Having been to church last week, Queensberry are taking us back tonight on Saturday the 5th of December as we are returning to the beauty of the Church House, in Westminster for further brutality in the ring.
This time we see super bantamweight Michael Ramabeletsa taking on Chris Bourke for the WBC international title before light heavyweight Lyndon Arthur faces Anthony Yarde for the Commonwealth belt. Ramabeletsa who has lost almost as many as he has won in a great career faces Bourke in a fight that should be game and competitive whilst the top of the bill light heavyweight clash is something of a cracker. All props to Yarde who has come down the pecking order to take a tough contest that many people fancy being a truly big test for both – can Arthur step up, can Yarde shake off the rust and propel his name back in for another world title shot? You have to fancy Yarde for this and probably Bourke for the appetiser.
Over in the USA, in Texas, the WBC and IBF titles at welterweight are on the line between Errol Spence Jr and Danny Garcia. Matchroom have to lift themselves up from the bore fest that was Danny Jacobs v Daniel Rosado last week. This is the perfect fight to achieve that BUT it has to deliver for them. I think it will and like Arthur v Yarde, this could be a defining fight for their division as we seek to see if Spence Jr has the pound for pound props and if Jacobs can rebuild and get to the top once again. Both have issues out of the ring with Spence Jr having had his car accident and Garcia accrued a DWI charge. Will either of these be factors in their performances? How often shall lazy commentators mention these during the fight? No matter what the result there is sport to be had… It looks like Spence Jr for me!
On Friday the 11th of December in Redditch we have one of the biggest fights of the year for purists. Super welterweight Sam Eggington faces Ashley Theophane in Theophane’s final professional fight. This is one of those fights where you want both to win. I love Eggington and his gung ho approach, Theophane’s story is a fascinating addition to boxing narratives. You want good fighters to end on a win and game fighters to get their rewards. A draw? Maybe?
On the same night over in Sheffield, heavyweight Kash Ali takes on Danny Whittaker as he continues his rehabilitation and flyweight Tommy Frank is in against Harvey Horn for the IBF European title. Ali was a decent level heavyweight before he took a chunk or two out of David Price and he should be getting back to a decent level, so this looks like the right pathway. I know very little about the other two so will hope it’s a good fight to watch!
Saturday 12th December
Super bantamweight Qais Ashfaq takes on Ashley Lane as he tries to progress towards world level, the heavyweight sensation from the Congo fighting out of the classic fighting Lanarkshire town of Airdrie, Martin Bakole is finally in the ring for Sergey Kuzmin for the WBC international belt whilst we have heavyweight Hughie Fury back in against Mariusz Wach, Laurence Okolie is slated for his WBO title chance as we await whether Kubrat Pulev can take all four belts – WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO – from Anthony Joshua.
Thursday 17th December
Luca Rigoldi faces Gamal Yafai for the EBU belt.
Friday 18th December
British light heavyweight action between Shakan Pitters and Craig “Spider” Richards.
Top of the bill sees Gennady Golovkin up against Kamil Szeremeta for the IBF and IBO titles whilst supporting we have the WBA female super featherweight contest involving Hyun Michoi and the super middleweight clash featuring our own John Ryder facing Mike Guy