Juan Miguel Elorde for the WBO title
Maidstone – 7 fights
Thursday 19th September
Glasgow – Darren Tarr makes his debut, bantamweight Scott Allan takes on marc Leach and welterweight Martin Harkin
Friday 20th September
Elgin – super featherweight Ben Bartlett makes his debut, welterweight Callum Stuart, super lightweight Andrew Smart and featherweight Billy Stuart
Sheffield – welterweight action between Tyrone Nurse and Arnoldo Solano, featherweight fight between Josh Wale and Joseafat Reyes whilst super flyweight action is between Tommy Frank and Aran Dipaen for the EWBC international silver belt.
02, London – 14 fights