November promises to be a fantastic month, and not just because it’s my birthday. The 20th in case you’re wondering. No, there is a mouthwatering selection of action set to take place in the squared circle. BBB has a look at what is set to contain fireworks for boxing fans.
Ultimate Boxxer II – Friday 2nd November 2018 – Indigo at the O2, Greenwich, London.
Following on from the inaugural event, the Ultimate Boxxer tournament returns to our screens. In the first of 2 free terrestrial shows this weekend takes place in the capital. While the same night tournament format has been done before, Carl Greaves and co succeeded in bringing it into 2018. They also produced an entertaining night’s boxing with the welterweights last time out. This edition sees 8 light-heavyweight hopefuls lock horns and the three-round bouts always ensure a frantic pace plenty of action. Well worth a watch!
World Boxing Super Series Quarter Finals – Saturday 3rd November 2018 – SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow.
This one is a little obvious. This piece is being written from a Glasgow hotel room in the middle of the fight week activity. Josh Taylor is one of the hottest prospects in world boxing. The undefeated Ryan Martin could be a stern test for the Scot. He comes into the tournament as the underdog but was full of confidence at the public workout and has experienced trainer Abel Sanchez in his corner. That said, I feel the bookies have this one right and Josh Taylor will have too much for his American rival on the night.
Belfast boy Ryan Burnett takes on Nonito Donaire in a bantamweight contest and while there is great prestige in facing a four weight world champion, Burnett should prove a class above the ageing Filipino Flash. Coming off eight successive points victories, the stage is possible set for Burnett to end that run (and potentially the career of Donaire) in stunning fashion.
With all that said, Zach Parker versus Darryl Williams for the British Super-Middleweight title may well steal the show!
Oleksandr Usyk – Tony Bellew – Saturday 10th November 2018 – Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Another obvious one. Undisputed cruiserweight champion, Usyk defends all four belts against Tony “Bomber” Bellew. On paper, Usyk should win this one comfortably. Boxing isn’t fought on paper however and what happens in the ring will be a source of intrigue until punches are traded. Bellew is rumoured to be bowing out of boxing win, lose or draw so will hopefully leave it all in the ring. Usyk is a different animal however, to a past his prime David Haye. While I appreciate the tagline of never writing Bellew off, I just can’t see how he gets the better of one of the pound for pound best boxers on the planet. Then again, I’ve been wrong before.
As is often the case with modern day PPV shows, the undercard is sparse as of today. However, the other cruiserweight clash on the card between Joe Gallagher trained Sam Hyde and Richard Riakporhe is yet another evenly matched undercard contest. Expect fireworks!
MTK Global – Friday 30th November – Emirates Arena, Glasgow
Following the recent MTK trend of matching their boxers against each other in the interest of competitive fights, this show is arguably the best of the month. Ukashir Farooq takes on Iain Butcher for the British bantamweight title and Lewis Benson faces Tyrone McKenna in a battle of boxers with a sole defeat on their record. This is exactly the sort of “small” hall show we at BBB pray for. It’s not all about the big names and PPV superstart. As long as there are competitive contests being scheduled, fans will be drawn to the sport. Long may it continue!