Oh, what a night we have in store, both in the UK and across in the USA with a plethora of action that will begin with some of the most intriguing action of lockdown at the Wembley Arena for tonight, Saturday the 31st of October, Matchroom bring a bumper package.
We will not have heavyweight Dave Allen back, after losing an opponent, replacing him with someone who thought he was unattached but apparently isn’t, and now they don’t seem to have a replacement willing or able in the wings for a dust up who can comply with all the needs of safety… So, his fight is off. Just now. But you never know. Stranger things have happened.
We do have some other cracking fights though. For example, the tiny matter of the world title eliminator between lightweight Lee Selby and George Kambosos Jr. Finally here, this is a massive fight for Selby and his desire to make history as a Welshman. It will not be easy as Kambosos Jr is a quality operator.
The EBU title at cruiserweight is on the line between Tommy McCarthy and Bilal Laggoune, and smart money is on another tough fight but McCarthy coming through it. Given what is on the line in the other fights, this might be the barnstormer that is bubbling away with little attention that could really light the place up.
The WBO female world title scrap between Savannah Marshall and Hannah Rankin is another fantastic fight that should light up the division and I think this might go the distance and end up with another draw. This is about a genuine prospect in against high level experience and I think we might be talking about this fight for weeks to come.
It’s not the only female title fight tonight as the Commonwealth super bantamweight title is on the line between Amy Timlin and Carly Skelly. I know very little about these two so won’t make the error of pretending I know who will win but it is great to see them on such a high profile bill. I do however know a bit about Scottish bantamweight Ukashir Farooq. He returns to the ring to take on Martin Tecapetia. This looks like a decent keep busy fight for him.
But top of the bill…
The heavyweight clash we all have been waiting for…
Aleksandr Usyk against Derreck “Del Boy” Chisora and the questions we shall get answered – can Usyk take on a big guy? Can Chisora change enough to out fox or outbox Usyk? Is this the gateway fight for a chance at Anthony Joshua for the WBO title?
This is going to entertain, but it is not going to be pretty, I don’t think. It is going to be exciting and I started thinking Usyk is too clever for Chisora and then Lomachenko lost. I then thought that Chisora is too big – he weighed in around 3 stones heavier – and then remembered the skill of Povetkin taking out Whyte. I then thought… I can’t wait for the fight…
I do have one prediction.
A loss for Usyk would damage and not destroy his world title ambitions, however a loss for Chisora won’t stop him getting back in the ring at some point for another big fight…
Whilst the UK might have the pick of dust ups, the USA can lay claim tonight to some of the more finesse of the sweet science. In Texas we have the WBA and WBA super featherweight title fight between Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz ably supported by the WBA super lightweight title fight involving Mario Barrios and Ryan Kerr. Does Cruz have enough to deal with Davis, and will Barrios manage to get past Kerr? It’s intriguing and not without the possibilities of some danger for any of the fighters but I do think that Davis and Barrios win.
Meanwhile in the Bubble, Las Vegas, the bantamweight sensation Naoya Inoue takes on Jason Moloney for the WBA and IBF titles. Will the monster just keep going? THIS is the one fight that has really caught my attention and I am sure most fight fans are sitting wondering if Inoue will keep doing his thing and get back to devastating knockouts or did the World Boxing Super Series final make people realise that he may actually be human after all? I think Inoue has far too much for Maloney.
Also, on the bill we have, at super featherweight, Ewa Brodnicka and Mikaela Mayer meeting for the WBO female belt. I shall again shy away from a prediction …
Saturday 7th November
The WBC lightweight title fight between Devin Haney and Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Tuesday 10th November
8 fights including the cruiserweight Michael Lawal taking on Ossie Jerver.
Wednesday 11th November
MTK are back with the WBCV international super welterweight fight between Tursynbay Kulak Hmet and McAuley McGowan whilst the EBU bantamweight belt is on the line between Karim Guerfi and Lee MacGregor
Friday 13th November
Frank Warren in his second trip of the week gives us light heavyweight Tommy Fury, super flyweight WBO/IBF European title action between Quaise Khademi and Ijaz Ahmed and the British middleweight title fight between Mark Heffron and Denzel Bentley.