And now the end is near, and the bubble is about to burst… Matchroom Square Gardens after tonight’s pay per view cracker will shut its doors, pull down its tents and move on…
But not before we get yet another stoater.
And so tonight, on Saturday the 22nd of August, Matchroom Fight Camp closes with welterweights Luther Clay and Chris Kongo facing off for the WBO global belt in what is possibly going to be the fight of the night as these are evenly matched fighters.
We then have another explosive contest in super middleweight Jack Cullen taking on Zak Chelli with either likely to explode into the win.
We then have the biggest fight of the year as it is the rematch of all rematches and the budding cliché of all clichés. Since their battle in one garden ended in controversy, the rematch is happening in another as lightweight Katie Taylor faces Delfine Persoon with Taylor’s WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO belts on the line. It is a fight with a lot behind it, not least in the trajectory of each fighter since that narrow win for Taylor in New York.
Consider. Persoon tried to get to the Olympics earlier in the year and looked awful. Taylor has taken this risky contest when others failed to step up. Persoon has looked highly confident all week and is relaxed and has the less pressure on her. Taylor looks imperious. On paper and given what happened the last time, this could go either way but the fact is that Persoon needs to change whilst Taylor needs to remember not to be drawn into a war and box at length as she did towards the end of the first fight; that will bring the points as she gets the punches off successfully as she did in New York. Taylor can do that. I am not so sure that Persoon has the skill set to make her changes…
Top of the bill is the heavyweight match up for the interim WBC title and the Diamond belt between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin. Once again Whyte take risks, and this is a real fight. Povetkin has been beaten only twice – by men called Klitschko and Joshua… should Whyte get through this, as I think he will, he will have done it all once again – but will it make any difference?
Also, on the bill is a replacement for the heavyweight fight we expected with Airdrie’s Congolese master, Martin Bakole as his place has been taken with an intriguing fight between Alen Babic and Shawndell Winters. They argued at the press conference, with a spat that got headlines – will the fight match up? They both weighed in light which possibly means an explosive start and we hope for an explosive finish.
In Redditch, tonight and live on Channel Five,we have middleweight Michael Hennessy Jr, taking on Tom Brennan, a rejuvenated cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain takes on Anthony Wooley, and light middleweight Shakan Pitters faces Chad Sugden for the British title. Hennessy Jr needs to get back to winning ways and he should, Chamberlain needs to become more relevant and he should whilst the top of the bill clash between Pitters and Sugden should be evenly matched and it is… Channel Five v Sky Pay Per View… Is that the real battle here I wonder?
During the week on Wednesday the 26th of August in South Kirkby we have super bantamweight Lee McGregor back against Ryan Walker, and the WBO European welterweight belt is on the line between Lewis Crocker and Louis Greene. This is a fairly decent bill, once again put together by MTK and McGregor and Crocker will be the most likely…
Down under, in Queensland, on the same night and for the IBF Australasian and WBO Global belts,the much hyped battle at super welterweight between Tim Tszyu and Jeff Horn is on! It is the legacy versus the teacher and I have a feeling that the legacy is likely to roll on…
Saturday 29th August
The Bubble Las Vegas
Super lightweight Jose Carlos Ramirez takes on Viktor Postol for the WBC and WBO belts.
Frank Warren gets back in the studio to present light heavyweight Willy Hutchison v Luke Blackledge, super lightweight Sam Maxwell takes on Joe Hughes for the WBO European title, super flyweight Sunny Edwards scraps for the IBF international strap against Thomas Essomba and heavyweight Daniel Dubois takes on late replacement Ricardo Snijders for the WBO international title.
Wednesday 2nd September
The MTK bills keep going as we have super lightweight Harlem Eubank in against Martin McDonagh, super middleweight Padriag McCrory faces Mickey Ellison, light heavyweight Dan Azeez is in the opposite corner from Andre Sterling for the English title and the British and Commonwealth titles are on the line at super lightweight between Philip Bowes and Akeem Ennis- Brown.
Friday 4th September
Also, up in Aberdeen there should be a close doors BIBA show with Lee McAllister, back at middleweight fighting Edwin Palacios as part of a 7 fight bill that shall be live streamed on Fite TV.