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Fast Forward – Sheffield Steals the Limelight

Fast Forward – Sheffield Steals the Limelight

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FAST FORWARD

With the snow on the horizon, and the firesides warming the thoughts of a storm that is coming to our shores, here in Scotland, we have plenty to stay in for over the weekend. Mind you, going out looks good too..

Tonight Saturday the 8th of February in Aberdeen we have super featherweight Mark McKeown, in against Edward Harrison who is making his debut against McKeown who is only in his 2nd professional fight, lightweight Ben Bartlett taking on 16 fight – 14 losses – Michael Horabin, super welterweight Callum Stuart has got the task of dealing with a man who has fought 229 times professionally in Kevin McAuley, and lightweight Darren Traynor faces Des Newton. There is little doubt that, apart from the fight where there is only one professional contest between them that we can fairly easily guess who is likely to have their hands raised at the end of each bout.

Over in Paisley on the same evening we have middleweight Luca Micheletti taking on Scott Williams, light heavyweight Paul Pollock faces highly experienced Lewis Van Poetsch, super middleweight Jordan Grant is taking on Ryan Hibbert whilst super welterweight Corey McCulloch is facing Gary McGuire. Of course, it’s odds on that all home fighters will win…

We then have, on the same card, super welterweight Paul Kean up against Tom Brennan, with welterweight Dean Sutherland taking on Basi Kazaq. Again, Kean and Sutherland should do more than muddle through.

We then have super welterweight Hannah Rankin taking on Eva Bajic in what ought not to be much of a test and finally lightweight Ahmed Mweva faces Ibrar Riyaz; Rankin and Mweva ought to be the victors.

Down in Sheffield we have heavyweight Dave Allen BACK!! Dorian Darch may not provide him with much of a test, but he certainly is talking of how he, Dave Allen, still has the hunger… We shall see…

There is also welterweight Anthony Tomlinson taking on our very own Stewart Burt, though Burt is likely there to provide opposition more than challenge. Super featherweight Martin Joseph Ward has a real contest on his hands with Jesus Amparan, though Ward should be starting to break out and this is the prefect platform to achieve that.

The WBC and IBF titles are on the line for Terri Harper in her fight with Eva Wahlstrom, andwe are all behind Harper. I think she has enough to take that WBC belt and add it to the IBO one but the gap in experience is something that may prove me wrong.

Featherweight Kid Galahad is in against Claudio Marrero and in this IBF eliminator, Galahad may stake his claim for a second world title bid against Josh Warrington. Given who promotes each of these fighters, the time is creeping closer that a Hearn/Warren joint promotion will be upon us… I have Galahad winning this comfortably.

The definitive fight of the night is at super welterweight with Kell Brook in a must win fight against Mark Deluca. Brook is a terrific fighter who has had an amazing career considering what he has come through and his achievements are well regarded professionally for a reason. A definitive fight with an unbelievable performance is what we hope for and I have to be honest, I think he might fall a little short. The way he looked on the scales yesterday might prove me wrong and I hope so.

On the same night but overseas in Baden-Württemberg there is the IBO cruiserweight title fight between First Arslan and Kevin Lerena and whilst the IBO belt may be a minor one, the cruiserweight division is slightly stacked and any world title fight will catch interest. Don’t really see it catching fire but you never know…

in Pennsylvania the vacant WBA bantamweight title action is between Guillermo Rigondeaux and Liboris Solis, is fascinating. “Rigo” is looking for redemption given his capitulation to Lomachenko and this should provide him with the platform. He was once a massive likely star. He is now rebuilding but the star he once had has dimmed and not been put out. If he was to lose in Philly it could be extinguished forever.

On the same bill and part of the co-promotion there is the WBC featherweight title fight between Gary Russell Jr and Tugstsogt Nyambayar. The name be unfamiliar and frankly slightly unpronounceable but his reason for being in the ring is unmistakable and Russell Jr should come through but not without some trials.

In Indiana we have the IBF female super lightweight fight between Mary McGhee and Deanha Hobbs which also looks tasty – not the biggest female world title fight of the night – but a significant one, nonetheless. I don’t know them well enough to split them up so I won’t!

Finally, in Villa Park there are a further 10 fights

At the end of the week on Friday the 14th of February in California there is the WBC silver lightweight fight between Ryan Garcia and Francisco Fonseca. Fonseca last fought in the UK and best wishes will go with him because of that, however Garcia is still the most likely.

On the same evening in Walsall there are a further 5 fights

FUTURE HISTORY

Saturday 15th February

Nashville – Caleb Plant v Vincent for the IBF super middleweight title

York Hall – welterweights Larry Ekundayo and Nathan Hardy face off and welterweight Harley Benn takes on Dylan Draper in amongst 15 other fights

Monday 17th February

Westcliff-on-Sea – 2 fights

Friday 21st February

York Hall – Golden Contract semi finals at super lightweight with Ohara Davies, Tyrone McKenna, Mohamad Mimoune and Jeff Ofri and the featherweight with Tyrone McCullagh, James Dickens, Leigh Wood and Ryan Walsh. In support the British super bantamweight title fight between Brad Foster and Lucien Reid.

Barnsley – Low key return for heavyweight Kash Ali v Josh Sandland who acquitted himself well in the Ultimate Boxxer championship at heavyweight

Doncaster – 3 fights

Taunton – 7 fights

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