Bridlington blogger Stevie Adams offers his thoughts on the state of British boxing
British boxing is positively booming at the moment. We have four world champions in Carl Froch, Darren Barker, Ricky Burns and Jamie McDonnell, and we have numerous contenders pushing for world honours of their own.
Last weekend was one of mixed emotions, though, as Nathan Cleverly was obliterated in four rounds by Sergey Kovalev to lose the WBO light heavyweight title. However, across the pond in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Darren Barker fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming the champion of the world, by defeating Australia’s Daniel Geale via split-decision.
There is now talk of the Barnet man making his first title defence against fellow Englishman, Martin Murray.
Liverpool’s Tony Bellew is a huge fan favourite, and he has been given the unenviable task of locking horns with the heavy handed Adonis Stevenson for the WBC light heavyweight crown, provided that the latter comes through his battle with Tavoris Cloud.
Bury’s Scott Quigg has endured a frustrating year, but his patience has paid off and he has been rewarded with a shot at the vacant WBA “regular” super bantamweight belt.
If Quigg wins the title, he could set up a clash with domestic rival, Carl Frampton.
Olympic gold medalists, Luke Campbell and Anthony Joshua, have turned over to the professional ranks and they have both joined Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom stable.
East Yorkshire favourite and former Premier League footballer, Curtis Woodhouse, will challenge Derry Mathews for the Commonwealth lightweight title at the Liverpool Olympia on September 21.
On the same night in London, undefeated middleweights, Billy Joe Saunders and John Ryder, will go head to head for the British and Commonwealth titles.
Liam “Beefy” Smith will bid to make history by becoming the British light middleweight champion at the same time as his two brothers, Paul and Stephen, hold the super middleweight and super featherweight titles respectively.
A week later in Manchester, David Haye will take on the cocky Tyson Fury in what has been described as the biggest domestic showdown since Frank Bruno fought Lennox Lewis.
On October 26, Sheffield’s undefeated welterweight, Kell Brook, will meet the man that ended Ricky Hatton’s career, Vyacheslav Senchenko.
If all goes to plan, we could have six world champions before the end of the year as well as the many exciting prospects who are making their way in the game.
It is definitely an exciting time to be a boxing fan.