The card is headlined by Leeds’s favourite son the unbeaten Josh Warrington (23-0). Josh will be facing his toughest opponent to date in Irishman Patrick Hyland JR (31-2) who is two time world title challenger and a top contender in the featherweight division. The WBC international title is on the line and the winner will firmly cement their ranking in the WBC organisation and will be in line for either a voluntary shot at Garry Russell JR or be in a position where the winner be selected to take part in a final eliminator.
The main fights on the bill are Luke Campbell facing Argenis Mendez for the WBC Lightweight Silver title. This is a brilliant fight in most people’s eyes and a tough test for Campbell who should be beating the likes of Argenis whilst on the march towards world title honours. The winner will be looking towards facing WBC champion Dejan Zlaticanin.
A Yorkshire Derby takes place with Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse who defends his British light welterweight title against Hull’s Tommy Coyle who is moving up in weight from lightweight. This fight will provide answers to actually how good is Tyrone Nurse against an aggressive pressure fighter. Secondly is the move to light welterweight a good move from Tommy Coyle? Possibly because of his struggles making weight before in the past but we will find out the answers come Saturday.
We have an domestic heavyweight clash between two of social media’s active users in the UK scene with Dillian Whyte and Dave Allen. This fight has been talked about for a while potentially happening in September/October but Dillian and Dave have done their part and got the fight here in Leeds on the 30th. One concern I have is the fact that Dave has only been given 3 weeks’ notice for the fight due to Dillian wanting to fight Dave ASAP. However both men have kept in very good shape especially Dave who has a tendency to slacken in-between fights in maintaining his weight and fitness. Another fight with lots of questions to answer with everything form who has the best fitness, who can take a shot all the way down to can the upset be achieved.
Belfast’s Ryan Burnett (13-0) will be defending his WBC International Bantamweight title against Cesar Ramirez (12-2). Comments from promoter Eddie Hearn about Ryan is suggesting that a world title shot will be Ryan’s in around 12 months’ time as I agree with Hearn that Ryan is a certain world champion. The guy is simply so good to watch for his boxing ability and for a fighter at 24 he is highly intelligent with his ring IQ.
Birmingham’s Gamal Yafai (9-0) will be defending his commonwealth super bantamweight title for the first time against Barnsley’s Josh Wale (20-8-2). This fight will be entertaining while it lasts in my opinion as this fight is going to be all about heart and grit. Both men like to come and hold the centre of the ring so there is going to be fireworks from the first bell. On paper this is a mismatch if you just look at the records. However wale’s losses have either come at bantamweight example Stuart Hall in 2012 on a week’s notice or just on late notice full stop. Example being facing Kid Galahad on 5/6 day’s notice. I’m not suggesting that Josh is going to win but he is a very very good domestic test for Gamal who will be looking for a shot at the British soon. Also it will be an entertaining fight too so keep your eyes out for this fight.