It is the season to be grateful.
We have had a howling year of boxing that has ended up with some amazing talking points and had amazing high points like not one but two cracking World Boxing Super Series Finals as well as the shock of the year – not Tyson Fury changing trainers – but the 1st June win for Andy Ruiz Jr and then redemption in the Dunes in December.
But we aint all finished just yet. Though after this week 2019 is pretty much done.
With big turkeys in the freezer that won’t cook themselves I shall be taking a wee break to get some rest and be all ready for what promises to be an exceptional 2020 – if the promoters can get their acts together…
But before all that and the fat guy in the red suit, tonight, Saturday the 21st of December in California we have a real grudge match of the super welterweight WBC title between Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo. There was genuine animosity before it was made, genuine animosity when it was made, genuine animosity at the press conference and now we get to see it genuinely kick off in the ring. I reckon Charlo will just nick it.
Over in Russia we have cruiserweight action between Denis Lebedev and Thabiso Mchunu for the WBC silver belt and as it is in Russia, Lebedev has to be the guy most likely to have his hand raised at the end of it all.
All the while the best action of the night however is likely to be at home in the Copper Box Arena, London where Queensberry Promotions brings us light heavyweight and all action TV star, Tommy Fury in against Przemyslaw Binienda, super flyweight Sunny Edwards fighting for the British title against Marcel Braithwaite, a middleweight battle between Liam Williams and Alantez Fox for the WBO international belt and Fury, Edwards and Williams are certainly in my favourites category.
Top of the bill is a heavyweight prospect that has us all in the palm of his hands, Daniel Dynamite Dubois who faces against Kyotaro Fujimoto in the defence of his WBC silver and for the WBO international titles. Dubois has faced some interesting choices as the named heavyweight contenders would appear to be more likely face the Matchroom stable of fighters. This should not hold Dubois back as he is more than ready to start knocking on the doors of some real contenders like a Povetkin or a Hunter. Of course, given his age – he is only 22 – there is plenty of time and building him into the heir apparent and ready to take out a Fury or a Whyte or a Joshua as they contemplate retirement would be far too perfect for the British boxing scene unless…
Meanwhile elsewhere in the UK tonight in Manchester we have 7 fights and in Birmingham 5 scraps.
On Monday the 23rd of December in Kanagawa, Japan the WBA middleweight title fight between Ryota Murata and Steven Butler is thethird last title fight of 2019.I quite fancy Murata for this one and given the number of British middleweight out there looking for a belt, this could be intriguing.
Saturday 28th December 2019
Georgia – Light heavyweight title action between Jean pascal and Badou Jack for the WBC silver and WBA titles whilst the WBA lightweight crown will be fought over between Gervonta Davis and Yuriorkis Gamboa – the final two title fights of 2019!!