Tonight, Saturday the 16th of November in York Hall if ever there was a tale of “in every cloud there is a silver lining,” here we have it. A few weeks ago, super featherweight Alex Dilmaghani was set to face Francisco Fonseca live on Channel Five. Fonseca fell ill in the dressing room, just before the walk ons and Dilmaghani was denied his time on TV. Tonight, the fight happens and this time it is for the IBO world title. On the same bill, John Joe Nevin and Francisco’s brother Freddy Fonseca face off for the WBA international belt at the same weight. It would be all too easy to plump for the home town fighters but you can catch this live on 5Spike and see if me taking the easy route was the right one…
Also, tonight in Aberdeen we have lightweight Andrew Smart, welterweight Ryan Gall, super bantamweight Billy Stuart, super welterweight Corey McCullough and welterweight Dean Sutherland. At present only Sutherland – Edvinas Puplauskas – and Gall – Jordan Grannum – have opponents named. You have to think that there may be a possibility that the home fighters will face an influx of Easter Europeans and come out triumphant?
The major players in Scotland tonight, though, are at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow where super lightweight Pierce O’Leary is in against Chris Adaway, super featherweight Mark McKeown makes his debut against Jose Aguilar, super featherweight Craig Morgan is up against Edwin Tellez, welterweight Paddy Donovan is in against Danny Mendoza, and light heavyweight Tommy Philbin is without an opponent – only one on the bill who doesn’t. Again, the likelihood of home fighters losing is slim and to be fair, given the way that some contests have shaped up, always a possibility of late…
The major fights that headline in Glasgow include the WBC international super welterweight silver title which will be decided between holder Kieran Smith and Vincenzo Bevilacqua. Smith is a much lauded fighter and one who constantly captures the eye in the four cornered ring. This will be a contest worth watching but I still expect Smith to come through it and get up the rankings. A place in the WBC top 15 is not outside the possibilities and from there the silver belt would be a launchpad towards better fights. Unbeaten Bevilacqua will not, however lie down and we can expect a decent test for Smith as the Italian does not have a padded record and has faced some dangerous people on the way up to 16 and 0.
Top of the bill and a really major contest is the British and Commonwealth bantamweight title fight between Lee MacGregor and Kash Farooq. This is the one we all, apparently, wanted to see and will decide the best in the division in the UK, the Commonwealth and more importantly, Scotland. Flag waving aside it’s a fight the boxing world wanted, it’s a rivalry, albeit a respectful one and we all like a decent scrap in Glasgow. Both fought Scott Allen who is backing Kash and I have to say I think that Kash has far too much for MacGregor who has split from the McGuigan stable where he was making his name.
On Monday the 18th of November in Mayfair, London we have 2 fights to start the week off but by the end of the week things get quite busy again as on Friday the 22nd of November in York Hall it is Golden Contract time from MTK Global at super lightweight with Lewis Benson, Logan Yoon, Darren Surtees, Mohamed Mimoune, Tyrone McKenna and Ohara Davies now having Kieran Gething and Mikey Sakyi added to their card for the first round – the quarter finals – of a very unique and fascinating contest. Each fighter will draw lots on Tuesday, the seeded fighters will then pick their opponents for Friday night and off we go! So, we know who will be in the ring, just not who they shall fight!
On the same night in Cardiff light heavyweight Nathan Thorley is taking on Conor Cooke in a 9 fight card and in Leeds there are 5 fights and in Plymouth 8.
Saturday 23rd November 2019
Las Vegas – The WBC heavyweight title fight headlines a packed card that includes the WBA super featherweight world title fight between Carl Frampton’s What’s App buddy Leo Santa Cruz and Miguel Flores and the WBA super bantamweight title fight between Brandon Figueroa and Julio Ceja.
California – The Americans have another cracking night of boxing with the WBA featherweight contest between Can Xu and Manny Robles III and the super featherweight WBA title fight with Andrew Cancio against Rene Alvarado.
Liverpool – Matchroom bring it with super lightweight Tom Farrell up against Sean Dodd, super welterweight Anthony Fowler facing Harry Scarff, the Commonwealth cruiserweight title is on the line between Craig Glover and Chris Billam-Smith in a cracking fight whilst lightweight James Tennyson faces Craig Evans and top of the bill – the WBA and WBC Diamond super middleweight defence between Callum Smith, the holder and John Ryder, the challenger.
Glasgow – Heavyweight Kaseem Saleem and Eric Donovan are on the bill
Oldham – 9 fights
York Hall – 15 fights
Worksop – 8 fights
Barnsley – 10 fights
Hull – 6 fights
Friday 29th November
Glasgow – welterweight Martin Harkin returns alongside the Scottish middleweight title fight between Trigger Wood and Paul Allison
Sheffield – IBO international featherweight contests involving Felix Williams and Josh Wale whilst the IBO intercontinental title fight is between Tommy Frank and Martin Tecuapetia
Bournemouth – 6 fights
York Hall – 1 fight