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Mayweather, Joshua, and Groves - the boxing season starts for real

Anthony Joshua fights Gary Cornish in September for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title. Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

There was a time when September was the start of the boxing season, a month when the summer break ended and fans could once again look forward to watching fights on TV or attending a show.

In 2015, the fights went all the way through the long months of summer and every weekend somebody was busting somebody up in a ring in either Los Angeles, Marbella or the Crimea.

Anyway, this weekend the domestic boxing starts for real with Josh Warrington leading 10,000 from the streets of Leeds to the First Direct Arena in the centre of the city. In the opposite corner will be Australian fighter Joel Brunker, the belt will be the Commonwealth featherweight title and the real prize will be a higher ranking. It's a nice start.

The next day in Texas, Jamie McDonnell, from Doncaster, defends his WBA bantamweight title against Tomoki Kameda in a rematch of a brutal slugfest back in May. In the first fight, Kameda, who entered the ring unbeaten in 31, dropped McDonnell heavily in round three but it was not enough and McDonnell won a tight, tight decision.

The following Saturday, as many as 18,000, will be at the O2 for the latest instalment in the Anthony Joshua story. Big Josh is unbeaten in 13, has not been beyond three rounds and has been given a world ranking inside the top 10 by all the sanctioning bodies; his ridiculously high ranking is simply a desperate attempt by the different bodies to hopefully secure his services when he wins the world title.

Joshua fights Scotland's towering and unbeaten Gary Cornish for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title and it will be a blast during the short time it lasts. Cornish is an inch taller at 6 foot 7 inches, the exact same weight and will be led to the ring by Kellie Maloney. He will be guided by other voices and will have to risk being knocked out in the first round if he wants to win. It will be a crazy shootout.

On the same bill there is a rematch of the blood-guts-and-thunder fight from earlier this year when Dave Rocky Ryan defends his Commonwealth light-welterweight title against John Wayne Hibbert. In May, Ryan was on the floor in rounds three and five but rallied to drop Hibbert twice in the ninth and force a stoppage. Hibbert and Ryan are from the other side of the boxing tracks, a place where champions still work 40 hours each week painting or driving trucks.

On the same night at the MGM in Las Vegas, George Groves fights for the WBC super-middleweight title when he meets Badou Jack. The fight takes place on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's latest ring adventure against Andre Berto, who was a controversial selection but will make it entertaining. Groves, by the way, starts as the underdog.

That is just the first two weekends of the month and before it ends Scott Cardle will defend his British lightweight title on the 19th in Liverpool against Gary Buckland. A week later Frank Buglioni fights for a world title at Wembley and on the same bill Ryan Walsh and Samir Mouneimne fight for the vacant British featherweight title. Welcome to September.