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Hopkins vs Kovalev, Sturm vs Stieglitz, Adamek vs Szpilka, more: Boxing fight times and TV schedule for Nov. 6-8

Several world titles are on the line this week, with Bernard Hopkins taking on Sergey Kovalev in the week's centerpiece bout on Saturday night.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Thursday, November 6

Channel 7 (THA), 6:00 am EST, Oswaldo Novoa vs Wanheng Menayothin. Novoa will be defending the WBC strawweight title against Wanheng in this one, with the Thai fighter getting his first world title shot. Wanheng is unbeaten (35-0, 11 KO) and may well be the favorite here, as he's fighting at home and has the sparkly record. Novoa (14-4-1, 9 KO) upset Xiong Zhao Zhong in China on February 5 to lift the belt, and successfully defended against Alcides Martinez on June 28 at home in Mexico. It's worth noting that all of Novoa's setbacks came at 108 or 112, not at 105, and that he's won seven in a row overall. BLH will have live coverage.

FOX Sports 3 (AUS), 12:30 pm EST, Rohan Murdock vs Manny Siaca, Lisa Marie Vizaniari vs Kathy Rivers. Siaca returns to Australia after three wins at home in Puerto Rico following his 2010 sham loss to Danny Green in an Aussie boxing special. Murdock (15-1, 12 KO) is a 22-year-old super middleweight with a great name.

Friday, November 7

TV Publica (ARG), 10:00 pm EST, Pablo Martin Barboza vs Juan Eleuterio Lencina.

Saturday, November 8

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PPV (POL), 1:00 pm EST, Tomasz Adamek vs Artur Szpilka, Grzegorz Proksa vs Maciej Sulecki, Michal Chudecki vs Michal Syrowatka, Dawid Kostecki vs Andrzej Soldra. This is a big fight for Adamek (49-3, 29 KO), who lost last time out to Vyacheslav Glazkov and at 37 is now an also-ran in the heavyweight division, after years of fighting valiantly despite being really undersized against a lot of opponents. Szpilka (16-1, 12 KO) has enough power to hurt the smaller veteran, but this should be a good fight however it goes. Both guys fight hard. BLH will have live coverage.

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SAT1 (DEU), 4:30 pm EST, Felix Sturm vs Robert Stieglitz, Susi Kentikian vs Naoko Fujioka. Sturm (39-4-2, 18 KO) is making the move up to super middleweight at age 35 and clearly past his prime to take on Stieglitz (47-4, 27 KO), a former titleholder at 168 who had three fights with Arthur Abraham, going 1-2 and trading the belt back and forth. It's a good fight on paper -- with his decline, Sturm has become one of the most surprisingly and reliably enjoyable fighters in the sport to watch, and Stieglitz is usually pleasant, too. BLH will have live coverage.

Channel 5 (UK), 5:00 pm EST, Bob Ajisafe vs Travis Dickinson, Lenny Daws vs Chaquib Fadli. Ajisafe (13-2, 4 KO) will try to unify his British cruiserweight title with the English belt held by Dickinson (17-1, 7 KO), while Dickinson will try to unify his English title with the British belt held by Ajisafe. It's a domestic unification fight, is what I'm saying. Daws (28-3-2, 10 KO) takes on France's Fadli (13-3, 7 KO) in the co-feature.

RaiSport 1 (ITA), 5:50 pm EST, Matteo Signani vs Ahmed Rifaie.

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NBC Sports, 8:30 pm EST, Amir Mansour vs Fred Kassi, Vasiliy Lepikhin vs Jackson Junior, Dmitry Mikhaylenko vs Ronald Cruz. Like former opponent Steve Cunningham got on October 18, this is a tune-up sort of fight for Mansour (20-1, 15 KO) against Kassi (18-2, 10 KO), a 35-year-old Cameroonian now living in New Orleans. Kassi hasn't fought since August 2013, but hasn't lost since 2010. Of course, he hasn't fought anyone either. Cunningham and Mansour put on a great fight in April, so I'm pretty content with both of them getting a victory lap sort of TV appearance. Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KO) may be the best reason to tune in here, as the 29-year-old Russian light heavyweight takes on Junior (15-1, 13 KO), a power puncher from Brazil who hasn't fought in a year. You may recall seeing Junior get blown away by Umberto Savigne in March 2013. Cruz (20-4, 15 KO) is the local draw, as he's from Bethlehem, PA, but he's lost two straight and isn't in easy with Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KO), a Russian welterweight prospect. BLH will have live coverage.

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HBO, 10:45 pm EST, Bernard Hopkins vs Sergey Kovalev, Sadam Ali vs Luis Carlos Abregu. The Main Events card from Pennsylvania on NBCSN should transfer just fine into the Main Events and Golden Boy show from Boardwalk Hall, which is the big one this week, and maybe the best fight for the rest of 2014. Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KO) puts his IBF and WBA light heavyweight titles on the line against the WBO belt of Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KO) in a fascinating stylistic matchup. And the co-feature is nice, too, a big step up for Ali (20-0, 12 KO), who takes on real danger in Abregu (36-1, 29 KO). BLH will have live coverage.

UniMas, 11:00 pm EST, Diego Magdaleno vs Hevinson Herrera, Chris Avalos vs Jose Cen Torres, Egor Mekhontsev vs Jinner Guerrero. A pretty pedestrian batch of showcase fights for Solo Boxeo, which isn't unusual, but this should be a walkover night for Magdaleno, Avalos, and Mekhontsev.

beIN Sports Espanol / Azteca (MEX), 11:00 pm EST, Fernando Montiel vs Sergio Puente, Joselyn Arroyo Ruiz vs Maria Suarez.

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Televisa (MEX), 11:00 pm EST, Andres Gutierrez vs TBA, Anabel Ortiz vs Etsuko Tada, Jesus Silvestre vs Ryuji Yokoyama.

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