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The Liverpool Echo resounded to the clarion call of a Blue last Saturday, as Tony Bellew blew BJ Flores out the place in 3 rounds and then tried to take on David Haye right after. Firstly, this was a class performance. Flores had never been stopped and had been in with big names, his task had been to take Bellew the distance and he failed. During the fight Bellew was at it with Haye, calling him out before jumping through the ropes to promise Haye that he was getting it next. I don’t want to see a Haye/Bellew clash yet. Bellew can clean up cruiserweight and Haye get a world title at heavyweight THEN a clash between these Titans makes sense to me.
The Luke Campbell/ Derry Mathews fight was the one most people saw as the potential fight of the night. It proved that Campbell has progressed and is ready to move onto world level. Mathews just was unable to keep the body shots away as Campbell hit him sweetly twice to drop him and cause the stoppage. For Mathews there are other decent fights out there but I just wonder if this warrior has it left to keep going?
The British bantamweight title was settled between Ryan Burnett and Ryan Farrag with Burnett winning comfortably on points. This was his first defence of his British title and now he can either seek out another 2 to keep it or move on.
The mercurial Sean “Masher” Dodds managed a split decision over Francesco Patera to keep the WBC international belt. Dodds was not at his best and Patera deserves a lot of credit for keeping everyone guessing as to which way it was going at the end. There may now be a pause for Dodds to consider what he safely is able to do next. Remember that people saw him as limited before his clashes with Scott Cardle; a few of those are probably thinking I told you so…
Undefeated Tom Farrell managed a majority decision over Farid Hakimi for the WBA version of their international strap at super lightweight with home guys getting nervous over decisions – just as it should be…
The cruiserweights Mairis Briedis and Simon Vallily did battle on the undercard of a guy – Bellew – for whom Briedis is the mandatory challenger. It ended in the 3rd as Briedis showed why he is world title level and a match up with Bellew really should follow.
Local lad and super middleweight Rocky Fielding took only 3 rounds to get rid of journeyman Istvan Zeller whilst middleweight Scott Fitzgerald struggled to beat Adam Jones with Fitzgerald hitting the canvass in the 3rd.
In Frederikshavn, Denmark, it was also EBU European action as Dennis Ceylan beat Britain’s Ryan Walsh by split decision for the vacant featherweight belt. Disappointment then for Walsh but he can be heartened that quite a few thought he had done enough – just not enough judges did!
Domestically we also had heavyweight Dominic Akinlade in action in York Hall where he stopped Adam Machaj in the 3rd round.