Danny Flexen picks out three UK undercard fights that should deliver next month, including James Tennyson vs Craig Evans
As part of an occasional series, I present my UK undercard crackers for November. If you have time to check my lists for May and June, you will find previews of bouts that produced upsets, amazing contests and at least two Fight of the Year contenders. Not that I like to brag (ask anyone), but don’t miss any of the following trio of likely barnstormers.
Felix Cash vs Jack Cullen
Manchester, October 2 (Matchroom)
A showdown between two of the more promising middleweights in the country right now. Slick Wokingham traveller Cash trains under Tony Sims and won the Commonwealth title in February. He’s been inactive since and makes the first defence against Cullen, “Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver” impressed in retaining the English belt against a spirited John Harding Jr in July. Tall and rangy, he has been busy in recent months.
Liam Walsh vs Maxi Hughes
London, October 9 (MTK Global)
Former world title challenger Walsh returned from a two-year hiatus in May and looked as sharp as ever, but the opposition will now gradually and necessarily improve. Hughes is a tough and talented two-time British title challenger, at super-feather, a weight Walsh can make, though this one is at 135lbs. Maxi has ambitions of his own but if Walsh seeks to reach his previous level, he has to win and win well.
James Tennyson vs Craig Evans
Liverpool, November 23 (Matchroom)
Beating off stiff competition from both Chris-Billam Smith vs Craig Glover and Tom Farrell vs Sean Dodd as the best supporting scrap on this show, Tennyson vs Evans is some fight. Big Belfast puncher Tennyson, still only 26, is on a winning run of three, all inside schedule, since moving up to lightweight following a brave but ultimately fruitless tilt at Tevin Farmer’s IBF super-feather belt. Welsh southpaw Evans is fast and a workhorse; he should make an exciting foil for the aggressive Tennyson. Having lost just one of his last nine, in mostly good company, Evans is no gimme.