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As the boxing season is coming to a halt this has been a fairly quiet end of July. Last Saturday the 6th August in York Hall heavyweight Dominic Akinlade as expected got a points win against Tom Little for the Southern Area title.
Of course the Olympics have already been far from dull as we have one expelled and two in prison but none of them from the UK. As it stands come Wednesday the 10th it is 4 out and 8 left. So far, Galal Yafai managed to shine brightly in the first fight and then faded against a world champion Cuban in the second and fell out the competition. Joe Cordina from Wales went out in the second round too but the split decision was contested by some observers. Anthony Fowler, a Commonwealth Games Gold medallist and one with high hopes got dropped in the second round before losing on points in his fight and Lawrence Okolie was taken out, by another classy Cuban.
It leaves us with 8 competitors from whom, if we are to beat the target of London’s return of 4 medals – we can only lose 2 more…
In the US Andre Ward showed absolute class in beating Alexander Brand on points before he takes on Sergey Kovalev in November for the WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight titles. Ward was peerless and November suddenly looks like a monster fight.
We still have to come on Friday, the 12th August a full card in Ashton under Lyne which brings this unbelievable season of British boxing to a close. There is super lightweight Jack Catterall in against Lukasz Janik as well as Jimmy Kilrain Kelly squaring off against Sergei Melis. These are far from serious contests for Catterall or Kelly so wins will be expected.