It’s all Las Vegas baby, if you want to know about the world of boxing or so Tyson Fury, the lineal heavyweight champion of the world would have you believe! This should have been the Mexican weekend of GGG v Canelo III but it aint. We have been spoilt two years in a row with premium skill in a ring from the two of them, shall this weekend match that? Many have their doubts…
Firstly, though, tonight, Saturday the 14th of September in York Hall we have super flyweight IBF international action between Sunny Edwards and Rossendo Hugo Guarneros. Edwards wants to make a real statement after his brother was more of a front page news item because of the no contest ruling than a back stage hero in his last fight. This appears to be tricky for Edwards and he has the skills, he now has to show the ability in a square piece of canvass – I think he will.
On the same bill we have the British super bantamweight title contest between Brad Foster and Lucien Reid. This looks pretty decent as both are unbeaten, both have draws on their records though Reid’s was due to a clash of heads whilst Foster drew against Brett Fidoe on points. They are, on paper, hard to sperate and so I shan’t…
We also have in Trump Turnberry tonight, some fights that appear on Boxrec without opponents – namely, flyweight Neil McCubbin and middleweight Trigger Wood. We have to hope they get a couple to fight them and not anyone, like the last time, hanging around the car park, looking for a scrap.
On the same bill we do know that super bantamweight Arran McGarvie makes his debut against Luke Fash, and super welterweight Paul Kean is up against Ohio Kain Iremiren whilst topping the bill is the Scottish lightweight title action between Calvin McCord and Thomas Dickson. Debut win for McGarvie, Kean keeps up his momentum and McCord takes the title?
We also have, domestically, in Colchester BIBA bringing 3 fights whilst Ultimate Boxxer 5 with the super welterweights is at the 02 – I fancy former Olympian and twice Commonwealth bronze medallist, Steven Donnelly for that one. Finally, in the UKin Maidstone there are a further 7 fights.
Over in America in Carson there is the WBO super welterweight title action between Jaime Munguia and Patrick Allotey with smart money on Munguia. It might be who next, is a British debate for Mungai, as I can think of a few who would fancy their chances in against him, if Allotey gets beaten…
Finally, tonight, in Las Vegas – super bantamweight Emanuel Navarrete takes on Juan Miguel Elorde for the WBO title on the undercard of Tyson Fury against Otto Wallin. Navarrete only defended his title three weeks ago and in something reminiscent of Andy Ruiz Jr getting his shot after having already fought here is yet another hardy Mexican showing he can do old school as good as the old school guys… Navarrete looks likely to just move on and move past Elorde…
As for the main event…
There were rumblings that it was not selling well, and it looks like, with the addition of a number of Mexican names, it needed an undercard boost. This is playing to a televisual audience, so it needs to do huge or at least decent numbers – with as few empty seats in the venue as possible. The rematches coming up – Joshua/Ortiz and Fury/Wilder are bigger and better than this, but this is all about profile. Is it a profile shot too far? Bob Arum is behind it. Arum does get things wrong – has he here? Fury needs a decent performance and a great result. I think he will get it and Wallin will wilt.
Later on, in the week, on Thursday the 19th of September in Glasgow Darren Tarr makes his debut, bantamweight Scott Allan takes on Marc Leach and welterweight Martin Harkin is added to the bill. Tarr with a win, a Harkin victory and Allan is back after a huge fight that should be a tough and great spectacle!
The following night, Friday the 20th of September also in Scotland, but now in Elgin we have super featherweight Ben Bartlett making his debut, welterweight Callum Stuart, super lightweight Andrew Smart, bantamweight Dylan McDonagh and featherweight Billy Stuart. No opponents as yet.
Down in Sheffield meanwhile we have welterweight action between Tyrone Nurse and it was supposed to be Arnoldo Solano, but we don’t have a named opponent any more whilst there is a featherweight fight between Josh Wale and Sergio Gonzalez and super flyweight action is between Tommy Frank and Aran Dipaen for the WBC international silver belt. All seem like, likely home wins.
Finally, at the 02, inLondon there are 14 fights and in Cardiff a further 9.
Saturday 21st September
Bournemouth – 6 fights
Manchester – 8fights including Aberdeen’s very own light heavyweight Boris Crighton
York Hall – 15 fights
Liverpool – 12 fights
Rotherham – 6 fights including the IBO continental welterweight contest between Anthony Tomlinson and Rob Hunt
Derby – BIBA bill with WBL title action for the super lightweight title with Paul Peers and the welterweight title fight between George McIlroy and Iddi Mkwera.
Liverpool – More BIBA action with 10 fights
Sunday 22nd September
Manchester – In amongst 8 fights we have the middleweight Marcus Morrison facing Edwin Palacios and Paul Butler at featherweight
Leeds – 5 fights
Friday 27th September
Royal Albert Hall – Back from the USA come Queensberry with super middleweight Willy Hutchison against Borislav Zankov, the WBO world title fight for Nicola Adams in her 6th professional contest against Maria Salinas and the Commonwealth top of the bill clash with Daniel Dubois and the unbeaten Ebenezer Tetteh.
Glasgow – Impressive bill with debuts for super welterweight Adam Tweedie, welterweight Ryan Gall – facing Gary McGuire, super lightweight Sean McKiddie in against Ibrar Riyaz, cruiserweight Mohammad Ali Bayat Farid, heavyweight Jay MacFarlane facing Josh Sandland and super lightweight Ahmed Ibrahim taking on Mark Laskowski.
York Hall – 9 fights