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Check Out The Last Boxing Fights Of 2019
25 November 2019
We may be coming towards the end of 2019, but for boxing fans there’s still plenty of action and online boxing betting to look forward to. So here’s a brief round-up of seven bouts which fight fans can catch well before the year is through:
1) Ruiz – Joshua
Anthony Joshua is surely still kicking himself for letting his heavyweight titles slip from his grasp. Nevertheless, AJ is certainly out for revenge when he faces Ruiz in a Saudi Arabian rematch in the new Diriyah Arena, scheduled for 07 December, 2019. Posting his own YouTube video, Joshua gives his loyal fans an update on his mindset as he trains for the Ruiz fight at his Sheffield training base. AJ’s aim is clear, he wants to fine-tune his approach to focus all his efforts on reaching his goal. Talking up his attitude, he tells the fans that his: ‘mindset’s calm, mindset’s cool’. Describing this as his new ‘killer’ mindset, Joshua clearly has no intention of repeating his previous complacency. So lookout for some fireworks in this upcoming ‘Clash of the Dunes’.
2) Smith – Ryder
For Liverpool’s Callum Smith, the hope is that he can use his fight against John Ryder as a stepping stone to his dream goal: Early next year, Smith could earn a bout against British fighter Billy Joe Saunders, or Chris Eubank Jr. Or he could even press for a real monster contest as a contender facing global boxing names such as Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin. The Smith vs Ryder fight is on Saturday, November 23 and will be shown live on Sky TV, with a live stream also available. Ryder has worked hard to earn himself this contest, but with Smith the heavier fighter, and possessing a vicious jab, the prediction is for Smith to stop Ryder late on in the contest.
3) Wilder – Ortiz
This fight is a rematch which takes place on Nov. 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Wilder eventually triumphed with a massive 10th-round knockout in their previous bout, which was held in New York, in 2018. Despite that victory, Wilder had to take some early punishment from Ortiz and narrowly escaped a knockout himself. Since then, experts believe that age is starting to tell on Ortiz. Even though the strength and power is still apparent, his reflexes seem to be on the wane. As for Wilder, despite his problems with Fury way back in December, 2018, he still has one of the deadliest right-hand punches of any fighter. So the smart money suggests that Wilder will look for some way to land that killer blow – and that he is likely to succeed and therefore stop Ortiz somewhere around the mid-way point in the bout.
4) Hrgovic – Molina
Filip Hrgovic (9-0, including 7 KOs) takes to the ring to fight Eric Molina (27-5, including19 KOs), a former World Title challenger, on the same bill as the Joshua/Ruiz fight at Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Arena on Saturday December 7. With his WBC International Title at stake, Hrgovic, a bronze medal winner at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will be hoping to add to his total of nine undefeated pro fights. This blistering start to his boxing career has so far included seven knockout wins since his arrival on the scene in September 2017. Having already secured a world top ten ranking, this sparkling 27-year-old is already prompting talk of a World Title shot. His opponent Molina, a Texan fighter and two-time World Title challenger, will be no pushover and has traded blows with the best during his 12 years as a pro. Fight fans may remember how he took Wilder to nine rounds in 2015. So this bout could well be a close call.
5) Davis- Gamboa
Look out for Gervonta Davis, one of the fight game’s fastest rising stars who plans to finish 2019 on a high note. Starting 2019 as a world champion in one class, Gervonta’s aim is to finish the year as a world champion in a different weight division. It has been recently announced that Gervonta, the former two-time super featherweight titleholder, would make his lightweight division debut on Saturday, 28 December when he will face Yuriorkis Gamboa, the former two-division world champion, in a contest for the vacant WBA lightweight championship. The bout is to take place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Talking up his chances, Davis said: “Some of the greatest boxers in the Hall of Fame have won titles in multiple weight divisions, and I’m no different." He later added: “I expect him to bring out the best in me, and l will be ready for it."
6) Lebedev – Mchunu
Not many fighters have as short a retirement as Denis Lebedev. This former cruiserweight champion is scheduled to return to the ring on 21 December, 2019, to face Thabiso Mchunu. A tough fighter, Lebedev secured a run of 21 straight fights before eventually losing to Marco Huck in a WBO cruiserweight title fight. After that, he went on to triumph over James Toney in a battle for the interim WBA cruiserweight title in November 2011. Gaining promotion to full-time champion the following year, he successfully retained that title five times. In May 2016, Lebedev defeated Victor Emilio Ramirez to gain the WBA/IBF unified championship. However, he went on to lose that title to Murat Gassiev just seven months later and finally retired in 2018. Mchunu, on the other hand, enters this contest after back-to-back wins, competing only a couple of weeks ago, when he stopped Willbeforce Shihep.
7) Eubank – Korobov
Chris Eubank Jr makes his American pro-rank debut when he faces Matt Korobov at the Barclays Center in New York on 07 December. This will be Eubank’s first fight since his win over James DeGale. In addition, with this fight, he will be dropping down into the 160lbs division. His opponent, former world title challenger Korobov, will be competing with Eubank for the interim WBA middleweight title. Russian-born Korobov (28-2-1, including 14 KOs) is a fighter who proved a tough challenge for Charlo when he stepped into that fight as a last-minute replacement in December 2018. Korobov has challenged fought in a 2014 WBO world title bout in which he was stopped by Andy Lee in the sixth round. Eubank claims he is ‘excited’ to come down to 160 pounds and ready to ‘take the United States and the middleweight division by storm.’