This weekend we have all eyes from the four corners of this fair island looking down at the 02 whilst there are other massive fights in the world, but we care not a jot.
OK, we care a little bit, but have you seen what is on at the 02??
OK before we get to that, tonight, Saturday the 26th of October in Reno, Nevada the WBO featherweight title showdown is between Shakur Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez. Smart money is clearly on Stevenson and people are talking about future shake downs in the featherweight division – unifications that Gonzalez may throw spanners, wrenches and kitchen sinks in the middle of the ring tonight to prevent; I think he might need all that to stop Stevenson.
Before we get to the huge event in London, we also domestically have in Oldham tonight,lightweight Jamie Quinn in against Qasim Hussein in one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in months. Between them they have won a handful of fights but have fought 199 times between them. I cannot wait to hear who wins and to be honest, this may well be MY fight of the night!
Also, on the bill is super featherweight Michael Gomez Jr v Dean Jones in an 8 fight card with Gomez Jr favoured.
But it is in the capital at the 02, London with aMatchroom card that has Eddie Hearn claiming it is possibly the best bill yet he has promoted in the UK and we await to see if that’s true.
Super bantamweight Shannon Courtenay is taking on Melinda Habran with Courtenay expected to make another female statement inside the ring as female boxing is buzzing right now.
Then we have super welterweight Abass Baraou taking on John O’Donnell for the WBC international title with O’Donnell up against it whilst welterweight Connor Benn takes on Steve Jamoye for the WBA continental belt. Benn has the weight of his family on his shoulders now as dear old dad is coming back and another barnstorming come forward boxing kamikaze fight might be expected BUT he will probably try and show us his skills and how his dedication in the gym has added to his skill set; what he can’t afford is to lose.
European champion Yves Ngabu has Lawrence Okolie in the opposite corner when he defends his EBU crown at cruiserweight. Okolie shall be stretched and Ngabu, who trains in Sheffield has been under the domestic radar but we can be assured that he has the skills, the pedigree and the determination to give Okolie the sauce he needs to prove his sauce is the strongest in Europe. I reckon Okolie will battle to an early stoppage.
We also have lightweights Lee Selby and Ricky Burns doing battle in an amazing match up. Whilst I want Burns to win, I don’t really care who wins – I just want to see this fight as it is inspired matchmaking. I would have loved for the British Boxing Board of Control to throw the Celtic title on the line, which is vacant, but not to be…
The heavyweights Derrick Chisora and David Price support the main event, oh yes they do del Boy, and this is a really enticing fight. I reckon Price might win it but that may be because I believe that Chisora will bounce back better from any loss. Both may claim they just want money not necessarily titles but the hunger for Price for a belt and some recognition is burning brighter than within Chisora – will that make a difference? After the first bell goes, nothing will change the outcome, I believe, apart from who connects first…
Finally, the World Boxing Super Series super lightweight final for the Muhammad Ali trophy between Josh Taylor and Reigis Prograis is here. I believe that Josh Taylor is the best all round boxer in the UK right now. I therefore believe that he can beat Prograis but Prograis has come to win, has a decent skill set and has made himself very popular and media friendly all fight week. None of that matters in the ring but it causes doubts to surface amongst the pundits and commentators. I shall keep the faith and believe that mid to late, Taylor stops Prograis and Scotland has a new unified world champion. On the same bill as a Ricky Burns fight, Scottish fight fans are in for a classic…
Domestically elsewhere we also have in Dunstable 4 fights, in Mansfield 3 fights, in Birmingham 5 fights and in Hull no fewer than7 fights
Saturday 7th November
Manchester – Heavyweight Martin Bakole is on Boxrec for this, featherweight Gamal Yafai is too, super bantamweight Qais Ashfaq takes on Scotland’s Jo Ham for he WBA continental title, super featherweight Terri Harper goes for her 9th straight win against Viviane Obenauf for the IBO title – Obenauf is well known to us and beat Natasha Jonas though has lost to Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron, super lightweight Chrstina Linardatou comes to fight Katie Taylor for the WBO title, the Commonwealth middleweight title will be decided between Felix Cash and Jack Cullen but we are all in the arena to salute Anthony Crolla in his final headline fight against Frank Urquiaga for the WBA continental belt.
Las Vegas – Lightweight Ryan Garcia takes on Romero Duno for the WBC silver and WBA NABO belt on the undercard of the WBO light heavyweight title fight between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev.
Carson – Super flyweight action between Jerwin Ancajas and Jonathon Javier Rodriguez battle for the IBF belt and super featherweight action between Miguel Bertchelt and Jason Sosa for the WBC crown.
San Antonio – A British boxer unable to fight under the BBB of C, Iain Weaver takes on Christian Santibanez for the ABF American West title
Blackburn – Lightweight James Roberts makes his debut against the fighting hairdresser, Joe Beeden
Leicester – 7 fights
Sunday 3rd November
Maidstone – 6 fights
Thursday 7th November
Saitama, Japan – super bantamweight World Boxing Super Series Final between Nonito Donaire and Naoya Inoue for the WBA and IBF world titles supported by the WBC bantamweight title fight between Nordine Oubaali and Takuala Inoue