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Tonight, in Monte Carlo Eddie Hearn brings us a cracking night of world level boxing as Matchroom are abroad with some of the best British boxers as well as the appearance for the first time on a Matchroom card of King Kong, Luis Ortiz. His fight against Malik Scott is sure to add to the intrigue and speculation around the heavyweight division, and I expect Ortiz to stop Scott somewhere in the middle rounds.
We also have some massive world fights involving the Brits as Jamie McDonnell takes on Liborio Solis to defend his WBA ‘regular’ bantamweight belt. The WBA have vowed to tidy things up with their super and regular titles so McDonnell should get past this and be looking for an even bigger and more meaningful fight to come. Solis is a decent challenger but McDonnell should have enough to showcase his abilities and win.
Jason Sosa goes in against Stephen Smith for the WBA ‘regular’ super-featherweight title with all eyes on this Smith brother as he is fighting for a world title for the second time. Sosa, like Solis, is not there to make up the number sand whilst there are plenty of positive noises coming from the Smith camp and Joe Gallagher I reckon this is another very tough ask. Will it end in tears for the Smiths? Very possibly…
Finally, Martin Murray, as a super-middleweight is back and with face Nuhu Lawal. This was meant to be a rematch with Arthur Abraham who pulled out over an elbow injury, then it was supposed to be Dmitri Chudinov but he got pulled because of a virus so now it is undefeated Lawal. I expect a Murray win despite all of these changes, though whether a world title fight is his at this weight is debatable. He has talked of going back down to middleweight as making it has never been an issue and I would think he could find a route to world glory far more easily that way than the route that includes the likes of DeGale, Jack etc.
On the same evening, Saturday the 12th November, at York Hall we have a Commonwealth title fight at bantamweight between Matthew Chanda and Duke Micah – both are undefeated. The experience of Micah – 18 wins to Chanda’s 7 – on paper looks the most likely indicator as to who will win but I think Chanda will take it.
I think it is harder to predict the winner of Jahmaine Smyle and Leon McKenzie for the English super middleweight title though I have an inkling for Smyle.
In the Granite City, Aberdeen we have a Prospect Boxing bill with lightweight Darren Traynor facing Andrei Podusiv for the Scottish title and of course we all expect Traynor to be victorious. Ronnie, The Shark, Clark is back at super featherweight and faces a tough old task against Norbert Kalucza. I still think though that the shark shall keep moving forward. Lightweight Arturs Selivanovs with 2 wins in 2 fights will face Leon Roberts in only his 2nd professional fight with 1 win from his debut. It makes it difficult to call this fight but I reckon … I truly have nae idea… Super lightweight Marek Laskowski faces journeyman James Gorman and should come through it but beware these journeymen guys – there are quite a few that have been popping up with wins recently!
In Brighton there are 2 fights, whilst in Grays, Essex there are also 5.
It’s a lead up to Friday night, the 18th November in Wembley where Cyclone Promotions hit town and Wembley with the IBF intercontinental middleweight scrap between Conrad Cummings and Ronny Mittag. This is another difficult one to predict as Cummings is in at his 11th fight and if he was setting the heather alight we would have at least heard the fire brigade. Mittag is seasoned and this is his 32nd fight so maybe experience shall tell though Cummings has a McGuigan in his corner which may be telling…
The WBA international super middleweight title is on the line between George Groves and Eduard Gutknecht and quite frankly I think we are talking Groves wins, does so very well indeed and next up is the winner of DeGale/Jack. IF that happens Groves will have delivered 4 of THE most exquisite fights in the super middleweight division in the UK after DeGale/Groves I and the Froch/Groves double.
The IBF intercontinental flyweight title will be settled between Andrew Selby and Jake Bornea with Selby in my opinion almost unstoppable. It may only be his 7th fight but I cannot see anyone standing in his way for world honours at his weight.
In Manchester we have a further 20 fights split over 2 venues – 12 in 1 and 8 in the other!
In Weston Super Mare there is one other fight for Friday having been announced.
Next Saturday, the 19th November, the month continues with Walsall providing 6 fights. That night though our focus is stateside and to Las Vegas as Sergey Kovalev takes on Andre Ward for the WBO, IBF and WBA light-heavyweight titles and Vasyl Lomachenko takes on Nicholas Walters for the WBO super-featherweight title.
On Sunday the 20th November in London we have 5 contests whilst on Friday the 25th November the British welterweight title shall be settled In Essex, between Bradley Skeete and John Thain, Lee Markham and Andrew Robinson square off for the English middleweight title and there are 7 other fights. On the same night in Norwich we have 7 fights and 7 in Leeds.