It’s Saturday the 1st of August and in the words, that are broadcastable, of Eddie Hearn we have had the bubbles and the studios, now we have something completely different. It is, of course, the turn of Matchroom to show us what they have got with the first of a behind closed doors series based in their backyard – literally…
So tonight we have lightweight Dalton Smith v Nathan Bennett in anencounter outside that will kick us off, festering heavyweights Fabio Wardley and Simon Vallily are facing off for the English belt, in what must be the first grudge match for that belt for some considerable time. It has been really bubbling away nicely and I am really looking forward to this one. The Smith/Bennett fight looks tasty enough to start us off too!
We then have featherweight Jordan Gill facing Reece Bellotti, in a very hard to call contest that could be the fight of the night with me favouring Gill whilst the lightweight fight between James Tennyson and Gavin Gwynne for the British belt is fantastic too. Gwynne in for the Lonsdale belt for the second time, Tennyson trying to get his career back on track to world level – very, very tasty indeed.
Then top of the bill and just what the punters want to see – a really great fight as we have the mouth watering Sam Eggington in against Ted Cheeseman for the IBF super welterweight international strap. Eggington is in rich form and Cheeseman, having admitted to out of the ring issues in a very brave step recently is wanting to fulfil his early promise. His career was all but mapped out and then he lost the plot, the map and his fortune. I think this may depend on which Savage Eggington turns up…
We also have, tonight, somewhere in the UK and for BIBA 5 fights on fite TV.
Then at the tail end of the week, on Friday the 7th of August, it’s all back to Eddie’s with featherweight Ivan “Hopey” Price, still awaiting an opponent, whilst we have lightweight Aqib Fiaz facing Kane Barker and super welterweight Anthony Fowler in against Adam Harper. This is another example of where we are now as Fiaz and Barker are a tasty pair whilst Fowler needs this fight and needs to get back into the mix and shake off the ring rust but on paper, at least, Harper looks the right type of opponent to give him a test and the viewers a spectacle.
Then we have what ought to be top of the bill, with super featherweight action as Terri Harper defends her WBC and IBO titles against Natasha Jonas. This has got a little bit tetchy as the trainers have waded in and the gentlemanly conduct code has been flung out the window. I actually think Jonas might take this…
Top of the bill is the Commonwealth scrap between Chris Billiam-Smith and Nathan Thorley. Given that it takes top billing when there is a world title unification bout as a support act, this better be good… I think it might be…
Saturday 8th August
Lightweight EBU action between Edis Tatli and Gianluca Ceglia
Super featherweight John carter v Ibon Larringa for the EBU title
Wednesday 12th August
Super lightweight Craig MacIntyre faces Darren Surtees, welterweight Sahir Iqbal takes on Moredd Thomas for the WBC Youth title and lightweight Jono Carroll is back to face Maxi Hughes.
Friday 14th August
Back to Eddie’s with super bantamweight Shannon Courtenay in to face Rachel Ball, super middleweight John Docherty takes on Anthony Fox, super welterweight Kieron Conway takes on Navid Mansouri for the WBA international title, super featherweight Zelfa Barrett is in against Eric Donovan and middleweight Felix Cash is back to take on Jason Welborn.