With a week off we return with a bang tonight, especially if you are a Scot as our hero, The Tartan Tornado, is unleashed at York Hall in a bill that promises much, and we hope shall truly deliver.
That bill tonight, Saturday the 26th of September in York Hall sees BT Sport and Frank Warren bringing super bantamweight David Oliver Joyce in against Ionut Baluta for the WBO European belt and truth be told, not many fancy Baluta’s chances!
We also have, temporarily at bantamweight, Charlie Edwards returning to take on Kyle Williams in a fight we reckon Williams should come through with some ease.
But top of the bill is the WBA and IBF super lightweight titles are on the line for defending champion Josh Taylor as he takes on Apinun Khongsong. Down the line there are intriguingfights for Taylor should he get through the first defence of his titles tonight. If he cannot dispose of this tricky Thai then he would not deserve them and we would not see the Taylor that in his last four fights have proven he is world class. I expect that Taylor shall have a few hard rounds to begin with and then simply dominate; points or stoppage is all the same to me.
In Munich tonight we are spoiled for choice as the cruiserweight final of the World Boxing Super Series sees Yuniel Dorticos up against Maris Breidis for a trophy that is the cabinet of Josh Taylor’s and also Aleksander Usyk. Obviously Usyk’s was the cruiserweight title and these two are now numbered 1 and 2 in the world as the IBF world title is on the line and the Muhammad Ali trophy. I kinda fancy Breidis for this one…
Being spoiled for choice extends to the wee sma’ hours as Connecticut delivers a double bill of fighting with no fewer than five world title fights in a strange co feature that we truly hope will light up the day before dawn in the UK.
The first card features bantamweights John Riel Casimero and Duke Micah in the ring for the WBO title held by Casimero. Casimero stunned us all by taking it from Zolani Tete. Three weight world champion Casimero has the experience to make this a defence he should win.
We then have the super bantamweight WBA title fight between Brandon Figueroa and Damien Vazquez. Whilst it is not the full world title, that is held by Murodjon Akhmadaliev, it’s a pretty belt that Figueroa should keep.
Top of this bill is the first involving one of the two Charlo brothers for the WBC middleweight title between Jermall Charlo and Sergey Derevyanchenko. Once again, the real WBC belt is around someone else’s waist – Canelo Alvarez is the franchise champion… but hey ho… Charlo should come through and take this belt away with him afterwards.
Then we have an intermission of around 30 minutes before…
We open with the WBC super bantamweight eliminator between Daniel Roman and Juan Carlos Payano. Expectations are that Payano may be past his best and Roman will have too much for him.
We then have super bantamweight Luis Nery facing Aaron Alameda for the WBC crown and these two Mexicans looks like a very mismatched fight as Alameda, ranked number 6 by the WBC has never fought over 12 rounds so Nery should have a fairly easy night… Unless…
Finally, and top of the bill of the second part of the evening it is brother number two as super welterweight Jermell Charlo takes on Jeison Rosario for the WBC, WBA and IBF belts. Charlo has come off a thrilling two fight, lose your WBC world title, win it back sequence with Tony Harrison whilst Rosario enters the ring with two world titles to Charlo’s one. It looks on paper like a Charlo win and I expect it shall be, but lockdown fights have a way of defying the odds: no matter how stacked.
During the week the action continues apace as on Wednesday the 30th of September in South Kirkby, MTK continue their contribution to getting the sport back up and running with two finals of their Golden Contract series and a light heavyweight semi-final as a very decent undercard.
We have the cruiserweight Steven Ward facing Jone Valau in a fight that sees Ward step up in weight that he should win. We then have the light heavyweight semi-final with Liam Conroy taking on Serge Michel, whilst the second semi-final is in Riga next Saturday Ricards Botolniks up against Hosea Burton. The final should be Burton/Conroy in my view, but Conroy has a really tough ask.
Thefeatherweight final features Ryan Walsh battling James Dickens and Jazzais fancied to push Walsh close but not get it – the conditions might play a bigger part in this than expected in my view.
Top of the bill, the Golden Contract super lightweight final, is between Ohara Davies and Tyrone McKenna. It has been written many a time before but the contrast between Davies’ career and the man he bad mouthed and lost to, Josh Taylor, is once again in focus, as one is in another world title fight and the other trying to win a Golden Contract for his future. Davies has mellowed, his boxing has improved and his ability and ring mastership should be enough to dispose of a true fighter, a man who has heart but not the skill to beat him.
Finally, on Friday the 2nd of October we have a strange entry on Boxrec – a fight with no venue. The Commonwealth female super bantamweight title fight between Amy Timlin and Carly Skelly, is due to happen in London. Somewhere. Maybe there is an illegal rave attached to it and you have to phone a number to find out half an hour before. Probably not…
Saturday 3rd October
We are due to see the return of a lightweight Lee Selby in against George Kambosos.
Sunday 4th October
Somewhere in London…
Heavyweight Alen Babic, The Savage, takes on Niall Kennedy, middleweight Linus Udofia has to face John Harding Jr for the English title, the WBA international light heavyweight strap is up for grabs between Joshua Buatsi and Marko Calic whilst another female world title fifth sees two unbeaten fighters at super lightweight, Chantelle Cameron and Adriana Dos Santos battle over the WBC title.