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From Granite Shows to Cyclone Hits – the week past in boxing

From Granite Shows to Cyclone Hits – the week past in boxing

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FLASH BACK

So, in Belfast, last Saturday Frank Warren came to the Titanic Exhibition Centre with the unbeaten super flyweight Jamie Conlan and he left with an unbeaten Conlan as Conlan got a very decent points with over David Koos. Also on the same bill there was Paddy Barnes who was able to knock off with the mist bizarre win, his opponent, Stefan Slavchev was disqualified for lifting him up OFF the canvass!

The WBO intercontinental featherweight title went to Marco McCullough as he saw Luis Lugo retire.

Of course, the big fight of the weekend was the return of Manny Pacquaio. I was rooting for the fighting Senator and now that he has won the WBO welterweight title, Manny Pacquaio returns to being a politician for a while. He may need some of that political guile as several potential suitors hover and his arrival back on the boxing scene had more than a few boxing bodies stick him in their mixes. The simple truth, from the evening, was that his opponent, Jessie Vargas was outclassed and Pacquiao has again got a bright future in the fight game should he want it.

Saltire Boxing’s card at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow saw super welterweight Andrew Mackay beat Angel Emilov on points; welterweight and Talking Baws favourite Craig MacIntyre went 4-0 as he beat William Warburton, also, on points. Super lightweight Ryan Brawley also managed a points win over Casey Blair but super lightweight Shaun Dick shocked us all with a stoppage loss to Ivailo Boyanov.

The Commonwealth bantamweight title, last weekend went to Duke Micah, the far more experienced fighter, over Matthew Chanda on points at York Hall, though it was a split decision. It was also a split decision between Jahmaine Smyle and Leon Mackenzie for the English super middleweight title – Smyle took it.

Up in Aberdeen the 4 fights on the Prospect Boxing bill saw lightweight Darren Traynor beat Andrei Podusiv, who retired, to take the Scottish title. Ronnie, The Shark, Clark, the super featherweight, stopped Norbert Kalucza and has booked himself a British title fight as a consequence. Lightweight Arturs Selivanovs got a points win against Alec Bazza whilst super lightweight Marek Laskowski also got a points win against James Gorman.

Last night, Friday the 18th November in Wembley Cyclone Promotions hit Wembley with the IBF intercontinental middleweight scrap between Conrad Cummings and Ronny Mittag.it was a fight I thought might go to Mittag due to his experience and so it proved but it was a split decision that settled it.

The IBF intercontinental flyweight title went to Andrew Selby who stopped Jake Bornea in the 7th round. It may only have been his 7th fight but world honours beckon. This was a consummate performance from a fighter who, in UK terms has no equal and in world boxing terms might just be in that league too. I expect 2017 to be a massive year for him. As Carl Frampton said after the fight on Channel 5, if he had been a welterweight or a bigger guy he would already have been a super star; I think it is just a matter of time.

The WBA international super middleweight title is on the line between George Groves and Eduard Gutknecht. The unsettling news that Gutknecht went to hospital after feeling unwell in the dressing room after the fight on a stretcher means that we all wish him well. He was, however, outclassed by a world class fighter who has been exceptionally clever in his approach to getting back into the mix. Groves has taken on the young undefeated pup in David Brophy and beat him, the experienced pro in Martin Murray and stopped him and now one of the most durable and tough opponents on the European circuit. In all 3 fights he was the boss and now shall be looking to dictate his way into a WBA title fight as the other routes are a little crowded. #andthenew shall no doubt be heard with a world title fight in 2017, trust me.

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