God told Pacquiao he would lose to Mayweather
It’s been a week of revelations as Manny Pacquiao revealed that God had told him he would lose against Floyd Mayweather, that his next fight shall be his last and that he will run for the Filipino Senate in 2016.
Maybe Tyson Fury shall go on secondment to see how it’s done before he fights for his MP’s seat in 2020 or maybe just send him his Batman suit.
James DeGale has announced his first defence of his world title as Lucian Bute in Canada on the 28th November.
Bute is way past his best but has never lost in Quebec and much praise has been heaped upon DeGale for taking this away fight.
It shall not be straight forward but his reply to Chris Eubank Jr’s claim that Junior had “schooled him” in sparring was straight forwardly dismissed by DeGale. Junior’s next fight is his first for Matchroom and Eddie Hearn and on the Brook/Chaves undercard against Tony Jeter.
Also on is a world title fight between Arthur Abraham and Martin Murray in Germany on 21st for the WBO super middleweight title.
In the next week or so we are awaiting the announcement that the super bantamweight clash between Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton is ON for 2016. The devil, no doubt, has been in the detail. Ovill McKenzie has demanded a rematch after his draw last week whilst George Groves has confirmed he is looking for a new trainer – but confirmed he is not going to go back to Adam Booth.
What is not confirmed is who Deontay Wilder’s next opponent is? I thought his mandatory challenger for the WBC Alexander Povetkin was a shoo in but it appears there is work being done for a Wilder/Bryant Jennings bout in the US for the 9th January 2016.
Last weekend it was in Wolverhampton that the WBO Intercontinental belt ended up round the waist of Tommy Langford who got the points win over Christian Fabion Rios.
World titles were also won over the weekend as Jose Pedraza retained his IBF super featherweight title against Edner Cherry and Viktor Postol stopped Lucas Mathysse in the 10th to take the WBC light welterweight crown; a fight I called wrongly. Now a four weight world champion, Adrian Broner put himself back on the lips of match makers as he won the WBA light welterweight belt by stopping Khabib Allakhverdiev in the 12th round. All of these new and continuing champions will be in the sights of our current crop of up and coming British fighters waiting to take their next step.
The biggest news of the weekend was however Ovill McKenzie who, with 11 days notice managed a DRAW in Buenos Aires, against Viktor Ramirez for the IBF cruiserweight belt. The Derby man fought gamely, feels he should have won it and has called for a rematch – it’s the least he deserves.
We have a massive bill tonight in Manchester as Terry Flanagan faces Diego Magdaleno for the WBO lightweight crown and is expected to win; it won’t be easy though. We also have Liam Smith v John Thompson for the WBO super welterweight belt and again expectations lie heavily on a Smith’s shoulders. This, on paper looks very even but I reckon Smith will have gears to step into and take the belt.
Luke Blackledge takes on Lee Markham for the Commonwealth super middleweight title with Blackledge likely to get it whilst Jack Caterall v Jarkko Putkonen for the WBO intercontinental super lightweight belt is likely to be another home win.
We also have Jimmy Kilrain Kelly in for the WBO intercontinental super welterweight belt against Martin Fidel Rios which Kelly should manage to win. Adrian Gonzalez faces Jon Kays for the WBO intercontinental lightweight crown – this is a step up for Kays and if he wins shall be great for him. Ryan Burnett also faces Robert Kanales for the WBO European bantamweight title in a very tough contest. Finally super lightweight Thomas Stalker will face Craig Evans in the next stage of his journey and should progress.
Tonight, in Wishaw we have light heavyweight Sandy Robb facing Jimmy Campbell, super bantamweight Scott Allen fights Delroy Spencer, welterweights George McIlroy and Marty Kayes face each other, Gary Wilson’s light heavyweight debut is against Davie Drummond and middleweight Ronnie Nailen faces Philip Townsley. Home wins all round for me as super welterweight Santino Caruana is in the ring but still has no opponent announced.
In Newport we have the Celtic super lightweight fight between Mitch Buckland and Ally Black with Buckland the favourite and light heavyweight Enzo Macarinelli is back against Jiri Svalina; Macarinelli for me.
Elsewhere in York Hall there are 10 fights and in Walsall we have 7 fights.
Midweek, on Wednesday the 14th October in Phoenix, Arizona Lee Selby will take on Fernando Montiel for his first defence of his IBF featherweight crown and Selby will come through – I am sure of that.
Then on Friday the 16th October, in Meadowbank, Edinburgh we have the Celtic super featherweight fight between Anthony Cacace and Ronnie Clark – I am rooting for The Shark.
Also on the bill is welterweight Josh Taylor facing Adam Mate and expected to win. As for the rest of the card, welterweight Matthew Wilton, super welterweight Connor Law, super lightweight Jason Easton, welterweight Sam Ball, light heavy weight Grant Quigley, featherweight Josh Pritchard and featherweight Marco McCullough are on the bill but have no opponents announced as yet.
In Chicago there is the return of Nathan Cleverly as he faces Andrzej Fonfara for the WBC international light heavyweight title. This is a vital fight for Cleverley as he builds towards a title fight and gets his name mentioned in the US – tough call but you have to admire Cleverley’s bravery and hope he can shine.
In the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow that night we also have lightweight Lewis Paulin v Qasim Hussain, and lightweight Barry Craig v Youssef Al Hamidi – home wins all round expected. We also have lightweight Ryan Smith, lightweight Jamie McGuire and bantamweight Scott McCormack awaiting opponents.
Saturday 17th October
Birmingham – It was Sam Eggington v Frankie Gavin for the British, Commonwealth and WBC silver international welterweight titles but Gavin has a foot injury and Dale Evans now has his chance against Eggington; 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 is up against Nasibu Ramadhani.
York Hall – cruiserweights fights for Matty Askin against Lawrence Bennet and Wadi Camacho v Yavor Marinchev 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.
Perth – Debut of Ryan Lyall at welterweight against Chris Wood
Blackburn – 2 fights; Belfast – 4 fights; Bournemouth – 9 fights; Liverpool – 4 fights; Essex – 5 fights; Slough – 8 fights
Friday 23rd October
York Hall – 8 contests; Buxton – 5 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; and middleweight Chris Eubank Jr v Tony Jeter for the interim WBA middleweight belt
Swindon – English super featherweight fight between Joe Hughes and Glenn Foot
Manchester (Midland Hotel) – 7 contests; Stoke – 7 contests; Manchester (Victoria Warehouse) – 11 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 – 6 fights
Harrow – Mitchell Smith v George Jupp – WBO intercontinental super featherweight
Saturday 31st October
York Hall – 14 fights; Villa Park – 7 fights; Bury – 7 fights
Saturday 7th November
Liverpool – Callum Smith v Rocky Fielding for the British super middleweight belt; Scott Cardle v Sean Dodd for the British lightweight title
York Hall – heavyweight AJ Carter
Friday 13th November
Ayr – super welterweight Rhys Pagan and lightweights Ryan Collins, Jordan Beveridge, Stephen Ray and Shaun McShane
Cleethorpes – 6 contests