IN NOVEMBER we’ve mapped out should go with a few bangers – not just the ones we’ll hear in and around Bonfire Night.
We’ve got an exciting month in store, from a world title shot in Vegas, a Euro challenger in Telford to an exciting local duel in 02 with a possible shot at Canelo on the stake torment.
As is often the case when similar fight dates come together, we kick off at the York Arena on November 11 with Scouse Nick Ball’s firework rematch in defense of his WBC Silver title.
Young Nick has had the world at his feet – or hands – following a string of back-to-back abuses that began with his stunning defeat of Isaac Lowe at Wembley Stadium in April. He’s a shy guy outside the ring, but such an explosive character when he gets inside and Nick is someone who has and will continue to capture the public’s imagination.
A great player, David Adeleye, will parade in Bethnal Green in a parade that he will do for the 10th time as a professional. The heavyweights are the talk of the town right now and David will try to force his way into the conversation.
A day later, at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Denzel Bentley will roll his dice by challenging for the WBO middleweight title against the fearsome Kazakh, Janibek Alimkhanuly.
Denzel knows full well that he won’t be the favorite to bet in this gambler’s paradise, but he knows what he’s getting into and keeps his cards close to his chest. Hopefully he’ll win and maybe he knows something that we all don’t because it’s a fight he’s been calling for for a long time.
All the time, the fighters get excited about the fight and they are interested in it. Denzel and his team have kept a close eye on Janibek and had no doubts about taking the fight when it became an option for them. The same cannot be said for many others in the middleweight division.
Next week – Saturday 19th November – we head up to Telford, where countryman Liam Davies will challenge for the title of European heavyweight champion and Romanian Ionut Baluta.
British Champion Liam has been on a roll since joining us at Queensberry, scoring two knockouts, winning the WBC Silver World and British titles. He is growing a huge fanbase in his hometown, which means we can continue to build Telford as a destination for big fights.
It’s not an easy choice when it comes to Ionut, who beat Brad Foster to win the WBC International last time out in May. Now based in Bushey with coach Josh Burnham, Ionut now has the opportunity to develop his career after his previous big wins over former world champion TJ Doheny and Irish Olympian David Oliver Joyce.
Telford fans will also get the chance to see Anthony Yarde prepare for his January shot at the light heavyweight world title against Artur Beterbiev. This will be a bit of an experience for Anthony because of his slow business and the most important thing is that he comes in the wrong way.
A week later we step up at Arena 02 for a boxing card headlined by Zach Parker and John Ryder battling it out for the WBO super middleweight title.
I’m predicting a special fight and I can’t imagine that Zach has ever been confused. He has made short work of the three opponents that have been put in front of him since we joined him as he solidified his position as the head of the WBO.
With Canelo holding every belt in the super middleweight division and his intentions unknown, we have asked the WBO for an interim title fight and are initially planning to welcome WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade.
Injuries put the fight back and Andrade withdrew, which brings us to the next opponent, which is John Ryder. John played very well, beating Daniel Jacobs this year and in the past he was considered unlucky especially in the World War with Callum Smith.
The winner of Zach and John will either fight Canelo or, if he drops out, will be promoted to full world champion. So the stakes are very high in 02.
Also on the card is our top middleweight prospect Hamzah Sheeraz in defense of his WBC Silver title, and Dennis McCann who is chasing the Commonwealth heavyweight title against Joe Ham. Marauding lightweight Sam Noakes returns to the ring after injury and takes on unbeaten Scot Calvin McCord. Irish powerhouse Pierce O’Leary is also in the running for the WBC International title.
So that’s our November offering and the fun doesn’t stop there. Next week we return to London with the best heavyweight in the world, Tyson Fury, against Daniel Dubois in a heavyweight doubleheader.
The big fights keep coming and 2023 is already firmly in the planning stages.