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Kovalev, Ward… and the rest…

Kovalev, Ward… and the rest…

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Tonight, Saturday, the 19th November, we have, at Walsall 6 fights, in Manchester, 14 fights and in Doncaster 6 fights domestically but even the attractions of all 3 put together pale as our focus goes stateside and to Las Vegas for a massive fight that shall see crowned the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Sergey Kovalev does battle with Andre Ward for the WBO, IBF and WBA light-heavyweight titles as the headline act for the evening. The considered view is that Ward outboxes Kovalev for the points win OR the Beast from the East drops Ward by catching him and wins by TKO. I favour Ward because as a boxing purist I like to see boxers and not scrappers win but Kovalev can box so this has been a very difficult one to call. It shall, however, I think, be far superior to the Mayweather /Pacquaio fight in terms of excitement and show case both fighters as they ARE the best around. I think we shall see a Ward win – IF he stays away from being hit.

We move on to Sunday the 20th November and in London we have 5 contests. Whilst on Monday the 21st November the busy week continues as London hosts another 3 fights in Mayfair.

The week does not stop there in boxing terms as we have a great bill on Friday the 25th November where the British welterweight title shall be settled. In Essex, Bradley Skeete and John Thain face off for the title and Skeete for me has the upper hand though I reckon Thain shall give him one hell of a fight. Lee Markham and Andrew Robinson square off for the English middleweight title in amongst 8 other fights on the card. This is intriguing and Markham may well be the favourite here but again I don’t see him getting it all his own way.

On the same night in Norwich we have 7 fights and 6 in Leeds.

FUTURE HISTORY

On Saturday the 26th November in Cardiff we return to world level boxing as Billy Joe Saunders defends his WBO middleweight title against Artur Akavov. The British super welterweight title is up for grabs between Liam Williams and Ahmet Patterson, the WBO lightweight title between Terry Flanagan and the first openly gay and active boxer in Orlando Cruz, the British middleweight title between Tommy Langford and Sam Sheedy and the WBO European lightweight title is between Tom Stalker and Craig Evans.

That Frank Warren bill is up against a Matchroom bill in Wembley with Andrea Scarpa against Ohara Davies for the WBC silver super lightweight belt, Martin J Ward against Scotland’s Ronnie The Shark Clark for the British super featherweight title, Ben Hall facing the legendary Carson Jones for the WBC international super welterweight belt, flyweight Charlie Edwards faces Georgi Georgiav, lightweight Katie Taylor makes her debut against Karina Kopinska and super lightweight John Wayne Hibbert and welterweight Conor Benn are also on the bill.

On the same night we have, in Scunthorpe 5 fights, in Belfast 6 fights, in Darlington 6 fights, in Liverpool 6 fights, in York Hall 1 fight, in Swindon 5 fights and in Worksop 5 fights.

In Las Vegas Vasyl Lomachenko is up against Nicholas Walters for the WBO super-featherweight title.

On Thursday the 1st December, we start the month in Birmingham with 3 fights.

Friday the 2nd December throws up 1 fight in London and in Walsall 4 fights, whilst at Brammall Lane in Sheffield there are 4.

The support act of Vasyl Lomachenko against Nicholas Walters for the WBO super-featherweight title is another massive fight and Lomachenko is simply phenomenal. I reckon we have a fight that could challenge the main event for headlines but Lomachenko is streets ahead of anyone in his division in my book and he shall simply show that again tonight.

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