Tonight, Saturday the 30th of June in Oklahoma we have the super middleweight fight for the WBO belt between Gilberto Ramirez and Roamer Alexis Angulo. This is a fight that sits outside of the World Boxing Super Series and Ramirez has spoken publicly this week of his admiration for Callum Smith – one side of the British final. Ramirez would be a great fight for a triumphant Smith if he can get past George Groves. Of course, Ramirez needs to deal with Angulo first and not many think he shall struggle.
All eyes will glance across the Ocean though to Belfast with Queensberry Promotions who bring us a night of action with super flyweight Sunny Edwards taking on Christian Narvaez in a fight, nobody expects Edward to lose – so he better not!
Welterweights Lewis Benson and Johnny Coyle clash and having seen Benson a few times I retain a soft spot for him though this is a very tough ask for him. Super bantamweights Joe Ham and Tyrone McCullough clash for the Celtic belt and we can but marvel that Ham, from Commonwealth to commonly quoted as a guy who could go places will only be up for a Celtic belt at this stage in his career, but it is what it is – a tough fight, away from home.
English welterweight and former world titlist Gary Corcoran was due to face Paddy Gallagher but now has Victor Ray Akrah in the opposite corner. I thought Corcoran fought badly against Jeff Horn in Australia and so does he – he owes himself a big performance and this ought to be it.
Super lightweights Tyrone McKenna and Jack Catterall facing off is another tough ask for the home corner but again there should be enough about him, as they say, and home advantage is always a huge lift. This has been a matchmaking night in heaven almost as these are close contests on paper.
We also have Jono Carrol and Declan Geraghty in for the IBF intercontinental super featherweight belt and it’s another tough one to find a split between them – so I won’t bother.
The massive fight for the night and top of the bill is the homecoming of one Michael Conlan. He faces former world titlist and opponent of Kid Galahad, Adeilson Dos Santos. This is a massive fight early in Conlan’s career, but we are expecting MASSIVE things from Conlan and he has managed them so far. Dos Santos is no mug, so we expect a tough night ahead – bit like Josh Taylor last weekend and hope for the same type of result of course.
We do get a bit spoilt by the dominance of Matchroom and Sky when it comes to fighters and the programmes that are put together but Cyclone and Queensberry, as well as the many smaller promoters are putting together a massive number of fights that are genuine contests and are equally to be applauded. It means that we can have the depth in boxing there needs to be to keep the resurgence going.
Also, tonight in Villa Park we are due to have the return of super welterweight Sam Eggington on a 10 fight bill with him facing Peter Kramer for the IBO continental belt. Eggington needs to start to build again and this is a route that might just give him the platform from which to relaunch another successful chapter in a cracking career thus far.
Also, in Colchester there is a BIBA bill with the WBF international super welterweight fight between Tommy Jacobs and Bilal Mohammad and the PBF international lightweight scrap between Iain Weaver and Emmanuel Addo; money is on Jacobs and Weaver.
If you are still hungry we have in Worksop 6 fights, in York Hall no fewer than an 12 fights and in Wigan there are 4 fights whilst the following night, Sunday the 1st of July in Sunderland we have a further 9 fights to round off another very busy weekend of British boxing.
Later in the week on Friday the 6th of July in Fresno we have the WBC super lightweight fight between Jose Carlos Ramirez and Danny O’Connor. This could open up a few doors for our super lightweight contenders so there shall be a lot of excited noses up against the glass for this one with Ramirez retaining the favourite tag.
Meanwhile, whilst the World Boxing Super Series got to announce their final in July, the ordinary WBA belt will be the subject of a title fight in Kazakhstan when that cruiserweight title shall see Beibut Shumenov take on Hizni Altunkaya and my money is on Shumenov. This is a good contest and whilst all eyes are on, quite rightly, the unification bout for all 4 major belts in the WBSS final, this allows other cruiserweights the chance to find a way in to see themselves pitched against the winner of that final…
Finally, to finish the week in Walthamstow we have middleweight Harley Benn fighting on an 8 fight bill
Saturday 7th July
Dudley – 7 fights
Maidstone – 10 fights
Sunday 8th July
Bracknell – 12 fights
Friday 13th July
York Hall – in amongst 14 fights we have the welterweight clash between Scotland’s John Thain and Larry Ekundayo and the Commonwealth title fight for the vacant super middleweight belt between Vijender Singh and Lee Markham
Stoke-On-Trent – 6 fights