This weekend is defined by a grudge that started on social media and will have its final fling in a ring. On Saturday the 19th of October in Newcastle, before we get to that fall out,Matchroom bring super middleweight Savannah Marshall, fighting Ashleigh Curry in a fight that Marshall should get through without too much trouble.
We then have heavyweight Martin Bakole, taking on a late replacement in Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, in a fightthat should remind us why Billy Nelson thinks Bakole is a future world champion. Johnson has fought a number of British heavyweights recently and there is no point in holding any of these fights up as comparisons as Johnson is certainly not the fighter he once threatened to be. Bakole inside the distance would not be a bad bet and certainly will be expected.
We also have light heavyweight Laurence Osueke up against Ricky Summers, with Osueke expected to keep up his momentum whilst the British super welterweight title fight between Ted Cheeseman and Scott Fitzgerald is a fantastic aperitif for the main meal. Both need this win and the narrative after this fight shall end up with one or both having fought their heart out, won or lost and looking for the step up into Europe or beyond. I think Cheeseman might shade it but both this fight and what comes after are stories that have setbacks as a significant episode in their back story. Both want to avoid a repeat; it’s what makes it all so fascinating.
The grudge that exists is real between super lightweights Lewis Ritson and Robbie Davies Jr. It makes this a really tough fight to call. Ritson was the golden boy, the one who had no equal in the domestic scene, whose progress to European glory just needed an opponent. Of course, anything that seems too easy, is too easy and Ritson has been rebuilding after his failure to step up to European level – just like Cheeseman too. Part of that process is to go back home and think again as more dangerous fighters emerge as opponents and Liverpudlian, proud Scouser Davies will do his utmost to get into Toon land an leave with the plaudits. It’s another great 50/50 fight but I think home advantage and a return to the devastation he has wreaked before is very possible – Ritson early for me!
Also on the same night in Elsmere Port wehave the WBCinternational silver welterweight contest between Mason Cartwright and Danny Ball as well as Sean “Masher” Dodds back at super lightweight whilst in Nottingham there is the super featherweight contest between Brad Daws and Taka Bembere in amongst 6 fights with home fighters likely to ne successful. In Bolton there are also a further 7 fights.
Over in Hainaut, Belgium, the interim WBO cruiserweight title fight is between Ryad Merhy and Imre Szello. No idea who is likely to win but whilst the cruiserweights are in for the second time at the World Boxing Super Series, life will go on and there needs to be some titles on the table outside those competitive stakes. Nice to see the boxing largesse going to Belgium too.
Saturday 26th October
Reno, Nevada – WBO featherweight title showdown between Shakur Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez
Oldham lightweight Jamie Quinn against Qasim Hussein in one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in months, as well as super featherweight Michael Gomez Jr v Dean Jones in an 8 fight card.
02, London Matchroom card has super bantamweight Shannon Courtenay, super welterweight Abass Baraou takes on John O’Donnell for the WBC international title, welterweight Connor Benn takes on Laszlo Tuth for the WBA continental belt, Yves Ngabu has Lawrence Okolie in the opposite corner when he defends his EBU crown, lightweights Lee Selby and Ricky Burns do battle whilst heavyweights Derrick Chisora and David Price support the World Boxing Super Series super lightweight final for the Muhammad Ali trophy between Josh Taylor and Reigis Prograis.
Dunstable 3 fights
Mansfield 4 fights
Birmingham 5 fights
Hull 7 fights