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Super September for fight fans

PUBLISHED: 10:30 03 September 2015

Unbeaten Newham cruiserweight Jose Lopes (left) is pictured with heavyweight hero Anthony Joshua ahead of their upcoming fights

Unbeaten Newham cruiserweight Jose Lopes (left) is pictured with heavyweight hero Anthony Joshua ahead of their upcoming fights

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Busy month of boxing in store

Since the day I began writing about boxing (and that was a year or two ago!) I have heard the groans that the fight game is dying.

But the ‘corpse’ still looks lively as the new season starts, with one of the busiest boxing schedules I can recall.

There’s virtually a show every week involving local fighters in the next two months with British, European, Commonwealth and World title fights listed in London.

Bethnal Green’s York Hall lives up to it’s ‘Home of Boxing’ boast with a series of shows launched by a Goodwin promotion on Saturday night.

Newham cruiserweight Jose Lopes is featured in a six-rounder on the show against Latvian Reinis Porozovs with the unbeaten home fighter looking for his fourth straight win as he aims to move into title status.

As usual it’s a busy bill as the Goodwins line up a list of four-round contests, with welterweight Robert Asagba and lightweight Craig Hardie looking for wins to cheer their local fans,

Heavyweight duo AJ Carter and Ryan Crawford are also booked for action on a bill that features Remel Scott, Andrew Joicey and Karl Wheeler.

The big Matchroom O2 bill a week later features heavyweight hope Anthony Joshua against unbeaten Scottish opponent Gary Cornish for the Commonwealth title.

Olympic champion Joshua’s amateur conqueror – and future rival Dillian Whyte – aims to make it 16 straight wins against American Dominick Guinn on the busy September 12 bill.

Also promising some lively action in the capital on the show are Dave Ryan and John Wayne Hibbert, Tommy Martin and Michael Devine, Ricky Boylan 
and Cassius Connor, and Charlie Edwards and Louis Norman.

Hot prospects Ohara Davies, Lucien Reid and Ted Cheeseman are also named against selected rivals on a packed programme.

The action moves back to York Hall on September 19 for a show featuring ex-West Ham amateurs the Upton brothers Paul, Anthony and Sonny, who are developing in the pro ranks under former world champion Ricky Hatton.

Chris Evangelou, Luke Wilton, Johnny Garton, Billy Long and Joe Vaughan are also named on the second Goodwin show to be staged in the space of a fortnight.

Frank Warren weighs in with his big Wembley bill a week later on September 26, which is headed by Frank Buglioni’s world title bid against Fedor Chudinov.

It’s also a big night for Peacock gym’s light-middleweight Ahmet Patterson who faces a British title eliminator against Danny Butler.

WBO European bids for Bradley Skeete and Jamie Cox, a British title challenge for Ryan Walsh plus bouts for unbeaten lightweights Ediz Hussein and Romeo Romaeo make it a big night at Wembley.

All of which adds up to a sizzling September for fight fans and the October action follows thick and fast, despite the cancellation of the Andy Lee v Billy Joe Saunders clash in Manchester due to Saunders’ eye injury.

Three York Hall cards are also scheduled in the month alongside hectic action all round the country, proving there is still no business like blow business!


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