Having had the WWE intervention in the sport of boxing with Tyson Fury in the dessert, the MMA crossover from Connor MacGregor against Floyd Mayweather, we are now ready for the YouTube dip into the boxing waters. It’s got the boxing world talking, the boxing purists furious and the rest of the world wondering what the problem is. It’s combat sports and debating in one weekend – what’s not to like?
Before we get there, tonight, Saturday the 9th of November domestically in York Hall we have middleweight Danny Dignum against Conrad Cummings for the WBO European belt whilst at lightweight Liam Walsh takes on Maxi Hughes for the WBO European title at their weight. This is a great double title header and I reckon Dignum and Walsh should have enough, but these are genuinely difficult fights to predict and should give a great night’s entertainment.
They are joined by lightweight Chantelle Cameron facing Anali Esther Sanchez in a fight that follows Katie Taylor and Terri Harper last weekend and should continue to build the momentum for women’s participation; reckon Cameron wins this at a canter.
We also have, in Villa Park a 5 fight card that included light heavyweight Ryan Hatton taking on the tough and durable Elvis Dube.
But all eyes and ears are firmly focussed on Los Angeles wherethe circus event of cruiserweights KSI v Logan Paul headlines. I have no idea who wins and have no real interest in either side winning. Their antics and their entourage’s anger at each other has been enough to raise the profile in amongst a group of people who have no interest in boxing – yet. That’s why it is happening and all we need is a decent 6 round contest or a knock out or anything that keeps them clicking on the buttons to subscribe and watch boxing more regularly.
On the undercard the super middleweight WBO title defence by Billy Joe Saunders is against Marcelo Esteban and Saunders should show why he is the best in this division tonight on a massive platform for the sport. Lightweight Devin Haney also defends his WBC belt against Alfredo Santiago and Haney needs a big statement, so I expect a very good performance from him.
Meanwhile over in California the WBA super featherweight title fight is between Jamel Herring and Lamont Roach Jr. and I reckon Herring shades it.
To complete a very decent weekend if we can extend to Monday the 11th of November, over in Oostende, Belgium we have super featherweight Delfine Persoon taking on Helen Joseph for the WBA title. That title would look good in a rematch with Katie Taylor…
Later on, in the week, on Friday the 15th of November we have a full bill of great contests in Liverpool as lightweight Natasha Jonas returns against Bianka Maslath, lightweight Terry Flanagan fights Jayro Duran, super middleweight Martin Murray faces Sladan Janjanin and super middleweight Rocky Fielding returns to take onAbdallah Paziwapazi. All four are returning to keep the ring rust away so we should have four domestic winners at the end of the night. In Norwich, there are a further 5 fights scheduled.
Saturday 16th November
York Hall – Super featherweight contests between John Joe Nevin and Freddy Fonseca for the WBA international belt and Alex Dilmaghani gets to face Francisco Fonseca for the IBO title
Aberdeen – We have lightweight Andrew Smart, welterweight Ryan Gall, super bantamweight Billy Stuart, super welterweight Corey McCullough and welterweight Dean Sutherland.
Emirates Arena, Glasgow – super lightweight Pierce O’Leary 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, bantamweight Reece McFadden is in the opposite corner to Adam Hutchison, light heavyweight Tommy Philbin takes on Vatislav Cepo, the WBC international silver titles will be decided between holder Kieran Smith and Vincenzo Bevilacqua and top of the bill is the British and Commonwealth bantamweight title fight between Lee MacGregor and Kash Farooq.
Monday 18th November
Mayfair, London – 2 fights
Friday 22nd November
York Hall – Golden Contract fights from MTK Global at super lightweight with Lewis Benson, Logan Yoon, Darren Surtees, Anthony Yigit, Mohamed Mimoune, Zhankosh Turarov, Tyrone McKenna and Ohara Davies
Cardiff – light heavyweight Nathan Thorley is taking on Conor Cooke in a 9 fight card.
Leeds – 5 fights
Plymouth – 8 fights