European Cruiserweight title: Tommy McCarthy v Bilal Laggoune
(Wembley Arena, Saturday, live on Sky Box Office from 7pm)
THE EBU European cruiserweight title and the chance to smash his way into the world title picture is the prize on offer for Tommy McCarthy on Saturday night when he takes on former champion Bilal Laggoune.
IT has mostly been a successful return to action for Irish boxers post-lockdown and Padraig McCrory is keen to maintain that when he faces Mickey Ellison behind closed doors on Wednesday night (live on YouTube and ESPN+).
THE opponent may be different, but the task remains the same for Carl Frampton who says there is no room for error when he faces late replacement Darren Traynor behind closed doors in London tonight (live on BT Sport from 8pm).
EVERYTHING happens for a reason. That’s the doctrine Michael Conlan has lived by and what has driven him on throughout 2020 as he prepares to make the final approach to a world title when he faces former challenger Sofiane Takoucht, live at the BT Sport Studios on Saturday night.
SEAN McComb says he is refreshed and ready for action as he gets set to make his ring return against former sparring partner Siar Ozgul in Wakefield, England tonight (Wednesday, live on YouTube and ESPN+ from 7pm).
CARL FRAMPTON will now face Darren Traynor at the BT Sport Studios on Saturday night as the Scot steps in for initial opponent Vahram Vardanyan.The Armenian was to run into issues surrounding a work visa so was forced to withdraw from the fight last week, so instead it will be Aberdeen's Traynor who will step into the breach for 'The Jackal' in a super-featherweight clash.Traynor had been put on standby for a number of weeks and that proved an astute move as Vardanyan's enforced withdrawal could have left the Belfast man without a dance partner.As it is, the Scot - who was stopped by James Tennyson at the SSE Arena in three rounds back in 2017 - is now the man who will answer the call in what is viewed as a keep-busy fight for Frampton who is expected to challenge WBO champion Jamel Herring next time out."I'm delighted to get an opponent over the line," said Frampton."I have to credit MTK Global for seeing there could have been issues with the original opponent getting into the country, and they have been paying Darren Traynor for a number of weeks to train."He'll be in decent shape and will be up for it as well. There is no pressure on him, but it is up to me to look good. I want to be taking this guy out and then moving on to think about Jamel Herring."I can't be complacent in the slightest. I know I'm the big favorite in the fight, but I want to win and want to look good, and I want to win by knockout."I feel like he's a better opponent as he's fought at a higher level than Vardanyan, and he's coming in at lightweight. I haven't made my debut at junior lightweight yet and I'm already jumping in at lightweight, so that's obviously a little bit in his favor, but I'm looking forward to not having to struggle at all in fight week and then putting on an explosive show."