Joshua will beat Cornish then Whyte is next to the slaughter

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Last night we had a surprising undercard fight as Adonis Stevenson managed to defeat Tommy Karpency and retain his title.

We had a 10 round contest between heavyweights Dillon Carmen and 51 year old Donovan “Razor” Ruddock.

Two losses on Ruddock’s card were to Mike Tyson and another to Lennox Lewis in a very creditable 40-5-1 record.

By DONALD C STEWART (@CommuneArts)

This was for the Canadian title and Ruddock had last been beaten in 1995!

OK, so he wasn’t in the ring competitively from October 2001 and March 2015…

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Unfortunately this was no fairy tale return to the ring as he was knocked out in the 3rd!

Talking of Lennox Lewis, a Twitter storm brewed up between him and Tyson Fury.

Fury labelled him a jealous has been, before outlining that he shall fight just 4 more times.

He shall beat Klitschko once, then in a rematch before finishing with both Deontay Wilder and then Anthony Joshua… and that just as David Haye has come out fighting, saying he is ready to get back in the ring.

You may not agree with what he says but Fury has plenty of words to use when he opens his gub.

Meanwhile Ricky Burns has got himself a title fight as he shall go into the ring in Sheffield on the 24th October to take on Edis Tatli for the European lightweight belt.

We are all waiting to hear who shall be the next Amir Khan opponent as Floyd Mayweather Jr has come out and explained why Kell Brook and Khan were not options for him in his final fight.

He claims that Brook was hardly known in the States and Khan would have been too weak after Ramadan.

He does, of course, promise to retire after this fight.

His father thinks he won’t and Manny Pacquiao for one is hoping he won’t too.

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We have had more controversy about the bout with Manny Pacquiao as it has emerged that he used a drip prior to the fight.

UADA gave retrospective permission whilst the NSAC say that UADA had no right to… Pacquiao has called for a rematch… Sounds as clear as … mud to me…

Flash Back

Over a week ago now, on Last Friday the 4th September, in Glasgow I was unable to find the results of what went on there – found em!

So, bantamweight Scott McCormack beat Anwar Alfadi on points over 4 rounds, welterweight Stewart Burt also beat Ali Wyatt on points over 4 rounds, lightweight Barry Craig won against Bilal Rehman – once again on points over 4 rounds – and lightweight Charlie Flynn stopped Sylwester Walczak in the 5th.

Featherweight Joe Ham also stopped Miklos Hevasi, this time in the 2nd as lightweight Jamie McGuire squared up to Jordan Ellison and beat him on points – yes you’ve guessed it – over 4 rounds.

Last Saturday the 5th September, in Leeds we had a monster bill that was topped by Josh Warrington beating Joel Brunker on points to retain the Commonwealth and WBC international featherweight titles.

Warrington immediately set his sights on a world crown and the one atop Lee Selby’s head is his target.

Like many I think he has a little way to go before he is ready but one thing is for sure – whenever he gets his chance the fans shall rock the place!

On the rest of the bill, bantamweight Stuart Hall did what he needed to do as he beat Arnoldo Solano on points over 6.

Super middleweight Martin Murray got a 5th round stoppage against Jose Miguel Torres for the WBA intercontinental belt whilst super flyweight Khalid Yafai got a KO in the 1st round.

Finally Tony Bellew stopped Artur Kulikauskis in the 5th round and some called it laboured – we are sure though a world title fight is just around the corner.

In York Hall we had heavyweight action with AJ Carter stopping Igor Mihaljevic in the 2nd and how long before he is mentioned more domestically in bigger fights?

In Ravenscraig we got some decent home action as Connor Law beat Mathew Mallin on points, super middleweight Scott Edgar lost on points to Krzysztof Golec which is a big blow, the Scottish lightweight title fight between Jordan McRory and Sean Watson was settled in the 3rd in McRory’s favour, lightweight Ivailo Boyanov lost to Jason Easton on his debut, being stopped in the 3rd round, welterweight James Thomson beat Teodor Stefanov on points and super flyweight Jamie Wilson got a win against Stefan Slavchev on points.
Scottish fight fans certainly were spoilt as Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh gave us cruiserweight Stephen Simmons beating Jim Svacina on points, super welterweight John Thain beating Lewis Van Poetsch on points, super middleweight David Brophy beating Dan Blackwell on points, super middleweight Brian Forsyth drawing with Luke Allon whilst super middleweight Tommy Philbin won on his debut against Mitch Mitchell on points.

Super lightweight Lee Redpath also beat Ibrar Riyaz on points as Lewis Benson made his debut at super lightweight and beat the veteran Kristian Laight on points.

Finally featherweight Stephen Tiffney did get an opponent and then stopped him in the 1st round! (It was Aivaras Balsys)

In Dresden Germany WBA the regular light heavyweight contest between Juergen Braehmar and Konni Konrad for their regular belt was indeed a regular style win for Braehmar as it saw Konrad retire in the 7th. Braehmar has already got his next defence in the diary – 7th November in Monte Carlo against Thomas Oosthuizen.

Last Sunday, the 6th September we has, in Texas the WBA bantamweight rematch between Jamie McDonnell and Tomoki Kameda which McDonnell won on points.

There are some questioning the decision but I think he did enough – just. It didn’t endear him stateside as much as he would have wanted but then again he has domestic rivals in his sights…

Last night in Corby the eliminator for the English cruiserweight title between Simon Barclay v Micky Steeds had Barclay winning after Steeds retired in the 7th.

In Toronto Adonis Stevenson brutally stopped Tommy Karpency in the 3rd round to retain his WBC light heavyweight crown. Stevenson is now targeting unification fights which aint good news for Nathan Cleverley…

Fast Forward

Tonight we have yet another monster bill at the 02 in London. Top of the bill is the Anthony Joshua v Gary “Highlander” Cornish clash for the Commonwealth and WBC international heavyweight titles.

There are plenty who just cannot see Cornish stopping the Joshua juggernaut and I am afraid that I am one of them.

The fact that Dillian Whyte has got all the publicity from the weigh in tells you that we have an appetite for the next Joshua fight rather than this one… Not too good…

I do think, though Cornish will make a decent fist of this and would not be surprised if he lasted the distance and asked some hard questions of Joshua.

The next phase of the Joshua story is, of course, meeting heavyweight Dillian Whyte who is on the same bill tonight and facing the highly experienced Brian Minto for the WBC international silver title.

Whyte is an excellent prospect but I do think he is at the same level as Cornish and is going to be the next to the slaughter.

Tonight though he has the chance to make a statement and I think he shall do that comfortably.

Also on the bill we have Louis Norman v Charlie Edwards for the English flyweight title and Edwards is convinced he shall get his first title – so am I.

Finally Dave Ryan faces v John Wayne Hibbert for the WBC international and Commonwealth super lightweight titles and it is going to be a very tough fight – I just can’t call it.

On the same night and in Liverpool we have Paul Economides v Prosper Ankram for the WBF intercontinental super bantamweight titles – Economides for me; Roy Jones Jr has pulled out of his fight on the bill and Jimmy Campbell has stepped in to face Tony Moran for the WBF cruiserweight intercontinental title; Moran has to be the firm favourite now.

Internationally it is THE big retiral do in Las Vegas as we have Floyd Mayweather Jr in his final fight against Andre Berto for the WBC and IBF welterweight titles.

Like most I think it shall be Mayweather getting to 49-0 and matching Rocky Marciano. Badou Jack shall face George Groves for the WBC super middleweight belt on the undercard and everyone including Carl Froch and James DeGale are rooting for Groves – I think Groves shall stop Jack late on and become #the new…

In Bruay La Buissiere, France tonight we have Kevin Satchell up against Thomas Masson for the European flyweight title and European title fights have been tricky for British fighters of late. Satchell should have enough but I reckon it won’t be easy.

As for the rest of the UK we have in Gloucester 10 fights, Preston – 8 fights, Belfast 5 fights and in Villa Park 7 fights.

During the week – on Thursday 17th September, in Glasgow – welterweight Sam Ball, light heavyweight Grant Quigley, lightweight Andrew McKay and lightweight Ryan Collins all have fights but no opponents have been announced.

On Friday 18th September we also have in Barnsley 6 fights and in Morpeth 4 fights whilst in Norwich there is the return of heavyweight Sam Sexton – no opponent named as yet.

Future History

Saturday 19th September
Liverpool – Stephen Smith v Devis Boschiero at super featherweight; Scott Cardle v Gary Buckland for the British lightweight title; and super lightweight Bradley Saunders v Renaldo Garrido
Dunston – welterweight Glenn Foot v Kirk Goodings
York Hall – 15 fights; Bedworth – 8 fights
Saturday 26th September
02, London – Fedor Chudinov v Frank Buglioni for the WBA regular crown; British super welterweight eliminator between Ahmet Patterson and Danny Butler; British featherweight title fight between Ryan Walsh and Samir Mouneimne; WBO European welterweight contest between Bradley Skeete and Mark Thompson; Jamie Cox fighting for the WBO European super middleweight belt; and Lewis Pettitt fighting for the Commonwealth super bantamweight title against Bobby Jenkinson.
Hull – 1 fight and Chilwell – 8 fights
Birmingham, USA – Deontay Wilder v Johann Duhaupas for the WBC heavyweight title
Sunday 27th September
Newcastle – 1 fight
Friday 2nd October
Kings Cross, London – 15 fights
Saturday 3rd October
Wolverhampton – WBO Intercontinental action featuring Tommy Langford and Christian Fabion Rios
Preston – 2 contests; Newport – 3 contests; Walsall – 7 contests
Sunday 4th October
Leeds – 3 contests; Derby – 4 contests
Saturday 10th October
Manchester – Terry Flanagan v Diego Magdaleno for the WBO lightweight crown; Liam Smith v John Thompson for the WBO super welterweight belt; Luke Blackledge v Lee Markham for the Commonwealth super middleweight title; Jack Caterall v Jarkko Putkonen for the WBO intercontinental super lightweight belt; super lightweight Thomas Stalker v Craig Evans; super featherweight Liam Walsh; and heavyweight Richard Towers.
Wishaw – light heavyweight Sandy Robb; super bantamweight Scott Allen; welterweights George McIlroy v Marty Kayes; super welterweight Santiano Caruana; Gary Wilson’s light heavyweight debut against Davie Drummond; middle weight Ronnie Nailen.
Newport – Celtic super lightweight fight between Mitch Buckland and Ally Black
York hall – 9 fights; Walsall – 7 fights
Friday 16th October
Meadowbank – Celtic super featherweight fight between Anthony Cacace and Ronnie Clark; Celtic welterweight clash between Matthew McAllister and Matthew Wilton; welterweight Josh Taylor faces Adam mate; super welterweight Connor Law; super lightweight Jason Easton; welterweight Sam Ball; light heavy weight Grant Quigley; featherweight Josh Pritchard; featherweight Marco McCullough.