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Let’s start by just reminding ourselves that this was the BEGINNING of the season! If THIS is where we start, then roll on where we are likely to finish!
It all began on Friday the 9th of September in the USA. In Pennsylvania the WBA middleweight title fight saw Daniel Jacobs walk through Sergio Mora with a 7th round stoppage and immediately target a certain Mr Golovkin.
In Reading, Richard Commey lost his first ever contest in a split decision to Robert Easter Jr for the IBF lightweight title. There are a slate of British boxers who shall now be learning another Junior to call out now but Commey has been calling for a rematch.
Then on Saturday the 10th September in London, at the O2 Arena, Kell Brook joined the likes of Ricky Burns and Scott Quigg as he came away from his world title fight nursing a very serious injury. In the 2nd round, Gennady Golovkin broke his eye socket and by the 5th Brook’s trainer, Dominic Ingle was quite rightly waving the towel – please ignore the nonsense – good line though it was – from Eubank Jr who said his corner doesn’t have a towel. The fact that Brook was winning on the score cards and had caused GGG all sorts of new problems aside, Brook could have ended being very seriously hurt. From that point in the 2nd round when his eye socket went, he was fighting a number of GGGs… It was brave, it was bold but it ended with a Golovkin win. It was important, it was clever and it ends with many in the USA – where the big fights are – mentioning Mr Kell Brook ahead of Mr Amir Khan. Job done?
As for who the next opponent is likely to be, Brook has now spoken of his desire to move from welterweight to light middleweight which would suit a showdown with the winner of Alvarez/Smith this coming weekend. Between that AND a fight with Khan, this guy, Brook’s got the cahones and the weight to make some serious waves and cash now.
The rest of the card was far from shabby too. Lee Haskins beat Stuart Hall for the second time to retain his IBF bantamweight title in a grudge match that never ignited the way we wanted it to. They were respectful at the end, spiteful at the beginning but in between we got more respect than spite and a points win rather than fireworks for the champion. Hall is now contemplating his future in the sport.
Jonriel Casimero beat Charlie Edwards to retain his IBF flyweight crown by stopping Edwards in the 10th round. It was a good contest to be in for Edwards and as I expected, this was his 9th professional fight don’t forget, he learnt a great deal but got stopped this time round in his quest for world glory.
Callum Smith successfully defended his WBC silver super middleweight belt against Norbert Nemesapati with a stoppage and hardly looked bothered by his opponent who retired after the 6th round. Time now I think for him to move on up.
Martin J Ward beat Andy Townend to take the vacant British super-featherweight title with another stoppage – this time in the 8th round. Super bantamweight Kid Galahad stopped Emiliano Sakvini in the 4th, Connor Benn beat Joe Ducker with a stoppage in the 2nd, super bantamweight Gavin McDonnell disposed of Robin Zamora on points whilst super middleweight Paul Smith got a decent 6th round stoppage win against Daniel Regi.
The Scottish season came up trumps with a decent start as MGM Scotland started their 4 shows in 7 weeks at the Crowne Plaza on Thursday night. Cruiserweight Dean Marner got his professional career of to a great start with a pints win – 40 – 36 over Jevgenijs Andrejevs. Sporting a natty Morton top for interviews, a lot of things are expected from the Greenock boy – not least evidence of a season ticket! Flyweight Ross Murray squeezed through after getting knocked down in the first round to take a 38 – 37 points win in his second pro fight. Super welterweight Paul Kean managed a win too with an impressive performance, earning him a 40-36 win. Finally, featherweight Marco McCullough came through with a points victory against Simas Volosinas over 6 rounds. All the home boxers were victorious though Murray added some drama with a stumble in the first.
Last night, Friday the 16th in Dunston the journeyman Qasim Hussein whom I have seen a couple of times in Scotland lost on points against Mark White whilst in Barnsley the rather fantastically named, Fonz Alexander, lost to Jayce Dixon; Alexander is another who is no stranger to Scottish crowds.
On the same night our very busy Scottish season continued with Prospect Boxing who saw super lightweight JP McGuinness against Alex Bazza, super featherweight action between Leon Roberts and Youssef Al Hamidi, super lightweight Jason Easton v James Gorman and super welterweight Derek Skinner fighting Casey Blair in Whitburn. We were expecting there should be wins for all 4 Scottish boxers. As I was unable to go to the show I have not got the up to date news but I can tell you That Leon Roberts won his debut – I heard it on the Facebook – the grapevine was closed….
In Osaka, Japan, http://gty.im/486230263 managed a second win over Anselmo Moreno for the WBC bantamweight championship though this time he did not have to scrape through on a split decision as a highly entertaining fight ended when Yamanaka stopped Moreno in the 11th round. Hugo Ruiz failed to beat Hozumi Hasegawa for the WBC super-bantamweight title with Hasegawa now a 3 weight world champion.