Tonight, there is a return and former world champion, Alex Arthur doesn’t like it. Not for the first time, the British and Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) are courting controversy. It is around 7 years since Scott Harrison, former WBO world title holder, has fought in a competitive ring. He is now in his 40’s and looking to do what he does best – fight. The British Boxing Board of Control have, according to Harrison gone back on their word and refused him a licence so he will be in Aberdeen tonight headlining a behind closed doors card, promoted by Lee McAllister, a lightweight with a heavyweight world title on his mantelpiece, in a 5 card offer that you can buy to see, and sanctioned by BIBA. Harrison faces Paul Peers over 6 rounds. Alex Arthur talking to Good Morning Scotland on the BBC said he feels the 7 years is too long and Harrison should gracefully give it up – tonight we find out if he is right.
Also, on the bill, cruiserweight Liam Allan makes his debut against Dan Ballard, whilst middleweight Steve Sunners takes on Adam Stewart, lightweight Lewis Mulberry faces Johnson Tellez, and super featherweight Caitlin Foran is in against Carly MacKenzie. We all hope that the only headlines coming out of Aberdeen are how good the boxing was.
Internationally we have lots of action tonight all over the world but the main one of interest is in Magdeburg, Germany, where the WBA continental heavyweight belt goes in the ring between Agit Kabayel and Evgenios Lazaridis. It is part of 6 fights whilst here are two other fight cards in Germany as there are 10 fights in Wiesbaden, and7 in Nordrhein-Westfalen.
In the USA, tonight, we also have a fight in Florida, 9 in Georgia and in Iowa, 11.
Out east we have 10 in Chongqing and 4 in Okinawa.
During the week we have two cards worth noting – on Tuesday the 21st of July in Las Vegas we have the super featherweight battle between Oscar Valdez and Jayson Velez which should see a Valdez win and the super middleweight tussle between Edgar Berlanga and Jeno Tonte. Likely to be a win I would think for Berlanga.
Finally, on Friday we see the return of super flyweight Cristofer Rosales in Miami where he takes on Eric Moon in what should be a tick over fight as the future looks certain that bigger fights should await him… Should do…
Saturday 25th July
BT Studio, London
We have welterweight Ekow Essuman and middleweight Denzel Bentley alongside fights between featherweights Louie Lynn and Scotland’s Monty Ogilvie, super bantamweights Chris Bourke and Ramez Mahmood for the Southern title and top of the bill is heavyweight Joe Joyce returning against Michael Wallisch
Friday 31st July
BT Studio, London
Super bantamweight Brad Strand takes on Brett Fidoe whilst the light heavyweight Commonwealth title shall be decided between Lyndon Arthur and Dec Spelman.