Fast Forward – Fights Outside Lead to No Fights Inside…

Fast Forward – Fights Outside Lead to No Fights Inside…

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So, the week ahead has quite a lot in it, but one fight will certainly NOT be there and that was the WBC Diamond and WBO female light middleweight clash between Claressa Shields and Ivana Habazin. Following an incident between Habazin’s trainer and a currently publicly unidentified assailant at the weigh in, after which Habazin’s trainer had to receive medical treatment, having allegedly been knocked out cold, the WBC have cancelled the contest. Right now, it’s hard to fathom more than that but Shields was on target for a third weight world title so will be upset her chance has gone for now.

It leaves us slavering for the Gennady Golovkin fight for the IBO and IBF titles at middleweight against Sergey Derevyanchenko. It would be simplistic, but fair enough to just pick GGG as the winner here and there will be plenty of interested eyes on this – not least Billy Joe Saunders – but GGG will find it tough though have enough… surely…

On the same bill at Madison Square Gardens, the super lightweight contest is between Ivan Baranchyk and Gabriel Bracero is for the WBA intercontinental title and I fancy Baranchyk getting back on it following his last fight – a loss against Josh Taylor.

Domestically there is a lot going on with bantamweight Lee Haskins taking on Sergio Gonzalez in Bristol, super lightweight Tom Farrell back in Liverpool amongst 8 fights and in Bradford there are no fewer than 6 contests on the slate.

Paisley plays host to debuts for lightweight Wayne Kenny, super lightweight Paul Murphy, light heavyweight Jordan Grant, and middleweight Luca Micheletti who is the only one with his opponent named – Lewis Van Poetsch. Super welterweight Corey McCulloch, super featherweight Andy Tham, super middleweight Ian O’Connor and super bantamweight Joe Ham also are due to appear on an under card to the Celtic featherweight contest for the Celtic title between Monty Ogilvie and Nathaniel Collins. I always expect home wins but Ogilvie has a tough ask and it might be the highlight fight of the night – it ought to be as the headline though…

In Aberdeen the organisation that is getting tons of publicity the now, the British and Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) have a card that includes super welterweight Lee McAllister fighting for the PBC world title against Richmond Djarbeng and lightweight Nathan Beattie takes on Tackie Annan for the PBC international title. BIBA have got publicity because they will sanction the return at age 55 of Nigel Benn to the ring. In the last few months they have failed to deliver world title fights, and this is where I would judge them. They are, quite unfairly, getting a kicking from some quarters over their sanctioning of the Benn fight BUT if they cannot deliver decent contests week in and week out, any publicity shall be short lived. This is bread and butter and it must improve. This card, in the wake of the publicity they have gained will have more eyes than normal on it – and so it should do…

Later in the week, on Friday the 11th October in Trento, Rome we have the WBC international cruiserweight contest between Fabio Turchi and Tommy McCarthy whilst the WBC international silver fight at featherweight will be between Francesco Grandelli and Reece Bellotti. Tough nights ahead for both British boxers I reckon…

Meanwhile in Belfast, there is Terry Flanagan back at lightweight against Michael Ansah, super featherweight Marco McCullough taking on Viorel Simon for the IBF European title and at flyweight Jay Harris faces the rebuilding Paddy Barnes for the IBF intercontinental title. These are serious contests and should be a cracking night. I think 2 out of 3 would not be too bad…


Saturday 12th October

Chicago – Light heavyweight WBA title fight between Dmitry Bivol and Lenin Castillo, heavyweight debut of Aleksandr Usyk v Tyrone Spong and the female WBC/WBA super lightweight unification battle between Jessica McCaskill and Erica Anabella Farias

Leeds – Featherweight Reece Mould faces Bayardo Ramos, middleweight Mark Heffron is in against Rui Manuel Pavanito, the English super bantamweight title fight is between Michael Ramabeletsa and Jack Bateson whilst the WBO intercontinental title fight sees Troy Williamson in against Navid Mansouri. We also have the Commonwealth light middleweight title contest between Lyndon Arthur and Emanuel Anim whilst the Commonwealth cruiserweight title will be decided between Zelfa Barrett and Jordan McCrory before the headline IBF featherweight title scrap between Josh Warrington and Sofiane Takoucht.

Southsea – 7 fights including heavyweight Nick Webb, York Hall hosts 16 fights, Belfast has 13 fights including the vacant BUI Celtic title fight at lightweight between Joe Fitzpatrick and Iago Barros, in Nottingham there are9 fights, Stoke-on Trent 7 fights and in Coventry 6 fights.

Friday 18th October

Wolverhampton – 12 fights

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