Boxing booms in May

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 May 2015

Frank Buglioni celebrates after beating Andrew Robinson in their WBO European super-middleweight title fight at the ExCel Arena, London (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

Frank Buglioni celebrates after beating Andrew Robinson in their WBO European super-middleweight title fight at the ExCel Arena, London (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

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Busy spell for fight fans

Boxing booms in May as Frank Warren’s Wembley bill on Saturday launches a 21-day bonanza with more than 20 area fighters featured on five good-looking London bills.

It is a hectic timetable with Saturday’s action followed a week later at York Hall by a seven-title Goodwin promotion - including four Area title fights.

On May 28 it’s a bright Matchroom show, followed a night later by a Greg Steene bill and rounded off on May 30 by Kevin Mitchell’s world title night at the 02 Arena.

Warren’s Wembley promotion was originally featuring middleweight rivals Chris Eubank Jr and Billy Joe Saunders, but they are both off the bill and now set for a return summer showdown.

However Saturday still presents some promising championship clashes and will be screened as usual on the BoxNation TV channel.

The new bill topper at Wembley is an intriguing super-middleweight meeting between Frank Buglioni and Lee Markham, rival area fighters who will be cheered by big fan followings.

The hard-hitting pair now battle for Buglioni’s WBO European super-middleweight belt and resume a rivalry that saw them beat the other once each in their amateur days.

Stars from the Warren camp listed include Mitchell Smith, Ahmet Patterson, Bradley Skeete, George Jupp, plus Boy Jones.

Also named for action are lightweight Eddie Hussein, who is unbeaten in five fights at York Hall over a four-year spell, and explosive punching local talent Anthony Yarde who is launching his pro career.

A week later the scene shifts to York Hall where Goodwin promotions are back for another night they boast will be “one of the best non-TV shows seen in London in years.”

Former Prizefighter winner Johnny Coyle bids for the vacant Southern Area light-welterweight title against local rival Philip Bowles on the May 16 bill.

Other Area title fights booked include Adam Dingsdale v Simon Devine, Jamie Speight v Ian Bailey and Johnny Garton v Martin Welsh.

Three Masters title fights are also listed, with Cassius Connor, Danny Goode, Adam Salman plus brothers Anthony and Sonny Upton also in action.

Not to be outdone, Matchroom plan two shows in three nights with the first at York Hall on May 28 topped by the 10-rounder between Erich Ochieng and unbeaten Tamuka Mucha.

Rising talents from the Matchroom camp include Ohara Davies, Ricky Boylan, Tyler Goodjohn, Ben Hall, Charlie Edwards and Isaac Chamberlain.

Two nights later it is the big O2 Matchroom bill with local hero Kevin Mitchell challenging Jorge Linares for the WBC lightweight belt.

Kell Brook defends his IBF welterweight belt against Frankie Gavin, while Lee Selby tackles Evgeny Gradovich for the IBF featherweight title.

Other fights billed include John Ryder v Nick Blackwell, Scott Cardle v Craig Evans, John Wayne Hibbert v Dave Ryan plus the debut of top amateur Lucien Reid.

Olympic champion Anthony Joshua is in action in Birmingham on Saturday, then due to face his toughest pro test against American Kevin Johnson at the 02 on May 30.

Steene makes a promotional return to York Hall the night before, when he features local duo Tommy Tear and Richard Horton.

Ben Jones, Paddy McDonagh, Mitch Buckland, Jez Smith, Miles Cash, JJ McDonagh, Jake Gosling and Ben Butler are also in action on a packed 12-bout bill.

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