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Before we head down to Birmingham let’s follow through on a promise and that is to report back on the Prospect Boxing bill that was at the Alona Hotel in Motherwell on the 21st October. Eddie Doyle made a successful defence of his super lightweight title on points against Shaun McShane whilst super lightweight Gary Murray managed a 6 round points win over Teodor Nikolov, lightweight Giuseppe Daprato stopped Stephen Carroll in the second round and super welterweight Michael McGurk managed a points win over 4 against Casey Blair.
As fans we want massive 50/50 fights. We want to see the unthinkable in the ring as two massive fighters square up and deliver entertainment, effort, heart and soul sportsmanship. We want the loser to contribute as much as the winner and in every fight on this bill we got something to talk about, debate and ponder. It was a cracking night for the fans and the neutrals. The headline fight was a candidate for fight of the year and the 6th round for round of the year so you CANNOT say fairer than that!
Let’s leave the headline to the end but start at the undercard…
The two English championships on the line saw the lightweight title going to Marcus Ffrench with a points win over 10 rounds against Robbie Barrett whilst the flyweight title was a split decision win for Don Broadhurst who was up against Louis Norman. Super welterweight Brian Rose also got a good 8 rounds in as he beat Stilivan Kostov on points.
The late replacement fights were worthy as Sean Davies battled to a 10 round points win against a very game Paul Economides. Despite losing I thought Economides did himself a lot of good being on this undercard. Khalid Yafai got a perfunctory 3rd round stoppage against Johnson Tellez but straight afterwards we got the news we had all been hoping for. Just how risky this fight was for Kal came with the news that on 10th December, on the Anthony Joshua undercard, he shall be facing Luis Concepcion for the WBA super flyweight crown.
That was a big enough headline in itself but we then had the middleweight grudge match between Anthony Ogogo and Craig Cunningham. This was meant to be a step up for Ogogo but not a risk. It ended in disaster as Ogogo’s corner pulled him out in the 8th when he was slightly ahead but looking dangerously out of synch. The corner was saying to him, “you can recover from this” and he can but the way he was swinging wildly as well as missing every time did suggested something wrong. If it was to do with his eyesight, then the recent tragedies suggest he should get out and get sorted before fighting on. It was well done to Cunningham who left with the WBC international title.
It left the main event. The bragging rights headline between the underachieving Frankie Gavin and the over achieving Sam Eggington; at least, that is what the media had dubbed it beforehand. It ended with the overachiever taking the plaudits from the underachiever and made us wonder if we got things the wrong way round. Gavin was stopped by the viciousness of a style that I find reminiscent of Craig Kelly’s in Scotland which was relentless and forward running. Gavin, the most decorated amateur boxer in British boxing history needs to recognise he is in a profession now. He failed to make lightweight at the Olympics. He failed to make the welterweight limit for this and he carries too much fat. Eggington did not leave with a belt but he left with a lot more including the respect and bragging rights of those doubters. Gavin needs to rethink and reorientate his head.
Whilst this was all going on, on Sky, we got in Bolton, unbeaten super middleweight Jamie Cox triumphing on points over 10 rounds against Martin Fidel Rios to take the vacant WBO inter-continental title; bantamweight Paul Butler getting 10 rounds and a points win over Alexis Ruiz whilst super middleweight Luke Blackledge won his keep busy fight against Elvis Dube over 6 rounds.