After a hiatus, of sorts, and the British Boxing Board of Control’s ban on January events we are back. There are a few really good fights that are happening all over the place tonight, Saturday the 13th of February. Let us begin in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas where light heavyweight title action is between Joe Smith Jr and Maxim Vlasov for the WBO title. In an old fashioned West v East battle, Smith Jr, for me, looks the most likely and the Long Islander should take care of the former Russian cruiserweight.
In California and on the same night we have IBF super featherweight action between Joseph Diaz and Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov. Diaz was a fighter of whom great things were expected and although he has not quite fulfilled that promise, winning his IBF belt against Tevin Farmer was the pinnacle – so far. The question is, can he now defend that title against a really tough opponent who is not coming to make up anyone’s numbers?
Also, on the bill we have WBO super welterweight champion, Patrick Teixeira facing Brian Castano and going in as the underdog. The Argentinian, Castano is tough and rugged and definitely a real danger.
But over here, at the Wembley Arena, this very night, British boxing is back.
We have featherweight Ivan Price taking on Daniel Mendoza, in a fight thatshould see Price progress with a decent performance.
We also have super featherweight Zelfa Barrett in against Kiko Martinez for the IBF intercontinental title, in what is an inspired piece of matchmaking. Since losing to Ronnie “The Shark” Clark, Barrett has rebuilt effectively and taking on the veteran Martinez is a true test of just how effective that rebuilding has been. This is certainly the fight that has real boxing fans salivating and it might just be the war of the evening or the finish of the night…
We also have the British featherweight title between Leigh Wood and Reece Mould. Wood is the more experienced of the two and, coming off the loss he sustained as part of the MTK Golden Gloves contract series might well be looking to prove a point. Mould certainly has his work cut out if he is hoping to take the title.
Finally, on the bill is the former IBF world champion, Josh Warrington taking on a teak tough Mexican in Mauricio Lara. Though not the unification fight he had planned, Warrington has to prove he can fight without a crowd, can take care of awkward customers and make a statement that makes him a mandatory challenger and sought after opponent for the belts. Ring rust may play a part and perhaps in the first few rounds timing might be an issue but once in a rhythm… there should only ever be one winner…
Later on, in the week, on Friday the 19th of February in Doncaster the much delayed yet highly anticipated Commonwealth lightweight title fight between Sean McComb and Gavin Gwynne finally is due to happen – we are all rooting for a MacGregor win!
Saturday 20th February
MGM Grand, Las Vegas
WBC super featherweight title action between Miguel Berchelt and Oscar Valdez.
More Matchroom action with the Albanian welterweight Florian Marku in against Ryan Charlton, featherweight Jordan Gill keeps going against Cesar Juarez, the IBF intercontinental belt is to be decided between Robbie Davies Jr and Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela and the EBU welterweight crown shall be fought over between David Avanesyan and Josh Kelly.