Tonight on the 13th of May we see the return of the highly rated Jack Catterall (14-0) number 4 in the WBO junior lightweight rankings against Joe Hughes, holder of the English junior lightweight title (14-1). The contest is contesting for Catteralls’s WBO inter-continental Strap at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, Lancashire. The Event is promoted by Queensbury Promotions in co-operation with Steve Wood and live on Boxnation from 6:30pm This is arguably each fighters toughest test to date with whom are both well skilled boxers and each have good punching power for the weight against the opposition they have fought . Catterall came to the attention of boxing fans with his highly impressive KO victory against Olympian Boxer from 2012 and team GB captain of the shape of Tom Stalker which in the boxing community was seen as a upset. However don’t rule out Hughes to be a tough fight who also has in my opinion an impressive UD win over Hatton promoted fighter Anthony Upton knocking him down in consecutive rounds (6&7) in December of 2015. However in my opinion Catterall should have enough craft and power to keep Hughes at bay and at arm’s length to give him the space required to eventually force a stoppage.
Also fighting on the bill in Bolton we have Accrington’s Luke Blackledge (20-2-2) defending his Commonwealth super middleweight title against Ghanaian Ishmael Tetteh (31-12-2) as chief support in a poor matchup considering Tettah is listed as a Light middleweight and who has not fought outside of the African continent for almost 6 years . I would expect a short night for Blackledge with British and Fringe world title opportunities upon the horizon.
Then we have Kiryl Relikh of Belarus (20-0) defending his WBA inter-continental Light welterweight Strap against Brazilian Joaquim Carneiro (23-7) . The card also shows the return of Light middleweight world title challenger Jimmy Kelly against Gabor Ambrus of Hungary. Vijender Singh features on the bill before a potential Homecoming in India hoping to become India’s Boxing hero taking his success from the amateur ranks to the professional scene.
Other names featuring on the card include Macaulay McGowan, Zelfa Barrett, Jack Flatley , Ciaran McVarnock, Gary Sweeney and Jordan Thompson.