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It is incredibly tempting to just say there were no fights at the weekend to take account of but that would not really be telling the true story of boxing in the UK. There were fights in Essex and there were fights in Oldham.
No titles or belts got swapped or fought over but good professionals got in the ring and came out bloodied and triumphant or left with another loss.
Someone who bucked that trend was Darryl Sharp from Manchester. In Oldham he climbed in the ring with a record of 9 fights, 7 defeats and 2 wins. I have seen Darryl fight twice. The Mancunian model can box. I saw him in Grangemouth against Connor Law and then in the Marriott in Glasgow against Kieran Smith.
In Grangemouth his girlfriend was roaring on support from a few feet away from me and had a piercing tone. Law managed to dispatch of him but took a bit of time over it and Sharp put up a decent contest. Then in the Marriott Sharp refused to play the patsy and gave Smith a decent workout though was not able to trouble Smith too much.
Sharp, a male model by day, was brought in on each occasion to be the guy in the away corner. In short he was not supposed to be anything more than a very decent contests for the home guy. He threw that script in the bin at the weekend where he went in against Chris Monaghan and beat him on points. Monaghan was searching for his 5th straight win as a professional but Sharp was not for giving him it.
As a journeyman that may mean that Sharp has a few months out the ring as promoters like guys who sometimes know the script but fans love an upset. Monaghan has hardly been fighting at world level and Sharp shall never be likely to be top of the bill on Sky but I do like to see a journey man now and again prove he has a win or two in him. There is no word when Sharp is next out but if I were a promoter I would be looking at him and thinking he could be a real asset and push my fighters at middleweight…