There’s been much to celebrate in Britain’s amateur boxing ranks
There has been much to celebrate in the amateur ranks as the British contingent, with 6 medals – 1 gold – has made GB performance director, Rob McCracken a very happy man as it is the biggest ever haul from the European Championships in Samakov. It sets us up brilliantly for Rio in 2016.
Anthony Ogogu’s shoulder injury has led to him taking up dancing. He is due to appear on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing as he is unable to fight until December!
By DONALD C STEWART (@CommuneArts)
Matthew Macklin is hoping to shine in the ring as his scheduled fight against Jason Welburn in October could be his last. The 3 times world title challenger has contemplated retirement before but this time he says he is serious. Both fighters want to be at the elite level but for Macklin taking on Welburn is a level way below where he feels he should be competing and if he cannot get back into a world title fight he shall give it all up.
His former foe in the ring Gennady Golovkin has proven that he may actually be human after all. He has, in his press conference for his latest fight, admitted he might be a little scared of big hitter David Lemieux.
One fighter who seems determined to run scared of anyone worth fighting is WBC World heavyweight Champion, Deontay Wilder. He has announced that, after suggesting Hughie Fury would be next, that he shall face WBC ranked number 12 contender, Johann Duhaupas. I know… who?
Finally a massive domestic – and genuinely a contest – night is in prospect as Liverpudlian rivals Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding will face each other in the ring on November the 7th, in Liverpool for the British title, the WBC silver belt and as a world title eliminator. Hearn does it again…
Last week in Paisley Sandy Robb beat experienced journeyman Jody Meikle at light heavyweight on points over 6 rounds whilst Craig McEwan stopped Lee Churcher at middleweight in the first round. Craig Docherty managed his win against Michael Kelly at super welterweight with a 6th round stoppage in a fight scheduled to last 12 and at super welterweight Sam Allen had a successful debut as he beat Marty Keyes on points over 4 rounds.
Once again there is no domestic action for us to whet the appetite. There had been one show in Hull with one fight but that seems to have disappeared… Just like the summer…
Saturday 29th August
York Hall – 13 contests; Doncaster 11 contests
Friday 4th September
Walsall – 4 contests
Glasgow – bantamweight Scott McCormack faces Anwar Alfadi; lightweight Charlie Flynn; welterweight Stewart Burt; lightweight Barry Craig will face Bilal Rehman; and featherweight Joe Ham
Saturday 5th September
Leeds – Josh Warrington v Joel Brunker for the Commonwealth and WBC international featherweight titles; light heavyweight and undefeated Callum Johnson faces Tony Hill; bantamweight Stuart Hall; new super middleweight Martin Murray; and super flyweight and undefeated Khalid Yafai
York Hall – Heavyweight action with Richard Towers v Kamil Sokolowski and AJ Carter v Igor Mihaljevic
Ravenscraig – welterweight Michael McGurk v Luke Kelehar; Connor Law v Mathew Mallin at super welterweight; super middleweights Scott Edgar v Krzysztof Golec; Scottish lightweight title fight between Jordan McRory and Sean Watson; lightweights Shaun McShane and Richard Barclay; welterweight James Thomson and Teodor Stefanov; welterweight Mathew McAllister; featherweight Darren Traynor; super flyweights Jamie Wilson and Stefan Slavchev; and the debut of super lightweight Jason Easton.
Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh – cruiserweight Stephen Simmons; super welterweight John Thain; super middleweights David Brophy, Brian Forsyth and Tommy Philbin; super lightweights Lee Redpath and Lewis Benson; and featherweight Stephen Tiffney – all awaiting opponents!
Friday 11th September
Corby – In an eliminator for the English cruiserweight title – Simon Barclay v Micky Steeds; 4 fights in Blackpool.
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Anthony Joshua v Gary “Highlander” Cornish for the Commonwealth heavyweight title; heavyweight Dillian Whyte; and Louis Norman v Charlie Edwards for the English flyweight title.
In Liverpool Paul Economides v Prosper Ankram for the WBF intercontinental super bantamweight titles; Roy Jones Jr v Tony Moran for the WBF cruiserweight intercontinental title.
Gloucester; 10 fights; Preston – 8 fights; Belfast 9 fights; Villa Park 7 fights
Barnsley – 7 fights; Morpeth 1 fight
The return of heavyweight Sam Sexton
Liverpool – Stephen Smith v Devis Boschiero at super featherweight; Scott Cardle v Gary Buckland for the British lightweight title; and super lightweight Bradley Saunders
Dunston – welterweight Glenn Foot
York Hall – 18 fights; Bedworth – 8 fights
Motherwell – flyweight Iain Butcher; light heavyweight Gordon Brennan; welterweight Gary Murray; flyweight Adam McKenzie; and debut of heavyweight Ross Henderson