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Old 04-08-2010, 10:43 AM   #1
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Default British Fighters that could get a World Title fight in 2010 Part 3

Following on from the last 2 days

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Lightweight

Kevin Mitchell - WBO No.1, IBF No.4, WBC No.8

For Mitchell it’s far simpler than the others fighters I have discussed so far. Purse bids for a fight with WBO interim Champion Michael Katsidis were called and ******’s bid of $515,000 won. The fight will be held on May 15th at Upton Park, home of Mitchell’s football team West Ham. It’s looking like a mega event and ticket sales are supposed to be healthy.

Although this is only for the interim title, the Champion Juan Manuel Marquez (also holds the WBA) is likely to vacate after his rematch with former champion Juan Diaz, so most see this as a proper World Title fight. Either way no belt needs to be attached for it to be an attraction, both guys are come forward, all action, fighters throwing plenty of punches so it’s hard not to see this fight developing into real war. It’s got boxing fans talking everywhere with the "Guaranteed FOTY" line coming out.

There’s still allot of questions to be answered when it comes to Mitchell. He has not been in the same class as Katsidis, who has been in with the best at 135lbs. However the Australian is more fringe world class, remaining an attraction due to his all action style. It’s a true 50-50 and if Mitchell wins an exciting fight in front of a decent crowd, he will be sitting at the top of British Boxing alongside David Hayed.

Chances of a Title fight in 2010 - 95% (due to the interim stuff)
Chances of winning - 50%


John Murray - WBO No.6, WBC No.12

Due to his promoter not having a TV deal, British Champion Murray has been inactive since October last year, and with no fights lined up, we are not sure what’s next for John Murray. A US debut was rumours but fell through, then an EBU challenge also failed to materialize as the champion vacated. Purse bids are now due for the vacant belt in a fight between Murray and Lee McAllister, who Murray dispatched of with relative ease in January 2009. You have to wonder if Murray will take the fight.

If he does manage to pick up the EBU belt, it will improve his WBC ranking, but he needs to be more active if he is to get a shot at their champion Humberto Soto, a fight you would not favour him to win. With no fight lined up you would be surprised if he can break into the IBF (Vacant) or WBA (Paulus Moses) rankings, and due to being with a rival promoter, and not a major name, a domestic fight with Kevin Mitchell (if he wins against Katsidis) is not likely.

Chances of a Title fight in 2010 - 15%
Chances of winning - 25%


Gavin Rees - WBO No.13 (at Light Welterweight)

Former title holder Rees is moving down to Lightweight following his Prize Fighter win. He has targeted John Murray, but do not be shocked if he is set up as an easy first defence for Kevin Mitchell. Rees has signed a fight by fight deal with Matchroom, who would happily let him take the fight, and it wouldn’t take too much work from ****** for Rees to be in the top 15 with the WBO. The fight would still have some credibility due to Rees title win a few years back, but you would think Rees would come through.

Chances of a Title fight in 2010 - 5%
Chances of winning - 10%


Super Featherweight


Ricky Burns - WBO No.1, IBF No.10

The good news for Ricky is that his world title fight with WBO Champion Roman Martinez has to happen soon, we just don't know when or where? It was originally scheduled to take place in Puerto Rico on March 6th; it was put back to March 27th, only for that to fall through when the Champions team were unable to put up the funds to host the fight. The rights were awarded to Burn's promoter Frank ******, but a rumoured date of April 26th in Glasgow again failed to come together, and a July date was discussed.

In March, the scene quoted Martinez's view that Burns' promoters "offered very little money...they made us an offer and we did not agree" though the actual figure offered was not disclosed. According to reports coming from Latin America, Puerto Rican Martinez will now defend in his homeland against Nicaraguan Gonzalo Munguia on May 29th.

A Scottish newspaper reports that Burns will now box a ten rounder on the May 15th Upton Park Undercard in warm up for an eventual clash with Martinez later in the year. It will be a tough ask for Burns when he finally steps in with the WBO Champion. When stepping up in class previously he came unstuck, challenging Alex Arthur and Carl Johansson. He was competitive with both and went the 12 round distances.

Some would say Burns had reached his level at that point, others would argue he stepped up to soon. He has shown allot of improvement since moving to trainer Billy Nelsons gym, and is on a 12 fight winning streak. He seems to have matured and gained some power, but he is still yet to fight anyone beyond fringe domestic title class.

If the fight takes place in Puerto Rico, most would fancy Martinez. I thought it was crazy when Burns agreed to go over there. If it happens in Britain, especially Glasgow, with the fans behind him, Burns could pull off the upset.

Chances of a Title fight in 2010 - 80%
Chances of winning - 50%


Featherweight

Martin Lindsey - IBF No.6

Belfast’s Martin Lindsey is highly respected by all British Boxing fans. He has a strong fan base in Ireland, is exciting to watch and so far undefeated, putting together a string of solid victories. He has been in-active since becoming champion, but has signed a new promotional deal. His last fight was only a few weeks ago, and he should be out again before the summer. He could well go up against Commonwealth champion John Simpson, which would be a tough fight and would tell us allot of Lindsay.

If he comes through that I imagine he would go the typical Frank Maloney route, and push for the EBU title. He will not be in a rush to fight the top names at Featherweight, Chris John (WBA) Juanma Lopez (WBO), contenders Yuriokis Gamboa and Cellestino Caballero are all World Class. But there’s not much ahead of him in the IBF Rankings. There champion Cristobal Cruz is fighting the number 3 ranked Orlando Salido, then there’s two guys coming up in weight at 4 and 5 in Daniel Ponce De Leon and Bernard Conception. The number 1 and 2 slots are currently empty. However you would have to imagine with the way Maloney does things, you’re looking at quite a long time before he gets his shot at world honours.

Chances of a Title fight in 2010 - 20%
Chances of winning - 35%

Super Bantamweight

Rendall Munroe - WBC No.1, WBA No.3, IBF No.9

Munroe shocked us all in 2008 when he upset the highly touted Kiko Martinez to pick up the EBU title. Since then he has continued to climb the world rankings by beating decent opponents. He now has a WBC eliminator against Victor Terrazas at the end of April. Nobody knows too much the Mexican, but despite its entire fault the WBC rarely rank complete crap. It may be a tough night for Munroe, but after ditching the Bin to go take part in a proper training camp, and with the fight being in the midlands, you have to fancy Munroe to earn his shot at the WBC title held by Japans Toshiaki Nishioka.

Due to the popularity of the sport in Japan, you would imagine Munroe will have to travel for his chance, putting him at a massive disadvantage. But Munroe will relish the opportunity and give it his all, collect a massive pay day on route. With all the major names moving up to featherweight in the last year, you would be shocked if this is Rendall's only world title fight.

Chances of a Title fight in 2010 - 75%
Chances of winning - 25%

Bantamweight

Jason Booth - WBO No.1, WBC No.11 (at Super Bantamweight)

Despite his last 4 fights being at the higher weight, Booth finds himself ranked number 1 by the WBO at Bantamweight. The Nottingham man has an up and down career, much like his personal life, but has turned it around in recent year picking up domestic titles at 4 weights.

Booth could get a surprise World title fight at either weight. Fernando Montiel (WBO) is due to challenge the division’s number 1 fighters Hozumi Hasegawa (WBC). The WBO has set up an interim title fight between Eric Morel and Jorge Arce, and with Booth ranked at number 1; he could be in line for a shot at the winner. It might be a smart move from Booths promoter Frank Maloney to get him back down to Bantamweight, perhaps in a bout with EBU/British/Commonwealth Champion Jamie McDonnell, to keep the pressure on the WBO. However it’s more likely Booth picks up the vacant title at Super Bantamweight, and pushed for a domestic showdown with Rendall Munroe.

Chances of a Title fight in 2010 - 15%
Chances of winning - 15%

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Old 04-08-2010, 10:57 AM   #2
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another good post Rob,I think it shows Ricky's confidence that he was prepared to go to puerto rico to fight martinez something im sure many others wouln't?
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Change martin lindsey to 0% for title oppertunity, as much as i like the guy no title oppertunity, not until he can get past euro level,
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another good post Rob,I think it shows Ricky's confidence that he was prepared to go to puerto rico to fight martinez something im sure many others wouln't?
dont think anyone ever doubts his confidence just we havent seen him at a decent level to judge fully how he will do agaisnt Martinez.
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Cheers again mate, good evaluation......
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