What To Watch – November 2010

We have waited for what has seemed like an eternity, but November is finally here.

Nov 5

Edwin Rodriguez vs. James McGirt Jr – Showtime

Jose Miguel Cotto vs. Oscar Leon – Telefutura

Nov 6

Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez – Showtime
Allan Green vs. Glen Johnson – Showtime

Zab Judah vs. Lucas Matthysse – HBO
Robert Guerrero vs. Vicente Escobedo – HBO

Gavin Rees vs. John Watson – SKY Sports
Grzegorz Proksa vs. Jamel Bahki – SKY Sports

Nov 8

Rico Ramos vs. Heriberto Ruiz – ESPN2
Shawn Estrada vs. Tony Hirsch – ESPN2

Nov 12

Omar Figueroa vs. Arturo Quintero – Telefutura
Jermell Charlo vs. Luis Grajeda – Telefutura

Peter Manfredo Jr. vs. Jhon Berrio

Nov 13

Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito – HBO PPV
Kelly Pavlik vs. Brian Vera – HBO PPV
Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Ricardo Cordoba – HBO PPV
Mike Jones vs. Jesus Soto Karass – HBO PPV

David Haye vs. Audley Harrison – SKY Box Office

Nov 17

Danny Green vs. BJ Flores

Nov 19

Carlos Baldomir vs. Amilcar Funes – Telefutura

Nov 20

Paul Williams vs. Sergio Martinez – HBO

Raul Martinez vs. Rodrigo Guerrero – Fox Sports Net
Matt Korobov vs. Derrick Findley – Fox Sports Net

Super featherweight Prizefighter tournament – SKY Sports

Robert Stieglitz vs. Enrique Ornelas

Edgar Sosa vs. Masafumi Okubo
Alberto Garza vs. Justin Savi

Nov26

Matthew Hatton vs. Roberto Belge

Nov 27

Arthur Abraham vs. Carl Froch – Showtime
Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika – Showtime

Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis – HBO
Andre Berto vs. Freddy Hernandez – HBO
Celestino Caballero vs. Jason Litzau – HBO

Staff Picks: Fight To Watch

Corey’s Pick: Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez
Nov 6 on Showtime

November 2010 may very well go down as one of the best boxing months in the history of the sport, so picking just one of these mouth-watering matchups is a difficult task. But if there’s one I can’t afford to miss, it has to be the surging Juan Manuel Lopez against veteran knockout artist Rafael Marquez. Two of Lopez’s last three fights have been classics. Two of Marquez’s last four have won Fight of the Year. Of Marquez’s 39 wins, all but four have come by knockout. Just as impressive, all but three of Lopez’s 29 victories have come by knockout. It’s hard to see this one going the distance, and even if it does, it will probably be for the better. Just as was the case when Lopez fought 12 rounds with Rogers Mtagwa and when Marquez battled Israel Vazquez to the final bell in their third and most brutal fight. Throw in the fact that it’s Puerto Rico against Mexico, and you’ve got a recipe for Fight of the Year. Here’s hoping it lives up to the hype.

Will’s Pick Prizefighter Tournament
Nov 20 on SKY Sports

Obviously the two fights of the month are either Carl Froch vs. Arthur Abraham or J.M. Marquez vs. Michael Katisdis but like a genius I’m away attending a Motorhead concert when those two fights are taking place. So my pick of the fights I’ll actually get to see in November is the latest Prizefighter tournament, this time taking place at Super Featherweight. The Super Bantamweight Tournament earlier this year is up there as one of my favorite events of the year – with all but one of the eight matches being fast paced, all-action and (for Prizefighter) surprisingly high quality. The Super Featherweight tournament should be no different with the field being of a higher quality than usual with appearances from British Champion Gary Sykes and former and current alphabelt title holders Derry Matthews and Choi Tseveenpurev. Plus the 9-minute fight format is custom made for lighter weight fighters. Whilst it won’t match the quality of some of the matches taking place in a banner month for boxing, but for three hours of exciting, entertaining fight action Prizefighter surely can’t be beaten.

Trent’s Pick Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis
Nov 27 on HBO

On paper, this is the best matchup of the month. Michael Katsidis is a modern-day warrior and always puts on a great performance. Juan Manuel Marquez brings the best out of his opponent and forces him to draw on his heart to get through the fight. Katsidis is all heart so it should be a great battle. Marquez may have slowed down just enough to make this a memorable lightweight title fight. Each Saturday in November could produce a Fight of the Year, but I’m rolling the dice on the best being saved for the last Saturday.

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