World class fighters and world title fights on BoxNation
May is almost upon us and we have a great schedule of
world-class fights coming up for the great value of £12 a month.
On the very first day of the month Raymundo Beltran will stage
his third world title offensive for the vacant WBO World
Lightweight Championship, against Japanese southpaw Takahiro
The last time the tough Mexican fought for this title it
belonged to Terence Crawford, a switch-hitter who succesfully
defended the belt by the judges' decision. Now he faces a southpaw
and a two-weight world champion in Takahiro Ao.
This should be a dramatic fight. Beltran has something to prove,
coming off his loss to Crawford last November. But since losing his
WBC World Super-Featherweight title in 2012, Tokyo's Ao is thirsty
Billy Joe Saunders returns
Another week into the month is the return of Hatfield hero Billy
Joe Saunders on May 9 at
The Wembley Arena.
Southpaw Saunders will
be risking his mandatory status for Andy Lee's WBO World
Middleweight Championship when he steps into the ring as the
headliner for this big London show.
Nicknamed 'The Caravan Kid' for his Romani Gypsy origins,
Saunders believes this eventual world title fight will source a
huge amount of traveller support, reigning champion Lee having
roots in the same traveller stock as Tyson Fury.
Also clashing on the bill, Frank Buglioni fights his old amateur
rival, Essex boy Lee Markham.
This will be 'Wise Guy'
Buglioni's second defence of his WBO European
Super-Middleweight title that he acquired when he tossed Andrew
Robinson around in a brutal ten-rounder last year at Bad Blood.
Markham met Buglioni twice in the amateurs and each fighter
walked away with one win. This will be their third time touching
gloves and the chance to settle their differences once and for
Two of boxing's toughest clash
'Canelo' Alvarez will be in Houston, Texas late on the evening of
May 9, for what will be a fight-of-the-year contender against
32(28)-1 knockout-artist James Kirkland.
Being from Austin, Texas, Kirkland will be fighting before a
home crowd. But performing away from his country of Mexico has
never bothered Alvarez before,
who has fought in the USA for his last six bouts.
Both fighters are world class and have a serious amount of
knockouts on their records. This will be a dramatic and
Golovkin defends against southpaw Monroe Jr
On May 16, middleweight terror Gennady
Golovkin will step into the ring with southpaw contender Wille
Monroe Jr in defence of his interim WBC, IBO and WBA Super
World Middleweight Championship titles.
has dominated the middleweight division with endless knockout
victories in all but three of his record of 32-0 and has been a
reigning world middleweight champion since 2010.
Does slick southpaw Monroe Jr have the formula to break
Golovkin's winning ways? The Rochester, New York-born fighter is
not a banger, winning 13 of his 19 victories by going the full
But a tough chin and boxing smarts could be what it takes to
outwit a confident and skilled come-forward opponent. Either way,
this match-up has the potential to be a whirlwind of a fight, as is
usually the case with Golovkin.