If last weekend was a mixture of the foreign and domestic, this weekend has the same flavour but served in a different dish. We were in Russia, America, Puerto Rico and then Wembley and the Copper Box last weekend, this weekend we are in Gibraltar with a plane load of British fighters.
Tonight, Saturday the 27th of March in Gibraltar, we have the much anticipated, heralded and punted rematch between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin for the interim WBC world title. Will it be revenge or repeat? Will we see the death of the world title hopes of Whyte or the resurgence of the Russian in a world level fight that puts him back in the mix again for another shot at the winner of Joshua/Fury? It’s intriguing. It’s back page fodder. Is it pay per view? You only have to tune in and find out…
Also on the bill is the British super welterweight title fight between Ted Cheeseman and James Metcalf with the redemption of Cheeseman, the narrative. Metcalf, though does not read scripts and this looks like a tasty encounter. We also have the highly tasty and testy WBO Global welterweight clash between two unbeaten fighters in Chris Kongo and Michael McKinson. Tempers flared at the weigh in, and we can expect there to be real action un the ring as both are hungry for the belt.
There are also two very interesting heavyweight fights as we see Fabio Wardley take on veteran Eric Molina and Erik Pfeiffer up against Nick Webb. These are vehicles for Wardley and Pfeiffer, but both are dangerous fights for them – particularly Pfeiffer.
Finally, trained by his uncle, managed by his father, Campbell Hatton has an exotic introduction as he debuts with a four rounder against Jesus Ruiz. This is not a Ruiz expected to provide any kind of shock and the Spaniard shall help show us what has been inherited from such impressive stock.
Back home in the Copper Box, London the second night of action in a row from Queensberry Promotions is on with heavyweight Nathan Gorman back in a tough contest with Pavel Sour, and this is a great return for the likable heavyweight. He might not have managed to beat Daniel Dubois as he had hoped but bringing him back into domestic and then perhaps European honours would not be beyond him and with Pfeifer and Wardley also in action tonight, comparisons shall be made.
The WBC international silver featherweight belt is on the line between Louie Lynn and Sebastian Perez and the British and Commonwealth super middleweight crown is in the ring to be fought over by Scotland’s Willie Hutchison and Lennox Clarke. Whilst I obviously patriotically want Hutchison to win, and I think this is certainly winnable and a platform, the Lynn/Perez fight could be the most explosive of the evening.
Later on, in the week, in Newcastle, New South Wales, on Wednesday the 31st of March we have WBO Global super welterweight action between the son of Kosta Tszyu, Tim Tszyu, in against Dennis Hogan. This looks very tasty and given Mr. Hatton’s son being in the ring on Saturday an interesting comparison of how far DNA can travel.
Saturday 3rd April
We have the WBO international super lightweight contest between Zhankosh Turarov and Tyrone McKenna supporting the WBO super featherweight title fight that is history in the making between Jamel Herring and Carl Frampton.