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It’s been some week and we have to start by marking the poignancy of the many who turned up at Mike Towell’s funeral. Both sombre and celebratory this was an event nobody wished but all seemed to take comfort from happening. RIP Mike Towell
Let us go back though to the 1st October so we can catch up!
Ten bells rang out on Sky for Towell before the Ricky Burns fight against Kiryl Relikh and that mood was replaced with an evening of quite fantastic entertainment; just like Towell would have liked and wanted.
The main event saw Burns retain his third world title but the plaudits went to Relikh. The judging was way off but he showed that he deserves at this level and his next fight should be a cracker AND for a world title. Burns is set up for Adrian Broner but after that performance and his advancing years we should perhaps it being more of a payday than a glory hunt.
The fight between two Brixton and British heavyweights for the British title had more hype and promise than it delivered but Dillian Whyte comprehensively beat Ian Lewison with Lewison’s team throwing in the towel in the 10th round. Whyte v Derrick Chisora next? I truly hope so.
The British title fight between Scott Cardle and Kevin Hooper at lightweight did see Cardle make a successful defence. It is always lovely to hear a Lancashire lad speak with a heavy Glaswegian accent and Cardle is not sure if he gets to keep the belt as he drew with Sean Dodds but next could be a final defence before moving on up. The time is right for him to start going up the road.
The rest of the undercard saw all the local lads get their wins as super bantamweight Joe Ham went to 9-0, super featherweight Lewis Paulin got a points win over Adrian Fuzesi, super bantamweight Scott McCormack beat Luke Flash, welterweight Stewart Burt and flyweight Ross Murray both got to fight and more importantly record wins.
It was however Lock Stock Promotions middleweight sensation Kieran Smith who stole the show with an 18 second blasting and knockout of Robert Asagba. Smith is back out in November and this should have heightened the hype for that fight!
On the same night we had lightweight Joe Murray in action in Buxton who won on points.
The following Saturday the 8th October, in Harrow we had super featherweight Liam Walsh up against Andrey Klimov. Walsh won comprehensively and is now being touted for bigger and better things – specifically Jose Pedraza for the IBF super featherweight title.
In Ashington lightweight Lewis Ritson saw James Gorman retire and he took the win in the 4th whilst in Belfast, Ronnie “The Shark” Clark got a 6 round points win against Reynaldo Cajina.
Last Thursday the 13th October, MGM Scotland were back and I saw Magic Marc Kerr in a super welterweight contest against late replacement Jan Balogg. It was a good win – 40 – 36. Super flyweight Adam MacKenzie was in action against Conar Blackshaw and lost a very close contest. Light heavyweight Mohamad Babazadeh managed to beat Tariq Rasshid on points whilst Sunny Edwards made light weather of Brett Fidoe. It was a great wee bill and the loss suffered by Mackenzie made it all the more intriguing. Kerr looked good, Babazadeh got past an awkward opponent and Edwards looks a bright prospect.