Written By Bakari Simpson: This upcoming November 4, there is a fantastic Triple-header fight card heading to Brooklyn. This treat of a night, broadcast live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will air live on Showtime. It is hard to foresee this mouth-watering card disappointing when it comes to action. The night will begin when Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KO’s) faces Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KO’s). The two will tangle to claim ownership of the vacant IBF junior welterweight title. Serving as the co-main event Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KO’s) will rumble with Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KO’s). Neither of these warriors has ever been in a dull match, this is unlikely to be their first.
In the main event, American WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) will rematch Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s). Stiverne is whom Wilder had to initially overthrow to become a champion in the first place. That bout is a short two months shy of being three years old. Astonishingly, in that time Bermane has only fought one time, against Derric Rossy, and maintained his mandatory position. Even with the Rossy bout (November 14, 2015), Bermane has not fought a professional bout in two years.
To his credit, Stiverne can boast to be the only man to extend Wilder to the scorecards. Deontay also broke his hand, for the first time, during their premiere clash. Although, Wilder deeply relishes in telling the press that following their rough and tumble affair Stiverne was hospitalized for about a week’s time. Bermane insists it was due to other medical maladies aside from the dust-up. Regardless of whose tale you prefer, both fighters want this opportunity to set things straight. Bermane wants to prove he is the better man, Wilder wants to KO and end Stiverne’s career. The first fight took place in Las Vegas with the rematch in Brooklyn, NY.
One way or another the main event has to end in a delightful head on collision.
Oddly enough, this Showtime card brings back a ploy that HBO was briefly trying to exploit. For a period, HBO was consistently putting Gennady Golovkin in the main event and Roman Gonzalez in the co-main event. Despite them campaigning in vastly different weight divisions the gimmick worked like a charm. Fans appreciated the aggressive styles of both men; each fighter’s profiles notably rose. Peering at Wilder and Porter on the same card it is hard for me not to think how monstrous a “pair” these two would be. They have the same seek-and-destroy mentality, they share an advisor in Al Haymon and they both regularly fight at the Barclays Center.
If paired for a period, as GGG and Chocolatito were, they would be an undeniable television hit. Even better, they would be representing the welter and heavyweight divisions. Each platoon are lousy with dangerous talent and epitomize two of the hottest divisions in the sport. Beyond their similar in-ring mentalities, even outside the ring Wilder and Porter mirror one another’s actions.
As both men are heavily and habitually avoided, they find themselves having to call out whom they want. This dynamic has caused them to be VERY vocal in the media. Even now, a unification-minded Wilder has sustained a consistent campaign to pen a match with the UK’s Anthony Joshua. Team Joshua’s limp-wristed responses are teetering on becoming more than laughable but outright embarrassing. Likewise, Porter has been chasing Danny Garcia around the nation for well over a year. While at the same time still gunning for his rematch with Keith Thurman.
Until now, each man has remained fruitless in these endeavors. Let us hope that their luck changes soon.
Also on the card, but not televised, Amanda Serrano will return to action. The dangerous and technical Puerto Rican champion will face the challenge of Marilyn Hernandez. This will mark the fourth bout of the year for Serrano, who was last in the ring four months ago. Back in July, Amanda trounced Edina Kiss in route to a third round TKO stoppage. It was the second time that they had faced one another. This bout with Hernandez appears to be a stay busy and profile type of affair. Marilyn has been out of the ring for two years. She fought one bout in 2015, two in 2014 and only one in 2013. Good luck to both women, Serrano and Hernandez!
DiBella Entertainment remains amongst the forefront of supporting women’s boxing. The company regularly supplements its cards with quality female fighters, and this is no different. Kudos to them for this dedication, the women train and bleed just like the fellas! Brooklyn Boxing is on the rise!
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