Well fight fans, tonight Frank Warran Promotions have put together a night of world class boxing we have not had in London for many years. Both match ups for the main events have all the possibilities of being fights of the year.
Firstly as a undercard fight we have the British and Commonwealth Super Middleweight weight title holder George Groves from the Haymaker camp of South London, and Paul Smith from the great fighting city of Liverpool. Groves won his last fight against James Degale in a bruising 12 rounder with Groves being victorious as the underdog in this contest. George fights smart, with his quick combinations and promises to give Paul Smith a hard nights work. His win against Degale really put him on the world stage, who now has some potential good fights and certainly deserves a world title shot one day in the not so distant future, but first of all he has a big fight tonight which has the potential to finish any world title dreams. Paul Smith is one of my favourite British Middleweight fighters, is nothing short of a aggressive with his unique style of toe to toe fighting. He lost his British title to Degale in a brutal knock in Liverpool, which seemed to be a real set back for Smith, who has come back with a stunning first round knock out against Paul Samuels in Liverpool at the Smith family fight night in September this year. Having just seen his younger brother being knocked out in destructive fashion, Paul came out and finished Samuels with real venom in every punch thrown, and it seemed that the old Paul Smith was back and genuinely ready to try to regain the British title he previously lost to Degale. Tonight is his night to show the boxing world how he does the business.
Next up we have Ricky Burns from Scotland is taking on the Brit basher WBO Interim Lightweight Champion Mike Katsidis from Australia. He has been given the name ‘Brit basher’, due to his record of giving our fighters a tough nights work, when he won against an unbeaten Graham Earl in 2007, and then in 2010 a brutal 3rd round knockout win against another unbeaten British fighter Kevin Mitchell. I was at this fight at Upton Park in the east end of London in May 2010, and this was the first time I had seen Katsidis fight. Mitchell was reported to of been having some personal problems which he blamed for the loss, but I am still doubtful the result would of been any different even if the best Kevin Mitchell had showed up for this sell out fight. Kastisdis has to be respected by any opponent going in the ring and has a habit of sending out a message to any future opponent that he hits very hard. He has however lost 2 of his 3 last fights against Guerrero and Juan Manuel Marquez, so there is certainly a chink in the armour somewhere. Burns is one tough boxer who loves fighting in the trenches and I am really looking forward to seeing how this one goes.
Both these fights have the real makings of being classics, and I take my hat off to Frank Warren for putting this night on. If any of these fights were on different nights,on different days they would of sold out with no problem at all. But to have both these fights on the same bill, is something of a treat for any fight fan.
My prediction for tonight is a bit too close to call for either fights. But I think Groves will win a points decision, purely on his speed and style. Smith does have one of the biggest punches in British Middleweight boxing, so if he connects tonight, then it can go either way. I will certainly be rooting for Ricky Burns, but I am slightly leaning towards a Katsidis win by knock out. Like I have said before, this is a tough night to call, but either way, its bonfire night here in the UK tonight, and there are going to be guaranteed fireworks flying at Wembley arena this evening. It really dosen’t get much better than this.
The line up starts at 7pm (GMT) on Boxnation TV channel 456. The best British Boxing TV crew with the mouth of British Boxing Steve Bunce presenting, along with John Rawling and Andy Kerr. To all my followers across the pond, if you want to see one of the best British boxing nights we have to offer then get online! You won’t be disappointed…Blog report to follow on here at Clubber Langley Boxing following tonight’s action.