Tonight, Saturday the 13th of March in Dallas, we see not one but two rematches as El Chocolatito returns with Roman Gonzalez taking on Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC and WBA belts. It has taken close to eight and a half years for this rematch to happen and the last time out Gonzalez got the win. These are two exciting top class fighters who have been operating at the elite level for the years since they first fought each other – Gonzalez had already been a world champion when they first met but things are much more even this time round. This could end up being the fight of the year as nobody expects anything other than fireworks from the first bell to the finish. At this weight it is likely to go the distance and we are looking, I think, at a fight that others shall speak highly about in much the same way as they do of the classic fights of our youths.
We also have the much anticipated rematch of Jessica McCaskill and former undefeated Cecilia Breakhaus for the welterweight belts from the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO which last time out saw Breakhaus lose for the first time in an illustrious career. This will also prove to be a tough fight for both and given that there is about 3 years difference in age but the equivalent of decades of experience of difference in the pro ranks, the money may equally land on Breakhaus’s experience or the determination of the champion. No matter who wins, the likelihood is that the fans shall see another exceptional contest from two elite fighters.
Towards the end of the week, on Friday the 19th of March in Bolton there is British lightweight title action between Maxi Hughes and Paul Hyland Jr. With Hughes still riding the wave that began with beating Jono Carroll and then going on to defeat Viktor Kotochigov when it appeared like he was being brought in to provide Kotochigov with his latest victim, this is a great battle as Hyland Jr, is an experienced enough campaigner that this should be a highly competitive encounter.
We also have the EBU bantamweight title fight finally happening between Karim Guerfi and our own Lee MacGregor. MacGregor has caught the eye and there is little doubt that this ought to be a steppingstone if his hype is to be believed. The problem has been that too many British boxers have been advanced beyond where they ought to have been – this is unlikely to be the same for a prospect like MacGregor as his performances have generally shown him to be the best of British at his weight…
We also have super middleweight Padraig McCrory taking on Germaine Brown which is certainly not there to just make up the numbers andis likely to be a cracker.
Saturday 20th March
Light heavyweight title action for the WBC and IBF crowns between Artur Beterbiev and Adam Deines.
The WBO international belt at stake between Vergil Ortiz Jr and Maurice Hooker at welterweight
With a venue not on BOXREC, Matchroom have Ellie Scotney at featherweight up against Mailys Gangloff, super featherweight Joe Cordina against Faroukh Kourbanov, super welterweight Anthony Fowler takes on Jorge Fortea, and the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight title fight is between Chris Billiam-Smith and Delon Jumah. Top of the bill is the WBO cruiserweight title fight between Lawrence Okolie and Krzystof Glowacki
Thursday 25th March
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The WBC and WBO featherweight titles are on the line between Amanda Serrano and Daniela Romina Bermudez.
Friday 26th March
Super middleweight Zach Parker is back, the IBF super bantamweight international title fight is on between Brad Foster and Alvaro Rodriguez, the WBC international silver welterweight title fight is between Danny Ball and Sam Gilley and then we have the Commonwealth and British title fight between Akeem Ennis Brown and Sam Maxwell.