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That Was The Boxing Week That Was…

That Was The Boxing Week That Was…

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FLASH BACK

Last week I was unable to bring the results of the Friday night card from Prospect Boxing. Let me clear that up RIGHT now.

Super featherweight Leon Roberts managed to beat Alex Bazza on points. Bazza was cut in the second but managed to rally on. Roberts, by all accounts looks as though he is one to watch if this debut showing is anything to believe. Super lightweight Jason Easton managed to put on a great show in beating James Gorman thus setting up beautifully his Celtic title fight with Mitch Buckland. Gorman was no mug and gave Easton a thorough going test and though Easton could not force the stoppage this was a great contest at this point in his trajectory. Finally, super welterweight Derek Skinner got a points win over 4 rounds against Casey Blair to win his 3rd professional fight.

Last Saturday, the 17th September the third of the super fights involving British fighters ended the same way as the previous 2 – stoppages for the British boxers. Khan was stopped by Canelo, Brook by Golovkin and now Liam Smith valiantly failed to get past Saul Canelo Alvarez. He did get into the 9th round, unlike Khan, but losing is the same in all history books. Smith hit the canvass 3 times but got back up only to end up without his WBO belt at the end of the contest. The truth was that Canelo is in another league in comparison to both Khan and Smith. It is a league headed by GGG. Next up has to be a fight between these two giants. It will have to wait for Canelo’s hand to recover as he damaged his right one beating Smith and it will take time, but not surgery, to get to fighting fitness.

In Gdansk, Poland, on the same night a Ukrainian superstar got his first world title in his 10th professional fight. He won the Gold at the Olympics in 2012 and now he has made it to world champion. The WBO cruiserweights title fight between the Pole, Krzyzsztof Glowacki and Oleksandr Usyk ended with Usyk joining the ranks of the World champions at this weight. I got it wrong last week and said Bellew tipped the Pole, he was tipping this new professional pup, Usyk. This was a great fight to watch and though it went the distance Usyk cruised to victory.

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