Tonight, Saturday the 20th of February and there are a couple of decent cards on the table to dig into for the weekend. Las Vegas to Wembley sounds a decent road trip so here we go with the boxing version!
In the MGM Grand, Las Vegas we have the WBC super featherweight title action between Miguel Berchelt and Oscar Valdez. An underrated fighter, Berchelt is ready for this and Valdez, whose recent form has been impressive on paper, could be tricky, but each win has had its stories to tell. We do, however, know his power from his win against Scott Quigg. People are mainly going for Berchelt but it’s a funny old time…
In the Wembley Arena, we have more Matchroom action with the heavyweight debut of Johnny Fisher in against Matt Gordon, doing the crowd pleasing thing of plenty of interviews and plenty of promises of a knockout.
Featherweight Jordan Gill keeps going against Cesar Juarez, in what is likely to be a win for Gill and the same shall be expected in the IBF intercontinental fight between Robbie Davies Jr and Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela, though this is likely to be much less straight forward…
Supporting the main event is the noise that is the Albanian welterweight Florian Marku in against Ryan Charlton with plenty of column inches and audio files full of the Albanian hoping to remove the stain of his draw the last time he was out and in the bubble.
Top of the bill and an absolutely cracking fight is the EBU welterweight title fight between David Avanesyan and Josh Kelly. This is old school. Two guys with a beef in for a significant belt that paves the way to their next stages: absolutely fantastic and cannot wait to see it. Will it go to the new guy who is slick and fancied or the old head who has gone to places from which he does not hail, began his life as an away fighter and has very few losses on his record and once was an interim world title holder? British fighters have so often come up short at this level – Cheeseman and Ritson being two – will Kelly be the next? Kelly is up against an opponent who is much better than either of Cheeseman or Ritson faced but he does have Adam Booth in his corner. Advantage Kelly for me…
Saturday 27th February
We have the WBC flyweight title fight between Julio Cesar Martinez and McWilliams Acroyo supporting the return of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as he takes on Avni Yilidrim for the WBC and WBA belts.
Fresh from his fight with The Mountain, cruiserweight Steven Ward is in against Kamshybek Kunkabayev for the WBO Asia Pacific title.
Copper Box, London
Frank Warren as Queensberry Promotions brings us light heavyweight Tommy Fury, the WBO and IBF European title fight at super flyweight between Quaise Khademi and Ijaz Ahmed and the British super featherweight title fight between Anthony Cacace and Leon Woodstock.