Having witnessed the end of one of the lockdown boxing contributors, this evening sees the continuation of two others! There is a cracking bill on in the UK and America are behaving none too shabbily in Los Angeles either.
Tonight, Saturday the 29th of August in The Bubble, Las Vegas we have the super lightweight fight between Jose Carlos Ramirez and Viktor Postol for the WBC and WBO belts whilst elsewhere in the city and at the Microsoft Theatre, Las Vegas there is super welterweight Erislandy Lara taking on Greg Vendetti for theWBA and IBO titles. I fancy Postol and Lara but that might just be an old guy, going for the more seasoned guys… or the names he recognises…
In the UK, at the BT Studio, Frank Warren gets back in that studio to present light heavyweight Willy Hutchison v late replacement Ben Thomas and that suggests an outing to get rid of ring rust for Hutchison.
Super lightweight Sam Maxwell takes on Joe Hughes for the WBO European title and much though I really like Hughes I have to go for Maxwell. Highly impressive super flyweight Sunny Edwards scraps for the IBF international strap against Thomas Essomba and again the home fighter is expected to win but this could be tougher for Edwards than most imagine
Top of the bill is an easier fight than was originally planned for heavyweight Daniel Dubois who now takes on late replacement Ricardo Snijders for the WBO international title. Dubois is, for me, the best of the young guns and I think he is going to take the AJ mantle in the next five years. This ought to be a don’t blink or you will miss it end to the night… But then again, it is a cliché ridden sport…
During the week, on Wednesday the 2nd of September in South Kirkby, the MTK bills keep going as we have super lightweight Harlem Eubank in against Martin McDonagh, and this is a real step up for the young Eubank. I am really intrigued to see how this one goes for him and it could be too soon for a McDonagh type or he could really announce himself – true contest in the pipeline then.
Also appearing we have super middleweight Padraig McCrory facing Mickey Ellison, whilst light heavyweight Dan Azeez is in the opposite corner from Andre Sterling for the English title and I reckon McCrory and Azeez take the wins after some tough fights.
The headline fight has the British and Commonwealth titles on the line at super lightweight between Philip Bowes and Akeem Ennis- Brown. Ennis-Brown has really upped the ante with quite the interview in Boxing News this week with confidence oozing out of him. I think this could be much trickier than Ennis-Brown thinks.
Finally, on Friday the 4th of September, up in Aberdeen there should be a closed 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. We also have Scottish interest in Denny’s Kevin Traynor atsuper featherweight taking on Pablo Narvaez and Aberdeen’s Craig Dick making a debut against another debutant Michael Basset at heavyweight.
Saturday 5th September
The Bubble, Las Vegas
Super featherweight Jamel Herring prepares for a showdown with Carl Frampton by taking on Jonathon Oquendo for the WBO title.
Middleweight Ema Kozin takes on Chris Namus for the female IBA, WBF and vacant WBC titles. Welterweights Jessica Shadko takes on Katelynn Phelan for the female IBA, WBF and WBC titles at their weight.
Super featherweight Samir Ziani takes on Alex Dilmaghani for the EBU title and we have the speedy returns of middleweight Michael Hennessy Jr and cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain – all live in Channel Five!
Aberdeen/ Fite TV
BIBA have a 7 fight night on demand!