Saturday 26 November 2016
Tommy Coyle vs John Wayne Hibbert – a dream match up between two honest, come forward sluggers which is bound to deliver fireworks for as long as it lasts. This is a fight that simply would not have happened in previous eras. Fight Pull Factor = 8.5/10
Ohara Davies vs Andrea Scarpa – the highly regarded Ohara Davies faces the aforementioned John Wayne Hibbert’s conqueror – in the powerful Hackney punchers first 12 rounder. Few, though, would expect this one to get anywhere near the distance. Fight Pull Factor = 7/10
Ben Hall vs Carson Jones – at just 23 and only 10 fights into his professional career there are softer touches out there for Ben Hall than the rugged & respected Jones – who is, amazingly, still just 30 years old himself. Fight Pull Factor = 7.5/10
Reece Bellotti vs Ian Bailey – Bellotti will fight for the 8th time in 18 months against the experienced Area level operator Bailey in what will be the celebrated amateur’s first 10 rounder. Fight Pull Factor = 6.5/10
Highly rated prospects:
Jake Ball; Ted Cheeseman & Felix Cash all in action.
Historic debut for perhaps the single most significant pioneer in the history of women’s boxing:
Conor Benn in action.
Tickets are available & changing hands for just £40 & as little as £150 for ringside. Considering the calibre of overall talent on show fused with the pick-’em nature of the headliner; the step up in competition for Ohara Davies; Ben Hall & Reece Bellotti & a truly historic moment for women’s boxing globally the tickets are frankly going for a steal.
Compare that – head to head – with what is happening in the same venue 8 days before (on the less convenient for most Friday):
Friday 18 November 2016
George Groves is a 1/25 favorite against a guy whose most significant achievement was beating Danny McIntosh 5 and a half years ago. Fight Pull Factor = 2/10
Conrad Cummings against Ronny Mittag whose lofty sounding record of 28-2-1 includes an improbable 23 wins against guys without winning records. Fight Pull Factor = 3.5/10
Andrew Selby in action against the WBO Asia Pacific Youth flyweight champion Jake Bornea for the equally impressive sounding vacant IBF Inter-Continental flyweight title. Fight Pull Factor = 5.5/10
Paddy Gallagher vs Tamuka Mucha – in what – Selby’s prodigious skills aside – the undoubted highlight of this card. Fight Pull Factor = 7/10
Newly crowned English welterweight champion Johnny Garton is apparently also in action, although, it is unclear against who at this point.
Gallagher vs Mucha besides its a fairly unremarkable offering. In the face of the strength of the former card that’s hardly an indictment but what is utterly ridiculous are the prices asked for tickets to the latter:
Ringside – £350
Outer Ringside – £250
In fact there are non-floor seats going for as much as £100.
One can only assume George Groves – with his tenuous grasp of reality – set these prices. A third of the card for three times the price… I applaud Hearns’ long term strategy of building the aggregated fan-base of the sport in the UK by offering value for money & at times offering more than he’s asking for to accrue future custom (which is more or less the definition of the word investment). His competitors – such as they exist – continue to operate in a cloud of short-termism thinking that hurts the sport’s wider appeal & ensures their also ran status among going concerns within the industry.