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Fast Forward – Rankin Goes For the Great… est/ness?

Fast Forward – Rankin Goes For the Great… est/ness?

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After the verve and the excitement of last week November continues to give us some great action but this weekend, we need to dig out the passports or the subscriptions to see most of it.

Let’s begin with Matchroom in the USA and tonight Saturday the 17th of November in Kansas Heavyweight Jarell Miller takes on Bogdan Dinu and we will get a measure of whether Miller is serious as Dinu should push him. Not the calibre of opponent that Miller feels he should be in against, he wants the top prize but to get them he has to keep blasting people out. Tonight, he should manage that fairly comfortably.

The big attraction for Scottish fight fans is the middleweight clash between Clarissa Shields with the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight belts on the line up against our very own Hannah Rankin. There is no fairy story in the world that takes account of the warrior like mentality that Rankin has shown by taking this fight on. She thinks she can cause the biggest upset so far in women’s boxing in this era and if she does, she will create her own fairytale. Will she?

I don’t think she will and most have been very gracious in their assessment of her chances, but the reality is that Shields is one of the best, if not THE best and to beat her Rankin needs luck to go with her skill. Toes are crossed but my head says Rankin returns with admiration and not much else.

In Europe we would have had, in Bilbao, a great EBU welterweight title fight between defending champion and warrior, Kerman Lejarraga and Frankie Gavin. In an all too familiar tale, Gavin failed by 5 pounds to make the weight. He is in Spain, without trainer, with too much round his middle and a hope? Lejarraga has been under estimated before and can fight so it will still go ahead but not for the title. All Gavin can do is try and put things behind him and get a win; another tall order…

On home soil we have in Clacton on Sea a BIBA bill that brings WBF super welterweight international title action between Tommy Jacobs and Xhukjo Vrenozi, cruiserweight Gareth Hogg is up for the WBU international belt and there is the PBC international title fight between Navid Iran and Ben McGivern. No opponent for Hogg on the website but you have to fancy home fighters in the other two. There are another 4 fights on the cards involving 8 fighters who have, between them only 2 professional contests – 4 are making their debuts!

Meanwhile in York Hall there are 12 fights including cruiserweight Wadi Camacho taking on Arfan Iqbal for the Commonwealth title and it is hard not to think experience might play a part here… Iqbal is undefeated though…

In Manchester welterweight Liam Taylor takes on Tyrone Nurse and with Nurse having been touted at one time as the next great thing, we will look on with interest at his rebuilding. Taylor is a tough part of that rebuild.

Elsewhere in Neath, Wales there are 10 fights, in Brentwood super welterweight Harley Benn takes on Teodor Boyadjiev in amongst 12 other scraps whilst in Belfast there are 7 fights

On Monday the 19th of November in Leeds there is European action as lightweight Boy Jones is in against Craig Evans for the WBO European title; Boy’s night out?

Finally, at the end of the week, on Friday the 23rd of November in Leeds we end the week with a  further 5 fights on display.

FUTURE HISTORY

Saturday 24th November

Doncaster – super bantamweight Jason Cunningham is back

Aberdeen – SM Promotions brings super bantamweight Kristen Fraser v Ellen Simwaka for the Commonwealth title, bantamweight Billy Stuart v Louis Norman, lightweight Sean McKiddie and Boris Crighton and the debut of Andrew Smart

Glasgow – A BIBA bill that brings 2 fights to the city so far…

York Hall – welterweight Harley Benn as part of a 20 fight bill

Leeds – 4fights that includes supermiddleweight Luke Blackledge

Dunton- 6 fights

London – 4 fights

Newark – 4fighst

Monte Carlo – super flyweight Kal Yafai against Israel Gonzalez for the WBA title, the IBF intercontinental light heavyweight clash between Frank Buglioni and Fanlong Meng, the WBA cruiserweight title fight between Denis Lebedev and Mike Wilson, the WBA Oriental title fight between Zhilei Zhang and Alexander Ustinov at heavyweight

New Jersey – light heavyweight title action for the WBA belt between Dmitry Bivol and Jean Pascal

Thursday 29th November

Radisson Bu, Glasgow – The St Andrew’s Club bring featherweight Craig Morgan, super featherweight Nathanial Collins and Andrew Tham into their ring.

Friday 30th November

Emirates, Glasgow – MTK bring super lightweight Callen McAuley, super bantamweight Jack Turner, bantamweight Reece McFadden, super middleweight David Brophy, super bantamweight Joe Ham, super welterweight Michael McGurk, the WBC international silver title fight between Kieran Smith and Peter McDonagh, the return of Lewis Benson against Tyrone Mckenna and the British title fight between Ukashir Farooq and Iain Butcher.

YorkHall – 13fights including the Commonwealth title fight at middleweight between Elliot Matthews and Rasheed Aboladi

Crowne Plaza, Glasgow – Sam Kynoch brings lightweight Calvin McCord, middleweight Aston Brown, super welterweight Dean Sutherland, super welterweight Paul Kean, cruiserweight battel between Jay McFarlane and Steve Collins Jr and the Celtic title fight at super welterweight between Marc Kerr and Jay Byrne.

Liverpool – 10 fights that include Sean Dodds

Queensland – middleweight action for the WBO oriental and WBA Oceania titles between former world champion Jeff Horn and Anthony Mundine.

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