After last weekend’s bumper package of boxing we may be a little more sedate and … actually…
Are we nothing…
Tonight in Las Vegas there is a catchweight contest between Carl Frampton and Tyler Mcreary, whilst on the same bill, super featherweight Oscar Valdez was due to take on Andreas Gutierrez. Gutierrez weighed in 11 pounds, yes 11 pounds, over the limit, having put on weight during the week; he has been removed from the world title fight. It’s an extraordinary set of circumstances and goodness knows why this has happened at all! Hs place has been taken by Adam Lopez. Frampton and Valdez are the favoured fighters overnight.
The Matchroom Monte Carlo show is live on Sky Sports and my living room will be more atmospheric than in that arena. We have seen some strange fare there over the last few years and the purse strings of the principality that bring us this dance card are having to contend with Alexander Besputin and Radzhab Butaev in a WBA tango that headlines the night. I have a sneaking suspicion that Besputin will take the belt home whilst the cracker of the night may be welterweight Cecilia Braekhaus in against Viktoria Bustos for a unified WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO tangled web of a waltz!
Getting to see Braekhaus close up before a clamour builds for a catchweight Katie Taylor fight will be good and Braekhaus is odds on favourite for the defence of her precious titles.
We also have the return of heavyweight Hughie Fury who hopes for no banana skins on the dance floor when he takes on Pavel Sour. Fury has ducked nobody and taken on some big nights and massive fights though failed to be the youngest heavyweight champion of the world as his cousin Tyson once suggested. This should be a skilful display by the younger Fury, and I expect a good win.
We also have, on the packed undercard, super featherweight Joe Cordina hoping for a better Ceilidh with Enrico Tinoco for the WBA continental belt and again the “home” fighter gets a nod from me. Finally, the heavyweight sensation from China, Zhilei Zhang makes his Matchroom debutant’s ball in against Andriy Rudenko in a fantastic first fight for us aficionados!
At home in York Hall there are 14 fights, in Swindon 9 fights and in Pontypool no fewer than a further 8 fights.
In Birmingham we have 2 events, one with the return of super welterweight Sam Eggington and the other a big card with some cracking title fights.
We have super welterweight Hamzah Sheeraz fighting for the WBO European title against Ryan Kelly, super lightweight Sam Maxwell in against Connor Parker for the WBO European belt, British title fights at super middleweight between Lerrone Richards and Lennox Clarke, at welterweight between Chris Jenkins and Liam Taylor and at super featherweight involving Sam Bowen and Anthony Cacace. In a packed night’s entertainment, there looks to be some real 50/50 fights in amongst that lot and anyone with tickets is in for a treat.
Top of the bill is the real treat though with the WBO super bantamweight fight between Zolani Tete and John Riel Casimero. I think Tete is an exceptional boxer and this could showcase so much of his skills – I reckon he might not see the 7th round bell as Casimero – no mug – won’t last the pace and the punching power of Tete.
Later on, in the week, on Friday the 6th of December in Mayfair, London there are a final 4 fights to complete an excellent week of entertaining fighting action.
Saturday 7th December
Liverpool – BIBA bring 7 fights
Walsall – 6 fights
Newark – 5 fights
Bolton – 9 fights
Southampton – 5 fights
Puebla, Mexico – super bantamweight action between Emanuel Navarrete and Francesco Horta for the WBO belt and the super flyweight title fight for the IBF belt between Jerwin Ancajas and Miguel Gonzalez.
Barclay’s Centre, New York – middleweight title fights for the WBC belt between Jermall Charlo and Denis Hogan and for the interim WBA belt between Chris Eubank Jr and Matvey Korobov.
Diriyah Arena, Saudi Arabia – It’s here! We have heavyweights all the way as Magomerasul Majidov takes on Tom Little, Dillian Whyte makes his comeback against Mariusz Wach, the WBC international belt is on the line between Filip Hrgovic and Eric Molina and the WBA world title eliminator between Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter all happen before THE heavyweight main event. It is champion Andy Ruiz Jr with the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO belts defending against former champion and now challenger, Anthony Joshua…
Sunday 8th December
Liverpool – we have a plethora of heavyweights – Jay MacFarlane, Sean Turner, Josh Sandland, Jonathan Palata, Nick Webb, Chris Healey, Mark Bennett and Kamil Sokolowski… It’s the season of heavy efllas and chimneys…
Thursday 12th December
Cataluña, Spain – Super welterweight European title fight between Joe Hughes and Sandor Martin
Friday 13th December
Houghton-le- Spring – 9 fights