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Pacquiao, Fury, Hopkins and more... Will it be a November to remember?

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November has arrived and on paper the boxing line up for the month looks stacked with quality match-ups featuring some of the sport’s biggest names.

Whether you love the big men of the heavyweight division, major unification fights, superstar attractions or domestic grudge matches, the penultimate month of the year has a bit of everything.

It would be foolhardy to list all of the fights on November's boxing schedule week by week so, instead, I've offered an overview of the 5 fights I am most looking forward to.

As a Brit, my interest and intrigue in major domestic fights will feature predominately on my list.

So to the top 5:

5.) November 22, Macau, China, Manny Pacquiao defends his WBO Welterweight title against Chris Algieri.

A year ago, who would have thought Manny Pacquiao, following a dominant win over Tim Bradley in their rematch, would be fighting Chris Algieri?


On paper this is a mismatch. Pacquiao is a great fighter coming off an impressive win over an elite opponent while Chris Algieri is a career light welterweight with no punch who is coming off a highly-disputed win over Russian brawler Ruslan Provodnikov.

Pacquiao vs Algieri Prediction: Expect the Pacman to win a one-sided decision with Algieri fighting in a safety-first fashion for the majority of the bout.

4.) Nov 29, London, England, Billy Joe Saunders looks to defend his British/Commonwealth/European middleweight titles against Chris Eubank Jr.

This fight is a real domestic grudge match with Billy Joe, in particular, showing real hatred for his opponent. This battle will answer once and for all what Chris Eubank Jr. is really made of. He has showed flashes of greatness in his budding career so far but against third rate competition. Saunders has been more of a solid pro, going through the levels without showing much dazzle to date.

Eubank vs Saunders Prediction: This fight will be the coming out party for the son of the British ring legend. Look for young Eubank to stop Saunders in the mid to late rounds.

3.) Nov 29, London, England, Derek Chisora defends his European heavyweight title; Also serves as the WBO world title eliminator and is a rematch

First and foremost, let’s just hope this fight actually happens and we don’t see another postponement or cancellation of a Tyson Fury fight. 

Expect Chisora to be in far better shape than he was in for their first meeting in 2011 but that won't be enough to reverse the outcome of this fight. 

Fury vs Chisora Prediction: Look for the taller, more talented Fury to box his way to another clear decision victory with the usual scar along the way. Neither man has the power to stop each other.

2.) Nov 22, Liverpool, England, Nathan Cleverly fights Tony Bellew at cruiserweight; Domestic dust-up (U.K.) and rematch between two former light heavyweights will take place at cruiserweight.

Again, no love lost between these two and the score will be settled. Cleverly won their first encounter by a close but clear decision and he will return to Bellew's hometown of Liverpool to end this story once and for all.

Bellew has shown a real increase in power since returning to the 200 pound class, a division where he fought at as an amateur. Cleverly, on the other hand, has only fought journeymen in his two cruiserweight outings but his body looks to have adapted better to the jump in weight.

Cleverly, at his best, is a come-forward volume puncher who throws a tremendous left hook to the body. But Bellew's clear increase in power since making the jump to 200 pounds may play right into the 'Bomber’s' hands.

Bellew vs Cleverly Prediction: Bellew by early to mid round KO for me with Cleverly showing too much heart and willingness to exchange.

1.) Nov 8, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.A, WBA/IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins looks to unify yet another title when he faces Russia’s WBO champ Sergey Kovalev.

Nearly all boxing fans would have this as the No. 1 fight to look forward to in the month of November - and for good reason.

Put simply, it’s the best fighting the best.  On most boxing publications, Hopkins and Kovalev are in the top three in the light heavyweight division.

This match-up has so many questions....

Can Hopkins take Kovalev's shots for 12 rounds?

Can Kovalev land with enough regularity to win rounds or possibly stop an all-time great for the first time in his legendary career?

I would love to see the 'Krusher' usher in a new era for the light-heavyweight division by knocking out the old master but I don’t think that will happen. Hopkins has never lost to a fighter with Kovalev's speed, or lack thereof.

Although not slow, Kovalev is far from speed demons like Roy Jones Jr and Joe Calzaghe who have given Hopkins trouble in the past.

Hopkins vs Kovalev Prediction: I see the old master winning a close and/or controversial decision en route to being the first fighter in 15 years to unify three light-heavyweight titles, and just two 2 months shy of his 50th birthday.

And if Hopkins does win at almost 50, is that good for the sport?

Honorable mentions: Other fighters slated to fight in November
Wladimir Klitschko, Roman Gonzalez, Tomasz Adamek, Felix Sturm, Terence Crawford, and Vasyl Lomachenko.

Here's hoping these fighters and match-ups can deliver some great and memorable bouts.


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