Has David Haye got any business getting back in the ring?
It’s all about the delusional and the geniuses this week.
We have Kell Brook wanting to be better than Mayweather, Lee Selby thinks he’ll eclipse Joe Calzaghe and Tyson Fury convinced he is already better than anybody.
We also have David Haye, the man Tyson never faced and according to him, neither really did Wladimir Klitschko, talking of his desire to get back into the ring and at some time face the phenomenal Anthony Joshua.
I am a massive David Haye fan but after 3 years out of the ring, has he any business getting back into it?
A couple of tune up fights and he says he will be ready…
Eddie Hearn has also spoke of how he believes that Joshua is 4 or 5 fights away from a world title shot.
Hearn’s pace is a little too slow for former Heavyweight Champion of the world, Evander Holyfield who believes that Joshua is ready and he should be knocking on the world title doors now!
With the Dillian Whyte fight on 12th December at the 02 London selling out in 6 hours, there is no way that Haye will be part of that mix as Joshua will leave the domestic scene behind and go global.
Fury – Tyson that is – having told of his last 4 fights now says that if he can’t beat Klitschko at the first time of asking he shall retire.
Let’s be honest – he’s never threatened that before… has he?
As if Tyson Fury on his own wasn’t enough we are about to get 2 for 1 as Hughie has been added to the bill in Dusseldorf on the 24th October against a yet to be named opponent.
Kevin Mitchell is also talking of world title fights as he reckons February 2016 is his time get a chance. He is looking to a tune up fight in December 2015 before making it back on the world stage.
If he manages to get an eliminator in December that would put him at the front of the queue… wouldn’t it?
Part of the queue to take on Amir Khan is now to include Ruslan Provodnikov as it has been confirmed that his people … are talking to Khan’s people.
Also announced was Arthur Abraham’s next defence of his WBO super middleweight belt on the 21st November in Hanover. We also heard that WBO intercontinental middleweight champion, Tommy Langford will face Christian Fabian Rios on 3rd October in Wolverhampton.
Last weekend was a massive bill that provided us with both answers and a heck of a lot of new questions.
Top of the bill in the 02 was Scotland’s first heavyweight prospect for a title up against the Anthony Joshua juggernaut.
The result was perhaps predictable as Gary Cornish was stopped in the 1st round by a man that surely is unstoppable?
That type of power in this division has not been witnessed since the days of Mike Tyson and now we are beginning to hear comparisons and talk, as noted above of possible world title shots in 2016.
The man who believes he can stand in his way is one Dillian Whyte. Whyte also appeared on the bill and faced a hardy and experienced Brian Minto for the WBC international silver title.
Whyte, as I expected made a statement and stopped Minto in 3 rounds.
With the Whyte/Joshua fight in December now a sell-out this is a day of reckoning for them both.
I thought Cornish would have asked questions of Joshua, I am now not so sure that Whyte will have his questions ready…
We also saw Louis Norman being beaten by Charlie Edwards for the English flyweight title on points whilst the much vaunted Dave Ryan against John Wayne Hibbert scrap for the WBC international and Commonwealth super lightweight titles did not light up like their previous encounter with Hibbert scoring a strange stoppage in the 10th.
Ryan retired with a back problem, limping away as Hibbert got the win. Some have attacked Hibbert on twitter for celebrating his win, especially as Ryan was ahead on the score cards at the stoppage but, you know, it’s a tough sport…
On the same night in Liverpool we had Jimmy Campbell who stepped in at the last minute lose to Tony Moran for the WBF cruiserweight intercontinental title by being stopped in the 2nd round.
In the US it was the big retiral do in Las Vegas as Floyd Mayweather Jr , as widely expected, cruised to his 49 – 0 against Andre Berto for the WBC and IBF welterweight titles.
Straight after he confirmed his retirement as Berto went on to complain that Mayweather just ran away from him – not according to all the commentators he didn’t.
It was heartache for George Groves who lost a split decision against Badou Jack for the WBC super middleweight belt.
I thought Groves would do it, most thought Groves would do it, Groves thinks he did do it but I am struggling to find many in the boxing world who agree with him.
Also on the undercard British welterweight Ashley Theophane got a 10 round points win against Steve Upsher Chambers.
During the week, on Thursday 17th September, in Glasgow we had action that saw welterweight Sam Ball beat Kevin McAuley on points and light heavyweight Grant Quigley stop Andy Neylon on his debut.
So tonight the Saturday 19th September we have action in Liverpool as Stephen Smith takes on Devis Boschiero at super featherweight in an eliminator that we all expect Swifty to win whilst Scott Cardle has been forced to pull out of his fight for with Gary Buckland for the British lightweight title as he has sustained a tear in his quadriceps.
Buckland now faces Sean Dodd in a British title eliminator and the winner shall face Cardle in Liverpool on the 7th November.
On the same bill we have super lightweight Bradley Saunders up against Renaldo Garrido and Saunders is expected to come through this without much of a problem.
In Dunston we also have welterweight Glenn Foot v Kirk Goodings and my money is on Foot whilst in York Hall there are 12 fights and in Bedworth, 7.
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
Lucas Mathysse v Viktor Postol – vacant WBC light welterweight title
Sunday 4th October
Leeds – 3 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; and heavyweight Richard Towers.
Wishaw – light heavyweight Sandy Robb faces Jimmy Campbell; super bantamweight Scott Allen fights Delroy Spencer; welterweights George McIlroy and Marty Kayes face each other; super welterweight Santino Caruana is in the ring; Gary Wilson’s light heavyweight debut is against Davie Drummond; and middle weight Ronnie Nailen faces Philip Townsley
Newport – Celtic super lightweight fight between Mitch Buckland and Ally Black and light heavyweight Enzo Macarinelli is back as well as light weight Gary Buckland
York Hall – 9 fights; Walsall – 7 fights
Phoenix – Lee Selby v Fernando Montiel – IBF featherweight crown – 1st defence
Friday 16th October
Meadowbank – Celtic super featherweight fight between Anthony Cacace and Ronnie Clark; welterweight Matthew Wilton is in the ring; 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
Chicago – Nathan Cleverly v Andrzej Fonfara for the WBC international light heavyweight title
Saturday 17th October
Birmingham – Sam Eggington v Frankie Gavin for the British, Commonwealth and WBC silver international welterweight titles; Khalid Yafai v Jason Cunningham for the British super flyweight belt; Matthew Macklin up against Jason Welborn at super welterweight; and Gamal Yafai at super bantamweight.
York Hall – cruiserweights fights for Matty Askin against Lawrence Bennet and Wadi Camacho.
Rotherham – Commonwealth flyweight action between Waleed Din and Thomas Essomba
New York – Gennady Golovkin against David Lemieux for the WBA, IBF and WBC interim middleweight world titles.
Essex – Adam Dingsdale v Kevin Hooper for the English lightweight title
Perth – Debut of Ryan Lyall at welterweight against Chris Wood
Blackburn – 3 fights; Belfast – 5 fights; Bournemouth – 8 fights; Liverpool – 4 fights
Friday 23rd October
York Hall – 9 contests; Buxton – 1 contest.