Tonight, after another great week of British boxing behind us, it’s Saturday the 15th of August and in Tulsa, Oklahoma we get a fantastic bill topped by the welterweight action between Cecilia Braekhaus and Jessica McCaskill for the combined WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles. There can be little doubt that out there right now there is an amazing number of female fighters and this is yet another cherry sitting upon a growing cake. You have to fancy Braekhaus to retain her titles and hope for a mega, mega fight with Katie Taylor… but, as found out just last night by Shannon Courtenay, there are absolutely no certainties in boxing… AT ALL…
Also, on the card is the super lightweight fight for the WBA international belt between Shakhram Giyasov and Francisco Hernandez Rojo. Giyasov goes in as the most fancied….
Over in Connecticut we also have super middleweight David Benavidez taking on Roamer Alexis Angulo for the WBC title and once again it is tempting to go for the home fighter but know that away fighters, right now, are managing far more than people had thought they might manage… but promoters are lapping it up as are the public…
That does not mean there is nothing happening in the UK – far from it – and before we head stateside there is a brilliant bill from Frank Warren at York Hall, London with super welterweight Troy Williamson fighting for the IBF European title against Harry Scarff. It is clearly Williamson’s title to lose, again if you follow the logic of him being the home guy…
We also have the return of much vaunted and fancied featherweight Michael Conlan taking on the very tough Sofiane Takoucht, and super featherweight Carl Frampton is also back with Darren Traynor in the other corner after Vahram Vardanyan couldn’t get a VISA. Finally, we also have the WBO European super featherweight title fight between Archie Sharp and Jeff Ofori.
Under ordinary circumstances we would be suggesting Williamson, Conlan, Frampton and Sharp to put your house on, but these are extraordinary times and for the likes of Maxi Hughes and Rachel Ball, all the better for that as they have come out the away corner and won in the last week… These are therefore too close to call and particularly Conlan has a very live and tough opponent who may well test whether he has the mettle for the pro game. Having said all that, I cannot see by any of the four of them losing…
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.
Saturday 22nd August
Matchroom Fight Camp closes with welterweights Luther Clay and Chris Kongo facing off for the WBO global belt, super middleweight Jack Cullen takes on Zak Chelli, and the rematch of all rematches since their battle in one garden, the rematch is in another as lightweight Katie Taylor faces Delfine Persoon with Taylor’s WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO belts on the line. Top of the bill is the heavyweight match up for the interim WBC title and the Diamond belt between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin.
In Redditch, we have middleweight Michael Hennessy Jr, cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain is back and light middleweight Shakan Pitters faces Chad Sugden for the British title. It’s live on Channel Five.
Wednesday 26th August
In South Kirby we have super bantamweight Lee McGregor back against Ryan Walker, another super bantamweight in David Oliver Joyce is fighting for the WBO European title and the WBO European welterweight belt is on the line between Lewis Crocker and Louis Greene.
Down under, in Queensland, the much hyped battle at super welterweight between Tim Tszyu and Jeff Horn is on!