Mark Your Calendar - July 2016
Kicking off with July, Boxing Monthly will pick out a selection of fights and cards to keep an eye out for during the month. Who, what, where and when. With 95% correct spelling, not down to the author, and possible intelligence, at the end of it all we will give you something that we like to call MARK YOUR CALENDAR! (Exclamation mark necessary.)
I was expecting to see some tumbleweeds when I looked across the boxing scene in July. Much better than looking out my window and seeing nothing but rain in what is a traditional summer month in the UK. We’re still the UK, yes? Moving on... boxing in July gives plenty of opportunity for some weather appropriate puns. Oh, the temperatures will rise in Leeds and there could be an ice-cold display in Ekaterinburg. That is where we will begin the Boxing Monthly debut of Mark Your Calendar. And not, disappointingly, in Holland for the BeNeLux super middleweight title.
Mon, July 11: Sergey Kovalev vs Isaac Chilemba for the WBO, IBF and WBA World light heavyweight titles. “So, yeah, Isaac… this is the stumbling block before Kovalev v Ward takes place. What do you mean you don’t care? But, but… we need a superfight!” The awkward, effective and occasionally avoided Isaac Chilemba aims to make a laughing stock of proposed, much needed big fight showdown in November. Chilemba travels to Russia, not with love, but with the aim of ‘Krushing’ – yes I said that – the agreed showdown between Kovalev and Andre Ward.
Sat, July 16: Tyron Zeuge vs Giovanni De Carolis for the WBA World super middleweight title. You’ve seen the three letters, get it out of your system. I could’ve mentioned that this fight is also for the GBU… I’ll stop. De Carolis, the champion, a man who perhaps exposed the limitations of previously unbeaten Vincent Feigenbutz last time out. Zeuge, whose parents obviously couldn’t agree on Tyson as a first name is ranked 13th with those who start with W and end with A. But, hey, he’s unbeaten…
Sat, July 16: Vijender Singh vs Kerry Hope for the WBO Asia-Pacific super middleweight title. A homecoming for India’s Singh who won medals-a-plenty as an amateur and has looked the business since turning professional with Frank Warren. This looks like a showcase but it is quite a decent step-up for Singh’s seventh pro fight.
Sat, July 16: Guillermo Rigondeaux vs James Dickens for the WBA World super bantamweight title. That’s right, it says Rigondeaux. The masterful Cuban travels to Cardiff, Wales to face ‘Jazza’ Dickens in what is a glorious opportunity for the Brit to create the mother of all upsets in 2016. If you’re looking for fireworks look out for Liam Williams v Gary Corcoran on the same show. WBO World lightweight champion Terry Flanagan returns to action and there’s run-outs for Tommy Langford, Bradley Skeete, and a list of too many more to type. A 14-fight card at time of writing. 4pm start, anyone?
Sat, July 16: Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola for the WBC World heavyweight title. Wilder is back in Alabama but should have been back from Russia with or without his title. Google Wilder v Povetkin. Now it’s Arreola and his third world title shot. Does he deserve it? No, but he’ll throw leather till he can’t. Wilder always likes to please his home support so it won’t be dull. Keep an eye out for Sammy Vazquez v Felix Diax on the undercard, as well as the 16th pro appearance of Erickson Lubin.
Weds, July 20: Shingo Wake vs Jonathan Guzman for the vacant IBF World super bantamweight title. Finally, a world title shot for Shingo after Carl Frampton decided to travel four pounds north to face Leo Santa Cruz. Guzman has never gone the distance. Here’s a bit of him here.
Sat, July 23: Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol for the WBO and WBC World super lightweight titles. I do love me a unification, and you should too with what promises to be a fascinating match-up between a man who could be king, and a man who people need to stop sleeping on. The superb Oscar Valdez goes for his first world title at 126lbs on the undercard.
Fri, July 29: Adonis Stevenson vs Thomas Williams Jr for the WBC World light heavyweight title. Stevenson, many people’s number one light heavyweight, but still not giving the people the fight that they want. The grand ship Kovalev v Stevenson appears to have sailed. Stevenson vs Williams Jr should make for a good highlights package. Eleider Alvarez vs Chad Dawson has the word ‘intriguing’ written over it in small letters.
Sat, July 30: Josh Warrington vs Patrick Hyland for the WBC International featherweight title. Should it have been Warrington v Selby? Moving on…. Hyland will look to quieten the raucous Leeds crowd with his own plans for another world title shot. A top card that features Luke Campbell v Argenis Mendez, Tyrone Nurse v Tommy Coyle and Gamal Yafai.
Sat, July 30: Leo Santa Cruz vs Carl Frampton for the WBA World featherweight title. ‘The Jackal’ up in weight, and in New York against the non-stop Santa Cruz. What’s not to love? The show also features the long overdue return of Mikey Garcia. A perfect way to end the month.
Enjoy the fights!