January continues to be a month of little action within the ring though throughout the gyms and the around negotiation tables there is certainly plenty of activity.
There are however fights happening and tonight, Saturday the 18th of January 2020 in Philadelphia we have the super welterweight IBO, IBF and WBA world title action between Julian Williams and Jaison Rosario. I don’t know a great deal about either of these fighters and given the lull in action elsewhere this is really good as it gives me a chance to do some digging. Given the fact that Williams has held the three belts since May 2019 and he is ranked number 1 in his division by Ring Magazine that makes me feel a little stupid but his 30 fights, aside from losing to a Charlo and taking the belts from Jarret Hurd has not really gathered much attention this side of the pond. On paper Rosario looks like a decent challenger but there are not the names on his record that Williams has faced on his – experience to win out?
Over in Hamburg, Germany there is also IBO world title action at welterweight between Sebastian Formelia and Roberto Arriaza and once again a couple of fighters without much by way of UK based profile. Neither have big names on their profile and German, Formelia is clearly fighting to win a world title at home whilst Nicaraguan Arriaza is being brought as the best contender. As it is an IBO world title – done by computer – I am unsure of how they have ended up as the best two in the world bit it looks a decent contest and one the home fighter will be expected to breeze through… I wonder though…
Tomorrow night, Sunday the 19th of January 2020 at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow boxing finally returns to the UK with flyweight Neil McCubbin, super welterweight Marc Kerr, welterweight Abie Tweedie, lightweight Wayne Kenny, featherweight Craig Morgan and heavyweight and now internet sensation, trained by Dave Allen, Jay MacFarlane due on a much anticipated card. Right now, on Boxrec and also on the British Boxing Board of Control website there are no opponents named…
Also, in Manchester there are 6 fights carded.
Saturday 25th January
Kinshasa – The man who lost his crown to Tony Bellew, Ilunga Makabu faces Michal Cielak of Poland for the WBC cruiserweight title
New York – Stephen Fulton and Arnold Khegai are in the ring for the IBO super bantamweight crown
Thursday 30th January
Miami – WBO middleweight title action between Demetrius Andrade and Luke Keeler, IBF super featherweight title action between Tevin farmer and Joseph Diaz as well as the WBA and IBF unification fight at super bantamweight between Daniel Roman and Mirodjon Akhmadaliev
St Andrew’s Sporting Club, Glasgow – Unbeatenwelterweights Martin Harkin and James Moorcroft face each other and super featherweight Andy Tham is in the ring
Friday 31st January
Glenrothes – Flyweight Emma McCulloch takes on Dani Hodges and super featherweight Eftychia Kathopouli takes on Siobhan O’Leary
Aldershot – 7 fights