We have an incredible night ahead which spearheads the week and what a treat there is in store for all of us – especially now it is free to air!
So tonight, on Saturday the 14th of November in the Wembley Arena, but without any fans present but many shall be online watching for nowt, we have an incredible triple header for boxing as bantamweight Rachel Ball takes on a current world champion at a higher weight in Jorgelina Guanini for the WBA title. This is mouth-watering and is the reward that Ball gets for beating Shannon Courtenay. Ball goes in with a height advantage that should prove to be decisive and after a tough contest the first world title may well be Matchroom’s.
We then have super featherweight Terri Harper defending her WBC and IBO titles against Katharina Thanderz. This does look like Harper is having to step up again and make her statement after the draw with Natasha Jonas. I thought she lost that fight, but records will only show one winner. This could be an equally daunting and close contest and I am hopeful that Harper can hold onto the belts but this could be close.
Then we have at the top of the bill Katie Taylor in her mandatory defence against Miriam Guitierrez for all 4 belts – the WBA, WBO, IBF and WBC. Taylor goes in as the definite favourite – of almost everybody – and this being mandatory shall probably one that most shall expect her to get coast without much of a sweat. The road ahead looks littered with some really excellent fights for Taylor but she is incredibly focussed on tonight and whilst I think she shall do it, the manner with which she does shall be a matter of some speculation as to who she faces next, I think.
In support Scottish eyes shall be on Ukashir Farooq taking on Angel Aviles in a fight he just hopes happens as he has been close to getting back in the ring so often this year and just not managed it. Farooq should make another statement for his career.
Meanwhile across the pond in The Bubble, Las Vegas, we have an exceptional contest for our times as Terence Crawford and Kell Brook face off for the WBO belt. Brook and Eddie Hearn have had plenty to say about why they are no longer working together but this is an opportunity for Brook, in a marquee contest, to prove everyone wrong. Crawford is a pound for pound fighter and Brook, unfortunately, is not. Despite support from his rival Amir Khan, I don’t see him doing it and expect a valiant effort but another defeat on his record.
Also, on the bill is the WBO super flyweight title fight between Joshua Franco and Andrew Maloney – the rematch! Maloney goes in as the underdog and I also cannot see much that he will do differently this time as Franco should again have his hand raised at the end of it all.
Saturday 21st November
We have heavyweights most of the way with Alen Babic back to take on Tom Little, Dave Allen on the bill searching for an opponent and Fabio Wardley taking on Richard Lartey. The top of the bill is welterweight Conor Benn up against Sebastian Formelia for the WBA continental belt.
Friday 27th November
Super featherweight Michael Magnesi takes on Patrick Kinigamazi for the IBO belt.
At welterweight Daniyar Yeleussinov takes on Julius Indongo for the IBF intercontinental title.