I’ve got that Friday feeling.
That Friday feeling that I only usually get the day before a show that I’ll be travelling somewhere in the North West.
I wake up in a good mood, I spend the whole day in a good mood and I go to bed in a good mood, knowing that tomorrow I’ll be doing what I love, I’ll have adrenaline pumping and just be buzzing.
Now I know there aren’t any shows in the North West of note this weekend, but I’ve got that Friday feeling because the boxing is back in full swing after the festive break.
George Groves is looking to get back on the horse on Saturday, just over four months after his third world title defeat, at the Copper Box Arena in London against Italy’s Andrea di Luisa.
There is a cracking Commonwealth title fight on the bill between champion John Wayne Hibbert and young pretender, the WBA Continental titlist, Tommy Martin.
On a 14-fight card, the action begins on Sky Sports from 7:30pm. That’s this week.
Next week, I’ll be in Bradford as part of VB Promotions’ ‘Making History’ card, topped by Tasif Khan against Isaac Quaye for the vacant GBU and WBU super flyweight titles, but BoxNation will air a multi-title bill from Dublin.
Anthony Joshua will announce his opponent for his April 9 return next week and I’m expecting Dereck Chisora to be named as his foe.
The prospect of having picked up the British, Commonwealth and European titles within 16 fights is something that I know appeals to Joshua and, in particular, his promoter Eddie Hearn, despite the Matchroom boss saying he fancies names such as Bryant Jennings and the like.
We’ll see what happens next week.
Stephen Smith will be forced to wait a while before fighting José Pedraza for the IBF super featherweight title.
‘Swifty’ had been set to take on the Puerto Rican champion on March 26 in New York City, but the aforementioned Hearn revealed that an announcement will be made soon with regards to a date change.
He told Kugan Cassius of iFL TV that Lou DiBella had requested a push back when it came to the date and had mentioned April 9 or April 16 in America as potential candidates.
I’ll be back next week when I hope I have yet another case of the Friday feeling.
Any more of it and I’ll have to go and see a doctor.
Elliot Foster is a NCTJ-accredited freelance journalist who contributes to several other leading publications on a daily basis. Follow Elliot on Twitter at @freelancefoz.