Does Tyson Fury live in Roy Jones head?
It has been a Karate kid type week as we have had fights on, fights off, fights not going to be on…
Roy Jones Jr is talking about a shot at either Ovill McKenzie or Enzo Macarinelli.
By DONALD C STEWART (@communearts)
His interest is piqued with McKenzie because overnight tonight McKenzie fights for a world title.
If McKenzie beats Viktor Ramirez for the IBF cruiserweight belt then that could be game on… in Roy’s head…
The fight that was off – Wladimir Klitschko against Tyson Fury – is back on.
Footage was released of Fury, to Klitschko’s face, suggesting that Klitschko would pull out with an injury.
Eerily it was recorded days before he did. It has, however been confirmed that the fight shall go ahead on November the 28th in Dusseldorf.
Fury will not, however be pursuing a career as a psychic; he has announced his candidacy to be an MP in 2020 instead… I do wonder if he lives in Roy Jones Jr’s head too?
Eddie Hearn has had a busy week, though it has little to do with making any matches.
He has said he would be open to an Anthony Joshua/David Haye fight but it would need Haye to be serious about his comeback.
Amir Khan meanwhile has been giving him some advice regarding Kell Brook.
If Hearn wants a Brook/Khan fight in 2016, says Khan, then Hearn has to find tougher opponents for Brook.
As for Khan’s next fight he did confirm his people are talking to Manny Pacquiao’s people; problem is that Bob Arum – Manny’s biggest person – says Khan is not at the top of Manny’s list… An opening for Roy Jones Jr?
The super bantamweight fight everyone wants is apparently edging closer with Carl Frampton now not fighting until 2016.
He is, however, demanding a neutral venue for the scrap. The IBF bantamweight crown, meanwhile which is currently held by Lee Haskins shall be fought over in the US at some time in the future between Haskins and Randy Caballero.
Haskins has been interim champion since June of this year. The WBC have told Deontay Wilder his next opponent must be his mandatory challenger – Alexander Povetkin.
This is a far more serious contender than some of the fighters of late and would be a real test for him.
Finally in non news of the week Floyd Mayweather Jr says he is not coming out of retirement…
I would expect an announcement by Christmas… though Tyson Fury will probably know before any of the rest of us…
Last weekend it was the turn of the 02 in London to host a world title fight. The WBA regular super middleweight crown remained on Fedor Chudinov’s head as he won a wide unanimous decision against Frank Buglioni.
Buglioni deserves great credit for both getting to the end of the fight and also putting up such a spirited show. Many thought he was fodder and he was far from that.
There should be bigger pay days for him in the future but the reality still was that he was out of his depth.
On the rest of the score card there were less predictable fights. The super welterweight contest between Ahmet Patterson and Giorgi Ungiadze ended with a stoppage for Patterson in the 8th. Patterson was hoping for a British title fight next so he will have to wait and see if the withdrawal of Danny Butler has scuppered that.
The British featherweight title fight between Ryan Walsh and Samir Mouneimne ended up in a split decision win for Walsh. I wasn’t the only one who called this wrong so don’t feel too bad but I am as surprised as anyone that Mouneimne did not capture the belt.
The WBO European welterweight contest between Bradley Skeete and Mark Thompson was off the menu as Lewis Pettitt was defeated in his Commonwealth super bantamweight title fight against Bobby Jenkinson.
This was the shock of the night and Pettitt will recover from this stoppage in the 11th but he was fancied to win and kick on for bigger titles. They always say though that it is how a fighter recovers from a defeat that marks him out as a true champion or not.
Finally heavyweight Derrick Chisora got back to winning ways as he beat Marcelo Luiz Nascimento on points over 10 rounds.
Over in Birmingham, USA Deontay Wilder stopped Johann Duhaupas in the 11th round to retain the WBC heavyweight title. A perfunctory win, as alluded to earlier, his next fight should not be quite so easy.
Tonight, Saturday the 3rd October in Wolverhampton we have the WBO Intercontinental contest featuring Tommy Langford and Christian Fabion Rios.
This is a massive fight for Langford and one we should see him win.
Elsewhere in the UK we have 6 contests in Walsall.
Overseas there is the massive fight between Lucas Mathysse and Viktor Postol for the vacant WBC light welterweight title.
Mathysse is the name on most people’s lips for this and I would struggle to argue with that but I reckon it shall be an absolute battle.
Also abroad we have Ovill McKenzie, with 11 days notice in the ring in Buenos Aires, against Viktor Ramirez for the IBF cruiserweight belt. McKenzie winning is an absolute dream and one which is not only unlikely, you can get massive odds on it.
Like most I think he shall prove a game challenger and push Ramirez but ultimately lose. Having said that, stranger things HAVE happened…
Finally, tonight, Sunday 4th October we have 3 fights in Leeds.
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 – 4 fights; Bournemouth – 9 fights; Liverpool – 4 fights
Friday 23rd October
York Hall – 12 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 – 11 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
Saturday 31st October
Belfast – Ryan Burnett v Jason Booth in a British bantamweight eliminator.
York Hall – 14 fights; Villa Park – 7 fights; Bury – 7 fights