In reality there is actually only one fight on all our minds in Scotland this weekend, but we do have to remember there are other bills with hardy fighters on throughout the world. In fact, there is at least one fight at home tonight, that really deserves our full attention!
Tonight, on Saturday the 22nd of May in Coventry and live on Channel Five we have super lightweight Stephen McKenna, taking on Damian Haus in a fight that is quite simply a warm-up for McKenna.
Super welterweight Michael Hennessy Jr is in against Paul Cummings, and the young man cannot help that his father is the promoter but the narrative around his rise in the ranks must always come thanks to that. He is enjoying modest success, and long may that continue, though that may not be a guarantee of longevity in the game. However, should he want to take on his father’s company, as some sons of promoters have done in the recent past, then he shall do so with a unique backstory.
We then have light heavyweight Shakan Pitters taking on Jermaine Springer and that does look like a pretty useful outing for the former British champion.
Top of the bill is the country’s favourite middleweight Sam Eggington in a WBC silver title fight against Carlos Molina. Eggington, last time out , retired Ashley Theophane and this may not have the same traction and storyline as that fight but Eggington has always been a curious character. The smaller fighter’s Derrick Chisora, he may never make it to world honours, but he is certainly a crowd pleaser. This should be an all-out war as Molina is here to win. Most predict that Eggington shall come through in a tough battle that may need the judges to separate them. Of course Molina is a Mexican and during lockdown a few of his countrymen have come over here, stirring up the results and making a right nuisance of himself… he better just start that malarky!
And then we head to Las Vegas.
The legacy for two fighters who are heroes in their own lands as the super lightweight pride of Scotland Josh Taylor takes on American of Mexican descent, Jose Carlos Ramirez for all four belts – WBA, WBA, WBC and IBF. Both hold two of the four versions of the world titles and this is a nail biting evening of perfect Taylor entertainment. We can sit and think our guy has all that it will take to win. They can sit and think the same about their guy, but the fact is, this is evenly matched. This is a perfect storm. Both have incredible names in their histories that they have fought through to get to their own summits BUT only one can come through this – and we hope, we trust, and we are quite sure, it shall be the guy who is closest to the Highlands of Scotland. It may take judges to separate them and no matter what the judges decide, I expect controversy BUT what I do not expect is that on Sunday morning we shall be talking about a damp squib. Our collective breaths shall be held but our hearts shall beat a little faster in the hope that a Scot makes history to become the first Scot to win all four belts in the four belt era and be the real undisputed world champion. I think it will be on points and I think it will be tight.
We also have the WBC silver fight between Jose Zepada and Hank Lundy at the same weight on the same bill. Zepada’s class is expected to win through. And if there is to be an upset, we could all cope with it being in this fight…
During the week on Wednesday the 26th of May in Sydney, Australia, Justis Huni, Australia’s Gold Medal hope for the Tokyo Olympics faces Christian Ndzie Tsoye for the Australian title. He then has a date with the former rugby player who beat Lucas Browne in the next month… There can be little doubt that his manager is following an unorthodox path towards a hoped for Gold medal – the proof of the pudding…
Finally on Friday the 28th of May back again inthe Sheffield car park, the hungry heavyweight Kash Ali is back for the IBF European belt against Tomas Salek. There are plenty who think he should never be back in the ring but again his is a story worth the hearing and this looks like a fairly decent way back into contention.
Saturday 29th May
Chantelle Cameron makes her first defence of her WBC super lightweight belt against Melissa Hernandez whilst Devin Haney and Jorge Linares contest the WBC lightweight crown.
The WBC bantamweight title in in the ring between Nordine Oubaali and Nonito Donaire.
Friday 4th June
Sheffield car park
Super welterweight Bradley Skeete is back in a 9 fight card.
Fedor Chudinov takes on Ryno Liebenberg for the WBA interim super middleweight title.