Sky Sports will have a four-fight card from Bolton today, starting at 3:00 pm EDT, headlined by what figures to be an exciting lightweight clash between Gavin Rees and Anthony Crolla.
Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO) is looking to bounce back from a valiant effort but in the end overwhelming defeat against Adrien Broner in February, while Crolla (25-4-1, 9 KO) is looking to score what would be a career-best win by a good sight. Rees is a former world titlist at 140 and European and British lightweight titleholder, while Crolla is an ex-British titleholder.
The undercard will have three televised fights. First up will be junior middleweight Brian Rose (23-1-1, 7 KO), keeping up his busy schedule with a fight against Alexey Ribchev (14-6-1, 4 KO). This is merely a stay-busy fight for Rose. Second up will be super bantamweight contender/prospect Scott Quigg (25-0-1, 18 KO), who finally gets active again, making his Matchroom debut and return to Sky against William Prado (21-3-1, 14 KO).
The main undercard bout will be a 12-round fight for the vacant British super middleweight title between Tony Dodson (29-7-1, 14 KO) and Paul Smith (32-3, 18 KO). Dodson won the British title way back in 2003, but never defended it. He attempted to regain the belt in 2006, but was knocked out in three rounds by Carl Froch. He has failed in subsequent British title bids against Tony Quigley in 2009, and against Paul Smith in 2010.
Smith's last two British title fights were losses to James DeGale and George Groves, in 2010 and 2011, respectively. In short, the belt has come back to true domestic level fighters, which is always inevitable when the potential real world-level guys get hold of it.
I won't be in this afternoon, but y'all can talk some fights, and I might be lurking, watching the bouts in secret. You never know. I'm mysterious, you guys.