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Fast Forward – Ruiz Jr v Joshua…

Fast Forward – Ruiz Jr v Joshua…

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FAST FORWARD

I don’t think that British boxing has endured a more vital and defining night for some time than tonight.

We have been blessed with eras of great fighters at different weight divisions throughout the decades but we are always suckers for the big uns, the heavyweights.

So the Saudi Arabian night in the dessert when the four belts from the heavyweight division are up for grabs in a fascinating rematch has all of our attention, and is ably supported by some other incredible action, making for an amazing night ahead – and all before ye have to put yer jammies on to watch it on Sky!

Domestically though we have live action tonight, Saturday the 7th of December in Liverpool asBIBA bring 11 fights, Walsall have 6 fights, Newark host 4 fights, Bolton have 9 fights and in Southampton there are a further 5 fights to go and catch.

Overnight in Puebla, Mexico there is some cracking super bantamweight action between Emanuel Navarrete and Francesco Horta for the WBO belt whilst the super flyweight title fight for the IBF belt is between Jerwin Ancajas and Miguel Gonzalez. Navarrete and Ancajas, given the venue go in as favourites.

In Barclay’s Centre, New York there are middleweight title fights for the WBC belt between Jermall Charlo and Denis Hogan which is likely to be a Charlo win. For the interim WBA belt we have the return of marmite Chris Eubank Jr and Matvey Korobov. Korobov is a big hitter and may cause Eubank problems but the division ahs been quiet without Junior and I think this is a cracking fight to get back in the ring and show his undoubted skills. I think he wins this but may have to struggle to get there.

And then we have the main event that will dominate our screens and thoughts, memories and debates for the next few weeks and months – no matter the result. In Diriyah Arena, Saudi Arabia – It’s here!

And it is heavyweights all the way as Magomerasul Majidov, the man who beat AJ in the amateurs for the world title takes on Tom Little. Little knows that he is there to lose but do not expect him to lie down whilst doing so – this could be quite the little cracker.

Freshly proved innocent, Dillian Whyte makes his comeback against Mariusz Wach in a really inspired comeback fight. Of course, Whyte will win, do so in style and make the WBC and others look like damn fools but is it too little too late for 2020? If so, he should sue…

The WBC international belt is on the line between Filip Hrgovic and Eric Molina and this is another example of a really good stable looking after their fighters. Matchroom have secured a real test for Hrgovic on a bill where he could catch the eye and really shine. Hrgovic is not fancied by ANYONE in the division and is avoided more often than VADA. Molina is still a bit of a name and Hrgovic will make headlines somewhere after this…

The fascinating WBA world title eliminator between Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter gives us the past trying to stay ahead of the future as Povetkin, like Molina, is still a name, and Hunter, like Hrgovic is a hungry new one with which to conjure. Different paths for each in terms of the world titles – WBC v WBA – and with the possibility that the belts will start to fracture in early 2020 we could be looking at three very tasty world title contenders in action, on one night – Whyte, Hrgovic and Hunter. Hunter wins this on points, I think.

The we have THE heavyweight main event of the year.

In a ring that has spent the last 10 years in York Hall, London and has been shipped out for use in the recently created arena, we have champion Andy Ruiz Jr with the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO belts defending against former champion and now challenger, Anthony Joshua

Ruiz Jr should never have won in June 2019. He did so with skill and a fantastic game plan. I do not subscribe to the theory that AJ lost them as he was not AJ that night. He lost them because the other guy was better in the ring on the night. It could happen again. It could.

I don’t think that Ruiz Jr, though will win.

I do think that master tactician, Rob McCracken will have been meticulous in preparing AJ. I think that the leaner AJ has gone back to basics and learnt from that defeat.

I do think that he has the chance to stand tall whilst Wilder needed a lucky punch against Ortiz, Fury weathered a storm against Wallin and now AJ has to regain his place, not just by winning but by making a statement that he is the best heavyweight on the planet.

I think he wins by stoppage in the first 6 OR takes Ruiz JR into the 8th or 9th.

I do, however recognise this may have all the arrogance of the last time wrapped up in delusion as Ruiz Jr was expected to fall like that in Madison Square Gardens and he forgot to read the memo. This time round as AJ said, “He can’t beat me twice.”

On Thursday the 12th of December in Cataluña, Spain there is the super welterweight European title fight between Joe Hughes and Sandor Martin. We shall be rooting for Hughes in a terrific opportunity to regain his title.

Once that is all over on Friday the 13th of December in Liverpool we have even more heavyweights in the latest Ultimate Boxxer series with quarter finals announced between Jay MacFarlane v Mark Bennett, Josh Sandland v Kamil Sokolowski, Jonathan Palata v Danny Whittaker and Nick Webb v Chris Healey… in Scotland we shall be rooting for MacFarlane…

Also in Houghton-le- Spring there are a further 9 fights

FUTURE HISTORY

Saturday 14th December

Brentwood – Light heavyweight Golden Contact contest between Hosea Burton, Bob Ajisafe, Liam Conroy, Steven Ward, Serge Michel, Ricardo Bolotniks, Tommy Philbin, Andre Sterling.

Madison Square Gardens – WBO welterweight action between pound for pound King Terence Crawford and Egidijus Kavaliauskas, lightweight ABF title fight between champion Richard Commey and Teofimo Lopez and THE 2019 rematch of all rematches, at featherweight Michael Conlan faces the man who beat him in the Olympics, Vladimir Nikitin.

York Hall – welterweight Harley Benn takes on MJ Hall and the WBO European title is on the line between Quiase Khademi and Pedro Matos at super flyweight.

Aberdeen – BIBA bring super lightweight Nathan Beattie against Razak Nettey for the PBC international title in amongst 4 fights

Bolton – 5 fights

Huyton – 4 fights

Sunday 15th December

Southsea – 5 fights

Manchester – 4 fights

Leeds – 8 fights

Thursday 19th December

York hall – super bantamweight Ivan “Hopey” Price, super bantamweight Shannon Courtenay, English heavyweight title action between Fabio Wardley and Simon Valily and the British cruiserweight title fight between Richard Riakporhe and Jack Massey – both unbeaten…

Colchester – BIBA bring 5 fights

Gateshead – 2 fights

Friday 20th December

Pheonix, Arizona – WBC flyweight title fight between Julio Cesar Aguilar and Cristofer Rosales

Bolton – 6 fights

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