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GR8 Britain vs The World
Sky excels itself with Box Office show
Posted Nov 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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Boxing fans, are you listening? For one night, Sky Box Office HD will show eight live title fights including Amir Khan’s Las Vegas debut, on Saturday December 11th.
This incredible event, aptly named, GR8 Britain vs The World, will be a marathon of boxing and will feature world, European, Commonwealth and British title fights in a nine hour broadcast from the UK, Germany and the USA.
World champion Khan, heavyweight challenger Dereck Chisora and the rest of British voxing’s bright young things will light up Sky Box Office’s biggest ever line-up.
I still can’t get my head around it. What a day that promises to be. Khan will top the bill as he defends his light-welterweight title against hard-hitting mandatory challenger, Marcos Maidana of Argentina, at the Mandalay Bay. This could be a massive banana skin for Khan, especially after what happened with Bredis Prescott, and he will need to learn from that loss if he is to retian his title. He’s going to have to box at a distance and not get drawn into a slugging match with one of the hardest hitters in world boxing.
But before that gets into the full swing of action, we will be lucky enough to watch Chisora stand toe-to-toe with current WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in front of a capacity crowd in Mannheim, Germany. This is only Chisora’s 15ht professional fight, and despite being undefeated, I think it will come too soon for him. He had no hesitation in taking the fight on, but Wladimir is widely considered to be the best heavyweight out there at present and it is going to take something special for the Londoner to win that one.
Sky will also be showing Nathan Cleverly against Alejandro Lakatos, live from Liverpool, in an eliminator for the WBO light-heavyweight title, knowing a win will guarantee a shot at the title.
Behind that fight is an all-british affair as Olympic golden boy James DeGale goes into the ring and challenges British supper-middleweight champion Paul Smith, knowing that a win will earn him a fight with George Groves, someone who DeGale has enjoyed a slanging match with to date as both look to become the best Brit in that division.
And finally, European light-middleweight king Matthew Macklin puts his belt on the line against Spaniard, Ruben Varon, while another of the British world-title hopes, Kell Brook, takes on wily American Michael Clark for the WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title.
All in all, this guarantees to be one hell of a night’s boxing and for the same price as watching David Haye vs Audley Harrison, surely it has to be considered great value for money.