It is finally here – the biggest heavyweight fight for the last 3 decades? That may be up for some debate though it has to be said this is a massive deal in the world of boxing.
Overnight, tonight, being Saturday the 22nd of February in Las Vegas, we shall see Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury II for the WBC heavyweight title. There has been so much written about this, tweeted about this and podcasted about this – all we need now, is to have the event. My heart says Fury because I want the boxer to win and I want the Brit to triumph. However. I reckon Wilder gets him because his tactics are wrong and stops him mid rounds…
We also have the return of Prince Charles Martin in a real 50/50 fight against Gerald Washington. The former IBF champion has not done well since winning his title, becoming the second shortest heavyweight champ and having his crown taken from him by Anthony Joshua. This is the next step on a journey he needs to keep travelling on if he is to be, in any way, relevant. A win would allow him to be of interest to fringe contenders… Washington has hung about the fringes so long he may also be looking for similar mentions, should he win. Unfortunately, nobody is truly that excited about what the result might be.
We also have super bantamweights Emmanuel Navarrete and Jeo Santisima facing off for the WBO belt that Navarrete currently holds. Navarrete has won the title, defended it almost every 3 months and is a tremendous champion with the busiest defensive record in world boxing. On that alone, he deserves to win because he ducks nobody and nothing whilst giving fans great contests and great fights… Could he make heavyweight and teach some of them guys a thing or two… Perhaps not but we expect him to come through overnight.
Before the main event there are some decent bills in the UK and they include in Oldham we have 10 fights including the light heavyweight fight between Mark Hefron and Ondriy Budera which should see a Hefron win.
In York Hall – possibly the busiest venue in the UK for boxing we have the British super bantamweight title fight rematch between Brad Foster and Lucien Reid. Ithink Reid might pinch it but on paper at least this is tremendously competitive, not least because it was a draw last time out! On the undercard, super middleweight Kody Davies takes on Umar Sadiq, and the light heavyweight Willy Hutchinson returns without an opponent announced – even at this late stage!!!
We also have in Birmingham 9 fights, and in Doncaster 11 fights.
On Friday the 28th of February in Liverpool there are 11 fights including middleweight James Metcalf in a keep busy fight against Fernando Valencia, whilst in Norwich there are a further 7 fights and in Leeds BIBA’s first show of 2020 has 3 fights on the cards
Saturday 29th February
Texas – WBC Diamond belt fight between Mikey Garcia and Jessie Vargas headlines a bill with super flyweight Khalid Yafai taking on his former idol, Roman Gonzalez to defend his WBA title, flyweight Julio Cesar Martinez taking on Jay Harris for the WBC title and heavyweight Joseph Parker back against Shawndell Winters.
Bristol – 10 fights
Bournemouth – 7 fights
Maidstone – 10 fights
Newcastle – 15 fights
Hull – 5 fights
Clacton – on Sea – BIBA bring 6 fights including the International Masters super bantamweight fight between Ben Cook and Joseafat Reyes and the WBF European light heavyweight contest between Navid Iran and Ismael Molina Moreno
Friday 6th March
Leeds – 9 fights