The BoxNation cameras will be turned in the direction of Bolton this weekend as the channel continues the popular theme of providing added exposure to ‘small hall’ events.
When injuries saw to it that our planned Cardiff show for Saturday would have to be delayed for just over a month, we had no hesitation in requesting the transfer of a few of the fights to the scheduled VIP promotion taking place on the same night.
For Jamie Cox and Paul Butler, after a prolonged period of inactivity, we felt it important to get them moving again and they will both be back in business at the Macron Stadium.
This is an opportunity for Cox to get back in the swing of things after resolving the personal issues that have kept him out of the ring.
The 30-year-old is a potent threat in the super middleweight division and it would be true to say that champions and ranked contenders aren’t exactly queuing up to take him on.
Jamie is the complete package—a ferocious puncher who can also box. He was a well schooled and decorated amateur and, had he not been blighted by hand injuries, I am pretty sure he would have reached the pinnacle of the professional game by now.
His last three opponents were dispatched inside a round and the Argentinean Martin Fidel Rios will be next to taste his power.
This fight is about getting the rust out of him before quickly stepping him up. Jamie should be operating at world title level and that is where we intend on taking him—as soon as possible.
Butler will be treading the canvas for the first time since March, a period of time that has seen him change trainers twice.
He was due out in June under then new trainer Oliver Harrison in a final eliminator for a world title at super flyweight. Unfortunately he was defeated by the scales and it was back to the drawing board with opportunities now being sought at bantamweight.
Butler now operates under the watchful eye of Joe Gallagher and his fight with the Mexican Alexis Ruiz will be the first time the pair have worked in tandem.
The 27-year-old is a class act and probably the most naturally gifted boxer in the country. A third world title shot won’t be far off once he re-establishes his momentum.
There are other exciting Queensberry fighters in action on Saturday that are well worth another watch on BoxNation. Zelfa Barrett enters into his 13th professional contest, the 23-year-old already having proven himself not only a very intelligent, but also a particularly exciting prospect.
He is pleasing on the eye while carrying venom in both hands. It is onwards and upwards for Zelfa and we are looking for him to set himself up for a big fight in 2017.
The same can be said for Lyon Woodstock, the young Leicester lion who has impressed in clocking up a 7-0 record so far.
I am also looking forward to seeing Jack Flatley, Dale Coyne and Luke Blackledge back in action.
BoxNation is on air from Bolton at 7pm on Saturday
If Derry Mathews does, indeed, intend to sound the final bell on his career then he will fully deserve all the tributes that will surely come his way.
After defeat to Luke Campbell in Liverpool last weekend, Derry hinted strongly that he is planning on hanging up the gloves as he is not the sort of character who would be stimulated by marking time down the card in six round fights.
Derry thrives on the big occasions and has so often delivered the goods for fight fans. He has 51 professional fights on the clock and so much wanted to hold aloft one of the recognised world championship belts, but that is the only thing that will now elude him because he has won just about everything else and has been a superb servant to the sport.
He is now using the sport as vehicle to provide fantastic works for his local community and this is typical of the man.
I’ve heard that he said he fancies becoming a pundit on BoxNation and he will always be welcome, but we might have to invest in a subtitles service before it becomes a regular event!
Ryan Walsh could consider himself unfortunate to be on the wrong end of a split decision in Denmark last weekend against Dennis Ceylan but, in truth, there really wasn’t much in it and the home fighter more often than not gets the nod when it is a close run thing.
I thought it was one Ryan could have won but, as I often remind everyone, a defeat is not the end of the world and we will try and make the fight again.