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Tonight, Saturday the 26th November in Cardiff we may have lost Billy Joe Saunders defending his WBO middleweight title against Artur Akavov to next Saturday in Paisley but we do have the massive fight for the WBO lightweight title between Terry Flanagan and the first openly gay and active boxer in Orlando Cruz. Cruz is going for his second attempt at a world title and to be honest I think he is operating a little above his ability and the fact he is gay might be giving him an advantage in negotiations. Frankly though it is about time that openly gay men saw some sort of advantage so fair play to him. I still think Flanagan will win it and defend successfully but the fact this is happening at all is something to be seriously celebrated.
We also have the WBO European super welterweight title up for grabs between Liam Williams and Gabor Gorbics; I reckon Williams takes this. The British middleweight title shall be settled between Tommy Langford and Sam Sheedy whilst we have the third fight in the trilogy for the WBO European lightweight title between Tom Stalker and Craig Evans. Sheedy shade for me and the previous 2 draws between Stalker and Evans makes this a cracker that I think will finally go to Stalker…
Also on the bill is a keep busy fight for super bantamweight Kid Galahad who faces Reynaldo Mora.
That Frank Warren bill is up against a Matchroom bill in Wembley with a massive step up in class to Andrea Scarpa for Ohara Davies which shall be for the WBC silver super lightweight belt. Davies IS the real deal for me and I do like him one hell of a lot. Training in the same gym as Ricky Burns, we know that Davies has the ability. Tonight, we shall see if he has the temperament and hopefully start a trajectory towards a world title fight in 2017.
Martin J Ward is up against Scotland’s Ronnie The Shark Clark for the British super featherweight title in a fascinating contest that has lit the blue thong paper after the weigh in. Clark has worked hard to get this shot, I reckon Ward is too good for him, but this ought to be a fantastic fight between two very able and game boxers.
Ben Hall faces the legendary Carson Jones for the WBC international silver super welterweight belt with a bit of verbals happening during the week this has started to bubble nicely. For me I reckon Hall will take it and start his own campaign for a world title thereafter but Jones is more than a decent fighter and it could be the fight of the night or a total chess game.
Jake Ball and JJ McDonagh square off for the vacant WBA International light heavyweight title and with youth on his side it shall be Ball for me. Flyweight Charlie Edwards should have enough to see off Georgi Georgiav.
Now we also have a top of the bill contests that is a debut but what a debut it is! Lightweight Katie Taylor makes her debut against Karina Kopinska and this legend of the amateur women’s game is going in to prove she can make headway in the pros and make a career init. The last 12 months in the amateurs have been a little disappointing for her. When you consider she has won everything going in the amateurs and looks fantastic at the weigh in you know this should light the arena up. Whilst we have the first openly gay boxer in a world title fight on the same evening, this could be the start of the professional career of our very first or second or even third female boxing superstar; there are quite a few names out there who would argue they have a shot at being the first too and this is what makes this so exciting. Taylor, I think will win, may even get the knockout that heralds a massive arrival and sets up her next fight – on the Anthony Joshua’s undercard so beautifully in a fortnight.
Over in the USA and in Las Vegas Vasyl Lomachenko is up against Nicholas Walters for the WBO super-featherweight title. With Kovalev coming unstuck, GGG still reigning supreme the third massive boxer with a powerful pedigree and reputation from the East has a tough shot at getting his name in lights against the Axeman. The axeman may well be a coming but Lomachenko can swipe him into the side and I reckon that he shall do just that in the wee small hours.
On the same night, we have, in Scunthorpe 6 fights, in Belfast 5 fights, in Darlington 5 fights, in Liverpool 6 fights, in Swindon 5 fights and in Worksop 5 fights.
On Thursday the 1st December, we start the month in Birmingham with 3 fights.
Friday the 2nd December throws up 4 fights in London and in Walsall another 4 fights, whilst at Brammall Lane in Sheffield there are 4 more.
Saturday the 3rd December
In Paisley we have the WBO middleweight title fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Artur Akavov, the WBO inter continental super lightweight fight involving the unbeaten Jack Caterall, super flyweight Iain Butcher, lightweight Thomas Dickson, super lightweight Ahmed Ibrahim in his second pro contest, flyweight Ross Murray, super welterweight Paul Kean, light heavyweight Tommy Philbin and bantamweight Paul Butler.
On the same evening in York Hall, we have a massive 19 fight card, in Leigh there are a further 14 fights, in Southampton we have 6 fights, in Bournemouth 4 fights, in Dudley 4 fights, in Liverpool there are 5 contests whilst in Houghton-le-Spring the unbeaten lightweight Lewis Ritson is in against Jordan Ellison for the northern area title.
Moscow, Russia, Denis Lebedev v Murat Gassiev for the WBA/IBF cruiserweight titles.
Thursday the 8th December
At Port Vale’s Stadium we have 3 fights carded.
Friday 9th December
In London we have unbeaten welterweight Larry Ekundayo