Boxing’s Friday Five: 5 things to look out for this weekend – November 3

The top five things to keep your eyes on this weekend.


November is here and 2017 is almost history, however the boxing world is still bringing great fights to your living rooms. Here’s what you should look out for this weekend…

  1. 1 Is Deontay Wilder the baddest heavyweight in the world?


    This weekend WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, battles Bermane Stiverne in a rematch that nobody asked for. 

    Wilder (38-0, 37KO) looks to finish what he calls "unfinished business" (again, nobody wanted this fight) against his Haitian rival. 

    Despite coming in as an underdog, Stiverne (25-2-1,) has more than a puncher's chance of lifting the crown off of Wilder's head. He's the only man to see the final bell against the champ, and he has the power to make Wilder think twice about throwing his favorite punch, the windmill.  

    Many would think Wilder's in an unwinnable situation facing a man he's already beaten and expected to beat again... but there is a silver lining. 

    If Wilder can steal the show and deliver a better performance than his rival from across the pond, Anthony Joshua, he'll be the heavyweight everyone's talking about heading into their hopeful 2018 super-fight.

  2. 2 Shawn Porter: Contender or gatekeeper?


    In a welterweight division where there are so many superstars (Spence, Thurman, Garcia, Pacquiao and Crawford soon) some fighters will be ushered from the limelight. 

    Shawn Porter has been in limbo ever since his thrilling fight with WBC and WBA champion Keith Thurman last year. 

    Many fans believe Porter not only deserves a rematch with Thurman but more lucrative fights, while others don't give him a second thought when discussing the bright future of the division.

    Porter will have his opportunity in the limelight this weekend when he faces Adrian Granados. A knockout victory on the Wilder/Stiverne undercard is just what "Showtime" needs to be back in the prime-time slot.    

  3. 3 A new champ in town


    We all know who rules the junior welterweight division, but King Crawford can't handle four mandataries at once (consecutively, maybe) and he has had to give up the IBF belt 11 days after winning it. 

    This weekend, Sergey Lipinets and Akihiro Kondo will fight for the vacant belt hoping to make a name for themselves in boxing's most thoroughly cleaned out division. 

    Lipinets (12-0 10 KO),  a hard-hitting Russian from Kazakhstan (why does that county ring a bell) will be Kondo's first fight outside of Japan. Both fighters enjoy coming forward and it should be an entertaining scrap on a solid undercard. 

  4. 4 Here comes Scott Quigg


    Scott Quigg wants his title back, and he's willing to go through anyone to get it. 

    After losing his title by split decision to Carl Frampton last year, Quigg's journey back to title contention has been a long one, but this weekend's WBC eliminator against Oleg Yefimovych may be the end of the line. 

    If Quigg wins this weekend big things are coming his way. He'll be another top contender in a loaded featherweight division. 

  5. 5 McDonnell's last bantamweight fight


    Liborio Solis was unknown to WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell last year at least until Solis took him 12 rounds in a close action-packed fight. McDonnell won a close unanimous decision while Solis won the respect of the boxing community. 

    McDonnell realized Solis deserved a rematch but win lose or draw he plans to move on to bigger things. 

    McDonnell has confirmed this fight we'll be his last fight at bantamweight and after he plans to move to super-bantam or even featherweight. 

    What are you looking forward to most this weekend? Comment below...

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Jeremiah Kirven

Jeremiah (Jerry) Kirven is a young sportswriter from Columbus, Ohio. Currently, he is a student at Ohio University studying journalism. He contributes boxing content such as fight breakdowns, period pieces, and features. Boxing is his favorite sport, yet he enjoys football, basketball and MMA. He loves to interact with his readers so please tweet at him.

 

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