If anyone wanted to know if boxing or Matchroom could survive without Eddie Hearn, you are going to find out this weekend. Having left their own bubble with a positive diagnosis, Eddie Hearn is now self isolating and leaving his mammoth business to get on with what they do best – organise decent boxing cards.
We start tonight, however, Saturday the 3rd of October in The Bubble, Las Vegas, with the super lightweight contest between Jose Zepeda and Ivan Baranchyk for the WBC silver title. I reckon Baranchyk might just pull off a wee surprise here…
Then on Sunday the 4th of October, in the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, Matchroom bring it with heavyweight sensation Alen Babic, The Savage, taking on Niall Kennedy. Kennedy claims to not be here to make up the numbers but Babic is being built so it’s likely he will be game but ultimately unable to stop The Savage.
We also have middleweight action as Linus Udofia faces John Harding Jr for the English title, and like Babic, Udofia is being built up and I reckon this is the equivalent of the old NEXTGEN shows as Udofia should show his skills and graduate beside others who have benefitted from the Matchroom prowess in the boxing market.
The main event is the WBA international light heavyweight fight between Joshua Buatsi and Marko Calic. This is a cracking fight for Buatsi to return to and it has to be said that Calic, on paper does not look like he has a chance but Buatsi has been humble in the build up which is very much his style but he should, “take care of business” on Sunday night.
Finally, there is one other fight on the card and that is another female world title fight which sees two unbeaten fighters at super lightweight, Chantelle Cameron and Adriana Dos Santos battle over the WBC title. The dream for Cameron would be a Katie Taylor showdown. She thinks it is unlikely given that Taylor’s dance card is filling up but a decent showing on Sunday could change all that!
On Friday the 9th of October in Dubai, we have the Welsh conqueror of Jono Carroll, Maxi Hughes, getting his reward with a WBC international title fight with Viktor Kotochigov. This is likely to be where Hughes falls off, having manged to pull a shock out the bag against Carroll but this could be his next equivalent of a world title bid and you cannot assuredly bet against him winning.
Finally, back in The Bubble in Las Vegas, we have the WBO featherweight title fight between Emanuel Navarrete and Ruben Villa. Surely Navarrete is the most likely?
Saturday 10th October
Frank Warren brings us light heavyweight Willy Hutchison again slated for an IBF European title with no opponent, heavyweight Nathan Gorman is back with a fascinating fight with Richard Lartey, the Commonwealth title is on the line at super welterweight between James Metcalf and Jack Flatley, the British featherweight title is in the ring between Anthony Cacace and Leon Woodstock and the British middleweight crown is the prize between Liam Williams and Andrew Robinson.