Some might argue that we have the calm before the storm this weekend as there are not a lot of spectacle style fights on but what we have might turn out to be crackers. In the UK and in the US there are a couple of fighters who are on the cusp of being mentioned in huis tones so this week we shall see if they could, should or would make the grade
Tonight, Saturday the 21st of November at the Wembley Arena, Matchroom have dealt with the loss of Whyte/Povetkin by ploughing on with a bill that does provide some intriguing contests. At heavyweight Alen “The Savage” Babic returns to take on Tom Little, and what we have is some needle between two fighters who should make a quick visit to the ring. Little is scaled down and ready, Babic is a warrior with his tongue and his fists and any niceness has gone for fight week. Babic is expected, Little may surprise, what we should get is a cracker.
Another heavyweight in Fabio Wardley has a similar exercise to Babic on his hands, when he takes on the gateway fighter, Richard Lartey. Lartey has already been a bit of a handful for Daniel Dubois and a returning Nathan Gorman on these shores so this should be a litmus test for Wardley.
Top of the bill is welterweight Conor Benn up against Sebastian Formelia for the WBA continental belt. Formelia is a tasty opponent with a real pedigree. This is not a guy brought in who will dance and flounder but a straight walking beast of a fighter who shall either provide Benn with his first loss because he is not quite at that level yet, or be the springboard win to provide Matchroom with a guy ready for a world title. We have seen that happen with Okolie, so this is hardly fantasy match up. This will provide us with the answer to how far from the tree has the apple grown.
Later on, in the week, on Friday the 27th of November, the intrigue continues but abroad as we have, in Lazio, super featherweight Michael Magnesi takes on Patrick Kinigamazi for the IBO belt. The lesser belt, with computers at its matchmaking core, can be the indication of the next big challengers or just deliver decent sub world level contests that are interesting… This is likely to be the latter, though I am not fully aware of either fighter so like all of us who shy away from predictions in boxing, this is one reason why.
Over in Florida however we have welterweight Daniyar Yeleussinov. Yeleussinov arrived on the professional scene with much fanfare and has kept the horns silent since with performances that flatter to deceive. On Friday he takes on his biggest test yet in Julius Indongo for the IBF intercontinental title. With losses to Reigis Prograis and Terence Crawford and wins against Eduard Troyanovsky and Ricky Burns on his record, former world title holder Indongo has been in with the best. Like Benn, it is time for Yeleussinov to prove himself.
Saturday 28th November
Church House, Westminster, London
Super welterweight fight between Hamzah Sheerez and Guido Nicolas Pitto for the WBO European title and at heavyweight we finally get Daniel Dubois against Joe Joyce.
Wednesday 2nd December
We are back with the MTK Golden Contract as we see super featherweight James “Jazza” Dickens up against Ryan Walsh for the WBO European title and the same title at light heavyweight is on the line between Ricards Bolotniks and Serge Michel.
Friday 4th December
Super welterweight Kieran Smith takes on Kieran Conway whilst super middleweight Billy Joes Saunders faces Martin Murray in defence of his WBO world title.