Only fans can enjoy the fight. With two months left in 2022, there is still a cloud from some who haven’t been.
Good wars clear the gray.
Of all the cards this month, none will be better than the November 5th card on DAZN. It offers three battle titles with two special effects:
11/05: 175 – TBRB #1 Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KO, WBA) vs. #2 Gilberto Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs)
11/05: 140 – Chantelle Cameron (16-0, 8 KO, Ring/WBC/IBF) vs. Jessica McCaskill (12-2, 5 KO, Ring/WBA/WBC/IBF/IBO/WBO @147); WBA/WBO
11/05: 130 – #4 Shavkatzhon Rakhimov (16-0-1, 13 KO) vs. Zelfa Barrett (28-1, 16 KOs); no IBF
In the main event, Bivol will defend his title and try to follow the big win in 2022. Bivol’s career was put on hold after HBO closed its boxing business. The opportunity to challenge middleweight champion Saul Alvarez has Bivol back on track. Now he faces an opponent who is also stuck in a dilemma for a long time. This might be the best fight one can get at heavyweight without Artur Beterbiev signing.
Big support betting is still a special part of boxing in women’s boxing. Line Welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill is moving down the scale to try to become the Jr line champion. twice. Cameron has a home court advantage in what will be the best opponent of her career.
On paper, this could be the show of the month. It probably won’t make for a better fight.
More Integration in 2022
The battle of the month may take place before November 1 is over. The year 2022 has seen many unification bouts in men’s and women’s boxing and this month brings us two more:
11/01: 108 – #1 Kenshiro Teraji (19-1, 11 KO, WBC) vs. #2 Hiroto Kyuguchi (16-0, 11 KOs, Ring/WBA); Lineal line
11/12: 154 – Natasha Jonas (12-2-1, 8 KO, WBC/WBO) vs. Marie Eve Dicaire (18-1, 1 KO, IBF)
Of these two campaigns, one must be seen more than the other. Jr. Collaborative. The confrontation between Teraji and Kyuguchi promises to be violent. The schedule should be good and while some may see it later in the day (ESPN+ start time for the card is 4:30 AM EST), it may be worth it. Don’t be surprised if the Battle of the Year race has a new entrant, and maybe even a leader, by the closing bell. Titleist Jonathan Gonzalez is on the card so we could be on the way to a no-contest in Jr. flyweight for the first time.
Dicaire got her second chance at the Jr. middleweight. Would it be better without Claressa Shields on the other side of the ring? Jonas has won three in a row since Katie Taylor won the tournament.
More of the theme in September
11/01: 108 – #3 Jonathan Gonzalez (26-3-1, 14 KO, WBO) vs. Shokichi Iwata (9-0, 6 KOs)
11/05: 168 – David Morrell (7-0, 6 KOs, WBA Regular) vs. Aidos Yerbossynuly (16-0, 11 KOs)
11/11: 112 – #1 Sunny Edwards (18-0, 4 KO, IBF) vs. Felix Alvarado (38-2, 33 KOs)
11/12: 160 – #7 Janibek Alimkhanuly (12-0, 8 KO, WBO) vs. Denzel Bentley (17-1-1, 14 KOs)
11/19: 200 – Arsen Goulamirian (26-0, 18 KO, WBA) vs. Aleksei Egorov (11-0, 7 KOs)
11/26: 140 – #2 Regis Prograis (27-1, 23 KO) vs. #3 Jose Zepeda (36-2, 28 KO); no WBC
11/12: 105 – Seniesa Estrada (22-0, 9 KO, WBA) vs. Jazmin Villarino (6-1-2, 1 KO)
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the World Boxing Organization, a member of the World Boxing Research Association, and a member of the Writers Guild of America.