Dubbed ‘March Madness’ by promoter Eddie Hearn, the month of March sees a great range of all British showdowns all over the UK across a variety of platforms.
After a fairly quiet January & February as expected, things are starting to liven up in the Boxing calendar.
Whether it be world title action at the Copperbox Arena in London or a grudge match between two prospects in Liverpool, March is set to be an outstanding month for British Boxing fans.
After some debate between the team, here’s ESBRs’ top 10 fights to look out for in the month of March:
Johnny Garton vs Chris Jenkins – Royal Albert Hall, London – British Welterweight Title – 08.03
Defending his British title for the first time since stopping Gary Corcoran last year, Johnny Garton faces off against former British title challenger and Prizefighter champion Chris Jenkins.
With both fighters on 25 fights and being almost exactly the same age, you can expect a classic scrap for the British title at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.
Jenkins who suffered a frustrating 2018, having both of his fights stopped prematurely due to cuts was out in early February in a 6 round contest. As mentioned before, Garton had the win of his career against Gary Corcoran in 2018 after featuring in an 8 round contest in the Summer.
Mikey Sakyi vs Idris Hill – Brentwood Centre, Essex – Southern Area Super Lightweight Title – 09.03
In a FOTY contender last year, Mikey Sakyi won the Southern Area Super Lightweight title in dramatic fashion, stopping the then undefeated Siar Ozgul in the final round of their bout.
Defending his title for the first time since then, Sakyi goes up against the Nigerian born Idris Hill. Fighting for his first title at the age of 34, Hill went unbeaten throughout 2018 and will be entering a 10 round contest for the 2nd time in his career.
Michael McKinson vs Ryan Kelly – Brentwood Centre, Essex – WBC International Silver Welterweight Title – 09.03
After a career best performance against Sammy McNess, Michael McKinson is looking to extend his record to 16-0 against Ryan Kelly who has only one loss on his record.
Kelly who enjoyed 4 fights and 4 wins in 2018, has won his last 3 fights by KO including winning the Central Area Super-Welterweight title. Having weighed in at 147 in his last fight, a big question in the fight is whether Kelly can have success in the Welterweight division after being situated in the division above for so long.
Lawrence Okolie vs Wadi Camacho – Copper Box Arena, London – British Cruiserweight & Commonwealth Cruiserweight Titles – 23.03