Middleweight clash heading for Ally Pally

The Times Ron Lewis9th July, 2009

While the latter part of this boxing season has rather tapered off after a string of cancelled fights, the next season looks likely to kick off with a bang in September. Talks are underway for a clash between David Haye and Vitali Klitschko, possibly on September 12, the re-arranged Floyd Mayweather Jr-Juan Manuel Marquez fight is set for September 19 and October 10 is a possible date for Carl Froch's home town defence of his WBC super-middleweight title.

But there are few fights more mouth-watering than the British and Commonwealth middleweight title unification between Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker. Mick Hennessy won the purse bid to stage the bout and intends to stage it on September 5 at Alexandra Palace, North London. The old home of BBC television has staged some excellent fights over the years, this should live up to them.

But while Hennessy won the rights for that fight, he lost out to Frank Maloney for the rights to stage the English heavyweight title fight between John McDermott and his unbeaten prospect Tyson Fury. That is due to go ahead at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on September 11. Fury is due to box at York Hall on July 18 as he goes for his seventh win as a professional, but McDermott should give us a true idea of whether the 21-year-old Fury is as good as some say.