Klitschko saw things in Fury that frightened him
It has been a week in which trainers have had their say with Virgil Hunter fancying a dust up between Amir Khan and Kell Brook.
He has not, however put any pressure on his fighter to agree to meet Brook… allegedly.
Paddy Fitzpatrick, George Groves’ trainer has been musing on an entirely different tack as he believes, having steered Groves to 3 world title defeats that his time with Groves is now over.
Adam Booth – friend of David Haye and former trainer of Groves – has joined the Eubank circus and is telling us how his new protégé can go all the way; wonder if he has been talking to Eubank Sr… Finally Freddie Roache – possibly the daddy trainer of them all – says Manny Pacquiao, whose loss of form recently has all been down to a shoulder injury, will face either Kell Brook, Manuel Marquez or Amir Khan next; he clearly hasn’t been talking to Virgil Hunter…
News is out that two world class fighters have had their problems in defending their titles.
Tony Bellew’s target, Yoan Pablo Hernandez, has been stripped of his IBF crown as he has not fought for 13 months in defence of it. Viktor Emilio Ramirez has been named interim champ. Ramirez shall fight to retain it against UK boxer Ovill McKenzie on the 2nd October in Buenos Aires. It’s a massive deal for the man from Derby and he has described it as “unbelievable”.
The other, is a “postponement” and due to Wladimir Klitschko having torn a calf muscle – thank God it wasn’t his toe – this means that his 24th October fight against Tyson Fury is now off. At least it is for the moment and Klitschko has promised to recover as quickly as possible.
Many have now suggested that Fury shall now never face the Ukrainian world champion – even if he dresses up as Spiderman, Superman or any other caped crusader.
I did think Klitschko would have won this but many think he has seen things in Fury’s armoury that genuinely frightened him.
I have to say that is beginning to look like a distinct possibility.
Finally Chris Eubank Jr has signed for Matchroom as the son of a world class fighter signs with the son of a world class promoter. Eddie Hearn has done wonders for British boxing in so many ways and this looks like a very decent partnership for the interim world champion. He has been added to the Kell Brook undercard on the 24th October.
Last weekend we had a cracking bill in Liverpool which ended with the emphatic statement from Stephen Smith that he is operating at a level which will see a decent world title chance next.
Devis Boschiero was taken on and stopped in the 6th round in a super featherweight contest that served as an eliminator for world honours. Next up – that title chance.
As Scott Cardle had been forced to pull out of his fight for with Gary Buckland for the British lightweight Buckland faced and lost to Sean Dodd.
Buckland was clearly under par and perhaps had been prepared for a much tougher fight, was unable to get the disappointment of not fighting the man he had prepared for out his system and massively disappointed at not getting a tilt at the title and it showed.
Dodds, on the other hand came out fighting and rightly took the points victory home with him – next up IS that British title fight with Scott Cardle, but for Dodds and not Buckland.
Super lightweight Bradley Saunders dented his reputation as he was disqualified for a head butt in the 6th round of his fight against Renaldo Garrido.
Saunders has since apologised but he had lost one hand to injury in the 2nd and then his other hand went in the 4th and in a rush of blood to his head he used the one part of his body that wasn’t thinking. He needs surgery now and this may be a career threatening injury for him.
In Dunston we had welterweight Glenn Foot get a decent points win over Kirk Goodings in 10 rounds.
Tonight, Saturday the 26th September at the 02 in London we have one of the most unlikely world contests ever as Fedor Chudinov faces Frank Buglioni for the WBA regular super middleweight crown. Buglioni has managed to get this cracker of a fight by being around rather than a startling pedigree but when a world title comes calling you stay awake and answer positively.
There are a few who think Buglioni could pull of a shock and were he to win it would be a massive shock. I am not one of them but would love to be proven wrong.
We also have, on the same bill, a super welterweight contest between Ahmet Patterson and Giorgi Ungiadze. It was supposed to be a British eliminator with Danny Butler but now it is all about keeping busy and winning for Patterson; I reckon he should do it.
There is also the British featherweight title fight between Ryan Walsh and Samir Mouneimne and for me I think Mouneimne will take it whilst the WBO European welterweight contest between Bradley Skeete and Mark Thompson will probably go Skeete’s way.
Finally Lewis Pettitt is fighting for the Commonwealth super bantamweight title against Bobby Jenkinson and we are all expecting Pettitt to triumph. A late addition to the evening is heavyweight Derrick Chisora who will fight Marcelo Luiz Nascimento. Chisora should have enough to cruise past Nascimento.
Also in Hull we have 4 fights and in Chilwell 8 fights.
Over in Birmingham, USA Deontay Wilder takes on Johann Duhaupas for the WBC heavyweight title; nobody expects Wilder to lose.
Tomorrow night, Sunday the 27th September we have 1 fight in Newcastle, whilst on Friday the 2nd October, in Kings Cross, London there are 12 scheduled fights
Saturday 3rd October
Wolverhampton – WBO Intercontinental action featuring Tommy Langford and Christian Fabion Rios
Preston – 2 contests; Newport – 3 contests; Walsall – 6 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
York Hall – 9 fights; Walsall – 8 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
Thistle Hotel, Glasgow – super featherweight Joe Ham v Michael Ramabeletsa; lightweight Lewis Paulin v Qasim Hussain; lightweight Barry Craig v Youssef Al Hamidi; lightweight Ryan Smith; Lightweight Jamie McGuire; bantamweight Scott McCormack
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 with the British super middleweight eliminator between Leon McKenzie and John McCallum
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.
Saturday 24th October
Sheffield – Kell Brook v Diego Chaves for the IBF welterweight crown; Gavin McDonnell v Jeremy Parodi for the European super bantamweight belt; lightweight Ricky Burns and middleweight Chris Eubank Jr
Manchester – 3 contests; Swindon – 10 contests; Stoke – 7 contests; another Manchester bill – 7 contests
Thursday 29th October
Glasgow – super middleweight David Brophy; featherweight Michael Roberts; debut of heavyweight Ross Henderson; super welterweight Marc Kerr; and super lightweight Lewis Benson.
Friday 30th October
Harrow – Lewis Dickinson v Miles Shinkwin for the English light heavyweight crown
Newport – 12 fights; Manchester – 5 fights